BetVictor strengthens board with Luke Alvarez appointment

first_imgShare Related Articles Share StumbleUpon BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 BetVictor has strengthened its senior board after confirming the appointment of Luke Alvarez as its Chairman from 1st December 2018.With a proven track record of leading global technology, media and telecommunication (TMT) companies over a 28 year career, including 18 years in regulated gaming and sports, the hiring of Alvarez significantly strengthens the BetVictor board.Alvarez joins BetVictor Limited during a continued period of growth driven by investments in its mobile sportsbook and e-gaming product suite and technology platform. BetVictor’s new Chairman will enhance the company’s customer protection, regulatory and compliance programmes, and provide strategic direction to further build on BetVictor’s successes.Commenting on the appointment, Andreas Meinrad, CEO at BetVictor, detailed: “We are delighted to welcome Luke to our Board. It’s an important time for BetVictor as we continue to evolve and expand, and the strong skills and experience Luke brings are vital to help us taking our strategy and product development to the next level. “Luke has played a key role in the growth of several international technology and gaming companies and we believe that his knowledge and expertise will drive the BetVictor brand forward as we strengthen our customer protection focus and continue to grow as a business.”Alvarez added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining BetVictor. The company has strong industry-leading, in-house technology capabilities that are paving the way in the highly competitive mobile sports and gaming space. I look forward to working with Andreas and the Board to help drive the company’s success.”Alvarez most recently served as President and CEO of Inspired Entertainment, a UK-based international supplier in virtual sports and digital gaming as well as Chairman of Inspired Gaming Gibraltar – the group’s mobile gaming division. Alvarez founded the company in its previous form, Inspired Gaming Group Limited, in 2002. He co-founded and served as Non-Executive Director of Gmatica SRL, a leading Italian regulated network gaming concession. He served as NED of THE CLOUD, a leading European operator of open WIFI during its ownership by the Venture Capital funds Accel and 3i. Previous to that, he was COO of Emap Digital and a Case Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. Submit BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020last_img read more

Lakers sign Avery Bradley to two-year deal

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions At Summer League, remade Lakers and Clippers size each other upWhicker: Clippers, Lakers can’t just have eyes for each other How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years He joins a veteran-laden backcourt rotation that already includes Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Troy Daniels. Rondo’s two-year contract was officially announced Monday afternoon, bringing back the four-time All-Star at point guard. The 33-year-old had an injury-stricken season for the Lakers with modest numbers (9.2 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.3 rpg) but also enjoyed one of his better 3-point shooting seasons.It’s unclear, however, how the guards will be used in the rotation. According to a Yahoo Sports report, the Lakers are planning to move LeBron James to point guard in the starting lineup alongside Green, which could squeeze the guard rotation for the coming season. At 6-foot-2, Bradley has typically played shooting guard in his career.The Lakers have placed an emphasis on 3-point shooting in the backcourt acquisitions after skimping last summer: With the addition of Bradley, the Lakers have added at least five players (Green, Bradley, Cook, Daniels and Jared Dudley) who shot better than 38 percent for their last team.RELATED:Have the Lakers adequately addressed their shooting woes? NBA buzzing to find out Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Needing shooting and defensive toughness on the perimeter, the Lakers added another guard who is looking for a bounce-back season.Avery Bradley signed with the Lakers on Monday after being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, agreeing to a two-year deal worth a reported total of $9.7 million with a second-year player option.Bradley, 28, is a nine-year veteran who made his initial reputation as a robust defender and solid outside shooter while playing in Boston. Through the last few years as a journeyman with the Pistons, Clippers and Grizzlies, he’s been more uneven as he has dealt with injuries. But a two-time All-NBA Defensive Team honoree and career 36.4 percent 3-point shooter is expected to add depth at a position of need for the frontcourt-heavy Lakers.Bradley averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 assists last season, enjoying a slight bounce-back to his old form (16.1 ppg, 4.0 apg, 38.4 3-point percentage) after the Clippers traded him to Memphis. Bradley has had numerous injury struggles, including groin and ankle problems during his Clippers tenure – the last time he played in at least 70 games was during the 2015-16 season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers are using their room exception on Bradley, meaning his salary does not affect their salary cap space for the coming season. The Lakers had to wait for Bradley to clear waivers on Monday before officially adding him as the 14th official member of the roster.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

2-year-old falls to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

first_imgA family from Indiana is mourning the death of a two-year-old girl after the child fell several stories from a cruise ship Sunday.The incident occurred on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.According to the report, the child’s grandfather was holding the child up to an open window when he somehow lost his grip and the child fell 11 stories down. Elmer Roman of the Puerto Rican Department of Public Security told CBS News that the child first hit an awning before eventually landing on the pavement at the dock.“It’s a very grave scene, very regrettable and tragic,” Roman said. “One of the grandfathers, whom it would appear was playing with the little girl, lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.”Roman also reported that a homicide team was investigating the incident and they plan to interview the family and view security footage of the scene to conclude.Royal Caribbean has since released a statement on the tragedy saying:“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We’ve made our care team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do no plan to comment further on the incident.”last_img read more

Mixed doubles tournament hails new champions

first_imgThis year’s tournament was once again held at the Pro Level Highland Park Tennis Courts and co-hosted by the Highland Park Tennis Club with the support of the club and its members. Under the leadership of Club President Fred Crawford, and the operation of Tournament Directors Donna Bey and Jim Quigley, coupled with the magnificent weather,the tournament proved to be another big success. The tournament has only been rained out once in 37 years. 2012 WINNERS—Judge Dwayne Woodruff presents trophies to 1st Place winners Lorna Secrest and Art DeMateo and 2nd Place winners Danny Jones and Joyce Scott. Also pictured are Tournament Directors Donna Bey and Jim Quigley. “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.” No lyrics were ever more true and revealing than the mean swing of Lorna Secrest and Art DeMateo as they captured First Place Gold at the 37th Annual Champion Enterprises Mixed Doubles Labor Day Tennis Tournament to benefit Toys for Tots.center_img Second place was captured by Joyce Scott, a women who is not often in that spot, and her partner Danny Jones; and third place went to Dom Costa, a guy not really seen there often, and his partner Dana Squielch.A Grand Slam thank you to our celebrity guest former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff and his lovely wife Joy; and to all those who came out to support the tournament. A big thank you and welcome to this year’s new sponsor Mr. Bill Thompson and LeMaison Du Paix, The House of Peace, Bed and Breakfast. Mr. Thompson sponsored this year’s tournament trophies while introducing the players and supporters to his beautiful establishment located in the quiet and calm section of Penn Hills on 8904 Eastwood Road, off of Frankstown Road.Racquets and “Love” until next year.last_img read more

Starting 2016 on the Right Foot

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen | While some people were sleeping late or nursing hangovers the morning after New Year’s Eve, others were welcoming 2016 by taking a brisk walk in nature.Out on the northern tip of Sandy Hook, about 200 people gathered for the American Littoral Society’s annual beach walk, led by Executive Director Tim Dillingham.The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk took hikers through the Ramanessin section ofHolmdel Park. Photo: Courtesy Marissa FinkFurther inland, 17 people met on in the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park for a journey along a 2.1 mile trail. The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk, sponsored by the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, was led by Holmdel’s former mayor and former Environmental Commission chairman, Larry Fink.Both men said while having fun was important, getting people outside to enjoy and appreciate the environment is important to their respective groups’ missions.The American Littoral Society, a national nonprofit organization based in Sandy Hook, promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitats along the coast. Dillingham has led the annual walk for 13 years.“We’ve found the best way to help people learn about and understand the coastline is to get them out here so they develop a passion for it,” Dillingham said. “We love to be on the beach.”But life on the coast is getting more complicated.“We are trying to help fashion a better relationship with how we live along the ocean. People have been living in New York and New Jersey for 400 years and they’re not likely to leave anytime soon,” Dillingham explained. “Now the change in climate, ecologically, is causing the ocean to change so it’s becoming hazardous. We need to help people to know how to live here.”Part of the ecological coastline balancing act is preserving wetlands and salt marshes, rebuilding sand dunes and oyster reefs, and not building walls that cause waves to carve away the ocean’s bottom, Dillingham said. Those measures also are very important to the survival of marine life that live in those areas, he added.But on a chilly and windy January 1st morning, foremost on the minds of beach walkers was simply keeping warm and hoping the sun would break through gray clouds — which it did around noon.Cleo Boiko of Allenhurst said she enjoyed her first New Year’s Day beach walk with the American Littoral Society.“It was very very invigorating,” said Boiko, a member of the Monmouth County Senior Hikers group. “One of the other ladies and myself picked up a bag full of garbage so I felt I did something good for the environment and something good for myself.”Siobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife. Photo: G. Van BenthuysenSiobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife were enjoying refreshments at the Littoral Society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive following the walk. Quinn said this was her fifth time walking, although she only walked part of the way since Aoife, who turns 1 in February, was getting cold. Raised in Leonardo, she said her parents taught her and her four siblings how to swim in the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay.“We’d have picnics here at Sandy Hook, walk the beach, watch the sun set and the moon rise,” she said. “It’s a place that should be cherished, preserved, respected, appreciated and acknowledged. And this is a perfect day to do that. We so often don’t take the time to be in awe of how beautiful our surroundings are.”The Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park is another beautiful area people may miss as they drive by in their cars, said Larry Fink. The New Year’s Day walk began 21 years ago, he said, after a 416-acre area was purchased with $19 million in public and private money to preserve it from being used for a housing development.“The area was divided in two parts with over 200 acres becoming the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park and managed by the county,” Fink explained. “It’s a conservation and wilderness area that’s been kept as natural as possible with a gravel parking lot and gravel and dirt trails.”Maps of the trails are available online at monmouthcountyparks.com and in the parking lot on Roberts Road. Fink strongly suggests first timers use one.People interested in learning more about land use in Holmdel may contact Citizens for Informed Land Use at www.holmdel-CILU.org.To learn more about the American Littoral Society, upcoming events, or to receive its newsletter should call 732-291-0055 or visit www.littoralsociety.org.last_img read more

Five years of safe blood at SANBS

first_imgThe South African National Blood Servicehas diminished the risk of transferringviruses through its blood supply.(Images: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vanessa RajuBrand and CommunicationsSouth African National Blood Service+27 11 761 9300 or +27 71 602 7241Bongani NkosiBlood safety standards at the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) have been at their best over the last five years, the organisation announced on 25 July 2011.The non-profit body said new data shows it has significantly diminished the risk of transferring viruses such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C through its blood supply.This is largely thanks to the use of the Novartis nucleic acid testing (NAT) system introduced in 2005, which screens donated blood for HIV and strains of hepatitis.The data is an incredible public health story, SANBS said.“Since we started performing IDT-NAT (individual donor testing-NAT), we have virtually eliminated the risk, with no reports of HIV-1 infections from transfused blood or blood products,” said its chief operations officer Ravi Reddy.“This represents a significant increase in patient safety in South Africa, and I hope this serves as a model for other countries,” he added.According to Reddy, transmission of HIV and hepatitis infections from donated blood used to be more prevalent in South Africa before the introduction of NAT.SANBS has screened at least 3.8-million blood donations for the viruses through NAT since 2005.The organisation collects an average of 780 000 units of blood annually from voluntary donations and is a major supplier of “vein to vein” blood transfusion services in the country. It has 79 blood banks serving over 1 000 hospitals and clinics in eight of the nine South African provinces.The Western Cape is covered by the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service, which has also been using NAT since 2005.NAT more effective than serologyNAT has proven to be more effective than the serology test, as it is highly sensitive to the genetic material of the virus, SANBS said. It can detect active infections that traditional serology testing can miss, according to the organisation.SANBS has been able to detect 6 487 HIV-positive units of donated blood due to the use of NAT – 96 of these units would not have been identified by serology testing.There were 3 007 Hepatitis B-positive units found, of which 346 went undetected with serology testing alone, it said.At least 250 Hepatitis C-positive units were identified, of which five were undetected by serology testing.“These units of infected blood would have tested negative and been made available for transfusion to patients if not removed from the blood supply following NAT testing,” the organisation said.SANBS has not eradicated serology testing altogether, as it still uses the system on all samples in addition to NAT testing.Given that there are over 5-million people living with HIV in South Africa, SANBS is clear of the risk of HIV-infected blood entering the national blood supply.It noted that according to the World Health Organisation, between 5% and 10% of all HIV infections worldwide have been acquired through transfusions of infected blood and blood products.Some blood donors may not be aware of being infected by the transmittable viruses. “This makes it essential that our blood-screening programmes employ a testing method that will help us deliver the safest possible blood,” said Reddy.“The data shows that NAT in IDT has achieved that result (delivering safe blood) in South Africa,” he added.last_img read more

Los Angeles Times sold to local billionaire for 500 million

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – A billionaire doctor struck a $500 million deal Wednesday to buy the Los Angeles Times, ending the paper’s quarrelsome relationship with its Chicago-based corporate overseers and bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years.The agreement between Los Angeles-based medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (soon-shong) and Tronc Inc. marks the latest instance of a rich, civic-minded individual buying a newspaper from a big corporation.Soon-Shiong is a major shareholder of Chicago’s Tronc Inc., one of the richest men in Los Angeles and, according to Forbes, the nation’s wealthiest doctor, with a net worth of $7.8 billion.The deal includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, various titles in the California News Group and the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.Soon-Shiong takes over in a time of turmoil at the paper. The Times just replaced its top editor, the third switch at the position in the newsroom in six months. Publisher Ross Levinsohn had been on unpaid leave after revelations that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits elsewhere. Tronc announced Wednesday that Levinsohn has been cleared of any wrongdoing and would be reinstated as CEO of its newly reorganized Tribune Interactive division.Journalists voted last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Clashes between the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co., which changed its name to Tronc Inc., erupted not long after it acquired the West Coast paper in 2000. Staff at the Times bristled over what it considered a string of bad decisions made from hundreds of miles away in Chicago. Tronc owns the Chicago Tribune.The editor of the Los Angeles Times, John Carroll, who led the paper to 13 Pulitzer Prizes, resigned under heavy pressure to cut staff. Before he left, he asked an old friend and billionaire philanthropist if he would consider buying the paper.Publisher John Puerner stepped down at the Times, as did his successor, Jeffrey Johnson, shortly after.Dean Baquet, who took over for Carroll, left after 15 months. He is now the executive editor at The New York Times.The sale of the Los Angeles Times is in keeping with one of two trends in media ownership: big companies getting bigger and wealthy investors taking on newspapers as philanthropic endeavours, said Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute.In 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry bought The Boston Globe for $70 million.“We find ourselves returning to where we were a century ago when a handful of wealthy owners controlled big influential newspapers,” Tompkins said. “Here’s the difference: The ownership today does not promise lucrative returns. You take it over knowing it isn’t nearly as profitable as it might have been 20 or 50 years ago. Today it’s a thinner margin and it gets thinner every day.”Soon-Shiong also holds a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired in 2011 from Magic Johnson, the team’s former superstar and current president of basketball operations.In an interview with the Times last year, Soon-Shiong acknowledged that as a major stockholder, he was unhappy with the way the Los Angeles Times was being run and felt a need to ensure its survival.“I am concerned there are other agendas, independent of the newspaper’s needs or the fiduciary obligations to the viability of the organization,” he said at the time. “My goal is to try and preserve the integrity and the viability of the newspaper.”After The Washington Post first reported a potential sale Tuesday, cheers spread through the Times newsroom. After the deal was formalized, the union representing the newspaper’s journalists congratulated Soon-Shiong.“Our readers expect and deserve the high-quality, independent journalism that has defined The Times for decades,” a union statement said Wednesday. “The LA Times Guild looks forward to working with a local owner who can help us preserve The Times as a guardian of our community and as the voice of the American West.”Maya Lau, a Times law enforcement reporter, tweeted: “Congratulations to Patrick Soon-Shiong and hooray for a return to local ownership of the Los Angeles Times & San Diego Union Tribune.”Tronc said the deal will allow it to follow a more aggressive growth strategy focused on news and digital media. Acquisitions will continue to be a big part of its plan, Tronc said Wednesday, and the company announced that it’s buying a majority stake in online product review company BestReviews for an undisclosed amount.The sale comes about a week after veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk was named editor in chief to replace Lewis D’Vorkin, whose short tenure was marked by clashes with staff.Kirk, 52, had briefly served in the job during a management overhaul from August until November, when D’Vorkin joined the paper. D’Vorkin will stay on with Tronc as Chief Content Officer of Tribune Interactive, the company said Wednesday.Reporters at the Times were alarmed by recent hiring of several news executives who reported to business executives, and not to news editors. That sparked fears the business side would wield undue influence in editorial matters. Traditionally, the editorial and business sides of a paper work separately to maintain journalistic credibility.A return to local ownership would restore pride at the Times, said veteran media business analyst Ken Doctor.The question is whether a new owner will do more than halt cutbacks by reinvesting, as Bezos and Henry did at their newspapers, to set the Times on a new path.“Given the huge challenges still faced by news publishing in the age of Google/Facebook ad duopoly and still-onrushing digital disruption, even a billionaire has his work cut out for him,” Doctor said.___Christopher Weber and John Rogers contributed to this report.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI receives Indian FM in Marrakech

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received, on Saturday at the Marrakech royal palace, Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid who is on an official visit to Morocco. On this occasion, the King commended the fact that India and Morocco are coming closer over the past years as shows this first visit by an Indian foreign minister to Morocco, said a statement by the royal office. The sovereign expressed Morocco’s resolve to foster friendship and cooperation ties with India, it said. Khurshid hailed the positive evolution of bilateral ties economically and regarding investment thanks to the bold and successful reforms by the Kingdom under the leadership of HM the King.  The Indian official highlighted the promising prospects for reinforcing ties mainly in the field of political consultations, multilateral coordination and human development, it said. Several international and regional issues of shared interest were discussed during this meeting as the reform of the UN system and the situation in the Maghreb, the Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa, the source said. The royal audience was attended mainly by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and India’s ambassador in Rabat Krishan Kumar.last_img read more

Ohio State basketball throttles Nebraska

Following a road loss to Indiana on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team needed a win against Nebraska to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. They did just that, dominating the Cornhuskers, 71-40, at the Schottenstein Center in the teams’ first matchup as Big Ten conference foes. OSU’s defense made an impact from the opening tip. Nebraska hauled in the first possession, but tight Buckeye defense forced a shot clock violation. It was a sign of things to come. Through the game’s first eight minutes, OSU forced seven turnovers and the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-4 lead. A layup from Nebraska’s Corey Hilliard got the Cornhuskers within 10, but on the ensuing possession, OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas out-jumped Nebraska’s defenders to grab the offensive rebound and finished at the rim despite being fouled. Two OSU possessions later, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger spun away from the Nebraska defense near the right baseline, absorbed a foul, and kissed the ball off the backboard before it landed through the net. He sunk the free throw and gave OSU a 31-15 lead. Nebraska never showed signs of threatening again. OSU’s quick lead allowed Buckeye coach Thad Matta to look to the bench early. Eleven players saw playing time in the first half and eight Buckeyes scored. Sullinger led the way, scoring 12 points including a fall-away 3-pointer before time expired to give the Buckeyes a 44-20 lead at intermission. But Sullinger’s 3-pointer doesn’t tell the story for the Buckeyes offensively. OSU pounded the ball inside all night, finishing the game with 42 points in the paint, in large part due to Sullinger and Thomas finishing an easy opportunities. Sullinger finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Thomas added 15 points and 4 rebounds. Senior guard William Buford also finished in double figures with 13 points. Overall, OSU shot 54 percent from the floor while holding Nebraska to 31 percent shooting. The win gives the Buckeyes a 14-2 overall record and a 2-1 record in conference play. Nebraska’s record drops to 8-6 on the year and 0-3 in the conference. OSU next takes the floor Saturday, Jan. 7, in a road game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Opening tip is set for 3 p.m.. read more