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Granny busted for cocaine makes history in Trinidad

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Granny busted for cocaine makes history in Trinidad by: – June 15, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder is the oldest person ever jailed in Trinidad for attempted drug trafficking..PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday June 15, 2012 – Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder may have landed herself in the slammer for the next six years, but the old gal did so in style, making history as the oldest person in Trinidad to be jailed for attempting to leave Piarco International Airport with cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking 12 years ago.The silver-haired grandmother’s 29-year-old co-accused, Daenah John-Finn, carved her own niche as the youngest Trinidad national on record to be charged in an airport case in relation to possession of cocaine.The elderly Pierre-Holder, of Simon Street, Gasparillo was ordered to serve six years simple imprisonment, while John-Finn, of Old Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay Junction, Claxton Bay, was sentenced to five years with hard labour.The sentences were handed down by Justice Carla Brown-Antoine in the Fifth Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.Both women were found guilty of the offence on May 3, but sentencing was postponed to allow their attorneys to make pleas of mitigation on their behalf.Leading evidence on behalf of the State were attorneys Renuka Rambhajan and Taterani Seecharan while Pierre-Holder was represented by Senior Counsel Theodore Guerra and attorney John Heath.John-Finn was represented by attorneys Ravi Rajcoomar and Jenna Lucky-Samaroo.Pierre-Holder and John-Finn were among a group of four arrested at Piarco International Airport while waiting to board an American Airlines flight to London via Miami on February 10, 2000.All appeared to be mooching along smoothly until police officers discovered they had packages of cocaine concealed in the male Clarks leather shoes they were wearing.All four were scheduled to return to Trinidad on February 13, 2000, but neither they nor their now-famous shoes ever left the ground.Pierre-Holder’s daughter Michelle Leslie and John-Finn’s boyfriend Jason Connell were the other members of the well-heeled group.Connell was found guilty on May 11, 2006 at the Arima Magistrate’s Court and ordered to pay $25,000 forthwith or serve three years in prison. The fine was paid. Leslie pleaded guilty on January 30, 2008 and was fined $50,000 by an Arima Magistrate.In passing sentences on Pierre-Holder and John-Finn, the judge said those involved were part of a very carefully planned operation.She went on to disagree with the assertion by made by Pierre-Holder’s attorney that his client’s age was a mitigating factor.“Age should bring wisdom and society expects that our more mature citizens would be an example to our younger ones. To put it plainly, (she) should have known better,” Brown-Antoine said.Caribbean 360 News 82 Views   2 comments Sharelast_img read more

La Liga: Bale returns as Real Madrid come from behind to beat Osasuna

first_imgGareth Bale returned to the team and Real Madrid came back to beat Osasuna on Sunday as a 4-1 victory in Pamplona strengthened their hold on top spot in La Liga.Bale had been left out completely for Madrid’s previous four matches but the Welshman returned to the squad and the starting line-up at El Sadar, in a surprise show of faith from coach Zinedine Zidane.Gareth Bale made his third start of the year in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna in La Liga on SundayA fortuitous deflection meant Bale assisted Isco’s equaliser too before Sergio Ramos put Madrid in front after Unai Garcia had given Osasuna an early lead.Substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic then scored from late breakaways as Real pulled six points clear of Barcelona, who play at Real Betis later on Sunday.“I’m pleased with all the players and what they’re doing,” said Zidane. “It’s very good to stay in front.”Barca’s exit in the Copa del Rey overshadowed Madrid’s own shock defeat at home by Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals, a loss that brought a dramatic end to their 21-match unbeaten run.But Zidane will be relieved to see his team swiftly back on track with a performance full of the kind of resilience that Real’s rivals have so lacked in recent weeks.Bale also keeps coming back under Zidane and the 30-year-old had chances to add a goal to a spirited display before going off to a decent reception from the away support in the second half.This was only his third appearance since the turn of the year.“People want there to be a problem but there isn’t one,” Zidane said. “He did well, offensively and defensively he gave everything. He was a bit short of fitness at the end, so he came off.“We know the player he is and that he will give a lot from now until the end of the season. Let’s count on Gareth.”– Hazard yet to return –Eden Hazard is still yet to return after recovering from a foot fracture. Real play Manchester City in the Champions League in less than two weeks.“It wasn’t the time today again and I hope we’ll see him next week,” said Zidane.Osasuna were the better side in the early stages and took a deserved lead when Unai put his head in front of Casemiro’s dangling foot and steered the ball into the corner.But the visitors improved as the half wore on and Isco volleyed in an equaliser after Bale attempted to divert Ferland Mendy’s cross, with the ball deflecting kindly into the Spaniard’s path.Ramos was lucky to escape a red card after sliding in on Ruben Garcia with a high foot and Madrid’s captain took full advantage of his reprieve as he nodded in Casemiro’s looping header to the back post.Luka Modric had a strong claim for a penalty after he nipped the ball away from Pervis Estupinan in the area before Osasuna enjoyed their most threatening spell.Inigo Perez’s shot whistled just over and Ruben dragged wide from Nacho Vidal’s pull-back after making space with a neat dummy past Ramos. Read Also: Grealish reveals preferred club from Man Utd, Real Madrid, BarcelonaBale went off to applause from the small number of away fans, and Vazquez came on to add a third. Osasuna’s defence were occupied by a Karim Benzema burst and he fed right for Vazquez to drive in. Jovic smashed in a fourth in injury-time.Sevilla lost ground in the race for the top four as they conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 at struggling Celta Vigo.Iago Aspas equalised in the 78th minute for Celta and substitute Pione Sisto scored the winner in the 91st after Youssef En-Nesyri had put Sevilla in front with his first goal for the club.After one win in five league games, Sevilla drop to fifth, behind Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Celta climb out of the relegation zone and up to 17th. Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?The 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movieslast_img read more

Schueller tops Friday Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Farley

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Jason Schueller led most of the way and pulled ahead late in winning Friday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Farley Speedway. The $1,500 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Schueller on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mark Elliott qualified from his “B” feature and advanced 15 spots to second while new series point leader Mike Van Genderen was third. Mark Schulte and Jerry Luloff rounded out the top five. Schulte drew the outside front row start and led the first two circuits. The third starting Schueller was alongside and ahead by the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored, then began to pull away before a lap seven caution tightened the field back up. Elliott was up to fourth by lap 10 and got by Schulte for second on lap 15. A series of yellow flags interrupted the race after midway before Van Genderen set his sights on second.Elliott held off that challenge but neither driver was able to make any progress in reeling in Schueller before the end of the 30-lapper. Van Genderen, however, took over the top spot in the standings when Ronn Lauritzen was relegated to 21st place.The championship of the fourth annual series will be decided in the tour finale Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at Farley. That event pays $2,000 to win. Schueller’s victory was his Hawkeye Dirt Tour first. Forty-four Modifieds were entered at Farley for the 10th series event of the season.Feature results – 1. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 2. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 3. Mike Van Gen­deren, Newton; 4. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 5. Jerry Luloff, Independence; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 8. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 9. Ron Barker, Dubuque; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 11. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 13. Bob Moyer, Dubuque; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mitch Morris, Eldridge; 16. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 17. Steve Stewart, Burling­ton; 18. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 19. Jerry King, Waterloo; 20. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 21. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 22. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 23. Shawn Ryan, Waterloo; 24. Jason Roth, Hazel Green, Wis.1st heat (top four) – 1. Schulte; 2. Moyer; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Roth; 5. Elliott; 6. Kile; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Matt Werner, Colona, Ill.; 9. John Gartner Jr., Bismarck, N.D.; 10. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Morris; 2. Hayden; 3. Barker; 4. Stewart; 5. Less; 6. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 8. Justin Rix, Olin; 9. Jeremy Gengler, Lancaster, Wis.; 10. Keith Pittman, Waterloo; 11. Gustin. 3rd heat – 1. Schueller; 2. Gansen; 3. Luloff; 4. Cordes; 5. Shryock; 6. Mike Burbridge, Delhi; 7. Dugan Thye, Burlington; 8. Pete Bonin, Platteville, Wis.; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Steve Van­natta, Platteville, Wis.; 11. Shaun Slaughter, Iowa City.4th heat – 1. Ryan; 2. Carter; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Horn; 5. Hogan; 6. King; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 8. Wolla; 9. Wade Steinmann, Monroe, Wis.; 10. Mike Weidemann, Dubuque; 11. John Camp­bell, Dubuque;1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Elliott; 2. Shryock; 3. Kile; 4. Werner; 5. Gartner; 6. Thye; 7. Bo­nin; 8. Olson; 9. Madigan; 10. Vannatta; 11. Burbridge; 12. Droste; 13. Thompson; 14. Slaughter; 15. McClain. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Hogan; 2. Gustin; 3. Wolla; 4. King; 5. Gengeler; 6. Betzer; 7. Kostenbader; 8. Campbell; 9. Steinmann; 10. Less; 11. Pittman; 12. Waterman; 13. Weidemann; 14. Rix.Provisionals – Less and King.last_img read more

Carter races to big payday at Great American Stock Car Shootout

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (July 2) – Cayden Carter raced to a $2,000 payday on night two of Southern Iowa Speedway’s Budweiser Great American Stock Car Shootout.The Shootout brought many of the top drivers in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division to Os­kaloosa and the 30-lap main event didn’t disappoint.Derrick Agee and Damon Murty ran 1-2 in the dash earlier in the evening and started on the front row. Murty took advantage and grabbed the early lead with Agee staying right behind while Mike Hughes, Nathan Wood and Carter battled for position.It looked as if Murty was going to take the big check home but after the halfway pit stop it was Carter taking the lead away on lap 19 and staying in front to the finish. He took the win over Murty, two-time defending race winner Zack VanderBeek, David Brandies and Agee.Curtis VanDerWal and Dustin Griffiths were $1,000 feature winners in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, respectively.VanDerWal won the pole dash and maintained an iron grip on the lead despite four cautions and the ensuing restarts. The victory was his sixth locally this season.Jason McDaniel, Tim Plummer, Brett Lowry and Cory Van Zante completed the top five.Craig Brown and Griffiths led the Hobby Stock field to green. Griffiths grabbed the top spot and held off numerous challenges from Brown in a contest that stopped only for the pit stop at mid­way.Danny Thrasher got by Craig Brown for second with two laps to go. Nick Ulin and Travis Bunnell rounded out the top five.Announced on Thursday Night were the three newest members of the Southern Iowa Speedway Hall of Fame, Dean Sylvester, Danny Wallace and Jim Brown. They will be inducted on Wednes­day, July 15 during intermission of the Southern Iowa Fair Races featuring the rescheduled IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.July 2 ResultsStock Cars – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon; 4. David Brandies, Wilton; 5. Derrick Agee, Moberly, Mo.; 6. Mike Hughes, Os­kaloosa; 7. Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel; 8. Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon; 9. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rap­ids; 10. Shane Paris, Muscatine; 11. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 12. Cody Agee, Huntsville, Mo.; 13. Todd Phillips, Packwood; 14. Jason See, Albia; 15. Daniel Gordon, Oskaloosa; 16. Nathan Wood, Sigourney; 17. Michael Peterson, Montezuma; 18. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 19. Jerry Pilcher, Bloomfield; 20. Les Blakley, Fairfield; 21. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 22. Doug Sylvester, Ottumwa; 23. Casey Greubel, Lacona; 24. Joe Zadina, Corning; 25. Brock Welch, Oskaloosa.Last-chance qualifier (top five advance) – 1. Pinkerton; 2. Zadina; 3. Peterson; 4. Phillips; 5. Blakley; 6. Bilyeu; 7. Ron Christopher, Forney, Texas; 8. Gordon; 9. Robbie Merkle, Des Moines; 10. Welch; 11. Bob Lynch, Ottumwa; 12. Duawyne Herb, Hiawatha; 13. Austin Evans, Independ­ence); 14. Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa.Dash – 1. Derrick Agee; 2. Murty; 3. Hughes; 4. Carter; 5. Wood; 6. Paris; 7. Cody Agee; 8. Hil­sabeck.1st heat – 1. Reitzler; 2. Pilcher; 3. Spaw; 4. Zadina; 5. Blakley; 6. Bilyeu; 7. Herb; 8. Phillips. 2nd heat – 1. VanderBeek; 2. Sylvester; 3. Greubel; 4. Gordon; 5. Lynch; 6. Peterson; 7. Merkle; 8. Pearson. 3rd heat – 1. Brandies; 2. See; 3. Crenshaw; 4. Pinkerton; 5. Evans; 6. Welch; 7. Christo­pher.Northern SportMods – 1. Curtis VanDerWal, Oskaloosa; 2. Jason McDaniel, Eldon; 3. Tim Plum­mer, Norway; 4. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 5. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 6. Brandon Dale, Mem­phis, Mo.; 7. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 8. Scott Vanbuskirk, Hedrick; 9. Charlie Weber, Sigour­ney; 10. Trent Brink, Bussey; 11. Greg Strohman, Webster; 12. Michael Guthrie, Ottumwa; 13. Scott Brau, Brooklyn; 14. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Logan Anderson, Oskaloosa; 16. Danny Brau, Brooklyn; 17. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 18. Matthew VanGelder, Pella; 19. Kyle Hill, New London; 20. Leroy Groenendyk, Oskaloosa.Dash – 1. VanDerWal; 2. McDaniel; 3. Anderson; 4. Lowry; 5. Livezey; 6. Van Zante; 7. Hill; 8. Weber.1st heat – 1. Carter; 2. Dale; 3. Strohman; 4. Plummer; 5. Guthrie; 6. Scott Brau; 7. Groenendyk. 2nd heat – 1. Vanbuskirk; 2. Osweiler; 3. Van Deest; 4. Van Gelder; 5. Danny Brau; 6. Brink.Hobby Stocks  – 1. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa; 2. Danny Thrasher, Agency; 3. Craig Brown, El­don; 4. Nick Ulin, Agency; 5. Travis Bunnell, Hedrick; 6. Bobby Greene, Eddyville; 7. Dale Porter, Bloomfield; 8. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 9. Adam Bonnett, Martensdale; 10. August Bach, Newton; 11. Brandon Potts, Eldon; 12. Aaron Martin, Ottumwa; 13. Steve Allen, Oskaloosa; 14. Clayton Webster, Ottumwa; 15. Christian Huffman, New Sharon; 16. Ron Downing Jr., Ottumwa; 17. Kevin Fee, Knoxville.Dash – 1. Brown; 2. Griffiths; 3. Thrasher; 4. Ulin; 5. Songer; 6. Porter; 7. Bill Bonnett; 8. Potts; 9. Adam Bonnettlast_img read more

Cricket News Peter Siddle, Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon included in Australia side for India ODI series

first_imgNew Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup in England is just five months away but it seems Australia, the five-time and defending champions have decided that this is the time for a total overhaul in their ODI side. The squad picked in the three-match series against India has included some surprise picks and omissions. The squad sees the return of Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Sydney in 2010, along with Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja. Lyon, who is primarily Australia’s gun bowler in Tests, has played just 15 ODIs and last played in the format during the series in England in which Australia were whitewashed 5-0.The likes of D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Ashton Agar and Chris Lynn have all been dropped while the fast bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood has all been rested. In a statement released by Cricket Australia, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said key players had not capitalised on their chances. “Travis Head, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia. With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we’ve recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad. Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he’s also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over,” Hohns said.Read More | Virat Kohli booed in Sydney Test, Ricky Ponting calls it an ‘absolute disgrace’Siddle played in the Domestic One-Day competition and managed to take nine wickets in seven games for Victoria. Khawaja has not played ODIs for Australia since the series against Pakistan. The dropping of Lynn has evoked mixed response. The Queensland right-hander failed in the series against South Africa, managing scores of 15,44 and 0. However, in the Big Bash League, he blasted 84 for the Brisbane Heat against the Sydney Sixers at the Carrara Oval. Short has underperformed in four ODIs while in the Twenty20 series against South Africa, he did not gain much success.Read More | Pujara slams third ton in series, gives India decisive advantageThe heavy workload of Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc in the Test series against India sees them getting rested for the ODIs but Australia have suffered a jolt with Nathan Coulter-Nile, their other pace option, being rested after complaining of back soreness in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers.Australia play three ODIs against India, starting on January 12, with the remaining matches being played on January 15 and January 18. Following the end of the ODI series, Australia play Sri Lanka and then could embark on ODI tours to India and the UAE against Pakistan. The series against Pakistan could see the return of David Warner and Steve Smith following the end of their one-year ban imposed on them following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Australia squad for India ODI seriesAaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Kyle Lofton has become St. Bonaventure’s silent floor general as a freshman

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 29, 2018 at 10:22 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Through his first 12 games at St. Bonaventure, freshman Kyle Lofton has proved point guards don’t need to bark out instructions to be effective. He knows he can be a leader without being the loudest in the locker room and on the court. “He’s vocal when he has to be, but he’s not the loudest kid,” Tom Espinoza, who coached Lofton at Putnam (Connecticut) Science Academy, said. “Kyle has that leadership quality. People just go with him and respect him — it’s amazing.”Lofton, St. Bonaventure’s silent floor general, developed a jump shot after scouts questioned his shooting ability. After earning no Division I offers, he proved himself at Putnam, where he helped win the school’s first prep national championship. In his first 12 games for St. Bonaventure (4-8), Lofton leads in the team in assists (4.0 per game) and logs the second most minutes (36.6). But entering Saturday’s game versus Syracuse (8-4), the 6-foot-3 point guard will have to learn to overcome his soft-spoken personality to thrive in the Carrier Dome’s rowdy environment.Instead of being vocal, Lofton leads by example. He knows every play from each position and often reminds his teammates where to be in practice. He soaks in advice and wisdom from his more experienced teammates and applies it in games.Lofton has always been soft-spoken, teammates and coaches said. Still, he often struggles to communicate, a necessary skill for point guards at the highest level, SBU senior Nelson Kaputo said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he’ll just become more vocal the more comfortable he gets playing the game of college basketball,” Kaputo said. “At the end of the day, he’s still a freshman … so he has a long way to go.”At Putnam, when some of his teammates signed with D-I schools and left campus before graduation, Lofton stayed and locked himself in the gym to continue improving his jump shot even after the season ended. Lofton improved his jumper and studied the intricacies of pick-and-roll offense, learning how to read a defense while there. He built muscle and became a better leader on the court. As his play grew more confident and aggressive, his shot followed. Lofton has an unconventional shooting form where he removes his guide hand from the ball a half-second before releasing the ball. After scouts questioned his outside stroke, Lofton shot 40 percent from beyond the arc at Putnam and currently shoots at a 34.4 percent clip with the Bonnies. “It was unbelievable what he did with us,” Espinoza said. “So it’s not a surprise what he’s doing at Bonnies.”He’s brought that same work ethic to St. Bonaventure in his first year. In addition to his passing and “elite” defense, Espinoza said, Lofton has also taken a scoring role, averaging 13.9 points per game, third-most on the team. He dropped 23 points at Vermont, 20 against Boise St. and 15 versus then-No. 17 Buffalo. At St. Bonaventure, Lofton often prefers to put his teammates in positions to score by passing to them in their spots, Kaputo said. Against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, Lofton plans to be aggressive, looking for passing lanes to his teammates at the high post, he said. The biggest difference between D-I and the prep league, Lofton said, is the pace of play. He didn’t expect to play this many minutes this early in his freshman year, and he admits to feeling fatigued in some games.The speed of Saturday’s game against Syracuse may be more of what Lofton’s accustomed to. According to teamrankings.com, SU averages 69.4 possessions per game, 294th out of 353 D-I programs. Though Syracuse has struggled offensively, they remain tough at home, with a 7-2 record in the Carrier Dome. However, Lofton may get an extra boost from playing in the same arena as Carmelo Anthony, his favorite player growing up. Lofton’s envisioned his Dome debut since middle school, when he dreamed of lacing up orange shoes for Syracuse. In the raucous crowd of his childhood dreams, Lofton may struggle with the sole element of his game that’s held him back — he’ll need to make his voice heard. “It’s gonna be loud,” Lofton said. Commentslast_img read more

Devane’s 3 goals not enough to give Tipp the win

first_imgCáit Devane scored all three of Tipp’s goals – but it wasn’t enough to get past Limerick, in the camogie yesterday, who just edged the game.Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy fired 15 points as the Treaty side won by a point – 1-20 to 3-12 – at Semple Stadium to keep their hopes of emerging from Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship alive.Tipperary now face into two tough away games against Offaly and Wexford in the coming weeks. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photographylast_img read more

MustardBet – Enhancing the in-play experience

first_img MustardBet shuts down business October 14, 2019 Share Submit Share Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 StumbleUpon Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Related Articles The world of online sportsbooks is becoming an increasingly saturated environment, so much so that the team at MustardBet took the decision to completely rethink the sports betting experience, and develop their own bespoke platform.Believing it has now developed an attractive product, the overall aim to make Mustardbet stand out by doing “things a little bit differently to the other bookies” has been stressed, in addition to appealing to bettors of all shapes and sizes.Engagement and retention are undoubtedly the key factors here, something the firm’s Head of Marketing Tom Brew highlights as being integral: “Our key difference to the customer will obviously be the betting interface. It’s been said that it looks a bit more like a betting exchange, a bit more like a trading platform than a traditional sportsbook.“It’s a dynamic interface, it catches your eye but it also informs you. And I think this focus on key metrics like price movement and market liquidity will appeal to high volume bettors. Our speed of bet placement has been measured at under half a second too so it’s pretty fast.“The speed of our in-play is actually very impressive. In some cases it’s ahead of the TV broadcast”“Price changes are communicated with each selection flashing either red or blue, depending on whether the price is lengthening or shortening. And those movements are happening instantly based on every bet placed on that event by all customers across the sportsbook. It’s this speed, and transparency, that will help our customers react quicker.”A roll-out of an in-play product took place before the World Cup, following months of testing; “The speed of our in-play is actually very impressive. In some cases it’s ahead of the TV broadcast. There’s also no bet delay for the vast majority of the game.” MustardBet achieves this through the implementation of a feature they have dubbed Dangerball.The concept will be similar to those familiar with asian sports betting: “Whenever there’s an increased possibility of a goal or game changing event, the match enters a pending state called Dangerball. If nothing significant happens, all bets requested during Dangerball will be confirmed, if not then bets placed during this period will be voided. We’re essentially creating a level playing field between the customer and us,” explained Brew.However, the interface and betting experience forms just a small part of what Brew believes stands MustardBet out from the crowd: “Our prices are very competitive, of course you will hear all bookies saying that, but the combination of our in-house traders’ expertise and bespoke market making technology allows us to offer very tight margins.”“If you’re better than us, then well played. We’ll see you again next time”“And these prices are available to all, even successful customers. It’s this approach to bookmaking that I think will appeal too, we are happy to accept the high turnover players, the winners. Our max-bet feature allows customers to bet the maximum stake available at that time, then instantly re-bet the max amount. We hear a lot of stories of people having accounts closed by the big boys, because they’re winning, but our approach is that we’ll take them on. If you’re better than us, then well played. We’ll see you again next time.”Not encapsulating a traditional sidebar betslip throughout the MustardBet experience, is a UI feature that is to be carried through to its next crucial development: “The next big thing for us is our accumulator product, and we’ve got some really good ideas on that.“As with everything we do, we’re aiming to make the whole process of betting on multiples much quicker. Our multiples product will adopt a similar UI approach to our current betslip – ie inline controls straight from the selection itself but with a new way to visualise your bets that we think makes more sense to the modern bettor.”An online desktop offering only composes one arm of a sportsbook however, with the instantaneous nature of everyday life meaning the MustardBet app is now live and available on both Apple and Android.“We are looking how we can communicate value to our customers as fast as possible”“It’s been a big debate for a while now whether native mobile apps or mobile optimised sites are the best way to go from a UX point of view. So while there remains no convincing case either way, for us, we just see it from the customer’s point of view. If they prefer standalone apps on their device rather than accessing betting sites via a browser then we should give them the choice of doing so.”“We’re well aware of the trends when it comes to mobile gambling and are committed to developing our mobile experiences further across the whole usage spectrum,” continued Brew. “From a marketing point of view we are looking how we can communicate value to our customers as fast as possible, price or event updates, in the most relevant way too – whether that’s app notifications, social media or other channels.”last_img read more

Derek Chauvin still Eligible for Pension despite Killing of George Floyd

first_img(Minneapolis, MN) — Former Minneapolis police officer, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran on the force, is still eligible to receive his full pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted of killing George Floyd. Chauvin was the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes leading to his death.The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association confirms that Chauvin would remain eligible to file for his pension as early as age 50 and sources say he could receive more than $1 million over a 30-year period. After the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, Chauvin’s wife filed for divorce. It is unclear if she would receive any of the pension.Also, the Floyd family could file a wrongful death civil suit and seek to attach Chauvin’s pension if he is found guilty of murder.Officials say while a number of state laws allow for the forfeiture of pensions for employees convicted of felony crimes related to their work, this is not the case in Minnesota. Chauvin was quickly fired from the force, and amid national protests, was eventually charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers involved with the incident were also fired and face felony charges.last_img read more

Roger Federer battles into Australian Open third round

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more