Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season

Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Dec 2019 5:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Advertisement Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season Klopp’s side are still unbeaten in the league this season (Picture: Getty)Asked whether Liverpool can pull off an ‘Invincibles’ season, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘They were close last year and they are still on course to do it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But I think what Liverpool is expecting at the moment is just to win the Premier League and that is the first target for such a football city.‘To stay for 30 years without winning the Premier League… nobody would have predicted that.‘That is their main target and I think they are on a good run and on a good course to achieving that this season because their main opponent is quite far away already.’ Chris Wilder’s side travel to Anfield this week (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to record their 19th win of the season at home to Sheffield United on Thursday evening.‘Liverpool are unbeaten in 50 games in all competitions at Anfield and won their last 17 home league games,’ he told Bet Victor. ‘Yes, they have ridden their luck at times, but you must admire their consistency and resilience as well as their undoubted class and I would be surprised if they didn’t start 2020 as they finished 2019 with a home win.‘Sheffield United lost their unbeaten away league record at the Etihad on Sunday and they will feel they didn’t have the rub of the green against City.‘But I would be surprised if they were able to stop this Red juggernaut as they march on at the top of the table.’MORE: John Lundstram injury update from Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder ahead of Liverpool trip Arsenal went the 2003/04 season unbeaten under Wenger (Picture: Getty)Wenger says Liverpool have managed to accumulate the same sort of ‘belief’ that was present in his famous Arsenal side of 2003/04.‘You look at the number of goals they score and the number of goals they concede. They are very good,’ the Frenchman added.‘They play intelligent football, their players make intelligent decisions on the pitch.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My experience when you play the whole season unbeaten is that they accumulated the belief that if they just continue to play they will win the game.‘That is very difficult to get in the team because you need a special run to do that and to get the fear of losing out of the team.‘It’s something that is very important and they have that at the moment.’ Advertisement Arsene Wenger has backed Liverpool to end their 30-year wait for a Premier League title (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool are ‘on course’ to repeat Arsenal’s incredible feat of 2003/04 and go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.The Reds have won 18 of their opening 19 matches in the English top flight this season and appear destined to win the league title after 30 painful years of trying and failing.Though second-placed Leicester are 13 points worse off in the table, Jurgen Klopp is refusing to get too carried away ahead of their clash with Sheffield United.However, former Arsenal boss Wenger is confident Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will be lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter Storm

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in anticipation of a significant winter snowstorm that will impact the state starting Monday evening through late Tuesday, and announced PennDOT and the Turnpike will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel. Governor Wolf also announced that PennDOT will strategically deploy additional assets to areas expected to be hardest hit by the storm, including the Northeast, Poconos and Lehigh Valley.Governor Wolf and state agencies will provide an update on preparations for the impending winter storm at 3:30 p.m. today. The briefing will streamed live at https://governor.pa.gov/live/ or https://www.facebook.com/governorwolf/.“State agencies continue to take proactive steps to ensure Pennsylvania is ready for the incoming winter weather and Pennsylvanians should take their own precautions and prepare for adverse conditions, especially for travel,” Governor Wolf said. “We are preparing for the most significant part of the storm to hit the Eastern half of the state from Monday night through Tuesday’s commute with significant winds to follow and cause additional concerns. I ask residents and commercial drivers across the commonwealth to prepare to avoid unnecessary travel on roadways during this time – as to let road crews and emergency responders do their jobs and minimize dangerous travel.”It is important to note that the proclamation does not restrict vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists are strongly encouraged to delay all unnecessary travel and heed local road closures that may be in place. A proclamation ensures emergency resources can be procured as needed and increases protections for consumers from price-gouging.Travel Restrictions and PennDOT ResourcesTo help PennDOT and PA Turnpike crews get the optimum access to the interstates and expressways during the storm, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, these restrictions will be in place on all interstates and expressways east of Interstate 99 and including Interstate 99:45 mph speed limitBan on tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcycles.These restrictions will be in place on Interstates 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 283, 176, 180, 476, 380 and all expressways not on the interstate system. The Turnpike will have the same restrictions beginning at 10 p.m. Monday from the Bedford Interchange east to NJ and on the entire Northeastern extension. PennDOT is also cancelling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday.PennDOT has 4,800 equipment operators, more than 2,000 plow trucks, 49 snow blowers. All of PennDOT’s 11 regions will go on round-the-clock duty beginning Monday evening. PennDOT’s goal is to keep roadways passable and interstates and expressways take priority over lower volume routes.PennDOT will also be redeploying assets to eastern Pennsylvania, where the brunt of the storm is forecast to hit. Three Mobile Equipment Teams will be dispatched. Each team consists of five plow trucks, 10 equipment operators and one supervisor. Teams are being dispatched from PennDOT’s northwestern Pennsylvania district to the Scranton area, from the Pittsburgh area district to Monroe County near Stroudsburg and from southwestern Pennsylvania to the Lehigh Valley area.Proclamation of Disaster Emergency ImpactsThe proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time-consuming bidding and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.In addition, the proclamation authorizes the Department of Transportation to waive regulations related to drivers of commercial vehicles in order to ensure the timely movement of commodities, particularly food and home heating fuel.It also provides consumer protections against price gouging by prohibiting companies from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20 percent of the average price that the consumer goods or services were sold for in the 7 days preceding the effective date of the Governor’s proclamation.In the event travel is absolutely necessary, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting http://www.511PA.com. PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA. Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter Stormcenter_img March 13, 2017last_img read more

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S-Bahn expansion in full swing

first_imgINTRO: Despite changes in funding arrangements for investment in Germany’s already extensive S-Bahn networks, new construction and modernisation are forging ahead. Hubertus R Jäger assesses the state of playNEARLY ALL Germany’s S-Bahn networks are expanding. Funds are still flowing from federal sources under the Community Transport Financing Law (GVFG), which requires the Länder to make their own contribution. By doing so they are able to secure numerous jobs, with obvious implications.Nonetheless, the picture is fundamentally different from a year ago. Germany’s railway reforms included the transfer on January 1 1996 of financial responsibility for regional and local services from federal government to the Länder, who order and pay for specific services. The transfer saw the available funds in the GVFG cut from DM6·3bn in 1995 to just DM3·7bn in 1996 and following years. The other DM3bn is still available to the Länder, but there is no requirement to spend it on rail investment projects.For this reason there are a large number of projects which have reached an advanced planning stage, but are not included in GVFG packages. German Railway is therefore seeking other ways to obtain funds, especially through direct agreements with the Länder. This may sound as though developments are being delayed, but numerous schemes are being implemented in 10 cities and conurbations. Not only that, but many enjoy the status of priority projects.MünchenThe most important project under way is to raise capacity on the busy section under the centre of the city. At the moment this limits the number of trains that can be run on the various routes that converge on the city. The aim is to run 10min interval services on some S-Bahn lines.An agreement to fund a DM100m programme to raise capacity is due to be signed shortly with the Land of Bayern. This will pave the way for 120 Class ET420 three-car S-Bahn units to be fitted with LZB continuous speed control. Trains will be able to run at shorter headways on each track of the 13·9 km double track section between Westkreuz and Leuchtenbergring.Extra tracks are being added to segregate S-Bahn trains from main line traffic heading for Rosenheim and Austria. They use these as far as Grafing, where they turn off to reach Ebersberg. Four tracks are available as far as Zorneding, and work is now in progress to add two more tracks from there to Grafing. This will give Route S5 its own tracks throughout from 1999. Double-tracking on the 11 km eastern section of Route S2 from Giesing to Deisenhofen will also be finished by 1999.Funding was agreed on August 28 for the Neufahrner Spange, a chord which will provide a second S-Bahn link to München’s Franz-Josef Strauss airport (RG 3.96 p117). The DM300m project will see a 6·7 km section of new alignment built east from Neufahrn, on the main line to Passau used by Route S1, to the existing underground airport station.NürnbergWork is currently in hand to complete the first phase of the basic network, taking its length from 41 km to 67 km. The project requires upgrading of the 26 km south from Nürnberg to Roth, and efforts are now concentrated on the Eibach – Reichersdorf section and on construction of a bridge over the Main-Danube canal.The second phase covers a 39 km S-Bahn route from Nürnberg north to Fürth, Erlangen and Forchheim. This will be carried out in conjunction with German Unity Project Number 8·1 that will eventually provide a high-capacity high-speed route all the way from München to Berlin. This provides for segregation of regional traffic on the line to Forchheim, and also for some sections of separate alignment for freight.Frankfurt-am-MainSeparate S-Bahn tracks are currently being laid between Frankfurt and Darmstadt in the Rhein-Main conurbation. Two more tracks are being laid as far as Langen, and one extra with passing loops from there to Darmstadt. Services are due to start this summer.Construction of a new station to serve Frankfurt’s trade fair ground is in hand; this is located between the Hauptbahnhof and Frankfurt West. Four S-Bahn routes will call there when it opens in 1998.HannoverOf all the S-Bahn projects currently in hand, this is perhaps the most significant. Around DM1·7bn is being invested in the programme, which will create five S-Bahn routes by 2000, when Expo 2000, a major trade fair, is to take place at a special site south of the city.The five routes will form a 226 km network, of which 67 km will be on dedicated tracks. They are:S1: Stadthagen – Wunstorf – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Haste;S2: Nienburg – Wunstorf – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Haste;S3: Hannover Hbf – Lehrte – Celle;S4: Bennemühlen – Langenhagen – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Hameln;S5: Langenhagen airport – Langenhagen – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Hameln.During peak hours trains will run at 30min intervals, reducing to hourly off-peak. The first services will be launched this year, and they will use two extra tracks being laid between Seelze, west of the city, and the main station.In 1998 Hannover will receive the first of a fleet of 60 four-car ET424 trains. The trains are articulated, offering 152 second class and 24 first class seats, plus 30 folding seats and space for 246 standees at 4/m2. Gangways between cars are almost full width, and passengers will appreciate the low floor which is just 798mm above rail top, allowing same level boarding. A continuous power rating of 2350 kW will allow a maximum speed of 160 km/h.To cater for large flows of visitors to Expo 2000, up to four EMUs will be able to run in multiple. To reach the Expo site trains will use the existing main line tracks running from north to south. An extra track will be laid from Bismarckstrasse to Wülfel for about 1 km to take trains right into the exhibition grounds to a terminus at Hannover Messe/Laatzen.Another single track link is under construction to serve Langenhagen airport north of the city. This will have a two-track underground station directly below the terminal area.Rhein-RuhrAs part of the upgrading work for the PBKA high speed line project the Düren – Horrem – Klast_img read more

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Dominica signs diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica signs diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan by: – March 10, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 539 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Dominica has signed a document establishing diplomatic ties with the Republic of Azerbaijan, reports say. A joint communiqué on establishing the relations was signed by permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Agshin Mehdiyev and Dominica’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vince Henderson, according to sources in the office representing Azerbaijan in the United Nations.The report indicates that both Henderson and Mehdiyev discussed areas of cooperation between Dominica and Azerbaijan after signing the joint communiqué of diplomatic relations. Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, and is a member of the United Nations.Source: DBS NewsPhoto credit: GISlast_img read more

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Brown happy to be back

first_img Brown was harshly given his marching orders in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium when his sliding tackle on Charlie Adam was deemed worthy of a straight red by referee Kevin Friend. Sunderland appealed against the decision, as well as the three-match ban that would have gone with it, and the Football Association duly confirmed that the sending-off had been overturned. Press Association “Everyone goes through spells when they find it hard,” the Scot said. “That’s tough, then you make a decision do you bring him off, or you don’t start him. But you’re doing it for the benefit of him as well. “He’ll come through it, honestly. You can never guarantee anybody anything. But, as a footballer, he’ll definitely come through it.” And fellow Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has also backed Benteke to turn around his form sooner rather than later. “I’ve been through it before when I’ve played as a striker,” he said. “You go through these spells when you feel like everyone’s on your back, the goals don’t come. But Christian’s a quality player, he’s got a big, strong personality and the goals will come. “It’s down to us as a team to keep creating the chances for him.” Wes Brown was happy to be able to play his part in Sunderland’s goalless draw at Aston Villa having seen his controversial red card at Stoke rescinded upon appeal. That cleared the way for centre-back Brown to line up on Saturday at Villa Park, where he helped Sunderland keep a clean sheet and climb off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table with only their second away point of the season. Speaking about an eventful past 10 days, Brown said: “They looked at it and it has been rescinded so I’m all happy now and we can move on. “Obviously, I didn’t think it was a sending-off. I’ve watched it a few times now and I still think I won the ball and my two feet were on the floor. “But it was a decision and the referee has either not seen it or seen it late and we have to get on with it now.” Brown and central defensive partner John O’Shea kept Villa striker Christian Benteke quiet all afternoon as his goal drought stretched into a seventh successive game. Since returning from a month on the sidelines with a hip injury, the Belgium international has looked a shadow of the player who scored five goals in his first five games of this season to add to the 23 he bagged last term. An uninspiring performance against the Black Cats ended when Benteke was substituted before full-time, to a murmur of ironic cheers from the home faithful. But Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed his prized asset to come good. last_img read more

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Juventus loses 2-1 at Udinese, fails to secure Serie A title

first_imgIt seemed to be going to plan for Juventus when it took the lead three minutes before halftime. A defensive header out came straight to De Ligt and he took one touch before firing powerfully into the bottom left corner.However, Nestorovski leveled seven minutes after the restart when he headed in Ken Sema’s cross.Both sides struggled to create clear scoring opportunities but, just as it seemed headed for a draw, Fofana burst downfield from near the halfway line and slotted past Wojciech Szczęsny.TOP SCORERCiro Immobile boosted his hopes of finishing the season as the league’s top scorer with the winning goal in Lazio’s 2-1 victory against Cagliari. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappMILAN (AP) — Juventus missed a chance to clinch a record-extending ninth straight Italian league title as it lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Udinese on Thursday.Ilija Nestorovski canceled out Matthijs de Ligt’s opener and Seko Fofana grabbed the winner in second-half stoppage time to keep Juve’s celebrations on ice.“We lost order, even after the draw, because we wanted to win at all costs,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “In this way we took the game to a dangerous level, and after the 90th minute, we lost it.” Juventus loses 2-1 at Udinese, fails to secure Serie A title Immobile finished off a brilliant pass from Luis Alberto on the hour mark for his 31st goal of the season, one more than Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.His goal came five minutes after Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno had pushed Immobile’s effort out off the post.Sergej Milinković-Savić had netted the equalizer for Lazio with a powerful volley shortly after the break. Giovanni Simeone’s effort was deflected in on the stroke of halftime to give Cagliari the lead.The victory secured Lazio a spot in next season’s Champions League with the capital side now guaranteed at least fourth place in Serie A.___ Juventus remained six points clear of second-place Atalanta and can secure the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday.It could even be crowned earlier, if Atalanta loses at AC Milan on Friday and Inter fails to win at Genoa on Saturday.“In this period we are physically and mentally tired, and it is a problem common to all,” Sarri said. “For this reason, being aggressive is something more tiring and, therefore, now what matters most is order … It is difficult to keep it throughout the match and sometimes, like today, we lose it.”The points could prove crucial for Udinese as it went seven points clear of the relegation zone, with three rounds remaining.Juventus knew a victory at Udinese would secure the title as the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker over Atalanta courtesy of a better head-to-head record.center_img July 23, 2020 Associated Press More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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UW hockey schedule announced for 2008-09 season

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoThe 2008-09 UW men’s hockey schedule was announced Tuesday,and on paper it appears the Badgers will have their work cut out for them.Wisconsin will open up the new season against the defendingchampion Eagles of Boston College on the road Oct. 10. Mike Eaves’ team willthen make the trek to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire, winners of theHockey East regular-season title, the following evening.Michigan State, the national champions from two seasons ago,and Michigan will also travel to Madison to take part in the College HockeyShowcase Nov. 28 and 29. The Wolverines, who held the No. 1 ranking at the endof the regular season, claimed the CCHA championship and advanced to the NCAA’sFrozen Four before being defeated 5-4 by Notre Dame in overtime. In last year’sShowcase, UW fell 3-2 to the Wolverines and tied the Spartans 4-4. Both gameswere played on the road.In the annual Badger Hockey Showdown, Wisconsin will playhost to Harvard, Alabama-Huntsville and Lake Superior State. That tournamentwill run Dec. 27-28 at the Kohl Center. Last year’s Showdown saw Colgate,Bowling Green and Northeastern visit Wisconsin. The Badgers skated to a 2-2 tiein their game against Colgate and topped Bowling Green 5-3.The only other nonconference matchup on the docket is atwo-game home series against Northern Michigan the first weekend in January.Highlighting the list of road trips Wisconsin will be makingare a two-game series in Grand Forks against North Dakota — the team thateliminated the Badgers from the NCAA tournament this year — at Ralph EnglestadArena and a lengthy flight up north for a faceoff against Alaska-Anchorage.In all, 20 of UW’s 36 games in the regular season will beplayed against teams that made the NCAA tournament. It will also have six gamesagainst Frozen Four participants — North Dakota, Michigan and Boston College.The WCHA Final Five is again set to be played at the XcelEnergy Center in St. Paul, Minn., from March 13-15. The NCAA’s regional gamewill be held in Minneapolis, Manchester, N.H., Grand Rapids, Mich., andBridgeport, Conn. The Verizon Center in Washington D.C. will host the FrozenFour April 9-11.last_img read more

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NBA issues statement of regret after Rockets owner’s anti-China tweet

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 22:13 IST NBA Issues Statement Of Regret After Rockets Owner’s Anti-China Tweet NBA said that it regretted any offence caused by Houston Rockets owner Daryl Morey’s tweet. He had tweeted in support of the pro-democracy protestors in China. COMMENT The NBA released a statement after Houston Rockets owner Daryl Morey set a storm in China by posting an image on Twitter that read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” READ | Hong Kong Protests: People March Against Government’s Ban On Masks’Statement by Morey is regretable’The NBA statement read “We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.”READ | Hong Kong Police Shoots A Teen Protester For Rioting And AssaultingDaryl Morey later deleted his tweet, but the story did not die down. The Chinese Basketball Association said that it would suspend all ties with the Texas-based team. The Chinese consulate in Houston also released a statement, which said ” We expressed shock and strong dissatisfaction with the fact that Rockets general manager Morey made a false statement about Hong Kong. He has already made solemn representations to the Rockets asking the team to clarify, correct the mistakes immediately, and take practical measures to eliminate the bad effects.” The statement took a more political turn later, “At present, the fight against violence and the restoration of the order are the broadest consensuses and the strongest appeal of all sectors of society in Hong Kong. Anyone with a conscience should support the efforts of the Hong Kong SAR Government to maintain social stability in Hong Kong.”READ | Hong Kong: Teen Protester Shot By Police Will Face Criminal ChargesSevere backlash through multiple channelsMorey’s tweet referred to the protests that have been going on for months where protestors are asking for rights to gain independence. Over time, the subject of these protests has broadened. The NBA and the Rockets have already faced results of the backlash. The merchandise of the Rockets is no longer visible on the Chinese platform Taobao. Another Chinese sporting goods brand said that it was suspending all ties with the team because of the statements by the Morey. Streaming and news partners have stopped covering the team as well. READ | How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 7th October, 2019 22:13 IST Devarshi mankad LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Gavin Isaacs: Helping SBTech to navigate key regulated markets

first_img Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Having joined SBTech just three weeks ago, Gavin Isaacs has already set about using his 20 years of high-level gaming experience to bolster the company’s US presence.We spoke to Isaacs about how his experience with Scientific Games, Bally and SHFL Entertainment can be translated into success for his new employers, what convinced him to join the SBTech project, and where he sees the biggest growth opportunity for the company.SBC: We understand you were approached by several companies after leaving Scientific Games. What convinced you to join the SBTech project?GI: I had run several large land-based gaming companies and asked myself whether I wanted to do it again. After a great deal of thought, I felt that I needed to look to the future and assess where I could make an impact within an area where I believe the industry is heading, and that is online with sports initially being the main driver.I went to ICE last year and saw everything that was on offer, but I was really impressed with SBTech’s technology, it’s people and senior management team, its approach and fast moving, aggressive expansion plans. I then met with the founder and we shared a common view of the future, of the industry and the business, and it was a very easy decision to make.The industry landscape today is changing faster than ever, and the future is very much online. You shouldn’t underestimate the big suppliers on the land-based side as they’re going to play a significant role in shaping how things evolve, but there are some great companies out there such as SBTech that have already made huge progress in all the key regulated markets, and that are going to continue to make huge inroads across new and emerging jurisdictions such as the US; an area where I have significant expertise from my time with Scientific Games, Bally and SHFL Entertainment and where I feel I can really add value.SBC: What can you bring with you from your time with Bally and Scientific Games to enhance what is already a hugely successful global business?GI: This is a non-executive role, but I don’t intend to sit back. The first thing I’ve done is to travel to all the SBTech offices in Bulgaria, Tel Aviv, Kiev and finishing in London to meet with various executives and teams to understand the products more so I can then sit down with the rest of the management team to help shape the business’s strategy.I’ll be using my previous experience to help the company navigate regulated markets, in particular the US, regulated US states and those states that are considering opening in the coming months and years. My extensive global contacts are going to be a significant advantage, while I’ll also help to mentor teams and make sure we’re doing the right thing and approach things in the right way.SBC: What do you hope SBTech can achieve in the US this year? And where do you see the biggest growth opportunity for the company?GI: The company entered the US very early on, as soon as the Paspa legislation was repealed. It has signed several significant strategic partnerships with brands in New Jersey and Mississippi and it has several others in the pipeline ready to announce.The potential is huge, and SBTech is investing significantly in its technology and infrastructure on the ground to enable it to maximise this long-term opportunity. Being based in Las Vegas and having worked here for several years across many of the industry’s largest suppliers I will be able to use my knowledge of the US market to support and grow the company’s US expansion.There are lots of ways to expand the business and we haven’t sat down to discuss this yet. These are kinds of things we’ll talk about and we will explore all the possibilities. I’ve run different size companies in America and from my experience we need to put in place the right infrastructure and support systems and personnel, ensure we have the right licences which is key in the States, and we must be very committed which SBTech is and has been from the get-go. We must also pick the targets and make the right strategic moves.SBC: How do you set about shaping the sportsbook platform to enable SBTech’s partners to rival the early sports betting pace setters in New Jersey?GI: These are early days for me so I can’t comment on specifics but the offerings I’ve seen living and working in Vegas have not been up to scratch. There is still a long way to go. You must bring the market with you and we need to recognise that it won’t change overnight. It’s been a very good start, with impressive initial figures coming from New Jersey that has gone the whole hog and regulated internet gaming which I think is the right decision.It won’t be long before other states open and, once we see that, there will be a wave. SBTech is perfectly positioned to take advantage of stateside expansion with its proven track record of success across more than 20 regulated territories and a highly flexible product offering that can be tailored and localised to any market.SBTech will be exhibiting at Betting on Sports America from 23-25 April in New Jersey / New York. Betting on Sports America is the largest sports betting conference & exhibition, present ing175 leading industry speakers across 40 sessions and three conference rooms. The 61,000 sq ft large exhibition will bring delegates 60 exhibitors, world class hospitality and the very best networking and business opportunities. 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Lakewood home fire classified as ‘accident’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Township Fire Department and a private investigator classified Sunday’s Lakewood Drive house fire as an accident.Chief David Robbins said there were at least three different  appliances. He’s referring to a coffee maker, lamp and fan that were plugged in and still in use.“When I say appliances, I’m referring to anything that’s powered by electrics,” said Robbins. “In this instance, the area of origin we found a least three of those things. All of which were energized at the time of the fire which had the potential to cause or be the ignition source.”The damage was so great, the township fire chief said investigators could not pin point which appliance set off the fire blaze.Robbins said, “something we can do here is pointing out to people the importance of when they leave home” is making sure unused appliances are unplugged.“You may shut them off, but even if they’re shut off, if they’re plugged in they’re still drawing power,” said the head of the Alpena Township Fire Department.   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New historical society works to preserve ‘lush’ historyNext How taxpayers are cheating themselveslast_img read more

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