Winning Post – Another week, another credit card consultation

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners kick starts the week by assessing the global changes to taxes, the Australian government’s crackdown on credit cards, and the recent NHS statistics released in the UK.Global: gambling tax changes – call of dutyThis week has seen three elements of ‘bad news’ from a tax perspective. Denmark (€520m run-rate online market) has announced that it will increase online duty by 8ppts (40%) to 28% in 2021, to go some way to normalise the rate with landbased. Brazil has opted to maintain a 3% turnover duty rather than a proposed 1% of turnover for its forthcoming domestically regulated betting market. In a smaller market, but with a bigger impact for those concerned, tax increases in Lithuania (by 3ppts to 18% for retail and 13% for online) have caused Olympic Entertainment to close nine betting shops (6 of national supply) and two casinos (11%).On the one hand, it is hard not to sympathise with the reaction of the Olympic MD for Lithuania and apply it across the board: “Initiatives to aggressively change the tax environment not only create uncertainty but have also forced us to rethink and change our business model. We will move the activity from the closed facilities to other operating units, such as betting shops, casinos or the remote gambling platform.This is how we respond to changing market conditions so that we can ensure the sustainability of our business through legal action.” Higher taxes makes it harder to make money (in theory – bear with us on that) while ‘aggressive’ changes can certainly detrimentally affect business models. But if we examine each of these markets in turn, a more nuanced view can emerge.When Denmark domestically regulated online gambling in 2011 the government had to face down a state aid legal challenge from domestic retail operators for providing online with a far more favourable rate of tax (Denmark’s casinos and gaming machine face taxes of 41- 75% GGR – online is paying less than half of this). Denmark’s logic was simple: the benefits of ‘liberalisation’ outweighed the issues of differential tax treatment, while there was sufficient precedent (e.g. UK) – the European Commission agreed. However, two things then occurred.The first was rapid channel shift, with overall market growth of 58% since 2012 (ex lottery) but 189% online – retail overall grew by only 31% (all betting as operators competed against the erstwhile monopoly) while casinos have been flat (no new supply or demand) and gaming machines have declined (by 21% since 2012). The second was a very rapid growth in online advertising – with Kantar reporting that radio and TV ads has more than doubled since 2012 (triggering voluntary restrictions and calls for tighter regulation – as in many other jurisdictions). So who has won from liberalisation? – online gambling operators and media companies. Who has lost? – landbased gaming operators and the treasury.Further, given that Denmark’s rate of VAT is 25% (20% cash), growth in online gambling is tax neutral beyond the (very important) element of channelling from the black market, but a fiscal problem for channelling from landbased to online. While a 28% tax rate might squeeze some operators, it is unlikely to have a material impact on consumer choice (the number of high or at least reasonable quality licensees available) and therefore channelization, in our view. Equally, the vast majority of marketing spend tends to be focussed on market share rather than growing the market.Consequently, higher taxes tend simply to drive lower marketing spend and higher operating efficiencies (e.g. UK growth and channelling was completely unaffected by adding a 15% duty where before there was none – despite baleful industry predictions and ‘analysis’ to the contrary). A 40% tax hike, however aggressive it may sound, therefore kills a few birds with one stone: cutting advertising, levelling the playing field a little (after all retail operators tend to employ more people per € of revenue generated and are still subject to roughly double the rate of tax) and making the treasury a net beneficiary of online gambling growth away from other forms of consumer expenditure. These elements might have just made the Danish market more sustainable – remote operator cries for politicians to ‘come to their senses’, notwithstanding.Brazil’s position has less compelling outcomes for similar input logic. A 1% turnover tax would have been among the lowest in the world – Ireland doubled its tax rate to 2% last year. On a 10% blended GM, Brazil is suggesting a 30% equivalent GGR tax vs. 10%: the former gives the state a more significant but still sustainable level of skin in the game and makes growth beyond black market channelling attractive (Brazil’s GST rate is c. 17-20% in a very complicated Federal-Provincial model, so 10% would effectively mean a relative betting operator subsidy vs. general consumer taxes).However, while Ireland can meaningfully talk about a 10% GM being a representative outcome given the horseracing mix, Brazil is likely to be dominated by soccer and US sports. The former creates margins between 2% and 30%, while the latter (along with in-play) averages at around 6%. So offers that are soccer multiple led pay far less tax than offers that are singles or in-play led (which would see effective tax rates of over 50% if they tried to offer ‘natural’ prices to compete in value terms with the inevitable black market). This is likely to cause significant market distortions and black market leakage, in our view.If Brazil doesn’t want to sacrifice its potential tax base (logically enough), then a 30% GGR tax would be far more efficient than a 3% turnover tax (even a 6% one for retail), in our view – and create a win-win model for betting operators and the government (caveat: gaming still seems not to be included – so not many operators would actually net benefit, in our view, if restrictions are enforced).Lithuania is again a mixed message in terms of its regulatory policy and fiscal policy. Its online market has been growing strongly to a run-rate of €42m GGR – catching up with a landbased gambling market of €71m GGR. Channel shift has led to a relatively stagnant overall landbased supply in terms of revenue and the number of units over the last four years.Lithuania is also noticing and reacting to increased gambling advertising – with the regulator introducing significant restrictions last month. However, while online continues to benefit from a material tax advantage (going up from 10% to 13% vs. 15 to `18% for retail – so still a 5ppt or 38% advantage), this gap is likely to continue to drive retail decline (with related job losses) and encourage as many forms of online marketing as possible.UK: regulation – NHS BS offers gloomy prognosis for sensible policyThis week raised the question once again of why so many of the people who set themselves up as guardians of moral rectitude seem to be such colossal fibbers. On Tuesday, the National Health Service published details of the Health Survey for England 2018, including survey data on gambling. The data indicates that the long-term decline in adult gambling participation has continued – down from 62% in 2015 and 56% in 2016 to 54% last year (excluding the National Lottery, it fell from 45% to 42% to 40%).The trend is largely visible across the board with a sustained erosion of participation in most modes of wagering (the only two forms that grew were society lotteries and non-remote novelty betting). The rate of problem gambling (using combined figures from the DSM-IV and PGSI screens) fell once again – down to 0.5% of adults from 0.9% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2016. This therefore seemed to be a mixed bag; further concern for operators that their product is losing relevance; reassurance for all that harmful gambling is (if we can tell anything from prevalence surveys) in retreat.That of course is not the way that the senior management of the NHS sees things. For its chief executive, Simon Stevens the fact that more than half of adults gambled on at least one occasion last year was a “stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society”. This was a revealing comment, suggesting that Mr Stevens is concerned not so much about the number of people who might meet the diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder (a valid health matter) or even whether gambling is increasing in popularity; but simply the fact that some grown-ups occasionally gets their kicks from playing games and placing bets (a matter of personal choice).It would seem that to Mr Stevens, the act of gambling is in itself (and irrespective of any assessment of problems) a health issue – one of equal prominence to asthma, obesity and longstanding medical conditions. This is as clear an illustration of the prohibitionist agenda that – as we have written previously – seeks to position gambling as an inherently harmful activity, similar to tobacco consumption.Mr Stevens went on to state that the data demonstrated “how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling”. Of course, the data shows nothing of the kind. Indeed, it contained no information on gambling addiction. Even if we take gambling disorder as a imperfect proxy for addiction, the indication that one-in-two-hundred adults may meet the diagnostic criteria for a mild, moderate or severe disorder (down from around one-in-one-hundred-and-ten) is not really suggestive of ease.Mr Stevens perceives online gambling to be at the root of things – but do the figures support this contention? It is true that participation in online sports betting (which has been linked with relatively low to moderate levels of problem gambling in every prevalence survey since 2007) nudged up fractionally – from 7.4% to 7.8%; while online gaming (which has had a moderately high level of problem gambling in all studies) edged down from 3.1% to 3.0%.Annual participation in online gambling in total was 9.4% – exactly the same rate recorded in 2016. Indeed, it is somewhat remarkable that one-quarter-of-a-century after the emergence of remote gambling, it remains a relatively niche pastime. Given that 38% of Britons shop online at least once a week (according to a recent survey by Episerver), gambling appears if anything to be something of a laggard in e-commerce.The idea therefore that remote operators are responsible for an increase in gambling and problem gambling over the past two years is demonstrably not supported by the latest survey data. It is unclear why Mr Stevens felt the need to embellish and distort his own organisation’s data – but sadly his organisation has form. Earlier this year, at the launch of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, one of Mr Stevens’s colleagues made public comments about gambling and suicide that were based – by his own admission – on nothing more than hearsay. Recently, another high profile figure from the NHS claimed that the city of Hull was “inundated” with casinos (there are two casinos in Hull – one per 130,322 inhabitants).The fact that we cannot rely on NHS senior management to be reliable witnesses is troubling given that the Conservative Party has committed itself to a department of Health led review of gambling legislation in the next parliament. It is a disappointing aspect of the policy debate on gambling that so many of those in positions of political, regulatory and spiritual leadership have chosen in recent years to make highly public misrepresentations of the basic facts.They may not always have done so deliberately (interpretation of gambling data often requires a degree of understanding that few generalists possess) but there is a sense that they are viewing all new information through the prism of a “public health crisis”. When pressed and in private, the more honest will admit to their mistakes – but all seem incapable of public acts of correction or contrition.While remote gambling is currently the focus of ire for many of these public figures, the NHS’s misinterpretation of its own survey data should be a cause for alarm for all operators (and indeed any consumers who value the right to gamble if they choose). This is because the elimination of online betting or gaming is likely to have only a very modest effect on overall gambling participation (quite aside from the creation of a black market). If Mr Stevens wishes for gambling to become even less “common” than it currently is (a low since records began) then the National Lottery (39% annual participation), scratchcards (18%), charity lotteries (14%) and betting on horseracing (8%) are all promising targets. It will be time to bid farewell to all that funding for historic buildings and Olympic endeavour; time to tarmac over Epsom and Ascot.The nature of the debate over gambling is shifting. There is a real risk that the central question for gambling policy in the forthcoming governmental review ceases to be about the balance between consumer enjoyment and consumer protection; and concerns itself instead with whether gambling should be permitted at all.Australia: regulation – banks take evasive action on credit cardsAnother week, another consultation on whether credit cards should be permitted forms of payment for gambling services. The fact that Australia is currently reviewing the question is not particularly surprising; the identity of the reviewer is perhaps more interesting.This week, the Australian Banking Association initiated a public consultation to address a number of questions related to gambling on credit – what are the risks? Should it be permitted? Should restrictions apply to all forms of gambling? What might happen as a result of restrictions? Should banks be given more time to come up with intelligent solutions?The consultation appears to be a rare example of an industry (financial services rather than gambling in this case) getting ahead of a problem in order to give intelligent solutions a fighting chance over prohibition. The consultation runs until March 2020.__________Content provided by Regulus Partners Submit Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img

Besser Museum hosting Pokémon Go Open House this weekend

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Last fall, we learned about how fans of the game Pokémon Go flock to the outside of the Besser Museum because of their many pokestops, places to catch these virtual Pokémon.Fans of the game now have the opportunity to explore even more. This Saturday, the museum is holding a Pokémon Go open house to encourage folks to play the game inside and explore what the museum has to offer.It’s the second time the Besser Museum has done a Pokémon-themed event to try and draw players into it’s halls.“Pokémon is a great way to encourage people to get out and explore their local community and area,” said Planetarium Coordinator Johnathan Winckowski. “It allows them to see places and things that they normally wouldn’t have thought about.”Stop by this Saturday between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and compete with other Pokémon Go players all afternoon. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Besser Museum website https://www.bessermuseum.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Besser Museum, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Pokemon, Pokemon GoContinue ReadingPrevious Clark’s Laundromat fire considered a total lossNext Councilman Mike Nowak hearing out ideas, comments on Saturdaylast_img read more

Over 50 Teams Will Compete in Dragon Boat Festival

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaPaddles up! Over 50 local and regional teams will race for the gold at the 12th annual Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 29 at the Port Plaza.   More than 5,000 spectators are expected to cheer the racers on, enjoy cultural performances, and browse the booths along the boardwalk. Booths include food, fun and cultural arts and crafts. The Dragon Boat teams represent colleges, universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies and community organizations. Saint Martin’s University (SMU) hosts the festival. The event is free and open to the public. If you go: Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Port Plaza on Budd Inlet, immediately north of Percival Landing at 701 Columbia Street NW. Look for the large viewing tower. The Port of Olympia is a proud sponsor of this community event. For more information, including ways to support the festival or organize a team, visit http://www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat or email dragonboat@stmartin.edu.last_img read more

Three runners aim for Olympic qualification

first_imgThey are 400m specialist Nelson Stone, 400m sprinter and hurdler Mowen Boino and sprinter Theo Piniau.Athletics PNG will select one male athlete for the Games under the universality rule.Universality rule guarantees every Olympic Committee a place for one male and one female athlete regardless of qualifying standards.Stone competed in the 400m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the first round despite setting a season’s best time of 46.71Boino is a track and field athlete, who specialises in 400 metres sprint and in the 400 metre hurdles. He is a three-time Olympian and four-time national record holder for the 400m hurdles.APNG confirmed in a statement that whoever has the best performance between now and mid-June will be nominated.Piniau is on scholarship at West Texas A&M University in the USA and Stone’s training and competition program is being funded by the PNG Olympic Committee.Boino as yet does not have a sponsor for his program.last_img read more

Bloomfield, James win easy at Carifta Trials

first_imgKINGSTON College Akeem Bloomfield and Tiffany James of the Mico University College brought the final day of the Carifta Trials to a grand ending yesterday with spectacular runs in the Under-20 400 metres events. Bloomfield has been absent from the track all season and qualified to the final after cruising to 47.44 seconds on Saturday in his first race in over a year. Running out of lane four in the final, he covered the field early — running the first 200 metres at a rapid pace and leaving his rivals for dead — before taking his foot off the gas for the remainder of the race, even stopping metres before the finish line to clock a season best 46.51 seconds, the fastest time among Class One boys this season. St Jago High’s Sean Bailey ran on strongly for second in 46.76 seconds, with Terry Thomas of Greater Portmore third in 47.76 seconds. Former Papine High standout, James, now under the guidance of Bertland Cameron at Mico, delivered a peach of a run in the women’s Under-20 final. St. Jago High’s Aleesha Kelly went out like a scared hare from lane four, but James kept her cool in lane five and went up a gear towards the end to score a big win in a fast 52.53 seconds, beating her nearest rival, Semoy Hemmings (53.77) of Hydel High, by over a full second. Satanya Wright of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was third in 55.28. Kingston College athletes registered a quinella in the boys’ Under-18 400 metres. Dashawn Morris, running out lane seven, won in a personal best of 47.52 seconds, with Tyreke Bryan second, also in a personal best, of 47.87 seconds. Third went to Anthony Cox of St Jago in 48.39. There was also a mild upset in the girl’s Under-18 400, metres as STETHS’ Stacey Ann Williams won in 53.87 seconds ahead of St Catherine High’s Annakay Allen (54.61). Favourite Sanique Walker of Vere Technical was third in 54.87 seconds. Vere’s Class Three athlete, Brittany Anderson, won the girl’s Under-18 200 metres. Anderson, who had captured the long jump on Saturday’s opening day, sprinted away from St Jago High’s Shaniel English to win in a personal best of 23.92 seconds. English clocked 24.17 for second, with third going to Joanna Reid of St Jago in 24.51. Overseas-based Damion Thomas, of North East High in Florida, was very impressive in winning the boys’ Under-18 110-metre hurdles in 13.73 seconds. Oquendo Bernard of Jamaica College (JC) was second in 13.97, with third going to Brandon Brembridge of Excelsior High in 14.04. Rohan Cole of the University of Technology took the boys’ Under-20 equivalent in 13.48 seconds, beating KC’s Orlando Smith (13.92) and Tyrone Bryan (13.95) of Calabar High, respectively. Daszy Freeman of Manchester High won the girls Under-18 100 m hurdles in 13.77 seconds, with Jada Campbell of Hydel second in 13.85 seconds. In the Under-20 event, Rushelle Burton of Camperdown High won in 13.74 seconds, beating Sidney Marshall of Manchester High (13.84). Selected Results GIRLS 200 METRES UNDER 20 1. Shanice Reid St Jago 23.85 2. Kimone Hines Green Island 23.92 3. Roneisha McGregor Hydel 24.20 1500 m UNDER 18 1. Cemore Donald EDA 4:40.80 2. Britney Dixon Vere 4:43.42 3. Kayon Green EDA 4:50.00 SHOT PUT UNDER 18 1. Gabrielle Bailey St And 14.63M 2. Akio Jones Wol 13.45M 3. Test Bryan Hyd 13.09 SHOT PUT UNDER 20 1. Janell Fullerton St J 14.78M 2. Sahjay Stevens Steths 13.95M 3. Devia Brown Hydel 12.73M DISCUS UNDER 18 1. Shadae Hudson *Holm 39.20M 2. Kimone Reid EDA 38.98M 3. Akiko Jones Wol 38.42M HIGH JUMP Under 20 1. Britney Kerr Hydel 1.70M 2. Lorean Murray St And 1.65 3. Gabrielle Foster Alpha 1.60M BOYS 200MUNDER18 1. Michael Stevens CHS 21.61 2. Michael Bentley St J 21.72 3. Delano Williams Mun 22.03 200 m UNDER 20 1. Angel Miller Xlcr 21.30 2. Imar Tomlinson Xlcr 21.55 3. Bonanza Cummings Herb Morr 21.63 DISCUS UNDER 20 1. Sanjae Lawrence Pet 51.84M 2. Kyle Mitchell Wolm 50.30M 3. Kevin Nedrick Pet 50.15 DISCUS UNDER 18 1. Phillip Barnett Xlcr 59.62M 2. Roje Stona St J 56.88M 3. Daniel Cope Pet 54.92M LONG JUMP UNDER 18 1. Shakwon Coke KC 7.23M 2. Joel Morgan Xlcr 7.17M 3. Shaquille Lowe KC 7.03M SHOT PUT UNDER 20 1. Warren Barrett CHS 19.89M 2. Sanjae Lawrence Pet 19.06M 3. Kevin Nedrick Pet 18.18Mlast_img read more

Home-grown sports here to stay, say SEA Games chiefs

first_imgJoeart Jumawan and Alvin Pangan of Philipines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZSoutheast Asian Games organizers have given their strong backing to keeping home-grown sports like sepak takraw — as well as the policy of tailoring the program to suit the host country.The biennial Games, whose 29th edition is underway in Malaysia, are known for their distinctive regional sports and unashamed home-nation bias.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ “So yes, we will certainly have Olympic sports where we want to do well in Southeast Asia… but we also have to cater for sports that are popular within the region.”Ball-juggling sport sepak takraw, played with the feet and a rattan ball, and the martial arts of pencak silat and wushu are among the disciplines that remain little-known outside of Asia.The current, 11-nation SEA Games also feature lawn bowls, petanque, Muay Thai boxing and figure skating among their diverse schedule of 38 sports.“Sepak takraw is very much a regional sport and very popular, so we have to ensure that those sports are properly covered,” said Tunku Imran. “And then you have to give some opportunity to the host country to win some medals.”ADVERTISEMENT PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The hosts have topped the medals table at six of the last 10 editions, and Malaysia look set to finish top in Kuala Lumpur — for the first time since they last hosted the Games in 2001.The current Games feature only one Olympic champion, Singapore’s US-based swimmer Joseph Schooling, reflecting Southeast Asia’s struggles on the world stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Games organizers said there were no plans to revise the SEA Games’ approach of showcasing colorful regional pursuits such as pencak silat to focus more closely on Olympic sports.“The Olympic sports are very, very important, but some countries don’t have facilities for many of the Olympic sports,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) According to the SEA Games charter, athletics and aquatics, which includes swimming and diving, are compulsory, and the hosts then choose at least 14 sports from a list of 38 which feature at the Olympics or Asian Games.The home country can also pick between two and eight sports out of 16 listed in a third category, which includes the Southeast Asian favourites.“We try to do a balance of what’s compulsory, what’s on the programme of the Olympic Games and Asian Games,” said Low Beng Choo, secretary of the Games’ sports and technical committee.“But we also give the host country an opportunity to choose the regional or the sub-regional sports that are good for the host country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Odd offerings in sports in 2018: weird science, camels, soup

first_imgFILE – This Jan. 13, 2018 file smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system. Everyone’s phone at the Sony Open in Hawaii started flashing alerts: a missile is coming, and this is no drill. Golfer Colt Knost surveyed the mayhem and had this thought as the apocalypse possibly approached. “I texted one of the rules officials and asked if tee times were delayed.” (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: This was supposed to be a nice day of golf in Hawaii. Instead, it felt like Armageddon. Everyone’s phone at the Sony Open started flashing: A missile is coming, and this is the real deal. One golfer, John Peterson, tweeted that he and his family were taking cover under mattresses in the bathtub and praying to the almighty. The alert was a false alarm, but until then there was panic in the lobby, with people running around, not knowing what to do. Golfer Colt Knost surveyed the mayhem and had this thought as the apocalypse possibly approached: “I texted one of the rules officials and asked if tee times were delayed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was a soup thrower in the locker room. There was a tickler on the hockey rink. There were science deniers swallowing their hot air. There was a hint of doomsday on a golf course.Sports drifted into strange places in 2018. Sometimes everyone seemed lost.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The Scottish soccer team Brechin played an entire 36-game season without winning a game. That hadn’t happened since the 19th century. The Washington Nationals brought three camels to spring training, a proclamation that this year they would finally get over the playoff hump. Well, the hump was big and there were no playoffs for the Nationals, just the lasting scent of camel’s breath.And be happy you weren’t the person in charge of ordering food for Norway’s team at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Instead of getting 1,500 eggs, as requested, 15,000 arrived. Hey, omelets for everyone!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 ChrissFILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Japan’s Minister in Charge of Tokyo Olympics Yoshitaka Sakurada arrives at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo. Sakurada, also the minister in charge of cybersecurity, is in the spotlight for acknowledging he had never used a computer and making comments showing he had no idea what a USB port might be. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)GET THIS MAN A PASSWORD: Worried about safety at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? This should make you feel better. The man in charge of cybersecurity says he’s never used a computer. The most standard cable connection is a mystery to him. Suffice to say, Yoshitaka Sakurada did not come off well in his remarks, drawing laughs from Japanese lawmakers. Says Sakurada: “I give instructions to my aide, and so I don’t plug into a computer myself. But I am confident our work is flawless.”FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. French tennis authorities said her daring, full-length catsuit would no longer be welcome at the French Open. Rising to her defense were not so much the editors of Vogue but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran. He tweeted that the French were “disrespecting” Williams. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION: Serena Williams knows her way around a tennis court as well as the world of couture. But French tennis authorities said her daring, full-length catsuit would no longer be welcome at the French Open. Rising to her defense were not so much the editors of Vogue but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran. He tweeted that the French were “disrespecting” Williams. He added, with no hint of his role in dictating fashion choice during his rule, that “some people . haven’t realized the true meaning of freedom.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DEER VIJAY: It’s over. Not often do lawyers get to draw up confidentiality agreements regarding deer antlers, but so it was with golfer Vijay Singh. The three-time major winner settled a lawsuit that had been going on for more than five years over his use of deer-antler spray. The spray contains an insulin-growth substance that had been banned by the PGA Tour. Singh contended he was subjected to “public humiliation and ridicule.”SOUP’S ON: Basketball fans — and short-order cooks everywhere — may ponder this for a long time: What kind of soup did J.R. Smith throw? Lentil? Good old chicken noodle? Perhaps a bisque. We simply don’t know. But this much is clear: The then-Cleveland Cavaliers guard, as if squaring up from behind the arc, tossed a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones after a shootaround. When pressed on his soup choice, Smith insisted he could not remember, saying it’s “just part of the game.”FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2010, file photo former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks with the media after visiting with the Cleveland Browns coaches and players at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. When you go 0-16 these things happen. The Browns plunged to such depths after their winless 2017 season they were compelled to knock down a report they were considering former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be their next coach. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)RICE AND BEANS: When you go 0-16 these things happen. The Cleveland Browns plunged to such depths after their winless 2017 season they were compelled to knock down a report they were considering former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be their next coach. Rice, a lifelong Browns fan, knows her football but is probably on safer turf at a NATO conference. The Browns noted their “utmost respect” for Rice but said no thanks. Rice, on Facebook, expressed confidence in the team’s next hire. However, if need be, she offered to “call a play or two next season.”ICECAPADES: Maybe Freud can explain this. Or maybe Gary Bettman. In the merry month of May, two NHL players got in touch with their inner 6-year-old. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury tickled the ear of a helmetless Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets. Fleury says he was simply “trying to have a little smile by myself.” Then there’s Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins — no tickler he. He licks opponents. First, he went after Toronto’s Leo Komarov, then Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. The league told Marchand to cut it out, threatening punishment. A couple of coaches were exasperated. A macho punch to the face is one thing, but this? “I don’t get it, I don’t understand it,” the Lightning’s Jon Cooper said. Added the Jets’ Paul Maurice: “It gives me the willies.”Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)SPACEBALLS: Two of the NBA’s best briefly left the court for another galaxy. Kyrie Irving , during a 2017 podcast, wondered if the Earth might be flat. Social media were not kind to such musings. This year, the Celtics guard seemed to acknowledge at a Boston summit that his planet is indeed as round as a basketball and said he was sorry “to all the science teachers.” Celestial backcourt mate Stephen Curry, meanwhile, wondered if it was a hoax that astronauts walked on the moon. The Golden State star told ESPN he was “obviously” joking and “silently protesting” how this story “took a life of its own.” In any case, NASA says it has mounds of lunar rocks to show Curry, who happily agreed to accept the invitation to tour the space agency.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Stanley Pringle is PBA’s newest scoring championlast_img read more

Kanvee Adams Gets Africa’s Best Female Artist Nomination

first_imgKanvee Adams, one of Liberia’s most celebrated Gospel recording artists, has gained admission into the nomination list of three categories for the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).Adams is on the list of females comprising other great African musicians, including Afrie of Uganda, Judy Stevens of Kenya, Kelly Khumalo of South Africa and Nabila of Cameroon.Others nominated include Nada Azhari of Morocco, Ntokozo Mbanbo, South Africa Olivia Ambani, Kenya and Teni of Nigeria.South Africa’s prolific rapper and producer, Nasty C; African music definitive artiste, Davido; Nigeria’s contemporary music talent, Burna Boy; and Northern Africa’s brilliant showman, Tamer Hosny have also scored high nominations on the 6th AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ list that has been released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA on Sunday, August 25, 2019.Kanvee Adams is noted for a couple of her soul touching tracks, including “Mama I thank God for you” and “Liberia on the rise.”In her “Mama I thank God for you” track, Adams demonstrates what every child, regardless of age and fame, needs to do in order to appreciate his or her mother for the roles she plays or has played in the life of the child when he or she was unable to make anything count at some time.She rallied the conscientious minds of people towards letting go the bigotry and align themselves with their true origins, no matter how filthy and unwelcoming they may be.Kanvee, as she is commonly called by most of her followers, is headed to win three of the awards, including Best female artiste in western Africa, song writer of the year in Africa and best female artiste, duo or group in African for inspirational music.She is the only Liberian musical artist who has been nominated for the AFRIMA.More interestingly, having established herself as a Gospel Music Artist with repute in her home country, Mrs. DAAR Musice Global, a Nigerian music production, sales company and advisement company, has signed Adams.She is currently trading her talent there in celebrated colors.The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) recently announced that the 6th annual edition tagged ‘Feel Africa’ will be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria with support from the Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria and the Government of Lagos State from November 20 to 23, 2019.‘Feel Africa’, an initiative aimed at promoting the African essence through its music and culture, while promoting African Unity and a border-less continent is in the bid to change the widely spread negatives about Africa.AFRIMA’s aim is to exploit the uniqueness in the African spirit, passion and creativity to bring an end to issues hindering the unity, peaceful co-existence and economic growth of the continent.Lagos State, rated as the largest music, entertainment and commercial hub in Western Africa and also renowned for its bubbly and hip lifestyle has hosted previous editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2017 with the support of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria.The support of the local Government of Lagos State as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution.Angela Martins, who extended gratitude to the government of Lagos State, head of Culture, African Union (AU) Commission, said, “Nigeria playing host to the 6th AFRIMA is indicative of the beneficial relationship the country has developed with the AU and AFRIMA as we use this continental awards platform to strengthen Africa’s culture industries while also promoting the cultural identity and integration of Africans.The Nominees’ list comprising the 26 Continental Award Categories is coming few days after the 6th AFRIMA Regional Categories comprising the Best Female and Best Male artistes within each of the five African regions were unveiled by the International Jury of AFRIMA during the World Media Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria on August 14, 2019, and broadcast live around the world on Africa Independent Television (AIT), RayPower Radio and Kennis FM in Lagos, a city that hosts over 30 million people.The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga and Dance Hall to other coveted categories, such as ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Producer of the Year,’ and ‘Best African Collaboration.’Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.Leading the 6th AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s Nasty C with nine nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, producer of the year in Africa, best African rapper/lyricist, best African collaboration, best artiste, duo or group in African hip-hop, songwriter of the year in Africa and best artiste, duo or group in African R’n’B and Soul.Davido followed closely with six nominations, which include; Best male artiste in Western Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, African Fans’ Favorite, Best Artiste, duo or group in African R’n’B and Soul, and best African collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown.’Burna Boy will be competing in five different categories which are Best male artiste in Western Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, album of the year in Africa and best African collaboration with ‘Killin Dem’ featuring Zlatan.’Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the  categories of; male artiste in Northern Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, and songwriter of the year in Africa.Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz. He accrued four nominations (best male artiste in Eastern Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, best artiste, duo or group in African pop and best African dance or choreography category), and South Africa’s seasoned producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots (artiste of the year in Africa, song of the Year in Africa, producer of the year in Africa, best artiste, duo or group in African electro, and best African collaboration with ‘Banomoya’ featuring Busiswa and TNS).The late DJ Arafat, known for his infectious music rhythms and energetic dance has also been posthumously nominated in the best male artiste in Central Africa and best African dance or choreography categories for works he produced within the 6th AFRIMA entry submission window of August 1, 2018 – August 2, 2019.In a release from the 6th AFRIMA final Nominees’ List, Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa, said: “As with each year, the musicians never cease to amaze us with their incredible talent. As jurors, we are impressed with the quality of work being produced. We are confident that the nominees’ list presented this year is a true reflection of world-class African talent and each year it gets harder and harder to judge and grade the standard, as all regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear.”It is encouraging to also see how the music lovers and fans are growing in record numbers to support the music. We are enthusiastic to see this wave of appreciation transcend across the border and overseas.We would like to encourage more musicians, songwriters, and producers to keep submitting and spreading the word of AFRIMA so that we can celebrate together the progress and pinnacles of where African music is reaching,” he added.The 2019 AFRIMA Call for Entry which opened worldwide on May 15 exceeded the 2018 submissions by 148 entries. Of the 8,157 entries submitted this year, Western Africa led the pack with 38% of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24 percent.Eastern Africa, Central Africa, and Northern Africa have 20 percent, 14 percent, and 4 percent respectively.The 13-member International Jury of AFRIMA sat in Lagos, Nigeria from Wednesday, August 7, 2019, to Tuesday, August 14 for screening, assessing, grading and selecting nominees into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding categories of AFRIMA.The 2019 main awards event scheduled for November 20 to November 23 will span four days and packed with activities which will include the 6th AFRIMA Welcome Soiree, the 6th Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS), the 6th AFRIMA Music Village, a Guided Tour in the Host City, the exclusive 6th AFRIMA Nominees Party and the 6th AFRIMA Main Awards ceremony.The main awards events will be broadcast live on over 84 stations across Africa and the Diaspora including live streaming on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App, the AFRIMA social media handles and other online partner platforms.Meanwhile, public voting for the 6th AFRIMA Nominees to stand a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commenced on September 1, 2019. The platform for voting a candidate for any of the awards is www.afrima.org.Fans and followers of African music are encouraged to access the online voting pages through the links on AFRIMA social media platforms or directly on the landing page on www.afrima.org.According the AFRIMA’s Jury for 2019, voting closes at midnight on Friday, November 22.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Kanvee Adams, Liberia’s pride at AFRIMA for 2019.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS GAA COACHING ACADEMY EVERY SATURDAY

first_imgFour Masters GAA Club NotesGAA Academy: The Coaching academy for 4-7 year olds is on Saturday mornings from 11am to 12:30pm. New and returning players always welcome. Four Masters Lotto: There was no winner of the weekly lotto this week. The lucky dip winners were Adrian O’Donnell, Drumlonagher and Ciaran Mullen, Castle Street. Both receive E50 each. The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 9 and 17. The lotto raises badly needed funds for the daily running of the Club. By playing the lotto you ensure the continuation of the local Club and you stand a chance of winning money all for a mere E2 per week. To play the lotto please visit www.fourmastersgaa.com or call Paul Timoney on 087 279 1305. Congrats: Well done to the Senior Reserves who had a comprehensive win over Ardara Reserves on Sunday 18th. Hard luck to the Senior team who just missed out to Ardara.Well done: Senior Ladies who won against Aodh Ruadh.Good luck: Best of luck to the Four Masters Club men, Luke Keaney, Karl Lacey and Paul Durcan in their game this Sunday in Celtic Park. Also Best of luck to Daire Quinn with county minors vs Derry.Well done: Well done to underage players selected for developement squads recently. Players are Daire Quinn (U18), Dylan Kennedy and Nathan Ward (U17), Neil Ward and Aaron McCrea (U17), and Jack Keaney and Thomas McGowan (U15). GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS GAA COACHING ACADEMY EVERY SATURDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

EXCITEMENT BUILDS TO SATURDAY’S BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE

first_imgIT’S one of the most spectacular and exhilarating challenges of all – and the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge 2016 is tomorrow at 1pm.The 10-miler – which you can walk, jog or run has a 1pm start and is sponsored this year by SpecSavers Letterkenny.So there’s a proper tech t-shirt and a goodie bag for every person – runners, joggers and walkers. Set on the Wild Atlantic Way it’s been dubbed Ireland’s most spectacular race; but it’s just as spectacular to walk.There are also children’s races on the Beach which proved such good fun on what is a great family day out in every respect this Easter Saturday.Challenge Entry fee is €25 and those wishing to take part are being encouraged to register early on this link below – or  you can register tomorrow from 11am:http://www.visitballyliffin.com/about-ballyliffin/ballyliffin-coastal-challenge/  EXCITEMENT BUILDS TO SATURDAY’S BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: March 25th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2016Ballyliffin coastal challengelast_img read more