Mehidy leads Bangladesh to historic win over hapless Windies

first_imgMehidy Hasan Miraz produced the best bowling performance ever by a Bangladesh bowler to bowl his side to victory in the second Test and claim a historic series win over the West Indies.Took 12 wickets for 117 runsMehidy tore through the Windies’ middle order on his way to grabbing seven wickets in the first innings and then returned to wreck more havoc, snaring five more wickets in the second innings, to finish with the remarkable figures of 12 for 117.His showing allowed the hosts to complete a memorable and momentous innings and 184-run win over the West Indies, their largest ever margin of victory in a Test match.So dominant were Bangladesh’s spinners in this two-match series that they accounted for all 40 West Indies wickets to fall.First time for Bangladesh It was the first time Bangladesh had defeated the West Indies on home soil and only their fourth Test series win in history and first since 2014.The writing was on the wall for a huge Bangladeshi victory at the end of the second day with the Windies struggling on 75 for five in reply to the home side’s mammoth first innings total of 508.Mehidy, who had claimed three of those scalps, continued from where he left off.He was responsible for breaking the 57-run partnership between Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich – the only form of resistance in the Windies’ first innings- when he induced the former to play down the wrong line to have him caught and bowled for the top score of 39.Devendra Bishoo made just one before he became Miraz’s fifth victim, driving the spinner straight into Shadman Islam at silly point, who took a spectacular reflex catch as the Windies slipped to 88 for seven.Kemar Roach tried to launch him out of the ground but only picked out Liton Das at long on and then Miraz trapped Dowrich leg before wicket for 37.Skipper Shakib Al Hasan then rounded off the innings when he had Shermon Lewis out leg before wicket.Asked to follow on after trailing Bangladesh by a massive 397 runs, the West Indies found themselves on the back foot from the very first over.Windies’ captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s torrid run of form in the series continued when he played down the wrong line of a looping delivery from Shakib and was out plum leg before wicket for one.Opener Kieron Powell’s struggles also continued, as having been giving a lifeline after he was dropped by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim early on, he waltzed down the track and completely missed a turning delivery from Mehidy to be easily stumped for four, as the Windies slumped to 14 for two.Taijul Islam then made it 23 for three when he trapped Sunil Ambris leg before wicket with a delivery that kept low and skidded on and Roston Chase only scored three before he drove Taijul into the diving hands of Mominul Haque at short cover to make it 29 for four.Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer then tried to repair the damage during a fifth wicket partnership that yielded 56 runs.Hetmyer was his usual aggressive self, smashing Mehidy over the long on boundary for six as the Windies went to lunch on 46 for four.But when it looked as though the pair had weathered the storm, Hope hit Mehidy into the hands of Shakib at short midwicket to be out for 25.Hetmyer proved to be the lone bright spark, his 93 coming from just 92 balls as he took the attack to the spinners. He also struck nine sixes, which equalled the most ever in a Test innings by a West Indies batsman.Bangladesh, however, continued to strike regularly, with Nayeem Hasan accounting for the wicket of Dowrich for three and Mehidy dismissing Devendra Bishoo for 12 to leave the Windies on 143 for seven.By the time Mehidy accounted for Hetmyer, seven runs short of a deserved century, the outcome was already sealed, with only a fighting unbeaten 37 from Kemar Roach and 20 from Shermon Lewis delaying the inevitable.last_img read more

Haitians and Jamaicans Nabbed by ICE as Human Rights Violators

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C., CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says nationals from Haiti and Jamaica are among 39 fugitives arrested – 30 males and nine females –for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation.On Wednesday, ICE said that the operation took place from August 27 to 29.The ICE National Fugitive Operations Programme, in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, worked with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal (ERO) Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Salt Lake City and San Francisco field offices to arrest the fugitives.Besides Haiti and Jamaica, ICE said the other persons arrested are from El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Liberia, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Sudan. ICE said the foreign nationals arrested during the operation “all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin.”Of the 39 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven V, ICE said 16 individuals are also criminal immigrants in the US with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to, domestic violence, driving under the influence of liquor, drug distribution, firearm possession, grand theft, reckless endangerment, robbery, fraud and theft. “This operation more than doubled the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014,” ICE said.ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence said “ICE will not allow war criminals and human rights abusers to use the US as a safe haven.“We will never stop looking for them and we will never cease seeking justice for the victims of their crimes,” he said.  ICE said those arrested across the US included: Fourteen individuals from Central America implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, to include the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted and killed. There were also four known or suspected human rights violators from China, “complicit in collaborating with the government to assist in forced abortions and sterilizations against victims,” ICE said. In addition, it said four of the arrestees West Africa were “connected to a range of atrocities, including civilian massacres, mutilations, recruitment of child soldiers, extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.”There was also an individual from Europe “implicated in human rights abuses against political opponents through work with a security agency,” ICE said.Since 2003, ICE said it has arrested more than 415 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE said it obtained deportation orders against and physically removed more than 990 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE said it has facilitated the departure of an additional 152 such individuals from the United States.Currently, ICE said it has more than 170 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,600 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Workforce Training Program to Bolster Tourism Recovery

first_img“Jamaica’s extraordinary workforce has been essential to our success as a sought-after vacation destination. We applaud the more than 8,000 individuals who took advantage of the online training program,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “We appreciate the training these workers have undergone to enhance their competitiveness and ensure they’re ready to meet the new demands of the travel industry. Travelers will appreciate the special focus and extra attention Jamaica’s hospitality workers place on service delivery in the context of the new post-COVID health and safety protocols.” Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Ed Bartlett Courses were designed to enhance the skills of hospitality workers, deliver internationally recognized certifications, and educate the workforce on the new health and safety protocols that were rolled out with the June 15 reopening of the island’s tourist industry. The free online training program, which usually costs approximately J$9,000 per person, runs through July. The Ministry of Tourism’s significant investment in Jamaica’s human capital underscores the importance of people to Jamaica’s tourism product. Workers could choose from 11 online courses and obtain certifications that include: guest room attendant, laundry attendant, certified banquet server, hospitality supervisor, restaurant server, and hospitality law. As part of the training, participants were presented with scenarios that help them better understand and quickly address real time guest needs and challenges in a post-COVID travel environment. Jamaica’s workforce training program is being hailed as a resounding success. The free online programs offered by the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the University of the West Indies Open Campus and HEART National Service Training Agency, trained more than 8,000 tourism workers over a 12 week period. “Jamaica has an educated and highly trained workforce and these courses provide a great opportunity for these valuable workers to retool and upskill,” said Carol Rose Brown, Director of JCTI. “Our courses are internationally benchmarked and represent a smart investment in self-development, for which participants and Jamaica will reap rewards in both the short and long term.” With the destination now open to international visitors, hospitality workers are well prepared to safely deliver Jamaica’s world class service, in accordance with the new post-COVID health and safety protocols. To learn more, go to: www.visitjamaica.com/travelupdate A comprehensive set of measures are now in place to ensure the safety and well-being of guests throughout their stay. Furthermore, travel partners have implemented a series of changes to enhance the visitor experience.last_img read more

Thieves Loots John Terry Mansion

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 21: John Terry of Chelsea poses with the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)John Terry’s Surrey mansion was looted by thieves while the former Chelsea captain was on holiday with his wife in France, a Kingston Crown Court heard.Burglars broke into Terry’s home and stole luxury bags and pieces of jewellery worth £400,000 after the Aston Villa defender posted a picture of him and his wife on a skiing holiday on Instagram in February. The three-man axe wielding gang, who carried out the raiding in about 45 minutes, stole items including £42,000 snakeskin Hermès bag, Chanel bags of £8,000, a trophy, collection of signed Harry Potter books worth £18,000, £219,000 worth of Cartier jewellery, £61,000 eternity ring and designer watches.The prosecutor, Rossano Scamardella, said: ”Mr Terry made the mistake of posting a photograph of himself and his family on the social media platform, Instagram,”“Revealing as it must have done to anyone who saw it, that their house was empty.”Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, and Roy Head, 28, have admitted one charge count of conspiracy to commit seven burglaries at properties in Surrey and Sussex between February 1 and March 27, 2017, and will be sentenced on Friday. Relatedlast_img read more

Naira Rain! NFF To Splash N867m On Eagles

first_imgRelatedCarlos SolerJune 30, 2017Similar postEagles Jersey Set For Global Release On May 29May 17, 2018In “National Team”NFF Breaks Silence Over Bribery Allegation Against Salisu YusufJuly 28, 2018In “National Team” Players and Officials of the Super Eagles will receive a whooping sum of 2.4 million dollars (N866.4 million) for the role they played in helping Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.This new development was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola Olajire.Earlier this month, the NFF reached an agreement with the Super Eagles stars on their bonuses at next year’s tournament in Russia in a bid to avoid the debacle of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The Sports Minister had to urgently travel to Brazil on a private jet, with almost four million dollars in cash after the Eagles consciously skipped a training session so as to protest against the non-payment of a qualifying bonus prior to their second round game against France.Confirming the naira rain on the Eagles in a chat with the guardian, Olajire said: “The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4 million out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA.”last_img read more

bettingexpert 2016 breakdown…’Italians the riskiest and Swedes the safest’

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Italy is responsible for the riskiest set of tipsters in Europe, according to 2016’s figures from the world’s biggest social network for sports betting, bettingexpert.com.The statisticians at bettingexpert.com have collated well over a million tips across thousands of markets over the past year and helped thousands of punters shape their betting actions across numerous sports, and it turns out that the Italians like to punt at big odds more than any other nation in the region.Sweden and Denmark are the two most conservative countries, advising bets at an average of 2.18 and 2.15 respectively, and that’s paid off for the Nordic nations who top the table for win rate.The average tipster from the UK community advises bets at average odds of 2.66.UK members dominated the number of tips over the past year, posting over 400k, almost double that of Serbia in second and a fall in rankings from the Nordic countries down to the bottom of our rankings.Football, Tennis and Basketball unsurprisingly dominated the most tipped-up sports at bettingexpert.com during 2016, but more interestingly is the average price won and lost by tippers on these sports.Those who came unstuck in football generally had a riskier approach with an average lost tip at 3.53, much higher than basketball, but the 11-a-side game was generally more rewarding for the risk taker with a higher average win rate of 2.11 above basketball’s 1.95.Basketball pipped handball to be the most profitable sport of the year, with rugby lagging a long way behind in third, with punters only just breaking even across the two codes.With these sports having the highest number of points in a match relative to the likes of football and ice hockey, maybe it pays for tippers to back the favourite when lady luck doesn’t allow for the underdog to sit back and sneak a result as is often the case in lower-scoring games.The UK community also seem to benefit from the cold weather at the start of the year with the most profitable months coming between January and April, before experiencing a significant lull as the Summer draws in. StumbleUpon Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share bettingexpert.com carried on their generous cash give-aways throughout 2016 and in total, gave back €140,149 to the community, with £36,000 to the English community and a €10,000 bonus to our tipster of the year, Ninca90 from Serbia.Henrik Lykkesteen, Chief Commercial Officer for Better Collective, said: “We enjoy helping our members make the most informed betting decisions possible. With our platform offering tipsters invaluable information at their fingertips with unprecedented crowd-sourced opinion, we hope to boost the community margin and put money back in the pockets of our users.“By breaking down the past year’s figures, we hope we can inform our punters where profits are to be found, hopefully pushing margins in the right direction and taking cash back from the bookies.” For a full breakdown of our 2016 in numbers, please visit: https://www.bettingexpert.com/2016-in-numbers. The bettingexpert.com community have certainly picked their favourites when it comes to bookmakers, with Matchbook and Bet365 appearing in the top three for number of tips posted across football, tennis and basketball, driving valuable revenue to the betting sites.Matchbook edged bet365 to take the most football tips with 13.9% of the total English market whereas bet365 dominated tennis and basketball tips which may not be the best result for them having looked at the basketball win rate in the community.Over/under tips have become increasingly popular over the year, with the UK community posting almost twice the number of tips than the more traditional 1×2 market whilst also seeing a gain in Asian handicap interest.Geographically, the North of England was also strongly backed by our English community, seeing Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, first, second and third most tipped up teams in English market.London’s only representative in the top five most popular were Arsenal, coming-in just behind the Golden State Warriors from the NBA.last_img read more

Andy McIver departure sees Simon Wykes & Neil Goulden take leadership of Jackpotjoy Plc

first_imgShare Submit Simon WykesIssuing a market update, London-listed online gambling group Jackpotjoy Plc has informed that Andy McIver is to step down as Chief Executive (CEO) of the company.McIver’s leadership departure will see Jackpotjoy appoint former Gala Coral MD Simon Wykes to the position of Group Managing Director. Moving forward, the senior management of all core group gaming assets; Jackpotjoy, Mandalay and Vera&John will report directly to Wykes.“I am thrilled by this new challenge at Jackpotjoy plc and look forward to bringing my experience from leading digital gaming businesses to the Company as well as significant operational experience to market-leading brands” Wykes commented on taking over Jackpotjoy MD duties.Neil GouldenFurther to its leadership change, Jackpotjoy restructures its governance, announcing that current chair Neil Goulden will become Executive Chairman of the company, charged with development and execution of the group’s long-term strategy.McIver departs Jackpotjoy leadership following a short and busy nine-month tenure, in which he led the firm’s listing migration from the Toronto TSX onto London’s primary LSE exchange.Furthermore, McIver led an overhaul of Jackpotjoy’s senior management, executing a number of new appointments for the group’s operations. Jackpotjoy detailed that McIver would remain with the firm until January 2018 overseeing the firm’s leadership transition. Jackpotjoy governance thanked McIver for his leadership duties during a critical period for the online gambling group, Neil Goulden commented; “On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Andy for the commitment, leadership and integrity he showed during his tenure, which has seen Jackpotjoy plc cement itself as the world’s largest online bingo-led company following its successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. We wish him well with his future endeavours.”Neil Goulden backed Wykes as new MD of Jackpotjoy operations: “Simon is a highly-experienced executive with an extensive knowledge of the bingo sector and considerable expertise in managing high-volume consumer businesses. His experience in the digitalisation of gaming businesses will be invaluable in achieving synergies across our main business segments and to drive the future growth of the group. Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

GVC Holdings rules out judicial review of FOBT decision despite £160m hit

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC Plc, the owner of Ladbrokes Coral, has appealed for time to implement the new £2 stake for B2 Gaming Machines, given that it will cost the company £160m as soon as the cut is implemented, and said that it does not intend to seek a judicial review of the DCMS‘ decision.In an update to the stock market, the company said: “Whilst we welcome the certainty provided by the announcement, we are disappointed with the outcome, particularly given the previous independent evidence on stake cuts published by both the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.“It is now important that the industry is given an adequate implementation period to help prepare and plan for the shop closures that will arise, including attempting to mitigate the impact of resultant job losses. Significant re-engineering of the machines and gaming software will also be required to effect these changes.”It added: “Today’s Government announcement marks the end of uncertainty on FOBT staking limits.  As a responsible business, we re-iterate our commitment to work closely with the Government and our regulators to ensure that both our retail and online offerings are places where customers can enjoy gambling in a safe and secure environment. In order to achieve a positive and constructive working relationship, GVC confirms that it does not intend to seek a Judicial Review of the Triennial Review decision.”The company said that the focus in the UK Retail operation over the last two years has been to create a business that is well placed to face these structural and regulatory headwinds. As such the firm expects to be able to reposition the business within two years following implementation, with an anticipated fully mitigated impact of c£120m on Group EBITDA secured by the end of this period. In the first full year the impact on Group EBITDA is anticipated to be in the region of £160m. “Therefore, we expect to retain a profitable and highly cash generative UK Retail estate,” it added. “Furthermore, our proven leading multi-channel expertise presents additional opportunities to drive online growth.”GVC reiterated that its offer for Ladbrokes Coral Group envisaged the possibility of a £2 maximum stake Triennial Review and today’s announcement has no impact on the minimum targeted synergies of at least £100m per annum.It explained: “As part of the consideration paid for the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC issued to each Ladbrokes Coral shareholder a Contingent Value Right (“CVR”) for each Ladbrokes Coral share that they held. The CVRs were constituted under a deed poll made by the Company (“CVR Instrument”), a copy of which can be found at www.gvc-plc.com.The value of each CVR, and therefore the value of any payment ultimately due from GVC to CVR holders, is directly linked to the outcome of the Triennial Review and certain laws enacted pursuant to it.“Whilst there is a formal process and methodology for determining the value of the CVRs, which GVC will adhere to, the CVR Instrument envisages that if legislation is enacted prior to 28 March 2019 reducing maximum stakes to £2, as announced by the Government today, this will result in each CVR having zero value. In such circumstances no payment would be required to be made by GVC to CVR holders and the CVRs would be automatically cancelled.”last_img read more

Bolstered BetterBetting board to support newly appointed CTO

first_img Related Articles Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Share Share News UK recruits Simon Collins to lead its revamped betting & gaming division November 5, 2019 BetterBetting (BETR) has prepared for the next phase of its development by appointing a new chief technical officer (CTO) and bolstering its supervisory board.Experienced IT software architect Steve Gray has been appointed as CTO, while David Vanrenen has been named as Chair of the Foundation. Simon Collins and Velvo Vaht have also joined this “energised” Supervisory Board.Gray joins the firm’s sportsbook architect Ian Sherrington and the rest of the development team at a critical time, with the soft launch of the BETR betting technology now well underway having launched successfully for the World Cup. “I’ve been involved with building the current BETR app for Android and the more I have become involved, the more excited I am by the potential for the BETR,” said Gray.Vanrenen, a veteran investment manager and stockbroker, has been chosen to chair the newly realigned supervisory board, which includes Gaming Realms founder Simon Collins.Collins, who also founded  Cashcade Ltd, an online bingo focused business which he sold for £96m in 2009, commented: “I’ve known Adriaan for many years and respect his track record in the industry.  When he came to me with the BETR proposition – peer-to-peer betting on the decentralised Blockchain – I immediately invested.  “I am delighted I have been invited to join the Foundation board and look forward to working with the team to chart new territory with the BETR token.”Velvo Vaht is a tax advisor, as well as an entrepreneur and partner at Finance Plus OŰ. He accepted the appointment by saying: “Estonia is becoming a ‘go-to’ destination for new and exciting crypto ventures and BETR, established in Estonia, is becoming a leading proponent of the use of Blockchain technologies to facilitate decentralised, escrow contracts.” “I believe we can expect great things from the technology that BETR are developing, with the uses for the BETR utility token potentially extending way beyond the current betting application.” BetterBetting CEO Adriaan Brink concluded: “I am excited and energised by the team I have around me. We look forward to enhancing the BETR products and adding further utility with the BETR token in the peer-to-peer betting space and potentially across other applications where peer-to-peer escrow functionality is required.” StumbleUpon Submit MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace August 27, 2019last_img read more

UFC partnership adds muscle to Eleven Sports portfolio

first_img LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Eleven Sports and UFC have announced a new broadcast partnership for the UK and Ireland starting in January 2019. The deal further expands the global sports provider’s sporting portfolio, with it securing the rights to all 42 live UFC events in 2019, as well as over 150 hours of UFC original and archive programming in a multi-year agreement.As part of the deal UFC Fight Nights will also be shown live on Eleven Sports, whilst the broadcaster will have the option to make some events available in partnership with other broadcast platforms. Fight Nights that are shown live on Eleven Sports will also be available on demand in full after the event.Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, Eleven Sports commented: “UFC has become a massive brand which has built a hugely dedicated and engaged following over 25 years, making it a perfect fit for our fan centric strategy. We are a big supporter of combat sports across our global markets and the fresh and innovative approach that we have taken with our properties has been very successful. We are looking forward to creating the same added value for the legions of MMA fans in the UK and Ireland.”David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice President, International and Content added: “We have worked very successfully with Eleven Sports in Belgium and Luxembourg and we are looking forward to extending our partnership here in the UK and Ireland. The UK and Ireland are amongst UFC’s strongest markets globally and with Eleven Sports making a significant impact here, it made perfect sense to partner with them to showcase our thrilling product to our loyal and passionate fans.”The partnership with Eleven Sports provides UFC with a new broadcast home in the UK and Ireland, where it will receive centre stage treatment and provide the passionate and dedicated fans incredible access to all the action from around the world.UFC is the latest major sports rights property acquired by Eleven Sports, following the addition of top flight football leagues, LaLiga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), Eredivisie (Netherlands), Chinese Super League (from 2019) and Allsvenskan (Sweden) – all exclusively live in the UK and Ireland for the next three seasons. StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more