Poker star Phil Ivey required to repay $10 million after alleged casino cheating

first_imgThe decision by a US federal judge comes almost two years after Borgata started the lawsuit, with Ivey attempting a counter-suit.It has been alleged Ivey and Sun used the minute differences on the edges of manufactured cards to determine whether a card was high or low.Sun spent four years training herself to notice the different edges on cards, with her winning method applied to a mini-Baccarat game.Ivey was brought into the fold later with Sun advising the poker star on whether to bet on the banker or player.Ivey’s lawyer indicated they will appeal the result.”What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining his skill and intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game,” he said to Mercury News.”The casino agreed to every single accommodation requested by Phil Ivey in his four visits because they were eager to try to win his money.”last_img read more

EBE accident leaves several injured

first_imgAn accident involving two Route 32 minibuses – BTT 4542 and BTT 4448— on Friday, in the vicinity of Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo, has left several persons seriously injured. Guyana Times understands that those injured were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital for medical attention.Photos captured by the West Demerara Road Safety Council show the extent of the damage to the two minibuseslast_img

Acting is new wrinkle for lively 97-year-old

first_imgSANTA MONICA – Hollywood’s starmakers always are on the lookout for a fresh face, and they found one in Mae Laborde, albeit of the wrinkled variety. The 97-year-old Laborde is just four years into her acting career and hotter than ever. Standing 4feet10, with snow-white hair, rosy-red cheeks and a sweet-as-peaches-and-cream smile, she’s becoming TV’s ubiquitous grandma. She was “Wheel of Fortune’s” Vanna White (40 years in the future) for a recent episode of “MADtv.” She was the stunned fiancee whose boyfriend finally gets around to proposing in a jewelry commercial. She faced down the Grim Reaper in a bit about elderly people without health insurance for “Real Time With Bill Maher.” She has also been a cheerleader on ESPN, appeared in a Lexus commercial, had a recurring role on Spike Feresten’s “Talkshow” and had a role in a JP Morgan Chase Bank commercial. “Now that one paid good!” Laborde says, eyes twinkling under knitted brows and behind rhinestone glasses. Then, lowering her voice conspiratorially, she adds, “I mean like a few hundred dollars.” As she speaks, she sits perched on the living room couch of her small Southern California home, just a couple of blocks from the beach. So what’s the secret to her late-blooming success? She never had any training, and, until four years ago, the closest she came to show business was working as a bookkeeper in the late bandleader Lawrence Welk’s office. “I’m just a natural,” she says with a broad smile as she heads to her dining room table to sift through some of her clippings. It’s not unheard of for actors to work well into their 90s, of course. Think George Burns and Bob Hope or, more recently, Gloria Stuart of “Titanic” fame. But all of them started in the business young, unlike Laborde, who didn’t earn her Screen Actors Guild card until she was in her mid-90s. A 2002 Los Angeles Times story sparked her acting career when columnist Steve Lopez, her former neighbor, decided to seek her out for some lighthearted driving tips. In those days, she was well-known around Santa Monica as the little old lady who barreled up and down her neighborhood’s hilly streets and across the freeways in a gigantic 1977 Oldsmobile Delta88. Laborde, who only stopped driving last year, was so small, and the car so big, Lopez wrote, that behind the wheel she looked like a cricket driving a tank. His description caught the eye of Sherrie Spillane, the veteran L.A. talent agent and ex-wife of the late crime novelist Mickey Spillane. Spillane decided she had to meet Laborde. The two got together for a tea-leaf reading (Laborde’s hobby), and the next thing Spillane knew, she had a new client. “She’s got this way about her that’s so endearing that everybody falls in love with her,” Spillane says. “She’s got that cute little face, and she’s very funny.” Laborde also has nearly a century of experience to draw on when the director yells action. She arrived in Los Angeles from her hometown of Fresno at the height of the Great Depression, meeting her husband when he was the conductor on L.A.’s fabled old Red Car trolley line that she used to ride home from work. A few years later, her husband and baby daughter in tow, she moved into a tiny, straight-out-of-a-storybook house on a street so narrow that cars traveling in opposite directions can’t pass if someone has parked at the curb. It was back in the day when Santa Monica was just a quaint little California town of beach cottages. Seventy years later, many of those cottages have been razed in favor of multimillion-dollar mansions. Laborde’s remains unchanged. As the years passed, Laborde always kept working at one job or another, going on to outlive both her husband, Nicholas, and their only child, Shirley. A Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop, she has kept in touch with most of her daughter’s friends. Now in their 70s, they’ll ask her for secrets to living a long life. She’ll tell them to never retire. When she was 89, Laborde took a police training course just for fun, and she still cooks for herself, paints and raises tomatoes in her garden that she sells to a local restaurant. But she’ll drop whatever she’s doing when there’s a call for an audition. Recently, she landed a small role in a forthcoming movie opposite Ben Stiller. She’ll be the grandmotherly lady sitting in a restaurant near Stiller and his girlfriend as they speculate what their lives will be like at that age. “I don’t know anyone else her age that could keep up with her,” says Spillane, who has become both her agent and close friend. “But then I don’t know anyone else her age,” Spillane adds with a laugh.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winning footballers will mark the 20th anniversary of their magnificent triumph by staging a charity banquet on Saturday, August 18th, in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.Details of the event were announced at a launch in the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar last night. The three charities who will benefit from the banquet are the Donegal Hospice, Donegal Living Links and the Alzheimer Society Donegal branch.Speaking at the launch, Tony Boyle, who came up with the idea with former playing colleagues, Donal Reid and Joyce McMullan, said the initial intention was to meet up for a social gathering.“It’s an opportunity for us to get together after 20 years. Most of the guys have children who weren’t about 20 years ago. We’re planning to have a meet and greet session earlier in the day. Michael O Muircheartaigh will be our host and the Sam Maguire will be there,” he said.Joyce McMullan said that when they decided to organise a function to mark the 20th anniversary, they thought it would be nice to do something to help the less well off in society. “All of us here have been affected in some way by sickness or ill health,” he said.“The work begins from here to make the function a success. We want to get the word out and we want go get the tickets sold.”Patricia Wilson of Living Links, said that Living Links might not be as well known as the other charities. The group was set up in 2008 and she recently took on the role recently of PRO. The group helps families who are bereaved by suicide.“Our main aim is to train volunteers to help those who have been bereaved by suicide,” she explained, adding that suicide still isn’t a subject that is talked about a lot.Donegal Hospice representative, Grace Boyle, said she was delighted to be associated with the event and to be involved with the other charities.“We are in a position now where we provide up to 20 per cent of the running costs of the Hospice which amounts to around 650,000 euro a year and this is paid off every quarter,” she said. Alastair McKinney, from the Donegal branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, recalled the great atmosphere around the county when Donegal won their only Al-Ireland title in 1992. He spoke of the importance of the supporters to the team back then, and stressed that the support for families who have members with Alzheimer’s was extremely important.“We provide 75,000 hours of care every year and have to raise 200,000 euro to do that. We are helping about 200 families, but there are 2,000 families who need out support. In 25 years time, that will increase to 5,000 families,” he said.MC for the launch, Charlie Collins of Highland Radio, said that charities are getting things tight because of the current financial climate.“The idea of all the players coming together again after 20 years was fantastic. What happened in 1992 will never be forgotten for many reasons. It’s never happened before and it has never happened since. It was a huge occasion,” he commented. Lending his support to the event, Donegal County Board Chairman, PJ McGowan, thanked and commended Tony, Joyce and Donal for their initiative.“It’s great that they are marking such an event and at the same helping local charities. I am aware of the work all three charities carry out, particularly Living Links. 1992 was a memorable year and one never to be forgotten. The first win is always something special and looking at some of the lads in the room this evening, they have all stood the test of time very, very well.”The county chairman assured the organizers of the full support of the board as the clock ticks down to the big weekend in August.“I’m looking forward to enjoying a fabulous occasion,” he added.Tickets for the banquet, priced at 25 euro, are available from the Abbey Hotel.STARS OF 1992 TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TWO DECADES AFTER DONEGAL’S FINEST MOMENT was last modified: June 28th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:1992all-irelanddonegallast_img read more


first_imgDonegal rally fans have reacted with shock to the tragic death of well-knwon driver Simon McKinley.Simon McKinley is his famous white escort.McKinley was killed following a crash at the Clare Motor Club Hillclimb yesterday.He was a regular at the Donegal Rally and very popular amongst fans. He was well-known for many of his cars including his white escort and yellow Cinquecento.Members of the Donegal Motor Club have paid tribute to the driver.The late Simon McKinley RIP.A statement released last night said “Such shocking news to hear this evening. Don’t think anybody was prepared for this. The entire motorsport and hillclimb families were plunged into darkness today. A true gentleman was taken from us way too early today. It really is true… God only takes the best. RIP Simon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deirdre and Rory and all your family and friends. Our thoughts are also with everyone involved today and the organisers.“A personal word of thanks comes from Danny, Michael, Sam and all the organising committee here in Donegal. Many thanks for all your support and assistance throughout the years Simon. We will be lost without your advice, friendship and smile. One phone call and everything was sorted. Nothing was ever too much for Simon. Keep watching over all us all.” “RIP Simon. You may be gone but you certainly will not be forgotten here in Donegal or anywhere else.”DONEGAL RALLY FANS IN SHOCK AT DEATH OF POPULAR DRIVER was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegal rallySimon McKinleylast_img read more


first_imgTRAFFIC Corps officers have arrested three young men for dangerous driving as part of a crackdown surrounding the Donegal Rally.Whilst the vast majority of fans have been of good behaviour, a small number of others have been questioned about breaches of traffic laws.The most serious involved three cases of dangerous driving overnight. A man was arrested in Drumkeen after a Garda chase, with a stinger device used to bring the getaway driver to a halt.Two more young men were arrested for dangerous driving at Lurgybrack and in Newtowncunningham.Extra Garda officers have been drafted into Donegal to help police the rally which continues this afternoon.  RALLY CRACKDOWN: 3 ARRESTED FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING – GARDAÍ FORCED TO USE STINGER was last modified: June 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:arrestsdonegal rallyGardairoad safetylast_img read more

Cubs edge closer to the last four after hard fought win over Kenya in Regional qualifiers

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onentopuganda cubs The Uganda Cubs’ players celebrating one of the goals against Kenya on Sunday (Photo by FUFA Media)CAF U17 Regional QualifiersKenya 1-3 UgandaChamazi Stadium, TanzaniaSunday, 19-08-2018Tanzania – Uganda moved a step closer to the semi finals of the CAF U17 Regional qualifiers in Tanzania following a hard fought victory over Kenya on Sunday evening.The Uganda Cubs overcame Kenya 3-1 at the Chamzai Stadium to move to within a victory a victory of from sealing their spot in the last four.A goal apiece by Yiga Najib, Ibrahim Jumma and Ivan Asaba ensured that Peter Onen’s Boys take all three points against one of the best teams in the Region.Onen made two alterations to the side that walloped South Sudan 6-1 in the last game with Yiga Najib and Iddi Abdul Wahid coming into the side after starting on the bench on Thursday.The coach’s change in personnel proved to be spot-on as Yiga gave Onen’s side the lead at the stroke of half time following a near to dull display by both sides in the opening exchanges.However, with the Cubs headed for a slender 1-0 win, the Kenyans responded with 16 minutes of the 90 to play with Ezekiel Nyakundi scoring the equalizer.KCCA FC’s Ibrahim Juma took matters in his own hands as he struck six minutes later to put the Cubs back in the lead before Vipers’ Ivan Asaba sealed the victory in the 84th minute.The result means that Uganda remains third on the log with six points, level with Kenya who seat second but the later has a better goal difference. Ethiopia leads the way with nine points.With Kenya and Ethiopia facing off in the last game on Wednesday, a 3-0 win over Djibouti will be enough to see Uganda into the semi finals where they will face off with one of the top two teams in group A.Speaking after the game, Onen was pleased with how the boys exhibited confidence against Kenya.“Our boys are regaining confidence in every game we play, said Onen.“We planned for this game and we achieved the best from it.“Kenya wasn’t easy to break but we did it at last and indeed deserved the victory’.Uganda have now won two of their first three group games at the qualifiers, losing the other 1-0 to Ethiopia.The Cubs team that started the game against Kenya:Ssekajja Davis, Oyo Delton (GK), Ekellot Ibrahim, Yiga Najib, Kasozi Samson, Kizito Gavin (C) Ssekimbegga Kevin, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Kakaire Thomas, John Rogers, Ibrahim JumaThe remaining fixtures in the group stages of the qualifiers:Monday, 20th August: Rest DayTuesday, 21st August:Somalia Vs Burundi – National StadiumRwanda Vs Tanzania – National StadiumWednesday, 22nd August:Uganda Vs Djibouti – ChamaziEthiopia Vs Kenya – ChamaziThursday, 23rd August: Rest DayFriday, 24th August:Semi- final 1: Winner A Vs Runners up B – National StadiumSemi-final 2: Winner B Vs Runners up A – National StadiumSaturday, 25th August: Rest DaySunday, 26th August:Third place play off and Final– National StadiumComments last_img read more

Cleaning up the Braamfontein Spruit

first_imgResidents’ associations like the the Blairgowrie and Craighall Residents’ Association (senior members pictured above) were the driving force behind the successful clean-up projectIn an effort to clear the beautiful Braamfontein Spruit and its surrounding areas of unsightly litter and alien vegetation, a number of residents’ associations from the surrounding suburbs banded together with corporations like the Glass Recycling Company to make a clean and clear spruit a reality.The massive clean-up took place on Saturday 7 June along the banks of the Braamfontein Spruit with the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary at Delta Park serving as a central hub.The winter chill was not enough to deter the hundreds of people who made their way down to the spruit to participate in what was to become a fun day out for all.ORGANISING THE BRAAMFONTEIN SPRUIT CLEAN-UPWhen Natalie Zimmelman took over the environmental portfolio of the Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association in 2013 she decided it would be great to get the community to play a bigger part in keeping the spruit clean.What she pictured at first was a clean-up of a small section of the spruit; instead her efforts led to all the surrounding communities coming together to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their environment.“I thought, instead of just doing things for my community, wouldn’t it be fantastic if all the communities who are already active along the spruit came out on one day to create greater awareness,” Zimmelman explained.“From that we had participation from bodies like the Junior City Council, Miss Earth and Greenpeace and obviously we’ve got the youth out here through the scout clubs and the like.”News of her efforts attracted sponsors such as Imperial Green Motion, Penny Black and Chillibean Studios. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Pikitup, ER 24, and schools and youth organisations also assisted with the clean-up.Steffani Alexander, a semi-finalist for Miss Earth South Africa, said the event gave her an opportunity to take an active role in cleaning up part of her community.She said, “For us, today was basically about acknowledging and building awareness about the environment as well as action. So as Miss Earth Ambassadors we’re actively getting involved and help moving towards a healthy and sustainable environment.”The Glass Recycling Company provided wheelie bins to collect all glass picked up during the clean-up.Kate Haupt, public relations officer for the Glass Recycling Company, said “When we heard about the Spruit Clean-up we thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to show our support and spread the word about the importance and benefits of recycling.”Zimmelman added, “I live in a very beautiful city, but I don’t want to live in concrete alone; if communities don’t step up and involve themselves, they can’t then complain about the state of their community; the municipality only has so much resources.“So for me it’s about creating a sense of our own community, our own village and our own city as well as sharing our responsibility and our part in it.“So I guess I’m an activist.”The spruit is essentially a tributary of the Limpopo River and has been subject to numerous developments near its banks, The clean-up has gone a long way towards tackling the problem of polution in the streamABOUT THE BRAAMFONTEIN SPRUITWith its origins deep within the inner city, the Braamfontein Spruit runs through a series of canals through town and along Empire Road before reaching the Frank Brown Park and emerging in the Parkview Golf Course.The Westdene Spruit, feeding into the Westdene and Emmerentia dams, merges with the Braamfontein Spruit before running through the suburbs of Parkhurst, Blairgowrie and Craighall Park and on towards Paulshof in the north of Johannesburg, where it is flanked by mountain bike trails and parks.The spruit is essentially a tributary of the Limpopo River and has been subject to development near its banks, which in turn has led to waste finding its way into the stream. This is both unsightly and a threat to the stream’s natural inhabitants. The clean-up has gone a long way towards tackling this problem.last_img read more

Expert Labs: Can an Outside Incubator Turn Government Tech-Savvy?

first_imgLong-time blogger and tech executive Anil Dash announced today at the Web 2.0 Expo New York that he’s leaving publishing software company SixApart and will head a new technology incubator called Expert Labs. Expert Labs will be dedicated to connecting technology innovators ready to build tools with government officials who can put those tools to use in the public interest. It’s a vision that differs from what some other technologists are focused on with regards to the government.Dash is best known as a blogger for his articles like this 2007 explanation of LOLCat grammatical structure and this 2009 explanation of the real-time web. Can the man who’s explained so much to the rest of us help the US government adopt new online technology? That’s quite a task. The organization’s website reads in part as follows:Expert Labs is non-profit and non-partisan but we’re moving with the speed and passion of true believers. We’re providing funding and resources to help create some of the coolest new technology on the web, and as part of the largest general scientific society in the world, we have access to the smartest minds around. Put those together with your help, and we’ll be making our country better in no time.Expert Labs will be a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Caroline McCarthy reports at Cnet.Dash wrote this Summer that “I think the most promising new startup of 2009 is one of the least likely: The executive branch of the federal government of the United States.” We’ve been far more critical here at ReadWriteWeb of the Obama Administration’s efforts. The much anticipated, for example, was so unexciting in its implementation that watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation launched a competitor to it.The web changes very fast and government tends to change very, very slowly.Dash’s Vision Appears Different From Tim O’Reilly’sThe organization will aim to facilitate production of applications to serve government. Those apps will be cloud-based. This is a different kind of approach, I’d say, than the one that Web 2.0 Expo founder Tim O’Reilly is taking in trying to build a “government as a platform.” Expert Labs says it has “a mandate to help policy makers in the U.S. Federal Government tap into the expertise of their fellow citizens.”O’Reilly, on the other hand, advocates a “government as platform” that would supply raw digital data and other forms of support for private sector innovators to build on top of. “How do you think like a platform provider?” O’Reilly asked in an interview with us this Summer.“We’ve moved our government from a lean vehicle for collective action, and over the last 200 years it has become so strong that it’s now 40% of GDP. I want to go back to the original vision of the role of government: a convener of things that we as individuals and companies can’t do alone. Standard setting, pilot programs; government providing enabling technologies for citizens to serve themselves.”Dash’s incubator will help technologists help the government; O’Reilly’s vision is to help the government help technologists. These two visions may be complimentary, but they certainly seem different. Which will be more effective at changing the world? Government can be a slow enough mover that it’s hard to say. Both are thought provoking, but neither vision will be easy to make real.Photo graciously licensed as Creative Commons by Joi Ito. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#politics#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Team India dons new jersey for photoshoot ahead of Galle Test

first_imgTeam India is all set to wear a new jersey when it takes on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series starting on July 26 at Galle.Virat Kohli’s men will have a new sponsor — Oppo — on their jersey which will be embossed on the right side of their shirt as well as the left sleeve.’Kit’ting up ahead of the Test series #TeamIndia ??? BCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2017The brand name will be green in colour and will replace the outgoing ‘Star’ that was India’s sponsor before the Champions Trophy.OPPO Mobiles India Pvt Ltd. won the sponsorship rights for Team India through a tender process for a period of five years and was acquired for Rs. 1079.29 crore.  Earlier, Star India had bagged the Indian team sponsorship rights for a four-year period in December 2013. The deal was  from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017.Star also placed a bid this time and according to media reports, Star’s bid was worth Rs 19.2 million (US$315,000 approx) per match for bilateral series and Rs 6.1 million (US$100,000 approx) per match for ICC sponsored tournaments. However, the Chinese mobile manufacturing brand outbid Star to bag the mega sponsorship deal.Before Star India, Sahara had sponsored the Indian team for 12 years.India will play three Tests against Sri Lanka at Galle, Colombo and Pallekele before a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 international.last_img read more