Van Gaal demands apology for job speculation

first_imgHis side are on a run of six games without a win – and have dropped out of the Premier League’s top four.It’s led to reports that his position at Old Trafford is under threat, but Van Gaal says he’s getting support from some big names.United will take on Stoke on St Stephen’s Day.last_img

Dominica police issue warning to curfew breakers

first_imgThe police in Dominica on Wednesday issued a warning to residents who break the curfew imposed on the island following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month. The warning noted there would be an increase in law enforcement officials in the capital to “prevent any possibility of lawlessness.”102 arrested Acting Police Commissioner Davidson Valerie, speaking at the daily news briefing on the progress being made following the passage of the Category 5 storm on September 18, said that 102 people have been arrested for breaking the curfew and will be prosecuted.Up to six months in jailHe said on conviction, a person risk facing a fine of up to EC$5,000 and up to six months in jail.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security said that based on the advice of the Chief of Police, the curfew hours had now been changed 10.00 pm to 5.00 pm instead of the previous 6.00 pm to 6.00am (local time).It said that the change, which goes into effect immediately, is “to facilitate economic activity.Roseau returning to normalcy“The city of Roseau is returning to a state of normalcy and security in the city is becoming more stable. There is, however, still a need for enhanced security and vigilance. All citizens are advised to comply with the curfew hours as stated,” the government said, after it had earlier this month announced a relaxation of the curfew in outlying areas.The storm killed at least 28 people and left billions of dollars in damage when it made its way through Dominica last month.For more on the on the Dominica curfew, visit the link: Curfew revision announced by Dominica’s PMlast_img read more

Exclusive: FC Ifeanyi Ubah Are Yet To Receive Prize Money For Winning 2016 Federations…

first_imgWith just hours to the kick-off of the 2017 AITEO Cup, defending champions, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, are yet to receive their prize money for winning the competition last year, the club’s chairman, Chukwuma Ubah, has informed, exclusively.“The truth is that as the defending champions you would be surprised to know that we’ve not been given any prize till date,” Ubah said in an interview late on Tuesday. “We have asked questions but till this moment we haven’t gotten an answer.”FC Ifeanyi Ubah were crowned champions after they beat Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties, as regulation time ended goalless. The competition was then called Federation Cup.The Nnewi-based club were entitled to receive two million naira from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as prize money for lifting the trophy, but as they prepare to start their title defense, the “Anambra Warriors” are still waiting to be rewarded for last year’s success.“It’s quite discouraging,” Ubah said. He equally admitted that it’s painful “to have gone through those stages and played so many games last season and having to even lift the cup, and till this moment nothing has been given as the so-called prize money”. A total of 64 teams would start the race for the AITEO Cup, with 32 matches billed to take place across the country. There are a few changes to the format for this year’s competition.Unlike previous editions where a neutral venue was picked to host a fixture, the NFF have decided that this time, for the early rounds, one team would have the opportunity of playing on their home-ground, with a winner having to emerge either in regulation time or through penalties.It’s a system that has thrived for decades in European football, but Ubah disagrees with its adoption in Nigeria, claiming the country’s football “hasn’t matured up to that.”“Definitely, the officials could try to be fair, but we all know what’s happening here – intimidation and all what not,” he said. “Even if it comes to my side (playing at home) I won’t support that.” FC Ifeanyi Ubah start their title defence away from home against FC Yarma Light of Gombe. The final of the competition is billed for October 8, with the prize money now 25 million naira.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

Keith O’Loughlin, SG Digital: Bringing five key modules under the OpenSports umbrella

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 SG Digital has reorganised its set of sports betting products into five OpenSports modules that can be “mixed and matched” to meet the specific needs of a customer. We spoke to Keith O’Loughlin, SVP of Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, to find out more about the new set up, how it benefits the company’s existing partners, and why it should appeal to new clients – particularly those making their way in the US.SBC: What was the reasoning behind the launch of OpenSports?KOL: Our business has grown significantly in recent months through strategic M&A and the evolution of our sportsbook offering, all designed to deliver unrivalled player experiences for our customers. Bringing all of our products and services under the OpenSports umbrella will help give clarity over exactly what we can offer partners across the globe. We’ve listened to the feedback provided to us, and now customers have greater choice and flexibility in what they can access from us in order to succeed in the sports betting world. Through OpenSports, Scientific Games is ready to help both new and existing customers up their game.SBC: Tell us more about the new offering, what’s the set up?KOL: OpenSports signals a redesigned sportsbook solution to include a modular portfolio of products, which can be mixed and matched to meet specific needs of a customer. Our new offering includes:OpenBet™ – The world-renowned sports betting engine which has a proven track record for its robustness and scalability. Throughout the Grand National alone, the platform processed more than 239 million account transactions, representing an increase of 8% over 2018. OpenPlatform – Full player account management, including promotions, responsible gaming, wallet, as well as full payment and authentication mechanisms.OpenTrade – Powered by Don Best, the service provides full risk and liability management, pricing services and trading tools across the full range of U.S. sports and more.OpenEngage – Offering full turnkey front-end user interface solutions for the first time, across mobile, web and retail. OpenAccelerate – Delivering experienced, daily sportsbook operations, including marketing, product differentiation and trading, enabling operators to drive revenues and gain market share.SBC: How has SG Digital’s sportsbook offering evolved; are there any specific areas of your product development that you’ve focused on?KOL: Scientific Games has invested heavily in the sportsbook offering, and our new OpenSports proposition has set a new industry standard. The OpenBet platform has a rock-solid reputation for its reliability and scale during major sporting events, but we’ve taken those qualities to the next level.This includes significantly improving our speed to market. While it would previously take upwards of 12-14 months to launch the OpenBet platform, this now can be achieved within 120 days, as proven with our recent launch with Caesars Entertainment. We’ve also built on our cutting-edge technology stack in line with the evolving landscape across digital, mobile and retail. The investment won’t stop there as we continue to innovate and keep our customers ahead of the game through an engaging product stack. SBC: What benefits will there be for your existing partners as a result of this new proposition?KOL: Many of our customers are long-term partners who have trusted the OpenBet platform over the years, handling huge volumes of betting transactions at critical times during major sporting events. We have a strong reputation for our reliability, but it’s important for our long-term partners to know that we’re constantly evolving to meet the demands of the ever-changing sports betting environment. We’re an open business that is changing, becoming more versatile and flexible to cater to each customer’s needs. As we move forward with our proposition, Scientific Games will continue to embrace new technologies and take the sports betting experience to a new level for players to enjoy. SBC: What makes it appealing to potential new customers, particularly those in the US looking to make their first steps into the sports betting environment?KOL: Our new OpenSports proposition has seen us change to a more player and partner centric approach, which makes it even easier for all stakeholders, from those entering the sports betting world for the first time, to others who are looking for a change in strategic operations. We’re invested in our partners and have a strong focus in winning together. An example of this is our shift towards securing revenue share deals, which creates greater value for potential customers.last_img read more