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Gambling bill wins early nod

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2012Legislation to feed gambling proceeds back into communities and change the behaviour of problem gamblers was strongly backed at its first hurdle in Parliament late last night. Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s bill passed its first reading in a conscience vote, with 83 votes in favour and seven against. All parties except New Zealand First lent their support to the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill. If passed, Mr Flavell’s bill will make sure that 80 per cent of gambling proceeds go back into the area where the gambling takes place. Communities will get the power to cut the number of pokies in their area if they feel they are harmful. And pokie trusts, many of which have come under fire for their lack of transparency and compliance, will be phased out over a year and replaced by local committees.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804790last_img read more

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Tate and Tremmel released

first_img Goalkeeper Tremmel joined the Swans in 2011 from Red Bull Salzburg and has served as back up to Michel Vorm and Lukasz Fabianski during his time in South Wales, acting as starting keeper as the club won the Capital One Cup in 2013. Fellow goalkeeper David Cornell has also been released along with Rory Donnelly, Tom Atyeo, Corey Francis, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Joseph Jones, Kurtis March, Gareth Owen, Scott Tancock and Curtis Obeng. “I’m sorry to go, but I’ve loved every minute of it,” Tate told the club’s official website. “It goes without saying that I’d like to thank everyone for making my time at Swansea so special – from the club, staff, players, supporters and the city as a whole. “I’m pleased to have helped the club go from strength to strength since that game against Hull way back in 2003.” He added: “There are probably a lot better footballers than me who have worn the Swans shirt over the years, but I’d like to think that there have been few who have tried harder. “The fans have been superb and I’ve found over the years that if they can see you giving 100 per cent then that’s good enough for them. “I’m leaving a fantastic club with my head held high – and I’ll always be proud of that.” Press Association Alan Tate and Gerhard Tremmel have been released by Swansea as boss Garry Monk attempts to build on the club’s highest ever Premier League finish.center_img Defender Tate played a key role in the Swans’ rise through the divisions, including the game that secured their Football league status in 2003 while on loan from Manchester United. The 32-year-old signed permanently in 2004 and helped the Swans to promotions in 2005, 2008 and 2011 but has seen his role diminish in recent seasons, having loan spells at Leeds, Yeovil, Aberdeen and Crewe. last_img read more

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Clyne close to Reds move

first_imgSouthampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is currently undergoing a medical on Merseyside ahead of his £12.5million move to Liverpool. Arrangements are still being made to complete the deal for Brazil international Roberto Firmino as his participation in the Copa America ended with exit to Paraguay on Saturday. But come July 1 the club will confirm the arrivals of Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings, Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and, most likely, that of Clyne also. Charlton defender Joe Gomez has already signed a five-year deal, the Reds having snapped up the England Under-19 international for £3.5million, but spending this summer is down on 12 months ago when manager Brendan Rodgers splashed out £110 million on eight players to counter-balance the £75million departure of Luis Suarez. This time around Rodgers has been slightly more frugal with £22million spent on Firmino, which could rise to £29million with add-ons, and £3.5million on Gomez with a compensation fee for Ings yet to be determined but likely to be upwards of £5million. The Reds boss is still in the market for a striker to complete the majority of his summer business and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke remains the priority. However, the stumbling block is the Belgium international’s release clause of £32.5million. Liverpool view that as too pricey but retain a degree of optimism a deal can be struck for a fee slightly more manageable. Press Associationcenter_img The 24-year-old England right-back has returned from holiday and is in the city to complete the final stages of his transfer. If everything goes to plan then Clyne is likely to be announced as the club’s sixth summer signing on Wednesday, when the transfer window officially opens. last_img read more

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Delaney predicts good times ahead

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Damien Delaney has warned the Eagles are ready to ruffle some more feathers in the Barclays Premier League this season. Alan Pardew’s men picked up where they left off in May with another impressive away display in a hard-fought 3-1 victory at newly-promoted Norwich. After weathering early pressure from the hosts, when Canaries striker Lewis Grabban missed from inside the six-yard box, Palace went ahead through Wilfried Zaha just before the break and then doubled their lead when Delaney knocked the ball in at the far post following a well-worked corner. Eagles boss Alan Pardew, who was appointed in January and guided the club he once played for to a 10th-placed finish last season, believes the squad is now streetwise for the challenges ahead. “We have good experience for the Premier League, even though it is only our third year it’s a massive quality and if there is one thing Norwich are going to need to gain it’s that kind of nous. We are really strong on that,” Pardew said. “When they got a goal back we knew not to panic. Last year we won a lot of games exactly like we did here.” Palace, though, then had to dig in when substitute Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back before Cameron Jerome saw what would have been an equaliser chalked off by Premier League debutant referee Simon Hooper, who called a foul against the striker for a high boot. The visitors made sure of an opening-day victory when Yohan Cabaye, a £10million summer signing from Paris St Germain, slotted in a third goal during stoppage time. Arsenal are next up at Selhurst Park, with fixtures against both Chelsea and Manchester City also in the coming weeks. Delaney, though, sees no reason why Palace should not tackle any team head on. “That is what we are about, and have been for a couple of seasons, putting bodies on the line, getting blocks and really digging in when the going gets tough. If we can keep those traits and with the quality we have added, hopefully it can be a good year for us,” the Republic of Ireland defender said. “With guys like Cabaye, who are going to be important when we are at home and see a little bit more of the ball. With him, and Punch (Jason Puncheon), Wilf (Zaha), Yannick (Bolasie), Connor Wickham and Muzza (Glenn Murray), the attacking talent is there. “We are looking forward to it and it is our job at the back to give them a platform to go and win it, so that we are not 2-0 down and having to climb mountains.” Delaney added: “This has been the change we were looking for, without losing the plus points that we have, if we can add to it then hopefully it will be a better season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Police in South Wales implement facial recognition app despite open court cases against it

first_imgThe BBC is reporting that officials in South Wales have began using a facial recognition app despite having several open court cases against the use of the technology.It was reported that at least 50 officers were given use of the app which allows them to take photos of the public and compare those photos against a “watch list” and other photos already in their data base.Officials see the technology developed by the Japanese firm NEC, as helpful in their process of identifying those considered a threat to society and to cut back on crime, however, other’s believe the technology is an invasion of privacy and is “too inaccurate,” especially when it comes to identifying minorities.Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis told the BBC: “This new app means that, with a single photo, officers can easily and quickly answer the question of ‘are you really the person we are looking for?”.One of the ongoing cases was filed by a man who noticed his photo had been taken by officers in a police van, while he was out Christmas shopping:“By the time I was close enough to see the words ‘automatic facial recognition’ on the van, I had already had my data captured by it, the subject told BBC.“That struck me as quite a fundamental invasion of my privacy.”Several other cases echo his sentiment.The Civil rights group Liberty, has released a statement calling the use of the technology “shameful” especially in the wake of several open court cases.Other countries including the US, are currently wrestling with the idea of allowing the police force to legally use facial recognition software.last_img read more

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GCB/NSSCL – Ramdahin’s brilliant ton leads Anna Regina Secondary into National playoffs

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyESSEQUIBO Under-17 batsman Boomesh Ramdahin stroked the lone century during the first of the preliminary matches as Anna Regina Secondary won the Essequibo Zone of the National Secondary Schools Cricket League.The top school recorded victories against Cotton Field, 8th of May and Aurora Secondary in the finals and historically maintained their dominance among the schools within the district. All the matches were played at the picturesque Imam Bacchus Cricket ground at Affiance.Anna Regina Secondary were off to a commanding start when they humiliated Cotton Field Secondary by 167 runs. Winning the toss and batting, Anna Regina Secondary, led by their openers, dominated throughout the innings, registering an imposing 235-run partnership without loss in their allotted 30 overs.Ramdahin’s brilliant unbeaten 102 included 10 fours while Sheldon Charles narrowly missed a ton too, being not out on 97 after striking 8 fours and 3 sixes.Ramdahin’s century was his first and joined the likes of former senior inter-county players Dinesh Joseph, Elroy Stephney and Clain Williams to score centuries while representing the school.Demoralised by the authoritative batting display, Cotton Field Secondary easily succumbed, to be dismissed for 68 in 17 overs. Charles capped a fine all-round game by claiming 3-18 in 4 overs of off-spin,It was Boomesh Ramdahin once again among the runs as Anna Regina Secondary secured their second win against 8th of May Secondary by 54 runs.Ramdahin hammered 72, laced with 9 fours and along with Sheldon Charles’ 48, including 5 fours, piloted Anna Regina Secondary to 193-7 off their 30 overs.In reply, despite a fluent 54 (8×4) from Antoine Rodrigues, Cotton Field Secondary were dismissed for 139 in 24 overs. Leg-spinner Bhadesh Parsotam claimed 5-17 in 6 overs to record the best bowling figures in the zone.The final was keenly contested with Anna Regina Secondary securing a tense 18-run win over Aurora Secondary. It was national Under-15 player Lance Roberts who took centre stage for Anna Regina, as he composed a classy unbeaten 84 studded with 13 fours and, along with the consistent Sheldon Charles’ 38 (6×4), piloted Anna Regina Secondary to 221-6 in 30 overs.Two outstanding innings from Divendra Mohan and Orlando Jailall respectively brought Aurora Secondary within striking distance of an upset win.First it was Jailall’s composed 72 (12×4) at the top of the order that laid the foundation. When he departed, Divendra Mohan with a destructive 78 (5×4, 4×6) kept the game in the balance.However, controlled bowling at the closing stages ensured that Aurora Secondary were kept restrained to be 203-8 when their overs expired. The wickets were shared by Bish Persaud 3-27, Lance Roberts 2-21 and Bhadesh Parsotam 2-19, ensuring that Anna Regina Secondary were crowned zone champions.Meanwhile, the School will now await the winners of the other regions to begin the national playoffs.The inaugural tournament is a joint collaboration between the Guyana Cricket Board and the Ministry of Education.last_img read more

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Liberty looks to extend streak vs Kennesaw St.

first_imgLiberty looks to extend streak vs Kennesaw St. Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Liberty has benefited heavily from its seniors. Caleb Homesley, Scottie James, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz and Myo Baxter-Bell have combined to account for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 93 percent of all Flames points over the team’s last five games.CLUTCH CALEB: Homesley has connected on 35.1 percent of the 114 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 14 of 30 over the last five games. He’s also converted 58.9 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Kennesaw State has lost its last seven home games, scoring an average of 61 points while giving up 74.1.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Flames have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Owls. Kennesaw State has 20 assists on 49 field goals (40.8 percent) over its past three matchups while Liberty has assists on 48 of 75 field goals (64 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Liberty defense has allowed only 52.9 points per game to opponents, which is the second-lowest figure in the country. The Kennesaw State offense has averaged just 55.4 points through 27 games (ranked 311th among Division I teams).___ February 26, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLiberty (26-3, 12-2) vs. Kennesaw State (1-26, 0-14)KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, Georgia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Liberty looks for its eighth straight conference win against Kennesaw State. Liberty’s last Atlantic Sun loss came against the Stetson Hatters 48-43 on Jan. 25. Kennesaw State has dropped its last 15 games against conference opponents dating back to last season. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Syracuse earns crucial win over Seton Hall to remain in Big East hunt

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 29, 2012 at 9:51 am Contact Jack: jstruitt@syr.edu Phil Wheddon knew Friday’s match was a must-win if his team wants to be a competitor in the Big East. Syracuse had too much in its favor to let it slip away.“Those are exactly the words I used,” Wheddon said.  “We’re at home, we had a big crowd, the stadium looked great, this for us was a must-win.”The Orange (6-4-2, 3-1-1 Big East) used all of that to its advantage en route to a 3-1 win over Seton Hall (6-7, 1-4) Friday on a cold, rainy night at SU Soccer Stadium in front of 313 fans. Three different players scored for Syracuse in a game where controlling the ball was a challenge because of the slippery turf.Despite Wheddon’s message to his team that the game was a “must-win,” Alyscha Mottershead said the players didn’t feel any added pressure.“In the Big East almost every game is a must-win game so it’s kind of pressure that you just have come to expect,” she said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlayers struggled to find solid footing all game. With such a slick ball, both teams had to find a way to limit their mistakes.Seton Hall goalkeeper Gina Maiorana learned this the hard way in the 24th minute. After she extended too far outside of the box to clear a ball, Mottershead played the deflection right back into the box. Senior Jenna Rickan then headed the ball into an empty net to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.But in the 32nd minute, it was Syracuse who fell victim to an error when the ball slid through its backline and stopped in the box. Seton Hall forward Katie Ritter ripped the ball into the Orange goal to tie the game.Slippery conditions were highlighted again six minutes later when Seton Hall’s keeper, Alyssa Kelly, could not hold onto the ball and Mottershead kicked the loose ball past her to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.Mottershead said that in such wet conditions, players have to follow the ball knowing that anything can happen.“You know that the keeper is going to have to make a difficult save and luckily for me I just followed it up,” Mottorshead said.In the 57th minute, freshman Erin Simon followed up a ball that came loose after an SU player slipped, crossing it into the box where Jackie Firenze headed it in to give the Orange a two-goal lead at 3-1. That gave Syracuse separation as it held the Pirates offense in check for the rest of the game.The Orange matched its season high for goals in a game with three, but the game was about the Orange defense. In the second half, Seton Hall only took one shot.Wheddon hopes to see his team play more like they did in the second half going forward.“I would love to see us put together a complete game at the back as well, I mean we dropped off and gave them a little bit too much space to play in the first half,” Wheddon said.  “In the second half once we condensed the field a bit and gave them less space to play we limited them to even fewer shots.”Mottershead said the slick conditions called for a need for a strong defensive effort because of the fluke plays that can result from the wet field. The defensive unit was ready for any challenges that came as a result of the weather.“If one person ever got beat, slipped, fell, then we’re always right behind them to save them,” Mottershead said. Commentslast_img read more

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Morgan Widner propels Syracuse to its 18-6 win over Binghamton by dominating the X

first_imgIn the middle of the large orange “S” at the center of the Ernie Davis Legends Field stood Syracuse freshman Morgan Widner. She held her stick parallel to the ground, the head and net pressed against that of Binghamton’s Rebecca Golderman. The two faced each other as the referee adjusted their positions and placed the ball.“For the draw,” the announcer said, the words echoing through the dome. Then the referee blew his whistle.Widner flipped up her stick and the ball soared overhead. She pivoted, the stick perpendicular to the ground now and the ball fell, cradled, into stick. She tossed it to the closest open SU athlete and ran off the field. There, she waited for the next draw.“We stepped up and executed,” SU head coach Gary Gait said.Syracuse faced Binghamton at the X 22 times in the second game of Saturday’s double header. After pounding Canisius, 18-6, in the first game, the Orange (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) coasted to another blowout win, 16-5, over the Bearcats (0-2). The wins came so easy, in part, because Widner gave Syracuse such a volume of chances with 25 draw control wins between the two games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWidner’s first draw control of the Binghamton game turned into a goal scored by Emily Hawryschuk within the next minute. Three more wins became quick Orange tallies. Over and over, the ball flew into the air and snapped it up.Widner cycled on and off the field with each of Syracuse’s goals. Whistle. Celebration. Sticks. Flicks. Win draw. Run off. Score goals. Whistle.“I think that working with my teammates, how great they are at boxing out on the circle, it gives me that open opportunity to get it myself,” Widner said.In her first three games, Widner has controlled 41 draws, good for 13.7 per game. She’s been tasked with replacing perhaps Syracuse’s greatest ever, Kayla Treanor. The Niskayuna, New York native set a single-season record for draw controls (217). In Treanor’s first game ever on the draw, against Loyola, she set a single game school record for draw controls (19) and led the nation with 9.04 draws per game. It’s not an easy act at the X to follow.But Widner can only play her game as she jogs on and off the field to dominate at her specialized position.“We stepped up (and) executed on offense,” Widner said. “… We’re really playing some great lacrosse.” Comments Published on February 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Darnold and other Trojans impress at USC Pro Day

first_imgThis year’s edition of the USC Pro Day was star-studded, with the national spotlight shining bright on Cromwell Field as people from across the country tuned in to watch the Trojan NFL hopefuls showcase their abilities. At the center of attention, of course, was the prospective first overall pick, quarterback Sam Darnold, who did not disappoint in a spectacular throwing session in the pouring rain. Other potential NFL prospects like receiver Steven Mitchell and safety Chris Hawkins also put on impressive performances, looking to improve their draft stock. Every NFL team had representatives present, from area scouts to head coaches and general managers. Former Trojan quarterback Sam Darnold’s Pro Day performance did not falter as a result of the downpour. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanGuest ListAlmost every team in the NFL sent a sturdy committee to Pro Day, headlined by the Cleveland Browns nearly bringing their entire front office to the event. Owner Jimmy Haslam, GM John Dorsey, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach Hue Jackson were all present, probably to get a good look of their potential selection at the No. 1 slot in the draft in Darnold. GMs Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals and John Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks were in attendance, as well as Reggie McKenzie of the Raiders, Mike Maccagnan of the Jets and Marty Hurney of the Panthers. The list of head coaches that showed up was extensive as well, with Mike Vrabel of the Titans, Todd Bowles of the Jets, Pat Shurmur of the Giants, Steve Wilks of the Cardinals and Anthony Lynn of the Chargers all making an appearance. Plenty of notable alumni came by as well, with Adoree’ Jackson, Matt Leinart and Nelson Agholor all showing up to support the Trojan Family.Pro Day PerformancesPerhaps no one boosted their stock more at Pro Day than center Nico Falah. Falah, who probably was not present on most draft boards before today, had himself a day that may have forced scouts to take notice. He weighed in at 301 pounds before running a 5.13 second 40-yard dash and jumping a vert of 32 inches, both extremely impressive at that size. Safety Chris Hawkins also did well for himself, running a 4.60-second 40 and 6.88-second 3-cone shuttle. Receiver Steven Mitchell ran the fastest 40 of the day at 4.43 seconds, going on to catch passes for Darnold in his passing session. Outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and defensive end Rasheem Green were both closely watched by scouts, and although they did not participate in much of the testing, they put on strong performances in the bag and cone drills. Highly regarded running back Ronald Jones elected not to test due to the hamstring injury he sustained at the NFL Combine, much to the dismay of many who have awaited a blazing 40 time from the speedster. He did, however, run routes for Sam Darnold in the throwing session, albeit at a noticeably slower speed than normal. Receiver Deontay Burnett opted not to participate, just as he had at the combine, for unknown reasons.Sam and the StormThe highlight of the day, the reason NFL Network sent their whole crew to Cromwell, of course, was Sam Darnold’s throwing session. The quarterback’s decision earlier this month not to throw at the combine put his passing performance at Pro Day squarely in the spotlight. The other standouts at quarterback in this year’s draft class like Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield all threw at the combine, and although many consider Darnold the No. 1 pick, a strong performance at his Pro Day would go a long way toward solidifying that status and moving him ahead of the pack. He did not disappoint. Early in the session, the rain came pouring down onto the field, yet Darnold continued his session unfazed. He threw nearly 60 balls, only about three of which were off target. Although quite a few of the throws were incomplete, this was largely due to drops by the receivers. He showed great anticipation and zip on his balls, showcasing a shortened delivery during his throws. The highlights of his performance came on a pair of back-to-back 50-60 yard deep balls perfectly placed to his receivers amid the downpour, going a long way to answer questions about his deep ball ability, especially compared to Josh Allen and Rosen, something that has been brought up by many critics. Darnold’s performance went about as well as it could have, and he seemed quite happy with it himself when speaking to NFL Network afterwards. “It’s special to be out here one last time at USC, throwing to my guys,” Darnold told the NFL Network. “It was just a great day in general.” For what it’s worth, Browns owner John Dorsey was seen talking to Darnold’s parents during his workout. We’ll see exactly how impressed he was by their son on April 26 when the Browns make the first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.last_img read more