Has rugby league’s relationship with gambling begun to go too far?

first_imgBut what do we call the suits in charge who have encouraged this mad fixation on betting that now brings millions of dollars into the sport every year?Clever?Innocent?Responsible?Hold that thought.As we’ve all heard by now, young Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona was stood down amid the latest NRL betting investigation.The claims are that 25-year-old allegedly made a string of small bets on several games over a series of months.What exactly the bets relate to remains a mystery, but there is some talk they related to Simona allegedly betting on himself to be first try scorer.Simona will now be prohibited from training, or playing, until the investigation is complete.If he is found guilty, Simona’s career will be effectively over.I have no problem with that.There is no question all NRL players, and staff, are educated with respect to their responsibilities on betting.TROUBLE: Simona’s career in jeopardyHISTORY: Sports stars who gambled and lostEven if they aren’t betting against their own team, they are simply not allowed to bet on the sport.But is there also a responsibility for the people in charge to put some limits on this growing phenomenon of exotic betting options that appear to be the most easy to manipulate?I was talking to racing’s former chief cop Ray Murrihy about it last year, at about the time there was a push to get Murrihy involved in the NRL’s integrity unit.Murrihy had no doubt rugby league, and all sport for that matter, were heading for some serious issues.“I mean, I was driving the other night and I heard them say that you can bet for the State of Origin on the highest number of offloads and things like that,” Murrihy said.How do you police that?In racing they regulate well in advance of a meeting who is riding, what weight the horse has, its form is exposed and there is a whole range of veterinary and checks.But in rugby league coaches get to play ducks and drakes all week with their teams in relation to injuries and possible late changes.Right up until an hour before kick off.Then when the players run out, all these other exotic options are exposed.Then through advertising, pregame and at halftime, they are jammed down our throats.Most offloads, first try scorer, most tackles, who leads at halftime and fulltime, you name it.“And don’t forget, gamble responsibly,” they constantly tell us with a smile.As Murrihy said: “It is difficult for the sports to get across all those areas that inside information can be so vital.”“For sports it will be a challenge, there is absolutely no doubt about it.“And there is always going to be someone look to take an advantage of some inside information or manipulation.”Whether it be a player, a friend, an official, a fan.We all have a problem, and it is growing.Rubbing out one player is not going to fix it.last_img read more

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“In Denmark we play again in a month, here the health was strong before the virus”

first_imgDinanamarca has begun its de-escalation phase in the fight against the coronavirus. His government has started a “prudent and controlled” path to recover normalcy. The first big step has been taken this week with the reopening of schools between strict distance and hygiene measures, but Denmark is making progress. The country has registered just over 7,000 infected and has only reached 336 deaths. Protected by these data, the government opts for the gradual reopening and with precautions. After the schools, some small shops that were closed will follow on Monday. And the football? “The plan is for him to return in mid-May, we have three possible dates, we are already training in small groups and we believe that next week we will be able to work with the entire team”, relates to AS Sory Kaka (28-7-1995, Konakry, Guinea), a former Elche forward who is now a member of the triumphant Midtjylland, the leader of the competition who was walking at a record pace towards the title. Kaba is very concerned about the situation in Spain, “it is like my house, my partner is there and I know he is being tough”, he affirms and contrasts our day to day life with that of Denmark. “Here you feel safe, first because you acted very quickly and, later, because before the virus arrived, there was already a very strong health awareness throughout the country, it is cultural,” he says. The striker points to the “speed of the measures and the awareness of the population” as keys to living this phase of lack of confidence now.The population is used to prevention on a daily basis. “In public spaces, such as supermarkets, it was already used to wash hands with disinfectant gel before this pandemic, you can see it every time you enter with dispensers,” explains the player. In addition, the distance measurements were secondarily supported. Strictly. What’s more, even before they became official on March 13. Three days before, the borders had already been closed (the location of the Nordic country helps a lot, with only borders with Germany and Sweden) and the population had already started to telework, something quite implemented in a country with about 5.6 million inhabitants. “People have distancing measures very internalized, without having to close everything or prohibit going outside, much less fines,” Kaba explains, stressing that people with masks are hardly seen on the street. “In Spain, I know that confinement costs more to take on,” admits the Guinean soccer player, who has also lived in France as well, “here they are very homey”. And Danish football returns because the measures have managed to reduce the contagion curve. Other important sports such as handball have decided to shut down. At the beginning of March, Brondby and Lyngby players had to undergo a quarantine for having been in contact with a person carrying the Covid-19, one more day was played and football stopped. “But at no time has he planned the possibility of ending the competition, as is happening in Belgium or the Netherlands, this has never been talked about here,” says the former Elche forward. What’s more, the dates to return are already set. It will be in mid-May. There are three options. The first would be to complete Matchday 25 on May 17. If it were too much, they have been proposed on May 24 or 31. “But we believe that it will be in the middle because the intention is to go next week to work in a group, theirs would be to have two weeks in a group to get in tune and thus avoid injuries, but they will do what they can to play,” he warns. Kaba, who after learning about Spanish and French football praises the Danish for his organization and professionalism.“We have been training for two weeks in small groups of six; we change at home and thus limit contact in the facilities, the training ends, they give us a prepared meal to take home and we return, in total we are not more than eight together, ”he explains, explaining that he has not had to pass any tests. Kaba also acknowledges flexibility and that preparation in training centers has not been prohibited. “I have come almost often, because I am also coming out of an injury and I can work with the recuperator, although there was also the option of doing it at home, if the player for any reason has doubts, they give you the possibility of not moving, you You decide ”, he explains, highlighting, also, the arduous telematic tactical work that they are carrying out to be prepared“ to play tomorrow if necessary ”. Clip applications, viewing material plus tactical chats, are a constant.Sory Kaba arrived in Denmark from the French Dijon. He had bought it from Elche paying his withdrawal clause of about four million and now he hopes that the coronavirus will not deprive him of winning his first league at this level in the field. and, later, to be able to get access to the Champions via the preliminary phase. “I have fond memories of Elche, and afterwards the experience in France, which although it was not as good as I would have liked, allowed me to be close to my family and to learn something new, Midtjylland already loved me when I was in Elche, so it was not difficult to come and things are going, “he says. In addition, the break has been good for him to recover from an injury. Sory, who began to play football seriously in the ranks of Alcobendas, had previously had to convince his father, who chose to go for studies. “In the end it turned out well, I preferred to get up at 5 in the morning if it was to dedicate myself to football …”, he confesses, “and if we win the league and I can get to play the Champions it will be a dream come true”.last_img read more

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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat

first_imgHead coach: Ramil De JesusLast Season: 11-3 (no.2 seed, champion)Key holdovers: Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Desiree Cheng, Aduke OgunsanyaKey loss: Kim FajardoADVERTISEMENT 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De La Salle is gunning for its third straight title in the UAAP women’s volleyball championship, but such a daunting task isn’t new for the mighty Lady Spikers.The last team to successfully go on a three-peat was La Salle when the girls in green-and-white won the big trophy from Seasons 73 to 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd the Lady Spikers have set their sights on a sixth championship in eight years, the most titles in an eight-year period since University of Santo Tomas won seven straight from 1985 to 1991.La Salle, however, will go into Season 80 on a new slate especially after the iconic setter Kim Fajardo graduated in 2017. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Kianna Dy, Season 78’s Finals MVP, was there for Cobb when things got too difficult for the sophomore setter.“I actually told her that her style of play is different from ate Kim’s so we don’t necessarily want her to be exactly like ate Kim,” said Dy. “She has her own strengths, her own weaknesses, ate Kim has her won strengths and her own weaknesses.”“I just tell her to do her best and that we’re all behind her and that she’s not alone,” added Dy.And with the veterans showing support for their young 18-year-old setter, another figurehead in the team is confident La sale won’t go down easily.Dawn Macandili, who was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, promised La Salle would be there until the very end to defend the crown.“My confidence is really high right now with this team,” said Macandili in Fiipino. “My teammates are there, my coaches are there to throw us their support no matter what so I’m really confident we’ll go a long way this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re back to zero,” said defending MVP and team captain Mary Joy Baron in Filipino. “The past season’s title will be our motivation because we know we have to defend the championship.”“But the team will have a new composition, Michelle [Cobb] will now be our setter, so for me everything’s back to zero,” added Baron.Cobb, who is on her second year, will take on the place Fajardo, who won three Best Setter awards.Baron and the other veterans, though, promised to make it easy for Cobb to transition from a substitute to the team’s main playmaker.“They [the veterans] were very flexible towards their relationship with me,” said Cobb. “They’re adjusting and they’re always telling me that if I draw the ire of coach Ramil [De Jesus] they’ll just keep motivating me and telling me that I am part of the backbone of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Why APNU/AFC’s term in office has been an abysmal failure

first_imgDear Editor,By any major measure, APNU has been a failure. Here are a few instances:1. Drained disposable income of the populace by extracting a 50 per cent increase in taxation over the 2015 to 2018 period. The implementation of over 200 tax measures has seen annual tax revenue at $200 billion in 2018, vs $135 billion in 2014, a whopping 65 billion increase on the backs of the populace. Small wonder the average man is feeling the squeeze.2. Stifled and scared-away investment. With almost four years since the coalition came to power, not a single major private or public investment project has materialised. Instead, the APNU is simply reaping the benefits of investment projects and financing arranged by the PPP Government. From Exxon to the Cheddi Jagan airport, to the new gold mines, manganese mines, bauxite mines – all of these were arranged by the PPP. All new investment has stalled due to the bureaucracy and ineptitude of this APNU/AFC Government. Had APNU not scuttled the Amaila Falls project, a total of US$850 million would have been invested in Guyana and 165 Megawatts of power would have been available this year into the grid at 10 cents per kilowatts. Instead, the country faces blackouts. Nationalisation of the Berbice Bridge is yet another example and, of course, the derailing of the speciality hospital by awarding the contract to a client of an AFC Government Minister.3. Abandoned, ignored of reneged on every major promise made in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Instead of inclusionary policies, measures to improve prosperity, good governance, improving accountability and transparency and zero corruption, the APNU/AFC has ignored each of these. Their performance has been the exact opposite. No wonder the populace is fed-up.4. Draining of foreign reserves and gold reserves by over US$400 million and incurring an overdraft with the Central Bank (illegal) of over US$250 million. As if increased taxation was not enough.5. The populace has lost confidence. Just look at the Local Government Elections (LGE) results. A whopping landslide win for PPP with 61 per cent of the votes vs 34 per cent for APNU and 4 per cent for the AFC.6. Loss of no-confidence vote in Parliament following Charrandas Singh voting with the Opposition in protest of closing the sugar estates and ignoring the plight of the sugar workers.The evidence of the abysmal failure of APNU/AFC is clear. The Parliament and the public have lost confidence in the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Elections must be held in accordance with the Constitution. Elections must be held now.Sincerely,A Grantlast_img read more

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Expelled UP Partisans Suffer Setback at NEC

first_imgSen. Commany Wesseh and Patrick Worzie in consultation at the Feb. 20 hearing at NEC The hearing officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has denied lawyers representing the expelled Unity Party (UP) stalwarts the petition to grant them the opportunity to be heard against the alleged illegal expulsion against them by their former political party.Handing down his ruling into the motion over the weekend, the NEC chief hearing officer Cllr. Muana S. Ville said legal counsel for the expelled UP members could not get their sought-after remedy at the NEC on grounds that their clients did not exhaust all the remedies available at their former party. He noted further that one of their lawyers, Cllr. Mameitta Jabateh Sirleaf, does not have a license to practice law, even though she “is doing the wrong thing by pretending to be one fit as required by law to practice law in the country.”It may be recalled that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sen. Conmany Wesseh, and his wife Madam Medina Wesseh, as well as Patrick Worzie, all former executives of UP, were expelled by UP’s National Executive Committee for acts, including campaigning against their party which are said to be in contravention of their party’s constitution.The lawsuit, filed by the International Law Group (ILG) on February 16, alleged among other things that the meeting which led to the expulsion of the former president and other executive members was secretly held at the residence of former Vice President Joseph Boakai, with 31 executive members in attendance but only 17 voted to “effect said prejudicial and illegal action.”They argued that the party’s constitution provides that the National Executive Committee shall require at least 42 votes in favor to acquire the two-thirds majority of the 65 members at the time of the decision, but claimed that only a majority of 32 present at the home of Boakai took the decision.“The vote cast was far less than the two-thirds majority called for by the party’s constitution to constitute a quorum to effect any major decision, as enshrined in the by-laws and constitution,” the suit filed by ILG said and noted “Boakai must be held liable for the illegal expulsion and gross violation of the legal instruments of the party.”The lead lawyer of UP, Cllr. Albert Sims, said the expelled executives do not stand any ground to convince any legal body that they are innocent of the accusations levied against them.“We plead that you throw out their petition because it is unfounded and highly deceptive. It reveals nothing less than insincerity on their part towards the party that made them who they are today,” Sims argued.He noted that the NEC did not have the jurisdiction over the matter because the suit did not clearly name the aggrieved persons except Patrick Worzie who later served as the acting secretary general after the resignation of Lenn Eugen Nagbe from that position.The International Law Group’s Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi and his team of lawyers took an appeal to the NEC Board of Commissioners (BOC). Meanwhile, days before the ruling, the spokesperson of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. Jerolimek Piah, said Madam Sirleaf is not part of any lawsuit against former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai or the UP; therefore requested that her name should not be part of the case.The BOC is expected to look into the appeal by Massaquoi and his team of lawyers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Albouystown youth remanded for shooting-robbing dog food vendor

first_imgAn Albouystown welder, Naresh Samaroo was on Thursday remanded to prison for the attempted murder of dog food vendor Shane Cooper.The 21-year-old man was not required to plead to the indictable charge when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge stated that on September 24, 2018, while in the vicinity of Stevedore Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he caused grievous bodily harm to Shane Cooper with intent to commit murder.Defence Attorney Latchmi Rahamat, in an application for bail, told the court that Samaroo was held beyond the 72-hour detention period.The Police Prosecutor, however, informed the court that the accused wasAttempted murder accused Naresh Samaroo being escorted by Police out of the courtroompositively identified as the perpetrator who committed the heinous act and as a result, objected to bail being granted to the accused.Magistrate Latchman upheld the prosecution’s submission and refused bail to Samaroo. The matter was adjourned until October 17, 2018 when the accused will appear before the Chief Magistrate.Cooper, of Bamboo Drive, Meadow Brook Squatting Area, was shot to his abdomen and left leg during the attack.The 26-year-old man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.Based on reports, the incident occurred about 20:40h at the corner of Aubrey Barker Road and Stevedore, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown while Cooper was plying his trade as a dog food vendor. After committing the acts, the suspect fled the scene in a waiting motor car.last_img read more

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McLean calls for reconsideration of Amaila Falls project

first_img… says small hydros, solar power insufficientFormer Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), (ret’d) Major General Norman McLean, has called for focus to be placed on large-scale hydro projects such as the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project, noting that small-scale hydro projects will be insufficient to power local industries.Speaking at the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC) Annual General Meeting on Thursday, McLean, who also previously served as the Commission’s Secretary, posited that hydropower is the key to Guyana’s development.“Guyana is blessed with all the water and water falls to make hydro the key to our development; after all, we are the land of many waters,” he posited.To this end, McLean noted that focus needs to be placed on developing large-scale hydro projects that can serve tradition sectors that have carried Guyana’sFormer PSC Chairman Norman McLeaneconomy for years.He pointed out that emphasis on small hydros such as Moco-Moco, Tumatumari, Eclipse and others can only electrify small surrounding communities with areas like Lethem, Mahdia, Konawaruk, Arakaka, Mathew’s Ridge and so on, standing to benefit from afforded fulltime electricity.“[Small hydros] would provide electricity outside the grid and those local communities will, therefore, benefit from these small hydros… If we are to industrialise Guyana Amaila; Korow, Turtuba and others need to be developed to ensure Guyana’s economy is sustainable through clean and renewable resources,” he asserted.The former PSC Chairman went on to outline that local sectors continue to endure very high prices for generating electricity and while Government’s initiatives like the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) is commendable, projects based on solar and wind will not electrify and industrialised Guyana.Following years of uncertainty over its future after it was abandoned by the coalition Government, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman last month breathed new life into the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project (AFHEP) when he appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Natural Resources Committee.Before assuming office, the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change’s refusal to endorse AFHEP forced the main developer, Sithe Global, to walk away from the project. APNU and AFC claimed they were awaiting an evaluation from the IDB, which was in receipt of US$80 million from Norway that was specifically committed to AFHEP. But with no developer, the IDB declared an investigation was moot and the coalition Government had since ducked AFHEP, citing technical and financial concerns.However, after attending COP25 in Paris, Minister Trotman last month announced, “… the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet considered it the best option for an objective re-assessment (of AFHEP).” But he noted that funding is an issue with the project, which was the brainchild of former President and current Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.Just before the release of a report by Norconsult, an engineering and design consultancy firm from Norway, which was contracted by the Government of Norway for an “objective and facts-based” assessment, the coalition Government issued a statement claiming the Norconsult consultancy justified Government’s position that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project was not financially viable for the country, and would be a burden to the people of Guyana.But when the report was made public, its conclusions and recommendations were the complete opposite, and declared that “the only realistic path” for Guyana moving towards an emission-free electricity sector and achieving its 2025 Green Agenda commitment was to develop its hydropower potential in general, and maintain the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project in particular.last_img read more

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New Rehab dept. opens at hospital

first_imgPhoto:  Community and Hospital Officials along with Donors helped to cut the ribbon Thursday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe ribbon was cut today on the Fort St. John Hospital’s new Rehab department. The 242 thousand dollar renovation was made possible by money raised through the ‘Back to Living’ campaign, which began last year. At today’s opening, staff told stories about individual donors who had been touched by the efforts of local health care providers, and had given generously to the project. As well, Encana, Canadian Natural Resources, and the Suncor Energy Foundation made larger corporate donations, making up 54 per cent of the 242 thousand dollar total. Staff also told guests about how crowded the previous rehab department had been. The new space is 3 times larger, which means more patients can receive treatment, and more equipment can be housed. As well, there is now a dedicated waiting area, so patients can have more privacy and confidentiality. Kathy Peters, Interim Director of Patient Care, says the new department will also health care workers a more wholistic approach to their patient care. [asset|aid=652|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1d0cb276d990dcfe117573c2cfda852b-Peters-1_1_Pub.mp3] With double the class sizes, the new department will also now have shorter waitlists for those needing rehabilitation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Stephen Petrucci selected as next Assistant Superintendent

first_imgPetrucci has been in his current role since August 2011. Replacing him as Director of Instruction and Human Resources will be Ray Asai, the current principal of North Peace Secondary School. Controller Kevin Pobuda will be moving up to Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, while Principal for Student Support Services Debbie Mah will switch roles to Director of Student Services. The new positions will all come into effect on August 1, 2013. Secretary-Treasurer Doug Boyd will continue in his current role. – Advertisement -It was also announced today that former Superintendent Larry Espe has accepted the position of Superintendent of Trades & Transitions with the Ministry of Education.last_img

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Louis van Gaal reveals if any players want to leave Manchester United

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal believes no Manchester United players will be pushing to leave Old Trafford this summer, even if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.The Red Devils are currently four points behind local rivals Manchester City, who occupy the last Champions League qualifying spot.History has made it clear that writing off United is a foolish move, but at this stage of the campaign, it appears as if Van Gaal’s men will be turning out in the Europa League next term, rather than Europe’s premier competition.Considering some of the players in United’s squad have the ability to feature for Europe’s top sides, losing key players is a real fear for the Red Devils if they are to miss out on the Champions League.However, Van Gaal is not worried about such a situation happening, confirming that no players are forcing an exit from Old Trafford.“There is not any player who wants to go away, I think,” the Dutchman said.“And when another club wants to pay the figures that the board of Manchester United demand, then it is possible.“But that is dependent on the board, of the decision of the board if a player can go.”David de Gea is one of the players constantly linked with a transfer, and he came extremely close to signing for Real Madrid last summer.The La Liga giants are expected to renew their interest in the Spanish goalkeeper at the end of this campaign, but Van Gaal has refused to be drawn on his future.The 64-year-old added: “You have said that he is going to Real Madrid. I have said always that he stays. You remember that?“And now you are asking how long he has to stay? Come on. First you have to say: ‘Okay, sorry that I have written that. Sorry.’“Ask him, ask him. Maybe he said something about that. But not to me.”last_img read more

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