Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Related Articles BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi – The Stars Group IncUpdating the market, Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has confirmed that it has acquired a majority 62% holding in Australian online betting operator CrownBet Holdings, for an aggregated sum of $117 million (€95 million).The Stars Group, acquires its controlling stake in CrownBet, from Australian casino and leisure operator Crown Resorts Limited, who had placed the online bookmaker up for sale last December, choosing to focus its business on its Australian casino properties.Launched in 2014, by industry executive Matthew Tripp, CrownBet currently ranks as the second largest Australian online bookmaker with reported 2017 unaudited revenues of AUS $200 million (€125 million). “We are excited to enter the regulated Australian sportsbook market with CrownBet,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group.“CrownBet has become one of the fastest growing online sportsbooks in Australia through its strong management team, proprietary technology, mobile app, unique partnerships and market-leading loyalty program.”Confirming the deal, Ashkenazi and Stars Group governance detailed that they would retain the services of Matthew Tripp as CrownBet Chief Executive.Updating investors, Stars Group governance informs that it will acquire its 62% equity in CrownBet through an all-cash transaction, from funds attributed to the firm’s current balance sheet.The Northern Territory Racing Commission has approved the transaction subject to The Stars Group satisfying certain standard conditions
Sergio Ramos celebrates with Dani Carvajal after scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Eibar that kept them on the tails of La Liga leaders Barcelona.Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid and Barcelona will have tougher tests to come but emphatic victories on their return to action at the weekend suggest there may not be much margin for error in what is left of La Liga’s title race.Leaders Barca hammered Real Mallorca 4-0 on Saturday before second-placed Madrid swept Eibar aside 3-1 a day later, having led 3-0 at the end of the first half, only to ease off in the second.Both performances erased fears that had arisen during the three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, which saw La Liga go without competitive matches for 93 days.Madrid looked comfortable in their new home at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium — part of their training complex — while Lionel Messi looked fit, with no sign of the tightness in his thigh that was bothering him earlier this month.Two assists, a goal and 90 minutes played suggested Barcelona’s captain is in good shape.“There were many uncertainties,” said coach Quique Setien. “Nobody was clear what was going to happen. We had some bad touches but we will improve with more contact with the ball over time.“Overcoming this match like this gives us confidence and momentum with the advantage we already had.”Mallorca and Eibar, sitting 18th and 16th respectively, were always going to represent relatively kind reintroductions for La Liga’s title contenders.Barcelona are at home on Tuesday to Leganes, who increasingly look the most likely side to finish bottom after they lost at home on Saturday to Real Valladolid.But games away at Sevilla and home to Athletic Bilbao then follow, when perhaps the fitness and form of Setien’s side will be better tested.For Madrid, the challenge intensifies immediately with a home game on Thursday against Valencia, who can ill-afford another stumble after a draw with Levante on Friday left them four points adrift of the top four.– Conditions favour top sides –Yet the early indications are that without fans and with key players fit again, Barcelona and Real Madrid may be set for a more consistent finish to the season.Without supporters at San Moix to rattle Barca or invigorate Mallorca, all that was left was for the superior technical ability and squad depth of the defending champions to prove decisive.That will be the case again when they face Sevilla at the usually bouncing Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday while Madrid will likewise avoid the roar of the crowd when they go to Bilbao’s San Mames in a few weeks.With five substitutions permitted, even when Eibar pulled a goal back in the second half, Real coach Zinedine Zidane was able instantly to bring on three players. By the end he had introduced Gareth Bale, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde. The total cost of those five players was close to 250 million euros ($281m) while the five Eibar brought on were worth five million euros, three of them free transfers.The cost of the 10 players Barcelona and Madrid brought on combined over the weekend was almost 400 million euros while Eibar and Mallorca’s 10 cost just over seven million euros.It means the conditions are more in favour of the top teams finding greater consistency over the remaining games and any mistakes that are made may also prove more costly.“We know the situation is a bit strange,” said Zidane, whose side are two points off top spot, on Sunday.“But the players are all champions and they can adapt to the situation. We have to get our heads around it, which is what we’re going to do until the end of the season.”Sevilla will try to strengthen their hold on third place by beating Levante on Monday. Getafe are at home to struggling Espanyol on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid visit Osasuna on Wednesday while on Thursday, Real Sociedad — currently fourth — travel to Alaves.La Liga midweek fixtures (times GMT)MondayLevante v Sevilla (1730), Real Betis v Granada (2000)TuesdayGetafe v Espanyol, Villarreal v Mallorca (both 1730), Barcelona v Leganes (2000)WednesdayEibar v Athletic Bilbao, Real Valladolid v Celta Vigo (both 1730), Osasuna v Atletico Madrid (2000)ThursdayAlaves v Real Sociedad (1730), Real Madrid v Valencia (2000)Share on: WhatsApp
This is a Feb. 11, 2012, file photo showing Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang (58) during an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Less than seven weeks after sustaining a stroke, Kris Letang was cleared to practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will join the team for practice Monday.Letang, who has not played since a Jan. 29 stroke and resulting discovery of a small hole in his heart, has been taken off blood thinner medication. The defenseman has missed the past 14 games.“He still has some other things to go through (before returning to game action),” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, “but we knew that this was the six-week mark (since the stroke diagnosis) and there was a chance. He’s been working out, he’s been skating and doing quite a bit on his own.”A Norris Trophy finalist as the league’s top defenseman last season, Letang signed an eight-year, $58 million contract extension last summer. He has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season.Letang did not skate at all for more than four weeks after the stroke and was not skating vigorously until this past week.
NAB is probably the biggest event of the film, TV and video industry when it comes to new tools, equipment and software. This roundup of roundups will fill you in on the latest products and developments.Whether you made it to NAB 2014 to see the sights for yourself or not, there were plenty of interesting announcements, product updates, new cameras and other new technology to keep up to date with. As an editor the most interesting developments were around all the major NLE’s, DaVinci Resolve 11 and more and more Thunderbolt peripherals. But that’s just a tiny slice of all that happens each year at the epic National Association of Broadcasters. So let’s dive in…NAB 2014 in ReviewOne of the simplest ways to get a quick overview of the most important take-aways from NAB 2014, is to digest a few of the many summary blog posts from some of the industries top pundits. To kick us off, Studio Daily has an excellent post summarizing the Top 10 Big Ideas In Production and Post, highlighting some of the best hardware, software, price drops and innovative new technologies coming out this year.Most Innovative Idea for Production: Andra Motion FocusCameras were big at NAB, but the closest thing to a game-changer in the trenches of production was the Andra follow-focus system. It uses a magnetic field and sensors to track motion of a subject, controlling a motor that keeps it in focus, or that rack-focuses quickly and precisely to a pre-determined point.If you want more info on the magical Andra magnetic follow focus system News Shooter has a great post here.One of the industries most reliable and readable bloggers is Oliver Peters, and in this summary post he covers everything from 4K, the death of I/O cards, developments for film and why nearly two hours of non-stop funk/dance/disco helped make NAB 2014 a hit for him.Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro was all over the show in numerous booths. Various companies showed housings and add-ons to mount the Mac Pro for various applications. Lots of Thunderbolt products on display to address expandability for this unit, as well as Apple laptops and eventually PCs that will use Thunderbolt technology. The folks at FCPworks showed a nice DIT table/cart designed to hold a Mac Pro, keyboard, monitoring and other on-set essentials.Below The Line News has a detailed write up of the show, headlining with something that seems to be making the most noise in the industry is Avid’s new moves with the launch of the Avid Customer Associate, Connect and Avid Everywhere.Launch members of the association include the usual suspects – news and current affairs producers, big broadcasters, and so on – indicating a healthy level of support for the new organization. That said, while the company was eager to discuss the greater integration of its products under the Avid Everywhere banner, one might have formed the cautious impression that Avid is, like its competitors, struggling to excite people with new edit features in such a mature field of software design.Author and trainer Larry Jordan, shared his thoughts on NAB 2014, rounding up many of the announcements and press-releases that spill out before the NAB show officially launches. He makes an interesting point at the bottom of his post about the state of Thunderbolt 2.I also gained some behind-the-scenes insight on why Thunderbolt devices are talking so long to come to market. While no one will say so directly, I suspect this the result of two principle factors: 1. A lack of Thunderbolt 2 chipsets which manufacturers can integrate into their products. 2. Issues with the certification process requiring more than the usual number of hoops for manufacturers to jump through. I’m continuing to follow this and will write more about it as I learn more.For hours and hours of interviews from the NAB show floor you should also check out The Digital Production Buzz’s coverage of NAB, which Larry co-presents. Another industry pundit weighing in on NAB 2014 is Bob Zelin from Creative Cow. His round up has a strong hardware focus – his favorite product of the show was the new Sonnect xMacPro rack mount – peppered with plenty of advice on the changing nature of the industry.My favorite booth, and my favorite product was Sonnet Technologies, that showed their newxMac Pro. It takes the silly round new Mac Pro, and puts it into a standard 4 rack unit rack mount case. Inside this case is a 3 slot PCIe expansion chassis, which connects to your new Mac Pro with a Thunderbolt 2 cable. This allows you to continue using your AJA/Blackmagic/Matrox/Sonnet/ATTO cards that you already own, and add USB3 cards, and anything else that you can think of, without having to buy special new Thunderbolt 2 versions of the same products.Lastly the three Coloristos (colorists Juan Salvo, Josh Petok and Jason Myres) share their thoughts on the industries movements in this insightful conversation – live from the NAB show floor. Although they’re talking as colorists, there’s plenty of great insight for any one working in the film and television industry, with all sides of production and post covered in detail. Also for even more colorist related NAB links and resources, colorist and trainer Patrick Inhofer’s Tao of Color post-NAB newsletter is stocked full of them. NAB 2014 Videos & InterviewsThanks largely to @doubleprecision I’ve gathered together a whole host of video collections from many of the major blogs and industry sites covering the event. If you click on the links below you’ll be able to jump to each other their entire collections, where I’ve just pulled a taster video out. There are many hours of interviews to digest if you have the time!Post Perspective NAB Videos – View the entire collection.Pro Video Coalition NAB Videos – Jump to PVC’s Vimeo ChannelCinema 5D NAB Videos – Visit Cinema 5D Vimeo ChannelNext Wave DV NAB Videos – View the entire YouTube ChannelKeycode Media NAB Videos – Hit the KeyCode Media YouTube ChannelNo Film School NAB Videos – Jump to the No Film School channelHD Video Pro – Check out the entire Vimeo ChannelLens Pro To Go NAB Videos – Hit the entire LPTG Vimeo Channel B&H Video & Audio NAB Videos – Check out the B&H Youtube ChannelNews Shooter NAB Videos – Check out News Shooter on Youtube
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Web-based advertising platforms provide you applicants by allowing them to find jobs they’d be interested in, and they make it easy for a candidate to send you their resume by simply clicking a link. This tends to increase the number of candidates that reply to your posted position while simultaneously reducing the overall quality; many people without the right skills will apply based only on the advertised compensation.I start with three segments of candidates.A-List CandidatesIf a candidate has industry-related experience and a strong sales history, they make the A-List. Understanding the industry is an indication that they know how things work, that they have experience in having business discussions around the industry, and that they have contacts that may allow speed to results (even though this isn’t always true).B-List CandidatesIf a candidate doesn’t have the requisite industry experience, but has the sales history, they make it into the second stack. Sales skills are transferable, especially if the sales person has been trained, coached, and developed by their prior organizations.If you have the ability to teach and train a salesperson in your industry, there are excellent candidates that possess the mindset and the skill set necessary to succeed. It is a mistake not to consider candidates from this group. It’s a bigger mistake to trade industry experience for the attributes that allow someone to succeed, but that is the most common mistake people make when hiring. What feels like a shortcut is often a dead end.C- List CandidatesThis is the stack of resumes from people who lack industry experience and also have no experience in sales.Unless you are prepared to train salespeople from scratch, and unless you have the training and development resources to train people with absolutely no experience, this list isn’t the right place to hire from. It is a mistake, and it is wrong to hire salespeople with no experience if you cannot train, coach, and develop them. It is unfair to them, and it is why so many young people sour on sales.The 20-Minute Meet and GreetI never interview a candidate from any list without first doing a 20-minute phone interview. There is no reason to commit to spending an hour with someone who is clearly wrong for you and your company. Your time is best reserved for people who appear to be a good fit.It helps to consider the best candidates from your A-List and your B-List for these 20-minute interviews. You don’t want to overlook a potential future star because they don’t have industry experience. You also don’t want to hire someone who is a project if you have an A-List candidate available.Hiring isn’t easy, and it is better to see more people than fewer. This strategy allows you to look at more candidates, and build a pool of those who are likely the best fit.
Emery: Arsenal will buy in January if these players don’t produceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’ll be active in the January market after defeat at Southampton.They slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton on Sunday.When asked if he’ll splash the cash in the coming weeks, Emery said: “I don’t know now.“We don’t have a lot of possibilities in January but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us, but only if we think the other players can’t help us with their performance.“The club will look in January.“It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with the players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bulgarian Football Union president resignsby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe president of the Bulgaria Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, has resigned, reports BBC Sport.Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit on Tuesday after the racist abuse of England players in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Monday’s match, which England won 6-0, was stopped twice because of racist behaviour by home fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants.The BFU said the move “is a consequence of the recent tensions” but did not mention racism in their statement.The statement said the tensions had created “an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union”.It added that “Mihaylov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way”.Earlier on Tuesday, the Bulgaria prime minister “strongly condemned” the fans’ behaviour and called for Mihaylov to resign “immediately”.”After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian National Team and given the bad results of our football, I ordered to end any relationship with BFU, including financial, until the withdrawal of Borislav Mihaylov from the post,” he added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]
Fox News probably should have double-checked before listing Steve Spurrier as “Head Game Coach” during their live interview.With college football less than a week away, former Gator quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier is promoting his new book. The autobiography, Head Ball Coach, follows Spurrier’s childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy win, and then to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and beyond. However, Fox News made quite a gaff, listing “Head Game Coach” as the introductory graphic during the broadcast.Steve Spurrier. Universally known as “Head Ball Coach” someone should tell the nerd running graphics at Fox News. pic.twitter.com/VUvbkZskOx— Patrick Shuck (@pshuck) August 31, 2016Note: Head Ball Coach is the title of Spurrier’s new autobiography…which he talked about during this interview.Florida fans and basically any person with a firm understanding of college football were quick to mock the obvious [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel idiots, everyone knows Bobby Petrino is the Head Game coach.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) August 31, [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel wait does he coach the game with the basket ball ring or the one with the giant tuning forks at each end of the grass— Frank Mueller (@Muellercleez) August 31, [email protected] no, it’s “head game coach.” i remember because he would always tell his players to put the ball right in the basketball ring— Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) August 31, 2016Looks like someone at Fox News needs a comprehensive history lesson.Spurrier, now an ambassador for Florida’s athletics department, was the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.After an NFL stint, Spurrier coached the Gators towards six SEC championships and one national title in 12 seasons. After resigning unexpectedly in 2001, he coached the NFL Washington Redskins until 2005, when he left to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2005-2015.