Uganda gay pride rally held a year after law overturned

first_imgSeveral dozen Ugandans marked Gay Pride on Saturday, cheering that such a parade could go ahead in a country that only last year tried to impose long jail terms for gay sex.At a secluded beach in Entebbe, on Lake Victoria just outside the capital Kampala, a group of about 70 people holding banners including “I have a relationship with Jesus and I’m gay”, marched a short distance as music blared out.Gays and lesbians in Uganda often live secretive lives, fearful that coming out will attract stigma and hostility from family and friends, or the loss of a job or an apartment.“We are here to send a message to the wider population that we do exist and we want rights like any other Ugandan,” said Moses Kimbugwe, one of the marchers. “We think this is a step moving forward.”Although some of the revellers described the march – the culmination of a week of gay rights events in Uganda – as a triumph, they said their joy was tempered by the fact that society was still largely hostile to them and that attitudes were unlikely to change quickly.last_img read more

Rashford steps up rehabilitation exercise

first_img Loading… Marcus Rashford has been cleared to step up his rehabilitation programme following encouraging signs on his latest scans. His progress will continue to be monitored by the club’s medical team throughout the current lockdown period. Rashford held informal talks with the agency’s representatives in Miami last weekend The Academy graduate and this season’s top scorer so far has not played since 15 January, due to a serious back injury he sustained in the Emirates FA Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rashford had been working hard on his rehabilitation with medical staff at the Aon Training Complex, before the coronavirus pandemic forced all of the Reds to work individually at home. However, as Marcus explained in an interview with Sky Sports at the weekend, his progress has not been affected and the 22-year-old was happy to report he is growing stronger. “I feel much better,” said Rashford, who had scored 19 goals from 31 appearances before his injury. “Definitely, comparing it to two or three weeks ago, I feel 10 times better. “For me now, it is just about getting ready to build it back up to training and playing the games with the team. I am in a much better place. I am much happier now than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive.” With all matches postponed until at least 30 April, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, United’s players are all training away from club facilities with guidance from the coaching staff. Rashford is taking the unprecedented situation in his stride and, due to his injury, admits nothing much has changed for him on a personal level. “Everyone’s just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can,” said Marcus over the weekend. “I have just been in my house, doing my recovery work, reading books, watching Netflix and just whatever you can do to make the time pass. “There is not really anything that comes close to that feeling of being in the changing room, in the team, in my opinion, so to be honest I am not trying to chase that high. “I had to have time off anyway and relax because of my injury. I am fortunate enough to have a bike in the gym downstairs so not much in that sense has actually changed for me, because I can still do the daily routine that I was doing.” When Rashford is not working on his rehabilitation, the homegrown hero has been helping those who are less fortunate by raising £100,000 for a charity called Fare Share, specifically to get food to children who usually rely on free school meals. “I didn’t know how high the numbers were for kids who weren’t eating at home, other than school meals,” explained Marcus. “That number kind of shocked me and I remember speaking to one of my friends, who was saying there was an opportunity where we can help these people. Read Also:Guardiola prefers Man City to face Rashford in derby “Starting up with Fair Share was something that I haven’t done on such short notice before. We pretty much had the idea and they allowed us to make it work, so we thought ‘let’s try to get to £100,000’. That would allow us to feed 400,000 kids so it has a massive impact.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsonlast_img read more

Apache swoops at Leopardstown

first_img Noel Meade’s charge had been beaten eight lengths by Willie Mullins’ runner in the Drinmore 10 weeks earlier, but turned the tables under a typical Paul Carberry ride. In the rear early on as Tony McCoy and Jarry D’Honneur set the pace, Apache Stronghold (9-2) only came into the race at the business end and jumped the last with Valseur Lido. He got on top on the run-in to get the verdict by half a length from Valseur Lido, with the latter’s stablemate Adriana Des Mottes third. Carberry, who celebrates his 41st birthday on Monday, said: “I took the shortest route. Down the back he wasn’t flying his fences. I had to wait for him to come to me and once he got the gap he flew. He winged the last and kept his head down all the way to the line. “He jumped very well the last day but he has a real good cruising speed and I just had to keep taking him back, which I didn’t want to do today. He wasn’t getting the same jumps today (mid-race) but he got them when I needed them. “This is our big hope. When he won in Navan (in November 2013) I thought he’d keep me going for a Gold Cup some day, so he’s worth going on for.” Meade said: “When he ran at Christmas (second to Don Poli) everyone was telling me ‘he ran great, he ran great’ but there was no one more disappointed than I was at Christmas because I really had great belief in him. “I don’t know whether the other horse was better than him or he didn’t get the trip. I’d have to be thinking in terms of the JLT now – I’ll see what Paul (Carberry) has to say – but I’d say we’d have to think that way. “He’s a lovely looking horse, he’s easy to love – all you have to do is look at him. I was watching him going around the parade ring and he’d do you good looking at him. He nice to watch every morning. I picked him up for 15,500 euro at the Land Rover sales, money well spent! “I’m delighted for Paul (Hunt, owner) too – he’s been a great supporter and it’s great for him to win a race like this.” There was a sad postscript as Le Vent D’Antan suffered a fatal injury in his last-fence fall. Apache Stronghold gained revenge on Valseur Lido in a ding-dong battle for the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WPB Triple Murder Suspect Claims His Victims Tortured Him

first_imgA man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her two brothers in West Palm Beach claimed the three tortured him and his son, according to a report from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Investigators arrested 41-year-old Yuniel Martinez De La Cotera on Wednesday night on three counts of first-degree murder with a firearm.Deputies say he killed 40-year-old Yasnai Moliner Yera, 25-year-old Yasmar Alfaro-Yero, and 25-year-old Yusnier Alfaro-Yera outside a home on Cole Street.In the 911 call, the suspect said he killed his ex-girlfriend and her two brothers in self-defense.He claimed they tortured him and kicked him out of the house.According to the report, deputies found no evidence to support his claims of self-defense.Martinez De La Cotera is set to appear in court on Friday morning.last_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse upset against unranked Old Dominion

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text No. 25 Syracuse (7-3) lost to Old Dominion (8-3), 68-62, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. A lackluster second half doomed the Orange. Tyus Battle scored a game-high 23 points while Elijah Hughes added 15 points. SU shot 22 for 34 from the free throw line and the Monarchs ended Syracuse’s five-game winning streak.Here’s what our beat writers thought of Saturday’s game.center_img Published on December 15, 2018 at 6:34 pmlast_img read more

Mike Ciavarella: No Tweaking… A rebuilt Newgioco is the real deal for US Wagering

first_imgShare Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Mike Ciavarella – NewgiocoNewgioco Group Chairman and CEO Michele (Mike) Ciavarella has led an eight-year project to launch the Italian legacy outfit in the US, seeking to be the best-prepared technology incumbent tackling the world’s biggest and most diverse sports market.Speaking to SBC, Ciavarella details that technology stakeholders will face a rude awakening if they simply ‘copy-paste’ European strategies to US market realities, as all reputations are placed on the line in betting’s new horizon. ____________________SBC: Mike thanks for this interview. Can you detail to SBC readers Newgioco’s unique corporate journey, from operating an established Italian betting network to becoming a US Nasdaq enterprise?  Mike Ciavarella (Chairman & Group CEO Newgioco): Newgioco is comprised of a highly talented management and business administration team with over 20 years of experience in the highly contested Italian regulated betting market.During those formative years, we determined that all existing legacy betting technology platforms, although each having slight differences between them, lacked a common feature that is critical to be able to perform best in managing sports bet risk. In 2017, we launched our state-of-the-art Elys Gameboard Platform which has proven itself in the tough Italian market as a highly effective and powerful technology, purpose built for the sports betting industry.Once, we coupled Elys with our mobile and retail market know-how in Italy, we knew we had something special and that we could replicate this powerful combination around the world. To that end, becoming the first pure-play leisure betting company listed on the Nasdaq stock market was a key milestone for Newgioco.Our Nasdaq listing now provides the highest level of corporate transparency not only to potential clients in the US and around the world but to fundamental investors that also see the massive opportunities for an enterprise like Newgioco with a disruptive technology in one of the largest global industry sectors.SBC: You have led Newgioco for eight years. Why change the company’s strategy so drastically to compete within the US market? MC: Interestingly, we had established the plan to build for the US sports betting market in late 2013 while development for Elys was underway. We simply keep the strategy under wraps.In fact, for the first few years until Elys was ready for market we used a cover name for the company. I recall several instances early on of presenting our plan with investment bankers in New York and strangely being asked – “Isn’t sports-betting illegal?” During those first few years we made numerous press releases hinting at our US readiness plan for when the market “liberalised”.That said, the industry understood that the passion and enthusiasm for American sports could only be repressed for so long and that prohibition would ultimately fall as it did in May 2018. So, the Newgioco strategy was built to compete in the US market from inception as a pure-play leisure betting technology company.Importantly, our deployment strategy includes allowing the US market to develop on both a regulatory and consumer demand basis so that we as a company and business can intelligently deploy the right product for the market rather than using a tweaked European product.To that end, we have been coding our US or “American” platform so that our Elys technology can think better in the US market once we start trading. Part of that is not just the UX, but also the risk assessment algorithms as well as our plan to have a US trading floor specifically for managing risk in the US market. Newgioco is well down the field on this development and will be in a strong position with our first US roll out once sports leagues get back up and running.SBC: Still in very much its infancy stage, what unique market intricacies are you witnessing within the US market?  MC: The most glaring observation is that many operators are learning the hard way that a “sports bet” as a commercial product is like no other product in the world.You cannot run a sports betting business like you run an online business selling items like most consumer goods. Sports betting is the only product in the world where the operator competes with their client. And many times, the client (the bettor) is much smarter than you.Spending hundreds of millions simply to obtain market share is great to make a name for yourself and for bragging rights, but sports betting is “not a popularity contest”, its serious competition between operator and customer where as an operator you can lose against a good player. And loses are what several new operators in the US are incurring.SBC: As a tech incumbent, are you surprised at the way a liberalised US market has taken shape? There appears to be some very convoluted deals and partnerships at play?  MC: Yes indeed, as I mentioned, sports betting is a unique commercial product, in fact sports betting is not a casino product, nor is it a lottery product, it’s a high risk product which means that casino operators and state lottery corporations may not necessarily the best companies to run the sports betting business. Many state regulators and enterprises including national sports leagues are tying sports betting to casinos and state lotteries.That is quite remarkable, when in many cases, but not all, those entities have no experience whatsoever in sports betting. In my opinion, that could be a recipe for disaster. I think a lot of lessons can be learned from the UK and Europe, especially when it comes to handing over exclusivity deals in sports betting that are the worst possible disaster for the public, and will have the opposite effect to market regulation in the long run.SBC: Amongst US stakeholders, is there a worry at the lack of strategic creativity being undertaken by market players? MC: I believe so, but understanding the underlying reason is the main point. Again, I believe that the traditional big business approach of “marketing over matter mentality”, such as exclusivity deals that award the deep-pocket entities, is not the winning solution for long term sustainability in a sports betting business. Instead, what is needed is a core technology that can manage sports bet risk while providing a specific U.S. user experience, not a European UX with some tweaking to make it appear American. This is not very simple to appreciate from the general eye, but I will try – the analogy to use is automobile manufactures building cars for the UK market with a ‘right-drive’ versus building the same model with a ‘left-drive’ for the US. Everything is reversed, although it’s possible to navigate the right-drive car in the US, it gets challenging.The same holds true for sports betting, European lines move differently than US lines, furthermore, some individual US sports have unique betting nuances compared to the same event posted in other markets. The technology must be able to react to these nuances, otherwise, you can have an accident, like driving on the wrong side of the road.SBC: At a consumer level, what do you feel are the US market’s relevant unknown dynamics. How prepared are incumbents to tackle these issues?  MC: Think of it this way – understanding a sports bet as a product, the first thing you do is offer your customer a set of odds based on the potential future outcome of an event, once the sale is executed you now carry a risk as the product you sold, meaning that if the customer comes back, they are not returning the product based on the outcome, they are actually coming back to collect. What if during the event, a key player gets injured which changes the entire spectrum of the outcome? Its too late, you are on the hook and that customer will most likely be back. Many new US stakeholders new to sports betting are finding this out the hard way.SBC: Competing within a disrupted market, Newgioco has placed its ELYS system as its flagship product. What new dynamics does ELYS want to deliver to its US incumbents? MC: The unique feature of Elys is its industry-tailored ‘POS level risk assessment module’. Our Elys platform was designed and purpose-built in the Italian sports betting market where, like American bettors, our clients are passionate about their favourite teams and athletes, but they also truly understand the event and the possible outcomes.Further, aside from the passionate bettor, we also have the “sharp” that seek to arbitrage odds against the bookmaker. Therefore, technology is critical. Specifically, the analogy here is that bookmakers used to be a person (still is in some cases), with a book and a pencil, that would assess the risk and negotiate the bet with the player before taking the sale.This all changed with the internet when our industry went online through technology. Most betting platforms did not have the ability to filter the bet like a bookmaker would, instead, all bets get processed and the risk is laid-off at the back end. Some platforms have recently added features now used to prevent some bets by blocking players, however, the Elys architecture is designed to act before the bet enters the system.This dynamic feature provides operators a betting platform that thinks like a bookmaker by assessing and negotiating the bet before it gets into the book. This allows an operator to run a sports betting business with a better semblance of risk management to level out their commercial expectations from the sports bet product.SBC: Finally, betting has entered a new decade. What big ideas should the industry embrace, and what legacy values should incumbents drop?  MC: The challenge with legacy platforms in our industry is that version changes, product evolutions, the advent of new events and so on created new legacy layers on the technology stack over the years. We are all very familiar with the rapid pace and evolution of new technologies and browsers for internet access, so it stands to reason that the bigger a company gets and the more they expand around the globe on their core technology built 20 years ago, the more challenging it would be to manoeuvre with new technologies, especially in this age of fast-changing 5G and other network super features-In my opinion, as the industry moved to a technology-based business, rather than a book and pencil, the industry has made offering a great variety of in-game bets and other features such as “cash-out” and so on, whilst capitalising on tech features to embrace user experience as a method to attract players as a priority. That was great when most operating jurisdictions were unregulated and the margins were bountiful, however, I think more than anything, as the industry regulates around the world, more emphasis needs to be placed on product economics, specifically through the use of pro-active and adaptive risk-management so that operators can manage their sports betting business actually like a business rather than a guessing game.____________Michele (Mike) Ciavarella – Chairman & CEO Newgioco Grouplast_img read more

Barcelona signs Griezmann and what that could mean for Neymar

first_imgFC Barcelona have triggered the buyout clause of Atletico Madrid star, Antoine Griezmann, which is reported to be 120 million Euros.The player signs a five-year contract, effective until June 2024 with a staggering release clause of 800 million euros.MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Wanda Metropolitano on December 8, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)The French international has had his heart set on an exit as he released a video of himself thanking Atletico Madrid for all their support.He, however, deleted the video and was ordered by the club to refrain from such activities.Barcelona had been reluctant to pay his release clause from Atletico Madrid although the deal has been on the table for months.The World Cup winner finally earns his dream move to Barcelona after months of speculation.But what does this transfer mean to Brazilian star Neymar and his hopes of returning to the Catalan giants?The Brazilian has been playing hardball with Ligue 1 outfit, Paris Saint Germain, as he seeks an exit from the French club.Neymar has refused to return to PSG after missing out on the Copa America due to an injury he sustained before the season started.His refusal to return to the team for pre-season games has forced the Parisian club to release an official statement and also fine the boy from Brazil.The 27-year-old earns €600,000 a week after tax at PSG and is reported to have agreed a pay cut in order to ensure that a move from PSG is completed this summer.Barcelona have so far signed Frankie de Jong from Ajax, Neto from Valencia and Emerson from Atletico Mineiro.Neymar will definitely not go cheap as PSG will be looking at breaking even on the price they paid for him when he signed for them in 2017.The Brazilian forward cost them a world record fee of £198 million.FC Barcelona could sign the former Santos player but will have to sell some others in order to beat Financial Fair Play rules.With Philippe Coutinho reported to be up for sale, the Spanish champions can make enough to be able to re-sign Neymar.However, a return to the Camp Nou for Neymar looks unlikely with Griezmann officially joining FC Barcelona.The Samba boy may have to wait another year in order to return to Spain as Real Madrid are reported to be monitoring his situation.last_img read more

NBA free agency: Knicks confident they will appeal to stars

first_img“I firmly believe (in) what we’re doing, and we’re going to get there. One way or another, we’re going to get there.”Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker are just a few of the players who could hit free agency after 2018-19. New York should have the ability to sign two players to maximum contracts.President Steve Mills told The Post the Knicks were “hopeful and excited.”“We’re excited because now we’re in position,” Mills said. “There’s a lot of noise and a lot of guys are interested in New York. … They like some of the changes we made in the organization. We hear that from agents. We read it from guys getting interviewed about what guys feel about the Knicks. We hear that from other players. At least we’re in the game, and hopeful something really good happens. But we won’t know until it happens. Kawhi Leonard rumors: ‘A lot of people’ in the league think star will leave Raptors The Knicks believe they have a chance to land a star.New York recently finished one of its worst seasons in franchise history, recording a 17-65 record. But, it has a chance to turn it around this summer, as it will have a top draft choice and plenty of cap space. Knicks general manager Scott Perry said he’s confident the team can appeal to top free agents in the offseason.“This is New York City,” Perry told the New York Post. “It’s the greatest city in the world. There’s a lot of appeal here. Even though the team has struggled, it’s a definite attraction to becoming a player in this city who can help turn this organization around. I think that’s something that gives us excitement that it’s out there — the storied nature of this franchise and what the franchise meant to the NBA that still resonates. Related Newscenter_img NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers continue to receive calls about JR Smith “It also gives us the opportunity that if things don’t happen in free agency, we’re sticking to our plan. We’re not going to sign the wrong players just because we have room and the fans have great expectations.”The Knicks last made the playoffs in 2012-13.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: How did USWNT get here?

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Who made the USWNT roster for tournament in France? The team powered its way through the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and a quick look at the numbers shows just how dominant the U.S. was during qualifying:0 goals conceded throughout the tournament 1 U.S. hat trick during the tournament2 players scored at least one goal in every game they played 3 individual tournament honors were awarded to the U.S: Golden Ball (Julie Ertz), Golden Boot (Alex Morgan) and Fair Play Award3 braces scored by Morgan during the tournament, which came against Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica4 players scored at least one brace during the World Cup qualifying10 players scored throughout the tournament14 total shots were scored against the U.S. through the five-game tournament19 total assists for the USWNT during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players20 players saw action during the tournament, which turned out to be the entire roster26 goals were scored by the U.S. Here’s a detailed look at the Americans’ journey in the CONCACAF Championship, which served as the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.Oct. 4, 2018: 6-0 win over MexicoThe U.S. had previously faced Mexico twice before the CONCACAF Championship. In both games, the USWNT won by a margin of at least three goals (4-1, 6-2). The team doubled its success against its southern neighbors to open the qualifying tournament.The Americans ended up playing all three of their Group A games in Cary, North Carolina. Morgan and Megan Rapinoe led the team in its first 6-0 victory over Mexico. The pair both scored a brace as the USWNT started its CONCACAF shutout streak. Ertz and Tobin Heath also chipped in goals as part of the team’s high pressure attack. Rapinoe opened with a goal in the third minute after sending a Lindsey Horan assist to the back of the net. The team dominated all game with its fast-paced play. In the first half alone, the U.S. outshot Mexico 11-0.The USWNT’s next five goals all came in the second half.Oct. 7, 2018: 5-goal shutout against PanamaPanama entered the contest fresh off a 3-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, but didn’t have anything to celebrate in its second game as the USWNT breezed to another victory.Carli Lloyd highlighted the Americans’ second win of qualifying with a hat trick. Her three goals helped push the USWNT past Panama, 5-0.What’s more, the team continued to showcase its defensive talent. When the U.S. entered the game, it had not given up a goal in the competition in 694 minutes, spanning six full games. The streak continued to seven full games … and counting. Oct. 10, 2018: 7-0 victory against Trinidad and TobagoThe U.S. marked its most dominant win of the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago. The 7-0 victory featured a brace from Morgan and Rose Lavelle as well as goals from Crystal Dunn, Heath and Horan.      The match was the final game of the group stage for the USWNT.The U.S. once again had control from the the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In the group stage, the Americans ended up outscoring their opponents a whopping 18-0. ​Oct. 14, 2018: 6-0 win vs. Jamaica The USWNT officially qualified for the World Cup after defeating Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship as the top three finishers automatically earned berths to France. The win came in dominant fashion with a six-goal shutout.The U.S. scored its first goal in the opening minutes with Heath finding the net to set the team up for the win. She added another goal later in the half for only her second career multi-goal game. Rapinoe, Ertz and Morgan also scored to give the U.S. a 5-0 advantage at halftime.The Americans ended up outshooting Jamaica 15-1 in the first half alone.Morgan capped off the strong scoring in the second half on her way to her 100th international goal. With the victory, the U.S. was unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3) and outscored its opponents 89-17 while scoring in all 25 games. The U.S. is currently favored along with France to win it all, while Germany and England are also among the favorites. The national team faced both France and England in friendlies leading up to the World Cup.  But before the USWNT punched its ticket to the World Cup, it had to qualify. Related News The U.S. women’s national team is just hours away from opening the defense of its FIFA Women’s World Cup title. While the team cruised to its eighth consecutive World Cup since the tournament began in 1991 — winning the inaugural championship and then earning the 1999 and 2015 titles — the U.S. will likely have a tougher time repeating its championship against a talented field, including host country France. The U.S. went on to defeat Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Championship final with goals from Lavelle and Morgan.Since then, the U.S. was tested in a friendly against France, where it lost 3-1, and in 2-2 draws against Japan and England in the SheBelieves Cup, but defeated Australia, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico in friendlies in recent months, posting clean sheets in the final four matches before heading to France. The Americans’ first World Cup group stage game will come June 11 against Thailand.last_img read more

30 Days of Christmas $100 sentence

first_imgPrint this off to fill out the sentence and win $100. Details are below. Remember a new word is revealed with each 30 days of Christmas blog which will be underlined somewhere in the text. A 1. growing 2. __________ of 3. __________4. __________ 5. __________ that in an 6. __________  7. __________  8. __________ 9. __________  and 10. __________ 11. __________ are 12. __________ 13.__________ to 14. __________  and 15. __________  in 16. __________  that 17. __________  their 18. __________ 19. __________  and 20. __________  21__________ .last_img read more