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first_imgNewstalk ZB 20 Feb 2013A New Zealand First MP is unhappy about people not being able to make oral submissions to select committee hearings on the Bill that allows same sex marriage.Lole Asenati Taylor says  more than 200 people have not had the chance to have their say on the Marriage Amendment Bill.She believes the six months set aside for  select committee consideration of the Bill is too short.The committee hearing the Bill has had to limit submission times to five minute due to the number of people who have wanted to be heard.–says-mplast_img

first_imgRome: Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri feels Cristiano Ronaldo is lacking match sharpness after the Portuguese put up another indifferent performance, according to his own high standards, against Napoli in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday. The summit clash went into penalties after regulation time ended goalless. Napoli prevailed 4-2 as they won their sixth Coppa Italia crown. Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net in back-to-back matches and Sarri stated he didn’t say anything to the players after the game as he was disappointed just like them. “He’s in the same shape as the others, like Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, he is lacking the sharpness to do what works best for him,’ Sarri told RAI as per Daily Mail. “I didn’t say much to the players after the game. I was angry and disappointed just like them, so at these moments it’s best to stay silent.” Ronaldo was set to take the last penalty kick but his chance never came as teammates Paulo Dybala and Danilo wasted their respective kicks. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 18th June, 2020last_img read more

first_imgCMC – In-form batsman Shai Hope is expecting little different from the spin-friendly Queens Sports Club track, when the second Test bowls off here Sunday.The wicket proved a challenge from the opening day, providing generous turn from the opening session, and Hope said he was already bracing for similar conditions, as West Indies went in search of a series sweep.“I do think it’s going to respond the same way as the first game. The pitch is even drier than the first game but it’s about trusting your process again,” the elegant right-hander said.“You have your individual game plans and as a team we have to make sure we are precise with those game plans and make sure we can combat anything they bring to us.”West Indies buckled cheaply for 219 in their first innings as leg-spinner Graeme Cremer and left-arm spinner Sean Williams accounted for the majority of wickets.But after securing a 60-run lead, West Indies compiled 373 in their second innings to take command of the game, and force a 117-run victory late on the fourth day last Tuesday.“I must commend our guys for the display of batting we showed, especially Roston (Chase),” Hope said of his counterpart who scored 95 in the second innings.“He came out and scored freely as if it wasn’t turning so credit must go to him and the batting team in general. We played well, we responded to their spin attack and we just need to do the same in the second Test.”Hope was also among the runs, stroking a superb unbeaten 90 in the first innings and following up with 44 in the second.His performances saw him make yet another leap in the ICC batting rankings where he now lies 24th, as the second highest-ranked Windies player behind opener Kraigg Brathwaite at 18th.“I just want to keep growing. As a batter, you got to this level playing decent cricket and now you have to trust your ability, trust your game,” the 23-year-old pointed out.“You know you have the strength to get over the line to play decent quality bowlers. You have to trust your process. You work hard in the nets to go out there and do a job and you make sure you do that when you go out there.”He added: “It’s just doing whatever you can for the team. In this format, my aim is to bat as long as possible and get big totals for the team so those things (rankings) come secondary. You see them but you don’t really go out there with those things in mind.”last_img read more

first_imgBuhari commended the visionary leadership, innovative spirit and the brotherliness among members that had sustained the club since it was first conceptualized as an informal organization of tennis lovers to a formal and cosmopolitan group with a strong global appeal.“As the club celebrates its 90thanniversary, the President urges members to use the platform and opportunity of regularly assembling people of various backgrounds to promote peace, unity and national cohesion,” the statement added.‎Buhari wished the Yoruba Tennis Club a joyous and memorable anniversary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tobi Soniyi in AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Yoruba Tennis Club as it celebrates its 90thanniversary.A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina‎, the president joined the Lagos State Government, all members of the club and teeming supporters in marking the unique milestone of the oldest club in Nigeria, which was established in 1926.last_img read more

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles As anticipated the Lega-5Star coalition government has turned up the heat on illegal gambling enterprises and black-market actors, moving to introduce Italy’s hardest stance on unlicensed gambling activities.Last week the Italian assembly confirmed that the government could move forward with its tax charge increases across all gambling verticals, announced during the year-end close of 2018.In its update, Lega-5Star would introduce a raft of new decrees strengthening the Italian police and judicial courts’ capacities against mafia-related gambling activities, which have come into the public spotlight following money-laundering charges made against licensed bookmakers in the well-publicised ‘Glassia’ police investigation.Seeking to ‘strengthen controls and penalties’ against bad actors, Lega-5Star have increased the criminal sentencing for illegal gambling activities land-based and digital from 3-to-6 years – formerly 6 months to 3 years.Updating legal provisions, Gambling enterprises that are deemed to have aided criminal activities, will be hit with penalties of ‘€50,000 for each violation’.Furthermore, Betting shops or arcades that operate unlicensed/unregistered/illegal gaming machines will be charged with €20,000-per-unit fines.Supporting its police forces, Lega-5Star has tasked the Italian Ministry of Finance with monitoring Illegal gambling activities forming a strategic unit, with the special guidance of the Antimafia Parliamentary Committee.Last week’s update, sees Lega-5Star continue its frosty relations with Italian gambling regulatory body – Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), which appear to have been given limited capacity on new anti-mafia directives.Following last year’s Galassia fall-out, Lega-5Star officials continue to press Italian Economic Minister Giovanni Tria, to call for a review of ADM licensing processes and IT systems.last_img read more

first_imgGame developer Bluehole announced late last week that it has split PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds away from the main company and it is now being maintained by a subsidiary, PUBG Corp.Credit: PUBGThe subsidiary is to be “focused entirely on the development and global business opportunities” for the smash-hit title that has already amassed a sensational amount of sales considering the game is in early-access and yet to be fully released. The new company will see PUBG’s development lead Chang Han Kim appointed CEO of PUBG Corp, and Woonghee Cho, former CEO of Maui Games and Head of Business Development at Neowiz join as COO of the company as they look to continue PUBG’s staggering early growth. The early-access Battle Royale style game has taken the world by storm. It’s sold over 13 million copies pre-release which is nothing short of sensational. At £30 a pop, it’s not as if the Korean developer is short of money raised on that front. Additionally, the game continues to be popular as it has now broken the record for concurrent users on Valve’s game platform Steam, eclipsing the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the future.Whilst questions remain over whether or not the Battle Royale format will or will not make it as an esport, by splitting the company and creating PUBG Corp, Bluehole clearly seem committed to ironing out problems in the game. Whilst many of the community are starting to get frustrated at certain aspects of the title and competitors have come about, it’s still undoubtedly going strong.Chang Han Kim stated in a press release: “This new structure allows us to be nimble as we look towards the expansion of strategic business opportunities that include the game’s potential in the esports sector and the growth of PUBG as a true global IP franchise”.Esports Insider says: Bluehole obviously still have significant ambition for their already blockbuster, record-breaking title. For it to forge a path in the esports world, developments will have to come thick and fast as we’ve all seen in the past that gamers can be extremely fickle at the best of times.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — An online meeting involving Des Moines city leaders had to be called off last night after what’s described as an “offensive and derogatory cyber attack.”It was a joint video-teleconference of the Des Moines City Council and the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. A news release from the city says the meeting was interrupted by “racist, sexist and pornographic messages” which targeted members of the commission.Mayor Frank Cownie called it a “disgusting and sickening display of racial intolerance,” but adds, the meeting will be rescheduled. He says the city is looking for ways to improve and strengthen the safety and security of all public meetings. There’s no word on any arrests.last_img

first_imgRUMSON – The annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops For Horizons Basketball Tournament concluded another successful event Saturday at Rumson Country Day School.The tournament’s purpose is to raise money for the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at RCDS, which supports educational opportunities for local children living in lower income circumstances.“We wanted it for kids from kindergarten to eighth grade and put them in a six-week summer program,” said Hilary DiPiero. a member of the Board of Advisors. “The children also learn to swim so we are partnered with the Red Bank YMCA. We have children from all over the county.”The tournament, a 3-on-3 affair, named in memory of Albert Martin, Jr, a Red Bank Regional basketball player who died during a scrimmage two years ago.— By Jim Hintelmannlast_img read more

first_img Braegan Hamilton Abilene Christian OF Sr. Winnie, Texas The Cowgirls lead all league teams in first team selections with four. The Wildcats and Colonels each earned a trio on the top team. The 2018 season begins with McNeese hitting the circle first with a doubleheader against Virginia on Feb. 8 at home. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. Sam Houston starts its season at 6 p.m. against Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. The remaining 10 league teams get their seasons going on Feb. 9. Stephen F. Austin’s senior catcher Amber Landry is an automatic pick to the first team while Central Arkansas’ sophomore designated player Cylla Hill is an automatic selection to the second team. Northwestern State’s senior outfielder Sidney Salmans claimed a second team selection, and Sam Houston State’s junior pitcher Lindsey McLeod got the nod to the same team. Kelly Meeuwsen* Lamar 2B Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. Lamar garnered three second team selections in junior second baseman Kelly Meeuwsen, senior outfielder Corina Thornton and senior pitcher Laura Napoli. Southeastern Louisiana picked up a pair of automatic selections in first team senior outfielder Kinsey Nichols and senior first baseman Mahalia Gibson. The Wildcats, who finished last season in second place with a 20-7 Southland record, enter their first season eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason after completing the four-year transition to Division I. They earned preseason first team automatic selections in senior second baseman Holly Neese and senior shortstop Peyton Hedrick. Senior pitcher Hannah Null was also voted onto the leading team. Sophomore third baseman Tori Poullard and senior outfielder Braegan Hamilton earned spots on the second team. Corina Thornton Lamar OF Sr. Universal City, Texas Cylla Hill* Central Arkansas DP So. Henryetta, Okla. Junior first baseman Kasey Frederick, sophomore outfielder Samantha Mracich and junior pitcher Megan Landry lead the Colonels’ squad as first team selections. The 2017 Southland tournament runners-up are also represented on the second team by junior shortstop Amanda Gianelloni and junior catcher Veronica Villafranco. Tori Poullard Abilene Christian 3B So. Fort Worth, Texas Second Team Holly Neese* Abilene Christian 2B Sr. Plano, Texas Veronica Villafranco Nicholls C Jr. Spring, Texas Kinsey Nichols* Southeastern Louisiana OF Sr. Alvin, Texas Laura Napoli Lamar P Sr. Houston, Texas First Team Amber Landry* Stephen F. Austin C Sr. Ponchatoula, La. Samantha Mracich* Nicholls OF So. Metairie, La. Mahalia Gibson* Southeastern Louisiana 1B Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss.center_img Megan Landry* Nicholls P Jr. Pierre Part, La. Morgan Catron McNeese UT Sr. Mineola. Texas Amanda Gianelloni* Nicholls SS Jr. Napoleonville, La. The preseason all-conference teams are voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams at their respective positions. Second team players are elevated to first team if the first team slot is vacated by a non-returning player at the same position. Kasey Frederick* Nicholls 1B Jr. Bridge City, Texas Alexandria Saldivar* McNeese DP So. Princeton, Texas Carleigh Chaumont McNeese 3B Sr. Moss Bluff, La. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Erika Piancastelli* McNeese UT Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. Lindsey McLeod Sam Houston State P Jr. Austin, Texas *2017 All-Conference Selection FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls each earned five picks on the 2018 softball preseason all-conference teams, the Southland Conference announced Tuesday. Three-time Southland Player of the Year Erika Piancastelli highlights the preseason all-conference teams after a 2017 season that saw McNeese claim the regular season and tournament championships for the second year in a row. She led the league in on base percentage (.544), runs scored (56) and walks (63). Teammates Justyce McClain, a junior outfielder, and Alexandria Saldivar, a sophomore designated player, join Piancastelli on the first team as automatic selections. Senior third baseman Carleigh Chaumont was voted onto the first team by the league’s head coaches while senior utility player Morgan Catron was picked to the second team. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Peyton Hedrick* Abilene Christian SS Sr. Forney, Texas Justyce McClain* McNeese OF Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. Sidney Salmans Northwestern State OF Sr. The Woodlands, Texas Hannah Null Abilene Christian P Sr. Highland Village, Texaslast_img read more

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Fast bowler Kesrick Williams said making his international debut in a series West Indies had already lost had no bearing on his approach.Playing in the third and final Twenty20 International on Tuesday, the right-armer produced a superb spell, taking two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to suffer the embarrassment of a 3-0 whitewash in the series.The right-armer said though West Indies had already surrendered the series, it was still important to make the most of the opportunity.”I wouldn’t say it wasn’t an ideal time [to make my debut]. Cricket is cricket, so whenever you get a chance, it’s just about your time to execute,” the Vincentian told reporters.”As long as you get that shot, you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free – not thinking that we lost the series, and just played positive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and enjoyed myself playing CPL and that’s what I did here tonight.”I didn’t look at it as I was playing against Pakistan, or against Sharjeel Khan or whatever. At the end of the day, it’s the same cricket. I look at it like I’m playing cricket at home, don’t try to overthink it and do what I do best – bowl and just execute.”Williams, a late call-up to replace explosive all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, conceded that the series had been a difficult one for the Caribbean side.”It’s tough, it’s really tough … it’s really hot there and takes a while to get adapted to the conditions, but we are tough cricketers and we always look to give our 110 per cent,” he pointed out.”Cricket is a game of uncertainties, so you just can’t come out and say you’re going to win today or win tomorrow; you just have to put in a lot of work.”Pakistan played good cricket, Kudos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.”last_img read more