Beauty and character go under the hammer in Brisbane

first_imgThe living room at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.The house has a wraparound porch, pressed metal ceilings, timber floors, and original VJ walls.There is also a double-sided brick fireplace to the kitchen and living room. The home has three bedrooms, with two opening to sleep outs that can be used as dressing rooms, and two bathrooms.There is a separate family room, open dining and lounge area and a big kitchen with timber cabinetry. The kitchen at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and there is a second bedroom with built-in robe. Both bedrooms look out to the front balcony. The home retains a number of original features including high ceilings, timber floors and breezeways. The restored Queenslander at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.LOVERS of character homes will be spoiled for choice this weekend with plenty of Queenslanders going under the hammer in Brisbane. At 95 Hows Rd, Nundah, a beautifully restored home built in the 1900s is going to auction.Marketing agent Brandon Wortley, of Ray White New Farm, said the home had sense of grandeur.“The wide frontage, bullnose roof, lattice gate and feature balustrading are just a small sample of the extensive pre-war character charm that has been preserved throughout the home,” he said. The home at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The five-bedroom property at 118 Bell St has been redesigned by renowned architects Mode Design. Marketing agent Karen Pierce, of Ray White Brisbane CBD, said the home offered “modern contemporary living, with an abundance of natural light and airflow”.“This stylish character home is in a class of its own, with the perfect north facing aspect and (an address) in Kangaroo Point’s most sought after location,” she said. The spacious character home at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.The two-storey Queenslander at 25 Bride St has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to an outdoor living area. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers. There are also two bedrooms, laundry and bathroom on the bottom level of the home. A timber and glass spiral staircase leads to the second level with timber floors, ornate ceilings and VJ walls.The master bedroom has an ensuite, there is a bay window in the family room and the sunroom leads out to the front balcony. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The master bedroom at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.Outside there is a shed and in-ground swimming pool. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said the property was moments from the bay in one of Brisbane’s up and coming suburbs. “The stately Queensland home offers the comfort and style of today with the ambience of yesteryear,” he said.In Hendra, the Queenslander at 18 Rous St is on an 839sq m block on tree lined street. The upstairs living area at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Upstairs, the modern kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, breakfast bar, and a 1200mm freestanding, black enamel double oven with gas stovetop and teppanyaki plate. The open-plan living spaces flow out to the veranda and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe. There is also a bathroom on this level. The property will go under the hammer at 10am on Saturday. In Kangaroo Point, a completely made over character home will also go to auction at 10am on Saturday. The fireplace at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.Under the house there is plenty of multipurpose space.The north facing home is on a 908sq m block with wide frontage and side access. The property is going to auction at 10am on Saturday, October 21.Head to the bayside and you will find a recently renovated five-bedroom beauty going under the hammer in Wynnum at 10am on Saturday. The interior at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, study, bathroom, laundry and a patio flowing out to the in-ground pool and deck. Upstairs, bi-fold doors completely open the living, dining and kitchen area to the back balcony. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and an island bench with breakfast bar. The renovated Queenslander at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Marketing agent Jon Finney, of Ray White Albion, said the home was a perfect mix of modern luxury and original charm.“The polished timber floors and VJ panelling on the walls have been expertly blended with state-of-the-art inclusions such as commercial grade Wi-Fi, solar power and a kitchen that will take your breath away,” he said. The two-storey property has a wraparound veranda, a traditional facade and dual living. On the ground floor there is open-plan living, dining and kitchenette, three bedrooms, study, laundry and bathroom. last_img read more

Tesco to consult on closure of defined benefit pension fund

first_imgTesco plans to close its defined benefit pension fund to new accrual in an attempt to strengthen its balance sheet.The retailer, one of the UK’s leading supermarkets, has suffered financially in recent months after it revealed in October that an accounting error resulted in profits being overstated.In an announcement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said it would launch a consultation to close the fund, which reported a deficit of £2.6bn (€3.3bn) in its most recent annual report, to “all colleagues”.Following a valuation in May, it will launch the consultation in June, aiming to implement all changes by February 2016, the company said in a presentation made to shareholders. A spokesman was not immediately able to say whether it would set up a new pension scheme, potentially a defined contribution (DC) arrangement.It currently enrols its workforce into the DB fund, and, as one of the largest UK employers, was one of the first made to comply with automatic enrolment upon its launch.It is one of the few remaining large employers to still offer DB benefits, alongside fellow supermarket chain Morrisons.In an interview with IPE last year, Steven Daniels, CIO of in-house asset manager Tesco Pension Investments, said the fund would see its cashflows remain positive for a significant amount of time, even if it closed immediately.The £8bn career-average scheme had more than 335,000 members last year, with 200,000 actives and only 45,000 pensioners.For more on Tesco Pension Investments, see IPE’s interview with Stephen Danielslast_img read more

Minor injuries reported in rollover crash

first_imgVersailles, Ind. —A rollover crash blocked one lane of traffic on U.S. 421 Monday morning at 7:15.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says a truck driven by Jacob Kessler, 29, of Paris, Texas, rolled near the Decatur County line. Kessler was removed from the wreckage by first responders from the Napoleon Fire Department and treated for minor injuries. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about two hours.last_img

City boss rejects ‘campaign’ claims

first_img Press Association The Chilean said: “I hope that in the Premier League they don’t have a campaign against anyone. I hope all is fair and the referee makes mistakes for all the teams exactly the same, that the FA make the fixtures in a fair way. “I think it is the best league in the world and I don’t think it has any strange things because (otherwise) you are not competing. “After that, if you won the title, it (would) not (be) an important title, because all is arranged.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge. The build-up to the game, which defending champions City go into trailing their title rivals by five points, has been dominated by controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa will miss the game after being banned for three matches by the FA following a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek. Pellegrini believes the ban will give Costa, who is renowned for his on-field aggression, an opportunity to change his ways. The former Malaga boss said: “He is a great player, a very important player. “He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment – and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow – it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.” Pellegrini’s remarks did not receive an immediate response from Mourinho because the Portuguese did not hold his regular press conference on the eve of the match. That gave Pellegrini an opportunity to land some verbal blows on Mourinho but, as is usually the case, he was not interested in stoking their rivalry. “I don’t talk about Mourinho,” said Pellegrini, who often expresses indifference when asked about Chelsea’s former Real Madrid boss. Further questions were asked but Pellegrini, who has beaten Mourinho just twice in 12 games in either England or Spain, offered little that could create headlines. Earlier this season Mourinho mispronounced Pellegrini’s name as ‘Pellegrino’, but there was little response when the matter was brought up. He said: “I’m not going to help you with those things because they are not important for me. I don’t want to carry on in that way.” Asked why he did not comment on Mourinho, Pellegrini said: “This profession is so difficult for a manager – we have different styles. The way I do it is the best way for me, but it’s not the only way to do it. “Maybe you think you can take advantage but for me I don’t think it’s the normal way or the fair way.” Asked about Mourinho’s occasional offer to shake hands with opposing managers before full-time, Pellegrini said: “I won’t talk about what Mourinho might do. I will shake hands with him before the game. And after? Yes, probably.” But Pellegrini did admit he was wrong to compare Chelsea to Stoke earlier in the season after their 1-1 draw with the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium in September. Pellegrini expressed frustration by saying Chelsea were like a “small team trying to defend” and were “exactly the same team we played against Stoke”. Stoke had actually won at Eastlands after employing effective defensive tactics but Pellegrini now feels he was wrong to say what he did. He said: “It was a mistake to compare with Stoke. The style of every club it depends on how the manager wants to do it. Chelsea can play in the way they want and we are going to continue playing in the style I think is the best for this team.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims there is a “campaign” against Chelsea. Chelsea boss Mourinho recently said some people were trying to influence referees’ decisions against his side via the media. Mourinho was this week fined £25,000 for his comments by the Football Association and Pellegrini, whose City side face Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, does not believe such a campaign exists. last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo absence gives Kean chance to shine at Juventus

first_imgHe became the youngest Italian to score in over 60 years in their 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Finland last Saturday. He scored again in a 6-0 rout of Liechtenstein on Tuesday. Being in a star-studded squad alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo means that Kean’s opportunities of regular action have been limited. But ahead of Juventus’ return leg against Atletico, Allegri handed Kean his first Serie A start of the season against Udinese and the forward seized his rare opportunity with a brace.”I always try to be ready and train regularly so that I’m prepared when the time comes,” Kean said.”I learn from Cristiano Ronaldo, in training, I steal his secrets. I can only learn from him. It happens every day.” Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini warned that his side has settled after the Champions League excitement.”A couple of weeks have passed and I think we’ve fully realised what happened, so are now even more fired up for these final two months of the season,” said the Italian defender, who has played over 500 games for Juventus.”We have a good advantage at the top of the table, but want to get the Scudetto sorted as soon as possible.”  Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t in the scheme of things because of injury. Moise Kean the chance to shine with Juventus after the teenager’s stunning breakthrough with Italy.Ronaldo looks set to miss the champions next three Serie A games. highlights Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence through injury could give Moise Kean the chance to shine with Juventus after the teenager’s stunning breakthrough with Italy during the international break. Ronaldo looks set to miss the champions next three Serie A games, against Empoli on Saturday, Cagliari on April 2, and AC Milan four days later after picking up a right thigh injury playing for Portugal.The 34-year-old was rested by Juventus in their last Serie A game after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax. And without the Portuguese star, Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered their first league defeat this season 2-0 against Genoa. Juventus are still closing in on an eighth consecutive Scudetto with a 15-point gap on second-placed Napoli. And Kean will be hoping to get a chance to showcase his talents for their first game at home against Empoli since their dramatic victory over Atletico in the Allianz Stadium. The 19-year-old won his first cap for Italy in a friendly last November, but it was his second appearance for the former world champions that has brought him into the spotlight. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Augusta National postpones the Masters

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___10:30 a.m. All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ 2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. The Latest: Augusta National postpones the Masters Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___ 2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___ The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. Associated Press The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m. The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m. March 13, 2020 ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.last_img read more

President’s College humble Christ Church in opening clash of Titan Bowl X

first_imgNATIONAL Schools Basketball Festival U-18, President’s College continued from where they left off in July by whipping Georgetown’s Christ Church Secondary by 47 points on the opening day of the 2019 Youth Basketball Guyana Titan Bowl X, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The three-division knockout competition will bounce into the semi-finals today with the final set for tomorrow.Along with the U-18s, the female school teams and the U-16 male school teams are also in action.On Thursday, the opening day of the event, President’s College, led by Gabriel Lim, easily defeated Christ Church 57-10. Lim powered his way to a huge double-double: 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Ruel Munroe added 13 points and three rebounds.Rahiem Neils led the GT school with six points and three rebounds.Also in the opening round, Marian Academy eased past St Stanislaus College by 16 points, 39-23.Josiah Daniels, with a solid all-round game of 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and Tyrese James, with eight points and three rebounds, did the bulk of the scoring for the winners.Mustapha Kadir, who finished with a double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) and Veron Edwards who added, seven rebounds, led Saints.Meanwhile, New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) gained revenge over Kwakwani for beating them in the semi-finals of the 2019 National School Basketball Festival, by knocking them out in their first round battle. Only three points separated the two teams (39-36) when time expired.Kadeen Dover with 10 points, seven rebounds five steals, and Gevon Schultz with eight points four rebounds, led NATI.Kwakwani’s Royon Shortt was just short of a triple-double as he showed his prowess at both ends of the court. Along with scoring a game-high 23 points, he pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds and made eight steals. Rovaldo Sarmento supported with seven points.In the final clash of the day, Georgetown Technical Institute were able to get past the Bishops’ High by 15 points. Israel Yaw, with a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) and David Conway with 16 points, four steals, led GTI to a 56-41 points win.Bishops’ High were a two-man show with Roydon Glasgow and Timothy Richmond both scoring 19 points. Richmond added eight rebounds and six steals.In a semifinal this evening President’s College will face Marian Academy, while the two technical institutes will do battle.last_img read more

Nats lead Astros 2-0 as World Series finally returns to DC

first_imgLast Updated: 24th October, 2019 22:10 IST Nats Lead Astros 2-0 As World Series Finally Returns To DC Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto celebrates after their win against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 24th October, 2019 22:10 IST Written Bycenter_img COMMENT Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto celebrates after their win against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 12-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto celebrates after their win against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 12-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)WASHINGTON (AP) — Walking off the field after the final out, Juan Soto smiled as he approached manager Dave Martinez and held up a pair of fingers.“Two more,” Soto told his skipper.By then, Minute Maid Park was nearly empty and mostly silent, except for a small clutch of fans behind Washington’s dugout.Suffice to say, it will look and sound a lot different Friday night at Nationals Park.Halfway to a World Series championship in a city that hasn’t claimed the crown since 1924, Washington has watched everything go its way in taking a 2-0 lead over the discombobulated Houston Astros, who were heavily favored at the start.Not that anyone expected exactly this.Those taut, tense pitching duels that were set with aces Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg on the mound?Nope.“Just about when we all predict what this is supposed to be about, the game will show you that you know maybe a little bit less and less the more you’re around it,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said.Instead, the biggest star so far is a hitter — Soto, still in his first full season and already with a knack for clutch knocks.It was Soto’s eighth-inning hit that rallied the Nationals past Milwaukee in the NL wild-card game. He then hit a tying home run off Clayton Kershaw in the eighth during the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series.Soto was just getting warmed up, apparently.He’s 4 for 7 with a homer and two doubles in the World Series, driving in three runs and scoring three and also stealing a base. And those shakes and shimmies he does at the plate, no wonder it’s called the Soto Shuffle.And how’s this for timing — his 21st birthday is Friday, when Aníbal Sánchez is scheduled to start for the Nationals against Zack Greinke. It will be the first World Series game in Washington since 1933 with the Senators.Just imagine the party Soto’s adoring crowd will throw at pumped-up Nationals Park.“It’s going to feel amazing,” he said. “I can’t wait for it to happen.”Soto and the Nationals wrapped up a 12-3 romp Wednesday night and made the Astros look awful in the process.“Clearly, the Nats have outplayed us, bottom line. They came into our building and played two really good games,” Hinch said. “We’re going to have to try to sleep off the latter third of this game. I don’t want to lump this into a horrible game; it was a horrible three innings for us.”Kurt Suzuki got the ball rolling — flying, rather — by leading off the seventh inning with a tiebreaking home run off Justin Verlander. Things quickly turned messy for Houston, and the Nationals pulled away with late homers from Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor.“Not in a million, billion, gazillion years did I ever think I’d homer in the World Series,” Eaton said.It hasn’t been that long since a team overcame this kind of deficit in the World Series, but it’s been a while.Only three of the past 25 teams to drop the first two games at home under the 2-3-2 format have rallied to take the title. The last to do it was the 1996 New York Yankees against Atlanta.The Astros led the majors with 107 victories and now need to win two of three to merely send the matchup back to Houston.“You can’t dwell on two games not putting everything together. Something goes our way, one ball goes our way, one line drive finds a gap instead of going at somebody, and everything changes,” Verlander said.“Things didn’t go our way,” he said. “We don’t have time to feel bad about ourselves. Reset and come into an environment that we know is going to be pretty crazy and be ready to play baseball like we know we can.”Fact is, the Nationals know what they can do, too. They’ve won eight in a row this postseason and 18 of 20 overall dating to the stretch run.Not bad for a team that clearly remembers when it was 19-31 and things didn’t look too promising.Of course, that was May. This is October.“We’re just playing baseball,” NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick said. “Luck’s going to happen when it happens.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Tom Mitchell – RISQ – Liability gains…

first_img Tom Mitchell Chief Commercial Director of RISQ, an industry specialist in risk management services, speaks to SBC on the development of his firm’s B2B insurance backed game for betting operators.In a saturated marketplace with increasing player demands, RISQ services seek to bring a much-needed point of differentiation for betting stakeholders…_____________________SBC: Hi Tom, thanks for this interview, as a company RISQ has focused on ‘risk management’, can you breakdown this provision to industry stakeholders and why it should matter to their operations?Tom Mitchell: Our core competency of pricing events, as well as our access to liquidity has always allowed us to create products and structure transactions that suit the client. We are equally comfortable ensuring a large unwanted sportsbook position to creating a new suite of B2B  Jackpot driven games.SBC: As a financial technology enterprise, how has RISQ harnessed its ‘risk management’ competencies’ to create effective products for the sports betting and gaming industries?TM: The Sports betting and Gaming industries are undergoing significant change and it is becoming increasingly difficult for operators to stand out amongst their peers, both in terms of product differentiation but also in their approach to player acquisition and retention.We specialise in covering either very large positions (i.e. lottery jackpots) or very complex positions. Invariably a mix of both.For instance, the Secondary lottery & Lotto derivatives market has grown significantly over the past 3 years. RISQ has listened to the market and adapted is risk management offering to offer value over and above placing insurance. We have built significant proprietary technology which is paramount in order to manage of many of the risks we cover. Our transparent methods allow operators to offer these products in the most secure and cost effective way.We have also taken note of the success of games such as Sky’s Super six, in driving player acquisition and retention. Consumers have always loved a big Jackpots, and we realised that we were in a strong position to create B2B games, with very large jackpots, and sell them into the marketing departments of global sportsbook and gaming operators and rights holders.Quick 6 lotto is the first of our B2B insurance backed games which allows the operator to make a fixed margin regardless of prize payouts. Over and above the insurance, we operate the game and provide the technology.SBC: Where do you see your ‘risk management’ tools and products fitting in within betting’s day-to-day operational framework…What functions does RISQ truly support?TM: Our secondary lottery risk management offering is flexible and B2B only, thus no conflicts. Some operators just want a straightforward insurance policy, others want us to actively trade the prize risk in order to maximise long term margins. The commercials between RISQ and operator tend to be bespoke.We have recently developed an insured RNG solution which enables operators to integrate with us and leverage existing games. So far, we offer a maximum Jackpot of £10m on an outcome, so you can see how this can be applied to multiple game formats or offering an insured progressive jackpot across a suite of games.Our Insured marketing games are more packaged. RISQ provides the i-frame, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and risk management. This is more in line with any other game developer in the industry.SBC: In terms of actual game play and user provisions, how do you develop ‘risk’ led products that truly engage modern betting consumer habits (in-play, mobile, cash-out, multi-screen etc…)?TM: We currently look to develop our front-end games with partners, however we are very careful to structure games with lottery-style RTP’s in mind. It is all well and good offering a large Jackpots to drive initial plays, however we want the punter winning to keep them coming back.SBC: Finally, how do you see your product developing in both technical and commercial terms within the coming months?TM: We are investing heavily in both product development and technology. We expect to release a further 5 games in the coming year. These are exciting and interesting times.______________________Tom Mitchell – Chief Commercial Officer – RISQ StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Amelco inks new agreement with RISQ to deliver new trading functions September 16, 2019 Share Tom Mitchell: RISQ – Helping sportsbook platforms to deliver guaranteed margin solutions to clients October 17, 2019 TAG Media launches US-Odds.com as first ‘US FTP property’ December 10, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Whicker: Ex-Clipper Redick may be just as surprised as you he’s in NBA Season 12

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The thought comes into my head every now and then: I’m actually still doing this.”Redick has come to the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent to spend his 12th NBA season. Ironically, he probably finds himself closer to an NBA title, or at least a substantive playoff season, than he was with the Clippers.He plays on the same floor as Joel Embiid, the center with the fragile feet but with a ceiling that stretches to Mars. He plays next to Ben Simmons, the early front-runner for Rookie of the Year, a player who defies categorization and most oppositional plans.Markelle Fultz was the top pick in this year’s draft. He’s hurt, but the undrafted Robert Covington continues to prove himself. “It’s as much his team as anybody else’s,” said Coach Brett Brown, after Covington’s 31 points lit up the Clippers Monday night. Philadelphia took aim at the Lakers on Wednesday night.The Sixers have won only 75 games in the past four seasons but have partaken of basketball socialism to get high draft picks. This is a faulty formula (call the Sacramento Kings for details) but it might work here, just because of the nature of the talent. There’s the hotel in Birmingham, Mich., when his team goes to Detroit. There are restaurants throughout the NBA traveling show, and friends, and secret places.J.J. Redick spends a little more time with all of them now, stands there as quiet and absorbent as possible.He is closer to the end than the beginning. Most NBA players are. Many don’t realize it. Redick does. It helps when you realize it at age 33, when you’re ahead of the game that you’re leaving behind.“This summer it hit me,” Redick said Tuesday. “I’m in the last part of my career. Maybe it’s one more year, maybe five. I’d been in L.A. for four years, and the last year-and-a-half or so with the Clippers had been challenging. This year I decided I was going to live more in the moment.center_img “Ben is much further along than most people anticipated,” Redick said. “Far ahead of most people’s expectations. Jo (Embiid) is as good as advertised. We’ve shown resiliency. We’ve won at the Clippers, at Houston and at Utah and there were some other games we could have won.“For me it’s an opportunity to catch on with a team on the rise.”And it’s an opportunity for the Sixers to learn from Redick, to learn how to fight an 82-game schedule to a standstill. There are invisible walls waiting for young teams with promising Novembers.“I just try to go about being a pro,” Redick said. “You can talk all you want. You have to show them at some point. There’s communication, and the important part comes before the game, after the game, at halftime, on the court. That’s something I learned when I was with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan. And there probably wasn’t a ton of it going on here (with the Sixers).”But Redick is no mere sounding board. He is either starting or playing starter’s minutes with the Sixers, averaging 15.1 points. He is shooting 38.9 percent on 3-pointers, a tad short of his career 41.3 figure, which ranks sixth among active players.That touch convinced Orlando to pick Redick 11th in the first round of the 2002 draft out of Duke. He played 15 minutes per game during his rookie season, 8.4 the next.“Sometime in that second year I realized that to be successful, I was going to have to go past the skill part of it,” Redick said. “I needed to get better athletically but I also had to get better with the mind, the preparation, learning the tricks of the trade.”He used pilates to develop explosiveness, and he got noticeably stronger. Clippers coach Doc Rivers cited Redick’s “energy” this week.“I’ve learned to push myself and when to pull back,” Redick said. “I feel like I’m really in tune with my body now.”He smiled.“We have an ongoing dialogue,” he said.He became a rotation player in his third year and started 22 games in his sixth. Few players are that patient or that willing to escape their pigeonholes, to make themselves essential.“I’ve exceeded my expectations for sure,” he said. “I remember my junior year at Duke. I took Italian because I figured I might be playing in Europe.”Still fluent?“Not at all,” he said. “But I did make A’s.”He might remember that “sunset” is the same in both languages and, in basketball, can be prolonged.last_img read more