At sunset a gorgeous blend of blues and oranges colored the palate of clouds blanketing the skies. As the sun dipped closer to the horizon, the blues morphed into a deep shade of purple and the cloud hues became even more vivid.A spectacular sunset of ever-changing colors proved to be the cherry on top of another unseasonably warm day. Just one more reminder of the natural beauty we are blessed with in America’s favorite family resort.As the spectacular array slowly faded to deep blue and a full moon rose over the Atlantic, observers sighed and wondered what would be in store at sunset in the coming days.
The 27-year-old, who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light last season, capitalised on Lee Cattermole’s calamitous error to ensure victory with a 15th-minute strike. However, the Black Cats could count themselves desperately unfortunate not to have emerged with a point after substitute Emanuele Giaccherini had what looked to be a perfectly good 52nd-minute equaliser ruled out for offside. It was a first win in six attempts in the Barclays Premier League for Villa, who passed up a series of late chances to do so more comfortably, but it left Gus Poyet’s men stranded at the foot of the table with their survival hopes having suffered a serious setback. Sunderland ran out hoping to start the new year as they had ended the last after taking four points from difficult trips to Everton and Cardiff to rekindle their hopes of escaping the drop. Poyet made changes after the 2-2 draw in South Wales, which saw his side score twice in the closing stages to snatch a draw, with one of them in particular causing raised eyebrows as South Korea international striker Ji Dong-won was handed a rare start. However, the manager stuck to his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation with Ji lining up on the right side of midfield and Steven Fletcher operating as a lone striker, and the initial signs were positive. Emanuele Giaccherini dragged a sixth-minute shot from distance just wide and Fletcher, who started the fightback at the Cardiff City Stadium with his third goal of the season, could have broken the deadlock two minutes later, but steered his effort past the far post with defender Matthew Lowton doing well not to turn the ball into his own net. Ji, who famously scored a New Year’s Day winner against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light two years ago, passed up an opportunity to repeat the feat when he blazed high and wide at the far post with nine minutes gone. But all the good work was undone on the quarter-hour when Black Cats skipper Cattermole miscontrolled Valentin Roberge’s pass and allowed Agbonlahor to round keeper Vito Mannone and walk the ball into the empty net. Jack Colback, whose deflected attempt secured a point at Cardiff, was not so fortune with 17 minutes gone when his effort cannoned off defender Ron Vlaar and flew wide, but Leandro Bacuna came close to extending the visitors’ lead seconds later as Villa’s pace on the counter hurt Sunderland, and not for the last time. Gabriel Agbonlahor ensured a miserable start to 2014 for luckless Sunderland as Aston Villa claimed a 1-0 victory on Wearside. Bacuna only just failed to get a touch to Ashley Westwood’s 29th-minute cross in front of goal, but the home side gradually worked their way back into the game and Ki Sung-yueng forced a save from keeper Brad Guzan and a block from Vlaar in quick succession. But it was Ji who could have restored parity three minutes before the break, only for striker Christian Benteke to throw himself into the ball’s path and rescue Villa. Mannone came to Sunderland’s rescue within three minutes of the restart when he dived to his left to turn away Bacuna’s well-struck drive, but the home side responded and Ji had appeals for a penalty for handball against Lowton correctly waved away by referee Mike Jones. The Black Cats looked to get the rough end of a tight offside call with 52 minutes gone when Giaccherini, who had replaced Cattermole at the break, stabbed home from Fletcher’s knock-down with replays suggesting he had been harshly done to. With Sunderland pushing men forward in the search for an equaliser, the game opened up even more and they continued to look vulnerable to the counter-attack, but Borini saw a shot blocked by Nathan Baker and Phil Bardsley fired wide from the resulting corner. The game became increasingly niggly as time wore on with Ki being pole-axed by Agbonlahor’s flying elbow as he turned him on halfway and earning a booking for his furious protestations. Ji made way for Jozy Altidore with 23 minutes remaining, but it was compatriot Ki who went close two minutes later with a strike from 20 yards. But the game would have been over with 72 minutes gone had Bardsley not headed Benteke’s shot off the line after the striker had left Roberge for dead and then turned him inside-out to create the opening. Mannone had to claw Marc Albrighton’s fizzing shot out of his top corner with seven minutes remaining, and the substitute really should have wrapped up the win when he went one-on-one with the keeper, but wastefully failed to hit the target. Press Association
Haiti said 18 people have now been confirmed dead following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the country on October 6.The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) in its latest revised statement said that 580 people were injured up from the last figure of 333. The last assessment had indicated that 17 people had died.The authorities said that the civil protection teams and the National Laboratory of Building and Public Works are completing the damage assessment, with the help of several partners.Free hospital care provided In Port-de-Paix, which bore the brunt of the quake and the several aftershocks, the authorities said that hospital care is now being provided to residents free of cost and that the Immaculate Conception Hospital received a generator with a capacity of 125 kilowatts, a gift from the presidency.It said that the distribution of food aid continues, a treated water storage tank and a hand washing point have been installed in an accommodation site with support from Action against Hunger.“These initiatives complement the implementation of hygiene awareness actions in shelters, with a view to preventing cholera outbreaks,” the statement said.Multiple homes destroyed According to the latest evaluations, 11,497 houses, up from 7,430, were either destroyed or damaged and that 90 per cent of them were in the communes of Bassin-Bleu, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Louis, north-west and Gros-Morn.The most affected commune in the north is Pilate where at least 533 homes were affected.
GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Submit The governance of GVC Holdings has today released its ‘combined prospectus’ relating to its £4 billion takeover deal of Ladbrokes Coral Plc.The deal which enters its final stages has been approved by Ladbrokes Coral governance and is set to be reviewed by the UK Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA), which this week set a 21 February deadline for industry comment.In its investor presentation, GVC governance outlines a ‘highly compelling strategic rationale’ for the enlarged enterprise, which seeks to become the dominant FTSE gambling enterprise.Should the deal be concluded, GVC will move to create a technology leading multi-channel/multi-market gambling group, capable of competing in any jurisdiction through its combined scale and established brands.“The enlarged group will be a fast-growing, diversified, highly profitable, international online and retail sports betting led gaming company with >90% of NGR coming from locally regulated/ taxed markets” details the GVC prospectus.Seeking to deliver fast growth and profits for its investors, GVC states that the new enterprise will set-out to implement the following key enlargement initiatives;Diversified strategy focusing on scale within regulated marketsEstablish leading UK operations with a complementary international revenue base.Creation of a true global gaming & betting enterpriseDeveloping market leading scalable technology systemsClear group focus on sports bettingStrong emphasis on combined synergy creationsFurther deal advantages, see GVC governance highlight the leadership combination of both companies, which have proven executive teams with experience in corporate mergers.Throughout the prospectus, GVC highlights the importance of technology ownership, which the firm believes will help the new FTSE enterprise achieve effective multi-channel distribution combined with ‘highly flexible and highly scalable technology across all verticals’.The combined enterprises of GVC and Ladbrokes Coral will service a total of 15 brands, with an established presence in the UK, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Australia. Furthermore, the new FTSE gambling enterprise will have a strategical advantage should the US betting market be regulated.In its deal summary, GVC governance urges investors to take ‘the initiative now’, in order to secure ‘strategic and synergy benefits of the combination to be realised in the short term’.As the leading party in the transaction, GVC believes that it has secured stakeholders a flexible deal structure which allows for range of triennial scenarios, combined with favourable financing conditions.
NORTHWOOD — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission earlier this week approved the rules for sports gambling in the 19 state-licensed casinos, and the Diamond Jo Casino near Northwood has been getting ready for the start of the new gaming opportunity in less than two weeks.Diamond Jo general manager Scott Smith says sports gambling has created a lot of talk around the casino. “A lot of anticipation, a lot of excitement as it’s just another gaming experience that we can add on for our guests as we’re a full-service casino. A lot of people ask about it, even before this year before it passed, we always have people asking if we had sports wagering available at the property. Now we can finally do that come this month we will be able to offer all of that.”Smith says construction is continuing on their sports wagering lounge in the casino. “It’s going to be located between the Big Wheel Bar and our main cage. We’ll have our betting windows, our kiosks, our full set of TVs, lounge area so people can enjoy the games as well. So it’s a nice synergy right there between the Big Wheel Bar and the cage. When people need to drink that’s right there, and when they need to cash in their tickets, that’s available too.”The new Iowa law allows people to sign up at the casino to use an app as long as bets are made inside the state’s borders. Smith says Diamond Jo has partnered with a nationally-known company to run their sports betting app. “We actually partnered with FanDuel, who is an industry leader within the sports wagering world. Currently, they are the number one sports book in the state of New Jersey, and so we’re excited that Boyd Gaming has partnered with FanDuel across the country and is able to bring that product to our property here as well. Initially, we will open up with the sports book and then we’ll have the app then available shortly after that as well.”Smith says people will be able to wager on a variety of sports. “The big ones will really be pro football, college basketball are the two sports that most people wager on. But we’ll be taking bets on baseball, hockey, pretty much you name it across the board, sport wagering offers will be available to them.”Smith says you can stay up to date with the Diamond Jo’s sports betting opportunities by heading to their website at diamondjoworth.com