Irish postal scheme preferred bidder for €400m lottery licence

first_imgIt is not the first time Ontario Teachers has been involved in the gambling industry.The CAD130bn (€80.6bn) fund bought Camelot Group, operator of the UK national lottery, in 2010.An Post, meanwhile, was the previous licence holder through the An Post Irish National Lottery Company founded after the lottery was launched in Ireland in 1986.The An Post Superannuation Scheme declined to comment, and it is unclear where the fund would place the investment within its portfolio.According to its most recent annual report, covering the year through December 2011, the €1.7bn fund invested more than half of assets in fixed income and a further 38.8% in equities.The remaining 8.6% of the portfolio was invested in property and alternatives at the time, with a 0.6% cash holding.It nonetheless marks an increase in its domestic exposure following the crash, as the fund had decreased its Irish equity holdings to 0.5% by the end of 2011, although it invested in Irish property, domestic forestry and domestic fixed income. The An Post Superannuation Scheme, one of Ireland’s largest, has been selected as the preferred applicant in a €400m bid to run the country’s national lottery.The Irish government, part of a consortium also comprising the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and An Post itself, said it expected to formalise the agreement by December, when the first half of the €405m licence fee payment would fall due.In a statement, it added that the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (DER) would now finalise the terms of the licence and that the consortium’s company, Premier Lotteries Ireland, would likely assume the running of the contest from October next year.The 20-year agreement will see nearly two-thirds of gross gaming revenue allocated to charitable causes, maintaining the terms of the current agreement.last_img read more

Graduate Transfers

first_imgA lot of college athletes use their 5th year of eligibility because they were red shirted at least one year at their previous college.  This is why they have a 5th year.  This means they can choose a graduate program at another university and play immediately.  The only requirement the NCAA has is that the school they left did not offer a graduate program that fit the student’s need.What do you think about this rule?  I am still on the fence as far as this goes.  It allows an athlete who developed at a slower rate to get that 4th year of play when his skills and strength are at their highest.  The problem I see with this is that they seem to find a graduate program at a school that happens to need their position and has a very good chance of winning.  It is just another form of recruiting for most of these 5th year grad students.last_img read more

Dale Miller Memorial tonight at Independence

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 6) – Tonight’s Dale Miller Memorial boasts a $7,000-plus purse for Performance Bodies IMCA Modifieds at Independence Motor Speedway.The second annual event helps kick off the 2016 Buchanan County Fair. The Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series for IMCA Late Models and Albert Auto IMCA Northern SportMods complete the racing program.Miller was a big part of the Independence Motor Speedway racing family until his untimely pass­ing in April of 2015. Miller, an employee of Performance Bodies prior to his passing, was a valua­ble member of the Josh Sherbon (no. 75 IMCA Modified) race team. His shocking passing af­fected several members of the IMS racing family. The Dale Miller Memorial was created in 2015 and it has grown ever bigger in 2016.Thanks to Wes and Tabitha White, co-owners of Albert Auto 380 in Urbana, the Performance Bod­ies IMCA Modified purse has seen a $1,000 increase. The winner will receive a $1,300 pay­day with $100 to start the main. It is a draw/redraw show battling for their share of the $7,000-plus purse and $100 to start the main event.Thanks to Performance Bodies, the top five finishers in the Modified main will also receive a $100 gift card. The sixth through 10th place finishers will score a $50 Performance Bodies gift card.Also running Wednesday night at Independence is the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Cedar Falls driver Jeff Aikey leads the season points standings as the IMCA Late Model tour visits the Buchanan County Fair.Aikey, the seven-time champion, maintains a tenuous hold on the point standings heading to In­dee. The series is still looking for its first repeat winner as Denny Eckrich, Curt Martin, Scott Fitzpat­rick, Joel Callahan, Ray Guss Jr. and Justin Kay all have made their way to victory lane through the first six events.Also on the racing card are the Albert Auto IMCA Northern SportMods. Thanks to Albert Auto 380, and Wes and Tabitha White, there is an extra $250 added to their purse.All three classes are a draw/redraw format on July 6. The IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods will award IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points. Modifieds also vie for BMS North Central Region points.Pit and grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Adult admission will be $16. Student and senior admission will be $12 and kids 11 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes will be $30.last_img read more

How we got rights to broadcast Live German Bundesliga matches – OurTv

first_imgRelatedPosts OurTV secures broadcast rights for Laliga matches Reinier completes Dortmund loan switch TTC set targets for Quadri in German League A Direct-To-Home free TV broadcast satellite service provider, OurTV, says it is excited after securing broadcast rights for German Bundesliga matches in Nigeria.Olusola Peters,Head of Marketing, OurTv, disclosed this on Friday in a statement in Abuja. According to Peters, OurTV will now be broadcasting Laliga Santander Matches live on its Sports Channel 120.He said: “It is with great excitement we announce that OurTv has successfully secured the rights to broadcast German Bundesliga Matches Live.“The management will like to sincerely express its gratitude to all our users for their trust, support and adoption of this Nigerian brand.“You all are the real winners.“We are excited about this great feat and we are so grateful to all our users whose absolute faith and support for this Nigerian brand fuels our commitment to offering premium content on OurTv.” Peters said securing the broadcast right was in fulfillment of one of the promises made to OurTv users and sports lovers who had constantly been demanding for Live Matches, describing the feat as a major milestone for the indigenous satellite television.“This is the beginning and it can only get better. OurTv is here to serve every Nigerian home with entertainment, relaxation, news, education, kids, sports and for everything they value from Television,” he said.OurTv is a Nigerian product and service that was packaged by Nigerians and transmitting on Nigerian satellite.It is a DTH TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.The company is supported by the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited. Tags: Broadcast rightsGerman BundesligaOurTVlast_img read more

Lall inspires Affiance to Super Four 10/10 title

first_imgBy Elroy StephneySOLID performances from former National Under-19 opener Yogeshwar Lall propelled Affiance Sports Club to the coveted Super Four 10/10 title last Sunday at the Imam Bacchus Sports Complex in Affiance. The four teams who participated in the colourful affair were Charity, Walton Hall, Young Achievers and Affiance sports clubs.In their first encounter, Affiance comfortably disposed of Charity by 52 runs. Affiance batting first, reached 95-4 from the allotted ten overs with Yogeshwar Lall stroking a fluent 41 (4×4, 2×6). In reply, Charity were restricted to 52-5 from their 10 overs to lose by 43 runs. Lall was again instrumental by claiming 2-12 from 2 overs with the ball.In the second game, Walton Hall resisted a strong challenge by Young Achievers to register a slim 9-run win in what was the most entertaining of the matches played. Batting first, Walton Hall amassed 114-5 from 10 overs with Yogesh Singh hammering 33 from 22 balls (5×4)..Off-spinner Leroy Roopchand had the day’s best bowling figures with 4-18 from 2 overs for Young Achievers. In response Tameshwar Dhanpaul’s aggressive 44 not out (3×4, 3×6) briefly threatened the target until the overs expired with his side ending on 105-6.The final proved to be an anti-climax with Affiance easily claiming the title with a 49-run win over Walton Hall. Taking first strike, Affiance paced their way to 106-4 from 10 overs due mainly to a cameo innings from Lalbachan Narine 21 (2×4, 1×6) and Yogeshwar Lall 20 (3×4).Despite Walton Hall’s strong batting lineup they perished in pursuit of the target and were all out for 57 in 8 overs.Lall mesmerised his opponents by taking 3-11 from 2 overs with his left-arm orthodox spin to highlight an excellent all-round display to secure his team’s victory.At the presentation, Divisional Manager of Imam Bacchus and Son’s Enterprise. Rohan Budram presented a cheque for $40 000 to the winners.In his brief remarks he implored the players to remain focused while seeking to propel their game to greater heights. He also appealed to the cricketing bodies to secure more competitions so that the development of the game can be further advanced in Essequibo.Also present were Managing Director of Imam Bacchus and Son’s Enterprise, Sam Bacchus, whose company hosted the competition along with representatives of the North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC).The day’s event was blessed with brilliant sunshine and was witnessed by an appreciable crowd.last_img read more

Other Sports Olympics with a green twist – Tokyo 2020 to have medals made from recycled electronic waste

first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has promised “surgical” precision in distribution of funds to athletes preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games, asserting that centralisation of the process has made bureaucratic hurdles a thing of past.Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a function to felicitate medal winners of the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, Rathore elaborated on the initiatives, that he feels, have put India on the path of becoming a sporting powerhouse.”We have very clearly and very professionally divided our working between grassroots and elite sportspersons. The elite athletes are being looked after by a different set of professional people so that there is no bureaucracy,” Rathore, an olympic silver-medallist in double-trap shooting, said.”We have just begun working on systems that can connect the athletes to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) absolutely straight, transparent and quick,” he added. highlights Tokyo will host the 2020 edition of the Summer Olympics.The last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics was in 1964.India last won a gold medal in the Olympics during the 2008 games in Beijing. Tokyo: All medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be made from metal collected by recycling electronic waste, games organisers said on Friday. Tokyo’s organising committee in 2017 launched a project to collect assorted electronic waste — including old smartphones and laptops — from the public to collect metal for the medals. Recycled metal has also been collected from local Japanese businesses and industry. In a statement issued on Friday, organisers said the collection was expected to reach its goal and will end in late March. By November last year, municipal authorities had already collected 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider.   Organisers had set a target of 2,700 kgs (about 5,950 pounds) of bronze, 30.3 kgs (67 pounds) of gold and 4,100 kg (about 9,040 pounds) of silver. They hit the target for bronze last June, and by October had more than 90 percent of the gold and 85 percent of the silver. “It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated,” the organisers said.     Recycled metals have been used in previous years to make Olympic medals, including in Rio where some 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled materials. The designs for the Tokyo 2020 medals will be unveiled later this year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup My wife broke down on seeing video of pig jibe: Sarfaraz

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Pakistan upstaged New Zealand in their last league game. Pakistan will play Afghanistan and Bangladesh in next two games. Sarfaraz Ahmed led the Pakistan side to Champions Trophy triumph.  highlightscenter_img Manchester: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has revealed that the video of a fan heckling him after the World Cup defeat to India had left his wife in tears. The fan, who later apologised, had compared Sarfaraz to a pig when the Pakistan captain was out with son Abdullah in his arms. “I remember going into my room and my wife, Khushbakht, was crying watching the video. I told her it is just a video and we have to bear with it because our cricket fans are very emotional,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Jang’ newspaper on Thursday.But hours after the video went viral, cricket fans offered support to Sarfaraz and trolled the youngster for disrespecting the national captain.Former captain, Wasim Akram made it clear he would have slapped the fan if he faced with such a situation.”Any fan has a right to criticize us on our cricket performances but not get personal or target family,” Akram said recently.Sarfaraz, who captained Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy success, is now being praised after leading his team to back-to-back wins over South Africa and New Zealand keeping their semi-final hopes alive.Sarfaraz said that he was very upset when the youngster taunted him.”I felt very sad at his remarks. But I kept my cool as I had my son in my arms. If I had also reacted back I don’t think I would have got the support I got from fans who themselves took him to the task,” Sarfaraz said.”If I had reacted and got emotional there would have been no difference between me and him,” he added. He said a member of the youngster’s family had immediately come and apologised to him. The Pakistan skipper admitted that the week after the defeat to India was very tough on the team.”But we know our fans love us a lot and if they get angry and upset after a defeat we understand that because they also shower praise on us when we do well,” he said.Sarfaraz credited fan support for Pakistan’s turnaround.”It surprised us all when we saw the turnout of fans and it also encouraged us to do our best,” he said.last_img read more

Cech dismisses talk of player revolt

first_imgPetr Cech has played down suggestions that Chelsea’s players criticised boss Andre Villas-Boas in front of club owner Roman Abramovich.The Russian billionaire’s recent training-ground presence has increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat.And senior players are believed to have voiced concerns about the manager’s tactics at a meeting attended by Abramovich in the wake of the 2-0 defeat at Everton two-and-a-half weeks ago.AdChoices广告However, Blues goalkeeper Cech said: “Everyone has been talking about a meeting between the team and Abramovich, but the truth is elsewhere and the picture of that meeting was distorted.“The club is under constant media pressure. That’s the problem. There is a lot of speculation and nonsense, but we have to live with that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Liverpool sweeps at Kirschenheiter meet; C-NS girls also win

first_imgIn the 4×200, Sophia Jarosz, Tahje McDonald, Riley Norris and Skye Cronin won in 1:53.82, with Eva Woodworth victorious in the 600-meter run in 1:46.54 and Norris second in the 55-meter dash in 7.71 seconds.Anne Gullo, fifth in the 55, beat the field in the 300-meter dash in 44.96 seconds, with McDonald fourth and Norris fifth. Kali Hayes was victorious in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.97 seconds as Natalie Venesky took fourth. Sophia Recuparo was fifth in the pole vault. Hayes, Jarosz, Abby Brancato and Natalie Venesky won the 4×200 relay in 4:34.95.Liverpool’s boys team had 196 points to win its side and won the high jump here, too, Bennett Robb clearing 6’1″ as Owen Jarosz finished fourth. It also went 1-2-3 in the 3,200-meter run, Jake McGowan winning in 9:58.94 ahead of Ryan Cartwright (10:08.72) and Jacob Makhouf (10:56.69). Carter Rodriguez ran 1,600 meters in 4:37.92 to win that race, while Ryan Hagan was second in the 1,000 in 2:46.91, just behind the 2:46.62 from Homer’s Jed Swayze. Michael Nigro was victorious in the long jump, going 18’6″, and was third in the triple jump, going 36’3 1/4″.Jamie Vong cleared 11 feet in the pole vault to prevail, with Jalen Graham taking the weight throw with a toss of 42’10” as he finished second (38’2 1/4″) and Vong third (37’11 1/2″) in the shot put.Amaru Lewis, Ryan Dewan, Kevin Harge and Dominic Scro took the 4×200 in 1:38.60, with Harge, in 39.56 seconds, holding off Scro (39.77) in the 300 as Dewan was second (6.95 seconds), Scro third (6.96) and Lewis fourth (7.05) in the 55 sprint.Ryan Hagan, Charlie Praschunus, Etha Glashauser and Jon Howland combined to win the 4×800 in 9:02.72 as Praschunus finished third in the 600 in 1:31.92.All of this followed a morning session of the Kirschenheiter meet where Cicero-North Syracuse won the girls portion with 175 points and the boys, with 116.5 points, were just behind Jamesville-DeWitt (126.5 points).Brooke Blaisdell, in 9.35 seconds, topped Savannah Kuhr (9.49) in the 55 hurdles, and C-NS had another 1-2 finish in the weight throw, where Stephanie Webb, with 34’10 1/2″, beat out Faith Keville’s 32’4 3/4″ as Webb also was second (29’9 1/4″) in the shot put.Hannah Boyle, Allison Newton, Marissa Doty and Kate Putman won the 4×400 in 4:10.86 before Newton won the 1,500 in 5:11.42 as Doty was fourth.Putman, in 1:39.18, beat out Boyle (1:40.53) and McKenna Slate (1:48.18) in the 600. Hannah Reichard was second in the 3,000 in 11:12.18, with McKenna Johnston second in the 300 in 45.81 seconds.Morgan Kingdeski took the 1,000 in 3:11.76, with Erin Slusser fourth and Peyton Empey fifth. Kingdeski, Newton, Doty and Reichard went 10:20.67 to win the 4×800 before the Northstars finished third in the 4×200.Julianna Hutt was second in the long jump, going 16’2″ ahead of Sierra Davis (15’9 1/4″) in fourth place, Davis improving to second in the triple jump with 34’6 3/4″. Madelyn Wheeler and Lexi Gaetz both cleared 4’8″ in the high jump.On the boys side, C-NS’s Isaiah Wright won the 55 hurdles in a blazing 7.91 seconds, also pairing with Josh Adams, Laquan Lemon and Sam Nessel to get second place in the 4×200 in 1:37.32 and also taking third in the long jump with 19’7 1/2″.Matt LeClair, in 9:54.71, beat out Josh Koeppe (10:09.11) in the 3,200, with Evan Breitbeck winning the 600 in 1:31.09 as R.J. Davis was second in the 1,000 in 2:41.81. Evan Romano was third and Zach Bergman fifth in the 1,600, Romano helping C-NS take third in the 4×800.Matt Wentling-Raymie was second in the shot put, his throw of 40’8″ ahead of Maxwell White’s fourth-place 39’8 1/4″. Wentling-Raymie also tied teammate Justin Rhoden for fifth place in the high jump, each clearing 5’3″ as Gavin McAllister topped 8 feet in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Each of the Liverpool indoor track and field teams rolled to victories in their respective divisions during the afternoon session of Saturday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.The girls Warriors won with 191 points, which included Amina Sinclair tying for the best high jump in New York State this season and setting a school record, clearing 5 feet 6 inches as teammate Alexia Ostrander was second with 4’8″ to go with a fourth in the long jump. Imahni Sinclair again swept the throwing events, sending a weight throw of 44’2 1/4″ and took the shot put by heaving it 34’8 1/2″.Jenna Schulz, Eva Woodworth, Sydney Carlson and Kayleigh Buck claimed the 4×800 relay in 10:22.84. On her own, Schulz went 4:39 flat to win the 1,500-meter run as Rosie Petrella was fourth and Meghan Moyer finished fifth. Carlson claimed the 1,000-meter run in 3:08.14 as Buck (3:23.37) finished third.center_img Tags: C-NSindoor trackliverpoollast_img read more