Read Full Story A newly discovered molecule may play a role in controlling both asthma-induced airway muscle thickening and tumor growth—and manipulating it may lead to new asthma and cancer drugs, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers discovered the molecule, “microRNA-10a,” using state-of-the-art sequencing, and found that it regulates pathways that control cell proliferation.The study was published in the May issue of The FASEB Journal.“We hope this study will serve as the fundamental building block for future follow-up studies on evaluating microRNA-10a’s potential in treatment asthma and uncontrolled tumor growth,” said senior author Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology at HSPH, in a May 1, 2014 Science Daily article.
Written and directed by Jerome Sable, Stage Fright also stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith. The movie tells the story of a musical theater camp terrorized by a cold-blooded masked killer who absolutely hates theater. Driver plays Kylie Swanson, a haunted and mysterious stage star who is also the mother of campers Camilla (MacDonald) and Buddy (Smith). Meat Loaf plays Roger McCall, a washed-up Broadway producer turned camp director. The film is set to debut at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin next month. Stage Fright, the previously reported horror comedy musical described as a mash-up between Scream and Glee and featuring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf, has secured U.S distribution. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Magnet Releasing has picked up the rights and will release the film to iTunes and On Demand on April 3, followed by a theatrical release on May 9. View Comments
The majority of weeds that are growing this time of year are called winter annual weeds. Weeds that are actively growing in lawns and pastures include henbit, chickweed, wild radish, buttercup, hop clover and catchweed bedstraw. These are annual weeds, which only live for one season and then die out. However, they will produce many seeds that can survive in the soil and return next winter with a vengeance. Pull or hoeIf you only have a few weeds in a small area, hand pulling or hoeing can be very effective methods for removal. These weeds do not have deep taproots like dandelions and other perennial weeds. Understanding the lifecycle of a weed can help you determine the best control option. Winter annual weeds germinate in the fall, grow all winter, flower and then die when it begins to warm up in the spring or early summer. In the case of winter annual weeds, pre-emergent herbicides should be applied in early September. Make a note on your calendar to apply a pre-emergent next fall between Sept. 1 and 15. For now, a selective herbicide application labeled for your lawn type can be used to spot-spray weeds as needed. Identify your lawn grass before selecting an herbicide. Knowing the name of the weed you are tackling can also help with selecting the best herbicide for control. If you are controlling weeds in a pasture that is intended for grazing animals, use herbicides labeled specifically for pastures. Carefully read the herbicide label to make sure it is safe for your grass. Never assume that because a product is labeled for one lawn type that it can be used on all grasses. Your turfgrass type must be listed on the label to avoid damage to the grass. Timing is essentialThe timing of herbicide application is critical for effective weed control. Research has shown that greater than 90 percent of wild radish control can be consistently achieved when 2,4-D is applied to plants less than 6 inches high. Delaying the application until the wild radish is 12 inches high drops the control’s success level to about 70 percent. Waiting until the plant begins to flower reduces the success rate to less than 50 percent.Never spray herbicides on a windy day. Spray drift from many broadleaf herbicides, although safe for lawns, can cause significant damage to nearby trees, shrubs, and flowers. Use the lowest labeled rate that will control your weeds. Using a higher rate will not kill weeds faster and can potentially increase damage to nearby plants.Read the product label to determine how long it needs to make contact with the plant before rain or irrigation. Many products need at least 6 to 8 hours to dry in order to be most effective. Temperature matters, tooTemperature is another factor to consider when applying herbicides. Most products work best between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures are too high or too low, weeds will not absorb as much of the herbicide. When spraying in the fall or winter, do so on a warm, sunny day. The best weed control is a thick, healthy lawn that can out-compete potential weed problems. Many annual weeds will not germinate or grow if they are shaded out by dense, actively-growing turfgrass mowed at the proper height.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If California Chrome becomes the 12th horse to win the coveted Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes Saturday, his breeding value could reportedly reach an estimated $20 million—about the same amount Nassau County hopes to bring in from feverish racing fans gearing up for a potentially historic event—or, rather, a delirious party.With a driving rain spoiling a planned Triple Crown kickoff event on the grounds of the historic Garden City Hotel Thursday, organizers instead moved the gathering inside, with local officials standing under a grand chandelier as they battled a brief bout of Triple Crown fever, nearly salivating over the potential boon to the local economy.“This is really a great, spectacular sporting event where the world’s eyes are on Nassau County,” County Executive Ed Mangano told reporters and other onlookers, including a group of women donning extravagant hats ornamented with colorful fascinators.Mangano said economists typically predict a $10 million windfall for Nassau annually. But with Belmont being the possible sight of California Chrome’s Triple Crown coronation—a feat not accomplished since 1978—officials are hoping visitors will open up their wallets to the tune of $20 million.Officials expect a capacity crowd on Saturday. Mangano noted that as many as 120,000 spectators could attend the race, which could rival Belmont’s attendance record of 120,139 in 2004—a dramatic contest that saw Triple Crown contender Smarty Jones finish second by a length.This will be the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Only 11 horses with Triple Crown aspirations have completed the feat after beating out the competition in the two proceeding races, the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. The last horse to win all three races was Affirmed, in 1978. Affirmed punctuated a remarkable decade in which three Triple Crown winners were crowned, including Seattle Slew (1977) and Secretariat (1973).During the press conference, Mangano was unable to say definitively how much it will cost the county to host the race. But he did provide a cautious estimate of $500,000 for security measures.Officials said spectators should expect a large police presence, which will include Nassau County police, New York State police, the New York Police Department and federal agencies. Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said there would be a “significant” undercover police presence all day.Police also released a list of items that will not be allowed inside the park. Those include: backpacks, coolers, luggage and duffel bags. Spectators interested in carrying in their own food may only do so if it’s in either a see-through plastic container or bag.Spectators will also be screened upon entering the park, Krumpter said.As for transportation, officials are encouraging those attending the race to use the Long Island Rail Road, which will drop off gamblers and strictly spectators alike at the grandstand. LIRR President Pat Nowakowski said the railroad will run 18 additional trains to accommodate an estimated 25,000 people expected to travel by rail. Alcohol will not be permitted on the trains, Nowakowski said.The county will also be celebrating Triple Crown weekend with the Belmont Festival in Garden City on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and in Floral Park on Sunday, from 2 to 7 p.m.As he capped off the press conference, Mangano offered his own analysis regarding the race, noting that a person has a better chance getting struck by lightning than a horse has of successfully completing the Triple Crown.With forecasters calling for clear skies on Saturday, the odds appear to be in California Chrome’s favor.
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February 22, 2016 Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today launched the first phase of a new tracking website – governor.pa.gov/go-time – for his administration’s efforts to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“In short, GO-TIME is about making Government that Works better for all Pennsylvanians. We’re focused on changing the way business is conducted to assure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated and customer interactions – in-person, online and by phone – at all levels are improved. These improvements will produce savings for both the current and future state budgets,” Governor Wolf said. “Efficiency for GO-TIME is more than a buzzword, and not just arbitrary cuts that scale back important programs that help real people in need – and ultimately cost us more in the long run.“This tracking website will provide taxpayers with a clear view of both how we’re improving their state government and what methodology we’re using to calculate savings – something past efforts lacked.”To date, GO-TIME has identified more than 200 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including $150 million in savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience and maximizing existing resources.GO-TIME works with agencies, boards and commissions to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. GO-TIME also seeks partnerships with external entities to bring new ideas and best practices into state government.Here are a few examples of projects being pursued through GO-TIME:The Department of General Services will improve procurement strategies, including the use of reverse auctions, to save a projected $100 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year;The Department of Transportation outfitted hundreds of snowplows with tracking software to improve storm response and allow the public to follow them online; andState agencies including the Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture plan to equip field staff with mobile technology to increase efficiency and accuracy.Additionally, GO-TIME is working to foster collaboration and drive change through:Continuous process improvement focused on customer service and employee efficiency;Opportunities to partner with external entities to address challenges facing government; andEmployee engagement in contributing ideas for improvement and implementing change.On the new GO-TIME, taxpayers can see exactly how Governor Wolf is improving customer service, procurement, efficiency and engagement in state government.GO-TIME has developed a standard methodology for calculating cost savings and implemented a project management tool to track agency cost savings estimates and monitor the progress of initiatives on a quarterly basis, ensuring that cost savings are accurately captured and savings goals are achieved.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Tom Wolf Announces Launch of GO-TIME Tracking Website SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
3 Elm Court, StrettonA MODERNISED mansion at Stretton has sold for almost $1 million.The five-bedroom property at 3 Elm Court was on the market for three weeks before buyers snapped it up for $900,000.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills sales agent Peter Florentzos said there was quite a bit of interest in the property, but it wasn’t until after auction that the new owners decided to make a bid.“We sold it a couple of hours after the auction,” Mr Florentzos said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 20203 Elm Court, StrettonHe said the fact the home was spacious and located on a 873sq m block, as well as the suburb’s lifestyle, was what made this house and others like it in the area so popular.“It was a very good price for the area,” Mr Florentzos said.“It’s a beautiful part of the world to live in.”It was the top sale recorded in the Southern Star region.According to latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house in Stretton was $800,000, which was up 10 per cent from three years ago.Almost 60 homes had been sold in the suburb within the 12 months to October 2017 and the median days on market was 51.
Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of the Lightning.Philadelphia remains one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.Tampa Bay failed to keep pace with Boston as Auston Matthews scored his 47th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 win over the Bolts.Mitch Marner and John Tavares put up two assists each for the Leafs, who had star defenseman Morgan Rielly back in the lineup for the first time since breaking his foot on Jan. 12.Elsewhere on NHL ice: — Bradley Beal scored 27 of his 40 points in the second half of the Wizards’ 122-115 victory against the Knicks. Beal shot just 5-for-15 in the first half before reaching the 25-point plateau for the 22nd time in 23 games.— Coby White made his first career start and scored 20 points to help offset his career-high nine turnovers in the Bulls’ 108-103 downing of the Cavaliers. Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.NBA-NEWSCavs, Bickerstaff agree to multi-year contractCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and coach J.B. Bickerstaff have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. The Mariners are scheduled to host the Rangers when MLB opens the season on March 26, but the Seattle area has been hit hard by the virus.MLB anticipates government officials will decide whether it is safe to play in front of fans in each city. If changes to the schedule are necessary, MLB would make determinations at the point when a ballpark has been ruled out.In other virus-related sports news:— The Ivy League is canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The league says it will award its automatic NCAA Tournament bids to regular-season champions Princeton women and Yale men. Ivy officials also announced that it will limit spectators at all other sporting events for the rest of the spring season— The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose this month. Santa Clara County health officials have banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The games could be moved to a neutral site, be postponed or played without fans in the arena. — The Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. The 24-year-old Allen replaced Cam Newton in Week 3 last season. He started off his second NFL season by leading Carolina to four straight wins, but struggled down the stretch and was eventually replaced by rookie Will Grier.— The Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s draft. New England has two spots in the sixth round after selecting twice in the third, the highest possible round for compensatory selections. Denver, Houston, Minnesota, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle each get three picks, while Baltimore and Miami will each have two.— Two teams have suggested changes to game officiating, including a “sky judge” utilized by colleges. That is among seven rules proposals that will be presented to team owners later this month. The Ravens and Chargers are seeking what they call a booth umpire as an eighth game official, as well as adding a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating. Also proposed is revamping overtime to minimize the coin toss impact and returning OT to its original 15-minute length and providing alternatives to the onside kick for a scoring team to attempt to keep the ball.MLB-NEWSScherzer scratched from start Update on the latest in sports: Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Smart scored in the lane over Domantis Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs), who led the Pacers with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) finished with a season-high 27 points to power a stunning comeback for the Pacers, who fell into an 85-66 hole late in the third quarter.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 23 points and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 28.3 seconds to play to send the Nets past the Lakers, 104-102. LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had a chance to get their fifth straight win until Anthony Davis missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 23 points before he and the rest of the Clippers starters sat out the fourth quarter of a 131-107 rout of the Warriors. Paul George and Patrick Beverley scored 15 points apiece as Los Angeles had seven players in double figures.— James Harden poured in 37 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas.— The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points in his return from injury, and Trey Lyles added 14 points with 11 rebounds.— Terrence Ross furnished 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 120-115 downing of the Grizzlies. Michael Carter-Williams added 20 and teammate Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Orlando.— Damian Lillard delivered 25 points and the Trail Blazers stopped a two-game skid with a 121-105 victory over the Suns. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah) and CJ McCollum had 22 points apiece and Hassan Whiteside added 16 with 14 rebounds for Portland. A total of 491 athletes spread across 48 countries were asked a series of questions about the overall effectiveness of anti-doping organizations, and the answers led to the following conclusions: WADA has work to do to gain their trust; national anti-doping agencies are more reliable than WADA; and there is not enough separation between WADA and the International Olympic Committee, which supplies half of the organization’s funds.The athlete advocacy group Global Athlete sponsored the survey, which, notably, did not garner any responses from Russia or China, where some of the most high-profile doping cases have emerged over the last several years.NBA-SCHEDULECeltics claim playoff spot by topping PacersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. UNDATED (AP) — The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to NFL free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and the players’ union.The decision comes because the NFL Players Association’s members are still voting on a proposed labor agreement the owners already have approved. That deadline was extended by two days to just before midnight on Saturday.The last time to use the tags at Thursday made little sense. There would be different tag requirements under each collective bargaining agreement.NFL-NEWSRavens guard Yanda retires Racing board finds no use of illegal medications in horse deathsLOS ANGELES (AP) — A report released by the California Horse Racing Board on a spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita found that no illegal medications were used on the animals and 39% of the 23 fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.The long-awaited report focused on 23 deaths as a result of racing or training between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The fatalities roiled the industry and led track owner The Stronach Group to institute several reforms involving safety and medication.The 77-page report found no evidence of animal welfare violations. March 11, 2020 — Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up another to lead the slumping Penguins to just their third win in 11 games, 5-2 against the Devils. Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) also tallied as Pittsburgh pulled within four points of the Metropolitan Division lead.— Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) reached the 40-goal mark for the season by scoring for the 10th time in five games to carry the Rangers to their 10th win in 11 road games, 4-2 against the Stars. Kaapo Kakko (KA’-poh KAH’-koh) scored twice and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves as New York sent Dallas to its sixth straight loss.— The Hurricanes earned their third straight win as Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) provided two goals and an assist in a 5-2 decision over the Red Wings. Morgan Geekie tallied for the third time in two NHL games and Justin Williams broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal 1:38 into the third period.— The Canucks had dropped five of six before J.T. Miller furnished the lone shootout goal to give them a 5-4 triumph over the Islanders. Brock Nelson scored twice for New York, whichi suffered its seventh straight loss and fell a point out of an Eastern Conference playoff slot.— Filip Forsberg scored twice while the Predators built a 4-0 lead in a 4-2 victory at Montreal. Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok (KAL’-ee YAHRN’-krahk) also hit the net to back Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs), who made 32 saves. — Nicolas Deslauriers (deh-LOHR’-ee-ay) scored twice while the Ducks were taking a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of a 5-2 verdict over the Senators. Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for the winners.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLB willing to alter sked for virus reasonsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball continues to deal with the virus outbreak.A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press that if MLB can’t play in front of fans at a team’s home ballpark because of the outbreak, the sport’s first preference likely would be to switch games to the visiting team’s stadium if possible. Associated Press — Ohio’s governor is calling for all indoor sports to be played without fans. Mike DeWine’s decision would affect the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.— Members of Arsenal’s playing squad have gone into two weeks of self-isolation in a precautionary move. That has forced the immediate postponement of the Gunners’ game at Manchester City Wednesday.— All upcoming professional soccer games in Spain, France and Portugal and some others in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the outbreak. But, UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it’s “completely untrue” that European football federations had requested the 24-team tournament is moved to next year.NFL-LABORNFL and players put off deadline for applying tags Bickerstaff took over the Cavs when former Michigan coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) suddenly resigned last month. Bickerstaff had been serving as an associate head coach under Beilein, who cited personal health issues as one of his reasons for stepping down after 54 games. The Cavs are 5-6 under Bickerstaff.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEZags take conference tourneyLAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival.Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years. UNDATED (AP) — Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is retiring after 13 seasons in which he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and helped Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl.The 35-year-old Yanda played in 191 games, including playoffs, and has been an anchor on the Ravens offensive line since being picked out of Iowa in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a first-team AP All-Pro twice and named to the second team four times, including last season.Elsewhere around the NFL:— The Texans have signed free agents Ka’imi (kah-EE’-mee) Fairbairn and Darren Fells to contract extensions. Fairbairn has hit 83.7% of his field goal attempts during his three seasons with the team. Fells set career highs with 34 receptions, 341 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last season, his first with Houston.— The Browns have released Christian Kirksey after six seasons after the veteran linebacker and the team couldn’t agree on re-working his contract. The 27-year-old made 54 starts for Cleveland but has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. A chest injury last year kept him out of all-but two games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditATHLETES-DOPING SURVEYDoping survey: National agencies more transparent than WADAA survey of Olympic and other elite athletes across the globe found them more likely to believe in the work their own country’s anti-doping agencies are doing when compared to that of global regulators at the World Anti-Doping Agency. Joel Ayayi also had 17 points for Gonzaga.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s pad lead, end Flyers’ streakUNDATED (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask and the Boston Bruins reached milestones while ending the Philadelphia Flyers’ nine-game winning streak.Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to become the sixth active netminder with at least 50 shutouts. HORSE RACING-MAXIMUM SECURITYBaffert to train Maximum SecurityUNDATED (AP) — Owner Gary West is removing all of his horses from Jason Servis’ barn after the trainer was indicted on multiple counts of administering illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs.That includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security, who will be trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert.SANTA ANITA FATALITIES UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side.The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter.In other news from spring training:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has strained an oblique muscle on his right side, but it’s too early to determine whether he will be able to play on opening day against World Series champion Washington on March 26. Conforto was injured Saturday while catching a flyball against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night to meet with Mets medical staff. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and set career highs last season with 33 homers and 92 RBIs while batting .257 with an .856 OPS in 151 games.
FANS turned out in their numbers last night at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, despite overcast and intermittent rainfall, as the group stage of the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship commenced with eight thrilling encounters. However, the highlights of the night were: Sparta Boss dismantling Alexander Village in the final game of the night, defending champions Gold is Money’s last-gasp win over John Street and an epic battle between the youthful LA Ballers and Broad Street, which had to be decided via a marathon penalty shootout.Sparta Boss put six goals past a hapless Alexander Village team, who looked at sea for the greater part of their game. Ryan Hackett opened proceedings with a trademark power shot in the fourth minute to put Sparta 1-0 ahead. There were no more goals in the first half.With two minutes gone in the second half, Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson doubled Sparta’s lead before veteran Shem Porter pulled one back for Alexander Village in the 15th minute. Within the closing three minutes of the game Sparta’s Dennis Edwards put the game to bed with two Guinness Goals (a goal scored in the final 3 minutes counts as two) in the 18th and 20th minutes to put the score line at 6-1.Last year’s winner Gold is Money came up against tough newcomers John Street in the penultimate game of the night and were made to work for victory. John Street’s defence seemed impenetrable at times while they counterattacked brilliantly but without reward;Gold is Money showed champions’ resolve and struck through their talismanic skipper Hubert Pedro in the 14th minute to spark celebrations in the crowd. They held on for the remainder of the match to walk away with maximum points.Earlier in the night the youthful LA Ballers faced veteran street-ballers Broad Street in an old school versus new school epic, which saw both sides fail to convert many chances in a tense affair. After regulation time ended scoreless, the winners had to be decided by penalty kicks, which had both sides’ supporters on edge.However, the youngsters on LA Ballers showed nerves of steel to score seven straight penalties while Broad Street faltered on their seventh kick to hand LA a 7-6 victory on sudden-death penalties.Meanwhile the opening encounter, which pitted North East La Penitence against Rising Stars, also boiled down to penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless, North East came out 1-0 victors from the spot.Continuing along the same vein Albouystown-B held Charlotte Street to a goalless draw at full time and eventually won 1-0 via penalties.Leopold Street showed their credentials as potential title challengers with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Albouystown-A with Omallo Williams netting a brace in the 9th and 10th minutes respectively to send his team into the halftime break at 2-0.After the second half resumed, Albouystown’s Akosi Jarvis struck almost immediately to halve the deficit but Darren Benjamin’s 14th minute goal sealed the 3-1 victory for Leopold Street.Future Stars suffered a setback as Tiger Bay needled them courtesy of a Solomon Austin strike in the 16th minute while Back Circle also lost their match against Sophia via a similar score line as Dwayne ‘Goofy’ Lowe netted in the 15th minute.The group stage, which will last for three nights, will end on July 26. The top two finishers from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals and subsequent semifinals on July 27. The grand finale is set for August 3 at a venue to be announced.The eight teams who fail to advance from the group round will contest the Guinness Plate Championship.Winners of the event will collect $500 000 and the championship trophy, with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers copping $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively with the corresponding trophy.They will also earn automatic berth in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) have secured automatic berths to the national championship.
Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Malta based affiliate network Matching Visions has acquired a thirty percent share in Betting Gods, in a bid to accelerate the growth and expansion of the professional tipster service.Betting Gods, ranked 2nd of all betting companies on Trustpilot worldwide for its in-depth betting advice, has confirmed the news ahead of both the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference and its official full relocation to Malta. The network allows visitors to weigh up the winnings of its various experts, according to monthly profit, strike rate, return on investment, winning streaks and losing streaks.Confirming the tie up of two respected iGaming companies with a natural synergy, Betting Gods Founder and Director Darren Moore said: “We’ve been working closer and closer with the team at Matching Visions throughout 2017, and their group of brands and companies are all well respected within betting and iGaming circles.“We’re delighted to announce this partnership that will see both companies not only continue to grow their own brands but enhance each other’s offerings and services for the benefit of partners, clients and punters initially within the UK and other English-speaking markets.”Dennis Dyhr-Hansen, Managing Director at Matching Visions, commented: “We are so thrilled to step in as formal partners in Betting Gods Ltd. At Matching Visions, we have been looking for more opportunities within the betting vertical of the industry and Betting Gods is the perfect match for us.“They have a significant foothold in their market niche, they are strong in the UK where we are actively seeking acquisitions and we are the perfect match for them to increase product offering and expand to new markets.”Mikael Strunge, Matching Visions Board Member, added: “We are delighted to become a part of Betting Gods Ltd. and we are confident that this is a great match up. Betting Gods is extremely good at what they do and will be able to grow considerably by applying the affiliate trade that Matching Visions can deliver.“We have seen the affiliate market become more and more consolidated throughout the last few years and Betting Gods has the potential to become an affiliate powerhouse. The next step for Betting Gods has arrived and we are thrilled to come along for the ride.”