State park campsite reservations now accepted

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana State Parks is now offering advance campsite reservations for spring, winter and fall.Camping has always been available year-round at state parks. But in the past, campers could not reserve a site in advance between November and April. Sites were available only by registering on-site the day of camping, and they were administered on a first-come, first-served basis.Beginning March 9, a handful of sites at every state park where camping is offered will be available year-round for reservations online or call 1-866-622-6746. For those who like to plan ahead, the ability to make year-round reservations is a convenient option.The maximum booking window of six months prior to arrival still applies.For more spontaneous campers, many sites will remain available from November through April on a first-come, first-served basis for the day of arrival.Also, an offer from Indiana State Parks will make weeknight camping more affordable this spring. Those who book a new campsite reservation for one or more consecutive weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) with an arrival date between April 15 and May 23, will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking.The discount is available only for campsites, and will not apply to any Thursday, Friday or Saturday stays. Use the promo code SPRING18.last_img read more

Scoring consistency still an issue for Syracuse in home stretch of season

first_imgAt times, Syracuse hasn’t been able to score. All season long, it hasn’t been able to score consistently.When a team struggles to score, it has to change things, and that’s just what the Orange has tried to do.“We just got to get ugly goals and take pride in that,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “I don’t know if some of these kids think it has to be tic-tac-toe because we’re playing a young team, but we can’t play that way, we’re just not that good.”Its four-game winning streak aside, Syracuse (14-11-1, 8-3-1 College Hockey America) has lost multiple games due to its inconsistent offense. In its last eight games, the Orange has scored two or more goals four times, and one or no goals four times.Last weekend against Penn State, SU scored just five times in two games. They scored 10 goals against the Nittany Lions in October. Earlier this month against Mercyhurst and Cornell, Syracuse was held to two goals in a three-game span.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team has attributed part of its poor offensive performances to its inability to score on the power play throughout the season. The team is 17-for-119 on power play opportunities. Mercyhurst, which the Orange trails by three points in the CHA standings, is 35-for-133.A three-game home stand against RIT and Rensselaer, in which SU outscored its opponents 10-1, was a step in the right direction for Syracuse.“Our coach mentioned that we should start doubling our scores,” said forward Melissa Piacentini. “It was good to follow through with that.”But since that stretch of games, SU scored more than three goals in consecutive games only once. In the 12 games since, Syracuse has scored two or fewer goals in consecutive games three times.“I don’t know what you have to do to wake them up because it’s all upstairs,” Flanagan said. “We got to learn some lessons. And the one good thing I can say is that this team usually responds.”After scoring only three goals in three games against Mercyhurst and Cornell one weekend, the Orange scored 10 goals combined in two games against Lindenwood the next.SU’s decrease in scoring since the beginning of the season is partly due to the loss Laurie Kingsbury. Prior to suffering a concussion, she tallied five goals and four assists.“If you look at our statistics, we don’t have any natural goal-scorers, we don’t have any real offensive threat.” Flanagan said. “The one goal-scorer we have isn’t with us anymore.”Since Kingsbury went down, Flanagan moved defender Jacquie Greco to forward. Greco has scored eight goals, which ties her for third on the team.“We have a dynamic group of forwards out there, I mean I’m a defenseman and I’m out there at forward, and it’s either we’re on or we’re off,” Greco said. “I think when we’re on, we’re really on and when we get one or more we just keep rolling.”Greco cited the team’s 8-1 win against Lindenwood as an example. The Orange started off scoring four in the first period, including two from leading scorer Shiann Darkangelo. In the second period, the team scored three, then topped it off with one in the third.On Saturday, multiple teams from the Northeast played at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Flanagan said he got to the rink at 7 a.m. to watch some of his recruits play.Flanagan said earlier in the day, one of the recruits had a hat trick. The head coach said players like her and another recruit from Western Canada that leads her team in scoring should create positive competition next season.Shortly after, Flanagan pointed over to Holly Carrie-Mattimoe, who is playing in her final season at SU.“We’re going to miss the curly-headed one over here,” said Flanagan.Carrie-Mattimoe has nine goals and 10 assists this season. The senior is also SU’s all-time leading scorer and a captain. Mattimoe said making smarter shots could help the team succeed in the future.“I think we need to focus on finding the lanes to the net and not shooting into them,” Carrie-Mattimoe said.Because this is her last year, Carrie-Mattimoe feels like she is under pressure to help her team succeed.“Going out with a bang, having a good end to my career, I mean there is a little bit of pressure,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “To go far in that tournament would be a huge thing.” Comments Published on January 29, 2013 at 1:05 am Contact David: dlauterb@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Keith O’Loughlin, SG Digital: Focusing on next level player experiences

first_img SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Related Articles Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Share Share Submit StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 We spoke to Keith O’Loughlin, SVP – Sportsbook at SG Digital – the digital division of Scientific Games confirmed as a ‘Headline Sponsor’ for this month’s Betting on Football conference.Ahead of the event, which takes place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, we asked him about SG Digital’s #bofcon exhibition plans, what parts of the conference agenda have caught his eye, and whether he thinks the speed of this innovation will slow in the absence of a major football tournament.SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Football?KOL: The sports betting industry is evolving consistently, and football has been at the front and center of this change. The sport has been a driver of many industry innovations including betting-in-play. With that, SBC’s Betting on Football attracts the real leaders of the industry who are keen to see where this industry is heading and who want to play a part in driving exciting sports betting player experiences in the future.An opportunity to witness the culmination of years of innovation and hard work is a unique rush, and that’s what Betting on Football represents. To put it simply, Betting on Football is an opportunity to take it all in and see first-hand the strides that industry stakeholders are making in creating innovative experiences for our players.SBC: What are you promoting at Betting on Football?KOL: We’ve amped up our award-winning sportsbook solution to better serve the needs of our partners. Our acquisition of Don Best Sports and the addition of our Sportsbook Operations team in Gibraltar have significantly improved our world-class proposition with marketing services and day-to-day sportsbook management. We can now offer a full suite of sports betting solutions with one seamless install, and we’re excited to show attendees how it all works together. SBC: What industry innovation will capture the most attention in 2019?KOL: Betting has evolved over the years from transaction to an experience.  The industry’s journey, which started with traders writing prices on the wall, is moving to largely automated, algorithm-driven models. At Scientific Games, we are looking ahead to a future for sports betting where a majority of bets placed will be created uniquely. The unrestricted opportunity to ‘build a bet,’ however varied this might be, is what the future betting experience looks like both from an online app and retail perspective – a future which will bring about a complete rethink around risk management.SBC: Do you expect the speed of innovation to slow in the absence of a major football tournament?KOL: Not at all – in fact, I think it leaves the industry open to more innovation than ever before. When the World Cup happens, everything else comes to a stop. Customers want their products live and stable, and we remain laser-focused on that. Between tournaments, though, we can ramp up R&D so the best and brightest advancements are polished by the time the next one hits. SBC: How can betting and football stakeholders work together more effectively?KOL: Betting and football naturally go hand in hand. They both engage emotionally with sports fans in a unique way. Executing an aligned gamified strategy to offer end to end experiences to the audience is key for the future success. The best way for betting and football stakeholders to work together is through collaboration driving common interests. When sporting stakeholders simply charge a tax or fee to betting companies, it’s not a very favourable model. It can be far more effective with both stakeholders working in partnership to create value that drives revenue for both.SBC: Which parts of the conference agenda have caught your eye?KOL: Actually, I am looking forward to the Marketing sessions this year. The industry is ripe with innovation, but that’s just one small part of the equation. If you have a winning product, you have to position it deftly to reach new punters and keep loyal ones engaged. I’m excited to hear experts give their view on the topic during a time of such rapid expansion.Betting on Football, held from 19-22 March, is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address the recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry.Stamford Bridge provides the perfect setting for 200 expert speakers across 40 sessions, including high level business and networking opportunities for key suppliers, top affiliates and sports clubs & organisations to meet with the operators.For tickets and more information about the event, please visit the Betting on Football website.last_img read more

888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor

first_imgShare Share Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Submit 888 focuses on bolstering safer gambling measures amid COVID-19 crisis March 24, 2020 Limor Ganot – 888 HoldingsThe board of 888 Holdings has expanded its governance advisory, confirming the appointment of Limor Ganot as a corporate non-executive director.A seasoned executive in corporate financing and strategic planning for technology enterprises, Ganot is the Managing Partner of US/Israeli venture capital fund Gefen Capital.An Israeli business figurehead, Ganot has further served as CO-CEO and VP of Business Development of M&A for Israeli retail and property investment group Alon Blue Square (2004-2014).Since 2014, Ganot has served on the board of Diners Club International and held advisory roles for start-ups Twine Solutions and Saturas Ltd“I am delighted to welcome Limor to the 888 board,” said 888 Chairman Brian Mattingley on Ganot’s appointment.“Her involvement as a leader in a diverse range of businesses, together with her understanding of disruptive technologies, will be of significant benefit to 888 as we continue to grow and develop as a global leader in online gaming.”This June, 888 CEO Itai Pazner raised the firm’s 2020 EBITDA guidance, citing that performance was significantly ahead of expectations recording strong customer activity levels during the first six months of year trading.888 cited an average daily revenue increase of 34% year-on-year, attributed to higher customer numbers during the second half of 2019 noting a ‘structural shift towards online gaming accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic’.last_img read more

Francis Ngannou says Mike Tyson will train him for fight vs. Tyson Fury

first_imgNgannou’s striking is his biggest asset. He displayed it again last June when he stopped Junior dos Santos in 1:11 of the first round of their fight in Minneapolis.Francis Ngannou handles dos Santos quickly 😳 #UFCMinneapolis pic.twitter.com/19EDKfiKaN— Nitrogen Sports (@NitrogenSports) June 30, 2019Ngannou isn’t the only MMA fighter who wants to take on boxers, either. Jorge Masvidal, the UFC’s inaugural BMF titleholder, told ESPN this week that he wants a piece of two-division champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.Talk of crossovers is coming two years after McGregor fought (and lost badly to) Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match. MMA heavyweight Francis Ngannou wants to go toe to toe with boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and he claims the original Tyson will help him learn how to do it.Ngannou tweeted Wednesday that former world champion Mike Tyson will train the UFC fighter for a theoretical bout vs. Fury. Spoke with Mike Tyson and he agreed to train me for when I fight @Tyson_Fury in the Ring. Don’t be scared Fury. You called me out and now you’ll have to live with it. #WakandaForever #UNCROWNEDKING— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) November 6, 2019It seems as though Ngannou will have lots of time to learn the sweet science from Iron Mike. Fury isn’t in a hurry to make a match.Ill deal with you and all the other Mma heavyweights when I’m done with my boxing fights,It won’t be long to wait! Then I’ll show u how we roll.👍🏻🙏🏻— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) November 6, 2019Fury, the lineal heavyweight champ, is lined up for a rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder pending the outcome of Wilder’s fight vs. Luis Ortiz on Nov. 23.Fury told IFL TV on Oct. 31 that he’s “very serious” about fighting in MMA and has spoken with Conor McGregor and Frank Mir about training him. Fury said he would be interested in fighting Ngannou or UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Fury made similar comments days earlier as he prepared to make his pro wrestling debut with WWE in Saudi Arabia.MORE: Fury says he’ll be done with boxing in 2020last_img read more

Zidane already clear on Real Madrid transfer targets

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Zinedine Zidane Madrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday he knows exactly what kind of players he wants to sign this summer as he looks to revamp Real Madrid’s squad for next season.Madrid are expected to be busy after a miserable campaign that has left them lying 13 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, after already crashing out of the Champions League in the last 16.Several players could depart, with Gareth Bale’s future particularly uncertain, while among those likely to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu is Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.“I know exactly what I want,” Zidane said at a press conference.“Nothing is ever concrete with these things, it’s just what you aim to do, your desire to change certain things, that’s all.“We have talked about player profiles and that is clear in my head. We’ll see what we can do. What is certain is that there will be changes. You can never stand still.”Zidane was again asked about the likelihood of Welshman Bale staying and offered no guarantees. “We have not talked about that and we’re not going to talk about that,” Zidane said.center_img “We are thinking about the game tomorrow and nothing else.”Zidane will have Vinicius Junior at his disposal, whose breakthrough has been one of the only positives for Madrid this season, but who is yet to play under the Frenchman as he has been out since March with a knee injury.Vinicius trained on Saturday with the first team and could be in contention to feature on Sunday, when Madrid host in-form Athletic Bilbao.“I’m glad to see him with us but he has to go slowly,” Zidane said. “He has been out for two months so we have to be very careful with him. He has shown his quality and he is an exciting player for the future.”Keylor Navas is likely to continue in goal against Bilbao, with Thibaut Courtois recovering from a thigh injury. Captain Sergio Ramos is struggling with a calf strain.last_img read more

Trainers, agents back disconnection operations

first_img SKYROCKETING BILLS “It cannot be acceptable that the industry is subsidising the consumption of electricity of residents in the surrounding communities,” Wilson’s statement read. The racetrack has been plagued by illegal connections to its utility systems, including water, over the years, sending its monthly bills skyrocketing. However, similar disconnection operations, conducted in 2011, ’12 and ’14, followed by arrests in 2015, had led to dramatic decreases in utilities cost, especially light, causing the racetrack’s monthly bill to peaked at $8.3m in April 2014. Vincent Edwards, president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA), whose organisation yesterday staged its annual race meet at Caymanas Park, has come out strongly against alleged threats being made against grooms by persons caught abstracting electricity from the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack. Grooms are employed by trainers to care for horses at stables spread across the 196-acre property and spend most of their time on the Caymanas compound. Edwards said his association condemned the reported threats against grooms and praised ongoing operations for clamping down on breaches to the racetrack’s electricity and water supplies by residents from informal communities, especially to the north of the property. “The leadership and members of the JRTA fully support the actions taken by the police and the racetrack’s security detail, McKay Security Limited, relating to the disconnection of electricity illegally connected by the adjoining informal settlement,” the JRTA president stated. Meanwhile, another group, the Jockeys’ Agents association, headed by Donovan Wilson, also issued a release supporting the operation which led to the apprehension of two persons.last_img read more

Mental health workshop opens

first_imgAs the Public Health Ministry continues its efforts to place emphasis on mental health, some 25 stakeholders from across the country are meeting for a four-day trainers’ workshop which concentrates on the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP).The workshop, which began on Tuesday, is the fruit of the collaboration of the Public Health Ministry and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).Participants are a mixture of stakeholders from regional hospitals, as well as those from areas where there are more cases of suicide.Shedding light on the purpose of the World Health Organisation’s mhGAP, the Public Health Ministry in a statement explained that the programme aims to improve services for health disorders such as mental, neurological and substance, with special attention paid to low and middle-income countries.The programme preaches that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.One primary objective of the workshop is the training of mental health and primary care professionals so that once the mhGAP is introduced, they themselves may serve as trainers to frontline health providers.Before the programme takes off at the community level, some 300 persons are hoped to be trained.The workshop also aims to review the mhGAP interventional guide training manual, adapting it to be more suitable for the Guyanese environment, while simultaneously familiarising participants with the use of said guide.Some of the topics being examined are general principles of care, issues of support and supervision, depression, suicide, psychosis, drugs, behavioural disorders and the general framework for working with children and adolescents.Guyana has consistently recorded staggeringly high figures of suicide and suicide attempts, which coupled its less than one million population, earned the country the title of having the world’s highest suicide rate. The Public Health Ministry reports that between 2010 and 2012, there were 667 suicides, resulting in an average of 200 deaths per year.The Ministry continued that the National Mental Health Action Plan for 2015-2020 and the National Suicide Prevention plan is being implemented.Additionally, there has been the formation of a National Task Force which is intended to focus on risk factor reduction, health promotion and prevention; reducing the access to the means of suicide, health systems response to suicidal behaviour and surveillance and research.There are 16 satellite clinics available in all but Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), where mental health services are available. In terms of staff, there are five psychiatrists, seven psychologists, five general doctors, 11 social workers, 153 nurses and one occupational therapist.The Public Health Ministry launched its Suicide Hotline Numbers in August 2015. The numbers are 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, 623-4444.last_img read more

Cocaine in gas cyclinder suspects granted bail

first_imgThe two men who implicated each other in the more-than-65 kilograms of cocaine that were found in a gas cylinder stashed in a car at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) were on Friday granted bail when they were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Juan Anderson, 30, and Damion William, 33, both of Parika, denied the allegation against them.The charge read to them allege that on December 24, 2017, at Parika, they had 65.027 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The two men were granted $300,000 bail each after their lawyers, Mark Waldron and George Thomas, made a successful application for same.They are both expected to attend the Leonora Magistrate Court on January 24, 2018, and are ordered to report weekly to the Leonora Police Station.On the day of the cocaine discovery, ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), acting on information received, swooped down on Anderson’s house at Parika and searched same. As they came up empty-handed, the ranks decided to search his motorcar, and the drugs were found concealed in a gas cylinder.Anderson was arrested, and he reportedly told ranks that Williams is the person who gave him the illicit substance. Williams was later arrested, and has reportedly confessed to giving Anderson the drugs.last_img read more

Son-in-law a no-show for trial

first_imgFather-in-law’s attempted murderSudesh Rambhajue, who says he cannot afford an attorney to represent him in court, was granted a third adjournment by Justice Brassington Reynolds, who gave him no later than today to secure legal counsel.When the matter came up for trial on Wednesday morning, the judge, jury and prosecutors were all present in court, but the accused and his relatives who have been accompanying him to court were not seen.Justice Reynolds did not issue a summons for the defendant to appear, but rather gave him up to today to make an appearance and secure counsel.Rambhajue has been indicted for the attempted murder of his father-in-law, Latchman Narine Persaud, which occurred on September 18, 2015 at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo. On Monday, Rambhajue was given two daysSudesh Rambhajue is accused of attempting to kill his father-in-lawto secure an attorney, and he was even advised to seek the assistance of the Legal Aid Clinic.He has also been alternatively charged with felonious wounding, but he denied both of the counts as presented by State Prosecutors Seeta Bihsundial, Tiffini Lyken and Narissa Leander last week.“We ain’t got enough money; we a little short,” the defendant informed the court on Tuesday.Justice Brassington Reynolds had informed the accused that the court is working according to time via the schedule of the assizes. Justice Reynolds had observed that the State is not required to assign a publicly-funded attorney to defend such charges.The judge had told Rambhajue that he would be guided by the court on the inadmissibly of evidence if he was unable to garner legal counsel.According to reports surrounding the matter, Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out of his house. Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question.Narine Persaud reported that the man became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.last_img read more