Month: August 2020

Robbery suspect killed attempting to flee across Miami expressway

first_imgA robbery suspect was killed on Friday morning after he fled from a vehicle and attempted to cross State Road 112 in Miami.The man, who has not been identified, was being chased by cops after they noticed a robbery in progress at N.W. 49 Street and N.W. 28 Avenue and moved in to nab the suspect.When the police attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspect refused to yield, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. As he attempted to cross the Expressway, he was struck by a taxi cab and died on the spot.The robbery victim and the taxi driver were not injured.last_img

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Egyptian Defender Hegazi Set For Premier League Loan Move

first_imgAl Ahly SC defender Ahmed Hegazi is set to join premier league side West Bromwich Albion on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy.According to Egyptian football Journalist, Marwan Ahmed, the fee agreed is worth one million euros (€1m) which would rise to four million euros (€4m), if the option to buy the central defender is activated.Baggies boss Tony Pulis, is considered to be an admirer of Hegazi who alongside Liverpool’s new acquisition, Mohamed Salah were the only Egyptian players who made CAF’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.Hegazi, 26, a product of the Ismaily academy, played with the team until 2012 when he left for Florence to join Serie A team Fiorentina. He stayed with the team for three years before eventually loaned out to Perugia. He returned to the continent after mutually terminating his contract to join Al Ahly.Currently, England has the highest concentration of Egyptian football players in foreign leagues – closely followed by Saudi Arabia.RelatedWest Brom To Sign Egyptian Star Ali Gabr From ZamalekJanuary 23, 2018In “Africa”Salah Makes Egypt World Cup Squad Despite Shoulder InjuryJune 4, 2018In “Africa”West Brom Completes Gareth Barry Signing from EvertonAugust 15, 2017In “England”last_img read more

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Champagning & Campaigning! Bookmakers braced for an unpredictable Oscars 2018!

first_imgShare 6 of the Best – Abelson Odds’ Jeevan Jeyaratnam March 7, 2019 Movie insiders have deemed the 2018 Academy Awards, as the most unpredictable ‘Oscars Race’ in Hollywood’s history.On Tuesday, The Academy presented its most eclectic field of movie contenders to ever compete for the ‘Best Motion Picture’ category.The Academy’s ‘final nine’, sees a horror film, a fantasy drama, a female comedy and a summer blockbuster compete for Oscars 2018 Glory.At present, Irish writer/director Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’  is currently the even money market favourite to win Best Picture.Led by Frances McDormand’s powerhouse performance, ‘Three Billboards’ carries the winning momentum having won Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild this January. However, in 2018, Academy members may yet again to choose to flip the script.This week sees the release of Mexican heavyweight director Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ which gained 13 Oscar nominations and has been placed by the majority of bookmakers’ as 6/5 second market favourite.First considered as an Oscars 2018 outsider, Indie darling Greta Gerwig’s comedy-drama ‘Lady Bird’ is now 6/1 third favourite to win Best Picture.Following a year dogged by the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, which have rocked all movie studios. Will the Academy award its top prize to the female produced and directed ‘Lady Bird’?A further sub-plot sees Hollywood recover from a disastrous 2017 box office, in which movie studios recorded their worst audience decline in over a decade.In need of some blockbuster magic, could Academy members turn to Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic ‘Dunkirk’, the former Best Picture favourite, which is now priced at 20/1.Jordan Peele’s surprise hit ‘Get-Out’ has surpassed all critical and box-office expectations. At 25/1, will the Academy reward its first ever horror movie for Best Picture, to Get-Out’ and its raising star director?Jordan Peele may well represent Hollywood’s future, but the Academy still recognises its stalwart auteurs, as Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ makes the final nine. At 35/1 bookmakers place little hope on ‘The Post’ delivering ‘Spielberg a follow up on his previous Oscar successes (Schindler’s List 1994 & Saving Private Ryan 1999).With a whole month left of ‘Oscars Champagning & Campaigning’, all movie punters should question whether the Academy will reward Hollywood’s best picture or Hollywood’s status in 2018. Ladbrokes – Three Billboards slight favourite to win Oscars 2018 Best Picture category February 21, 2018 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon 6 of the Best – Pinnacle’s Ben Cronin October 18, 2018 Submitlast_img read more

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Schnell… ComeOn launches instant-play Blitzino for Germany

first_img Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Lahcene Merzoug – ComeOnCherry AB igaming B2C subsidiary ComeOn has announced the launch of its new German online casino property – launches its services for Germany, seeking to bring ‘fast-pay and play’ dynamics to market, utilising a comprehensive know-your-customer KYC solution which will allow instantaneous gaming engagement without players having to undertake full registration processes.Confirming the launch of, Lahcene Merzoug, CEO of ComeOn, backed the firm’s new property, detailing the success of instant-play dynamics for ComeOn in established territories.“After launching Snabbare and Hajper in Sweden and Nopeampi in Finland, our desire was to bring this business model to Germany.As the name suggests, the experience for the customer is faster and easier than anything previously available on the market, so with Blitzino the customer can start playing instantly and access their winnings in lightning speed.” represents a major new market launch for ComeOn, a division tasked with leading Cherry AB’s online gambling B2C activities.Last April, Cherry governance announced the appointment of Lahcene Merzoug as new CEO of ComeOn, joining the enterprise from competitor Mr Green and tasked with accelerating the division’s expansion beyond its home Nordic markets. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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GambleAware research highlights treatment inefficiencies tackling social dynamics

first_imgShare Submit Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles GambleAware has called for the continued development of education programmes to increase awareness of problem gambling after new research showed 46% of those with gambling disorder have not accessed treatment or support.The charity’s ‘Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis’ report, carried out by a group of researchers including the National Centre for Social Research, also found that 27% of gamblers had not accessed treatment and support due to ‘perceived stigma or shame’.Women were found to be three times more likely than men to cite practical barriers such as cost, location or time as a reason for not accessing problem gambling treatment.The research also highlighted that despite young adults and those from BAME communities often exhibiting lower levels of gambling activity, those that do gamble were more likely to be classified as problem gamblers, and were also more likely to access treatment in the last 12 months.Commenting on the research, GambleAware Chief Executive Marc Etches said: “This research has shown that there is a clear need to further strengthen and improve the existing treatment and support on offer, to develop routes into treatment and to reduce barriers to accessing help. Services have to be flexible to meet the needs of individuals and easy to access.“This research shows how the need for support and the way it is accessed may vary according to gender and demographic factors such as ethnic group, location or whether a person has additional health needs.“Meeting the needs highlighted in this report will require partnerships between the statutory and voluntary sectors, both those services specific to gambling treatment and other health and support provisions. Working with those with lived experiences is essential in designing and promoting access to services, as well as helping to prevent relapse.“It is important to engage community institutions including faith groups, to help make more people aware of the options available to them and ensure no one feels excluded from services.”17% of gamblers were reported to be hesitant in identifying their gambling behaviours as harmful and 20% reported that they had experienced gambling harms themselves, while 7% identified as an ‘affected other’.According to GambleAware, many of those taking part ‘felt there was a lack of treatment and support for affected family members specifically, and not enough signposting to available services’.GambleAware’s research referenced a population ‘level survey’ undertaken by YouGov, and independently assessed by Professor Patrick Sturgis. YouGov data showed that 54-61% of the population had gambled in the last 12 months, with 2.7% of the population scoring a Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score of 8+.In his assessment, Sturgis concluded the true level of gambling harm prevalence lies closer to the Combined Health Survey result of 0.7% of the population, rather than the 2.7% of the YouGov population survey.Sturgis commented: “In order to identify gaps in gambling treatment and support services in Great Britain, researchers need to understand the size and characteristics of the group who experience gambling harms. The 2016 Combined Health Surveys used probability sampling and respondent self-completion during face-to-face interviewing, whereas the YouGov survey used a non-probability sample and online self-completion.“These differences in sampling and mode of interview are likely to be driving the difference in the estimates of gambling harm between the two surveys. It is impossible to say with certainty which of the two surveys comes closest to the true level of gambling harm in the general population.“However, after studying and comparing the two survey designs at length, it seems likely that the true rate of gambling harm lies somewhere between the two, though it is probably closer to the Combined Health Surveys estimate of 0.7% than to the YouGov estimate of 2.7%”Dr Sokratis Dinos, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research, commented: “A recurrent theme across this programme of studies was related to a lack of awareness of, or hesitation to accept, that gambling behaviour may be harmful. Gambling harms can have a negative impact on the perception of oneself often owing to the associated ‘stigma’.“Continuing to develop education programmes and public messaging about the way gambling disorder is perceived, and the development of peer-based, as well as tailored treatment and support services for groups less likely to access those provisions, would help to address this and, in turn, contribute towards reducing barriers to seeking treatment and support.”last_img read more

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Parimatch secures ‘premium VS’ content with Global Bet

first_img Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Related Articles Parimatch has moved to expand its virtual sports inventory, partnering with independent content supplier Global Bet.The Eastern European multi-market betting group has installed Global Bet’s ‘pro series content’ across its gaming and sports betting portfolio, allowing its customer to access ‘like-for-like virtual sports games that can be personalised for every operator’.Further to its statement, Parimatch declared that it had chosen Global Bet as new virtual sports supplier, convinced by its ‘premium gameplay experience’ and HD simulations.“I am very happy to announce that we finally integrated Global Bet into our games portfolio. For more than 15 years, Global Bet is well known for its high-quality life-like content and premium games. For Parimatch this is a great opportunity to add value to our existing portfolio of virtual sports games and to offer an unrivalled and unique gaming experience to our clients. ” says Eugene Saveliev, Head of Casino at Parimatch.Global Bet CEO Daniel Grabher said, “I am happy that the leading online betting company in the CIS region has chosen Global Bet as its premium virtual sports provider and I am confident that this partnership will not only be a valuable addition to Parimatch’s portfolio, but will boost revenues both online and retail.”“With both companies being pioneers in our respective fields and having related goals and objectives as well as the same company culture, it was abundantly clear from the beginning that a true synergy was created which exists to this day.” BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020last_img read more

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This week in Esports: Clash Royale, Wavedash Games & the NBA

first_imgA quiet week all things considered this week when it comes to the esports industry. At long last we did hear about the full details of the NBA 2K eLeague and the seventeen teams that will take part in the inaugural competition including the likes of the Boston Celtics and, of course, the 76ers. Elsewhere Supercell revealed a Clash Royale open league and world championship, Wavedash Games secured some serious funding to build and launch a new platform fighter, and the AFL hinted at plans to make an esports move.Supercell announce Clash Royale open league culminating in World ChampionshipSupercell, the developer of hugely popular mobile game Clash Royale, has announced an open league, The Crown Championship, taking place throughout 2017. It follows a seasonal structure, with the inaugural season commencing in May. Each season leads up to a World Championship at year’s end with a $1 million prize pool.The league will have four phases, run through a special in-game feature specifically designed for the tournament. It begins with open play, in which players will be ranked for later stages, running May 11-16. The top players move on to one of eight tournaments of 1024 players in late May, and the winners of these move on to a group stage running throughout June. Two players will be eliminated via round robin rankings, and the other six participate in a final bracket from June 30th through July 2nd.Read the full article here.NBA 2K eLeague announce 17 franchises set to participateThe NBA has announced the seventeen established teams that will participate in the upcoming NBA 2K eLeague via Twitter. The 2K eLeague was initially announced in February, when Brendan Donohue, formerly a marketing and business executive within NBA, was announced as the managing director for the esports initiative. It will reportedly work similarly to the current NBA circuit, with 2K players being drafted onto teams as full-time players.The franchises included are as follows: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.Read the full article here.The AFL hints at esports plansVia an interview with FairFax Media, the Australian Football League revealed this week that it plans to get involved with esports. The organisation would like to host a tournament at its Etihad Stadium and it has urged the teams in its league to form teams. The reasoning was the usual physical sporting org reasons of ‘millennial engagement’. Darren Birch, the AFL’s growth, digital and audiences general manager told Fairfax Media in an interview: “Esports is very strong in the millennial area, so for us it is about diverse exposure to that audience. That’s no different to AFLW where we became more relevant to a female audience.Read the full story here. Wavedash Games secures $6million funding to develop new FGC titleOakland based game developer Wavedash Games has announced that it has raised $6 million (£4.6m) in Series A funding, led by March Capital Partners. Wavedash was founded by game developers from the likes of Riot Games, EA and Blizzard and plans to create a free to play platform fighter game. There’s also community leaders from other platform fighting games such as Super Smash Bros involved. The most bizarre facet of the announcement is that Linkin Park DJ and Programmer Joe Hahn has joined in an advisory capacity to ‘offer insight into creative development, marketing, and community building’.Matt Fairchild, Wavedash’s CEO and Co-Founder commented: “We’re following the trail blazed by Riot Games and Valve by bringing community passion together with world class developer talent.”Read the full article here.last_img read more

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Bethesda reveals further Quake Champions esports tournaments

first_imgBethesda and DreamHack have joined forces to bring further Quake Champions tournaments after the Quake World Championships.The two additional tournaments in 2017 have been marked as the DreamHack Denver Quake Championship, between October 20th and 22nd before heading to DreamHack Winter between December 1st and 4th for the Quake Champions Invitational.The Denver tournament will host a $75,000 (£58,000) prizez pool, with competitors facing off in Quake Champions’ Duel Mode as well as the four versus four team-based Sacrifice mode.The Invitational will see the finest Quake players compete across Duel and Sacrifice for an impressive $350,000 (£272,000) prize.Both of the aforementioned titles will have open qualifiers as well as a select list of invited professionals. The Bethesda release also states that: “Additional esports events for Quake Champions – the latest game in the franchise that helped found the esports scene 20 years ago – will be announced in the future”. This implies that they’re here to stay and it’s not just a short term burst back into the esports space.Currently there’s the small matter of the Quake World Championships taking place over in Dallas. There’s $1,000,000 on the line as Quake re-announces itself in the esports world. It’s a blast from the past for many, with James “2GD” Harding playing for The Defendants and for those familiar with Dota 2 — seeing Paul “Redeye” Chaloner interviewing 2GD as a player, it’s a fun sight to see.It comes just days after AMD was announced as the partner for the World Championships so there’s clear interest from the brand side. The rest of the World Championships will go a long way to seeing just how big the viewership is and if it the game will make a lasting mark on an already busy esports scene.Esports Insider says: Quake’s great fun to watch and seeing the old guard emerge once more competition brings back a fuzzy nostalgic feeling. We’re rooting for James & co over in Dallas.last_img read more

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Meet Esports Insider at ESL UK’s largest esports activation – EGX 2017

first_imgEGX 2017 is nearly upon us, and with such the UK’s largest esports activation to date. The ESL Arena, powered by Intel will span 5,000 square metres including two competition stages and various other zones. Esports Insider is delighted to announce we will, for the bulk of Thursday and Friday, be stationed in the ESL Community Area with a snazzy banner to boot. We welcome anyone and everyone to pop over, have a chat and find out more about our Esports Insider Forum Series which this month focuses on apparel and merchandise opportunities in esports. We’re aptly located in the vicinity of the ESL Shop showcasing some of the finest esports swag there is available. Away from liaison opportunities with Esports Insider, there’s the small matter of two huge stages for esports competition. There’s the Twitch Main Stage and the ESL Premiership Stage. The Twitch Main Stage will have a variety of esports competition across EGX, with the ESL Stage playing host to the ESL Premiership Finals in League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and will also bring the Rainbox Six Siege: EGX Invitational, Splatoon 2 and drone sim racing. There’s over £20,000 on the line and the opportunity for some to compete on a European level.For fans that want to get involved, the ESL Arena will also include:Intel Experience Zone – Featuring a range of interactive demos powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7 and i9 X-Series processors including Project Cars 2 in VR, Overwatch, Lone Echo and many more. Plus partake in the Intel Treasure Hunt to win big prizes each day.Intel Streaming Zone – See the biggest stars of the UK gaming scene stream live, powered by Twitch and Intel. More details to be announced soon!ESL Open LAN Area – Get stuck into the action and test your skills on titles such as Paladins and Hand Of The Gods, with a massive 32 Alienware PC’s ready-to-play LAN tournament area.Community Area – Try out the Oculus Rift and the greatest retro arcade machines in the country, supplied by Bespoke Arcades, with drinks provided by Red Bull.Build a PC – Learn how to build a PC from scratch with ASUS. Tom Logan from OC3D will be holding sessions throughout the four days.Expo – Test and purchase high end gaming gear and merchandise from the likes of Alienware, Corsair, HyperX, ZOTAC, MSI, Gigabyte, and the ESL Shop.“We’re ecstatic to be partnering with EGX, Intel and Twitch to deliver what’s set to be the ultimate esports experience in this calendar year,” commented James Dean, Managing Director at ESL UK. “The Arena is far more than just a tournament, it’s a full-360 celebration of all aspects of esports which promises something to see or do for all EGX visitors.”He continued “The ESL Arena would not be possible without Intel. ESL has recently entered into a global partnership with Intel after working together for over 10 years to hold incredible events such as Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and many others. We’re thrilled to expand this partnership in the UK.”Esports Insider says: Pay us a visit and take in some of the best esports action available for UK eyes. We’ll be by the shop looking fabulous in our Esports Insider hoodies. We are in fact that cool.last_img read more

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London is reportedly the UK gaming industry’s hotspot

first_imgFollowing the 14th BAFTA Games Awards that took place this April, British marketplace and video game retailer OnBuy took to the United Kingdom gaming industry with a magnifying glass and came out with some interesting findings.Using a map provided by UK Interactive Entertainment, otherwise known as UKIE, OnBuy looked at which regions in the UK were most active in terms of game development and publishing.UK games industry mapThe report cites the British Games Institute, explaining that the UK is among the top five video game producing countries in the world. Games such as Halo Wars 2, Hellblade, and Grand Theft Auto V were all made in Great Britain, and unsurprisingly, the company’s findings point to London as the hotspot for the majority of games companies.The capital of England houses 630 companies that deal with games developing and publishing, making up a total of 28% of the UK’s game companies – which sits at 2,255. Central London is the place in which 48% of those 630 companies operate from, with the likes of Rocksteady Studios and Slightly Mad Studios setting up shop there.Other regions such as the South East and the North West, that are home to 18% and 9% of the UK’s games companies respectively, are other places that the industry is working in. Scotland houses just 9% of the total number of gaming companies, Wales is at 3% with 49 companies, and Northern Ireland at 2% with 39.Contrary to the above results, London has not released the highest percentage of the 19,617 games that have been released from the UK. The South East region makes up 38% of all UK games, which is impressive compared to London’s 29%.What’s noticeable here is that there’s a distinct lack of developers and publishers in the UK working on, or having delivered, esports titles. As of late there’s been no short of tournaments announced for the UK, such as the Rocket League World Championship, the FACEIT CS:GO Major in September and ESL One Birmingham, but games themselves are seldom. There is a Hi-Rez Studios office down in Brighton, but the company (behind the likes of SMITE and Paladins) has its HQ over in Atlanta. Indeed, the USA is home to developers such as Riot Games (though they are now owned by Chinese company Tencent), Valve, Activision Blizzard, Psyonix, Daybreak Games and Super Evil Megacorp, making the States home to a good portion of the top tier esports titles.Head over to Finland and one will find the likes of Supercell and Critical Force. Asia sees the likes of Capcom, Bandai Namco and more of course. Our hope is that as esports grows, and garners more attention in the UK specifically with Majors being located here, and companies such as RFRSH, Riot Games, LVP, ESL UK, FACEIT and Gfinity pushing forward too, that more game developers with esports aspirations will find themselves in the UK.Esports Insider says: While it’s not a shock that the English capital London is at the forefront of the UK’s gaming industry, it’s pleasant to see that other regions have a decent piece of the pie. This means those who want to enter the industry don’t necessarily have to look down south to forge a career in gaming, making it more likely for some people to actually pursue such a thing.last_img read more

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