AP Source: MLB tells union it won’t start season unless players waive claims MLB violated March agreement

first_img Associated Press AP Source: MLB tells union it won’t start season unless players waive claims MLB violated March agreement June 15, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — AP Source: MLB tells union it won’t start season unless players waive claims MLB violated March agreement.last_img

GAMURS raise $3.5 million in funding, also announces ICO for DFS site Skrilla

first_imgGAMURS, the company behind esports coverage site Dot Esports has closed a $3.5 million (£2.64m) round of funding in a capital raise led by Aura Funds Management. It has also announced a partnership with Puntaa, to launch an ICO for a daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) site with an esports focus.  Credit: DreamHack and Will Copus for “remix”The initial report suggests that the money will be used to “expand games coverage” and “go global”. Given the wide reach that GAMURS already has, and CEO and Founder Riad Chikhani’s statement that: “he had chosen to take Aura on as an investor because of its connections to Asia”, could imply that GAMURS is targeting expansion into Asia.The report suggests that GAMURS is targeting 10 million monthly active users by the end of 2018, with the company currently on track to hit 4.5 million before the end of 2017. Tristan Terry, Aura Funds Management Associate Director told AFR: “As it becomes more mainstream … you will have the traditional marketing and technology businesses also looking at it and I think the niche tag will slowly disappear and it will become a standalone sector that demands the dollars of more traditional media companies.”He continued: “For us, the biggest focus of our investment process is to identify those sectors that are rising tides. This is a well-backed business with a strong register and VCs we trust. Riad has also done a great job of building it up from a ‘Facebook for gamers’ and he’s added the right people.”Interestingly, GAMURS has also partnered with Puntaa to launch Skrilla an esports Daily Fantasy offering. Skrilla is already regulated in Australia but outlined plans for expansion to Europe and North America already. It’s not the first esports DFS offering we’ve seen, and it will likely not be the last.  The other facet of the partnership is the latest in a string of esports betting focused ICO based on Ethereum’s blockchain technology. The Skrilla token will go on sale at October 6th and there’s a “finite number of tokens to be sold”. There’s a maximum of 1,000,000,000 to be sold and it’s 2,500 SKR for 1 ETH. There’s 600,000,000 available on the initial sale and it scales down after the pre-sale. Assuming the quota is fulfilled in the Presale phase, it would mean 240,000 ETH would have been spent and at a value of approx $300 USD, that’s a whopping $72,000,000 raised. It comes amidst a spate of ICOs being released in the esports space. It seems as if there’s barely two days now before the latest crypto in the world of esports is revealed. As always, it’ll be interesting to see the uptake. The DFS industry still continues to have a tough time, and there’s little proven success in esports just yet. The likes of Vulcun and AlphaDraft are gone yet ESP is still going strong. Esports Insider says: Congratulations first and foremost to GAMURS for further investment. It’ll be interesting to see the direction that the site takes and if Asian expansion is at the forefront of company policy. As for Skrilla and the ICO, it’s the latest in an ever growing list of esports ICOs. We’ll keep an eye on how it goes.last_img read more

Gillibrand says elevating women’s voices is top goal

first_imgDES MOINES — This past weekend Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand wrapped up a three-day visit to the state that featured an endorsement from the former Iowa Senate GOP staffer who won a seven-figure sexual harassment settlement from the state. Kirsten Anderson said the New York Senator is the “real deal” candidate needed to face-off against President Trump in 2020.Gillibrand said she wants to focus the campaign debate on how the country values women.“When you empower women to be heard across the board, whether it’s running for congress or speaking their truth, you’re going to change the national conversation,” Gillibrand said during an interview with Radio Iowa. “…I’ve been working on elevating women’s voices in the economy and in society across the board.”Gillibrand has worked with Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst on combating sexual abuse in the military. Gillibrand has argued allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct should be handled outside the chain of command.“When it comes to sexual harassment and sexual violence, it’s a very clear case of not valuing women — degrading them, demeaning them and devaluing them,” Gillibrand said. “It’s equally as important to make sure we have a national leave, just because there’s a family emergency whether it’s an ill spouse, a dying parent or a new baby.”Gillibrand links her support for universal preschool with other economic issues she says women care about, like pregnancy discrimination, age discrimination and what Gillibrand describes as “flat out” gender discrimination.“We certainly see it very dramatically in the amount of pay that women receive for the same work that a man might do and if you’re a woman of color, the discrimination’s even worse,” Gillibrand said. “You will likely receive less money if you’re a black woman or a Latino in America than even a white woman, all of whom are receiving far less than a white man.”Gillibrand has co-sponsored a bill with another Republican in the U.S. Senate to make child care a business expense as individuals and couples file their income taxes. She’s proposed new tax incentives for businesses willing to provide on-site day care. Gillibrand said that would help rural Americans, in particular, who don’t have many child care options.last_img read more

Muttiah Muralitharan is tipped to be appointed as Governor of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

first_imgAdvertisement u1gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3e2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3tak( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3bpWould you ever consider trying this?😱qy0Can your students do this? 🌚3didqRoller skating! Powered by Firework The former star off spinner of Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan is tipped to be appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka. The President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapak personally gave the opportunity to the former star cricketer to take up such a big responsibility.Advertisement After taking the charge earlier this month, the President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapak is now going to appoint three new Governors in three provinces of Sri Lanka. Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the new names who are going to be included as Governor.Advertisement It is going to be a new phase in the life of the Sri Lankan cricketing legend. Till date people have watched him taking wickets of the star batsmen of whole World. The batsmen used to face a problem when Muttiah Muralitharan was in the bowling end. He is certainly one of the best spinners the game has ever produced if not the best.Now it will be really interesting to see how Muralitharan is going to work as the Governor of Northern Province in Sri Lanka. The cricketer is expected to accept the offer which the President of Sri Lanka placed in front of him very soon.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Tokelau’s only Pacific Games athlete ready

first_imgThe country’s sports federation says its lack of representation is down to it not having had enough time to prepare for the games, and its athletes not being available.Tokelau’s national legal advisor Lise Suveinakama says the blunder will prove a valuable lesson for the nation, which has a population of about 1400.She says it is important that athletes are better organised and prepared for regional competitions.Squash player Sam Iasona, who works as a line mechanic in New Zealand, says he’s thrilled to be able to travel to Papua New Guinea.Some of his workmates have even chipped in to fly him to Port Moresby.”What started as something that wasn’t too serious, I just started playing squash about a year ago and then one of the cousins suggested perhaps I should play squash in the Pacific Games. I’ll probably be playing a lot of guys who’ve been playing a lot longer than I have so I’ve been training hard for the last year and a bit.”The men’s squash competition begins today.After being in a similar position, Vanuatu’s Mary Ramel is already planning her next table tennis event after narrowly missing out on gold in the women’s Para singles final.Competing in a major tournament for the first time, Ramel twice took the lead against New Caledonia’s Delphine Andre before losing the deciding set 11-6 at the Caritas Stadium.Her coach, Anolyn Lulu, says Ramel’s preparation was far from ideal and up until November she hadn’t picked up a table tennis bat in years.”After Cyclone Pam, which damaged our training venue, they just started training just one month before we got here so the match was very tough for her. I believe in Mary – she can do better than that – just the crowd and all this it is an inexperience for her [because] she’s never participated in any table tennis event before. The surrounding, the environment itself also contributed to her defeat. Despite that, she played well and she will go back and home and continue to train and play in upcoming events”.New Caledonia also won the gold medal in the men’s Para singles event, with Fiji winning the men’s and women’s seated Para events.last_img read more

“Go ahead without fear of the final goal”

first_imgIt was 17:15 on a quiet and strange Saturday without soccer when over the public address of a depopulated Rodríguez López the hymn of the Tenerife. The idea arose since at that time the meeting against the Malaga which, like all others, was postponed until further notice by the coronavirus. Many residents and Blue and Whites’ fans also joined this initiative of the entity, who also made themselves heard from their balconies. “Tenerife, go ahead, you have to defend our noble tradition …” It begins by saying the song that was first played in the stadium on September 11, 1960 in the preview of the match against Real Murcia (3-2). In these previous days, the club encouraged its followers on social networks to resound throughout the Island the stanzas of such an emblematic theme. Many of them supported him and made Saturday a somewhat more bearable day, they achieved “without fear of the final goal”, feeling a little less football orphaned.The hymn of Tenerife It is a work composed by Diego García Cabrera Y Antonio González Santamaría, members of The Huaracheros, an unforgettable group that in its time became a musical reference in all Canary Islands Y South America. During the 90s, coinciding with the most glorious stage of the club, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Victor Pablo Pérez, made an instrumental version of the hymn, which was very well received. In 2017 a more modern version was made that did not have the expected acceptance.last_img read more

Cesc and his sad end at Arsenal: “I did not like the attitude of some colleagues”

first_img4 Reason for leaving Arsenal: “I was a captain and I had a lot of pressure. That team had to win something, and I gave it all for that. Every time we lost, I would come home and cry, but I would get on the bus and I would see some of my colleagues on the bus, laughing and agreeing where they were going to go out at night. There came a time when I felt lonely with this feeling of winning. “It only had two supports: “If it wasn’t for the attitudes of some colleagues, especially in the last two years, I would have stayed, but I realized that only Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were at my level in mental and technical terms. It is not arrogance, it was what I felt”. Your departure from Barcelona: “Once I decide to leave (from Barcelona), Arsenal will be the first option and I won’t be able to speak to another club for a week to see if Arsenal wants me or not.”Arsenal did not bid: “Arsene didn’t give me an answer. We just had to wait for a whole week to see if he would respond. It was definitely my first choice and in my mind I was telling everyone that I was going to Arsenal. That was what I wanted. Arsene could see That and I didn’t want to screw it up. They knew about the situation, but they didn’t say anything in a week. They waited all week without giving me an answer. “Turn for other clubs: “After a week I had my chance. I spoke with Manchester City, with Manchester United and then with José Mourinho, something I never thought would happen.”Chelsea chose: “To be honest, when I left the room with Mourinho I said ‘that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea’. What he told me the team wanted to do, what he thought of me and how he wanted me to play … That’s what i wanted”.Live in london: “On top of all that, it was London, not Manchester. London was my home.”Club rivalry: “I knew there would be repercussions with Arsenal, it would have been the same with City or United, but I wanted to return to the Premier League.”Correct choice: “Thank God I made that decision, because those five years I was very happy there. We won everything in England, being the team that won the most in English football while I was there and the connection with the fans was impeccable.”center_img Cesc Fabregas, midfielder of Monacohe confessed on the podcast Arseblog that your friend Xabi Alonso He begged him to help him sign for the Arsenal in 2009, just when the tolosarra changed the Liverpool for him Real Madrid. However, he also recounted things from his own career, such as how he felt at the Emirates Stadium, why he left the club, or how his signing for José Mourinho’s Chelsea was forged when Arsenal decided not to bid on him. .last_img read more

We must live a life of high moral standard and ethics

first_imgDear Editor,I have decided to pen this letter on moral standard and ethics from personal experience with people in Guyana, as well as those out of Guyana. The word ‘ethic’ can be defined as follows: ”a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.The basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct includes study of universal values, such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment.”Let me begin with work ethic with the question: How many people in Guyana go to work on time? How many managers, supervisors, CEOs and clerks can you meet at 08:30h in their offices? I have visited several offices in Guyana and observed most workers going to work late and the bosses are never in office on time. I also observed that many workers just idle their day away collecting the Government’s money by false pretence, including their bosses.If you call many offices to talk to a person in position they are always in a meeting or not in office or too busy to take your call. They never return a call or reply to your email, Facebook or WhatsApp messages etc. I have seen these activities in most of our offices in Guyana more than 35 years now.Over two months ago, I saw a vacancy at the University of Guyana. I sent an application online I got a reply four days later stating that my application was received. After a month, I sent them an email of inquiry about my application.They replied in a few days saying that my application is still under consideration. It’s over two months now… I sent them another inquiry in a week and got no reply.Here is the highest academic institution of learning taking months to process a job application and don’t have the moral standard to write to me to say if my application was NOT accepted or to go for an interview. I may suffer a heart attack if they invite me for an interview.My next experience is with the Legal Affairs Ministry. They wrote me a letter dated November 28, 2017, informing me that my ”Application of Appointment as Justice of Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits is now at the Minister of State for final deliberation.”That letter was only sent to me because I wrote about it several times in the newspapers questioning why my Police report took over two years to be sent to the Legal Affairs Ministry.After several inquiries to the office of the Minister of State by calls, to date it’s about eight months now and I did not received an email, phone call nor letter pertaining to the status of my appointment. This procedure of my application started in 2003 since the People’s Progressive Party Administration about 15 years now and to date it would be better if I was told I am not appointed and reasons given. (I have done over six Police interviews in those years).What I have discovered in this country is simple matters that can take a week or a month will take years because of incompetence and lack or morality and ethics.Sometimes Managers and Ministers are in their offices but they refused to answer calls; they tell their secretaries to say they are not in office. What are they telling their secretaries in simple terms is ‘’to lie for them’. A gentleman told me in Brazil you can buy a property and get the paper work done the same day or less than a week. Here in Guyana, is months and years and the royal run around at the Guyana Revenue Authority for the compliance. In Trinidad you get your Birth Certificate same day; here is weeks and months.I wrote a book and sent it to my publisher 01:35h I got a reply in five minutes. I sent Warwick University an email I got three replies in 10 minutes back and forth. How do we compare ourselves with these institutions abroad? Why can’t we be competent like them?I haven’t seen the great change of this country since modern technology all over you go is tons of old books and papers that should be replaced by CDs and flash drives. We don’t have much work ethics in Guyana.We are always late and used terms like ”it’s better to be late than never” we go to work late, watch TV late, wake late, and laze around our jobs doing nothing and people in this country have a real drinking problem they are always drunk even on their jobs.Most times, people are pushed into offices because of political affiliations and they get FAT salaries for doing absolutely nothing. We must ask ourselves many questions like how competent is this person holding this office? What did he/she ever run efficiently before? Are they honest? Are they punctual? Can they run this office? Do they have a stable family life? Are we very principled when it comes to keep our WORD AND TIME with people? You are a manager you invited an applicant for a job interview at 09:00h but you showed up at 12 noon. What example are you setting for that new applicant? NONE. You need to be fired.Simple evaluation of people should not take us long. But in this country people ”drag their feet” on their jobs even our schools have teachers who need teachings themselves because they are never in class and they can never complete the CXC exam syllabus on time.Our character, morality, integrity, punctuality and speaking the truth at all times are keys to the foundation of a person of exemplary character and attitude. Mahatma Gandhi had this to say about character:”In times to come people will not judge us by the creed we profess or the label we wear or the slogans we shout, but, by our work, industry, sacrifice, honesty and purity of character.”It’s about time we as a people wake up to these truths about morality and ethics and inculcate more efficient work ethics.Regards,Reverend GideonCecillast_img read more

50 schools participate in biennial STEAM fair

first_imgBy Jemima HolmesThe Diamond Secondary School was a hive of activity on Monday as the Region Four leg of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) fair commenced.This biennial event allows for students to create and showcase projects in theGolden Grove Nursery School showcasing the uses of the coconutareas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), but the fair was this year extended to include the Arts category.Hundreds of students, hailing from as far as Mahaica on the East Coast of Demerara and Soesdyke on the East Bank of Demerara, attended the event accompanied by teachers, parents and well-wishers. In excess of 50 schools presented projects at the competition in hopes of coming out ‘on top’.The opening ceremony saw a number of speakers who all touched on the importance of STEAM to the students’ education and Guyana’s development. Presenting the feature address was University of Guyana Lecturer Dr Elroy Charles, who explicitly spoke on the importance of STEAM to Guyana’s Green and Sustainable Development Plan. He highlighted areas such as renewable energy, biotechnology, ecology and biodiversity, noting that they can all contribute to Guyana’s Green and economic development.In speaking on the need for energy, Dr Charles stated that our endeavours mustMahaica Primary’s ‘Mango Fusion’ projectbenefit hinterland regions as well as coastal areas. “We need to develop renewable energy resources and ensure that people living in far-flung areas of hinterland regions can enjoy the benefits of energy,” he said.The UG lecturer encouraged students to continue asking questions even though they may sometimes seem small and annoying. He said, “It is that form of inquisitiveness that students you must have as you seek to pave the way to a green and sustainable society.”The STEAM fair was declared open by Regional Education Chairperson (Region Four) Genevieve Allen.The compound of the Diamond Secondary School was given a splash of colour as students from more than 50 nursery, primary and secondary schools arranged and presented a total of some 122 entries. The enthusiastic students were eager to present their school’s project to anyone who would lend a listening ear.Kacy Persaud and Sonita Mentore of Helena Primary School explained that their project focused on recycling matter that would often be left as litter. The young ladies showed how the waste materials could be transformed into craft anduseable objects.On the other hand, a little lady from Mahaica Primary showcased a colourful costume and display on the different uses of mangoes, titled ‘mango fusion’.In the secondary department, a series of eloquent presentations were made by Annandale Secondary, Soesdyke Secondary and Diamond Secondary. The secondary projects tended to delve deeper into areas such as soil enhancement, fossil fuels, sustainable development, and robotics. Jaleel Thomas of Annandale Secondary explained how he and his colleagues arrived at their project.“On the East Coast of Demerara, there has been an increase in mechanic shops and the canals are clogged with water hyacinths. We are using the water hyacinths to extract all the heavy metals from the water,” he stated.Students in the lower secondary category are competing in Home Economics, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Social and Behavioural Change, and Mathematics. In the upper secondary category, students are matching skills in Environmental Science, Integrated Science, Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, Home Economics, Mathematics, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. And in the nursery category, students are competing in Craft and Environmental Science, and Science and Mathematics. In the primary category, they are competing in Mathematics, Craft and Visual Arts, Environmental Science and Science.Diamond Secondary have ventured to defend their 2016 title with the entry of 11 whopping projects. Each category has a trophy prize attached to it.Although many of the students are anticipating the results of the competition, they will have to wait until the event culminates later today to be awarded prizes.last_img read more

Former GDF rank “fit” to stand trial for girlfriend’s murder

first_imgOrwain Sandy, the former Guyana Defence Force captain who shot his girlfriend, Reona Payne to death and then blamed his action on mental illness, was deemed fit to stand trial for the heinous crime.This was revealed when he reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday.Sandy’s Attorney, James Bond told the court that there were difficulties getting a private psychiatrist to examine his client and as such, they had to resort to local Psychiatrist, Dr Bhrio Harry to perform the evaluation.Bond further related that he and his client are ready to proceed with the full disclosures for prosecution. On the other hand, Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt told the court that the Police are yet to collect three outstanding statements in the matter but assured that they will be ready for commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).However, Magistrate Judy Latchman further remanded Sandy to prison and the matter was adjourned until June 11 for statements.In May, Sandy shot and killed Payne in broad daylight in First Street Alexander village; he then turned himself into the Police and handed over the service weapon he used to commit the act. Payne was shot multiple times about her body.Sandy was subsequently charged but he was granted an application to be mentally evaluated after his attorney told the court that the examination is critical to his client’s well-being, since he has been consulting with a psychiatrist for the past two years.It was reported that Sandy and Payne were in a motorcar proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village when an argument ensued after he reportedly accused her of being unfaithful.It was reported that he stopped the car, and as the woman exited, he shot her several times with his service revolver.He left her lifeless body on the roadway and went to the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he surrendered, informing ranks what he had done moments earlier.This publication was told that the argument ensued after Sandy had confronted Payne about having an affair with one of his colleagues.last_img read more