Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Progressive, liberals, socialists or whatever losers on the left call yourselves, here’s an updated list of your dishonor roll: Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Sheldon Silver and Eric Schneiderman.All of the above left office in disgrace. One can only hope that criminal coddler-in-chief, Andrew Cuomo, joins them seoon.Wake up, New Yorkers and vote this bum out.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
SINGAPORE – A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. “For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” a spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court said in response to Reuters’ questions, citing restrictions imposed to minimize virus spread. (Reuters) Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on Friday, court documents showed, with the country under lockdown to try and curb one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia. At least four people were reportedly executed in Singapore in 2019 for drug-related and murder charges. HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA
StumbleUpon Earlier this month, Dave Hammond left his role as B2B Divisions Director at Paddy Power Betfair to take up the reign as COO of SBTech, charged with driving growth through 2019 and beyond.Following the appointment we spoke to Hammond regarding the transition, personal and company-wide ambitions, the future of online sports betting and much more.____________________SBC: Why was this the time right to move to SBTech as Chief Operating Officer? Dave Hammond: Having had the opportunity to view SBTech from the outside and see their successes across Europe and the US markets, the chance to join this company was not one I could really pass on. I was fortunate to know and previously work with some of the SBTech management team, so I already knew the quality of the people in place. Once I met key team members across its many offices and saw the platform capabilities and product suite, there was only one option in the industry for me to consider and subsequently become part of the success.SBC: What are your immediate ambitions and plans for 2019 with SBTech?DH: Firstly, it’s key to understand SBTech has already had huge success with its innovative platform and agile culture. My main goal is to make sure we continue to scale and increase the trajectory of delivery and success for our partners. We are a truly global business, with a coverage of products many other businesses should be envious of. How we maximise our team’s innovation and development to entertain end users will be crucial for our continued success, and a major focus for me from the get-go.“We must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach”SBC: With such a wealth of experience, what can you bring to the company to take it to the next step and beyond?DH: SBTech is unique in the sector in terms of its growth, client base, employees and revenue. We want and expect this to further increase in velocity and volume. A focus for me is to ensure we are built to maximise this success with internal processes and technology needing to scale, and our performance and stability cannot be compromised. I have been through growth curves and the pain points are known. SBTech will benefit from my experience in these areas.SBC: How different will the transition from Paddy Power to SBTech be for you?DH: The business structure and operating models are completely different, but overall the industry and people are very similar. SBTech is market leading in scaling operations and country entry. This flexibility is something I have always had an affinity towards, but what I get enthusiastic about is our capabilities. The fact SBTech is privately owned and we move quickly on solid data points is part of our fabric. This differentiates us from every provider / operator in the industry, and the ability to see returns from tactical decisions within the overarching strategy is very refreshing.SBC: What are the main challenges SBTech currently faces and how will you address these?DH: I believe everything can be improved in any business, but SBTech is strong across the board. We have invested heavily in quality and quantity in every area from people, technology, infrastructure through to marketing, support and, of course, product. How these areas all interact and share their collective knowledge and analytical learnings will help drive the future waves of success for SBTech. This is a real focal point for me personally. Allowing people to be successful and drive their units based around common beliefs and proven best practices is a simple, but crucial way, of ensuring ongoing market leading offerings.“France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory”SBC: In five years, where do you want SBTech to be?DH: The answer is simple; we must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach. In short, we must innovate and deliver. It’s still very early for the US marketplace and constant regulation movement across EMEA all provides huge opportunities. In five years I expect SBTech to increase its dominance in our current markets, and to serve new products to a wider portfolio of clients in numerous newly regulated and regulating territories.SBC: SBTech is preparing to enter the French market in Q1 2019. How important is this for SBTech and where else will SBTech be venturing in 2019?DH: France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory for our existing customers as well as winning new deals. The SBTech culture is one of winning and driving expansion. Our constant ability to launch partners into new markets has been at the core of the business for more than 10 years, and this will continue and expand further. The PASPA repeal of 2018 and US betting opportunity is on every supplier and operator’s strategy paper. SBTech are already there and have partners live and in development across multiple states and will continue to deliver product and innovation into the newly formed and exciting market. That said, we have a very large and demanding pipeline of European partners, with France, Sweden and Portugal to name just a few, all holding established and well documented opportunities. SBTech’s key skill is moving at pace with a quality regionalised product, we will continue to this in all markets which can offer revenue increase for our partners and of course SBTech.“It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure”SBC: Do you think online sports betting will change over the next few years? Do you think sports betting needs to change? If so, why and how will you adapt?DH: It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure from where we the offering is today. The betting industry and especially SBTech’s multi territory operations, has such a volume of data which will allow us to expand data scientist teams creating AI and ML projects which will transform the way we create and morph our offerings.Consumer technology and available data points within sports will continuously develop. This means the richness of product offering will have to expand to keep our customers engaged in betting while enjoying the sports experience. This is a key focus for SBTech to continue to lead in this area and drive the market depth and customer interaction of our offering. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Submit
Left-hander John Danks, who entered with a 3-5 record and an ERA of 4.66, picked up his fourth victory. He allowed just two hits — both by Dee Gordon — and one run while striking out five. He walked three and hit Scott Van Slyke twice.The Dodgers, who had just the two hits, got their only run in the eighth inning when Hanley Ramirez grounded into a forceout that brought home Gordon, who had hit a one-out double.Ronald Belisario — throwing smoke — closed out the game for the White Sox for the second consecutive night by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. It was his fifth save.Prior to the game, Mattingly emphasized that his team’s struggles are not the result of one or two players failing to play up to their potential. It’s about the team not playing as a unit.Mattingly brought former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda into the conversation. “Tommy says it all the time,” Mattingly said. “And it seems corny at times, but he says, ‘Hey, we’ve all gotta get on one end of the rope and pull.’ And you know what? As many times as you’ve heard Tommy say it, it’s absolutely true.”Afterward, Mattingly was an upset man.“Josh was good, the bullpen threw the ball good,” Mattingly said. “Yeah, obviously, Danks was that good tonight. He was just better than us tonight. I just thought he was better than us. He was better than us tonight. I really think you should talk to them.“I’m tired of answering the questions, honestly. Home, away, whatever, I don’t know. It’s just being, basically, (expletive). We’re just not that good.”When a reporter asked Mattingly about the slump Adrian Gonzalez is in — he went 0 for 4 in the cleanup spot — Mattingly was not happy.“Seriously, one thing, and we’re going to look at one thing,” he said, frustrated. “I don’t have any problems with Adrian at all, to be honest with you.”A lifetime .293 hitter, Gonzalez is batting .259 and has four hits in his last 22 at-bats.Indeed, frustration has set in as the Dodgers are now just one game over .500 and have lost three of four.Asked what his team needs to do to turn it around, Mattingly said, “We need to win.”Catcher Drew Butera wore a bummed-out look.“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Butera said. “We got the loss. He (Beckett) pitched real well, the bullpen pitched real well. It’s frustrating we couldn’t give him a little help.” Beckett was asked what he thought about his manager’s analogy about everyone tugging on the end of the rope.“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t get too caught up in that stuff. My job here is to make quality pitches and execute.”On the plus side, the Dodgers are playing well defensively. They had one error Wednesday, the only one in the three-game series. Gordon has noticed.“I think we’re playing better defense,” he said. “We’ve been on page on the defensive side of the ball. We’ve been playing better defensively.”The White Sox (31-30) got on the board in the top of the third when Garcia smacked a home run over the center-field fence on the first pitch from Beckett. Garcia came in with just 46 at-bats, one RBI and no major-league home runs.An inning later, Dunn took Beckett deep over the right-field wall for his ninth home run of the season and a 2-0 Chicago lead. The Dodgers had a chance to score in the bottom of the fourth. With one out and Gonzalez on second via an error and Van Slyke at first on a walk, Justin Turner came to bat. He hit a ground ball to second baseman Gordon Beckham, who threw out Turner at first after missing a tag on Van Slyke. A rundown ensued with the ball eventually being thrown to third base to try and get Gonzalez, who had rounded the bag.Gonzalez was ruled safe, and Van Slyke had gotten to second. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked for a review, and Gonzalez was subsequently called out to end the inning.The fifth inning might have brought a first. The White Sox had runners at the corners with one out. Dunn was issued what appeared to be a walk to load the bases. But Mattingly came out to talk to the umpires, apparently telling that it was only a 3-2 count.Umpires then instituted a crew review and Mattingly was right. Dunn came back to the plate and was struck out by Beckett on a slow curve. Beckett got out of the inning when Alexei Ramirez hit into a force play.The Dodgers now head to Colorado to begin a three-game series Friday. Then they will play four at Cincinnati starting Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers last year went 42-8 from June to August. It was an incredible run.A year later, the Dodgers are struggling at 31-30 after Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox in their series finale. The difference? Togetherness, manager Don Mattingly said.Los Angeles once again wasn’t all that together. Josh Beckett pitched well enough to win, but his teammates couldn’t buy many runs — or many hits, for that matter — and the White Sox came away with a 2-1 victory before 45,540 at Dodger Stadium.Beckett (3-3) took the loss. He pitched six innings and gave up nine hits and two runs — home runs by Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn — while striking out six.