GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC has agreed to sell its payments processing business Kalixa Group to Singapore-based global payments operator Senjō Group for a total consideration of €29.0 million payable in cash on completion.Prior to completion, an amount equal to the free cash (over and above €2.1 million) in the Kalixa Group will be retained by GVC by way of dividend. The sale proceeds will be applied towards reducing GVC’s net debt, while the sale and run-down of Kalixa Pay will have a neutral effect on the group’s EBITDA.The sale does not include the wallet business currently operated by Kalixa Pay Limited, a subsidiary within the Kalixa Group, which will be closed by GVC post-completion. It is subject to domestic and international regulatory approval, but is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.Kenneth Alexander, GVC Holdings CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of Kalixa in line with our plans announced earlier in the year. Post-sale Kalixa will continue to process payments for us and our customers, but now with the opportunity to build a larger payment services business under new ownership which has payments as a core activity.”GVC Holdings PLC had announced its intention to sell the payments processing business as part of its interim financial statement on September 20.The Kalixa Group provides card acceptance acquiring, aggregation, and payment processing services to corporate companies. The Kalixa Group will continue to provide payment processing services to GVC post-completion under an existing contract.For the year ended 31 December 2015, the Kalixa Group generated revenue of €22.7 million and a loss before interest and tax of €7.0 million. As at 30 September 2016, the Kalixa Group had gross assets of €80.7 million, and a net book value of €41.9 million which included €19.2 million of intangible assets.
Then Lakers forward Nick Young suffered back spasms at the end of the scrimmage.That might conjure up images of last seasons’s nightmare when the Lakers missed an NBA-record 324 games because of various injuries.Lakers coach Byron Scott downplayed those reminders.“We have three or four guys on the shelf,” Scott said. “But you still have enough guys to do what you want to do on a day-to-day basis.”Bryant has not experienced any additional pain surrounding his surgically repaired right shoulder. But when asked if Bryant will definitely play in the Lakers’ preseason opener against Utah on Sunday, Scott only said, “We’ll see.” Scott and Russell said he completed Thursday’s evening session without any issues after missing the morning sprint drills because of his foot soreness — but not on Friday.Yet, Russell maintained he will practice on the Lakers’ two-a-day session Saturday.“I’m good. I got up literally 30 seconds ago,” said Russell, who has worn orthotics to protect his right foot. “[Lakers trainer Gary Vitti] fixed me up.”Young hardly sounded as optimistic. The 30-year-old Young joked he’s “getting old” before saying he made an awkward twist on his lower back. “It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens,” said Young, who missed six weeks last season after fracturing his right thumb on the second day of practice. “If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do.”The implications for World Peace’s injury could be more serious.World Peace did not speak with reporters. He has not practiced the past two days and has not participated in any of the Lakers’ three full-court scrimmages.The 35-year-old World Peace signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million, making his job security tenuous if he cannot recover.“It’s not the way he planned it and not the way he wanted it to be,” Scott said. “Hopefully another day or so of rest, he can be back on the floor.”Sneak previewScott said he has not decided who will start Sunday, but he estimated they will play between 15 to 20 minutes. Scott plans to field a limited bench rotation, favoring heavy minutes for each player and then sitting them Tuesday against Utah in favor of other reserves. HONOLULU — The Lakers ran up and down the court. They traded baskets. They fouled. They made defensive stops.But what became more captivating on the fourth day of the Lakers’ training camp Friday at Stan Sheriff Center involved the players not on the court.Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Metta World Peace each sat on chairs at the end of the baseline.Bryant completed light shooting drills before sitting out the rest of the Lakers’ two-hour practice. Russell practiced for only 15 minutes before experiencing pain surrounding a blister on his bruised right foot. World Peace has missed the past two practices over what Lakers coach Byron Scott attributed to pain in one of his calf muscles, though it was not immediately clear which one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
We may never know.Overall: BThe Jays are the early winner here, in the middle of a rebuild and get an arm that could be a top-of-the-rotation guy if he continues to develop. The same can be said of Woods-Richardson.The Mets continue to make win-now moves, which makes sense after all. Their young core looks up to the task of winning in the coming years, even if it is something of a lateral move with a focus on the present rather than the future, Brodie Van Wagenen is very much a “live in the now” guy, apparently.With the news that Van Wagenen shipped top Mets prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to Toronto for Marcus Stroman, some are left scratching their heads and asking one question: Why? Hindsight is 20/20, so it’s unfair to to really rag on BVW for the moves he made this offseason. But after trading top prospects to acquire Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó, fans’ faith in BVW is going to be put to the test.MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Mets trading for Marcus Stroman is another one of those “Huh?” moves for the guys from Flushing. If it doesn’t work out, the Mets just mortgaged more of their future for a win-now (or soon) move. On the other side, the Jays finally pulled the trigger on a Stroman deal, replenishing a farm system with a few high-upside arms that they desperately needed.Report cards!Mets: BVan Wagenen making another win-now move is very on-brand. And to be honest, it does make some sense. The Mets have a good core of players — Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil namely — and have some more in the pipeline, should they continued to develop. Trading for another top-3 rotation piece is only going to help this season and next since Stroman is under team control through 2020.That being said, this trade doesn’t come without a lot of questions:1. What happens with Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler? The Stroman move seems like a precursor to another trade, something that we’re presumably going to see in the coming days. The Mets also have no reason to trade Syndergaard now, considering he’s under control through 2021 and will likely fetch an equal if not bigger package this offseason.Logic dictates that Wheeler, a free agent after the year, could and should be the next player to be moved. That said, these are the Mets, where logic and hope goes to die.(That may be a bit hyperbolic.)Essentially giving up on Syndergaard and replacing him with Stroman — if the reports are true — doesn’t really make sense. It’s a lateral move; unless the prospect package they assumedly get back for the Syndergaard deal is bigger than the package they gave up to get Stroman (which could happen, to be fair).But a lot of how well this trade grades out depends on a few things: If the Mets move Wheeler or Syndergaard, if Stroman can be a big part of the team’s success this season and next and how Anthony Kay develops. Which brings us to …2. Why give up Anthony Kay?While the Mets don’t have a top farm system, they gave up two of their top pitching prospects in Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. Why?Giving up more of their future (Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn were shipped away in the Robinson Canó-Edwin Díaz) seems like a risky proposition for a team that doesn’t particularly appear to be World Series contenders this season. The Mets can develop pitching — we’ve seen it over the last four or so seasons — so it’s somewhat safe to operate under the assumption that Kay and/or Woods-Richardson would have worked out. Even if prospects are suspects.3. Why? Just … why?Let’s make sense of this all.It’s wholly unfair to say that the Mets are a worse team after this trade, obviously. Especially in a National League that’s more open than a Queens bodega on a Tuesday morning. Trading two top prospects in a farm system that isn’t highly regarded isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either.Stroman may have the track record, but Syndergaard A.) is younger, B.) has better stuff and C.) is under team control through 2021, as opposed to Stroman, who is a free agent following 2020. (This is all operating under the assumption in point No. 1, wherein “Thor” is on the block.)The fact that the Mets gave up Kay — one of their last great pitching prospects and 2016 first-round pick — for an 18-month rental when (at least at this juncture) it doesn’t look like the Mets are going to make a run at a wild-card spot, let alone a division, is something of a head-scratcher.New York don’t seem like a contender this year, even if there’s still a glimmer of hope to make the NL wild card game. Next season could be a different story, and as always, the Mets could extend Stroman if he performs. But if it all falls apart and the pitching isn’t what it is in the coming season, they’re going to have to start fresh from the rubber.And to put a bow on it, prospects are the name of the game now. But consider this: the Mets have traded four of their top 10 prospects since the offseason — just let that sink in for a second.Blue Jays: BThe few years of trade rumors surrounding Stroman culminated in him heading to New York, just not the team a lot of people thought Stroman would end up on.In turn, the Blue Jays get Anthony Kay, a promising left-hander and top prospect in the Mets organization, and Simeon Woods-Richardson, another promising arm, albeit in Single-A. Kay could see the majors as soon as this season, if he works out the issues plaguing him at Triple-A Syracuse.That said, while the pool of Jays position talent is strong, their pitching prospects are still levels away from making an impact. Of their top 10 prospects per MLB Pipeline, only one is at Triple-A: Sean Reid-Foley, and he’s pitched to an ERA over 6.00 this season. All the rest are in Double-A or lower. It’s not so much as accelerating the timeline as it is getting another young, cost-controlled arm to head up the rotation for the foreseeable future. The Jays’ window was very clearly not open with Stroman at the top, so why not ship him off for potential?Kay and Woods-Richardson both have to develop, but it’s hard not to like this deal for the Blue Jays. But, getting two prospects who didn’t rank highly across the sport begs the question: could they have gotten more if they continued to shop Stroman? Play teams against one another? Get a better package?
4 Algeria301237−416 Nov5 Sep1–1— 3 Cameroon302126−424 Sep1–1—7 Oct —7 Oct4–03–1 – Doumbia scores twice –Seydou Doumbia scored twice as the Ivory Coast maintained a two-point advantage over Morocco in Group C by defeating Gabon 3-0 in Libreville.All the goals came during the second half with Max-Alain Gradel breaking the deadlock on 53 minutes before Doumbia netted twice within seven minutes during the closing stages.Belgian coach Marc Wilmots welcomed the win after a deflating start with the Ivorians this year included a friendly hammering from the Netherlands and a shock Africa Cup of Nations qualifying loss to Guinea.Gabon sorely missed 2015 African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker declined to return home from German club Borussia Dortmund.Ivory Coast, seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance, have seven points, Morocco five, Gabon two and Mali one.Morocco trounced nine-man Mali 6-0 in Rabat after a match that produced two red and eight yellow cards.Malians Mohamed Konate and Bakaye Dibassy were sent off in the second half after second yellow cards, creating space for Morocco to go on a goal spree after leading 2-0 at half-time.Hakim Ziyech scored twice for the “Atlas Lions” and Khalid Boutaib, Achraf Hakimi, Faycal Fajr and Mimoun Mahi once.Tunisia replaced the Democratic Republic of Congo as Group A leaders thanks to a 2-1 victory in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis.Yassine Meriah converted a penalty to give the “Carthage Eagles” a lead that was cancelled two minutes before half-time through a Cedric Bakambu header.A close-range shot from Ghilane Chaalani two minutes into the second half proved decisive and Tunisia finished the match stronger.They have nine points, DR Congo six, Guinea three and Libya are without a point at the halfway stage of the mini-league. The Chipolopolo (Zambia) celebrating after scoring against Algeria.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Zambia overcame conceding a goal and having a player sent off inside 60 seconds to score a historic 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Algeria in Lusaka Saturday.Brian Mwila scored twice to give the “Chipolopolo” (Copper Bullets) a two-goal half-time advantage before a near-capacity crowd at the 60,000-seat National Heroes Stadium.But Yacine Brahimi halved the deficit on 55 minutes and a minute later Fashion Sakala was red-carded after a second caution on a hot, cloudless afternoon.Algeria could not take advantage of playing against 10 men, however, and Enock Mwepu sealed a first Group B triumph for Zambia with an 89th-minute goal.It was the first Zambian win over the Algerians in World Cup qualifying after failing to score in four losses stretching back to the mid-1980s.Success gave the southern Africa nation a glimmer of hope in a mini-league being dominated by Nigeria, who thrashed African champions Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo Friday.Nigeria have a maximum nine points after three rounds, Zambia four, Cameroon two and 2014 World Cup last-16 qualifiers Algeria just one.Cameroon host Nigeria in Yaounde Monday and Algeria are at home to Zambia in Blida Tuesday on matchday 4.Depending on the results, Nigeria could become the first qualifiers from Africa for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with two matches to spare.Mwila rattled the woodwork with a header before nodding Zambia into a sixth-minute lead and scored again on 33 minutes, this time poking a rebound into the net.Brahimi hit back via a superb shot from inside the ‘D’ to offer Algeria hope only for Mwepu to put the result beyond doubt with a low shot from inside the box. 2 Zambia311154+14 1 Nigeria330092+79 PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts 1–2—6 Nov3–1 Share on: WhatsApp
Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico that never materialised.Sports dailies Marca and Mundo Deportivo earlier said the two clubs had sealed a deal for the Brazil-born forward’s return to Spain until 2021.The deal was worth 60 million euros ($71.3m), according to AS, while Marca said Atletico will pay 55 million euros with a further 10 million euros in add-ons.Costa will not, however, find himself straight back in action, with Atletico officially banned from registering new players until January.Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase, ironically drawn in Group C along with Atletico. That ensured he would not become cup-tied and therefore remains free to play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Madrid, Spain | AFP | Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the Spanish club.“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.“The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.“The English club has authorised Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and settle his contract with our club.”Chelsea said they had “agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa”.“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”
FILE PHOTO: Brendan RodgersLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Brendan Rodgers delivered on his promise to dominate Scottish football as Celtic manager, but his decision to leave behind the chance to win a third domestic treble for Leicester City is a bitter pill for many in Glasgow to swallow. Share on: WhatsApp That is due to a lack of progress with Celtic on the European stage. Rodgers registered just one win in 12 Champions League group games, including club-record defeats in Europe — 7-0 away at Barcelona and 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Worse was to follow this season as defeat by AEK Athens saw Celtic fall at the third of four qualifying rounds just to make the Champions League group stage, and elimination to Valencia last week saw the Scottish champions crash out in the last 32 of the Europa League for a second straight season.Rodgers can point to a limited budget as justification for his failure to leave a European mark.His relationship with Lawwell was strained by Rodgers’s public criticism of the club’s lack of spending last summer despite Celtic boasting cash reserves of £30 million ($39 million).Rodgers contributed to building that fortune with Champions League qualification for his first two seasons and the development of the likes of Moussa Dembele, who also sought pastures new at Lyon to become Celtic’s record sale at £20 million in August.Celtic already seemed to be planning for life after Rodgers with a series of six-month loan deals in January designed to see them over the line in the league this season before a thorough reassessment in the summer.Lawwell has turned to a safe pair of hands to try and see that job through with Neil Lennon returning as caretaker manager until the end of the campaign for his second spell in charge.As a player, Lennon followed Martin O’Neill north from Leicester to Celtic when the lure of trophies, big crowds and European football outweighed the glamour of the Premier League.Rodgers’s departure shows how times have changed and Celtic face an increasingly hard battle to remain a big fish in such a small pond. Rodgers leaves the Scottish champions having won all seven domestic trophies on offer during his nearly three seasons in charge.The Northern Irishman landed two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups, as well as amassing an eight-point lead over Rangers to put Celtic on course for an eighth straight Premiership title this season.“He gave the club so much and has created so many wonderful memories for the club and our supporters. His achievements are historic,” said Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell in an unusually glowing appraisal for an outgoing manager.Yet, by jumping at the riches and recognition offered by a Premier League return with just three months of the season remaining, Rodgers has cost himself some goodwill with the Celtic support.On his first day in charge of the Glasgow giants, he described Celtic as “one of the biggest clubs in the world” and a “certainly not a step down” from the Premier League.Three years on, those words now ring hollow as he takes charge of a Leicester side languishing in 12th, out of the FA Cup, and with little to play for between now and the end of the season.– Premier League’s financial muscle –It is just the latest example of how mid-ranking Premier League clubs now have the financial muscle to outmanoeuvre traditional powers in smaller leagues.Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama left Celtic for Southampton in recent seasons before securing big-money moves to Liverpool and Tottenham respectively.Now Rodgers may see a similar path back to a top-six job in England after a disappointing end to his time at Liverpool, which saw him sacked in 2015 just a year after nearly winning the Premier League.Success in Scotland has restored Rodgers’s reputation to some degree, but not enough to land either the Chelsea or Arsenal jobs when both London sides changed managers last summer.
A feral cat that scratched two Disney employees has prompted health officials to issue a rabies alert around Epcot.According to a spokesman with the Florida Department of Health, lab results confirmed this week that the cat has rabies.The two employees who came into contact with the animal work as cast members. They received medical treatment, and did not contract the virus.Animal Control ended up euthanizing the cat.The alert, which starts at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, and covers a two-mile radius, will remain in effect for 60 days.
New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, right, shakes hands with general manager Jack Zduriencik as they pose with a jersey at a news conference introducing McClendon on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Seattle. McClendon spent eight seasons as a coach waiting for another opportunity to be a major league manager after his stint in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SEATTLE (AP) — Lloyd McClendon wanted to be in Seattle three years ago, when he finished as a runner-up to Eric Wedge for the Mariners’ managerial opening.Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik was impressed that every time he crossed paths with McClendon in the time that passed, there was no sulking or no hard feelings about losing out.Their paths circled back around when McClendon was named Seattle’s new manager earlier this week. He was introduced on Thursday, showing a mix of quiet intensity, a sense of humor and a belief that Seattle can finally return to winning after a dozen years without a postseason appearance.McClendon replaces Wedge, who walked away at the end of the season citing differences with the front office. It’s McClendon’s second managerial job.
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic RealtyColdwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty was recently awarded the #1 office for its size by Coldwell Banker.Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. of Olympia, WA was recognized by Coldwell Banker as the franchisor’s Number One Office in its size category for the Western Region of the United States. This award celebrates the achievements of the number one producing, independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker® office for each U.S. region within six office size categories. Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. achieved this top honor amongst 175 offices throughout 17 states in the western U.S.Upon receiving the news of the award, Ken Anderson, President and owner of Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, said “this is quite an achievement for our firm. The companies who franchise with Coldwell Banker are leaders in their respective markets. To be at the top of that list is humbling, but also a reflection of the hard work and dedicated service to clients that our 50 real estate brokers and staff display every day.”The company is the longest established, locally owned real estate firm in Thurston County. The firm is the area’s most productive real estate company, with 50 brokers nearly doubling the market share of the second largest firm in Thurston County.“While these types of accolades are nice, they simply reflect our group’s uncompromising dedication to our clients,” Ken shared. “We could not be as successful as we are without the tremendous support we receive from our community of clients.” He went on to explain the company’s mission. “Our goal is to help more people with the important work of buying and selling their most treasured assets – their homes and other real estate. We want to ensure that everyone receives the service they deserve from practiced, dedicated professionals.”For more information, visit Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty.
By Jay CookThe state’s newly amended Pet Purchase Protection Act is designed to create transparency between pet stores and customers. The law aims to give prospective pet buyers the animal’s veterinary history, breeder or broker information, as well as prohibit New Jersey pet dealers from doing any business with unlicensed breeders or animal welfare violators, also known as puppy mills.But two local stores that recently got slapped with violations, hefty fines and bad publicity for alleged failure to offer required cage label signage are howling mad and fighting back.On Jan. 4, the Division of Consumer Affairs cited 17 pet stores statewide with 683 violations, with fines totaling more than $400,000. Among them was Bark Avenue Puppies, 4 West Front St., Red Bank, which was issued 50 violations, and The Pet Shoppe, 1284 Route 35, Middletown, which had 19 violations.The pet shops must comply with the law and pay a reduced civil penalty. For Bark Avenue, that is at total of $10,000, and The Pet Shoppe, $2,500. Pet shops that fail to address the notice they received, or contest the violations, face higher civil penalties. For Bark Avenue that could be as much as $25,000, and for The Pet Shoppe, $9,500.An attorney representing both pet stores says the charges are unreasonable. “None of the violations pertain in any way to the safety of the animals, the animals’ health or its well-being or care,” said Dean Schneider, attorney with Schneider Freiberger, P.C. of Red Bank and Long Branch. “The squeeze on these local pet stores, who really have nothing but a clerical violation, is just extreme and it’s unwarranted.”Gary Hager, owner of Bark Avenue Puppies, which carries toy and designer breeds in downtown Red Bank, also says he was “ticked off” by the 50 alleged violations, and called it “a money grab.” The store was cited for improper cage labeling, failure to post a “Know Your Rights” statement for consumers, and USDA reports on the cage.“There was no communication between the state, in any way, shape or form, with us to tell us ‘Hey, this is the way you need to run things, post things, and communicate things,’” said Hager, who has owned the store for just six months.The owner of The Pet Shoppe in Middletown, a store that specializes in rare and unusual breeds, vehemently denies any wrongdoing. “It was one violation – because we didn’t have the color of the dog on the card,” said Dana West, who has owned the store for 8 years. “When the new law came out for the cards, they [New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs] gave us a sample card to go by, and ‘color’ wasn’t listed on there. So we made up our cards like the sample card.” She says she explained this to a state inspector who visited The Pet Shoppe on Oct. 14.Mike Bober, president and CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Washington D.C., which supported the bill and gave input to lawmakers, said better communication is essential. “The first round of enforcement was done without consultation with the stores,” said Bober. “As is the case with new legislation, the law has yet to be interpreted. To put in plainly, this is just growing pains.”Meanwhile, the stores say they’ve been dogged by bad publicity after the announcement of the alleged violations was circulated. “It’s a shame because this thing has really cost a couple of these businesses an extraordinary amount of goodwill with the public,” said Schneider, the attorney. He said the state will consider the way it announces alleged violations, “so that it doesn’t give the appearance of 50 violations, 19 violations or 70 violations, whatever the number may be for each individual pet store.” He added, “We have to keep in mind that these violations are only alleged.”Hager says he is dismayed by the experience. “New Jersey just threw a blanket up for all of us, and said ‘You’re all the same,’” said Hager. “I’m not saying there aren’t bad people out there – bad breeders and bad brokers. But the truth of the matter is that there are good ones out there too.”