Metamora, In. — Construction on a new fire station in Metamora could begin as early as mid-May. The fire station will be built on three acres of land where the Metamora School was located. The Metamora Volunteer Fire Department signed a 99-year lease for the property with Franklin County commissioners back in 1972.The new location is expected to improve response time and eliminate issues for firefighters during Canal Days.This year, the Metamora Volunteer Fireman’s Festival is Saturday, July 6 from 3 p.m. to midnight at the fire station.
Press Association Hamilton shot-stopper Michael McGovern, who has just three friendly caps to his name, is in line to deputise. Carroll sat out training on Thursday and Friday but at his pre-match press conference, O’Neill brushed aside concerns over the former Manchester United player. “Roy has had a stomach upset but it’s just precautionary that we sat him out of training,” he said. “He’ll be fine.” Within a couple of hours that bright prognosis proved to be overly optimistic, with Carroll withdrawing from the squad. McGovern, 30, last featured in the 1-1 friendly against Qatar on May 31, replacing Carroll at half-time. That places him ahead of Cheltenham’s Trevor Carson, who has yet to make his senior international debut. St Johnstone’s Alan Mannus, meanwhile, would be forgiven for cursing his luck. Mannus is a long-serving squad member and has served as Carroll’s number two for much of the past three years, earning only seven caps despite making his international bow in 2004. He made himself unavailable for the current squad having already booked his wedding and honeymoon, a decision that could have cost him his biggest break yet. With little time to summon a replacement, Northern Ireland’s 43-year-old goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor, an 88-cap veteran, has taken Carroll’s place in the squad. Taylor played his last professional game for Millwall in September 2012 before joining O’Neill’s backroom staff. Carroll, 37, is a cornerstone of Michael O’Neill’s side, playing every minute of his 15 competitive fixtures as manager. But that ever-present run will end at Windsor Park after the Irish Football Association announced the Notts County keeper had been ruled out of the top-of-the-table clash. Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll has been ruled out of Saturday’s key Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania due to abdominal pain. read more
With this, News Nation asked Steve Smith as to how important will this tournament be for him personally having known that the Australian sensation hasn’t played much cricket since March 2018. On this, Smith asserted, “Hopefully I will help Royals to win some game of cricket, that’s my ultimate goal and that’s the reason I am here. I believe we have a pretty strong squad and really looking forward to standing on the field. Hopefully, we as a team will have an ultimate season and can contribute through my bat.”After being suspended from all forms of cricket post sandpaper incident in South Africa, Smith has played T20 leagues in Canada, Caribbean, and Bangladesh but Indian Premier League will altogether be a different experience with World Cup and Ashes around the corner. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will be up against Kinga XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on March 25. Smith will be available for selection from the first game itself even when the ban will uplift on March 29. New Delhi: The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin today with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. On the eve of the first game, the team which made a comeback last season – Rajasthan Royals are back in the pink health for the upcoming season – literally.The franchise coupled with their title sponsors organized a ‘Jersey Launch’ event in Jaipur. In their new pink jersey – signifying their Pink City origin is all set for a cracking show under the stewardship of skipper Ajinkya Rahane, much charged up for the upcoming tournament. At the time of jersey revealing, the likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson were present who launched the jersey of 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. Smith will be available for selection from the first game itself.Rajasthan Royals will be up against Kings XI Punjab on March 25. Smith is coming back from an elbow injury which he suffered during Bangladesh Premier League. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. read more
The Ireland squad will return to training at their base in Versailles this morning before their transfer to Lille for tomorrow’s make-or-break show-down with Italy. Ireland’s training session at the match stadium has been cancelled because of concerns over the condition of the pitch.Jonathan Walters will be hoping to join the rest of the squad for today’s work-out as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury. Full-back Stephen Ward says that the scalps they’ve collected under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane has given the squad the belief that they can shock Italy…Last night at Euro2016, Wales pipped England to the top spot in Pool B.Chris Coleman’s side claimed a 3-0 win over Russia which saw them leap-frog an English side that were held to a scoreless draw by Slovakia.Later today, Groups C and D will be finalised.Northern Ireland start the day in third place in Group C as go up against world champions Germany while Poland will take on UkraineBoth games kick-off at 5pm.Later tonight, defending champions Spain only need a point from their clash with second-placed Croatia to finish top of Group D.Elsewhere, the Czech Republic take-on Turkey.Those two matches both start at 8pm. read more
Joe Swail has won his match at the Scottish Open.The Belfast man beat Lee Walker 4 frames to 1.Fergal O’Brien is at the table at 2 o’clock against Brandon Sargeant.
Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Oskar MühlbachNordic Nasdaq-listed European online gambling group Mr Green & Co (Mr Green) has announced the relaunch of its female player focused online casino brand Garbo – Garbo.com.Named after iconic Swedish-American film actress Greta Garbo, Garbo.com formed part of Mr Green acquisitions undertaken in 2014. However, the female-focused brand was put on hold as Mr Green management expanded its flagship properties.Updating the media, Mr Green informed that Garbo.com would be launched with a new online casino platform as the brand seeks to initially launch within the competitive Swedish online gaming market.Mr Green governance has tasked Oskar Mühlbach the firm’s Chief Venture Officer with relaunching Garbo.com which will soon debut its new marketing campaigns.Mühlbach commented on the Garbo.com proposition; “Garbo will have a catchy, clever tonality, Garbo will be fun, crisp and at the same time personal. There is a big number of mobile gaming sites on the Swedish market, however, with Garbo’s sometimes provocative profile, I believe there is a position open for us.”Per Norman CEO of Mr Green has backed the project, detailing that Garbo.com will benefit and strengthen the firm’s current Scandinavian igaming portfolio.“We believe that Garbo has the potential to become a strong, global brand, just like Mr Green.This is a cost-efficient introduction due to the fact that we can take advantage of Mr Green’s competences, digital knowledge and supplier relations”. Submit ‘Volatile’ Swedish regulations see Raketech grow global focus August 19, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 read more
Ecommpay’s Anthony Medica: How fast payouts are key to boosting customer loyalty April 22, 2020 The first year for ad:s – Sportradar’s marketing service built for betting February 4, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit NSoft or strict rules: Outcome-based vs prescriptive regulation March 10, 2020 In 2012, ECOMMPAY spotted a “gap in the market” for gaming-focused payment service providers by launching a bespoke solution that could be customised to each client’s business needs.Six years on, the firm’s Head of Operations and Customer Relations Arthur Gots sat down with SBC News to discuss the outdated ‘one-size-fits-all’ model, evolving within a tighter regulatory landscape, playing a supporting role in the acquisition of millennials, and targeting “deeper regional penetration” through an understanding of preferred payment options from one region to another.SBC: What inspired the launch of the company back in 2012?AG: The core founding principle behind ECOMMPAY has always been the desire to simplify payments for both the client – operator, in this case – and consumer, ensuring a tailored approach, security, and maximum convenience every step of the way.The company was initially founded to address a gap we noticed in the market. More than six years ago, when we were just starting out, the majority of companies in our space were offering out-of-the-box payment solutions. A bespoke payment solution, customised to each client’s business specifications, ensured that operators could capitalise on the areas which those one-size-fits-all solutions missed.SBC: ECOMMPAY has increased its staff count to more than 500, from just 10 in 2012; what gave you the confidence to support such growth?AG: The industry we operate in is constantly evolving, so we have to evolve in parallel. As competitors recognised the value of our tailored approach and began replicating it, we adapted and continue adapting. The shifting demands of players determine our priorities, as operators will no doubt be demanding new functionality in response.The simple answer is that the more work we do, the more work there is. There are endless new challenges to tackle, requiring more and more brainpower. Though we’ve grown quickly as a result, we never lose sight of our objectives and continue to ensure that each new member of our team shares our mission, vision, and values.SBC: What key regulatory challenges have been thrust upon payment providers in recent years? AG: In addition to the usual suspects – compliance to PCI DSS, FCA licensing – our biggest challenge was navigating the two regulatory initiatives that came into force this year: Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When our company was founded, the regulatory landscape was still quite hazy, but recent years have seen the introduction of multiple regulations, both country specific and pan-European, as well as updates to outdated legal frameworks. Wanting to establish our reputation for being reliable and secure, we ensured that we were fully compliant with the regulations in each of the jurisdictions we operate in.As a result, we became well-versed in licensing requirements, which enabled us to advise clients. We also understood the importance of preparing for incoming regulation ahead of time, adapting our processes in a timely manner. This knowledge and experience were invaluable to informing our approach to this year’s regulatory requirements. We became fully compliant ahead of the final deadline and were therefore able to offer clients our advice based on our own experience.SBC: What role does the payment solutions provider have in attracting the millennial generation?AG: We are not responsible for attracting players in the straightforward manner – with ads, marketing, etc. Rather, we customise the payment process, including the customer experience, risk management technologies, access to additional geographical markets, to each operator and their audience. For a free-to-play online game, we provide an iFrame payment page that matches the look and feel of the game. Additionally, we can add value with payment products such as tokenisation (security), OneClick Payment (conversion), and alternative payment methods (market access).Meanwhile, for a betting operator, we combine several approaches. To ensure an omnichannel experience, we adapt our payment page to multiple devices. For convenience, we introduce OneClick Payment. To broaden the operator’s geographical reach, we add selected alternative payment methods in addition to standard card acquiring.SBC: Finally, what sort of payment methods hold prominence today that were not around when you first started out?AG: As mentioned previously, the payments industry is constantly evolving. This is particularly visible when observing the changing consumer payment preferences by geographical region. In the EU, for example, cards continue to dominate, but several local alternatives have arisen in recent years. Operators working in those territories must ensure that they provide preferred payment options if they are targeting deeper regional penetration. In Asia-Pacific, WeChat and Alipay are the biggest brands, but largely due to their prominence in China. As the region is quite diverse, other countries have different preferences. Therefore, each country – much like each operator – needs a unique, tailored, individual approach. read more
Swansea won at Chelsea for the first time in 87 years to head into the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with a precious two-goal advantage.The hosts dominated in the first half but an error from defender Branislav Ivanovic allowed Michu to curl home.The home side continued to press but Ivanovic was again at fault in stoppage time when Danny Graham seized on his poor backpass to seal the win.Demba Ba thought he had snatched a late goal only for it to be ruled offside.The win puts Swansea firmly in command heading into the second leg at the Liberty Stadium on 23 January as they look to end a 100-year wait for a first major trophy.Chelsea, though, were the architects of their own downfall.They enjoyed plenty of possession throughout the encounter but were let down by poor decision-making in the final third. The home side spent the initial exchanges patiently passing the ball around as they probed for potential openings in the Swansea backline.They were nearly rewarded in the 11th minute when Oscar and Eden Hazard combined to unlock the Swansea defence and present Ramires with a chance on goal, but the midfielder’s toe-poked effort lacked power and was comfortably saved by keeper Tremmel.That early chance was not a sign of things to come, however, as play once again settled into a pedestrian pace, although Chelsea continued to dominate.The home side did not trouble Tremmel again until the 26th minute when Hazard surged into the Swansea area before squaring a pass for the unmarked Juan Mata, but the Spaniard’s low shot was gratefully scooped up by Tremmel.By now Chelsea were looking a confident side and Mata almost made amends for failing to make the most of that opportunity minutes later when he raced onto Oscar’s smart back-heel but his shot trickled agonisingly wide of the far post. It seemed only a matter of time before Chelsea would take the lead but poor defending instead saw Swansea snatch the opener six minutes before the break.Ivanovic dithered with the ball just outside his own area and Jonathan de Guzman took full advantage, stealing possession before immediately passing to Michu and the in-form striker’s curled effort flew beyond Ross Turnbull, taking his total for the season to 16.Michu was clearly a player brimming with confidence and he attempted an audacious overhead kick early in the second half, but the ball sailed harmlessly over Turnbull’s goal.Tremmel maintained his side’s slender advantage just before the hour when Hazard rolled the ball across the edge of the area for Luiz but his well-struck effort was kept out by the Swansea keeper.The visitors were clearly content to try and protect their lead, much to the frustration of the home side, who continued to try and carve out an opening. Frank Lampard replaced Ramires with 20 minutes remaining, before Ba was introduced 10 minutes later, replacing Fernando Torres as Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez looked to reinvigorate his attack.Ba quickly made his presence known and felt he should have had a penalty as the game entered stoppage time after clashing with Tremmel when challenging for possession, but instead he was booked for diving.Any hopes of Chelsea snatching an equaliser were ended shortly after as Ivanovic’s poor backpass allowed substitute Graham to run in, round the keeper and fire into the empty net.Chelsea thought they had snatched what would have been a potentially important late goal when Ba powered a shot into the net from Lampard’s knock on, but the striker had strayed just offside. read more
The Black Stars failed to break down Comoros in 0-0 draw at the Saïd Mohamed Cheikh International Stadium in Mitsamiouli.Friday’s Russia 2018 World Cup second qualifying round first leg tie saw Ghana go into the match as heavy favourites but a combination of dogged defending and some enterprising play from Comoros shocked the Stars.The home side started well and could have put their noses in front under five minutes after Mohamed Soule struck the frame of the goal with a long-range shot. The Islanders could have also carried the day after referee Norman Matemera disallowed a headed goal. Television replays showed the effort was actually onside. Afriyie Acquah delivered a perfect diagonal pass to Afful who had made the run into the box but the right-back was spotted in an offside position on 18 minutes. Andre Ayew, who was by far Ghana’s best player on the day, was unlucky to nudge in a powerful cross from the right in one of those stodgy, periodic plays. After an unproductive first half, Ghana upped the tempo and the substitution worked to perfection as Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and David Accam changed the complexion of the match. Ghana came close to scoring in the last ten minutes. Twice in a matter of seconds they struke the frame of the Comoros goal, first through Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, then through Andre Ayew. The return leg will be played in Kumasi next Tuesday with the winner advancing to the third qualifying round which will involve 20 teams put into five groups of four. Line-upsComoros: Ben Boina, Rachidi, Abdallah, Alhadhur, Mogni, M’Chamgama, Combo, Soule, Benjaloud, Chamed, MohamedCoach: Amir ABDOU (FRA) Ghana: Braimah, H Afful, B Rahman, J Mensah, J Boye, A Acquah, S Asante, M Wakaso, J Ayew, AM Waris, A Ayew (c)Coach: Avram GRANT (ISR)OfficialsReferee: Norman MATEMERA (ZIM)Assistant Referee 1: Tapfumanei MUTENGWA (ZIM)Assistant Referee 2: Salani NCUBE (ZIM)Fourth Official: Ruzive RUZIVE (ZIM)– This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions. read more
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 on Sunday after a helicopter crash took his and eight other passengers’ lives in Calabasas, Calif.His death, sudden and staggering, will conjure memories of the legacy he carved for himself by becoming one of the greatest competitors the NBA has ever seen. They are some of the most prolific players to have graced the court, though James has passed Bryant in nearly every major statistical category. They both entered the league straight out of high school. And they both became faces of the league, much like Michael Jordan before them.They have achieved a level of stardom seldom seen in sports, mainly for their transcendent play but also because the NBA has achieved a level of globalism unlike any other sport in the U.S. Their greatness has fueled countless debates and arguments about who was the better scorer, leader, player, Laker.Bryant’s link to James is an immutable part of his legacy — one that will endure forever. And part of that legacy will be his inexorable link to LeBron James.MORE: How Bryant’s legacy took shape by pushing Michael Jordan in ’98 All-Star GameThat connection reached a fever pitch in the days leading up to Bryant’s death, which occurred one day after James — playing for Bryant’s Lakers in his hometown of Philadelphia — passed him for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James wore shoes that read, “Mamba 4 Life” as he did so.James genuflected to Bryant in the aftermath of his latest feat, reflecting on the surreal nature of passing one of his basketball idols:”I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant,” James said. “One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”Bryant congratulated James for the accomplishment on Twitter that same day:Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020MORE: How Kobe turned a ‘hater’ into an admirerBryant, of course, was notorious for his competitive nature when he played. On the basketball court, he valued winning above all things, and that often manifested in relentless play, heated exchanges and legendary tales of trash talk. It also made his congratulations so much more impactful. He was more amicable in retirement, and more generous with his praise.Bryant’s death, unfortunately, will always be part of James’ latest milestone. But that’s not the only link the two all-timers share.Their careers, which overlapped from 2003 to 2016, are among the most decorated in NBA history, producing eight NBA championships, five NBA Finals MVPs, five NBA MVPs and 34 NBA All-Star selections between them. They never played on the same team in the league, but won a pair of Olympic gold medals together as part of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in 2008 and ’12. During their time on the ’08 squad, Bryant, then the elder statesman, challenged James in his own right. read more