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Behind 4 double-digit scorers, Syracuse downs Pittsburgh 62-53 for 3rd-straight win

first_imgBehind Digna Strautmane’s big night, Syracuse won its third-straight game on Monday.“We did a really good job of getting the ball where she could score,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “and she succeeded.”Scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds to go along with two blocks, Strautmane led Syracuse (20-7, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) past Pittsburgh (10-17, 2-12), 62-53, in the Petersen Events Center. It’s the ninth-straight year that SU has won at least 20 games. The Orange featured a balanced attack with four players reaching double digits, despite shooting a rather dismal 33.9 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from 3. SU made up for the poor shooting by winning on the glass and getting to the free-throw line 10 more times than the Panthers.“We just slowed the game down and did what we needed to do to win,” Hillsman said. Strautmane, who has seen an improvement in her outside shooting of late, did most of her damage on Monday in the paint. In the span of a few minutes in the third quarter, Strautmane put up seven points via an and-1 layup, getting fouled on a layup attempt and then dropping in a nifty underhand layup from beneath the hoop.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiranda Drummond chipped in 15 points, going 3-of-8 from behind the arc, and point guard Tiana Mangakahia tallied 14, notably going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Mangakahia played a solid all-around game, grabbing three rebounds, dishing five assists and nabbing four steals.Coming off the bench, Isis Young helped spark SU’s offense, scoring 11 points while spelling backcourt running mates Mangakahia and shooting guard Gabrielle Cooper.“I was really happy that we got multiple players contributing,” Hillsman said.In lieu of poor shooting, the Orange found other ways to build an edge against the Panthers. When SU got to the free-throw line Monday, it made Pittsburgh pay. Syracuse sank 17-of-19 attempts from the stripe. The Orange also bullied Pittsburgh on the glass, out-rebounding the Panthers 40-to-34 and five more offensive boards.“We did a good job on the defensive end,” Hillsman said, “and made our free throws in the fourth quarter and really closed the game strong.”After Syracuse lost to then-No. 4 Louisville on Feb. 4, Hillsman stressed the importance of winning the last five games of the season to get to 10 conference wins. He cited 10 wins as being the mark where SU could feel supremely confident about its NCAA Tournament chances. Since that game, SU has won three straight, and is on pace to win its final five games. Hillsman said he thinks SU will win its final two games, so long as it plays tough defensively and can continue to be tough on the road when the Orange heads to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for a matchup with the Tar Heels on Thursday night.“We’ve got to continue to do the things we’re doing well,” Hillsman said. Comments Published on February 19, 2018 at 10:17 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Raising the bar: Why FSB isn’t waving the white label flag to regulation

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share FSB has implemented ‘state-of-the-art systems’ for customer protection to prevent future issues for its white label platform.Dave McDowell, FSB CEO, added that the recent crackdown on white label operators by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) shows that the regulator isn’t afraid to take “pretty severe measures” against companies who don’t raise their game when it comes to customer protection, anti-money laundering (AML) and responsible gambling.He was speaking at last month’s Betting on Sports, where he admitted that the UKGC review of FSB – and the termination of its relationship with 1xBet and temporary suspension of a second site – has somewhat soured a period of fantastic growth for a company that takes such pride in “compliance, integrity and a commitment to regulated markets”.“Unlike so many companies in the space, we’ve never worked in black markets,” explained McDowell. “We’ve always focused on the regulated markets. In this instance, we brought on a partner (1xBet), we didn’t do the proper due diligence on that partner and we’re paying the price for cutting corners in our due diligence process.”It has been a turbulent time for white label platform providers in the UK. Having been hit with a suspension of its B2C licences, EveryMatrix exited the market just a few weeks later after deciding that the impact of this ruling had left the business “irreparably damaged”.“It’s a sign of our times,” said McDowell. “The regulatory environment has changed in the UK very quickly over the last few years; we’ve seen the UKGC focus on the larger operators, then the FOBTs and now the focus is on white label operators. “There’s a very strong message that the Commission is trying to send to the industry which is as a white label operator, you have a responsibility to make sure that any third parties that you bring into the industry have been subjected to the proper due diligence. “That’s a lesson learned on our side, but at the same time we’ve made huge investments into both our AML processing and safe gaming processing. I believe we’ve actually got state-of-the-art systems now for customer protections.”Last month’s failings are likely to increase calls for more stringent rules over the white label structure allowed under the Gambling Act, with Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson one of the biggest advocates for a wholesale review of the format. However, McDowell reserved praise for how FSB, and the industry as a whole, has reacted to the new regulatory environment. He continued: “Across the board, we’ve got an industry that 10 years ago was operating without much regulation at all.“The AML and Safe Gaming standards have risen rapidly and I believe that most companies have gone through a painful and expensive process of raising their standards or handing in their licence.”“We recently invented a piece of artificial intelligence (AI) that ranks customers on the most likely to have a problem with responsible gambling. This is part of a multi-metric system set up to identify customers in different ways, for example those who withdraw frequently or those who spend a lot of time on the site late at night. “Where we are now from 12 months ago is completely different. If companies don’t make the necessary transition, we’re seeing the UKGC isn’t afraid to take pretty severe measures.”last_img read more

Third annual Dore Fast-Pitch Softball tournament starts tonight in Mayfield

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The third annual Dore Fast-Pitch Softball Benefit Tournament started tonight at Gene Metzen Memorial Park in Mayfield. The benefit tournament also includes a home run derby and raffle. There will be two games nightly starting at 6:30 and 8 p.m. The charity has yet to be determined. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 263 weeks ago What is the tournament benefiting? Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHS · 263 weeks ago Since when is Wednesday abbreviated Wens instead of Wed? Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Pot cannot call the kettle black

first_imgDear Editor,In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), there are three ‘gentlemen’ who have been referred to as the “three AFC musketeers” in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group, and they are marketing themselves as the mouth pieces of Ministers of the Government, feeling that they could capitalise on the gullibility of some residents, thereby reaping the fruits of corruption.In Guyana generally, there is an accepted norm that once you are seen in the company of the Ministers, interacting and probably drinking together, then you are in a position to get favours from these Ministers. These three Alliance For Change (AFC) executive members are always in some Minister’s company when they visit Region Six; misleading some people to conclude that these charlatans can extract favours from the Ministers on their behalf.One of these AFC members used the CIIP workers as though they were his private employees and is now a ‘secret’ contractor in the region. The other works with the Public Infrastructure Ministry and has been collecting bribes from contractors to get them contracts from Public Infrastructure Ministry; while the third one is a professional conman who collected bribes from a businessman from Albion and one from Skeldon offering to get them chicken import licences among other ‘services’. These ‘gentlemen’ have been the subject of much discussion in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group.Recently, these three AFC members made visits to Manchester, Albion, Kildonan, Black Bush and other People’s National Congress and People’s Progressive Party strongholds, offering to build streets and install street lights if the residents could only sign up as AFC members, which some residents have been doing. This matter was raised at our Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting since April this year and the Regional Executive Officer (REO) had promised to investigate the matter since it is the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and the RDCs function to make budgetary proposals for these works and not some AFC members. Therefore, for these AFC executive members to do so is fraudulent misrepresentation and misleading. The AFC is ‘dead meat’ and this is a sinister strategy to show that the AFC’s membership is actually increasing and not dying as foretold by Ramjattan.I also spoke to some contractors who expressed their utter disgust with the corrupt behaviour of the ‘musketeers’. They claimed that any time they see these guys they have to hide since they are forced to fork out thousands of dollars to buy drinks at some popular liquor restaurant; be it Rose Hall or Skeldon. These guys have expensive appetites as well! These contractors claimed also that the profits they make have to be shared in so many ways making the contracts unprofitable!Last Saturday, one of these guys was on television addressing the privatisation of the Guyana Sugar Corporation and made some statements which are quite contrary to what is said by the Special Purpose Unit and the Agriculture Minister. He claimed to actually know the name of the buyer of Skeldon Estate. This was meant to let the public feel that he is very close to the decision makers so that the public will have more confidence in him when he does his ‘field trips’.These AFC executive members are expert marketers and have created their own niche in the ‘corruption market’ in Guyana and their leaders are silent since they are also members on the Moving Guyana Forward chat group and are aware of everything written in this letter. But the ‘pot cannot call the kettle black’!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more