Behind Trump’s Yearslong Effort to Turn Losing Into Winning

first_imgAnd that was the plan envisioned by the pro-Trump forces all along. From there, a fire hose of confusion flooded conservative news media and the major social media platforms.“We believe these people are thieves; we believe the big city machines are corrupt,” the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Fox & Friends.As Democrats, opposing lawyers, fact checkers and in some cases judges pressed for evidence, the Trump campaign released what Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, called “234 pages of sworn affidavits” from the Trump poll watchers in Detroit: “real people, real allegation, signed with notaries.’’The affidavits were connected to a last-ditch federal lawsuit by the Trump campaign to prohibit Detroit from certifying its results. But, as lawyers for the city pointed out with expert testimony addressing similar affidavits in another Republican lawsuit in state court, what Republicans described seeing was standard procedure intended to ensure an accurate and legal count. He also hired a field general for his efforts to bring charges of voter fraud: an operative from Philadelphia named Mike Roman. Mr. Roman had achieved fame in conservative circles in 2008 for helping to push out video from a voting site in Philadelphia where two members of the New Black Panther Party were patrolling outside, one with a billy club, becoming a much disputed cause in conservative news media.Mr. Trump’s Electoral College victory rendered those 2016 plans unnecessary. But the incoming president had reason to cling to the falsehood as a way to cast doubt on the reality that he had lost the popular vote by a margin of nearly three million.Mr. Trump even went so far as to impanel a presidential commission to endorse his charge about widespread voter fraud, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, a former Kansas secretary of state and prominent supporter of the baseless idea that voter fraud is a national threat.The commission disbanded amid lawsuits and dissension after several months without issuing findings. But internal documents later released through litigation showed that even before its work truly began it had worked up the outline for a report to claim systematic voter fraud and that it wanted to produce an extensive database to identify fraudulent registrations using information from government agencies. Facing what he and the entire political world expected to be a loss, Mr. Trump repeated the claim regularly as international and domestic allies backed him up: the ambush-video activist James O’Keefe, Russian troll networks, Sean Hannity and Infowars.Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump and a perennial Republican trickster, created an outside group, Stop the Steal, that sought to enlist poll observers to collect evidence of Democratic cheating. Mr. Trump’s advisers readied legal go-teams to jet anywhere he could press a claim. The challengers would be focused on Democratic “cheating,” he said. And the Republican Party would have an ability it never had before to blast those charges far and wide, through the social media accounts of the president of the United States.“How many times do you have an issue in a county that is just egregious and terrible, but it never gets the attention it deserves, because the media won’t report it?” Mr. Clark told the Republicans. “We’ve got a guy who is committed to this, who is able to short-circuit media attention on stuff and just say things.”Clashes in the StatesWisconsin was one of three key battleground states, along with Pennsylvania and Michigan, where the president had loyal allies who controlled the state legislatures but Democrats were in the governors’ mansions.During the pandemic, that political dynamic generated clashes that grew more intense as the key role of mail-in balloting became apparent, with Democrats voting by mail in large numbers during primary elections in the spring. The need for more money and new procedures to help process mail ballots more quickly became evident.An explosion of litigation and legislative maneuvering followed, in which voting rights groups and Democrats pressed to make it easier to cast and count mail ballots and Republicans pressed to keep deadlines and restrictions in place, saying they were to prevent fraud. The fraud that the Republicans claimed to observe was not fraud at all, a Michigan state judge determined on Friday in rejecting a lawsuit filed by allies of Mr. Trump. The various instances of supposed malfeasance were in fact well-established procedures for dealing with the peculiarities of data entry, the correction of minor errors and protocols for social distancing — all intended to ensure a careful and accurate vote count.But in the fact-twisting narrative of Mr. Trump, his political allies and his supporters, the Detroit counting center was a crime scene where Democrats stole an election, a miscarriage demanding that outrage be channeled through the courts, presidential Twitter posts and cable news stemwinders. Like similar episodes in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the scene in Detroit was the culmination of a yearslong strategy by Mr. Trump to use the power of the executive branch, an army of lawyers, the echo chamber of conservative news media and the obedience of fellow Republicans to try out his most audacious exercise in bending reality: to turn losing into winning.Obscured by the postelection noise over the president’s efforts to falsely portray the election system as “rigged” against him has been how much Mr. Trump and his allies did ahead of time to promote a baseless conspiracy devised to appeal to his most passionate supporters, providing him with the opportunity to make his historically anomalous bid to cling to power in the face of defeat.That bid is now in its last throes. Judges are dismissing the president’s lawsuits, as various bits of supposed evidence — an alleged box of illegal ballots that was in fact a case containing camera equipment and “dead voters” who are alive — unravel. And yet Mr. Trump has still not given up on seeding doubt about the election’s integrity as he seeks to stain Mr. Biden’s clear victory — by more than 5.5 million votes and also in the Electoral College — with false insinuations of illegitimacy. On Sunday alone, he posted more than two dozen election-related tweets, seeming to briefly acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory before declaring, “I concede NOTHING!”The roots of Mr. Trump’s approach date to before his election in 2016, and he advanced his plans throughout his term. But his strategy for casting doubt on the outcome of the 2020 campaign took shape in earnest when the coronavirus pandemic upended normal life and led states to promote voting by mail.From the start, the president saw mail-in ballots as a political threat that would appeal more to Democrats than to his followers. And so he and his allies sought to block moves to make absentee voting easier and to slow the counting of mail ballots. This allowed Mr. Trump to do two things: claim an early victory on election night and paint ballots that were counted later for his opponent as fraudulent.The United States Postal Service, after coming under the leadership of a Trump ally, Louis DeJoy, made several cost-saving moves that severely slowed mail delivery rates and prompted broad concern about mail ballots arriving on time. “What are you doing?” a worker asked a Republican observer who was challenging ballots before he was able to even begin to inspect them, a Democratic observer, Seth Furlow, recalled. The Republican observer responded, “I was told to challenge every one.”Mr. Furlow vividly recalled his discomfort with a scene in which mostly white Republican challengers were confronting the mostly Black elections workers.Already, the police had escorted a handful of particularly disruptive observers from the room. But tensions increased when election officials noticed that the number of challengers had grown well beyond what each side was permitted and barred entry in a bid to reduce their ranks. Shouts of “stop the count” went up among Republicans.- Advertisement – As batches of ballots came in by van, workers methodically inspected and registered them at 134 separate tables, each monitored by voting rights observers and so-called election challengers from each party.But the posture of the Republican challengers shifted as the count swung in favor of Joseph R. Biden Jr. and word spread that President Trump would sue. One witness, a nonpartisan observer, Julie Moroney, heard a Republican organizer say, “Now we’re going to challenge every ballot.”Republican volunteers suddenly ramped up their objections across the room: accusations that the workers doing the counting, were entering obviously incorrect birth years or backdating ballots. In some cases, the volunteers lodged blanket claims of wrongdoing. A case that reached the Supreme Court gave Wisconsin additional time to count ballots in its primary as the state struggled to conduct the election while the pandemic was raging. – Advertisement – The president urged his followers to become poll watchers. “When you go there, watch all the thieving and stealing and robbing they do,” he said at a rally in North Carolina.Mr. Roman, the Philadelphia operative involved in the New Black Panther Party case, would be in charge of the poll-watching operation. His Twitter account quickly began pumping out deceptive allegations that, for instance, Philadelphia election workers were blocking Trump observers from satellite early voting sites.“What are they hiding?” he wrote in a tweet, the gist of which Mr. Trump repeated during the first presidential debate. In fact, Pennsylvania law did not permit observers at the early voting sites.Thousands were hearing the call and the message. On the day before the election, a Republican poll observer in Detroit named Bob Cushman posted a meme on Facebook featuring a photoshopped image of Mr. Trump holding a shotgun and the headline “Election stealing will not be tolerated in America.” (As lawyers for the city of Detroit later reported in legal filings, Mr. Cushman shared other posts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory.)About 24 hours later, Mr. Trump delivered the same message when he addressed staff members, supporters and followers at the White House while the votes were being tabulated around the country and his early leads were slipping away.“We were winning everything, and all of the sudden it was just called off,” he said. “We want all voting to stop; we don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.” On Friday, Judge Timothy M. Kenny dismissed the suit in a Michigan court, largely on the basis that the affidavits were meaningless. The suit’s “interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible,” he found.When thousands of the president’s supporters demonstrated in Washington on Saturday, the legal losses and electoral implausibilities were irrelevant. As they marched through the streets holding an enormous Trump flag flecked with white stars against a navy backdrop, they repeatedly chanted the phrase planted four years ago by Mr. Stone: “Stop the steal.”Michael Wines contributed reporting. After the Pennsylvania primary in June, Philadelphia officials counted for a week. In the State Legislature, negotiations began over changes that would allow the counting to run more smoothly in November.Local election administrators and Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, sought to allow early processing of mail ballots, known as precanvassing, as early as three weeks before Election Day. Statehouse Republicans publicly signaled a willingness to work on the issue but kept attaching conditions.One demand sought to do away with drop boxes, which voters could use for ballots as opposed to the regular mail system; another wanted new signature-matching requirements or to eradicate a provision requiring all poll watchers to live in the county.“Every time we agreed to something that was put out there, they’d raise the bar,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic minority leader in the State Senate who was leading the negotiations. Eventually, there seemed to be some momentum behind an agreement that would have allowed for three days of precanvassing, enhanced security measures for drop boxes and ballots postmarked on Election Day and received within three days to be counted. But the deal abruptly fell apart after a Republican caucus meeting in the lower chamber.In Michigan, Republicans in the State Legislature conducted a similar dance, appearing to be willing to provide more time to begin processing ballots, only to negotiate the additional time down to just 10 hours and only in counties with more than 25,000 people.Forced to accept the deal as better than nothing, Jocelyn Benson, the Democratic secretary of state, called it a “small step forward.” But she expressed concern in an interview as early as September that the counting would remain so slow that it would leave room for misinformation about the process to spread. – Advertisement – “They are planting stories that President Trump, he’ll have a landslide lead on election night but will lose when they finish counting the mail-in ballots,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a video posted on Twitter in late September that was viewed nearly 2.5 million times. “Their plan is to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election.” Such matching exercises are a necessary part of keeping voting lists accurate. But in recent years, sloppy data comparisons have resulted in erroneous but sensational-sounding claims of supposedly dead or noncitizen voters that repeatedly fell apart after close inspection.Before the 2020 election, Republicans in several states pushed aggressive “purges” of their rolls based on such imprecise data matching, often with support from Mr. Trump, before embarrassing revelations that their lists were badly flawed and threatened to wrongfully remove legal voters from their rolls.For instance, a poorly conducted data match led Texas to announce in early 2019 that it had identified some 95,000 “noncitizens” on its registration rolls. The state swiftly moved to strike these supposedly illegal voters — many of them Hispanic — from its lists as Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that “voter fraud is rampant.”After further review, Texas learned that its data was incorrect, and civil rights groups successfully sued to halt the planned purge. Wisconsin delayed plans for a large purge last year because of concern about the accuracy of the information, prompting a conservative lawsuit to push it forward, which is still pending.By then, Wisconsin had emerged as a critical battleground for both parties, along with Pennsylvania and Michigan.That November, Justin Clark, a senior Trump adviser, visited with Republicans in Madison, Wis., to emphasize just how important the state was to Mr. Trump’s prospects. He signaled how voter fraud allegations would be key to any Trump strategy in 2020, according to a recording that leaked to The Associated Press in December.Mr. Clark explained how a ruling from a voter intimidation case against Republicans in New Jersey in the early 1980s had led to a longstanding judicial decree forbidding the Republican National Committee from sending and organizing poll watchers in elections. But that decree finally lapsed in 2018, which, Mr. Clark said, gave the national party a new ability to send challengers into polls in 2020 and coordinate in every battleground state. In the Senate, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to get more money to states so they could buy more sorting equipment to count the huge influx of mail ballots faster.In key states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, Republican-controlled legislatures refused attempts by civil rights groups and Democrats to change or suspend statutes forbidding election workers from beginning to count ballots before Election Day. And once the counting began, the Trump campaign and the president’s allies pursued other tactics to slow or stop the count and seed doubt about the validity of the results.Before Election Day, party officials at the state and national levels helped organize teams of observers, a role that was once a symbol of the transparency of American democracy. But in this case, Mr. Trump and his allies encouraged their observers in key states to act aggressively to stop what they portrayed as widespread cheating and provide information that could be fed into lawsuits and stoke demonstrations and coverage from friendly commentators and journalists.As a Pennsylvania state senator, Mike Regan, a Republican, put it at a rally in Harrisburg last week, “I’ve been told in no uncertain terms by the state party and by our leaders that they are coordinating with the Trump campaign, and so far Pennsylvania has done everything that the Trump campaign has asked them to do.”Nearly all of it would be done in the name of a falsehood: that the American voting system was so corroded by fraud that any losing result for the president could not be legitimate.There was no greater proponent of that notion than Mr. Trump, who promoted it heavily from behind his presidential lectern or from his phone. A presidency that began with a lie — that President Barack Obama was not a citizen — is now ending with one, too.How It BeganIn fact, by the time Mr. Trump acknowledged in September 2016 that Mr. Obama was indeed born in the United States, he was well along in promoting a new false narrative that the election was rigged in favor of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. For instance, Republicans who believed they had witnessed fraud when workers input birth dates from 1900 for some mail ballots apparently did not understand that this was done in cases where information other than dates of birth were being used for verification and the dates were not readily available. The 1900 date was a place holder for the computer program, which required something in the birth date field.Other witnesses reported that boxes of ballots arrived at the convention center hours after an 8 p.m. deadline; Detroit officials explained that these ballots had arrived on time at other city election offices and boxes and were perfectly legal. The trouble broke out inside the main counting room in Detroit late on the morning of Nov. 4.It was the day after Election Day, and until then the process of tabulating votes from the city’s various counting boards had gone smoothly inside the TCF Center, the cavernous convention hall that plays host to the North American International Auto Show.- Advertisement – States like hers, Ms. Benson noted, were in dire need of more federal funds for equipment like high-speed envelope openers that could speed the counting.In Washington in the spring, Congress had allocated $400 million for pandemic election preparedness as part of a $2 trillion recovery package known as the CARES Act — a welcome injection, but it was $3.6 billion shy of what election officials projected would be needed nationwide.Democrats such as Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota pushed for more throughout the summer and into the early fall. Several influential Republicans, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the chairman of the Rules Committee, said they were open to providing more, but nothing would come of it. Mr. Trump had made clear his opposition to more money to support increased mail-in balloting, and aides to Mr. McConnell argued that Congress had already allocated enough.Looking back, Senator Klobuchar said, she saw the Republican decision to block more money to help run the election and support voting by mail as part of a plan to “create havoc, because that was one of the only paths he saw to victory.”‘Incorrect and Not Credible’By this fall, Mr. Trump was increasingly likely to have an early advantage on Election Day as the in-person vote came in but to badly lose the mail-in vote and, potentially, the presidency along with it. A digital consulting firm founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, Hawkfish, called the early returns the “red mirage.”The president and his allies began a concerted campaign to twist that situation — one to which they contributed by opposing early counting of mail ballots — into something more sinister.last_img read more

Museum of Betina wooden shipbuilding recognition of the European Commission and Europa Nostra

first_imgYou have to experience this tourist story and put it on your bucket list. The European Commission and Europa Nostra, Europe’s leading heritage organization, announced this year’s winners today European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, otherwise the most prestigious European awards in the field, funded by the Creative Europe program.  The pinnacle of Betina’s shipbuilding skills can be summarized in Betinska gajeta, a wooden boat 5 – 8 meters long and 2 to 2,6 meters wide, with a sail as the main propulsion means. The art of construction of this wooden ship was recognized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and included in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia as intangible cultural heritage. Independent jury heritage experts from all over Europe examined a total of 149 applications, submitted by organizations and individuals from 34 European countries, and selected the winners. Among this year’s winners in the Education, Training and Awareness category is outstanding Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum. The knowledge of shipbuilding was jealously guarded for generations and even family members did not know the secret of the shipbuilding craft – drawing ship lines. Knowledge of design was strictly guarded within the shipbuilding families, passed down from the master prota to the most able apprentice. It’s just proto he knew how to design a ship and he decided to whom he would transfer the knowledge. One of the most important roles of this Museum is the transfer of knowledge The museum preserves the knowledge of traditional wooden shipbuilding, which is an indispensable part of Croatian maritime heritage, and thus an important part of European maritime cultural heritage. The Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding is located in the protected cultural and historical ensemble of Betina in the very center of the town, in a building that in itself has cultural and historical-architectural importance. Betina is a small place, typical of Dalmatian architecture, and has about 800 inhabitants who are mainly engaged in tourism, agriculture, fishing, crafts and handicrafts. Among the dedicated individuals and positive European heritage initiatives awarded in 2019 are: the delicate restoration of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin, a unique religious heritage site destroyed in a 1997 fire that is now reopened to the public; the development of a digital Roma archive, an internationally accessible space that makes Roma culture and history visible, and responds to established stereotypes and tells a hitherto untold history told by the Roma themselves; the commitment of one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in Europe, dedicated to heritage protection in Norway for more than 175 years; or a training program for displaced heritage professionals from Syria, run by the German Institute in Istanbul, which serves as a powerful example for European countries and beyond. A story of a tradition that lasts and remains last_img read more

Bishop Daniel supports move to change National Day of Prayer date

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Bishop Daniel supports move to change National Day of Prayer date by: – September 7, 2011 Share 35 Views   no discussions Share Bishop Bill Daniel. Photo credit: Dominicacentral.comHead of the Peoples Pentecostal Family Church Bishop Michael Daniel is supporting a decision to have this year’s National Day of Prayer rescheduled to September.The event which is usually held as part of the independence celebrations has been rescheduled and is expected to take place on September 18th.“This is something that we have been asking for in the evangelical association. We will have more time to pray, they will pray strategically. We need time to concentrate on what we are doing. There are so many things that are happening around the world that needs attention which cannot be dealt with politically. We need time to fast, we need time to seek the Lord” he said.Bishop Daniel says the new date will allow for more persons to participate.“I thought this is a wonderful decision and more people will take part. I want to commend those who took it out from where it was,” he added.According to him, the event comes at a time when churches are bringing the youths together to pray.“The time could also be used to go into the school to pray, anoint the desks, anoint the doors…against all the spirits of darkness that are coming up against the youths,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

New-look schedule worries Hodgson

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson is worried his team’s Euro 2016 qualifying prospects could be harmed by a combination of UEFA’s new match scheduling format and televised club games. Roy Hodgson’s side were drawn in Group E along with Switzerland – the team he led to the 1994 World Cup finals – Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. On the face of it, England looked to have been handed a straightforward route to the finals in France. Press Association “It’s a team we know reasonably well so I was happy with that one.” England have never played Lithuania before, but San Marino have been regular opponents – in 1993 they famously scored after just 8.3 seconds against England after a bungled back-pass by Stuart Pearce. England went on to win 7-1 – and have scored at least five goals in the four games they have played. Estonia should also pose little problem, with England playing them twice in 2007 and winning 3-0 home and away. Switzerland will be England’s biggest challenge, having secured a 2-2 draw at Wembley in qualifying for Euro 2012. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland will face each other in a Group D battle between two teams led by former Celtic managers, Gordon Strachan and Martin O’Neill. They join Germany, Poland and Georgia, as well as UEFA’s newest member Gibraltar, who were drawn to Group C with Spain but were switched to D for political reasons. Republic boss O’Neill said: “They will be great occasions I hope. I’m sure he (Strachan) is looking forward to it. I’m sure he’ll be as excited as I am myself. It’s tough, I’m there’s other groups we might have preferred to be in but we’ll get on with it. “Germany you would say are the outstanding side in the group but there’s plenty to fight for.” Strachan added: “The commercial manager is happy. Every tie, there’s something in it. You’ve got Gibraltar, new to the competition; Germany, one of the best teams in the world; the Republic of Ireland; Poland, who we play in a friendly – we’ve just decided to knock that one on the head and the backroom staff are just going to play their backroom staff. “It is exciting. There’s some groups you might call mundane but we’re definitely in an exciting group. It’s a terrific, terrific draw.” Wales have a shot at a play-off place or better in Group B, where they will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra. With 23 places at the finals up for grabs – France go straight in as hosts – prospects of smaller nations going through have raisied the stakes. Two teams will go directly to the finals from each group, and the best third-placed side will join them, with four others advancing from play-offs between the eight other third-placed finishers. Wales boss Chris Coleman said: “Definitely there’s a bit of excitement in there; anticipation. Everybody’s wondering what’s going to happen. “Teams like ourselves – Wales, Scotland and Ireland and Northern Ireland – it gives us a little more chance of maybe qualifying and reaching a major tournament. The format that’s been before is very difficult for us but with the extra teams, who knows? It’s all up for grabs.” Northern Ireland were drawn in Group F with top seeds Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands in a competitive-looking group. Manager Michael O’Neill said: “Greece will be a very tough game but it would probably be the country you may have chosen. We have teams in there, the likes of Hungary, Romania and Finland, that I believe we can compete with and take points from. “We’re happy with the draw. We need to maximise our points at home. We’re well capable of doing that.” However with UEFA now spreading games in international breaks from Thursday until Tuesday, Hodgson is worried England will be asked to play the first game of back-to-back fixtures with little preparation time. England and all the teams involved in qualifying were due to find out their fixtures programme later on Sunday, and Hodgson said: “The thing I’m most concerned about is Thursday.” He told Sky Sports News: “I feel that in our preparations we’ll have to deal with top (club) matches on Super Sunday with your channel, which means we wouldn’t really get the players to do any real work with them before the Tuesday, and if we were playing on the Thursday it would make our preparations very difficult. “Thursday-Sunday concerns me because I don’t think we’d be able to persuade the Premier League and Sky Sports to bring the best fixtures to the Saturday and it will mean basically we’ll get no preparation.” The prospect of a dispute over fixtures is one Hodgson and the Football Association will no doubt be keen to avoid. Overall, though, Hodgson, who led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup and steered them to Euro 96 qualification but led before the finals to join Inter Milan, saw England’s draw as positive. “I’m very satisfied,” he said. “I must say the name of Switzerland always brings a smile to my face. They were four fantastic years. last_img read more

Toulon eliminate Leinster

first_img Giteau evaded Rhys Ruddock, Mitchell broke clear and twice Craig Burden made inroads but all came to nothing amid catalogue of handling errors. More mistakes also resulted in Wilkinson, forced to clear the danger following a dropped pass and blocked kick, trudging off injured in the 28th minute following a heavy collision. And Jimmy Gopperth’s two kicks ensured Leinster went in level 6-6 at half-time amid a chorus of whistles and boos from the restless home crowd. Jeers turned to cheers when Toulon burst into a 10-point lead just five minutes into the second half. Giteau struck from close to the halfway line, having missed an earlier effort from a similar range. The former Wallaby then followed another searing break by livewire hooker Burden. Juanne Smith and Danie Rossouw were stopped short before prop Chiocci crashed over from close range. Gopperth clawed back three points but the game turned once Toulon made their passes stick. Rossouw disrupted a Leinster lineout that had been erratic throughout and Steffon Armitage hacked ahead. The English number eight showed tremendous pace to win the foot race and Bastareaud crashed through three tackles before Mitchell shrugged off Gordon D’Arcy to score a vital try on 62 minutes. Giteau converted and Delon Armitage added a penalty from the halfway line as Toulon established a commanding 26-9 lead. Leinster showed their mettle when they responded with a well-worked try – Murphy was bundled over from a lineout drive five metres out 10 minutes from time. However Gopperth missed the conversion from the touchline and Toulon remained just out of sight. The hosts ended the game with 14 men when Florian Fresia was binned for a dangerous tackle on Reddan yet it was they who had the last word. Kearney’s tackle denied David Smith a score but Giteau followed with his fourth kick to settle the tie in the final minutes. Delon Armitage kicked a penalty while brother Steffon was named man of the match following a dynamic display. Jordi Murphy grabbed a late try for Leinster but that was too late to rescue the visitors in what was to be Brian O’Driscoll’s final appearance in the Heineken Cup. Between them these teams had lifted the trophy four times in the last five years yet this was their first meeting in the tournament. Wilkinson kicked Toulon into a 6-0 lead though it was only some desperate Leinster defending that prevented it from being more. Toulon, roared on by their vociferous support at the sun-drenched Stade Felix-Mayol, began at a thunderous pace, led by Mathieu Bastareaud. The powerful French centre was twice involved in the build up to the first of Wilkinson’s penalty inside four minutes after Juanne Smith went close. Wilkinson then put David Smith through and only a crucial interception by Rob Kearney prevented a score. That was to prove a recurring theme during the first half as Toulon were knocked off their stride by Leinster and wasted several chances. Xavier Chiocci and Drew Mitchell scored second-half tries while Matt Giteau kicked 10 points to steer the holders through as 29-14 victors. Jonny Wilkinson also kicked two penalties before he was forced off during the first half through injury. Defending Heineken Cup champions Toulon knocked out three-time winners Leinster in a titanic struggle in France to set up a semi-final clash with Munster. Press Associationlast_img read more

Michael Parris Under-16 boxing on today

first_imgBOXING enthusiasts will have another night to remember when the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA),along with corporate youth sponsor,Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) hosts a one- day tournament today.Dubbed the Michael Parris U-16 tournament, the event will take place from 13:00hrs at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.According to reports, over 40 youths,drawn from gyms across Guyana,will be participating in the event and keen and exciting rivalry is anticipated.Among the gyms expected to field boxers are defending champions Essequibo Boxing Gym, Forgotten Youth Foundation, Harpy Eagles, Young Achievers, Pocket Rocket, Carryl Boxing Gym and Rose Hall Jammers.Among the boxers expected to be on show are; Omar Pollard and Joel Agustin (welterweight), Shaquancy Wright (80-84 pounds) and Shemar Bumbury (100-105).last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse gets 1st November win under Dino Babers, 41-24, at Wake Forest

first_img Published on November 4, 2018 at 10:56 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Prior to Saturday, Syracuse hadn’t won a game in November under Dino Babers. But SU did just that, winning 41-24 at Wake Forest. The Orange won unconventionally, too, getting the victory without throwing a passing touchdown for the first time since 2014, before Babers’ tenure. The effort was sparked in part by strong defense from Ryan Guthrie, who tallied 11 tackles and two sacks.last_img

Kambi secures Colombia full services deal with Corredor Empresarial

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Kristian Nylén – Kambi PlcUpdating the market, Nordic Nasdaq-listed industry platform and software provider Kambi Group Plc has confirmed that it has secured full services betting provisions contract with Colombian gambling group Corredor Empresarial SA.The partnership will see Kambi become the exclusive platform provider for Corredor’s new online gambling brand BetPlay, servicing the asset with sports betting and casino provisions.Furthermore, Kambi will become the main sports betting systems partner for Corredor entire retail/land-based network, which currently operates 25,000 betting points servicing seven million daily customers.Commenting on the deal, Diana Otalora, General Manager of Corredor Empresarial, BetPlay, commented: “We chose Kambi to support our premium strategy in the market and after an extensive selection process we are delighted to be working with such a professional organisation. Adding Kambi’s Sportsbook to our portfolio of brands will further enhance the appeal of our product and service offering and open up new customer segments for us throughout the Colombian territory. We look forward to this partnership and are convinced that it has the potential to be a great success, we are in very safe hands.”In order to fulfil the partnership requirements, Kambi development teams will work alongside Corredor technology partner R.Franco. Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi was pleased to extend his firm’s presence within the burgeoning Latin American market, which has been strategically targeted, Nylen commented“I am delighted that Corredor Empresarial has chosen Kambi as its trusted partner to provide its premium Sportsbook service. Corredor Empresarial is a market leader in the Colombian territory and this agreement demonstrates our strength and capability in the region. We are confident that, together with Corredor Empresarial, we will create intuitive, relevant and compelling betting experiences to its network of vendors and their customers to drive long-term sustainable performance. We very much look forward to build on this partnership and expand our footprint in the Latin American market.” Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Bookies survive Dettori’s Ascot heroics

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Frankie Dettori enjoyed yet another successful day at the Royal Ascot festival yesterday, guiding Stradivarius to a second successive Gold Cup victory, while also winning the first four races on Ladies’ Day, leaving bookmakers to breathe a slight sigh of relief.Following the four successive wins yesterday, it has been reported that the jockey was close to costing betting operators dearly, however, the losses have been offset by Biometric’s win in the fifth race.Harry Aitkenhead, PR executive at Coral, told SBC: “It’s hard to gauge exactly what would have happened if Frankie had gone through the card as the betting for the final race would have likely descended into chaos! However had he of won the fifth, it would have cost us over £10 million.“It looked like he was going to fly home as well so as Harry Bentley came surging past on Biometric it was one of the biggest swings in bookmaking history! In the end we managed to turn over a very small profit on the whole day with two very good results in the final two races, although hundreds of punters still collected big wins from Frankie’s magic.“A £1 bet on the four would have returned £600, whilst a Lucky 15 placed in the morning with the better odds would have paid just over £2000.”At one stage during the day, bookies feared that the jockey would continue his winning streak, bringing back memories of Dettori’s 1996 ‘magnificent seven’, which is reported to have cost the industry an estimated £180 m if this were the case.Aitkenhead added: “Punters love following a hot streak but even more when it’s somebody like Dettori who has been there and done it so many times before.“Overall, it’s about all square between punters and bookies with plenty of strikes for both sides. Ryan Moore has also had three winners and the big jockeys always prove really popular with bettors. However there’s been a few surprises sprung and it’s all to play for going into a bumper Saturday!”Betway’s Alan Alger added: “Frankie Dettori is by far the country’s most popular jockey, and when he’s riding winners left, right and centre on one of the biggest betting days of the year it’s going to end badly for the bookies.“Ladies’ Day 2019 will go down as one of the most memorable in Royal Ascot’s 300-year history, but it will also live long in the memories of bookmakers as being very expensive.“We were staring directly down the barrel when the Italian stretched clear in the closing stages of the Britannia on Turgenev, but Harry Bentley and outsider Biometric swooped late to save us from a devastating loss.” Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Preview: Satellites take on the world

first_imgGhana’s Black Satellites are back in the chase for a second FIFA U-20 World Cup title in four years in Turkey with golden Sellas Tetteh in charge after missing the Colombia 2011 fiesta under former assistant coach Orlando Wellington.Coach Tetteh, alias Borbor, did the unthinkable on African soil in 2009 by leading a hungry bunch of talented players to win Africa’s first ever world title at the youth level. And as coming events cast their shadows, the former Black Stars assistant coach appears set to cause another sensation after holding reigning champions, Brazil, to a 1-1 draw in the final of a four-nation tournament in Switzerland last Saturday, losing the trophy at stake 3-4 on penalties.Ironically, the Andre Dede Ayew-led Satellites denied Brazil the title in 2009 via the same scoreline on penalties, raising hopes for another challenge for the ultimate without Brazil in this year’s competition which opens in Turkey on Friday till July 13.That piece of news must be refreshing for skeptics who were not impressed with the Satellites’s silver medal showing at the African Youth Championship in Algeria last April.Ghana will open their account on Friday with a tough Group A match against European powerhouse France and take on Spain and USA on June 24 and 27 respectively. And knowing the task ahead of his team in the ‘Group of Death’, soft-spoken Tetteh is approaching the tournament with cautious optimism though Ghana ranks among the tournament favourites.The Satellites lead a strong African representation, including Nigeria, Egypt and Mali, and look better off with their preparation at home and abroad as Borbor and his assistant, Yaw Preko, now have foreign-based options to give their team the needed balance for such a demanding tournament. For years, the FIFA U-20 World Cup has remained a huge platform for showcasing future stars and Turkey 2013 will be no different. Come to think of it, the likes of Dede Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, Dominic Adiyiah, Daniel Agyei and David Addy of the Black Stars fame all emerged from the victorious 2009 Black Satellites squad.Currently, opinion is divided over Coach Tetteh’s ability to win another trophy for Ghana, but the former Rwanda national team coach believes something good can come out of their ambitious adventure in Turkey.For instance, the inclusion of foreign-based players such as Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Joseph Duncan, Daniel Pappoe and Baba Abdul Rahman to the Ghana team has obviously strengthened the team which already has some bright spots such as goal poacher, Ebenezer Assifuah, Jeremiah Akorful, Moses Odjer, Kennedy Ashia, Francis Narh, Frank Acheampong, Richmond Nketiah, Ebenezer Ofori, Michael Anaba, Clifford Aboagye and Skipper Lawrence Lartey.Perhaps, we all have to wait till Friday’s opener with France to have an idea of what the present generation has in store for Ghanaians and the rest of Africa this time around.last_img read more