Sanders was quick to claim victory, saying his “multi-generational, multi-racial coalition” that won Nevada was “going to sweep this country.”His progressive policies, including universal health care, higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and raising the minimum wage have struck a chord with millions of Americans.”The American people are sick and tired of a government which is based on greed, corruption, and lies. They want an administration which is based on the principles of justice,” he told a raucous rally, which responded with chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”Sanders was speaking in El Paso, Texas, one of the 14 states that votes on “Super Tuesday” on March 3. Buttigieg congratulated Sanders on his Nevada victory. But the moderate, 38-year-old military veteran offered a stern warning against picking a self-described democratic socialist who sees “capitalism as the root of all evil” to go up against the populist Trump.”Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans,” Buttigieg said.With Sanders coming in virtually tied for first in Iowa and then winning New Hampshire last week, he is in the driver’s seat as the race turns toward South Carolina and then Super Tuesday.”Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada,” Trump tweeted, maligning other candidates before adding: “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”With the race soon taking on a national dynamic, several candidates like Klobuchar, Warren or congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be under pressure to decide whether they fight on or throw in the towel.’Coming back’ The centrist Biden, desperate to right a listing ship after miserable showings in the first two states, told supporters he feels “really good” about his Nevada finish and shouldn’t be counted out.”We’re alive and we’re coming back,” the onetime frontrunner insisted. “We’re going on to South Carolina to win and then we’re going to take this back!”South Carolina has a majority black Democratic electorate, and Biden leads polling there, riding his popularity among African Americans due in part to his eight years as popular president Barack Obama’s deputy.”Joe to me is like a thoroughbred — a horse that’s gonna come in and that’s gonna overtake whoever is the favorite,” Air Force retiree Wilbert Wilcox told AFP.”He has the stamina going for him… I’m looking for him to really surprise some people.” Sanders leads national polls with an average of 28 percent support.That is 11 points ahead of Biden and 13 points clear of billionaire media tycoon Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York who skipped campaigning in the four early states, including Nevada, in order to focus on Super Tuesday.Sanders has been largely unchecked by opponents who have focused more on blunting the advance of Bloomberg, who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his personal fortune into campaign advertising.Warren, speaking late Saturday at a large rally in Washington state which votes on March 10, pledged to stay in the fight despite a third straight mediocre showing.She repeated her attacks on Bloomberg, accusing him of seeking to “buy this election.”In Nevada, caucuses were held in several of Las Vegas’s world-famous casinos and hotels, as well as dusty desert towns.Keen to avoid the drawn-out embarrassment of the Iowa caucus, which relied on flawed technology to relay results, Nevada officials pivoted to a low-tech system that involved phoning in results to hotlines and backing them up with photographs of the tabulations.The process was considerably slower than four years ago, but appeared to be relatively smooth.Topics : Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders earned a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, solidifying his frontrunner status in the race to choose the Democratic nominee who faces President Donald Trump in November’s election.His win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as an important bellwether because it is the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race.It also shows that Sanders has been able to broaden a coalition beyond the narrow limits of leftist voters, refuting the argument used by several moderates in the race that he would not be able to bridge the divide between progressives and centrists. By late Saturday Sanders was comfortably ahead with half of all precincts reporting.The 78-year-old senator from Vermont was leading with about 46 percent, followed by former vice president Joe Biden at 19 percent.South Bend, Indiana’s former mayor Pete Buttigieg, who scored a shock narrow win in Iowa to start the race nearly three weeks ago, stood in third at 15 percent.The two female US senators in the running, progressive Elizabeth Warren and pragmatist Amy Klobuchar, were on 10 and four percent respectively.
An uneasy calm has blanketed much of Jakarta as the city made it through the first day of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) despite concerns over possible social unrest.Activity in and around the metropolis was visibly reduced on Friday, with roads emptying out and people choosing to remain at home despite the long weekend holiday.The first day of restrictions in Jakarta coincides with the Christian celebration of Good Friday, which typically sees heavy traffic on the city’s toll roads, as people seek to travel out of town with friends and family. The policy, laid out in Gubernatorial Regulation No. 33/2020, stipulates that firms operating in Jakarta should cease all office activities and that residents are not allowed to go out except to procure basic necessities. Food vendors are allowed to remain open but only to serve takeaway, while public transport services will operate on a limited schedule.Anyone who violates the regulation will be subject to disciplinary action by the police.Jakarta’s PSBB status will be enforced until midnight on April 24 and is open to extension.Based on The Jakarta Post’s observations, police officers and transportation agency officials have already begun enforcing the restrictions.At the Lebak Bulus traffic checkpoint in South Jakarta, 10 police officers and five agency officials were questioning drivers to ensure they were complying with the rules. Drivers who fail to wear a protective mask are asked to turn back, while passengers of four-wheeled vehicles are asked to keep a safe distance from the driver by sitting in the back seat.Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Commr. Yusri Yunus said the police were ready for the possibility of social unrest during the two-week period, with all police officers having undergone training on Thursday to prepare for all possible incidents.“The public is now more aware of the risks of the disease, so we think they will stay home,” Yusri told the Post. “After all, this is not a total lockdown, as minimarkets are still operating and the transport of goods will continue, so we believe there will be no unrest.”The quietness of the city’s empty streets is a stark contrast to the uneasiness felt by many observers, who fear the government is not doing enough to prevent social unrest erupting in response to the long-term restrictions.The COVID-19 outbreak has dealt a devastating blow to many workers across the country. More than 1.2 million employees from 74,439 companies in both the formal and informal sectors have either been told to stay home or have been laid off as a result of the pandemic, Manpower Ministry data showed on Tuesday.To anticipate a possible backlash, the Jakarta administration has prepared a social assistance scheme through which 1.52 million households in Jakarta will receive groceries once per week until the policy ends.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has also announced that the government would provide direct cash payments of Rp 600,000 (US$40) per month to 1.2 million registered poor and vulnerable households in the capital from April until June.Critics have warned, however, that the hasty distribution of assistance to impoverished residents could blow up in the government’s face if it is not carried out prudently.Jealousy and resentment among those who do not qualify for assistance, especially if others deemed underserving do qualify, could lead to social unrest, said Nia Elvina, a sociologist at Jakarta’s National University.Nia applauded the efforts to set up the social assistance program, arguing it could help prevent the kind of social unrest seen in India in the early days of its total lockdown, which stemmed from a failure to calculate the economic woes citizens might endure during large-scale restrictions.She warned, however, that there was still a risk for social turmoil in Jakarta, especially stemming from inaccurate data on who should qualify for assistance, which even Anies had complained about.“The administration also needs to speed up the distribution of aid to ensure the PSBB policy is effective,” she told the Post on Friday.Gugun Muhammad, a community organizer at the Urban Poor Coalition (UPC), expressed similar sentiment about the lack of clarity surrounding the social assistance scheme.The lack of public awareness, especially among less fortunate households, about the assistance scheme could backfire if questions about the mechanisms are left unanswered, he said.— Donny Fernando and Dhoni Setiawan contributed to the story.Topics : The Jakarta Traffic Police reported via its Twitter account @TMCPoldaMetro that traffic was light on several roads in the city as well as the Cikampek and Bumi Serpong Damai toll roads.It has been just over a month since Indonesia announced its first two cases of COVID-19 infection, with the nation’s capital becoming the first region to impose a partial lockdown.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan officially imposed the PSBB status at midnight Thursday in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, after the city became the national epicenter of the outbreak.As of Friday, Jakarta had recorded 1,753 confirmed COVID-19 cases, almost half of the country’s official tally of 3,512 cases. The capital had also recorded 154 of the 306 fatalities nationwide.
Novatek-led Yamal LNG project secured 14-year credit facilities in the amount of €425 million ($476.8 million) with Raiffeisen Bank International and Intesa Sanpaolo.The insurance coverage for the loan is provided by the Swedish export credit agency EKN and the German export credit agency Euler Hermes.Yamal LNG has previously received financing from the National Welfare Fund of Russia. It also signed agreements on credit lines with Sberbank and Gazprombank, as well as with the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the bank Intesa Sanpaolo with insurance coverage by the Italian export credit agency SACE and the French export credit agency COFACE.Speaking of the agreements with the European banks, Yamal LNG’s general director, Evgeniy Kot said it will allow the project to optimize its credit portfolio.“We have already raised sufficient amount of financing and further reduction of average cost of debt will increase the economic value of the project for our shareholders,” he said.The $27 billion Yamal LNG project is expected to ship its first cargo before October this year.The liquefied natural gas project in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia is expected to produce a total of 16.5 million tons of LNG per year. Almost all of the volumes from the project have already been contracted.Shareholders in the Yamal LNG project are Novatek, as the operator with a 50.1 percent stake, CNPC and Total with 20 percent stake each and China’s Silk Road Fund with a 9.9 percent stake.1 EUR = 1.12193 USD LNG World News Staff
Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views no discussions Hon. Gloria Shillingford. Photo credit: GIS NewsMinister responsible for Cooperatives Gloria Shillingford says the cooperative model of enterprise can successfully empower youth.Click here to listen to statement: Shillingford made the remarks as part of an official statement to observe International Day of Cooperatives today.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Share LocalNews Dominica observes International Day of Cooperatives today by: – July 4, 2011
For Alexis Garcia, rounding the bases had never been more rewarding. After a couple of disappointments in her budding collegiate career, everything finally felt right for the redshirt freshman this past weekend, culminating with a home run against Illinois.Admittedly “a little disappointed” over having to sit out as a redshirt last year, Garcia was dealt another disappointing blow when she was removed from the starting lineup March 15, after hitting only .119 up to that point. Garcia had started every game at first base this season prior to that game.Instead of complaining about her reduced role, Garcia sought out UW head coach Chandelle Schulte to discuss her offensive problems.”To her credit, she actually came to me and said, ‘I understand I’m not getting it done’ and ‘What do I need to do to get back out there?'” Schulte explained. “We’ve worked together to get her back on the right track.”And back on the right track she is. Garcia rejoined the starting lineup for the second game of the doubleheader against Northwestern and broke out of the slump in a big way. She finished the weekend with a .545 BA (6-11) — which raised her batting average nearly 100 points to .212 on the season — to go with two home runs and five RBIs.Her performance was one of few bright spots during an otherwise-disappointing weekend that saw the Badgers drop three of four games.So what exactly was keeping the first baseman so quiet in the batters box? The coaching staff and Garcia discovered that her offensive problems did not stem as much from mechanical flaws in her swing, but rather her mental approach at the plate.”I had so many things going on in my head,” Garcia recalled. “I was thinking about everything you could possibly think of. Now, I can’t even remember what I was trying to think of in the box this last weekend. It was more of a ‘no thoughts, just hit’ approach.”Schulte also cited Garcia’s redshirt year as a possible cause for her early-season offensive funk. “She was out last year, and now it’s just taken a while for her to settle back into a routine. Plus, to go from not playing at all to being called on to contribute everyday is very tough,” Schulte said.Garcia credits her recent improvement not only to her changed mental approach, but also to her time as a redshirt last year. “Just because I wasn’t able to be out there didn’t mean I couldn’t still learn things and have a good attitude, so when I do get an opportunity to play, I can take advantage of that.”That attitude has molded Garcia into someone who UW sophomore Lynn Anderson refers to as an “awesome teammate.” Anderson also said Garcia has improved greatly since last year, and her perseverance through her redshirt season really showed the commitment that builds trust between teammates.Despite her absence from the lineup card for six games, Garcia still managed to get into games, serving as a defensive replacement in each contest.”Defensively, she is a great first baseman,” Schulte said. “She’s got a great glove, which is something you either have or you don’t. She is a very natural defensive first baseman.”For Garcia, when she was finally able to help the team offensively over the weekend, she realized all her hard work to get back into the lineup had finally paid off.”Everything with my swing was finally right,” Garcia said of finally being able to round the bases.Before heading off to practice, Schulte added what might be one of the highest compliments a coach can give a player.”She’s very open-minded, and when you talk to her about something, she’ll get it done. She is on the same page as [the coaching staff], and I think that has really been reflected in her play the last week or so.”
“I was just overexcited. She’s also from the Bay Area, so having someone who’s from the Bay on stage and someone who is an alum and is of color is so amazing and so exciting,” Cruz said. “I did not think I was going to meet her, so I think meeting her made it a thousand times better.” After the crown chanted Saweetie’s name, DJ Carisma from L.A. radio station Power 106 came on stage for a DJ set that lasted more than half an hour. “She did her top songs, which everyone loved, everyone screamed for,” said Marlize Duncan, a freshman majoring in journalism. “I don’t mind the dirty shoes that I got from everyone moshing.” Rapper and 2016 alumna Saweetie headlined this year’s Conquest, which also featured drag queen Angel Dust and rapper Channel Tres. During her performance, Saweetie brought out her partner and rapper Quavo. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Like last year, USC’s Esports Union faced off against UCLA’s esports team in a League of Legends tournament. While last year’s matchup ended in a tie, this year’s saw a 3-2 victory for USC. With a Ferris wheel, an esports tournament against UCLA, student group showcases and sponsored booths with giveaways, Conquest strived to bring students more of an experience than just a concert. “Do you mind if I do a couple songs?” Quavo asked over chants of his own name. After USC Concerts Committee announced Wednesday that rapper Rico Nasty couldn’t headline this year’s Conquest due to personal reasons, it announced 2016 Annenberg alumna Saweetie would perform instead. “Yo, my name is Channel Tres, I hail from Compton, California, what’s cracking?” he asked the audience. After an agonizing half-hour wait for Conquest’s headliner, the crowd roared to life when rapper and USC alumna Saweetie sauntered on stage, later accompanied by her partner and fellow rapper Quavo. “Concerts Committee is only as strong as the members that make it up, and I think today was a fantastic example of the insane amount of talented individuals we have been lucky to acquire within our club in the last two years,” Begler said. For the second consecutive year, Trojan Pride Committee replaced the annual tradition of burning a Bruin bear with an opportunity for students to throw pie tins full of whipped cream at a large print of a Bruin. While last year’s bonfire was canceled out of concerns of unhealthy air quality, this year it was out of respect for those affected by the recent Getty wildfire. Tres’s 45-minute set remained engaging throughout by incorporating crowd participation, a visual for his song “Topdown” and a stream-of-consciousness-style freestyle during which he faced away from the audience. “You know, I was in debt,” she said. “That motherfucking loan shit was no joke.” “USC, we love y’all, you know I love y’all,” Quavo said. “I gotta give the stage back to my beautiful lady, the icy girl.” After performing her breakout hit “ICY GRL” and throwing T-shirts with the phrase “Respect the icy punani” on them into the crowd, Saweetie brought out her partner, rapper Quavo of rap trio Migos, for their collab “Tip Toes.” “I’m tryna get y’all hype as fuck before I bring my girl Saweetie out here,” Carisma said to the crowd. Following the recent rise in student deaths, Conquest invited various organizations that provide mental health resources to the event, including the Department of Mental Health and Rise Above the Disorder. “We’re just out here trying to make sure that people know that it’s OK to reach out for help and to normalize talking about mental health,” said Rise Above the Disorder case manager Crystal Navarro. “I thought the set was really dope. It was really unexpected,” said Jaryn Valdry, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I didn’t listen to Channel Tres before I came, but I really like his vibe, and the bounce in his music just made it really fun.” Saweetie came back onstage to talk about her experience at USC and play her smash single, “My Type.” Leading up to the main acts, this year’s event broke barriers by showcasing a performance by Angel Dust, a USC drag queen who recently performed at the Queer and Ally Student Assembly’s 10th annual drag show “House of Troy.” Toward the end of her set, Saweetie invited three students, including Ariadna Cruz, a junior majoring in NGOs and social change, on stage to dance from the crowd. After the show, the trio took photos with Saweetie and received a silver, Icy-branded necklace. Although her set was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., Saweetie didn’t take the stage until 10:25 p.m. She came out to the title track from her 2018 EP, “High Maintenance.” Everything she wore was royal purple: her fur coat, bell-bottom pants, platform heels, sequin and velvet bra, eye shadow and wide hoop earrings. Tres did not let technical difficulties hold him back from delivering a solid show. His vocals were quiet for a significant portion of his set, but his groovy, uptempo songs were infectious enough to get the crowd dancing. He was accompanied by two dancers, and together the trio executed choreography to every track. “Get your motherfucking good grades. Fuck that bitch Sallie Mae,” she said, referring to the federal loan company. Though doors for the event opened at 5 p.m., the opening act Channel Tres, didn’t go on until 8:50 p.m. When he did go on, he sported his signature rolled beanie in light blue with a cardigan that he promptly shed as he launched into his set. While some were disappointed by the length of her set, they felt it did not detract from their experience. Despite a last-minute change of lineup, the hybrid concert, pep rally and carnival held annually the week of USC’s football game against rival UCLA, brought students to McCarthy Quad Thursday night. The Spirit of Troy, along with other student performances, hyped up the crowd for Conquest’s headliners. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Rapper Quavo, Saweetie’s partner, surprised the audience with his appearance, performing a duet and solo songs. ( Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) “It was really, really touch-and-go for the last 48 hours, and there was a lot of stress and anxiety,” Concerts Committee codirector Chris Begler said. “But I am nothing but elated with the way [codirector] Leila [Kashfi] and I handled ourselves and most importantly with the way our team handled ourselves.” Saweetie left the stage while Quavo — whose performance alongside Migos at Springfest 2017 was canceled because of overcrowding — played “Pure Water” and “Bad and Boujee.” Following the dance competition, Saweetie’s set came to a quick close. “We were caught off guard with the fires last year, but as a result, this year I came in, and I’m like, ‘We need to have an alternate plan from the start,’” said Trojan Pride member Yuliya Pisman. “We were planning backups from the very beginning, so it was less stressful when we learned that it was canceled.” Despite the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the event’s planning, Conquest drew an impressive 6,500 students, an increase of approximately 1,500 from last year’s event. According to Kashfi, the event “literally could not have gone better.” “So y’all know I used to go here, right?” Saweetie asked after her first song. “I got my fucking degree, and I got to the motherfucking bag.”
Alexandra Ting | Daily TrojanHave ball, will travel · Senior libero Taylor Whittingham and the women’s volleyball team begin a road trip on Wednesday against Arizona.After splitting their most recent home games before heading out on the road, the women’s volleyball team looks to rest up and put the games behind them. With a long road trip this week, the Trojans hope to continue improving their level of play, despite their difficult schedule ahead. “I think we are only in school eight days in November,” head coach Mick Haley said. “That is two days a week basically.”While it is easy sometimes to forget that these athletes are students, they certainly do not forget. Even with road trips, the student-athletes have to try and keep up with school work and find a way to maintain their academics in order to avoid the looming threat of academic probation that would keep them from playing. “We know that we are going to be on the road for a long period time,” senior captain Taylor Whittingham said. “That might be a struggle with homework, missing classes or stuff like that.” For the next two games against Arizona and ASU, the Women of Troy will have to be able to continue keeping their errors low, but will have to improve in their attack and their defense at the net in order to score points off of more than just kills and aces.“The one thing going forward for the rest of this month that I would really focus on would be serving,” Haley said. “The second thing would be to continue to improve our team blocking. Those two things will help us as much as anything. “However, the team has little time to practice before these games due to their traveling schedule. Traveling takes its toll on both players and coaches alike, but it will have to be overcome for the Trojans to continue to win games. “On Tuesday we travel, Wednesday we play and Thursday we travel to Tempe and will try to get a practice in there,” Haley said. “Then we play early Friday at 6 p.m., but we can’t get out that night, which is terrible because we have to get up early to get them back by 9 the next morning on Saturday.”The key thing for this road trip will be rest. Without proper rest, the Trojans will be in a position for potential injuries and mental lapses during the games. Also, it is important that they get the rest they need this week, because they have another road trip the following week.“I am trying to get them as much rest before we go to Stanford and Cal, which is the next hard trip,” Haley said. “I am really worried about those two back-to-back trips, because it has a tendency to really take its toll on their physical and mental prep.”The women’s volleyball team will take on Arizona at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and ASU at 6 p.m. on Friday.
judoka Saeid Mollaei The International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced a protective suspension of the Iran Judo Federation, following pressure applied to judoka Saeid Mollaei at the World Championships to avoid facing an Israeli athlete.The decision suspends the Iran Judo Federation from all competitions, administrative and social activities organised or authorised by IJF.The temporary suspension is in place until a final decision by the IJF Disciplinary Commission. It marks the first time Iran has faced sanctions from a sporting governing body over its stance relating to competition against Israeli athletes.The IJF Executive Committee began disciplinary proceedings following the incident involving former world champion Mollaei.He potentially could have faced Israeli judoka Sagi Muki in the men’s under-81-kilogram event at the World Championships in Tokyo last month.But before his third-round fight against the Olympic champion, Russian Khasan Khalmurzaev, Mollaei alleged he was called by the Iranian First Deputy Minister of Sport, Davar Zani.Zani reportedly ordered him to withdraw from the competition to avoid a potential contest between Iran and Israel.Mollaei also claimed Zani made threats against him and his familyThe Iranian athlete has since revealed he will seek asylum in Germany, with the IJF offering support.The incident at the World Championships was viewed by the IJF as a “gross contradiction” of a letter sent to the governing body on May 8, signed by the Iranian Olympic Committee President Seyed Reza Salehi Amiri and Iran Judo Federation President Arash Miresmaeili.According to the IJF, the document categorically confirmed the “Iran NOC shall fully respect the Olympic Charter and its non-discrimination principle and the I.R. Iran Federation shall fully comply with the Olympic Charter and the IJF Statutes”The IJF claimed the incident at the World Championships constituted a “serious breach and gross violation of the Statutes of the IJF, its legitimate interests, its principles and objectives as well as of, in particular, but not limited to, the IJF Code of Ethics and the Olympic Charter.”The IJF explained the breaches to their statutes include the respect of the principle of the universality and political neutrality of the IJF, as well as the rejection of all forms of discrimination.It was viewed the incident breached IJF Sport and Organisation rules relating to match fixing and competition manipulation.The IJF Disciplinary Commission claim they have a “strong reason to believe that the Iran Judo Federation will continue or repeatedly engage in misconduct or commit any other offence against the legitimate interests, principles or objectives of the IJF”.They noted similar incidents were reported in the past.“During the 2004 Olympic Games the actual President of the Iran Judo Federation, Mr. Arash Miresmaeili, has been instructed by the Iranian authorities to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete,” the IJF said.“The same situation happened also during the 2019 Paris Grand Slam regarding Mr Saeid Mollaei.”The Iran Judo Federation can appeal the protective suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days.Earlier this month, Iran NOC President Amiri claimed Mollaei would be greeted “like a champion” if he returned to the country, despite the judoka revealing he had been threatened.Amiri also claimed he sent four letters of complaint to the International Olympic Committee over the conduct of the IJF and its President Marius Vizer.At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka, Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round.It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee’s recognition of the state of Israel.Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili’s actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials.Mohammad Khatami, the country’s President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili’s actions would be “recorded in the history of Iranian glories”.He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government – the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.6 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Related Articles IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity July 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Australia ASX-listed gambling technology group Aristocrat Leisure has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Karp as Managing Director & President of Big Fish Games, heading up its recently acquired social gaming subsidiary.Seeking to diversify its corporate entity beyond casino technologies, in December 2017 Aristocrat completed its $1 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Big Fish, from former owner Churchill Downs.Regarded as one of the leading executives within the games sector, Karp has formerly held EVP roles at EA, Zynga and GSN Games, developing and delivering a number of top-grossing game titles, product lines and new franchises.Most recently Karp served as Chief Executive of Sports Illustrated (Comcast/NBC) PLAY division, developing youth-sports platforms and engagement verticals.Updating the market Jeff Goldstein Chief Digital Officer at Aristocrat, stated that Karp had the best profile and experience to lead Big Fish’s future enterprise:“I am delighted to welcome Jeff Karp to Big Fish. His expertise in growing games into global entertainment franchises is unsurpassed. His proven track record and deep experience in the games industry make him the ideal person to drive Big Fish’s growth strategy, and ensure the business delivers its full potential.”Karp will lead Big Fish as Aristocrat governance seeks to establish its new subsidiary as the market leader in social and casual games, developing new engaging titles and furthering franchises with entertainment companies and media owners.“I am honored to be working with such a creative and talented group, who are focused on enhancing life through exceptional play,” Karp commented on leading Big Fish Games“Big Fish is a content-rich company and its employees are passionate about making great games that bring joy and fun to millions of players around the world. I look forward to working with everyone at Big Fish to deliver our growth plans for the benefit of our players, our people and all our stakeholders.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. WALTHAM, Mass. — Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is ready to return to the court on Friday night, unless he has any setbacks over the next day.Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens said Thursday that the four-time All-Star has passed all of his tests. Rondo hasn’t played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 25, 2013.Rondo was at practice with the Celtics on Thursday morning, but he did not speak with reporters.Stevens says he’s looking forward to seeing what Rondo can do in a game.