Derry police probe arson attacks on two vans

first_imgNews Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter Facebook Police in Derry are appealing for information following an arson attack on two vehicles in the bogside area during the early hours of this morning, Thursday 19th July.At around 4.20am Police and fire crews were called to reports of a white van on fire at Meenan Square and another white ‘pizza’ van on fire at Lisfannon Park. The vans had been parked there overnight.In a statement, the PSNI says a “hostile” crowd gathered while Police were in the area. Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleGaeltacht Bill passed despite opposition Dail walkoutNext articleMoville – Greencastle Road reopens to traffic News Highland WhatsApp Derry police probe arson attacks on two vans By News Highland – July 19, 2012 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

Tyson to make boxing comeback at 54 against Roy Jones, 51

first_imgMike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on Sep. 12 in Los Angeles.On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones, a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought consistently into his 50s.  “It’s just going to be amazing,” Tyson said on a video call on ESPN. “It’s 100% of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson said. “I’ve got one speed — forward.”In a battle for the aged, Tyson said he wants to show older can still mean exciting in the sports realm.”It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it,” Tyson said. “We aren’t washed up. Somebody says over-age is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now.”Tyson envisions elder statesmen events of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning such former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson.Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round in 1986 to win the World Boxing Council crown.Within a year, Tyson was the undisputed champion and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and going 37-0.But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson suffered a 10th-round knockout at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset. Tyson shrugged off any notion of danger for serious injury for himself or Jones, saying that California rules will require they both wear headgear for the fight.”We’re both accomplished fighters,” Tyson said. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.”Tyson finished 50-6 with 44 knockouts while Jones, who last fought in February 2018, is 66-9 with 47 knockouts.Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for show — “we’re showing our skills and fighting” — and said he wants to recapture the fearsome form he once displayed. ‘Taken care of my body’ He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three years in prison before his 1995 release and return to the ring. Tyson regained the title but lost twice to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the second time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that kept him sidelined for 18 months.He had one last chance at the heavyweight crown, losing to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after six rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005 in his final fight, days shy of his 39th birthday.”I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here,” Tyson said. “I’ve taken care of my body.”Jones has done much the same since winning his first middleweight title in 1993 and rolled through the super middleweight and light heavyweight ranks at 49-1 before dropping three fights in a row in 2004-2005.His championship run included a 2003 victory over John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, a crown he never defended before rejoining the light heavyweight ranks.Jones fought at least once a year into 2018 but has spent more time as a commentator than fighter in recent years. Topics :last_img read more

Enlarged Stars Group focuses on debt reduction despite Flutter movements

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc underlines its corporate focus of integrating its new international sportsbook assets and reducing its debt load, after publishing its Q3 2019 trading update (period ending 30 September).Incorporating the assets of Sky Bet (UK) and its newly formed Australia division merging Crownbet and William Hill AUS, the Stars Inc records an 8% increase in Q3 2019 group revenues to $622 million (Q32018: $571m).“Our third-quarter results were robust and in-line with our expectations, supported by strong revenue growth in our United Kingdom and Australia segments, which helped offset both the ongoing disruption in certain of our lower-priority international markets and continued foreign exchange headwinds across the business,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, The Stars Group’s Chief Executive Officer.A breakdown of segments sees the Stars Group’s flagship PokerStars division continue to flounder by recording period revenues of $325 million (Q32018: $352 million), impacted by local restrictions on payment methods and market closures in jurisdictions such as Switzerland (July 2019).A tough trading period for PokerStars, which faces multiple market headwinds combined with currency impacts, sees the division’s operating income reduced by 35% to $88 million (Q32018: $135m).Diversifying its assets, the Stars Group points to Sky Bet as the firm’s standout performer, noting that its UK venture has maintained its commercial momentum despite acquisition disruptions.Detailing double-digit growth across its betting (+52%) and gaming (+16%) verticals, Sky Bet records period revenues of $226 million (Q32018: $168m).Driven by strong customer activity, improved retention and cross-sell efficiencies, Sky Bet delivers a positive period operating income of $15 million (Q32018: -$28million).However, incorporating its new assets Stars Group reports increased general and administrative period operating costs of $335 million (Q3 2018: $267m) as the TSX firm declares period net losses of $52 million.Updating investors, Ashkenazi and Stars Group governance underline debt reduction as a core directive leading the group’s enlarged operations, which at present sees the company’s long term principal debt stand at $5.1 billion.“Our highly cash generative business model also enabled us to reduce our net debt by over $100 million in the quarter and prepay yet another $100 million in October, bringing our total prepayments since the beginning of the year to over $450 million and around $600 million since July 2018,” added Ashkenazi.“Ahead of closing, we remain highly focused on our key strategic priorities of integration, execution and debt reduction. Not only have we largely completed the integration of Sky Betting & Gaming, but we currently expect to exit 2019 with a run-rate of the full $100 million of expected cost synergies and are beginning to execute on our plans for revenue upside through Sky Bet in Italy and Germany and our developing U.K. ecosystem.” Share Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020last_img read more