Markets “breathe easier” after Portugal bond issue

first_img Wednesday 12 January 2011 11:43 am whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp DEBT-ridden Portugal has passed a key market test by selling its benchmark ten-year bond at a lower yield than in the previous auction, backed by strong demand.The sale has been branded a success and lifts some pressure off the country to seek a bailout from the EU and IMF.Portuguese finance minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said foreign investors had snapped up 80 per cent of the placement, which he said would help Lisbon resist following Ireland and Greece in seeking international aid.The government sold €1.249bn (£1.04bn) in two bond maturities – at the very top end of the initially indicated €1.25bn offer – in its first bond sale of the year.“We consider today’s bond auction a success,” Teixeira dos Santos said. “We see no reason to abandon the strategy of raising financing in markets and diversifying our investor base.”Analysts welcomed the result as better than expected. Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets, said yields came in much below the key seven per cent level that precipitated bailouts for Greece and Ireland.Traders said the move had calmed nerves in the markets, with both the Spanish Ibex and Italian Mib blue-chip stock indices posting gains of more than three per cent.“European markets can breathe a little easier this afternoon,” said Ben Critchley, sales trader at IG Index. “A Portuguese bail-out has been considered something of an inevitability for some time, but today’s strong showing may ease such fears for now.”“This can be seen as an important confidence boost from investors that their sovereign debt fears could be waning,” said Joshua Raymond, a market strategist at City Index. “All eyes will now be on Spain’s bond auction tomorrow to see if they can create a similarly confident stock market response.” Share alison.lock Markets “breathe easier” after Portugal bond issue Read This Next’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe WrapHow HGTV’s ‘Renovation Island’ Changed Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’sThe Wrap’Bridgerton’ Stars Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan on Daphne andThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’ Earns $17 Million 5-Day Opening as Box OfficeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The WrapEverything We Know, or Think We Know, About the Time-Keepers on ‘Loki’The Wrap’The Crown’: What Went Into Finding Princess Diana and Margaret ThatcherThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tip of the API-ceberg

first_img From modern smartphones to social media sites, application programming interfaces (APIs) are becoming synonymous with the technology of today. With new technologies and opportunities to streamline the user experience, we’ve only scraped the surface of what APIs can do.It’s no different in the business world, where maintaining flexibility and supplier agnosticism is of increasing importance so as to avoid legacy issues and keep up-to-date with the latest developments.Ahead of their attendance at ICE, we spoke with Stian Hornsletten, CEO of CasinoEngine and co-founder of EveryMatrix to discuss the key drivers behind the API driven architecture of CasinoEngine, the igaming integration platform. Developing an API-first productWhen developing the product, EveryMatrix saw a real need for improved efficiency and value-added services around aggregation.CasinoEngine targets UX enhancements and caters for personalised and localised casino experiences, with the aim of creating unlimited creativity for gaming operators.In line with this, operators can build their own front-end, and Hornsletten says this is exactly what their most successful partners are doing. Furthermore, the multiple web APIs grant operators full control of the front-end while providing business intelligence.For example, Hornsletten details the game rounds API and its benefits: “To see the outcome of game rounds now, you would have to go into the backend of RNGs. We feed this into one API where instead of going into many different 3rd party back-offices, you can either use CasinoEngine’s or your own. We’re really streamlining the back-office experience.”New live API casino technology aggregated across several vendors allow players to view real-time, in-game statistics.Finally, to further improve the UX, CasinoEngine’s UI communication framework allows operators to have full control over the gameplay window on both desktop and mobile displays. This allows for real-time notifications in the gameplay windows, whether they are responsible-gaming related (reaching time and money limit or mandatory breaks) or maintenance windows. Furthermore, there is the ability to control additional buttons on top of the gameplay window, for instance, quick deposit and cashier functions, gameplay information, carry out gamification features, etc.The solution aims to increase the value of each player, differentiating operators through wider options and product offerings. Success in the fieldAs a result of these developments, the team reports great successes from 2018. Hornsletten cites the launch of over 30 new casino clients, including the Norwegian state monopoly Norsk Tipping, Tipico and Adjarabet as exemplary of this. Now, CasinoEngine provides access to over 8,000 games across more than 140 vendors and sub-vendors.Additionally, CasinoEngine is fast approaching one billion in-game rounds per month, seeing over 230% YoY GGR growth, adding more than 16 new game vendors.Hornsletten says: “As a result of our dedication to quickly launch new content providers we are able to facilitate partners’ access to additional regulated markets on top of their games offering. Recently, for example, we did a UK content push with Red Tiger, Eyecon, Gamevy, Leander, Relax Gaming, Yggdrasil and ReelNRG.”So, what does 2019 hold for EveryMatrix and its CasinoEngine solution?Hornsletten says: “One development we’ll be making in 2019 is to improve our game performance scoring. We want to be able to compare games like-for-like to understand their net value to the operator.”“This can be done quickly if you have a decent amount of players. When you’ve got 70-90 games being released per month, there’s a constant battle for the front position.”He explains that there are a number of ways to calculate this – player session lengths, costs, NGR of games and the churn. This scoring can in turn affect the position of a game in the lobby.“Our aim is to drive this with AI, so you can automatically re-design lobbies based on players, markets and demographics. Of course, it also depends on any placement deals you have with vendors.”Solutions such as this can serve to significantly improve the player experience and lifetime value, and with that make the operators more efficient and more fruitful.EveryMatrix will be available to discuss these developemts and their products further at stand N6-310 at ICE. About the expertStian Hornsletten is CasinoEngine CEO and EveryMatrix co-founder and has over 19 years’ experience in the internet gaming industry. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and a degree in socioeconomics. He was an early entrant into betting exchanges and online poker, and his skills in product innovation are propelling EveryMatrix’s casino product forward. What we’ve seen so far from APIs may just be the tip of the iceberg. Stian Hornsletten, CasinoEngine CEO discusses the opportunities in using an API driven architecture for gaming operators Tip of the API-ceberg Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Tech & innovation Email Address 22nd January 2019 | By Josephine Watsonlast_img read more

Colorado makes late play for legal sports betting

first_img A group of Colorado representative and senators have put forward a new bill with the aim of legalising in-person, online and mobile sports betting in the US state. Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd April 2019 | By contenteditor A group of Colorado representative and senators have put forward a new bill with the aim of legalising in-person, online and mobile sports betting in the US state.HB19-1327 has been introduced to the House and is now with the Committee on Appropriations for further consideration. Representatives Alec Garnett and Patrick Neville, as well as senators Kerry Donovan and John Cooke, are backing the bill, which would need to pass before Colorado’s current legislative session ends on May 3.Key points in the new bill include a tax rate of 10% on the net proceeds of sports betting activity to fund implementation of the state water plan and other public purposes. Colorado’s voters must approve this measure at the state’s general election this November.The bill would also establish a new Gaming Control Commission to regulate the market and assume responsibility for the awarding of permanent and temporary licences.HB19-1327 states that only a limited number of licences would be available, but does not clarify exactly how many. However, it does establish three types of licence that would be on offer: a master licence, a sports betting operator licence and an internet sports betting licence.A master licence would only be available only to entities currently licensed to conduct limited gaming in Colorado. Only holders of this licence could operate in-person sports betting, while they would also be able to contract with operators that hold a sports betting or internet sports betting permit.Master licensees would be permitted to work with only one of each, but operators would be permitted to hold both a sports betting or internet sports betting licence.The bill does not specifically state how much any of these licences would cost, but it does say that any fee would cover the Commission’s costs of processing the initial application and any subsequent background investigations up to $150,000 (£115,400/€133,300).However, it is not yet clear whether online and mobile betting would be allowed only at licensed venues or across the state. The bill only states that apps must bear the same brand as the website that they are accompanying.If the bill were to come into law, it would become effective from May 1, 2020.Image: ErgoSum88 Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Colorado Colorado makes late play for legal sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

Lawsuit claims Solaire owner leveraged deal with ex-PSE chief to deny GGAM payment

first_imgThe $296.6m (£216.3m/€253.0m) lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York in March by casino management business Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM). Legal Email Address The amended documents also claim that Razon deliberately obscured the ownership of his assets within the US, making it harder to sue him for damages. The suit claims that Razon blocked trading in Bloomberry shares in order to prevent GGAM from selling an equity interest in the Solaire it acquired as part of the deal. 15th June 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter GGAM is a joint venture that manages casino resorts, set up between private equity business Cantor Fitzgerald and a number of former Las Vegas Sands executives – which had managed Bloomberry’s Solaire resort. Lawsuit claims Solaire owner leveraged deal with ex-PSE chief to deny GGAM payment New court documents from a lawsuit against Bloomberry Resorts Corporation owner Enrique Razon claim Razon leveraged an “undisclosed financial relationship” with an ex-Phillippine Stock Exchange (PSE) president to help deny a casino management business compensation.center_img Regions: Asia Philippines In previous documents, GGAM had alleged that although Razon engaged GGAM to provide “substantial assistance” in developing the Solaire, Bloomberry’s first casino, the deal was terminated and fees owed to GGAM were withheld.  Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Land-based casino Casino operations Legal Tags: Solaire Resort AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “Thus, Sicat had a strong financial incentive to do Razon’s bidding,” the lawsuit claims. The business called for $296.6m in damages from Razon, the second richest person in the Philippines, arguing that he exerted dominant control over Solaire owner Bloomberry, and that therefore GGAM could file damages against him personally. Now, revised documents allege that this was only possible due to an “undisclosed financial relationship” between Razon and Hans Sicat, former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange. It claims that Sicat was being compensated for bringing “investment opportunities” to Razon and Bloomberry.last_img read more

Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgPress Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfilePress Corporation Limited is the largest holding company in Malawi; with vested interests in real estate, energy, food and beverages, consumer goods, financial services and telecommunications. The highly diversified company has stakes in 13 companies in Malawi made up of 8 subsidiaries, 4 joint ventures and one associate. Well-known brands in its portfolio include: National Bank of Malawi in the financial services sector, Malawi Telecommunications Limited and Telekom Networks Limited in the telecommunication sector, Ethanol Company Limited and Presscane Limited in the energy sector, People’s Trading Centre Limited in the consumer goods sector, Press Properties Limited and Manzini Limited in the property investment and development sector, and The Foods Company in the food manufacturing sector. Press Corporation Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Standard Chartered Bank Plc 2013 Annual Report

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is a leading financial services company providing products and services in three key segments: corporate and institutional banking (CIB), retail banking and commercial banking. The financial institution has a national footprint with 25 branches and four electronic banking centres located in the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Northern, North Western, Southern and Western Provinces. The CIB division provides corporate clients with solutions for trading, corporate finance, loans, trade finance, cash management, deposits and treasury. The Retail division services personal, priority and business clients; providing solutions for transactional accounts, deposits, overdrafts and loans, and investment service. The Commercial division manages mid-sized companies that fall between CIB and Retail banking. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia is a subsidiary of the Standard Chartered Bank Group which is an international financial services conglomerate, with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

These 2 FTSE 250 stocks are rising despite the crash. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Harvey Jones | Friday, 6th March, 2020 | More on: GNS PLUS “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Once again, stock markets are crashing over renewed coronavirus fears, but these two FTSE 250 stocks have defied the downturn to post double-digit growth over the past week. So is now the time to buy them?FTSE 250-listed animal genetics company Genus (LSE: GNS) is up more than 15% over the last turbulent week, and 60% over 12 months. Its 10-year growth chart shows a steady upward climb that even the coronavirus hasn’t interrupted.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Sheer GenusThe Genus share price was given a further lift last week as its interims boasted a “strong first-half performance and strategic momentum”, with record adjusted profit before tax, up 27% in constant currency to £36.6m. It also posted its highest first-half adjusted profit before tax growth rate in more in a decade.Genus aims to breed better pigs and cattle for farmers, allowing them to produce high quality meat and milk more efficiently and sustainably. It has benefited from strong demand from China, which has been restocking following the spread of African Swine Fever, but is also growing strongly in Europe, Latin America, and North America.CEO Stephen Wilson warned that COVID-19 uncertainties could disrupt trade and hit the business, but added that the board’s second-half expectations should still be met.Genus looks like a business with strong growth potential to me, as the global population rises and emerging economies expect meat-rich diets. The downside is that it is expensive, trading at a whopping 40.1 times forecast earnings. Those earnings are forecast to grow 13% next year, but it can’t afford any slippage given today’s valuation. It could fly higher if China enjoys a V-shaped recovery in the weeks ahead. Definitely one for a watchlist.On the PLUS sidePlus500 (LSE: PLUS) is an investment platform that specialises in contracts for difference (CFDs), a popular form of derivative that let traders play shares, forex, commodities, cryptocurrencies, ETFs, options and indices. Demand rises when markets are volatile, as investors look to play falling share prices, boosting customer activity (and fees).The Plus500 share price is up 10% in the last week, and 120% over three years, but with plenty of volatility in-between. Its shares crashed a year ago, after management warned of “materially lower” profits due to stricter EU limits on how much retail traders can borrow from their broker.By May, the yield had shot up to 16%, while it was trading at just seven times forecast earnings. Many shied away, but crypto-currency Bitcoin’s resurgence gave it a lift, with further support from recent virus volatility.My fellow writers on the Fool are sceptical about this stock, as its fortunes are prone to market hype, and customer churn is high. However, last week’s trading update reported “a significant increase in levels of customer trading activity”, with the current quarter up “substantially” year-on-year.Trading at 10 times forward earnings and with a forecast yield of 4.6%, Plus500 looks tempting, but only for risk seekers who do their research. In contrast to Genus, Plus500 could take a hit from a V-shaped recovery. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. These 2 FTSE 250 stocks are rising despite the crash. Here’s what I’d do now See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

Have £5k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy these 2 cheap shares in an ISA today

first_img The FTSE 100 may have rebounded after its recent market crash, but a number of its members appear to offer wide margins of safety at the present time.Therefore, buying them in an ISA for the long term could be a profitable move. It may allow you to generate high returns as the world economy gradually recovers from what is likely to be a period of slower growth.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here are two large-cap shares that trade at relatively low prices. They could be worth buying with £5k, or any other amount, today.Land SecuritiesLockdown measures have negatively impacted FTSE 100 commercial property businesses such as Land Securities (LSE: LAND). Its recent full-year results showed that the company has experienced a 6.3% decline in revenue as a result of rent deferrals and an uncertain future for the wider economy.Looking ahead, demand for retail and office units is likely to fall due not only to weaker economic growth, but also because of changing economic trends. Online retailing could become even more popular, as could working from home, after the pandemic. This could lead to more difficult operating conditions across the commercial property sector.Despite this, Land Securities could offer long-term capital growth. It has a resilient balance sheet with £1.2bn in cash and available facilities, while its 30.7% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is relatively modest. This suggests that it has the financial strength to adapt to changing market conditions over the coming years, which could allow it to deliver an improving financial performance.The FTSE 100 company’s shares currently trade around 36% down in 2020. This indicates that investors are pricing in many of the risks faced by the business, which could make now an opportune moment to buy a slice of it for the long run.FTSE 100 bank BarclaysAnother FTSE 100 share that appears to offer a wide margin of safety at the present time is Barclays (LSE: BARC). The company’s shares are trading 33% down year-to-date, with a challenging outlook for the sector weighing on the bank’s prospects.Prior to coronavirus, Barclays appeared to be making progress in implementing its strategy. For example, its efficiency continued to improve as cost control measures were put in place, while its capital position has become increasingly secure. Its diverse range of operations have also helped to mitigate the impact of a challenging economic period thus far, and could differentiate the bank from its peers in the eyes of investors.Looking ahead, Barclays is likely to experience a period of weaker financial performance over the coming months. However, with what appears to be a sound strategy and a low valuation after its share price fall, it could offer capital growth over the long run relative to many of its FTSE 100 index peers. Peter Stephens owns shares of Barclays and Landsec. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and Landsec. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Have £5k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy these 2 cheap shares in an ISA today Peter Stephens | Thursday, 11th June, 2020 | More on: BARC LAND Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Second Tier Sevens World Series in the pipeline for World Rugby

first_imgDiscussions between key decision-makers were held in Hong Kong on Saturday Powering ahead: Hong Kong are in the hunt for Series qualification (Getty Images) So where is the ideal location?“ExCo and World Rugby have been asking the same for the last couple of months – where do we want to take this game forward?” says Pichot. “France have shown interest but we have to look again at how we approach it, at where the growth of the game is taking us.“We need to think again, as we did with Japan some years ago. We have to find a more rational strategy for growth of the game when making the decision. This will come in the next couple of months.New territory: The Sevens World Cup was in San Francisco in July 2018 (Getty Images)“We sent to the unions to show interest and we are having good responses. Then, where do we want to go with the next phase of developing the game? It’s a question I’m asking myself as chairman of sevens. I’ve been here quite often – I think it’s crucial for the growth of the game (to move into new rugby territories). If France is going to be (it) I don’t know, but we need to think of the growth of the game in different places in the world.”Related: Jason Momoa steals show at Vancouver SevensAgain Gosper added his view: “The last two times the Sevens Rugby World Cup has been very much a development tournament. It’s gone to new places. Either successfully, and slightly less successfully – Moscow didn’t quite get the crowds, whereas San Francisco was a resounding success. It blazed some new trails in a very important market for us.“But even France could say they need a development sevens, even though they’ve got an HSBC (event) they could have their arguments about why it develops the sport. I’ve heard people like South Africa might be interested too. There are geographies – the USA has a tournament as well each year, but another part of America could get the tournament and so on. Second Tier Sevens World Series in the pipeline for World RugbyWork is going on behind the scenes of World Rugby to create a second tier of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series as soon as possible.A meeting between key figures in the global sevens game was held in Hong Kong on Saturday to discuss how any new competition for the men and women could be realised. Nothing is set in stone and further discussion will be held in the coming months in Dublin to hammer out more details.According World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and the organisation’s CEO, Brett Gosper, initial conversations have been positive.“Where it is going to be held is still under discussion and it is part of a broader discussion but we decided in the Executive Committee (ExCo) strategic plan that part of the resources, money, is there to cover the expansion of the circuit for a second tier,” said Pichot, who is also chairman of sevens. “I don’t like to call it a second tier but it would be a different tournament that will provide access to other countries that don’t play regularly and they have a sevens programme.”As it stands, there is only the stand alone qualifier for the Sevens World Series each season, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong Sevens.Reaching the big time: Brazil qualified for next season’s series (Getty Images)Adding more on the ExCo view of a series below the current elite circuit, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said: “There’s nothing that has completely landed yet as we’re still with work groups on formats, number of days, combined events women and men, not combined events in some situations, and how does that affect the programme.Related: Sebastien Chabal performs at the Hong Kong Sevens“Broadcast is a very important parameter in that as well. We had meetings today talking about these things but nothing has landed yet. There are a lot of good conversations around all those areas. We are very conscious that the next level is very important to keep the depth of the game and also for new hosts in other parts of the world too, to drive some interest and test new destinations.”Nine of the ten men’s legs for 2019 to 2023 have been decided, but while ‘New Zealand’ have won hosting rights for this period, and it is understood that Hamilton are the likeliest location for these legs. However, Rugby World understands that the door has also been left open for Fiji to host one of these legs within that four-year cycle. Discussions are ongoing between New Zealand and Fiji on this.There is also a similar expansionary view on the destination of the next Sevens World Cup, with a tender process underway. France supremo Bernard Laporte has already publicly stated that he would like France to stage the event.center_img “It has been a development tool and it’s been a successful one recently and I think ExCo will still be thinking along those lines.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Peace Officers Memorial Day: Remembering Officer Denson Hudson

first_img Please enter your name here Thank you to the Apopka Police Department and for whoever decided to honor Apopka’s Officer Denson Hudson, by having his name put on the National LEO Memorial Wall. I had never heard of that crime happening in Apopka. That must of been there where the Catfish Place is now. I suppose the two men got away with murder, but you never know, maybe they didn’t, in the long haul. Maybe, they were shot somewhere else, doing another crime, or maybe they were caught doing another crime, and went to prison. I can only imagine the pain that Officer Hudson’s wife and five children felt knowing that their loved one died in such a violent manner, for so little. I had heard the name of Apopka’s Fred Risener before, just didn’t know he was the Apopka Police Chief back in those days. He made the right call though, by trying to save his officer instead of the pursuit. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Peace Officers Memorial Day Previous articleCommissioner Dean insulted at being left off LANGD BoardNext articleOn This Day in History: State of Israel Proclaimed Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR May 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm 1 COMMENT You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here On the morning of Tuesday, March 18, 1941, Apopka Police Chief Fred Risener and Officer Denson Hudson noticed a window open at 310 South Forest Avenue.  Two suspects were discovered in the act of opening a safe. The suspects fired at the officers.Officer Hudson’s name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington DCDeputy Hudson was wounded and was taken to Orange General Hospital.  The suspects escaped when Risener decided to help Hudson rather than pursue the suspects. Later that night Officer Hudson died of a single gunshot wound. He left behind a widow and five children.*****Officer Denson L. Hudson is the only Apopka Police Officer to die in the line of duty. His sacrifice went virtually unrecognized until 2012 when the Apopka Police Department petitioned to have his name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington DC.Through this effort, his name was added to the more than 20,000 already engraved, recognizing those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.*****National Peace Officers Memorial DayIn 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a law which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  The law was amended in 1994 to designate the day as one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.Apopka sent an Honor Guard to Washington DC in 2012 to participate in the ceremony adding Officer Hudson’s name to the Wall.“As I reflect on this year’s peace officer’s day, I think of a set of words carved on the memorial wall in Washington DC — ‘It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it’s how they lived.’ I am humbled to work with the dedicated officers of the Apopka Police Department and all the officers and deputies I have had the honor to work with over my career. It truly is how they live and work daily that makes them all heroes. So far, fire arm related law enforcement deaths are up 50% compared to the same time last year. We need the public to support law enforcement and to remember the intense sacrifices given by all who wear the badge.” – Apopka Chief of Police Mike McKinley“Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly, each day, with little to no recognition of the difficult and dangerous job they are asked to do. On average, an officer dies in the line of duty every 61 hours and nearly 16,000 are assaulted annually. I am proud of the men and women of the Apopka Police Department and know first hand of their dedication and commitment to this community.” – Captain Randy FernandezPolice Week provides a great opportunity to thank, not only the police officers within Apopka, but officers in all communities that put themselves between good people and those intending to harm them.Another quote on the Memorial says, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1.*****To learn for about Officer Denson Hudson use this link and this link, courtesy of Dr. Phyllis Olmstead. Reply Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more