Facebook killer commits suicide The man dubbed the Facebook killer, Steve Stephens, committed suicide on Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania as cops closed in on him.Stephens, 37, sparked a multi-state manhunt after he shot and killed Robert Godwin seemingly at random on Sunday, recording the encounter on his phone and uploading the horrific video to Facebook. Godwin’s family said he had no connection to Stephens or a woman Stephens mentioned during the incident.Stephens was spotted in a McDonald’s parking lot in Erie County just after 11 a.m. by a member of the public who quickly contacted Pennsylvania State Police. After a 2-mile chase, “troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle…As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” a state police Facebook statement said.Stephens was driving a white Ford Fusion, a picture of which had been circulated by police, when he was discovered.It was not suspected that Stephens killed anyone else during his nearly 48 hours on the run. His cellphone had reportedly “pinged” in the area on Sunday; however, a search for him there was futile and officials said the report appeared unfounded. Yet federal officials were back combing through the area again on Tuesday when Stephens killed himself.A patrolman involved in the pursuit of Stephens on Tuesday couldn’t stop his car in time and slid into Stephens’ vehicle, causing minor damage. No officers were injured, state police said in a statement.
Hank Willis Thomas unveils iconic public artwork in Opa-LockaYesterday evening, award winning artist, Hank Willis Thomas, unveiled his “All Power to All People” public art sculpture in partnership with the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) on the campus of the emerging THRIVE Innovation District.Afro-pick sculptureAt over 800 pounds, the 8-foot-tall afro pick sculpture is cast in aluminum and finished with a high gloss black coating. It boasts stainless steel teeth topped with a clenched fist often associated with strength, unity, and black power. The installation of the work, which uses imagery associated with counterculture and civil rights, comes at a time of social, economic, and racial divide across the America. While Thomas hopes the piece will speak for itself, it highlights ideas of community, strength, perseverance, comradeship and resistance to oppression.History of black AmericansAccording to Thomas, “The city of Opa-locka has a rich history, and I am very glad to be a part of it. The small monument speaks to the history of black Americans. It is a symbolic gesture but a potent one, as the imagery has long been connected to beauty, cultural representation, and self-love.”Located at Town Center Apartments, an affordable housing development for the elderly built in 2014, as a collaboration between OLCDC and Related Urban Development Group, “All Power to All People” is the latest work of art to be displayed in Opa-locka. It joins another public artwork, “Opa-Tisha Locka-Wocka,” by South Florida artist Gary Moore designed for Town Center.Creative placemaking and the artsWhile the OLCDC has a rich and long history in affordable housing and community building, it is also working to redevelop the neighborhood through creative place-making and the arts. Over the past five years, it has partnered with nationally renowned artists such as Renee Cox, Walter Hood, Ebony G. Patterson, Dread Scott and Nari Ward to bring cultural education, arts interventions, and exhibitions to local residents.In 2014, OLCDC even purchased and renovated an old warehouse to become The ARC, Opa-locka’s first cultural community facility to help revitalize downtown Opa-locka.“Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world, which is why we’re committed to building up our community through cultural activities and public art such as this one. It is my hope that this piece will incite residents to think further about what this symbol represents to them, their community and the world,” says Dr. Willie Logan, OLCDC President/CEO.About Hank Willis ThomasThe New York native is an accomplished conceptual artist. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Africana studies, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Photography and Visual criticism, and a Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts, Thomas’ works primarily incorporate art related to identity, history and popular culture. His domestic and international exhibitions were included at the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Moreover, his artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms was the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s 2017 Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also the recipient of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellowship.About the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC)Established in November 1980, OLCDC is a non-profit community development corporation established to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Miami-Dade County, Florida, communities. Its primary mission is to transform under-resourced communities into vibrant, desirable, engaged neighborhoods by improving access to health, education, employment, art, safety and affordable housing.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Opener Evin Lewis scored a century on the third One-Day International hundred as West Indies completed a whitewash of Ireland with a straightforward five-wicket victory in the third ODI on January 12.Chasing a revised target of 197 off 47 balls after rain intervened in their initial pursuit of 203, the Caribbean side encountered little issues as they coasted home at the Grenada National Stadium.Lewis, who was left stranded on 99 when West Indies won the opening game last Tuesday in Barbados, made amends with a superb 102 off 97 balls while fellow left-hander Nicholas Pooran finished unbeaten on 43 from 44 deliveries.Brandon King struck 38 off 43 balls as West Indies recovered from the cheap dismissals of Shai Hope (6) and Sunil Ambris (6) to complete their second series whitewash in the space of three months.Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh jr had earlier snatched four for 36 as Ireland once again failed to post a challenging total and were dismissed for 203 off the first ball of the final over. Speedster Oshane Thomas, a surprise inclusion after not being listed as part of the 14-man squad, finished with three for 41 while off-spinner Roston Chase showed his worth with two for 53 after missing the second ODI in Barbados on Thursday.Captain Andy Balbirnie top-scored with a polished 71 from 93 balls but he found little support, with only Andy McBrine (25 not out) and Kevin O’Brien (21) managing to get out of the 20s.Thomas removed both openers cheaply, Paul Stirling (5) edging a pull behind in the eighth over and James McCollum (20), in his first match of the series, taken at cover by Lewis. When William Porterfield missed a sweep at Chase and was lbw for 10 in the 18th over, Ireland were 51 for three and struggling to find momentum.Balbirnie, batting at number three, then propped up the innings, first by adding 37 for the fourth wicket with O’Brien and then in a 42-run sixth-wicket stand with Simi Singh (10).The right-hander struck six fours and a couple of sixes before finally perishing in the 38th over, becoming the second of Walsh’s wickets when he scooped an ordinary delivery to Chase at point.His departure left signalled the end of any serious Ireland resistance as the last five wickets tumbled for just 50 runs.In reply, the Windies lost Hope in the sixth over with the score on 29, hit plumb in front by seamer Barry McCarthy and leaving the subsequent review as much an exercise in desperation as it was futility.Ambris, in his first match of the series, edged a cut at off-spinner Simi Singh behind at the end of the ninth, giving Ireland their second wicket and hope of pulling off a surprise win.But Lewis quickly put such aspirations to rest with an innings decorated with half-dozen fours and five sixes. He reached his half-century off 41 balls in the 15th over before completing three figures off 96 balls in the 35th over by pulling fast bowler Craig Young to the mid-wicket boundary.Along the way, he posted 75 for the third wicket with King who counted four fours and a six, before adding a further 63 for the fourth wicket with Pooran who blasted five fours and a six.By the time Lewis holed out in the deep one delivery after reaching his hundred, West Indies needed just five for victory but they lost Romario Shepherd (1) before Pooran raised victory with a savage pull for four off McCarthy.
1:28 Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Rivers United hotshot Bernard Ovoke insists that coaches getting ultimatum in the league is not a new thing.Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma had earlier been issued a three-match ultimatum to turn the fortunes of Rivers United around by the management of the club but Ovoke says the coach sees it as no big deal.“It’s not a new in Nigeria League. (Eguma) just told us that there’s no pressure on him. So, we guys should just put everything behind and go on and do (our job).”Ovoke was also delighted to have scored one of the goals as the Port-Harcourt based side won their first away game of the campaign in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Remo Stars.“I feel excited and happy. My expectations is for us to grab a title during the Aiteo Cup.“We are preparing very hard for it because we have a game on Wednesday. We coming all out.“The spirit is okay, (as we have) to take every game the way it comes.He added: “Most of the games, fatigue (issues). When we came back from the Continental, we had a lot of stress going to play different games.”Rivers United face J. Atete in the Aiteo Cup round of 64 on Wednesday. 1. “Benard Ovoke.wav” “Benard Ovoke.wav” Writer: Kingsley Oyero
Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC Holdings online poker subsidiary partypoker has concluded a set of enhancements to the look and feel of its product lobby and tables, having received feedback from a large segment of its players.Updating its player base, partypoker management stated that it wanted to ‘improve the player experience, especially for those playing longer poker sessions’.Notable changes to its poker lobby include improved product navigation, collapsible game filters, faster updated sit&go information, enhanced tournament displays.With regards to partypoker’s game tables, players will be able to view games in full-screen mode, gain better information of tournament rankings/movements whilst playing with improved all-round graphics.Managing Director of partypoker Tom Waters commented on the improvements:“We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software. We know what the bigger issues are and believe that these upgrades will address all of those. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback and suggested improvements. I hope that the new partypoker player experience is to everyone’s liking.” Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020
MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles AIDP hosts first ‘Power Hour’ on racism and equality June 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Share Founded in 2017, the All-in Diversity Project is an industry-driven initiative seeking to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sectors. SBC speaks to founding partners Kelly Kehn and Christina Thakor Rankin on how equality and diversity should be treated as new industry dynamics. Competing in an evolving global marketplace, can betting/gaming create inclusive operating frameworks appealing to modern workforces… The stakes are high for industry players!_________________________Kelly KehnSBC: 2018 is a year of systemic change for the betting industry, as it faces increased regulatory demands, advertising restrictions combined with operational changes of its data and AML disciplines. Under this context, why do industry leaders need to drive a diversity/equality agenda in 2018? Kelly Kehn: Those systematic changes you mention all involve restriction and regulation. Diversity & Inclusion as an organisational shift is very much the opposite and I’d like to be quite clear about that. We should be looking at D&I as a movement to become less restrictive with the way we hire, retain and promote talent within our organisations. This is not about one particular underserved group, this about recognising the cultural biases, understanding how those biases put us at a disadvantage and changing the way we operate to ensure we have access to the best talent globally. I think we all inherently know that new ideas, experiences and perspectives are good for business. However, research into diverse and inclusive organisations is now actively proving that statement. Businesses with a diverse workforce outperform their competitors who aren’t racially and gender diverse.Christina Thakor Rankin: For me, it’s as much about pragmatism as it is about ethics. We are about to see a huge generational shift which will see the millennials make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. These are the next generation of leaders and for them; diversity, equality and inclusion will be an expectation, not an aspiration. If we want to attract these people as future leaders we firstly need to attract them as new entrants and middle managers.Do we really think that as stakeholders we are in a place to attract talent and resources who want to work in a sector which shares their ethics and values, or do we need to do some work to improve matters?SBC: In your opinion is diversity the domain of industry governance, leadership, HR etc… Does diversity have to be allocated as a corporate responsibility in order to be effective for betting organisations? Furthermore is ownership of the subject matter important?KK: Diversity & Inclusion affects every aspect of a business so limiting the scope or domain to HR, Corp. Governance etc. does a business organisation a deep disservice.To your question, “Is ownership of the subject matter important?”, I’d say yes. D&I is about a cultural shift and the responsibility for change will sit with those leaders responsible for setting a business’s culture, vision and ethics. However, everyone within an organisation needs to play a role and support that shift.CTR: Someone at the top taking ownership is a great start, but a checklist or telling someone what is and isn’t acceptable doesn’t eliminate the prejudices that sit behind discrimination – they just mask it. As a result, this needs to be as much bottom up as it does top down. It’s about education, acceptance and the understanding that it’s the inside that matters – the skills, the experience, the insight and the knowledge, not which bathroom they use, which god they worship or whether they have the ‘normal’ number of arms and legs.SBC: Diversity is a broad subject matter, which can be easily sidetracked. For All-in, how do you create initial corporate frameworks and best practices, that can be inclusive and understood by all industry employees? KK: Like any business strategy or transformation, you must have valid and measurable benchmarks in place to measure success. Why would any business invest in anything if they couldn’t measure the ROI? At All-in Diversity Project, we believe the tools for success will come in the form of data, industry benchmarks and transparency. This is not about men vs. women, trying to force empathy or dumbing anything down. This is about stopping the assumptions, holding the mirror up, taking a sober look at where we now and setting targets for progress. We do it with every other business strategy but historically we’ve been blinded by our lack of data on the subject of D&I. Our All-Index is a global industry standard index measuring progress for diversity and inclusion. It will provide a report on annual progress and make recommendations in various areas such as corporate governance, employment policies, recruitment practices, unconscious bias and marketing.CTR: I would add that leadership has to begin to look to understand cultural, gender and generational complexities within their workforces. Measuring inclusivity is not an easy undertaking for any corporation regardless of resources available, however, it is a dynamic/discipline that has to be tackled in order to create effective future enterprises. Christina Thakor RankinSBC: You are currently advising a number of industry leaders on workplace diversity and equal opportunity. From a leadership perspective, what is the underlining fear of the betting sector not addressing/tackling this current concern… What will we lose as a sector if we fail on equality and diversity matters? CTR: Unless we start to change now betting and gambling as we know it will become something we used to do. We already know that millennials have no interest in some of the traditional forms of gambling. What we don’t know is what the next generation of products needs to look like. The only people who can tell us is the next generation of players and to get this information we need to get them engaging with us and into our businesses.KK: I agree with Tina 100%. We formed AIDP because we deeply care about this industry and want to see it succeed. I don’t think I’d go as far as saying that if we fail, we won’t have an industry, but I’d venture to say that not adapting means we’ll continue to recycle the same talent and aging customers, continue ignoring our image problem, stop innovating and eventually be decades (instead of years) behind the rest of the world in terms of our ability to recruit top talent.SBC: From your perspective, how can diversity improve or revive the sector’s stagnant talent pool, a deep concern for many stakeholders? KK: By way of real-world example, in 1952, the Boston Symphony was looking to diversify their all-male orchestra. They implemented blind auditions in order to ensure a purely merit-based choice of talent and hopefully increase the number of women selected. The result was 50% of those making it through this audition were women. Today, most symphony orchestras have blind auditions as part of their standard practice, and the industry boasts 44% women to men ratio. Music critics would also argue that today symphonies have a better product meaning they actually sound better.As I mentioned earlier, diversity is about removing restrictions that companies have an opening up to the best talent possible. Just placing the words “Must have betting/gambling experience” or “Betting/Gambling experience preferred” on a job description keeps us stagnant, and it happens on just about every description I read today. No one studies gambling at Uni although I was asked to teach a graduate class on “sports maths” one time! 😉 But this is a great industry to work in and we need to promote it as such. Part of D&I initiatives should recognise simple areas like how we are marketing our open roles, what CVs we are shortlisting and why and if we are actively looking for outside experience. CTR: By mirroring the world at large in our individual businesses we get to replicate our customer base and from there understand what appeals, to who, and why. We can only do this is our internal teams genuinely reflect the outside world in terms of gender, ethnicity, age and different abilities – where are the products for differently abled players? SBC: Finally, as one of the younger industry bodies, how do you gauge success on diversity and equal opportunity, which unlike other industry disciplines can’t be necessarily measured? What should be deemed as success in a non-binary issue? CTR: That’s easy. We set a benchmark and then measure ourselves and our profitability against it. The All-Index seeks to set a global benchmark for diversity, equality and inclusion. By running the Index annually we can see where we got better and how this relates to commercial performance.KK: It can be measured and up until now, we’ve been blinded by our lack of data. As Tina states, that’s where AIDP is carving our place in the universe. We believe that data, transparency and benchmarking is the way toward progress.________________________Kelly Kehn & Christina Thakor Rankin – Founding Partners – All-in Diversity ProjectThe Betting industry’s future enterprise and operational context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information…
It’s been another hectic week in the world of esports. We’ve seen plenty of big non-endemics fly into the space yet again – this time in varying nature as some of the world’s biggest brands have partnered across a variety of different tournaments. We’ve seen the OWL attract SOUR PATCH KIDS and T-Mobile, ESL Germany attract McDonalds, AirAsia sponsor Mineski and Splyce enter the NBA 2K League all in the last seven days. In case you missed any details of the biggest stories, here’s our recap:SOUR PATCH KIDS and T-Mobile sponsor the Overwatch LeagueThe Overwatch League has added T-Mobile and SOUR PATCH KIDS to a growing list of sponsors. The companies join the likes of Toyota, OMEN by HP and Intel as partners of the inaugural season. T-Mobile has signed a multi-year agreement to be the “official wireless provider” of the Overwatch League in the United States. The sponsorship will see the brand become exclusive title sponsor of the Overwatch League Regular Season MVP and Finals MVP. The deal will see T-Mobile provide content for its customers throughout the season. The release states there will be “exclusive perks”, an insider’s look at the top MVP candidates and more. Previously T-Mobile was a sponsor of the Overwatch World Cup. SOUR PATCH KIDS will bring fans content that will air on the livestream. On-site, fans will see digital board messaging, branded thundersticks and free sweets at select matches. Read the full article here.AirAsia sponsor Mineski’s Dota 2 teamAirAsia has become the exclusive airline partner of Mineski Pro Team, a prevalent Dota 2 squad.[Press Release] #AirAsia sponsors Dota 2 Esports Team Mineski pic.twitter.com/jqdbyxWeQX— AirAsia (@AirAsia) January 26, 2018The roster, made up of Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, Kam “NaNa” Boon Seng, Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang, Thai Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong and Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr are sat at fifth in the overall Dota Pro Circuit rankings and are well poised to secure a spot at The International.The year long deal was announced at a press conference held at Genting International Convention Centre (“GICC”). Read the full article here.ESL Meisterschaft partners with Mcdonald’s GermanyThe ESL Meisterschaft, home to the German Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and FIFA 18 championships, has announced that it has brought McDonald’s Germany on board as its official partner for 2018.Once known as the ESL Pro Series, ESL Meisterschaft is the home of several German championships – and has been since 2002. The 2018 season kicks off on Monday, January 29.McDonald’s has something of a history with the esports industry, just as recently as 2017 it sponsored ESL’s Starcraft II World Championships in partnership with Blizzard and You Know Media. It also sponsored the NFL Madden Bowl tournament earlier in the year.McDonald’s, of course, has been involved with traditional sports for quite some time too. The fast food company sponsored the Olympics for 30 years, and has also sponsored FIFA since the World Cup in 1994. McDonald’s logo will be prominent in all ESL Meisterschaft tournaments in 2018 and has promised fan competitions at Gamescom Cologne.Read the full article here.Splyce and Boston Celtics partner as the esports org enters the NBA 2K LeagueSplyce has just announced that it will be partnering withCLTX Crossover Gaming, otherwise known as the esports division of the Boston Celtics NBA Franchise, to enter the upcoming NBA 2K League.The announcement from Splyce explains that while the Celtics are well-versed in the sports industry, it’s still finding its stride when it comes to esports and gaming – that’s where the esports organisation comes in. Splyce, over the last few months, has been educating the Celtics and providing resources to its staff while they built and developed CLTX Crossover Gaming.Jim Ferris has been hired to front the CLTX brand, and is working alongside Splyce to fully embrace the flourishing world of competitive gaming. The official announcement also revealed that Splyce has been studying the NBA 2K scene to properly support CLTX in the upcoming player draft. Not only that, the two companies will continue to work side by side throughout 2018, placing importance on establishing a brand – both for CLTX and its future players.Read the full article here.
The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee in the Premier League at the start of the 2019/2020 season has received mixed reaction from fans and pundits alike.The technology was brought in to ensure more accuracy in terms of refereeing decisions.Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, has given his assessment of VAR, in an interview with Crystal Palace TV.Ayew, who has benefited once this season from VAR – in his goal against West Ham at the London Stadium, says the technology has faired averagely in its first season.“I think I’m still split 50-50 on it. Some of the decisions are hard to understand, while others are clear for all to see.“But I think it’s a positive thing. As time goes on, things will improve,” he told Crystal Palace TV.VAR found Jordan Ayew onside in his winner against West Ham in the 2019/2020 Premier League seasonAyew currently leads the scoring charts for Crystal Palace this season, with 9 goals in the Premier League.
Source: FirstPost.com There will be a trophy — and lots of pizzas — if Atalanta pulls off an upset and wins the Champions League this month.The team from the small Italian city of Bergamo faces Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first quarterfinal of the European tournament in Lisbon.“As I have said, I will make pizza for 1,000 people if we win the Champions League,” Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon said on Tuesday. “But if we lose, we can try again next year.”De Roon reiterated a promise he had made a few months ago after being asked by a fan about what he would do if his team won the European title. The Dutch player said he would throw a party in Bergamo’s central square and everyone would be invited.Bergamo was one of the hardest-hit places by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, with more than 6,000 people dying with COVID-19 in the province.“I think it’s a very important match for everyone — for the players, for the city, for the province, for Italy,” De Roon said.Atalanta has had a remarkable run in what is its first appearance in the Champions League. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said his team has little to lose against PSG and its star-studded squad.
Carlo Ancelotti admitted he could have made a mistake by playing Fernando Torres after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United.He also insisted the decision about whether he keeps his job at Stamford Bridge after his team failed once more to deliver the Holy Grail of Europe’s top club trophy to owner Roman Abramovich was out of his hands.Ancelotti gambled by starting Torres and leaving Didier Drogba on the bench, even though Torres had not scored in 817 minutes and 13 matches for club and country.Torres suffered a torrid first 45 minutes and was replaced at half-time by Drogba, who scored in the second half.When asked if it had been a mistake to start with Torres, Ancelotti said: “Maybe. Could be. I told you a lot of times this season I wanted to start with Fernando for this kind of game, these type of tactics.“Didier played well in the second half. I wanted to put more pressure up front because we needed to score. Didier was fresh and he could use his power up front. This was the reason I took out Fernando.” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was in no doubt that it was the huge fee Chelsea splashed out for Torres in January which forced Ancelotti’s hand.Ferguson said: “A lot of people thought Drogba would play. I thought having signed Torres for the money they did they had to play him. I wasn’t 100% sure but I couldn’t see how they could leave Torres out.”Ferguson, however, insisted he was not criticising Chelsea for signing Torres.“They had the opportunity to sign Torres and I don’t think anyone would have turned it down,” Ferguson said. “Everyone said at the time it was fantastic business.“You can’t criticise him (Ancelotti) for that, it was a good signing. It isn’t working at the moment but he is a young man and there are other seasons ahead.” Ancelotti will now be under pressure to make sure Chelsea qualify for the Champions League next season.He said: “We have to look forward. We have games to play and to win if possible because obviously we want to play the Champions League the next season.”On his own future Ancelotti said: “I’m not concerned. I have to work and try to do my best. It is not my decision to stay or not to stay here.”Source: Skysports.com