Grenadian American lawyer indicted for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from…

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC –A Grenadian American lawyer in Brooklyn has been indicted on a grand larceny charge for allegedly withholding proceeds from the US$1.7 million sale of a building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn owned by a retired couple.“This defendant was trusted with funds that he was obligated to give to his clients,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Friday. Withheld $650,000“Instead, he allegedly betrayed that trust and kept $650,000 of his retired clients’ money. We will now seek to hold him accountable for this alleged theft.”The District Attorney identified the lawyer as Gerald Douglas, 50. Douglas was also arraigned on Thursday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun with second-degree grand larceny. He was ordered held on bail of $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash and to return to court on February 6.  Douglas faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.Gonzalez said according to the investigation, between August 2016 and March 2017, Douglas represented a couple in the sale of their nine-unit building at 11A Spencer Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Gonzalez alleged that Douglas represented the victims, a married couple, 70 and 71 years old, at the closing of the sale of their property on September 12, 2016, “at which time he received checks totaling nearly US$1.5 million, which, less the down payment, represented the balance owed.”Made deposits in personal escrow account“It is alleged that the defendant kept the funds, depositing them into his escrow account,” the district attorney said. “He was also in possession of a down payment of US$170,000 that he received in August 2016.” At the end of October 2016, Gonzalez said Douglas sent the victims a check for US$200,000 and a week later wired them US$600,000. In March 2017, Gonzalez said Douglas gave the couple another check for US$100,000.“Despite repeated and urgent requests from the victims, the defendant failed to turn over the balance of the funds, less his legal fee and a broker’s fee, which was approximately US$650,000,” Gonzalez said.last_img read more

Newton Marshall Representing for Jamaica in Alaska’s Great Race

first_imgWith millions of Americans hunkering down indoors to avoid the bitter arctic cold blanketing most of the nation, Newton Marshall is braving a kind of cold that makes this past January’s frost look like beach weather.So what makes a young man from Jamaica’s St. Ann’s parish decide to trek to Alaska to race on little sleep through whiteout blizzard conditions, gale force winds, temperatures as low as 40 below zero, and nothing but dogs to keep him company for more than eight days? Love of the sport.Wickedest Endurance RaceWhile Jamaica has proven its ability to produce the most legendary sprinters in history, Newton Marshall may well be its most promising endurance athlete. The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race spans 980 miles from Anchorage to Nome, and can take one musher and a team of Alaskan husky dogs up to 15 days to complete. In addition to the extreme cold, other dangers lurk in the wilderness including wolves and moose attacks.First race was 200 milesNewton began training back in Jamaica with Chukka Adventures in 2005. He made his Alaskan racing debut as a part of the team in 2008.“My first race was the Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race in Dawson City and it was 200 miles,” said Newton. “Even though it was cold and there was a lot of jumble ice – it looked like someone just threw down glass on the ground – it was challenging but fun at the same time because it was my first.”“I was watching other mushers who had experience wiping out right in front of my eyes,” he continued. “That year I got the Sportsmanship Award because in that race I was helping out a lot of people and everybody was always seeing me smiling.”Newton placed 7th out of 15th in the Percy DeWolfe race. He made history in 2010 as the first Caribbean national to participate in the Iditarod. In 2014, he made national headlines after he stopped his own trek to assist fellow musher Scott Janssen who had fallen on ice, blacked out after hitting his head, and broke his ankle.2020 on the horizonAlthough the 2019 race starts today, Newton’s got his eyes on 2020. He’s working on his permanent American residency so that he can raise money to compete as an individual. He estimates that it will cost nearly US$100,000 to race and hopes that the Caribbean-American community will get behind the idea of another athlete representing Jamaica in the frozen wilderness. He also shared advice for young athletes in the Caribbean pursuing an endurance sport.Newton Marshall back in St. Ann’s Jamaica with his mother Diane Campbell, and grandmother Emily Williams.“I’ve been on the trail four times. You can’t give up on something just because it’s not going great,” said Newton. “All you can do is going forward no matter what. I didn’t want to do it after I felt that cold temperature. I wanted to go back to Jamaica and I wanted to go back to my warmth. But I made a promise and I kept it. You just always, no matter how tough it is, try to find that the perseverance. I’m not stopping here. It’s still a fight until the end.”Best of luck to this year’s athletes, and Newton’s quest toward racing in 2020.last_img read more

So LaCava turned down the O’s? Good for him

first_imgOops, they did it again.The Baltimore Orioles have found a way to screw up what could have been a very positive development in Birdland.Tony LaCava, the man I’ve been clamoring for dating back to August, was offered the general manager job.That’s where the good news ends.Here’s where the bad, laughable, and expected news begins…He turned them down!Tony LaCava turned down the opportunity to become the general manager of a once proud organization to stay in Canada as an assistant general manager to Alex Anthopoulos.There are 30 general managerial jobs in Major League Baseball. LaCava has NEVER been a GM. There are no guarantees he will EVER get the chance after turning this job down. And he still said no!Of course, he came out and said how it was more about the Blue Jays and less about the Orioles. He talked about how he was interested in the job but just couldn’t bring himself to leave his position in Toronto.Yeah, we can believe that one. Or we can use a pinky’s worth of common sense and put two and two together here.Let’s see. Two interviews took place. Interview number one went great. LaCava wanted the job. Interview two changed his mind.A certain someone happened to be absent for interview number one, but he appeared in grand style for interview number two.Any guesses on who that might have been? Bueller?Peter G. Angelos.Seriously, has any one man ever screwed an organization over so tremendously?Tony LaCava wanted to come to Baltimore. He wants to be a general manager. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have taken the interview. Everyone thought LaCava to Baltimore was a slam dunk, until Big Pete entered the picture.last_img read more

After going 92 yards, where will Flacco, Ravens go from here?

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the shadow of his own end zone and only 2:24 remaining at a raucous Heinz Field, Joe Flacco stood 92 yards away from the biggest regular-season win of his four-year career.For observers who have followed Flacco and the Ravens closely over his brief NFL career, it might as well have been 92 miles with the multiple hazards of the Pittsburgh defense waiting for him across the line of scrimmage.We’d seen this story before — several times, in fact — and the ending was all too predictable.To everyone but Flacco and the Ravens, apparently.“You don’t have anything to lose,” said Flacco in describing his mindset at the start of the drive. “You either score or you don’t score.”On every play, Ravens supporters braced themselves for the inevitable James Harrison sack-and-strip that would end the game. They prepared themselves emotionally for the Troy Polamalu interception that would propel Steelers fans into a frenzy and send the Ravens home with another crushing defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.Instead, Flacco continued to complete passes, moving the Ravens into Pittsburgh territory. Would this be the tease of all Flacco teases, or would the Ravens actually get it done?Despite critical drops from Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin just moments earlier, Flacco never wavered as he once again threw to Smith for the game-winning 26-yard touchdown with eight seconds remaining to beat the Steelers on their home turf. With apologies to the 40-yard drive he orchestrated in the final seconds last year against these same Steelers — without Ben Roethlisberger — in Pittsburgh, the words still feel foreign a day later.Channeling Teddy Roosevelt after the game, coach John Harbaugh addressed the many critics who have questioned Flacco and his ability to beat the Steelers when it matters most. He repeated those same words Monday in his Owings Mills press conference.“It’s not the critic who counts,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not the man who points out where the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. It’s the man who’s actually in the arena.”Anyone invested in the Ravens in some form or another have tossed their hat into the ring of trying to assess who Flacco is and where he’s going.In a year highlighted by his inconsistency, the 26-year-old provided the signature moment of his career that both validated his supporters and silenced those questioning his ability — for the time being, anyway. For as exciting as the heroics were in Pittsburgh on Sunday night — allowing the Ravens to complete only their second regular-season sweep of the Steelers — eight games remain before Flacco and the Ravens can really begin to answer the question of how far they can really go after getting past the inconquerable mountain that’s been Pittsburgh for a second time this season.“It doesn’t mean much if you go out and don’t win your next game and then your next game and your next game,” Harbaugh said. “At the end, it’s how many wins you have compared to how somebody else has and then the tiebreakers come in at that point. You just have to keep stacking wins.”Sunday’s win promises nothing about Flacco or the Ravens. As they now turn their attention to the Seattle Seahawks, they will be faced with the question of responding emotionally after deflating efforts in Tennessee and Jacksonville that resulted in unexpected losses earlier this season.Opponents will care little about the accomplishment of getting past the hated Steelers. In order to truly validate themselves in the aftermath of two victories over Pittsburgh, the Ravens must continue to grow.The 92-yard drive doesn’t transform Flacco into an elite quarterback or suddenly erase the questions about his consistency. But, it does prove the former Delaware signal-caller is capable of winning a football game in the lion’s den under the most difficult of circumstances, to borrow an expression of a former Baltimore coach.Will those 92 yards catapult Flacco to the next tier of quarterbacks? Will the late scoring drive put the Ravens on the road to Indianapolis in February?Or was it just one special drive and win that will only madden observers further if the Ravens and Flacco find themselves in similar positions to what we saw in Nashville and Jacksonville?As Harbaugh likes to say, it’s a week-to-week thing.But if Sunday did anything, it sure made the potential future for Flacco and the Ravens a lot more interesting.If he did it once, what’s stopping him from doing it again?last_img read more

German Champions Appoint Former Coach As Ancelotti’s replacement

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich have named former coach Jupp Heynckes as their new manager on a short-term deal until the end of the season.The 72-year old replaces Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked last month after he reportedly lost the dressing room.Heynckes has coached Bayern three times before with his most recent stint coming in 2013 when he led the team to a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble.On his appointment, Heynckes said:“I would not have returned to any other club in the world.”“Bayern Munich is very close to my heart. My coaching staff and I will now do everything to bring back successful football for the fans. I’m very much looking forward to this challenge.” he added.He will resume work at the club on Monday ahead of his first game in charge against Freiburg on Saturday, October 14, 2017.RelatedHeynckes Set For Bayern Return?October 5, 2017In “Europe”Frankfurt Coach Niko Kovac Picked For Bayern Job – ReportApril 13, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Latest: Bayern Extend Lead With Augsburg ThrashingNovember 19, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Nigerian Star Joins Atletico Madrid

first_imgNigerian international Francisca Ordega has joined Spanish side Atletico de Madrid Femenino from Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.The Super Falcons striker who turned 24 earlier this week will play for the Spanish giants until March 2018 when the new National Women’s Soccer League season starts.FICHAJE 📝 La nigeriana @OrdegaF llega para reforzar la línea de ataque 🏧🔴⚪️👉 https://t.co/b6jZBhciqw¡Bienvenida! 😊🙌#BienvenidaOrdega pic.twitter.com/Tcg1B8WFdO— At. Madrid Femenino (@AtletiFemenino) October 20, 2017Ordega is expected to strengthen Atletico Madrid’s attack as they seek to retain their Primera División title.The three-time African champions expressed her excitement as she spoke with Atletico Madrid’s official website:“For me it’s an honour and I’m very happy to be here. Atletico Madrid is a great club, internationally recognized, and I really want to start,” RelatedSuper Falcons Forward, Francisca Ordega Joins Oshoala In ChinaMarch 20, 2019In “Nigeria”Francisca Ordega gets off Washington Spirit’s disabled listAugust 28, 2017In “Nigeria”Debut watch: Ebere suffer Super Cup defeat as Ordega feature in Atleti’s drawOctober 30, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

‘Aggrieved’ Evans Wants Video Technology After Controversial World Cup Decision

first_imgNorthern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans has aired his thoughts publicly for the first time after he was a victim of a controversial decision in the first leg of his country’s World Cup playoff tie with Switzerland.According to the Blackburn Rovers star, video technology should be introduced for big games after the aforementioned decision denied Northern Ireland a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Corry Evans was penalised for handling in the penalty area by Romanian centre referee Ovidiu Hategan however replays showed that the ball hit him on the back. AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez converted the penalty to give the visitors a 1-0 first leg win.The second leg in Basel ended 0-0 meaning that the controversial decision played a major part in Northern Ireland’s World Cup exit.While speaking with popular media outlet, BBC, Evans stressed the need for video technology. In his words, he said: “Hopefully the referees can look at this, learn from it and introduce video technology a bit sooner.”On his reaction to the decision, Evans, who was also booked thereby missing the second leg with an automatic one-match ban for yellow card accumulation, said he was “quite shocked if truth be told” when the decision was given against him.The 27-year-old further added that: “I was penalised for something I didn’t actually commit. It led to me missing potentially one of the biggest games of my international career. It was a tough pill to swallow.”The Irish FA have already concluded plans to back the implementation of video assistant referees (VARs) after last week’s controversy.On the racist tweet his wife, Lisa, made about the Romanian referee. He said: “I have no control over what people write on social media, just as I have no control over the decision the referee made on Thursday night.”“It has been dealt with and hopefully that is the end of it.” he concluded.His wife had earlier apologised for the racist tweet. RelatedWorld Cup Qualifying Playoffs (UEFA): NI Rue Controversial Decision As Croatia Capitalise On Woeful Greece DisplayNovember 10, 2017In “UEFA”NI Left To Rue Controversial 1st Leg Decision After Playoff Defeat To SwitzerlandNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA””It Was A Sad And Unpleasant Moment For Me” – Referee Regrets Costly ErrorJanuary 12, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

BetBright ups personalisation & real-time capabilities with Qubit partnership

first_img The data crunch: Battle lines being drawn over live sports data September 3, 2019 Share Share Submit StumbleUpon 888 Holdings’ Guy Cohen on purchases, PASPA and poker August 20, 2019 UKGC reminds licensees of expectations when leaving the market October 4, 2019 Related Articles Seeking to boosts its personalisation capabilities, independent bookmaker BetBright has formed a partnership with leading data and customisation specialist Qubit.Confirming the partnership this week, BetBright development stated that Qubit tools and functions were needed in order for the operator to ‘understand and influence customers in one-platform’.“Controlling our own technology is fundamental to delivering our differentiated product. This means we are very selective with the 3rd parties we work with.” said Brian Mahon, Head of Product at BetBright.“With the Qubit platform and data infrastructure we’re further accelerating the development of our in-house Sportsbook and Casino products, as well as opening up some really exciting opportunities for our developers. It’s vital that BetBright retain control of our roadmap to ensure flexible and agile innovation and to move faster than our competition, Qubit provides this for us.”BetBright detailed that Qubit ‘real-time’ technology would be deployed throughout its verticals as the operator optimises a busy sporting schedule. Furthermore, Qubit processes will allow BetBright to ‘differentiate in a crowded marketplace’ as the young operator challenges legacy betting firms.As a technology platform Qubit has prior industry experience, having worked on customisation and data-led projects with Ladbrokes, BoyleSports, Lottloland and Betfair.Graham Cooke CEO & Co-Founder of Qubit backed BetBright as new partners stating; “When businesses like BetBright choose Qubit it demonstrates a shared mission to put an end to meaningless experiences.”“We’re now in a partnership to help BetBright continue to be customer-centric and be one of the most innovative players in the gaming market.”last_img read more

Cherry AB unifies all igaming assets under ComeOn business area

first_img Affiliate leaders confirmed for CasinoBeats Malta 2020 February 21, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Bethard exits UK online gambling scene  June 17, 2020 Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Share Anders HolmgrenHaving completed its outright acquisition of Malta-based European online casino operator ComeOn, Stockholm-listed Cherry AB has announced that it will unify its industry igaming portfolio under the acquired ComeOn brand.Confirming its restructuring decision, Cherry AB governance stated that all Cherry iGaming B2C assets, would be moved to the ComeOn brand as of 1 April 2017, with the firm creating a new  ComeOn business division.Updating investors on the organisational restructure, Cherry detailed that its decision would ‘re-emphasise its operational independence, aligning with other business areas owned and built up by Cherry AB.’New Cherry AB Chief Executive Anders Holmgren detailed to stakeholders “By clearly branding this business area we are, just as with XCaliber, Game Lounge and Yggdrasil, being even more clear and specific about how we build shareholder value, while supporting and acknowledging the diverse needs of each of our business areas,”Jonas Wåhlander CEO of ComeOn welcomed the decision by Cherry, stating  “We are building a business area, merging Cherry iGaming and ComeOn !, with some brands within it and setting a new unified culture and actionable values. We, therefore, wanted to take this opportunity to have a really good think about what name mirrors this the best. After spending some time we weren’t able to point to any brand alternative being on par or better than ComeOn!. It’s simply a great name and perfectly summarises our cultural attitude,”last_img read more

140 world class speakers confirmed for Betting on Football

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Fortuna Entertainment Group CEO Per Widerstrom, GVC Holdings COO Shay Segev and Ladbrokes Ambassador Chris Kamara are just three of the key names presented by SBC Events for the most extensive senior speaker line-up ever seen at a sports betting industry event.140 industry leading speakers will be addressing the 800+ delegates attending next week’s Betting on Football 2017 at Stamford Bridge (3-5 May) – the fourth edition of the biggest international football and betting trade conference.Widerstrom, the Group CEO of the largest Central European betting operator, is speaking on a Betting Leaders Panel alongside Kindred Group CPO Britt Boeskov and 10Bet CEO David Bazak.He commented: “It’s a very interesting time for the sports betting sector not least from the perspectives of regulation, technology and consolidation. The Betting on Football is a great event to meet up with the industry stakeholders to further explore the opportunities and challenges in this dynamic time.”The high-level #bofcon2017 speakers will be split across four conference tracks, each made up of seven or eight 40 minute sessions, covering Leadership, Market Profiles, Marketing & Media and Trading & Operations.The impressive list of CEO speakers includes SNAI’s Fabio Schiavolin, Mybet’s Markus Peuler, Danske Spil’s Niels Erik Folmann, Mr Green’s Jesper Kärrbrink, LeoVegas’ Johan Styren, Gaming Innovation Group’s Robin Reed, FavBet’s Nikos Halikias, BetOnBrazil’s Stuart Tilly, Matchbook’s Mark Brosnan, BetConstruct’s Vahe Baloulian, EasyOdds’ James Garmston, OLBG’s Richard Moffat, San Manuel Digital’s Matthew Cullen, Don Best’s Benjie Cherniak, SBTech’s Richard Carter, Golden Race’s Martin Wachter, OPTIMA’s Jacob Lopez Curciel, Parimatch’s Sergey Portnov, Football Index’s Adam Cole, TCM Inplay’s Jim Yu, Goldblue’s Andre Rodrigues, Sportito’s Riccardo Mittiga, Squawka’s Sanjit Atwal, Colossus Bets’ Bernard Marantelli, Oulala’s Valery Bollier, Entourage Sports & Entertainment’s Paul Brighten and Premier Punt’s John Gordon.Meanwhile, there will be expert insight from the likes of John O’Reilly, Non-Executive Director for William Hill, BetStars’ Managing Director Zeno Ossko, Merkur Board Member Alexander Martin and EnergyBet’s Managing Director Marcin Sapinski, alongside GVC Holdings Group Trading & B2B Director Jim Humberstone.Betting on Football also has speakers representing clubs from three different levels of English football, as well as the CCO from seven-time European Cup winners, AC Milan. Jaap Kalma will be speaking about the Italian market while AFC Wimbledon’s Commercial Director Ivor Heller will be sharing his thoughts on the efforts to prevent match fixing. Other football organisations involved include La Liga, Liverpool, Leicester City, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.Click here to visit the event website and buy your Betting on Football ticket todayThe full agenda is available @ http://sbcevents.co.uk/betting-on-football-2017/agenda/Download the official event app on Android or iOSlast_img read more