New York Election Leaders Cancel Democratic Presidential Primary

first_imgMGN ImageNEW YORK – New York State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to cancel the Democratic presidential primary originally scheduled for June 23 amid the Coronavirus pandemic.Officials say New York will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on June 23.New York Democratic Party chair Jay Jacobs said that the cancellation of the state’s presidential primary would mean a lower expected turnout and a reduced need for polling places.“It just makes so much sense given the extraordinary nature of the challenge,” Jacobs said last week. Local election officials and voting groups have called on the state to use federal funds to purchase cleaning supplies and protective gear, and boost staff ahead of 2020 elections.Both the state’s Democratic Party and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have said they didn’t ask election commissioners to make the change, which is allowed thanks to a little-known provision in the recently passed state budget that allows the New York board of elections to remove names of any candidates who have suspended or terminated their campaign from the ballot.The decision to cancel a Democratic primary is left up to Democratic state election commissioners.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OSU tops uneven Trojans

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Trojans played excellent defense for most of the night. But in what has become an all-too-familiar scene, they fell flat on their faces on the other side of the ball.Old guard · Senior guard Mike Gerrity led the Trojans with 13 points in his final appearance at the Galen Center during Senior Night on Saturday. The departing Trojans received a standing ovation from the crowd. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Even on Senior Night, the USC men’s basketball team couldn’t muster enough energy to bounce back from a 10-point loss two days earlier to Oregon. The Trojans (16-12, 8-8) fell victim to yet another poor second-half effort, shooting a dismal 29 percent from the field and falling, 49-44 to Oregon State (13-15, 7-9) on Saturday at the Galen Center.“Definitely not the way I envisioned us going out,” said senior guard Mike Gerrity, who led USC with 13 points on 4 of 12 shooting in his final home game.Gerrity, senior guard Dwight Lewis, senior forward Marcus Johnson and redshirt junior forward Kasey Cunningham, who has decided not to return next season after multiple knee injuries, received a standing ovation in the pregame ceremony honoring the Trojans’ outgoing players.But after Oregon State center Roeland Schaftenaar drained four late free throws and USC missed multiple last-minute shots, a hushed crowd at the Galen Center immediately headed for the exits.“It was disappointing how the game turned out,” Lewis said. “You don’t want to leave a beautiful stadium with a loss.”Like so many other teams, Oregon State struggled to put up points against the Trojans. But USC had even more issues facing the Beavers’ pesky zone defense, squandering an early 11-point lead and making just five shots in the second half.“The zones we’ve come against have been active, getting in passing lanes and contesting shots and making us [commit] a lot of turnovers,” Lewis said.When asked whether fatigue played a factor in the outcome, USC coach Kevin O’Neill didn’t have a definitive answer, saying instead that being tired would not pass as an excuse for the team’s poor playThe Trojans certainly looked tired for much of the game. Careless cross-court passes led to turnovers and easy scores for the Beavers. Shots caromed off the rim. Missed layups turned into fast break opportunities for Oregon State.Though his coach and teammates wouldn’t admit the same, sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic agreed that USC was beginning to feel the toll of a physical season.“We did feel a little tired and we don’t have a lot of rotations, so as time accumulated, we get worn out and we can’t keep up the same intensity for 40 minutes,” Vucevic said.Other than Gerrity, only Lewis managed to score more than six points, finishing with 11. Sophomore forward Leonard Washington had six points and eight rebounds.For the Beavers, guard Seth Tarver led all scorers with 14 points, making 6 of 9 shots from the field. Guards Calvin Haynes and Josh Tarver added eight points apiece.USC entered halftime with a 25-24 lead. Sloppy play was an early trend for both teams, with the Trojans committing 12 turnovers and Oregon State giving up nine of its own before the break.The Beavers seized control early in the second half, opening with an 11-4 run to take the lead for good. Gerrity’s layup with 34 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 46-44, but from there Oregon State closed out the game at the free-throw line.“You’re supposed to win at home if you only give up 49 points,” O’Neill said. “We just didn’t get it done.”With two games left, the Trojans will attempt to salvage what little remains of their season this week on the road against the Arizona schools. California defeated Arizona State on Saturday, ending USC’s hopes of earning a share of the Pac-10 regular season title.“I think we got a bounce-back in us — one last one,” Lewis said.last_img read more

Are we reaching the endgame for the Ladbrokes Life?

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Is the storied Ladbrokes brand approaching the end of its usefulness, being eaten from within by the now stronger Coral? Scott Longley speculates….________________Ladbrokes Coral was understandably keen to accentuate the positives from this week’s third-quarter trading statement saying it represented “another positive period” for the group as a whole and adding that the digital performance was “strong.”This is true to an extent but it doesn’t convey the whole online picture. Yes, parts of the business are doing very well indeed; Ladbrokes Australia, for instance, enjoyed continuing revenue growth of 50 percent while sports-betting at was up 36 percent.From there, though, the sliding scale of the figures starts to take on a more negative aspect and also poses questions about the twin brand strategy employed by the business since the merger was completed a year ago.The business fared OK in the period, up 13 percent overall and also grew 10 percent, although the overall Gala operation saw revenue growth come in 3 percent up with the company blaming a £1m jackpot payout on for the lacklustre top-line number.The picture becomes murkier still when it gets to the business where net revenue was down 9 percent thereby offsetting the Coral gains. The company came up with a pick-and-mix menu of reasons behind the backwards step. Variously, the numbers have been affected by changes in its marketing efforts with the focus turning to improved returns on acquisition and retention (which indicates the degree to which the company was buying players this time last year); the operation suffered as new product and feature enhancements were suspended in the first half as the operation was transferred to the ‘one digital platform’; and finally there was a “significant reduction” in affiliate marketing activities over the period (with the looming verdict of the Competition and Markets Authority decision likely to be playing a part here).The problem for the Ladbrokes Coral management team is that these explanations don’t do much to convince that the brand is able to compete with the market leaders in the UK. As was demonstrated last week by the results of the twin goliaths of the UK market, Sky Betting & Gaming and bet365, the growth at the top is far outstripping that of those further down the ladder.Both Ladbrokes and Coral are falling further behind even as they attempt to play catch up. Hence, the question whether the corporate entity has the wherewithal to be able to keep pushing its own twin brand strategy in the face of these competitive pressures. At the time of the merger it was clear that for all intents and purposes this was a “blue takeover” with the Coral management holding the whip hand and the old Ladbrokes being subsumed within the new organisation. This included the notable closure of the Ladbrokes old head office in Rayners Lane in favour of a move to the new Coral HQ in Stratford, east London.While it was Ladbrokes’ Jim Mullen who got the chief executive post in the merger, much of the rest of the top management and board were from Coral. This includes the financial director Paul Bowtell, Andy Hornby, the chief operating officer, and chairman John Kelly who was previously chief executive at Gala Coral when that was founded in 1997.Review will not be kindMeanwhile, the company awaits the verdict of the government’s triennial review which Paul Leyland, partner at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners, suggests could deal a significant blow to the business. “Our concern remains that a DCMS review toward the negative end (below £30) remains both likely and of greater disruption than the industry is expecting,” he said. “Further, if this disruption is impacting a weaker underlying business than recent momentum might suggest (including Ladbrokes online marketing), then its effect could be substantially compounded.”The rationalisation of the retail business that will necessarily take place following the review will move Ladbrokes Coral in a new direction once again, possibly into the arms of an acquirer with GVC looking like the most likely candidate.The latter business has itself been pursuing a multi-brand strategy with some success and there are obvious reasons to think it would continue with the same strategy were it to buy Ladbrokes Coral. The success of the name in Australia, meanwhile, will mean the Ladbrokes name will certainly live on somewhere around the globe. But in the UK things are looking bleaker. A new corporate entity might see the Ladbrokes name disappear from the listed space while substantial post-review shop closures might make a dual high-street brand strategy less appealing. In such circumstances it is possible to envision a new owner deciding it was time for the Magic Sign to vanish in a puff of smoke and, no doubt, a welter of recriminations from old company hands.last_img read more