Breaking: Tokyo Olympics postponed

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken to the International Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach and they have agreed that this summer’s Olympic Games will be postponed until 2021. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has a host of countries on lockdown as they struggle to control the killer virus. That has led to the majority of major sporting events being postponed, which has included Olympic qualifiers and training sessions for athletes. Canada and Australia were the first countries to pull out of this summer’s Games as they did not want to risk their stars’ health. And Japan’s PM discussed the postponement with the IOC chief over the phone earlier on Tuesday (today) and they have agreed on a 12-month delay. The IOC’s released a statement on Monday where they claimed a decision will be made within the next four weeks. A statement from Tokyo 2020 read: “While there are currently no regions in Japan where a widespread COVID-19 infection has been confirmed, qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Games have been disrupted worldwide by the spread of the infection in many countries. “A number of athletes and National Olympic Committees have also stated that they are unable to continue training in this environment, and this unprecedented situation has been a cause of great concern to us. “In light of this situation, Tokyo 2020 held an urgent video conference with IOC President Bach last night, during which we agreed to proceed with detailed discussions of different scenarios, including postponement of the Games, in full coordination with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, relevant Japanese authorities, international sport federations and National Olympic Committees. “As the IOC has stated, due to the extreme complexity of the Games, a final decision has not been reached at this time, and discussions will be finalised within the next four weeks. Cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 Games is not on the agenda. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis, and we will continue to prioritise the safety of athletes, spectators and all other Games participants. “As we closely monitor infection trends, we will dedicate ourselves to examining detailed plans for different scenarios, including opening the Games on 24 July, in accordance with the agreement reached yesterday with the IOC. “We will continue to work closely with all relevant organisations in order to meet the expectations of the athletes who have been training day and night and the fans who have been looking forward to the Games for so long. “As we seek to address this unique situation, close coordination with many partners, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, Tokyo 2020 marketing partners, broadcasters, suppliers and contractors, will be essential. “We must be more united than ever in our response. Regardless, what is important now is that the world come together to overcome this crisis. “As President Bach stated, ‘[we] wish that… the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel.” We will therefore exert every possible effort to overcome this challenge and deliver the Games’.” However, IOC member Dick Pound thinks the latest statement drops a huge hint that the event will be delayed. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know. “It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Dick PoundInternational Olympic CommitteeShinzo AbeThomas BachTokyo 2020last_img read more

Buzzed Up! Playtech secures Gala Leisure omni-channel lead systems agreement

first_img Related Articles Shimon AkadFTSE industry technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will act as lead omni-channel systems provider for Gala Leisure, as the UK bingo operator transitions to its new identity as Buzz Bingo.Updating the market, Playtech will become the lead bingo and casino platform provider for Gala Leisure, servicing the retail and land-based provisions of Buzz Bingo future enterprise.The FTSE technology group has begun the initial rollout of its Playtech ONE Omni-Channel systems across Buzz Bingo properties, bridging Gala Leisure consumer engagement between land-based and digital verticals.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “We are delighted to announce this new strategic partnership with the UK’s market leader in bingo”.“Through Playtech ONE we have proven the value our technology can bring to leading retail brands. Our data-driven Omni-channel technology allows operators to devise bespoke, intelligent marketing campaigns and seamless online and offline customer journeys. This means that, on average, an Omni-channel player will spend twice as much as that of a single channel player. We are very excited to be partnering with Gala Leisure and its new Buzz Bingo brand.”Chris Matthews – Gala LeisureThis June, Gala Leisure governance announced that the company would undertake a £40 million overhaul across its +120 UK bingo estates, as the firm prepares to relaunch its consumer proposition as Buzz Bingo.Playtech development details that Gala Leisure will be serviced by a best-in-class omni-channel system, allowing for live customer engagement, optimised CRM functions and a seamless single-wallet experience across Buzz Bingo digital and in-venue play.Backing Playtech as the lead technology provider, Chris Matthews, CEO, Gala Leisure, said: “We have exciting plans for the future under our new name, Buzz Bingo. As the market leader in the UK for retail, our customers have been asking us to allow them to play online as well. Our decision to partner with market leader Playtech is based on delivering an exciting, transformational proposition for our customers. We look forward to working with Playtech in the future as a key partner.” Submit Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

Police IG Warns Public Against Hate Speech

first_imgInspector Coleman. Police Inspector General  Gregory Coleman has warned Liberians who are constantly involved in broadcasting hate speech over electronic media, especially on social network sites, to immediately desist, or face the consequence.IG Coleman said the police was forced to issue the warning after noticing the increase in hate speech with the ability to undermine the country’s peace and cause violence, which they cannot sit and allow to continue.“We have observed that some individuals are in the constant habit of misusing social and the electronic media to preach or promote hate messages. We condemn this behavior and urge those involved to desist right now. If these kinds of behavior continue, the police will start to arrest those who are involved in such acts.“Currently, we have put in place security measures to monitor all of the activities on social media and that of electronic media. Although the country’s constitution guarantees freedom of speech, it doesn’t in anyway mean that they should abuse it. Freedom of speech doesn’t require hate speech,” Coleman stated.IG Coleman warned that LNP has started tracking individuals who open fake Facebook accounts just to mislead the public and cause confusion, and promised to take action against those involved.It can be recalled that President Sirleaf also frowned on similar behavior recently and  cautioned Liberians to use the social media to promote peace instead of using hate massages that could undermine the peace and stability of the state, adding that it was important to avoid posting these kinds of hate messages on social media. But it appears as if her warning has failed to yield the desired result of stopping offensive or unpleasant messages.In a related development, the Liberian National Police spokesman, Sam Collins, disclosed that the LNP this week graduated 64 police officers from the Police Academy following an intensive firearm training in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Collins said after graduation the officers will be issued firearms to help boost security in the country.He also disclosed that the graduates are commanders and officers from various zones and depots from across the country. He further told journalists that when officers are armed, they will be able to respond effectively and efficiently to crimes and other related issues.The LNP spokesman clarified that these armed officers are aware of the rules and regulations that govern the use of arms, which they are expected to abide by.  “During the training, they were told  how and when to use the arms that are issued, that is why we gave the arms to responsible police officers,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more