Bookies Corner – By POPular Demand – Eurovision 2017

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Europe’s live pan-continental pop contest ‘Eurovision’ will be broadcast this Saturday night to an expected audience of +300 million.  SBC gets the bookies low-down in what may be the most interesting TV/novelty market in sports betting. Bookies reveal what makes a great Eurovision contender, how politics and culture can affect the song contest and whether Britain pop’s standing will be the first real casualty of Brexit!___________________________Feilim Mac An Iomaire – Paddy PowerSBC: Why is Italian singer Francesco Gabbani’s “Occidentali’s Karma” the current market favourite? What makes a strong Eurovision contender?Feilim Mac An Iomaire (Paddy Power Head of PR): Italy’s Occidentali’s Karma by Francesco Gabbani is the bookies favourite for a combination of reasons.It’s original video has amassed over 110 million views, outlining its popularity. The Pop song has an upbeat tempo making it an easy one to sing along to (if you can speak Italian and even if you can’t you’ll try!)It has a peaceful message that will resonate to the viewers without being too cheesy. To top it all off it Francesco will be joined on stage by a dancing gorilla which cant be underestimated…It’ll be a tough one to beat! Mirio Mella, PinnacleSBC: How has the new round of voting introduced last year impacted bookmaker’s Eurovision markets? Has this proved to be an effective tool at making the competition fairer and more exciting?  Mirio Mella (Pinnacle, Head of Customer Engagement): Eurovision has always been promoted as an angel of peace and unity across the continent singing hymns of fluffy Euro-pop. Unfortunately, rather than producing an open forum for the appreciation of a wide spectrum of musical cultures, the contest can appear like an exercise in selective back-scratching of country blocks.The addition, in 2009, of points from the good citizens of Europe via TV-votes – in a 50-50 split alongside the jury panels – was intended to change this.Unfortunately, this didn’t address the issues around block-voting, but the decision to double the number of points available and announce the TV-vote results in reverse order after all of the jury panel votes in Eurovision 2016 did at least appear to inject some edge-of-the-seat excitement.There was a marked difference of opinions between juries and TV-voters, which ratcheted the drama of scoring up several octaves. Famous Europeans ‘Australia’ had looked to be in control from the jury vote until viewers swept Ukraine’s Jamala home to victory.The shifting sands of politics can of course mix things up, Russia’s absence this year a case in point, while any spread on the UK’s points haul in 2017 is likely to be significantly lower as a result of Brexit.In general, however, the change in voting presentation seems to be progressive and a recognition of the importance of adding excitement to the growing sense of spectacle. This change doesn’t make Eurovision any easier for bookmakers to price, but on the other side of the Euro, there is still potential value for specialist bettors. Pinnacle currently has Italy, represented by Francesco Gabbani, as the very short 1.719* favourite.Tim Reynolds – Sun BetsSBC: Is the impact of ‘block voting’ overstated within the Eurovision Finals markets, can European political and cultural complexities be overvalued or misplaced for what is simply a Song Contest?Tim Reynolds (Sun Bets Head of PR ): “I think we probably need to make a distinction between the dodgy Eastern European block voting we’ve seen in the past, and the cultural reasons some countries vote certain ways.On the latter, it’s completely understandable that some countries have their favourites. Greece and Cyprus are a good example of one little pact that no one really minds- and with just one win between them in the history of Eurovision, a pact that doesn’t really influence the outcome of the competition! Likewise, I think a lot of us Brits know that after Brexit, we’re not exactly Europe’s cup of tea at the moment! The public are swayed by political and culture events, and it’d be naïve to think there isn’t an impact in their voting.The serious and organised block voting is very different, and hopefully won’t happen again this year. The very possibility that it could happen tells us one thing- Eurovision matters so much more on the continent than it does to us Brits. Eurovision is everything to some of these ex-Soviet and Balkan states… to us, it’s an opportunity for a cheeky little bet and a night in with a Chinese take-away.”Kate Baylis – BetfairSBC: Former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones is Brexit Britain’s Eurovision candidate…surely its ‘Null Points’ for UK pop in 2017?Kate Baylis (Betfair Media Relations Manager): This year’s Eurovision will be a barometer which gauges the level of animosity that the big three continental nations feel towards the UK, and while Germany are favourites at 5/4 to award zip to the UK, the betting suggests that France and Italy may be a little more generous in their allocation of points.’While Brexit might mean that the other European countries have a bit of ill-feeling towards us, the Irish are usually good for a few votes for the UK – so while Lucie is a 50/1 outsider for the Eurovision crown, we have her at 16/1 for Nul Points overall as we still expect her to pick up some votes. 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Mostar : XIII International Boxing Tournament on 25 April

first_imgBoxing club ‘Mostar’ is the host of the 13th International Youth Boxing Tournament – Mostar 2013 which will be held from 25 to 27 April in the great hall of University Sports Centre ‘Midhat Hujdur Hujka’ in the Northern camp, reports Fena.The opening ceremony and quarter-finals will be held on 25 April at 6 p.m., semi-finals on 26 April at 6 p.m. and finals on 27 April at 11 a.m.According to the manager of the boxing club ‘Mostar’ Samir Sefo, at the tournament apart from BiH, 12 other countries participate: The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Scotland, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and for the first time Russia.Sefo noted that there were more applications for participation but the organisers could not organise bigger event.Manager of BC Mostar and coach Hamid Šemić noted that BiH team will be represented by all state champions that participated at the last championship which was held in Ilidža, and so Elvir Šendro from BC Mostar will participate at the tournament.‘It is a great honour to participate for our team. I am ready and I expect the same result as last year’s, when I won the first place’ said to journalists Šendro.The tournament is organised by BC Mostar and sponsored by Boxing Association of BIH according to the rules of the European Boxing Confederation.(photo:fflfitness)last_img read more

Grassley, Reynolds react to Trump’s assertion wind mill noise causes cancer

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said it is “idiotic” for President Trump to suggest the sound generated by wind turbines causes cancer. During a speech Tuesday night, the president made several derogatory comments about structures he calls “wind mills.”“His comments on wind energy not only as a president, but when he was a candidate, were first of all idiotic and it doesn’t show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit,” Grassley said during a conference call with Iowa reporters.Twenty-six years ago, Grassley sponsored the bill that created the federal tax credit for wind energy production. Grassley said the president was probably speaking “off-the-cuff” when he suggested property values decline when wind mills are erected nearby and the noise causes cancer.“I’m sure he was kidding. At least he’s not scientific when he makes that statement, but he evidently has a different view of wind energy than I do,” Grassley said. “…Thank God he hasn’t attacked the program directly by trying to do harm to it.”Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is declining to directly respond to Trump’s remarks.“Here’s what I want to say: I’m proud to be a leader in renewable energy and I’m proud to say that 40 percent of our electricity is generated from wind,” Reynolds said.According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are more than 4000 wind turbines in Iowa and nine-thousand jobs in Iowa are connected to the wind industry. Reynolds said she’s confident President Trump’s views won’t be a setback for the industry.“You know how those things change. One year coffee’s good for you. The next year coffee causes cancer, I mean, that’s what happens,” Reynolds said.A reporter then asked: “Can you just say he’s wrong?”Reynolds replied: “That’s not my place.”Trump fought a decade-long legal battle against an off-shore wind farm that could be seen from the golf course he owns in Scotland. Scotland has set a goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2020.last_img read more

Rodrigo Hernández is the most valuable Spanish footballer

first_imgtwenty-oneRodrigo HernándezManchester City99.8 oneKylian MbappéParis Saint Germain265.2 18Joao FelixAtlético de Madrid100.6 3Mohammed SalahLiverpool175.1 twoRaheem SterlingManchester City223.7 elevenGabriel JesusManchester City115.6 26Mason MountChelsea94.1 12James MaddisonLeicester city112.4 7Marcus RashfordManchester United134.3 10Lautaro MartínezInter de Milan115.7 NAMECLUBMARKET VALUE (IN MILLIONS OF EUROS) twentyRomelu LukakuInter de Milan100.2 9Antoine GriezmannFC Barcelona123.6 14Roberto FirminoLiverpool111.5 5Sadio ManéLiverpool155.6 29Virgil van DijkLiverpool92.7 fifteenTrent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool110.5 19Neymar juniorParis Saint Germain100.4 22Bernardo SilvaManchester City99.6 25Give AlliTottenham Hotspur95.6 17Tammy AbrahamChelsea103.1 8Lionel messiFC Barcelona125.5 The International Center for Sports Studies, better known as CIES, has made a list of players whose market value exceeds 50 million euros. This list shows the inflation of transfers and the exorbitant and dizzying amounts of money that clubs disburse to get a new signing, because said string of names is made up of 166 players that militate in the clubs of the five major European leagues.In this sense, the aforementioned list appears Rodrigo Hernández, former Villarreal and Atlético and currently at Manchester City, As the most valuable Spanish player in the market. The Madrid midfielder has a value, according to the CIES algorithm that prepared the report, of 99.8 million euros. A much higher figure than the club citizen He paid Atlético de Madrid to take over his services (his rescission clause as rojiblanco was 70 million) and that also serves him to position himself in the 21st place in the classification. In other words, there are only twenty players worldwide with more market value than him.This relationship of soccer players is headed by Kylian Mbappé. The PSG star is the most expensive player on the planet: 265.2 million Euro is its value in the transfer market. It follows Raheem Sterling, Rodri’s partner in the City, whose value is of 223.7 million. Complete the podium Mohammed Salah, of the Liverpool, with a price of 175.1 million. The list of the first five complement it Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, 168.9 million euros) Y Sadio Mané (Liverpool, 155.6 million).The report also notes the more expensive signings that have been made for each position. The most expensive goalkeeper is Alisson Becker (87 million); in the defending it is Alexander-Arnold (110 million); in the center of the field is James Maddison (112 million); and the most expensive signing in a lead is that of Kylian Mbappé (265 million). Finally, it should be noted that, in addition to Rodri Hernández, two more Spaniards appear in the list of the 30 most valued in the world. We talk about Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad, with a market price of 95.7 million euros) Y Fabián Ruiz (Naples, 91.4 million). MARKET VALUE OF THE 30 MOST VALUABLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD 24Mikel OyarzabalReal society95.7 6Harry kaneTottenham Hotspur150.5 16Richarlison de AndradeEverton 104 13Timo WernerRB Leipzig112 2. 3Serge GnabryBayern Munich98.1 27Philippe CoutinhoBayern Munich93.5 28Nicolás PépéArsenal93.5 4Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund168.9 30Fabian RuizNaples91.4last_img read more