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first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv Willian has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea this summer as the Brazilian calls an end to his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.The attacker’s future has been in the balance for some time, with negotiations drawn out over the renewal of his contract and the winger looking for a three-year deal amid interest from London rivals Arsenal. And the 32-year-old has confirmed that he will not play for the Blues next season, penning an emotional open letter to Chelsea fans on his Instagram account.“They were seven wonderful years,” he wrote. “In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play.“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person.“With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning. “I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.“There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!“The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt!“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!” Willian’s Chelsea exit had been on the cards after it emerged that he had reportedly rejected a two-year extension, seeking a three-year contract with the club.Tags: ChelseaStamford BridgeWillianlast_img read more

first_img Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc, has today published its Q1 2018 trading update (period ending 31 March), detailing strong corporate progress as the firm prepares for a significant enlargement of its operations, products/services, and overall business entity.The TSX enterprise reports growth across its core corporate metrics and KPIs, recording period group revenues of $393 million, up 23% on corresponding Q1 2017’s $317 million.In its update, the Stars Group governance details the positive uptake and player engagement of its ‘Stars Rewards’ loyalty program, which has been expanded across multiple territories, running alongside the firm’s ongoing ‘diversification strategy’.The firm’s flagship PokerStars division recorded a 12% revenue uplift to $245.9 million, supported by a 55% increase to $134.5 million, in combined online casino and sportsbook revenues.“The Stars Group’s strong first quarter results continued our organic growth trajectory,” stated Rafi Ashkenazi, The Stars Group’s Chief Executive Officer.“We are pleased with the performance of each of our verticals, poker, casino and sportsbook, which are benefiting not only from the continued success of Stars Rewards but also from our strategy of focusing on the customer and continued improvements to our product offerings.”Closing a busy Q1 2018 trading period, the Stars Group governance declares corporate net earnings of $74 million (Q1 2017: $65 million), as the firm prepares to absorb the new assets of CrownBet ltd, William Hill Australia and Sky Betting & Gaming.“Moving forward, the exceptional foundation of our existing business will be complemented by our acquisitions of CrownBet and William Hill Australia, and expected completion of the Sky Betting & Gaming acquisition.”“These acquisitions will help diversify our revenue base, increase our exposure to regulated markets, and transform our combined sportsbook into a second customer acquisition channel. These new additions will accelerate not only the organic growth we are seeing in our existing business but also our progress towards realizing our vision of becoming the world’s favorite iGaming destination.”The firm’s enlargement will see the Stars Group governance deliver a new 2018 full-year guidance alongside its half-year corporate update, which is scheduled for this August. Share Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The UK government’s independent Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) has published its assessment of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) policy enforcement on ‘FOBTs wagering and social responsibility standards’.The RPC has reviewed whether DCMS inbound UK gambling FOBTs regulatory policy (to be enforced 1 April 2019), has effectively assessed social costs/benefits, industry impacts and further macro dynamics.The policy review signed by RPC Chairman Anthony Browne, concludes that DCMS policy mandate is ‘fit for purpose’ and can/should be enforced on the UK gambling industry and its wider stakeholders.The RPC’s report details that DCMS has undertaken a fair assessment of potential business impacts, detailing industry-wide GGY reductions at £540 million per annum.Furthermore, the RPC details that DCMS has formed a fair assessment of UK betting transition costs, and has gained a fair industry consensus supported by alternative analyses and scenarios offered by ‘Big Four’ auditor KPMG.Whilst DCMS industry review has been comprehensive, the RPC details that there has been a limited analysis on small/micro business assessments which are a concern as –  ‘two of the five small businesses that responded to the consultation said that they would have to close stores’.In its review of social benefits and whether the policy will ultimately reduce gambling-related harms, the RPC notes that DCMS assessment has been driven by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) ‘which estimates that B2 gamblers are imposing a cost of £1.5 billion onto themselves’.However, DCMS has not overstated the policy’s social benefits, by acknowledging that available data is limited on impacts. and that it is difficult to replicate analysis or test assumptions on its gambling policy.Utilising wider stakeholder analysis, DCMS points to Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) which details that an effective policy implementation may reduce government costs on gambling harms related to civic health, welfare housing, and criminal justice services.“The CEBR report suggested that potential reductions in gambling-related harm from introducing a £2 maximum stake on B2 gaming machines might be between £430 million and £1.3 billion per year.” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more