Woman Found Dead at SF Hotel from Apparent Overdose

first_img Tags: San Francisco Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Olivieri failed to react, and Bird called the police, friends said.One of victim’s friends,  who asked that his name not be used, said that Olivieri and Bird were in an on-and-off romantic relationship. The night before her death, Olivieri had shown up to Bird’s residence, intoxicated, he said.Bird dragged Olivieri down the hall to the bathroom, where he attempted to revive her.“It was a tragic accident,” said a witness who wished to remain anonymous. “O.D.’s are always a tragic accident and it’s sad.”Bird was initially detained as a suspect, but he has since been released. The drug(s) that caused Olivieri’s overdose are unknown.On Monday morning, residents milled around the one-story hotel where the halls are crowded with discarded furniture junk, laundry hangs from the ceiling and the carpets are stained with years of stains. A resident pointed to Bird’s door, but it remained closed.“It’s never a pretty sight,” said the resident, who said that he had seen plenty of deaths at the hotel over his three years of living there. “This hotel is like a zoo.” 0%center_img A young woman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose early Sunday morning at the a single room occupancy hotel at Utah and 24th streets.She has been identified as 23-year-old Melanie Olivieri of San Francisco.Witnesses and friends of the victim at the Utah Hotel said this morning that 27-year-old John Bird woke up around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday to find Olivieri unconscious on the floor of his room.In an attempt to revive her, friends said, Bird injected her with Narcan, a drug commonly used to quell opiate overdoses. When that failed, friends said that he dragged her down the hall to the bathroom, where he tried to revive her in the shower with cold water.last_img read more

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Good Morning Mission to Elgin and Stuff

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett Right now it is 60° heading to a high of 81° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: Elgin Park to Valencia, Otis to Duboce.You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well. 0%last_img read more

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NATHAN Brown said his side created 60 to 70 points

first_imgNATHAN Brown said his side created 60 to 70 points and looked far better with the ball as they beat Bradford 30-18 on Sunday.Saints scored five tries and could have had a whole host more in a win that took them into the Play Off spots.“We obviously created 60 or 70 points which was pleasing for us considering where we’ve been,” he said. “We were the better side with the ball and we were defensively good too. We did do too much defending in the second half though and at times our attention to detail on the final pass wasn’t so great.“The game was in the balance in the second half but the issue was with how much defence we were doing. Their dummy half runners unloaded the ball and that caused us trouble. On the edges and middle we held up pretty well. The game would have been out far away if we had some possession.“But to where we were three weeks ago it is pleasing.”He continues: “Jonny Lomax did well and played some stand off and full back. He rolled a bit between the two with Wello. Paul is doing well at 6 and had some good touches.“Our attack from this week to the last was far better. We had more ball movement and that is what happens when you bring in the likes of Roby and Lomax.“We came through injury free and now we need a little luck to keep those combinations and get better.”last_img read more

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Police investigate man shot in Houston Moore

first_img What we do know is that WPD reports one man has been shot. His injuries are not serious and they are currently investigating.Initially a call came into the WWAY newsroom about a large police presence in Houston Moore around 4:00 P.M. and it was thought that there was a stabbing, that has since turned into a shooting investigation.Last weekend police responded to the same complex where a man then barricaded himself inside an apartment unit for hours.Related Article: Police in NC city turn spotlight on cold case homicidesPolice urge anyone with information to use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington police are investigating a shooting that happened around 4:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon in the Houston Moore Terrace.WWAY is heading to the scene and we will update this story when more information is available.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

first_img The storm remains in an environment that will continue to gradually strengthen it as it is centered over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. National Hurricane Center expects Chris to strengthen into a hurricane Tuesday.By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada.IMPACTS FROM CHRISWhile Chris won’t bring us any direct impacts, swells generated by the storm will affect coastal portions of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states for a few more days. This means rough surf and dangerous rip currents.LATEST ON BERYL REMNANTS Beryl is mostly an open tropical wave with no closed low-level center of circulation. The system is quickly moving west-northwest across the northern Caribbean.It’s producing gusty winds and areas of heavy rain over portions of central and eastern Hispaniola, and the adjacent Atlantic and Caribbean waters.The disturbance is forecast to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the redevelopment. Regardless, models at this time suggest it would stay out to sea. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is currently centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New Hanover County implements new paid parental leave for county employees

first_img Under the policy, parents will get six weeks of paid leave during the first year right after a birth, adoption, guardianship or foster placement.The policy is offered to full and part-time employees who have been in “regular status” for one year.Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says it’s important for families to be together.Related Article: New Hanover Co. Commissioners sworn in, elect chair & vice-chair“If a mom has a child and the dad works for the county or vice versa, that both parents can be home for a period of time with that child and not lose their pay as well,” Barfield said. “We’re trying to make sure we’re taking care of our families as a whole. taking care of the total family as opposed to part of the family.”According to the county, the policy can be used in addition to the 12-week FMLA policy.For more information, click here. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County has just put a new parental leave policy in place for all eligible county employees.According to a statement from the county, the new policy started July 1.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Facebook Home hits 500000 downloads

first_imgAdvertisement It looks like Facebook home has hit over 500,000 downloads in the first week since it was launched.This may sound impressive, but Facebook has over 1 billion registered users, and their main Android app has between 100 and 500 million downloads, and their Instagram app hits 1 million downloads in 24 hours when it launched on Android last year.It looks like Facebook may have some work to do to make Facebook Home as popular as their other apps, it hasn’t had the best reviews so far on Google Play with around 52 percent of the reviews being one star. – Advertisement – Facebook Home received an unusually large number of one-star reviews shortly after launch, and that trend has continued. At the time of publishing, 5,617 of the total 10,905 reviews (52%) were one-star ratings.Google Play doesn’t provide exact data on individual app installations, but a Google cache of the Facebook Home listing from April 19 shows the number of installs at 100,000 to 500,000. Currently, the app is listed in the 500,000 to 1 million range.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

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Worldwide Internet Users to Surpass 27 Billion in 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandans should increase Internet usage capacities in order to bring down the it’s costThe total number of people connected to the Internet worldwide is expected to surpass 2.7 billion in 2013, while the total number of applications downloaded over all types of devices will exceed 50 billion, a new report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said.The 2013 edition of ITU’s flagship regulatory report ‘Trends in Telecommunication Reform’, highlights the increasingly global nature of information and communication technology (ICT) regulation and the crucial link between effective regulation of the ICT sector and the range, quality and affordability of ICT services available to consumers and business users alike.Focusing on ‘Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society’, this year’s report confirms continued rapid expansion of tech markets worldwide. – Advertisement – “Rapid growth of broadband has seen global IP traffic skyrocket from around one petabyte 20 years ago to an estimated 44,000 petabytes (44 exabytes) at end 2012. As an indicator of the sheer volume this represents, that amount of data would take 1,100 years to download over a 10Mbps broadband link – or more than 200,000 years over a dial-up connection. In 2013 alone, IP traffic is expected to grow by around 14 exabytes per month – the monthly equivalent of twice total cumulative global traffic for the whole decade from 1994 – 2003.“Traffic volumes are being driven by the ever-growing number of connected people and connectable devices, the trend toward multiple device ownership, an abundance of highly diversified and mostly free online content, and increasingly widespread consumer access to fixed and mobile broadband networks capable of supporting high-bandwidth services like streaming video. The total number of people connected to the Internet is expected to surpass 2.7 billion in 2013, while the total number of applications downloaded over all types of devices will exceed 50 billion’, the report said.ITU’s Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Toure commenting on the report said: “These are interesting times for regulators, with the full impact of the long-term trend towards globalization of services now beginning to be felt.Credit: Daily Trustlast_img read more

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WSA Initiative Announces Most Outstanding African mContent and Apps 2014

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile innovation is one of the key cornerstones for African development. The WSA initiative of selecting the best from the national nominees from 41 African countries focuses on the very best of African solutions for African issues and problems.“What’s your SnooCode?” A question easily answered by GPS Location Coding SystemSnooCode. Take Mrs. Koomson 60, for example. A couple of weeks ago her son came to visit her at home. While he was there, he used his phone with the SnooCode software installed, to find out what his grandmother’s location code was. He copied the 6 digit number onto a piece of paper & stuck it to the fridge. SnooCode is a free mobile application solving a problem unknown to many: not having an address. This means people cannot access emergency services, postal services or even open a bank account. SnooCode provides everyone in rural or urban areas in Ghana with a unique, robust & easy to memorize address – being more accurate than even the UK post system. So what is your SnooCode?8 Winners, 16 Runner-ups, from Egypt to South Africa, from Killer Mosquitos toOral History– a pan-African diameter of innovation – Advertisement – SnooCode is only one of 8 Winners will be awarded the WSA African Content Award, the regional initiative of the World Summit Award (WSA) to promote and recognize creativity from Africa and to encourage collaboration among the regional networks.The African Content Award awardees stem from 15 different countries and demonstrate the richness of mobile content: mobile solutions supporting every day’s challenges and enhancing African citizen’s lives. “Our goal is to find and promote apps that tackle local challenges and have a strong impact on the society. Mobile technologies changed business conditions and ways of living in Africa, offering new perspectives to all citizens. With this new initiative we want to support local entrepreneurs and innovators” states WSA chairman Prof. Peter A. Bruck.Rethinking Education: Intaking knowledge bit by bit with social media school lecturesThe 8 African Content Award Winners and 16 Runner-ups present not only diversity and innovation, but most forward also the rapid movement towards smart citizenship.Take South Africa’s Rethink Education, enabling students to learn by doing what they love best: social media. Using Mixt, South Africa’s biggest social platform, students use ‘chat’-styled community platforms to learn math, chemistry science. The Rethink Education platforms, feed educational content broken down into ‘bite-size bits’ and present it through chat interfaces such as Mxit, WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook and Twitter for 500,000 users. OrYour Health from Morocco, the first medical orientation application offering a vast overview of all health care matters for Moroccans.SMART democracy: Ugandans thumbing citizen matters via mobile solution   Not only education shines a light in Africa: Ugandan citizen take active part in the community, by typing “Join”. U-report text message programme give a voice to everyone, having been launched in May 2011, U-reporters in Uganda made their voices heard almost 1.5 million times in 2013 alone.The 8 winners will be invited to join the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa, organized by the African Development Bank from October 14st to 17rd, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco The event will not only include an awarding gala, but also offer a platform for the awardees to present their services and projects to potential partners and investors.The event will be attended by renowned experts, opinion leaders and government representatives – turning Morocco in the hot spot of the mobile world.The African Content Award is organized in partnership with the African Development Bank, ISESCO, African Innovation Foundation, ITIDA & Millennium@EDU.Endslast_img read more

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2500 GoldPlated HTC Smartphone created in Honour of Cecil the Lion

first_imgAdvertisement Goldgenie, a company renowned for its expensive luxury smartphones and devices like the Apple Watch (costing $164,000) is making a special edition gold-plated HTC One M9 smartphone to remember Cecil the Lion.The company is to help raise awareness as well as donate part of the proceeds from the $2,470 it will make from the sales to Cecil’s former home, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.Goldgenie’s designers have created a special laser engraving of the lion’s portrait with the words “For Cecil and his Kingdom” inscribed below it for a limited edition range of 24k Gold embellished HTC One M9 smartphones. – Advertisement – Only 99 of the special edition smartphones will be made available for sale and 10% from every sale (£159) will be donated to Friends of Hwange.This Limited Edition 24k Gold Cecil the Lion HTC One M9 phone is SIM free and factory unlocked to ALL networks – you can use this 24k Gold embellished HTC ONE on any network throughout the world.The phone will come with a luxury cherry oak finish box, HTC ONE (M9) phone, earphones with remote and mic, charger plug + USB cable, documentation and total armour protection installed by master craftsmen at Goldgenie.[Via]last_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg motivates Nigerian entrepreneurs developers during Andela Lagos visit

first_imgAdvertisement After his surprise visit to the Co-creation Hub Lagos (CcHub) yesterday, Facebook CEO and Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, embarked on a 2km walk to the Andela Amity Campus.During a closed door meeting at Andela, Mark Zuckerberg met with Seni Sulyman, Director of Operations, and Nadayar Enegesi, Director of Learning & Development, to discuss the learning science powering Andela and the company’s success placing world-class African software developers with technology companies around the world.Mark afterwards sat down with Andela developers Innocent Amadi, who runs the Facebook Lagos Developer Group, and Blessing Ebowe to learn about the highlights and challenges of being a software developer in Lagos.Mark Zuckerberg at Andela, Lagos1 of 3 – Advertisement –  Andela highlights an important reality of today’s ever-evolving workplace, and one at the core of Andela’s mission: physical location is no longer a requirement for building a world-class engineering team.In case you missed his discussion with entrepreneurs and developers in Nigeria, you can watch the whole thing over again here:Credit: TechPointlast_img read more

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Samsung Might Ditch 35mm Headphone Jack on its Anticipated Galaxy S8

first_imgRemoving the 3.5mm Headphone Jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space for a bigger battery. Image Credit: CloudFront Advertisement This year, LeEco, Motorola, and Apple were among the brands that launched smartphones without the 3.5mm audio jack.According to some online reports, believe that South Korean smartphone giants, Samsung Corp. might ditch ‘3.5mm Headphone Jack’ on it’s upcoming Galaxy S8, joining the list of smartphones including; Apple’s iPhone 7, Motorola’s Moto Z, and LeEco’s Le Pro 3 that have abandoned the 3.5mm headphone jack. This means that all the existing headphones will not be compatible with the flagship unless when you are to use a USB Type-C adapter the phablet is to feature as one of it’s specs.This also means that you won’t be able to plug in the Galaxy S8 and use wired headphones at the same time. – Advertisement – Aside from ditching the Headphone Jack, other reports claim that the smartphone markers might also abandon the ‘Home Button’ while the front camera (selfie cam) will come with the auto-focus feature.Source claim that the removing of the Headphone Jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space inside for a bigger battery.Removing the 3.5mm Headphone Jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space for a bigger battery. Image Credit: CloudFrontSamsung will officially unveil the phablet next year on February 26th at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.source: Sam Mobilelast_img read more

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Over 187000 Apps Could Become Obsolete With Apples 64bit Only iOS 11

first_imgImage Credit: TheNextWeb Advertisement Some 187,000 apps could be rendered useless with the launch of “iOS 11,” according to an app analytics firm, assuming the anticipated update is when Apple plans to kill 32-bit support.The number represents about 8 percent of all titles on the App Store, Sensor Tower said. The real-world figure could potentially be much higher though, as the firm’s numbers are based on apps that were submitted prior to the Sept. 2013 launch of the iPhone 5s and haven’t been updated since.The iPhone 5s was the first iOS device to include a 64-bit processor, but it was only in Feb. 2015 that Apple required new apps to offer 64-bit support. For updates to existing apps, the cutoff was a few months later in June. – Advertisement – With the first iOS 10.3 beta, Apple inserted a message warning that 32-bit apps “will not work with future versions of iOS.” Previously iOS only cautioned that 32-bit apps might slow down a device.“iOS 11” would be a logical cutoff point. The finished 10.3 update has yet to be released, and Apple is expected to reveal iOS 11 during its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.Many apps could be potentially be removed from the App Store by the time “iOS 11” launches later in the year. Recently the company engaged in a purge of broken or outdated apps, and indeed Sensor Tower noted that 47,300 apps vanished in October alone.iOS 10.3 will bring in a number of changes, including the switch to a new file system, APFS, and the addition of a Find My AirPods app. It will also incorporate an official Reviews API, which may reduce the tendency of apps to ask for ratings.[related-posts]source: Apple Insdierlast_img read more

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MTN Uganda Launches Tukole Communication Solutions for SMEs

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda, through various stages of research, product development and testing, has launched an innovative and affordable communication and business solutions package for small and large enterprises.Speaking at the launch of the TUKOLE Campaign, Mr. Bwire Tadeo MTN Senior Manager SME Sales said that the communication and business solutions are aimed at making entrepreneurs and SMEs work smarter to sustainably grow faster.“We have launched comprehensive solutions that have three key offers: Business Booster Packs targeted at startups and SMEs,  Unlimited and Dedicated Business Internet powered by MTN Fiber targeted at businesses and organizations with larger internet needs and finally Mobile Money Solutions for businesses,” said Mr. Bwire Tadeo. – Advertisement – He further stated that the solutions were revolutionary and in line with the MTN vision of delivering a bold, new digital world to their customers.“For many businesses, whether large or small, access to the affordable communication channels remains crucial to their success. The solutions we have launched today will provide them value both in the short and long term” said Sophia Mukasa, the Senior Manager – Enterprise Products and Marketing at ‎MTN Uganda.At the launch, the meaning of the word ‘TUKOLE’ was unpacked.“’Tukole’ is a Luganda word meaning “Let’s Work Together”. We are here to say that MTN Uganda is the right partner for your business, no matter the size or stage of development, everywhere you go. So let us work together to guarantee your success” said Mr. Bwire Tadeo.MTN Uganda has promised that users of these products and services will become more efficient by ensuring sustainability in the cost of doing business in both the short and long term.You can Download the MTN Tukole Booklet here.“It is clear that all these entrepreneurs and SMEs in Uganda are looking for enablers of progress because it is always a tough journey starting and running a business. That is why MTN Uganda is providing more integrated communication and business solutions for this category of businesses that have been largely uncatered for” said Sophia Mukasa, the Senior Manager – Enterprise Products and Marketing at ‎MTN Uganda.MTN Uganda also announced Unlimited and Dedicated Business Internet powered by MTN Fiber targeted at businesses and organizations with larger internet needs.[related-posts]last_img read more

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BEN KEITHS BLOG Bagging The Elephant Part 2

first_imgWhen you first become a bookmaker, you have your heroes. Other bookies you have watched from afar, admiring their style and gaul. When you enter the betting arena, as a minnow, you arrive a foetus; without any substance in either finance or experience, and most all of all…without reputation. It’s a fair game in its raw exposure though, and you have as much chance as the bookmaker betting next to you to gain attention or credibility. You have to start by just pretending a bit, then slowly doing ‘it’, with a modicum of experience, and then, bit by bit, mould yourself into the player in the market that best suits you and your character. Forget money, that’s got very little to do with it. If you haven’t got a pair of bollocks, that will show through, however much money is in the hod.One thing you can’t pretend to do though, one thing that can’t be covered up or hidden from; is if you actually ‘lay a proper bet’. When a cash punter puts a lump of readdies in your hand, or calls a bet on the phone as the last horse is going in the stalls; there are no excuses or hiding places. You are either going to lay the bet, or not. Every nerve in your body will scream out; ‘caution’, ‘do not take this bet’, ‘it is too big’, ‘you have never been out this far from land before, this is not safe’, ‘he knows more than you’. However, one little nerve, right at the back of your head tells you very quietly and calmly, that if you want to be the next Victor Chandler or Tony Morris, you must take that bet, you must make yourself the man and bookmaker you want to be. And that little voice takes over your being and says ‘yes, sir. That’s a bet’. You then turn to watch the race, like an out-of-body experience, watching yourself, not the action itself, and what happens, happens, in front of you. The seal has been broken, and you have stepped into the next level of play. That size of bet will never have the same level of pressure and effect on your being ever again. If though, IF, you say ‘no’, and knock the punter back, he is forever gone, and you have fallen off the horse and not got back on. You have created, to yourself, a psychological barrier. Something subliminal has formed that will always scare you off. You will make reasons to justify it to yourself; reasons why you shouldn’t have laid the bet to that particular punter. But, essentially, there are no hiding places from the simple fact; that you bottled it.You move on; from the racecourse, dog-track, or independent betting-shop, to wanting more action. Needing bigger ‘play’. The urge to stretch yourself and find out what’s under your bonnet is too much to resist. You open a credit-bookmakers and start to court the big-players. Again, the learning curve is fierce. Many dangerous ‘Greeks bearing gifts’ appear, but this time, they aren’t racecourse scally-wags. They are huge dangerous sharks. Sharks that have quickly smelt your young and fresh blood, and glided over to, and around and around you. They are looking for ways in, and weaknesses in your ‘play’. They nudge and nurdle and try to press every button, in search of some innocence to take advantage of. If you fall, which you will, you can be swept aside by just one of these big players, and it can happen very quickly. They can immediately create very long, successful, and destructive winning runs. They will not press ‘stop’. That is your job. Are they lucky or are they ‘good’? If you’re right; you save yourself from certain death, if you’re wrong; he will lose your long saved-up ammunition in his nearest casino as a matter of course, and your chance to recoup your losses is forever gone.After a few years though, the sharks swim away…on the whole. They’ve taken a few bites, or been knocked-back, and they see you as older and more cynical meat; essentially, they see you as one of them.Each big player, like the first big bets that came at you on the racecourse, is a new test, a new challenge of your ‘level’. Like before, they come in sizes, and in time, the size of player you have reached playing becomes more normal to you. More part of your everyday routine. But, also, like before; you still have the urge to break that seal again and again. To play a bit bigger, to find the next punter, correction; to find ‘that’ punter. You fantasise about him before he appears. What he will do for a living, what he will want to play on, his style of play, how he will react to good and bad runs.‘That’ urge to move on to the next big player. ‘That’ urge to swim out a bit further again, into the shark infested waters, comes about once a year.As myself and Gaul Wood turned the corner, out of The Four Seasons, and made our way to Gordon Gekko’s office, ‘that’ urge was stronger than ever before. The fire had been building and building for a long time. We had swum out again and again, casting our nets and chucking more and more bait into the water, without a new player appearing. This though was ‘it’. It didn’t get any bigger than walking to GG’s office…until next time…of course.The intensity now was over-powering. Two addicts goading each other on. Teasing the other further into the fire. We had been here so many times. And these times, and their war-wounds and victories, now ingrained in our character, were with us now. Memories of previous battles, and highly combative face-to-face meetings with past big punters, where we had to stand firm, were all part of our cv’s. We loved it though. We could moan, we could struggle against the pain, but we wouldn’t, in that moment, have wanted to be heading anywhere else on earth.I looked about, from our silent bubble of unbridled ambition, and tried to spot a pretty girl. Just one, to nudge Gaul about, to point to, in an effort to lighten the mood. But none appeared.We turn into Gekko’s amphitheatre. HIS arena; Wall Street. Now is the time. As we walk up, on the right is Donald Trump’s office; his great competitor. Since being released from prison for insider-dealing, Gekko has fought his way back up the rankings of US and World wealth lists. He is still a long way from ‘The Don’ though. The seven year ‘sabbatical’ taking a great toll on his otherwise relentless march forward. On leaving prison, Gekko’s wealth was a flat zero, due to his bankruptcy. Of course though, funds ‘appeared’ from nowhere. Silent and anonymous Swiss banks, with numbered accounts, backing his projects. It was estimated that he had managed to squirrel away £50million from the bankruptcy officials and this ‘ammo’ was now coming back into play. In the six years that have passed, his reputation as a successful and hard-hitting investor has returned. He predicted the ‘bounce’ of the American property market correctly, and the rise in stocks, and is now back up to an estimated £700million, managing a hedge-fund powered by over £3billion of loyal investors that still believe in him. The believers have been rewarded handsomely, seeing returns of over 20%, in each of the last three years. And with this huge wealth Gordon Gekko is amassing once again, too, is his immense lust to gamble. To ‘play’. To find another ‘animal’ to stand up to and grapple with.That is why myself and Gaul Wood made our way to New York; to, as Bud Fox said in Wall Street 1; ‘Bag The Elephant’.We turn to our left now, just off Wall Street, and make our way directly into the New York Stock Exchange. Gekko, the king of the castle, on lucky floor ‘7’, has his own personal office, looking over the dealing pits, so he can watch his newly money-obsessed protégés, rushing around, screaming at each other, fighting to obtain him the best prices in the market.We sign in and walk over to the lift, pressing ‘7’, for Gekko Securities. ‘Bring it on bring it on, bring it on’ is ringing in my ears. Myself and Gaul in the full control of the ‘heat’ now. Blind Ambition is having the time of his life, baby. A thin layer of nervous sweat covers our persons, our eyes are bulging, and jaws grinding away furiously.I can now see his office. It’s on the left, with a window looking out on one side into the dealing pits, and this side; over his brokers. We are walking through the middle of the room and can feel every eye on us. There would be a hundred people both sides of us, all fired-up, all working forward in the same direction; in making Gekko Securities, and themselves in their bonuses; more money. Gekko’s fund has made investors a fortune, but it’s also a good cover. A cover for his bad side, once again. In between his shrewd and considered investment selections, there is still the odd ‘wrong’un’ chucked in, that his brokers are paid extra commission to pitch to his clients. For this, Gekko receives a huge level of kick-back from the company, and sees it, due to his huge success elsewhere, as just some extra well-earned sweets. As we walk, we see white-boards, all with Nutstone Housing at the top of them. This, one would guess, is the ‘wrong’un’, the one they all want to palm off onto the unsuspecting. To our right, a hand flies up in the air and below it an excited voice shouts out ‘I just sold 5000 Nutstone!’. Around him there are high-fives but just a few feet further away the other brokers can’t hide their jealousy. These are Gekkos animals; his private family of mongrel gannets. He has trained them backwards from tame humans to being blood-hungry savages. Each day now, they aren’t coming into work, they are coming into their church, to pray, as disciples, to the dollar sign at the alter of their messiah; Gordon Gekko. They have each individually been worked on. Each cajoled in a different way. Each led closer until being thrown into the dark-side of Mr Gekko. His favourite past-time and specialist field of knowledge, his obvious and open passion: Greed.Outside his office sits Natalie, ever loyal Natalie. Much older now, but self-satisfied and content looking. Gekko’s oldest and most loyal servant, through good and bad, she would have been well looked after. Gekko would have made an example of her. Elevating her beyond all sensible proportions; he would have shown to all how he rewards unquestioning loyalty.‘Good afternoon. We are here to meet Mr Gekko.’. I do the first talking.‘Your name?’ She responds a little more than confidently.‘Ben Keith, and my colleague; Mr Woodgate’. ‘Please wait here on the left, gentlemen.’We sit on the deep purple, velvet seats, angled towards each other, but we are still able to enjoy the intriguing view over Gordon Gekko’s empire. Walls around us are covered in framed photos from Wall Street 1 and 2, and document too, other key moments from his infamous career. The coffee tables are black leather with silver studs up the sides, the little area thick with comfort and everything fitted around us in a luxury feel. All part of the pre-match experience of meeting GG.Stealing glances over my shoulder, into Gekko’s private office, we see him sitting with two people. Clearly clients in waiting. One; an elderly Arab man, faintly listening to and understanding what he was being told. The other; a younger man, who looked like an assistant to the elderly gentleman, but far more aware of the proceedings taking place ahead of him. Gekko is making a soft and gentle face, out of his normal character. He is securing business here, he is settling any nerves the client may have. He is allowing that extra bit of personal attention.For the first time, our nerves settle just slightly. The meeting was now a reality. There would be no last-minute excuses or cancellations; we would be given our chance.The door next to us opens. As a knee-jerk reaction we both look to our left. The younger assistant steps out first and stands behind the frail figure he is supporting. He is razor-eyed and watches on as Gekko’s eyes do not leave those of the older man. ‘Yes, yes, Mr Al-Jarani, your money is most safe in the hands of Gekko Securities…’. As the old man turns, the young assistant stares right at Gekko and nods. Gekko clearly nods back. It is clear that the assistant has just secured the bung of a lifetime. And it is now our turn to step into the shark’s water…Gekko flicks his tongue in the top of his mouth, and turns to look at us; far more casually now. He has aged a little since we last saw him in ‘Money Never Sleeps’, but he’s aged well. That sheen of success and continued satisfaction, glows from his face. This latter chapter of his career has clearly gone according to plan.‘So you’re the bookie that writes to me a thousand times and gets every punter in New York to slip your name into conversation?’, he laughs as he says it. It takes one to know one, and Gekko identifies entirely with chasing after a target. Just once in a while, he doesn’t mind playing the role of prey, and seeing the hunter’s moves.‘Ha, ha, that’s me, Mr Gekko.’. I have to confess, I was slightly star-struck for a minute. Like a boy, not quite knowing where to put his hands, I meekly step forward to shake his hand and be greeted. As he accepts my hand, and then Gary’s, he turns back and looks over our shoulders at his huge screens showing Bloomberg financial news. Unless he really needs you, Gordon Gekko isn’t going to be entertaining you in extended non-business pleasantries.He slouched back behind his imposing grey desk. The fine-art collection that he bought back when he made his comeback decorates every corner of the office not taken up by the windows over-looking his empire. The art represents him, it adds further to his grandeur and presence. Another goal to him in that subliminal game he plays so well.‘So what brings you to New York, gentleman? Is it just business or is there some play too?’Gaul Wood nods and tells a white-lie as to not make us look like desperados only after his blood. ‘We are looking at several projects here and thought we’d take the chance to catch-up with you too, Mr Gekko.’Gekko read the bull-shit immediately but smiled to himself and allowed the show to continue with a little quip ‘That’s good, kid. All work and no play makes Jack a rich boy.’My pitch begins…‘Mr Gekko, we have come to see you today, to tell you about our exclusive high-roller bookmaking service. We believe..’. I am cut off mid-sentence, Gekko wants to talk turkey and he certainly wants to strike first in the deal making process. He isn’t interested in flowery details and false promises, he wants to talk about the two and only things big players are interested in, and that’s; size of bets, and credit.‘Yeah, well listen, guys. I’m delighted to meet you but I got a couple of great arrangements going on with guys local to me.’His punter-blagging is about to go into full flow now. He will stretch the truth and burst through into a new world of punter-fantasy, in order to test how desperate we are for his business. It is now mine and Gary’s job to dissect his bullshit from the truth, communicate clairvoyantly, and come back to him with an immediate half-way house to try and start business in.‘…I got three mill credit with Jack Schwartz and I can bet any handicap to win seven hundred thou..’There is a silence, you can cut the air with a knife, and our eyes meet. I will now let Gekko play the dominant role. He is an alpha character, this is certainly no time to clash with his ego. I always allow the bigger players to take this lead. Let them think I am a weakling that can be pushed around and made to do what they want. Allow them this false glory. In ‘time’, that one thing that the bookmaker’s percentage needs, I will tame him. He doesn’t realise that in submissing to him, my dominance has already begun. The calmer I stay, the more I will control him. In, time, that wonderful healer of arrogance, Gordon Gekko won’t be a lion with me. I will beat him, again and again, and yes, in time, he will lead me around New York to every big player there is worth knowing. He just doesn’t have the faintest clue of that yet…To be continued….B xThis blog is, unfortunately, a fictional account, created in my deluded mind, of myself and Gary, going to New York to meet Gordon Gekko. It is dedicated to my dad, Lindsay. He hasn’t been a well boy of late and I send him all of my love and care. Your soft and kind shoulder has always been there for me to cry upon, and it’s also always been so strong to bounce back off again, back into the big-wide-world. This story is written for you and I hope it may ease some pain. Ben xxlast_img read more

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PREVIEW South Korea v Belgium

first_imgMy nice run of form came to a shuddering halt yesterday when I went UNDER 2.5 goals in the France game and got the killer result 0-0.The good news is we are still 19 points ahead of the game since the World Cup started.Group H action in the late games as another group comes to an end.South Korea v Belgium is the game on ITV from the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo.Belgium were many peoples idea of a lively outsider before the tournament began but despite topping the group with two wins from two have hardly set the world alight.Their winning goals have come late in the game, all from substitutes and with their passage through to the knock out stages secure I can hardly see them busting a gut here.They have met South Korea three times before (2 win and 1 draw):HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jun 1999 International South Korea 1-2 BelgiumJun 1998 World Cup Belgium 1-1 South KoreaJun 1990 World Cup Belgium 2-0 South KoreaSouth Korea need to go all out for the win to stand any chance of getting past this stage and even then they must rely on Russia beating Algeria, by a smaller winning margin!Their biggest problem is their defence, or rather lack of it. Manager Hong Myung-Bo was openly critical following the 4-2 defeat to AlgeriaWe’ll try goals again. On the basis that South Korea will need to push forward to such an extent they may present some gift wrapped goals for Belgium.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)12 points OVER 2.5 GOALS at around 8/11 with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 19.21 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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SIMON NOTT Betting Shop Characters

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s previously mentioned in my blogs I spent a lot of time in my formative years in the bookies. It really was a community back in those days, and by those days I mean the 1980’s. It was weird though, even though we only really had one betting shop in our town. That is, at least near enough the White Horse, whatever betting shop you went in in any town there were often the same characters.There was ‘The Professor’ this guy would come in with reams of betting slips each filled with permutations – all interconnected looking like hieroglyphics. The manager would sigh as he saw him come in the door, at least he would if he was also the settler. After what seemed like an age for all the bets to be tendered almost certainly less than a tenner would change hands. Then to the pay-out where often around the same sort of money would be returned from the previous day’s myriad. Nobody ever got in conversation with the professor, he no doubt had no time, he had study to do.Then there was the chap who regardless of where you sat or indeed what paper you were looking at, he’d always want to look at the one you were reading or positioned in front of. He actually was probably the culprit of punter type three too. He’d insist on ticking or circling all his fancies on the paper on the wall for each and every race. There’d probably be a few in each race, really heavy circles for his naps. He’d then lead you back to them in the unlikely event of any of the beasts winning (even a stopped clock is right!) bemoaning that he’d circled them but of course not backed them.Then there was the guy who liked to disagree with whatever you had to say but would insist on asking you what you fancied in the first place. At this point you’d be minding your own business or talking to someone else with no intention of getting into that type of conversation, especially if the only reason you’d backed the horse you had was because Warren Hill had tipped it up. I never could work out why poor old Warren didn’t have his own column but rather languished at the bottom of the tipping box, so I often used to back his selection. My cobblers were of course duly done.One of the most annoying characters was the type that on watching your reaction when your odds-on shot got chinned on the line after sounding all over the winner on Extel would look over and shake his head with a patronising look on his face and say, ‘you should never back odds on’.He, or at least the one in our betting shop, was also the fella that used to walk around the shop with a wad of betting slips in his hand. He’d only actually write on any of them after a race, quickly scribbling the winner with a ‘I was going to back that one’ to anyone who’d listen. Needless to say, his sole wealth of a well-thumbed 50p coin never invested all afternoon let alone left his pocket. Did he circle the papers too? Probably.By far the most infuriating punter was the one that roared whatever was about to beat yours home, you could never be sure, but were pretty certain that he hadn’t actually backed any of them, such was the frequency. Funnily enough he never did it to the drunken builder mentioned in previous blogs.Then of course you had those not quite so annoying or funny. These people were nervous wrecks. The most frequently seen was the one that would show pens no mercy (with no thought on who’d been previously sucking either) as they stared wild eyed at the speaker as the audio of the race unfolded. By the time his horse or dog was beaten the pen could have been chewed beyond recognition as it was hurled trailing spittle and phlegm across the betting shop in fury. Talking of dogs, there was always a dog punter who’d scribble down the Trap in front if it was his, willing it to stay there, ‘6, 6, 6, 6, 6, they go past together, 5’ with that the tickets he had been clutching were scattered in a flurry all over the floor, those on which his sweat worked as adhesive in groups of twos and threes. Happily, they sometimes won too, but a lot of betting slips were lost without ever having seen bet action.The worst I ever saw was a little skinny fella with bottle-bottom glasses. He came in to the shop and said he used to work for Jenny Pitman whom he wasn’t very complimentary about. He then had £200 in tenners on one of hers at 2/5. Nobody had ever seen him before. As soon as he had placed his bet he went to the toilets. The thing was he didn’t come back. We thought that a bit weird, as the race was off. Then as it seemed his fancy was going to win, he poked his head around the door, tortoise-like, only for disaster to strike and the beast to part company with its jockey at the very next flight. The fraught-faced head withdrew, and the door slammed shut, he was never seen again. In fact, I don’t think any of us actually saw him leave the toilet that day, the betting shop is still there, I’ll make a return visit soon and see if any of those characters still exist.Let’s just hope he’s not still in the loo.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

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Interview MARK BLANDFORD

first_imgMARK BLANDFORD (part 2 of 4)In part two Mark talks about taking on professional punters and the trails of actually being one. Using ratings, the dot.com boom, becoming a global brand, restriction policies and not getting on! MARK BLANDFORD (part 3 of 4)In part three Mark talks about his love of poker, playing with Neil Channing, acquiring Paradise Poker, the UIGEA ruling and subsequent catastrophic affect on his business. MARK BLANDFORD (part 4 of 4)In this fourth and final part of our interview Mark talks of how he dusted himself down and kicked on again after the UIGEA disaster. He also discusses his close ties with the Scudamore family, owning a winner at the Cheltenham Festival and finding winners in business. He also talks about the current bookmaking industry and looking forward to the future. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: MARK BLANDFORD: Mark is a pioneer of on-line bookmaking forming sportingbet.com building it into a global mega-company success. He started his career in 1984 with a single backstreet betting shop which grew to five before selling up and investing the lot into the Internet business. His firm also acquired Paradise Poker and things were going extremely well until UIGEA knocked millions off the value of the company in one stroke of the US President’s pen. Mark bounced back and still searches out talent to invest in, both equine and human, watch and hear the inspirational story of a bookmaking and business legend.MARK BLANDFORD (part 1 of 4)Meeting Mark Blandford, internet betting pioneer and founder of sportingbet.com. In part 1 he talks of his background in business, running a small chain of backstreet betting shops, poacher turned gamekeeper professional punting, setting up Sportingbet and utilising analytics in the art of bookmaking.last_img read more

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JULIE COLLIER Sat Starters Orders

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 11 AugustJULIE COLLIERIntroduces the daily specials and offers on Saturday including a FREE BET OFFER at Ascot on Shergar Cup Day !!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> HORSE RACING1.45 RedcarJurran 7/1 > 2/14.35 RedcarCalliope 9/2 > 5/24.40 CorkFinvarra 33/1 > 12/1FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD11/8 Wolves9/4 Everton9/4 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img

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Hoby World Leadership Congress Media Opportunities

first_imgShareContact: Henry de La Garza de La Garza Public Relations (713) 622-8818 Michael Cinelli Rice University(713) 831-4794HOBY WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES Friday, August 2 6:30-7:15 p.m. Opening sessionHamman Hall, Rice UniversitySpeakers: HOBY Founder Hugh O’Brian; Rice University President Malcolm Gillis; Houston Mayor Bob Lanier;U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Gali (video message).Saturday, August 3 10:15-11:45 a.m. Fundamentals of Leadership Hamman HallSpeaker: Don Tocco1:15-2:45 p.m. Political Leadership Hamman Hall Speakers: Lee P. Brown, Senior Fellow, The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; sociology professor; and former “drug czar” in the Clinton Administration;Martha Wong, Houston City Council member. Monday, August 5 8-8:30 a.m. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Founder’s Court, Rice University Cha-Yon-Ryu: The Natural WayStudent ambassadors will participate in a martial arts demonstration with Grand Master Kim Soo.12:45-1:45 p.m. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Grand Hall, RMC World Hunger LunchStudent ambassadors will participate in a demonstration of how different countries deal with nutrition.Tuesday, August 6 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Program Hornberger Conference Center Texas Medical CenterSpeaker: Dr. Michael DeBakey12:45-2:15 p.m. Medical Ethics Hornberger Conference Center Texas Medical CenterSpeaker: Baruch Brody, Rice University lecturerWednesday, August 7 10:45-11:30 a.m. PHOTO OPPORTUNITYMission Status Center Johnson Space Center Mission briefing by current active astronaut crew. 3-4:30 p.m. Destiny in Space Teague Auditorium Johnson Space Center Speakers: Randy Brinkley, program manager, Space Station; Kevin Chilton, astronaut liaison; Jim Nise, manager for Russian Programs Phase I;Dan Tam, deputy manager for business, space station. Friday, August 9 8:15-9:45 a.m. Education Hamman Hall, Rice University Speakers: Leonel Castillo, Houston mayor’s educational liaison; Douglas Christiansen, Purdue University; Bill Cunningham, professor emeritus, International Studies and Political Science, UST; Stephen Klineberg, sociology professor, Rice University. AddThislast_img read more

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