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first_imgWould you be willing to pay user fees to access public lands?YES: 71%I would gladly pay a small one-time or annual pass fee for access to public lands, but only if I was assured that those revenues would be put into maintaining and improving those areas. I want that money going directly into the trails, not into a general fund to be squandered by administrators and bureaucratic overhead.—Kevin Dobo-Hoffman, Asheville, N.C.I support fees as long as they support non-extractive recreation and forest protection. We should all be responsible stewards and end irresponsible subsidized timber cuts on public lands.— Ben Colvin, Asheville, N.C.The public often forgets about the costs of maintaining the land, roads, trails, restrooms, and scenic overlooks, as well as hauling out trash. Access fees might enable more of our tax dollars to be dedicated to acquiring more public lands for conservation.—Heather Widener, via e-mailI only support an access fee if it goes directly to the park or forest where it was collected and not into a general fund.—Richard Mansker, Atlanta, Ga.NO: 29%We already pay user fees in the form of taxes, which supposedly go to protecting our public lands system. User fees are double taxation, and the Forest Service already squanders hundreds of millions in subsidized logging on public lands.—Keira Whitley, Roanoke, Va.Outdoor recreation is already too white and elitist. A user fee only makes it even harder for low-income folks to explore the outdoors. There should never be a price tag on experiencing the natural world.—Danielle Foster, Knoxville, Tenn.Which are your favorite mountains? APPALACHIANS: 77%They each have their beauty, but there are fewer things in the Appalachians that can eat me.— Ingles Alexander, Saltville, Va.The easily accessible solitude and peace that the Appalachians bring far outweigh all others.—Eddy, Danville, Va.The Rockies and Sierras are the bold kids on the block with their in-your-face attitude. The Appalachians remain the quiet, mature adults with their soft green views. That coyness continuously beckons me to explore and be amazed by all that’s hidden from view.—Pete Webber, Petersburg, Va.The Appalachians are older and more manageable. They offer hiking without too many verticals and skiing for all abilities. Add the network of lakes for fishing and other watersports, and the Apps offer the complete package, all within a few hours of driving.—Karl Kunkel, Baltimore, Md.ROCKIES: 17%I’m an intermediate skier, so I’m biased towards long blue runs groomed or powder. The Rockies seem to provide the best of this.—Tony Hogan, Atlanta, Ga.As much as I love my home Appalachians, seeing the Rockies was an experience I will never forget, and they captured a very special place in my heart.—Carol G., Greenville, S.C.SIERRAS: 6%The Sierras have more snow, higher peaks, and better cross-country ski access, but they’re not as resort-laden as the Rockies.—Doug Vlad, Charlotte, N.C.last_img read more

Mane to earn millions from Liverpool’s EPL victory

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first_imgSadio Mane has trademarked his name as Liverpool players prepare to cash in on Premier League title glory with millions in endorsements. Mane is on the verge of claiming his first EPL title The superstar striker has been interviewed in an “SM10” cap and has registered his brand with the Government’s Intellectual Property Office, The Telegraph says. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar each scoop £20milion-plus from a string of endorsement, making them sport’s top earners overall. Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are among other big names to trademark their brands, promoting items like men’s products and clothes. And with the Reds 25 points clear in the Premier League, their first crown since 2001 would be a huge marketing asset for a club with such long-established global following. Social media, too, has also become a major earner for the world’s most-followed footballers. Juventus hero Ronaldo pockets make around £38m a year from Instagram posts, twice the sum made by Messi. Loading… David Beckham is said to rake in £8.6m, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on £3.2m. But as for endorsements, Senegal ace Mane’s fame is Africa could be his special selling point. Sports marketing consultant Nigel Currie, of NC Partnerships, told The Telegraph: “Success is important in terms of marketability. “Having that badge on your CV as not only a Champions League winner but a Premier League winner is pretty important. “We have seen in the Far East with Son Heung-min and other players who have been able to crack that market, it is hugely lucrative. Read Also:Rangers to turn down permanent deal for Ojo “Africa may not be as lucrative but it is still a very big and important market. Being the player of the year is significant and can capture a home market ahead of others.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?last_img read more

Pontus Lindwall – Product enhancements are re-energising Betsson AB

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first_img StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share Related Articles Updating investors on Betsson AB’s interim 2018 results, Group Chief Executive Pontus Lindwall has declared that ‘confidence is back in the business’.Lindwall who regained leadership of Betsson AB in September 2017, following the departure of former incumbent Ulrik Bengtsson, would implement a ‘corporate efficiency program’ following a lacklustre 2017 trading.Named the ‘back on track plan’ by Betsson governance, the program has focused on three strategic areas; optimising operational efficiencies, improving product output and enhancing growth within core markets.Supporting the program, Lindwall has placed Betsson ‘M&A activities temporarily on hold’, focusing the firm’s recovery through organic disciplines.“We have continued to follow our ‘back on track plan’, which has delivered solid growth in both casino and sportsbook. Highlights have seen casino revenues exceed SEK 1 billion for the first time ever, as Betsson delivered a record period EBIT.“This plan is not finished, as we will continue to work on improving group efficiencies and product offerings, however, I’m pleased with the outcome of initiatives so far” Lindwall tells Betsson investors.In his presentation, Lindwall breaks down a busy period of output for Betsson development teams which have delivered effective product enhancements for the firm’s services.For casino, which Lindwall describes as ‘having bounced back’ from its 2017 slumber, Betsson has improved its live game offerings, installing Scandinavian-language tables across core brands, helping the company sustain ‘11% growth across the Nordics’.With regards to sportsbook, Lindwall states that the products significant growth during the ultra-competitive World Cup period is ‘a testament that the company is heading in the right direction’.A revamp of Betsson AB’s sports betting product across all core brands, has seen the operator launch its new BetBuilder tool, supported by an additional +230 new pre-match markets. Furthermore, the company has enhanced customer engagement and interactions by markedly improving sportsbook load times across all platforms.Closing a busy interim period Lindwall states “We are working around the clock, to bring Betsson back to where it belongs. The plan is built around core areas, but our culture and organisation remain central to everything. We are seeing improvements in our products and performance, but I remind you that we are still half-way through this process”Entering a crucial H2 2018 period, Lindwall states that Betsson’s executive team is ‘excited and on its toes’ to enter the re-regulated Swedish online gambling market, set to come into effect on 1 January 2019. Submit Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

I will miss Kumasi:Rashid Sumaila

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first_imgFormer Kotoko and now Sundowns of South Africa’s defender, Rashid Sumaila has thanked the people of Kumasi particularly Kotoko supporters, saying he would miss them now that he has left for South Africa. The centre back joined Kotoko from Ebusua Dwarfs on a season-long loan.A lot of Kotoko supporters at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium where the Porcupines took on Sundowns on Sunday, interestingly were touched by the true status of the hard working defender as his change of shirt from Kotoko’s red to Sundowns’ white evoked tears.Speaking to asantekotokosc.com after the game, Rashid Sumaila showered praises on the Kumasi fans for the support given him throughout his stay. “I am very grateful to the people of Kumasi especially Kotoko supporters. I will miss Kumasi and the supporters very much. I thank them for all the support they gave me. I promise to make them proud everywhere I go” said Rashid.“I am happy I won the league title with Kotoko. My move to Sundowns is another step in my football career. I am confident that with the exposure at Kotoko, I will succeed. I wish the club well and I wish to return to work either as a player or an official in future” he added.In quite an unforgettable last game for Rashid, the Porcupines lost 0-2 to Memlodi Sundowns in the international pre-season friendly game. Most of the fans bided an emotional farewell to Rashid Sumaila who has now officially joined the respected South African side. Smallboy Korbah scored an own goal to put the visitors in front in the 48th minute and Bongani Zungu made it 2-0 in the 81st minute to wrap up a game in which Kotoko was less impressive. Rashid was a pillar in Kotoko’s defence in the first half but as the players emerged from the changing room, he appeared in Mamelodi Sundowns’ all-white jersey and the supporters cheered the former Kotoko defender as he moved to Sundowns’ half.The first half was evenly played and with the scores ending goalless, both teams improved remarkably in the second half but it was the visitors who started to exert pressure on the host in the early minutes. In one of their quick moves, which was their third successive invasion of the Kotoko goal area in two minutes, a long pass was sent to the right side of attack to locate substitute Raymond Monama.He advanced with the ball and sent a cross into the Kotoko six-yard-box. In the haste of clearing the ball to safety, Smallboy Korbah’s touch unfortunately redirected the ball into the net. Then in the 50th minute, Teko Modise sent Luthberty Malatila through on goal on the left side.Unfazed by the challenge given to him by substitute Kofi Agyare, Malatila tried a low curler which Isaac Amoako was saved. Kotoko regrouped and for the first time in the second half, made inroads into the final third of Sundowns but tried as they did, the Porcupines could not surpass Rashid Sumaila and Alje Shut. Kotoko returnee, Albert Bruce managed to deflect Godfred Asante’s pass wider to the left in the 76th minute. Jafaru Samed and Joseph Ochaya combined beautifully to have the latter tear away dangerously towards the rear but Rashid Sumaila slid and kicked the ball to corner before the Kotoko could wreck havoc.With further cause for anxiety for Kotoko in the 79th minute, Thami Sangweni, who was presented with nice set up in the 18-yard box by Dowe Wome, could only shoot wide. Sundowns yet again took over the exchanges immediately after the restart. Gracefully, the visitors struggled to create the opening and so sent the ball back.The Kotoko midfield advanced forward and the ball was lopped behind them but only as far as Albert Bruce who was standing halfway into the Kotoko territory with only Kofi Agyare and Ohene Brenya behind him. The midfielder could not control the ball firmly before it was pounced on by Bongani Zungu, who ran with it towards goal with only Kofi Agyare confronting him. Bongani craftily placed the ball at the far lower corner to register Sundowns’ second goal.Kotoko pressed hard for a goal but Francis Adjei failed to utilize the glaring chance that fell his way in the 83rd minute. The youngster, with only Kennedy Nweene to beat, failed to take it early as he tried to dribble past the well-experienced Zambian goalie. Alhassan Bukari followed suit on the stroke of full time when his shot at the close range went over the bar. Kotoko lineup: Isaac Amoako/Felix Annan, Bobie Ansah, Joseph Ochaya, Smallboy Korbah/Ohene Brenya, Rashid Sumaila/Kofi Agyare, Michael Akufu/Godfred Asante, Issah Yakubu/Mickey Ofosu, Prince Baffoe/Albert Bruce, Seidu Bancey/Bukari Alhassan, Ransford Osei/Jafaru Samed, Michael Helegbe/Francis Adjei.Sundowns lineup: Kennedy Nweene, Bryce Moon/Rama Mphahehe, Tebogo Langerman/Elia Pelempe, Emmanuel Mathias/Rashid Sumaila, Alje Shut, Bongani Zungu, Teko Modise, Anthony Laffor, Thami Sangweni/Denise Onyango, Dowe Wome, Cathberty Malatila/Punch Senamela,last_img read more