River lotteries for nine great white water rafting destinations close todayCalling all river rats! It might be freezing cold outside today but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start planning your summer adventures. In fact, today is the last day to enter lotteries for nine in-demand white water rafting rivers including the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Salmon River, Hells Canyon- Snake River, Selway River, Rogue River, Desolation Gray- Green River, Salt River, Dinosaur Green and Yampa River, and San Juan River. Permits allow a visitor to use floating watercraft to navigate the river. To enter the permit lottery for any of the rivers listed above, click here.Runners complete 135-mile ultramarathon during polar vortexThe arrowhead 135 ultramarathon is purposely held in January or February to line up with the coldest temperatures of the year. But no one was expecting what the racers faced this year, temperatures of -30 degrees F. The race course runs from International Falls, Minnesota to Lake Vermillion on the Arrowhead State Trail. One hundred forty six racers toed the line this year in four disciplines: running, cycling, skiing, and kick-sledding. With seven hours left, only 39 bikers and nine runners had finished the race. Four more runners were still out on the course, 43 hours after the start of the race. Those runners ultimately completed the race, the last one coming in after 56 hours and 58 minutes of running. Jovica Spajic of Serbia and Scott Hoberg of Minnesota crossed the line together and snagged the men’s fastest times, clocking in at 36 hours and nine minutes. The fastest women’s time came from Faye Norby of Minnesota who finished the race in 48 hours, 34 minutes.Study shows 11 of Georgia’s 12 coal-powered plants are leaking chemicals into the groundwaterA study released in mid-December by conservation groups that looked at information on Georgia’s 12 coal-powered plants found that 11 of the 12 plants are leaking chemicals into the groundwater. Coal ash contains toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead, which are known to cause cancer and heart disease. Environmentalists hope the study will encourage lawmakers to strengthen Georgia’s coal ash regulations by requiring utilities to remove waste from leaking, unlined coal ash ponds. According to the study, Georgia Power, the state’s largest energy provider, owns 10 of the 11 leaking plants. Georgia Power officials said that tests over the past several years show that any leaking chemicals have not had an impact on the state’s groundwater.
Even in Georgia, where harassment from Republican senators has forced the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to declare a recount, there was no fraud—no whiff of it. Before he caved, he called Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue’s charges that the count wasn’t transparent and could be fraudulent “laughable.” In a statement before the caving, he said: “We were literally putting releases of results up at a minimum hourly. […] I and my office have been holding daily or twice-daily briefings for the press to walk them through all the numbers. So that particular charge is laughable.” Any irregularities, he said, were not a threat to the outcome of the election. Yet the ridiculous charges continue.That’s because this is what Trump does, explains ABC News, which is also jumping onto the “there is no fraud” bandwagon. “There is no truth to the claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the election, yet the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are pursuing lawsuits in several states claiming that there was,” ABC says. “This is not the first time Trump has made claims about election fraud when the results do not please him. It has been a part of his playbook for years—long before he entered politics.- Advertisement – “This time, the president is taking his claims through the legal system with no evidence to back them up,” ABC concludes. “Meanwhile, the campaign is continuing to raise money for the battles, as it’s clear the president isn’t willing to give up quickly.” Yeah, the money is playing a huge role here at this point. Because the legal challenges truly do have no evidence. And Trump’s lawyers have to keep going before judges and admitting so. Like in Pennsylvania, where in one of their countless challenges the judge had had enough.“I am asking you a specific question, and am looking for a specific answer,” the judge told one of Trump’s lawyers. “Are you claiming that there is any fraud in connection with these 592 disputed ballots?” To which the lawyer could only say, “To my knowledge at present, no.” The judge: “Are you claiming that there is any undue or improper influence upon the elector with respect to these 592 ballots?” The lawyer: “To my knowledge at present, no.” They. Have. Nothing. Again. Still.This thread from Reuters reporter Brad Heath details that hilariously, with a look at 234 pages of affidavits from Republican poll watchers in Detroit (Biden leads by nearly 149,000 votes in Michigan). It’s 234 pages of conspiracy theory. “EVERY single one of the lawyers/law student that I talked to was ideologically far-left,” one said. Another said, “I can estimate that at least 80% of the military ballots I saw were straight ticket democrat [sic] or simply had Joe Biden’s name filled in on them.” That can’t be, this person said, because “I had always been told that military personnel tended to be more conservative.” There was a “pattern of intimidation, secrecy, and hostility by the poll workers,” one said. That could probably be explained by another GOP observers complaint: “I was told by election workers to back away from the table and stay six feet away from the table. I was able to move closer at times, but was told to stay six feet away.” Yeah, Republicans crowding in and violating COVID-19 restrictions could create some hostility. And the paranoia. One said “two large men” watched them all night, and it was “obvious a coordinated and organized system of challenger intimidation was implemented.” Another one experienced “intimidation” because some of the ballot counters were “wearing BLM face masks” and also “another man of intimidating size with a BLM shirt on.” They are all snowflakes. And not a one of them had any evidence of anything approaching fraud.- Advertisement – This is all ridiculous and hilarious except for the part where it’s really fucking dangerous for the country. It’s casting the the sanctity of our elections into doubt with millions of Trump voters. It could stoke violence, and it will definitely result in a huge bloc of Americans once again believing the Democrat president is not legitimate. As elections law guru Rich Hasen writes, “what Trump and his team are doing now is corrosive to democracy, which depends on the losers accepting results as legitimate. The danger,” he says, “is less about whether Biden takes office in January and more about whether the American people will keep believing that this is a country that can settle its disagreements peacefully and through a legal process.”The traditional media—five years too late—gets that and is finally doing its job reporting on Trump and the danger he’s posing. It would be really good if Democratic leaders and all the past presidents and vice presidents did the same thing. Trump’s gambit has to be condemned roundly and repeatedly and called the disgrace that it is. – Advertisement –
First Published: 16th December, 2019 17:34 IST Written By Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV Also Read | Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte Predict The Winner Of ‘Clash On The Dunes’Also Read | Deontay Wilder Reveals His Favourite KO Victory; One Where He Almost Killed His Opponent SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Tyson Fury Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Mike Tyson, Calls Him The OG “bad Man” Of BoxingTyson Fury is currently lined up against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for an epic boxing re-match on February 22, 2020. According to reports, ‘The Gypsy King’ will have two more fights after Deontay Wilder and he is soon expected to hang up his boxing gloves. Are you excited about Tyson Fury’s UFC debut? Let us know. British star boxer Tyson Fury is one of the deadliest men known inside a boxing ring, who is known for demolishing his opponents. However, is he equally ferocious inside an MMA Octagon? Well, we will know it pretty soon since UFC President Dana White has all his interest over switching ‘The Gypsy King’ into UFC. After a glorious WWE debut against Braun Strowman, Tyson Fury expressed his urge to grab a fight in the UFC. No wonder, the entire heavyweight division of UFC went crazy with the news as fighters started calling out Tyson Fury’s name now and then. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and contender Francis Ngannou has already showed their interest over fighting Tyson Fury, but things have got more intense as President Dana White has finally talked about switching ‘The Gypsy King’ into the UFC soon.Also Read | Dillian Whyte Takes Shots At Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury And Andy Ruiz JrUFC: Dana White wants Tyson Fury to switch to UFCInitially, Dana White ruled out Tyson Fury’s chances of getting a UFC fight. However, things have changed up in a positive way for all combat sports fans. A few months back, Fury was spotted in an intense MMA training session with welterweight contender Darren Till and the video spread like wildfire. There is no doubt that Tyson Fury is one of the best heavyweight punchers of the planet and his MMA skills looked equally threatening in the video. It has definitely caught Dana White’s attention as the UFC President is desperate about bringing the undefeated ‘Gypsy King’ into his promotion.Speaking with BT Sport, Dana White said: “ Right now I see him (Tyson Fury) as the best in the world or one of the best in the world. He’ll play out the fights with all the other guys right now. I would love to have him (Tyson Fury) here to fight. I will see how it all plays out. But I do like him (Tyson Fury). 👑 Gypsy King x Gorilla 🦍 @Tyson_Fury works with Darren Till to sharpen his MMA skills (via @darrentill2) pic.twitter.com/LI8gPadYoP— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 9, 2019 Last Updated: 16th December, 2019 17:34 IST Tyson Fury Invited To Make Quick Switch From Boxing To UFC By Dana White Dana White wants to bring the undefeated Gypsy King in UFC for a fight. Know what Dana White and Tyson Fury has to say about the mega plan for combat sports. FOLLOW US
StumbleUpon For betting operators, the countdown to next Summer’s showpiece event, the World Cup in Russia is well and truly underway.Riku JokelaThe 2014 tournament in Brazil saw a 750% increase in mobile bets compared to the World Cup in South Africa four years previous. Therefore, for LeoVegas, an operator that takes pride in its efficient and engaging mobile service, the World Cup provides an unrivalled opportunity for customer expansion. SBC spoke to the Swedish operator’s Head of Sports, Riku Jokela about the strategy that its deploying to make the most out of the tournament in Russia this Summer. SBC: Every bookmaker is trying to get ahead and stand out for World Cup, how will LeoVegas ensure that customers use its sportsbook?Riku Jokela: Our vision is to be number one in mobile with the fastest, most engaging, unique and customer-friendly sportsbook. The World Cup 2018 is a huge opportunity for us to boost our sportsbook. We are constantly looking for new innovations and making sure we are building the right things for our customers. We use a lean mindset by following up on every initiative to make sure we have the best product out there when the World Cup 2018 kicks-off. Last but not least, my team and I will do the utmost to ensure we have the most relevant, most engaging and localised sportsbook promotions for our customers.SBC: How much of a focus do you think will be placed on individual player bets at this Summer’s tournament?RJ: Individual player bets are becoming more and more important. Personally I think the popularity of individual player bets are heavily linked to the tremendous growth of fantasy sports – people are closely following the actions of the biggest stars because they have got Kane/Lukaku/Agüero as captains in their fantasy teams. All things considered, it is an interesting contemporary phenomenon that people tend to become fans of individual players rather than teams – resulting in an impact on our business too.The nature of the World Cup strongly favours individual player bets. There will always be some national teams that are not that familiar to the public, let’s take Egypt as an example – the public might only know one player from the Egyptian team, namely Mohamed Salah. It might be much more convenient for them to place a bet on him to score rather than thinking whether Egypt are good enough to beat Panama or not, for instance.SBC: With eight months until the tournament, are you working on any creative new products or betting markets, that are lined up to launch for the June’s opening ceremony? RJ: The sports team at LeoVegas is all geared up and we’re ready to take on the challenge. We will put a lot of emphasis on building a lot of engaging and innovative concepts. On top of that we will collaborate with interesting third-party providers with one goal in mind: to make sure we win the World Cup.SBC: How important is it to have a plan for customer retention after the World Cup? RJ: As far as we’re concerned – a well-thought and solid customer retention plan after the World Cup is absolutely pivotal and as important as the activities before and during the World Cup 2018 itself. After the Jules Rimet Trophy has been lifted in the air, there will be a very quiet period before Premier League and other big football leagues kick-off – the operators with the best customer retention plans after the World Cup 2018 will ultimately win the start of these leagues as well.Key approaches to the World Cup will undoubtedly be a key topic at next year’s Betting on Football conference, which is scheduled for 20-23 March. The venue for 2018’s event couldn’t be more fitting, as the largest international football and betting conference returns to the home of the Premier League champions Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge. Submit Related Articles Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020
Share Share Submit Cloudbet elevates crypto limits for Russian World Cup June 13, 2018 Related Articles Cloudbet makes stablecoin foray with USDT addition May 28, 2020 Cloudbet launches enhanced esports products May 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Mirio Mella – CloudbetCrypto-centric online gambling operator Cloudbet is set to reward its existing sportsbook and casino players with a ‘Bitcoin Cash windfall’.Seeking to enhance its reputation with cryptocurrency enthusiasts, Cloudbet will ‘honour the fork’, which in August 2017 saw Bitcoin split into two currencies, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.Moving forward, Cloudbet will reward its players that held bitcoin in their accounts on 1 August 2017, who are set to receive the equivalent in bitcoin cash.Updating the market, Mirio Mella Cloudbet’s Head of Acquisition.“The creation of derivative bitcoin products in what are termed ‘forks’ has both practical and political implications. Cloudbet is focused on the practical; players want fast, cheap and reliable transactions, and BCH offers a great alternative to BTC”.Cloudbet informs that it will use the timestamp of the last common BTC block (block 478558; 1 August 2017, 13:16:14 UTC) to determine customers’ BCH balances for its promotion.Founded in 2013, Cloudbet seeks to become the leading digital destination and community for crypto betting consumers.