Energi Coast Welcomes CfD Round 3 Offshore Wind Winners

first_imgEnergi Coast is well-placed to support the development of the 1.4GW Sofia and the 3.6GW Dogger Bank projects selected in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 3, this North East of England’s offshore wind cluster said.In total, six UK offshore wind projects have won CfD, including Sofia, Dogger Bank Teesside A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, and Dogger Bank Cryeke Beck B, all located off the North East of England coast.Sofia is being developed by Innogy Renewables UK, and Dogger Bank projects by a partnership between Equinor and SSE.The developments secured strike prices of between GBP 39.65/MWh and GBP 41.61/MWh, which is nearly 30 percent lower compared to the strike prices in the second CfD auction in 2017.“The UK supply chain has matured to become ideally-placed to support the offshore wind developments that have been awarded Contracts for Difference,” George Rafferty, Chief Executive of UK energy sector business development experts NOF, said.“Offshore wind is now a central part of a balanced UK energy mix and the companies within the NOF membership and its wider network for diversified and evolved to contribute to the delivery of these projects through the application of innovative technology-led solutions and effective working practices.”North East England’s offshore wind cluster is well-placed to support these developments, Energi Coast said, adding that the cluster has matured to deliver the majority of what is required for an offshore wind farm, both at design, construction, installation and operations & maintenance phase. This expertise ranges from foundations, cables, installation, ports and logistics, training and specialist subsea services.James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group. Source: Energi Coast“This is a significant step forward to the UK offshore wind industry, which presents tangible opportunities for North East England’s cluster of supply chain companies that have the experience and expertise to support their delivery and operation,” James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast and CEO at Tekmar Group plc, said.“We do not underestimate the challenges this price reduction will create, but I am confident our cluster will be cost-competitive to support the delivery of these projects and we hope developers will recognise the benefit of using a proven, local supply chain. The innovation that companies from our cluster have brought to the industry will enable these developers to deliver sustainable offshore wind generation and ensure the sector can play its role in decarbonising the UK energy system.”last_img read more

Super Eagles defender closes in on Watford move

first_imgRead Also: Etebo excited after Galatasaray debut winTroost-Ekong joined Udinese from Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor in 2018. The well traveled centre-back has played professionally in Netherlands (his place of birth), Norway, Belgium, Turkey and Italy while he spent time in both Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur’s academy.The 27-year-old has been capped 39 times by the Super Eagles since making his debut five years ago.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Watford suffered relegation to the English Championship last season after ending the campaign in 19th spot, following a run of three straight defeats in the final three matchdays. They’ve started their pursuit of top-flight football with a win and draw from their first two matches of the 2020/21 season. Super Eagles and Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong is reportedly on the cusp of joining Watford. According Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by Tutto Udinese, Ekong has already said farewell to his Udinese teammates and will join the Hornets’ push for automatic promotion back to the English Premier League.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… last_img read more

The Latest: Texas Tech to cut $6.7M from athletic budget

first_imgThe French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees.Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league. April 28, 2020 The Latest: Texas Tech to cut $6.7M from athletic budget Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Associated Press The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’”___ Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored. ___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed. The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.___ Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

QC, Business School wing out for Sir Garfield Sobers cricket tournament

first_imgA STRONGER Queen’s College team and first-timers Business School left for Barbados yesterday to compete in the 33rd Annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament, which is scheduled from July 8-22 in St Michael. The Guyanese schools, placed in different zones, are both looking to make their mark on the competition.Both have also equipped themselves with competent coaches and managers.Former Guyanese batsman and veteran coach Mark Harper takes charge of QC on the field, while QC’s Mechanical Engineering teacher Mohamad Nassir travelled as team manager. UG cricketer Omesh Danram travelled as Business School’s team manager, while Malteenoes junior team coach Darien Best will shepherd the side.IMPROVEMENTSome of the cricketers who will represent Business School in BarbadosAccording to the two-time manager Nassir, QC players are as prepared as they can be.  He said that the inclement weather forced the cancellation of several practice games but the cricketers managed to get sessions in the nets.He said that the idea was to improve the team’s bowling, which he saw as a weak link in 2018. Bolstering the top school’s effort this year will be their skipper Navindra Persaud, who is expected to be key with the bat.Persaud could not play for the side last year because he was a part of the Guyana U-17 cricket team.This year, he and DCC batsman Brandon Jaikaran are expected to open the batting and do the bulk of the scoring.QC side also includes former national U-15 cricketer Amos Sarwan and a few club cricketers. Overall, both Nassir and Persaud are optimistic about their chances.Persaud told Chronicle Sport yesterday afternoon from Barbados that he is ready to play his part.“I just want to use all the experience that I gained over the years to bring out the best in the team. I want to contribute in every area: scoring runs, taking wickets, fielding and captaincy.” Persaud, who turned 17 in May, said that he hopes to mentor the younger players to help them unleash their potential.”Nassir is confident that the side would be able to click with Harper leading the charge.The biggest difference that can improve our chances this year is the fact that we are travelling with Mark Harper as coach,” the manager said.DECENT SQUADBest is also expected to play his part with the Business School.  He has experience in the competition, given that he travelled with School of the Nations last year.Business School has several club cricketers, including players from Malteenoes Sports Club, Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, Transport Sports Club and Achievers Youth and Sports Club.“I think we have a decent squad that could make the semis, or if not finish in the top 10.”The coach said that he likes his all-round team, but feels that bowling would be his team’s strength.Leading the charge would be Tathesh Shivrattan, the off-spinner, who played for Nations last year and finished with a whopping 12 wickets. “We are relying on our spinners from my experience last year. Bowling spin for the first over was lucrative.”  Also expected to spin will be left-armer Stephan Wilson, leg-spinner Ushardeva Bolgobin and off-spinner Ezekiel Wilson.Best added that in the side there are also competent medium pace bowlers, including Joel Gilkes, who has been exciting to watch in the nets, Christopher Harry, Ariel Tilku and Jeffrey Blair. The Business School will be led by former GCC cricketer Sunil Ramlall. Also included are a number of other batsmen – Andusuegga Rodriguez, Balgobin, Wayne McPherson, Akeem Critchlow and Jamal Michael.Four of the 19 cricketers were invited by the school as guest players, while several of them are on scholarships (full and partial). The others are regular students. Ramlall said that he likes his team’s chances, especially since most of the players are experienced all-rounders.“I am confident that my final squad for the games will have an impact at this tournament because I understand my players’ abilities and have knowledge of their A-game during matches. We will definitely do well at this tournament and I’m really enthused about our first match this coming Monday.”Both teams will play their first match tomorrow.  QC, who are in Zone A, will challenge the Lodge School from Barbados in their opener, while in Zone B the Business School will oppose St Catherine’s Juniors.last_img read more

Police in Rio de Janeiro Threaten More Protests during Olympic Games

first_img“The police’s priority is the people, the Government’s priority is the Olympics,” read one banner at a separate protest on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro State Assembly, considered a “warning” to the authorities.Those demonstrating claim their wages are too low to live on, while they are allegedly owed overtime salaries.They also claim they are receiving unsatisfactory support for the increasingly dangerous work they are undertaken in communities ravaged by drugs gangs and gun crime.“At the stations we don’t have paper or ink for the printers, there’s no one to come in to clean and some stations don’t have a water supply anymore so the toilets are not functioning,” one officer in an elite unit considered key to providing security for the Olympics told Agence France-Presse.“Members of the public bring toilet paper to us.”This comes as a financial crisis in the State Government coincides with escalating levels of crime.“Our patience has run out,” said Fabio Neira, the head of a police union,“We are living on subsistence levels now.“We don’t want to do anything radical but the Government has forced us to this point…a total shutdown cannot be ruled out.”Rio interim State Governor Francisco Dornelles has admitted this week how the Games could be a “big failure” if appropriate arrangements are not made regarding security and transport plans.He declared an unprecedented “state of public calamity in financial administration” earlier this month, which could threaten “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.Interim President, Michel Temer, has already agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.But Dornelles said they are still awaiting a BRL$2.9 billion (£579 million/$860 million/€720 million) payout from the Federal Government.Security is a major concern at Rio 2016 after a series of muggings affecting athletes training for the Games.Australia’s six-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed at gunpoint close to the Guanabara Bay sailing venue last week, while members of both the Spanish and British sailing teams have also been affected.Eight-five thousand security forces are expected to be deployed during the Games.But concerns remain over their accommodation and to what extent the financial crisis affecting the State Govenment will hinder their activities.In a fact sheet on security produced in April and since sent to insidethegames, the nine biggest security concerns surrounding the Games were described as “Terrorist or sabotage actions of any kind”, “Violent actions committed during protests”, “Urban crime and violence,” “Risks to the urban mobility system,” “Risks to public health”, “Risks to essential services,” “Cyber-attacks,” “Natural phenomena,” “Incidents and disasters”.Military state police involved in the protests are expected to be primarily responsible for security at Games venues, official routes, public roads and live sites, as well as protecting dignitaries, the Olympic Family, workforce and spectators.Civil police also involved are expected to be more responsible for emergency response work, including in response to terrorism threats.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Police in Rio de Janeiro are threatening to go on strike during the Olympic and Paralympics as concerns over Games-time security continue to escalate.The latest threat comes as Rio 2016 chief executive Sidney Levy admitted that security fears are his biggest worry ahead of the Games.“Differently from Zika, security’s at the top of my list – the very top of my list,” Levy said.“We should never forget that these days we live in a society that’s very in danger.”Widespread protests took place at the Rio Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport in which demonstrators held a large sign in which the English message “Welcome to hell: police and firefighters don’t get paid. Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe,” was written.Other protesting officers held up placards predicting how “there won’t be any Games without a salary,” and that “Rio will grind to a halt.”last_img read more

Time Machine: “Piety win turns to loss at ND”

first_imgEditor’s note: Syracuse lost to Notre Dame off the controversy of the 1961 season. Below is The Daily Orange’s game story re-published.The ball game was over. Syracuse had beaten Notre Dame, 15-14, and 7,200 hoarse, weary, but extremely happy Orange fans were pulling on their coats in the Onondaga War Memorial. They had seen on closed-circuit television a fighting Piety football team surge from two touchdowns behind to edge in front of the equally spirited Irish by a single point.And they had just witnessed the last play of the game, a futile 56-yard field goal attempt by Notre Dame’s Joe Perkowski.But now headlinesman F. G. Skibbie was frantically signaling the game was still in progress. Declaring a roughing the holder penalty on Syracuse, the “victory ball” was snatched from Dick Easterly and returned to play.Second Try GoodAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe fans in the memorial terminated dressing and watched in partial horror and partial disbelief as Perkowski got set to try again. This time he was on the 30. As the ones crunched together and the tired arms of the visiting linemen reached vainly for the ball, Perkowski booted. The pigskin was only halfway to the posts when the elation of the spectators in the end zone echoed the success of the effort.So now it was over again, and this time for keeps. Notre Dame had the victory ball, and the necessary 17-15 winning margin to go with it.The gridiron was covered with delirious Irish fans, swarming over the green turf and mobbing their heroes. But in Syracuse the fans shuffled quietly and sullenly from the War Memorial. They all seemed to be mulling the same adjective—“unbelievable.”Bowl Hopes SmashedAnd unbelievable it was, but it had happened. Time had run out, yet there was that ball sailing through the uprights and falling into the screaming throng. With it fell Syracuse’s Orange bowl hopes.At first the long fuse which led to the explosive and disastrous climax began to wind its unmerciful path slowly. Notre Dame’s George Sefcik, who was the holder on the final play, and Syracuse’s John Snider matched their educated punting toes throughout the first period as the defensive units dominated play.But Frank Budka, Notre Dame’s flashiy sophomore quarterback, finally found Angelo Daberio all alone in the Orange secondary and hit his little halfback with a 41-yard scoring aerial. Perkowski added the P.A.T., and the Irish fronted 7-0 as the half ended.ND Strikes AgainAt 3:51 of the third stanza Budka struck again. He connected with his favorite target, rangy end Les Traver, for a 25-yard scoring pitch, Perkowski converted again, and the Irish were riding high on the crest of a 14-0 lead.The Orange were desperate, but not out of the game yet. With a fourth down a long one yard to go on their own 43, Dace Sarette played the gambler’s game. He faked the obvious, Davis off tackle, rolled out and threw a strike to big John Mackey.Mackey, one of the outstanding players of the afternoon, galloped all the way into the end zone with his tear-away jersey flying in the face of a defensive halfback Sefcik. Sarette’s rollout flip to Easterly made it 14-8, Notre Dame.Sarette remained in the ball game with the second unit, and early in the fourth period the “victory drive” was underway. From their own 47 the Orange marched steadily goal ward. Then the crowd was silenced as Sarette rolled left at about the Notre Dame 10, was hit and knocked unconscious. He had to be carried from the field.But sophomore Bob Lelli hustled in to replace Dave, and to “get one” for him. A one-yard pass to Easterly did just that, Ericson toed the extra point, and now Syracuse had a 15-14 edge with 10:35 left to play.An exchange of punts, an interception by Easterly, an interception by Snider, and with only 1:31 to go, Syracuse looked home free.17 Seconds LeftThe Orange ate up all but 17 seconds of the clock, but were finally forced to turn the ball over to the Irish on downs at the Notre Dame 30. Budka ran 20 yards to midfield. Then he hit Sefcik at the 39, which was the line of scrimmage for that play which will be one of the most controversial in Piety football history.Davis had been tremendous. The defense had been extra-rugged. Sweeney, Sarette, Snider, Meggyesy—They all played hard. The 1,500 fans that greeted the “losers” at the airport knew it. And they will know it again in 1963 when Notre Dame faces the Orange in New York, with Mr. Skibbie remaining home. Comments Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:15 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 11 seed Syracuse loses in first round of ACC tournament, 4-2, to No. 14 Louisville

first_img Published on April 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham No. 96 Miranda Ramirez and Anna Shkudun both needed to win as Syracuse trailed Louisville, 3-2, in the twilight stages of an opening round Atlantic Coast Conference tournament match.But before Shkudun could even force a third set, Ramirez lost in a third set, ending the match for her and Syracuse.No. 14 seed Louisville (14-10, 2-9 ACC) beat No. 11 seed Syracuse (8-14, 5-9), 4-2 in the first round of the ACC tournament in Rome, Georgia, on Wednesday. The Orange dropped the doubles point and won only two singles matches, No. 2 and No. 6.“Anna was going on a third (set),” SU head coach Younes Limam said, “and I think Miranda lost that last match, 7-6, in the third. A heartbreaking match.”SU got down in doubles early as Nicole Mitchell and Masha Tritou got clobbered, 6-1, in No. 3 doubles. Shkudun and Dina Hegab held a slim 5-3 lead in No. 2 doubles, but Ramirez and Gabriela Knutson lost, 7-5, in No. 1 singles before Shkudun and Hegab could win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlready down 1-0, Syracuse needed to pick up a quick win in singles. No. 71 Knutson provided just that, winning straight sets over UofL’s Elle Stokes, 6-3, 6-2.Knutson’s No. 71 ranking puts her right on the cusp of qualifying for the NCAA singles tournament and there are a lot of matches that affect Knutson’s chances yet to be played, Limam said. With her win today, it will be a waiting game to see if Knutson can move up enough to crack the tournament field.UofL’s Abbie Pahz picked up a, 6-2, 6-2, over Tritou, but Libi Mesh won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, over Tiffany Huber. With three matches ongoing, the match was knotted at two apiece.“We started really well in some positions,” Limam said. “Gabby, I think, was the first one to finish. Anna did a great job coming back in that second set.”After Mesh’s win, the match unraveled for SU. Olivia Boesing beat Hegab, 7-6, 6-4, and Alexandra Mally won a three-set battle in No. 1 singles, beating Ramirez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.Shkudun’s match was abandoned as Syracuse’s ACC tournament ended on the first day.“You never want to finish your season anyways,” Limam said. “Not just by a close a loss.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hendrik Hilpert named ACC defensive player of the week

first_imgSyracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after holding No. 1 Wake Forest scoreless on Friday night.Hilpert posted a career-high nine saves against a Wake Forest team that hung 22 shots in a 0-0 tie against Syracuse (6-8-3, 0-6-2 ACC). It was the only time in conference play where the second-ranked Demon Deacons offense did not score.“He’s been doing that all year, but just the clean sheets haven’t been coming,” junior defender Kamal Miller said. “… He fights for us and he always seems to be the one to bail us out in tough situations.”Prior to its tie against Wake Forest, the Orange had just one clean sheet, a 2-0 win against Colgate. In a season where individual mistakes have burned SU, Hilpert has often been left with breakaway one-on-ones to save — which he has at times. He ranks fourth in the ACC with 3.12 saves per game.Syracuse will look for its first conference win this season in the ACC tournament Wednesday night, when it travels to Clemson to take on the fifth-seeded Tigers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just try to go into every game the same way, take responsibility when I can,” Hilpert said. “Obviously it worked against Wake Forest. It usually works in big games.“That’s the good thing, we only have big games left.” Comments Published on October 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SBTech builds comprehensive compliance framework with SMP eGaming

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Related Articles Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Sports betting technology and platform provider SBTech has become the latest industry incumbent to strengthen its corporate compliance frameworks and resources with Isle of Man strategic consultancy SMP eGaming.Updating the market, SBTech governance informs that it has contracted SMP eGaming to develop a tailored compliance staff and management training programme on compliance disciplines.In its mandate, SMP eGaming will deliver a comprehensive interactive platform allowing for the distribution, management and reporting of compliance and personalised regulatory training content across the international organisation.Development of the SMP eGaming training programme has been spearheaded by SBTech’s Chief Compliance Officer Jeremie Kanter, who joined the technology group last November.Kanter is responsible for continuing to grow and maintain the high standards of compliance across SBTech’s global business including the wide range of new and existing markets in which it supplies its leading products and services.He said: “We pride ourselves on achieving the highest regulatory standards possible across all areas of the business with compliance central to our operations.“Ongoing knowledge, awareness and learning is vitally important within compliance as it is such a fast-moving and changeable area across the 20 regulated markets in which we operate. Regulatory training is paramount to all areas of the business, and we want to ensure that all our employees understand the importance of compliance in order to create a successful internal culture.“Compliance is an enabler to sustainability and achieving even more success, and the partnership with SMP will help us to grow and expand our reach and reinforce this across the company.”Ted Pepper, Director of SMP eGaming, added: “SBTech is dedicated to reaching the highest compliance standards and its commitment to training and developing its staff within the gaming sector is to be commended. As such, we are proud that they have chosen the SMP Compliance Academy to become a core component of promoting their ongoing culture of compliance and raising regulatory standards.” Share Sharelast_img read more

AC Milan legend Franco Baresi to open Betting on Football 2019

first_img Share StumbleUpon SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Related Articles Global audience gears up for opening day of SBC Digital Summit April 26, 2020 Share Submit SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Legendary AC Milan and Italy central defender Franco Baresi has been confirmed as the star name to open this month’s Betting on Football conference. It is fitting that the sixth edition of the event, held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, will be opened by Baresi – a footballer that performed for AC Milan with such distinction that the club retired his number six shirt.Between 1977 and 1997, Baresi played 531 matches for the Rossoneri, captaining the club in 15 of those 20 seasons. His number six shirt was retired after his final season in 1997, while he was voted as the club’s Player of the Century just two years later.With Milan, he landed three UEFA Champions League titles, six Serie A titles, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, two European Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups, while with the Italy national team he won the FIFA World Cup in 1982. Baresi will be delivering the ‘Captain’s address’ about leadership in sport – the official opening to the Leadership and Vision track on Wednesday 20 March – and answering further questions from SBC Business Development Director Jaap Kalma.There is an obvious synergy between the headline act and his interviewee, as from January 2014 Kalma spent more than three and a half years as Chief Commercial Officer at AC Milan – the second most successful club in European Club history behind only Real Madrid – where he was responsible for marketing, commercial revenues and global development. Kalma said: “In my previous role as Chief Commercial Officer at AC Milan, I worked very closely with Franco Baresi – a true leader and a legend in the world of football. “He was an easy choice when we discussed who would be the perfect fit to open up the Betting on Football conference which starts with the Leadership Track. Il Capitano, Barsei, is a leader of a generation and brought glory and honour to AC Milan.”Baresi added: “I am very honoured to be asked to open up Betting on Football 2019. Hopefully, I can draw upon my experience in captaining both AC Milan and the Italian national team to deliver some useful insight to betting industry leaders, many of whom currently face an uncertain future – particularly those in my home country.”Named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at the FIFA centenary awards ceremony in 2004, Baresi was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.Betting on Football is held 19-22 March and is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address the recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry. Stamford Bridge provides the perfect setting for 200 expert speakers across 40 sessions, including high level business and networking opportunities for key suppliers, top affiliates and sports clubs & organisations to meet with the operators. For tickets and more information about the event, please visit the Betting on Football website.last_img read more