Migrants gather on Guatemala border to enter Mexico en masse

first_imgMost of the migrants withdrew to TecunUman to await the arrival of more travelers behind them in the hope they standa better chance of progressing in one caravan. TECUN UMAN – Hundreds of CentralAmericans gathered on the Guatemala-Mexico border on Sunday, aiming to cross enmasse early on Monday. United States (US) President DonaldTrump threatened to hurt Mexico and Central American countries economically ifthey allow large numbers of migrants to reach the US border.(Reuters) Migrants from Central America, part of a caravan travelling to the United States, wait to cross into Mexico in El Ceibo, Guatemala on Jan. 18. REUTERS/VICTOR PENA Small groups of migrants crossed thebridge from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Saturday.last_img

Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy

first_imgSebastian Vettel accused Ferrari of messing up with a strategy that made no sense on Sunday.The unhappy German however did not help his own race by spinning at the first corner and dropping to last. It was a sign that the four-times world champion’s relations with the team are wearing thin, following their decision not to keep him on beyond this season.Vettel questioned Ferrari’s moves after finishing 12th in the 70th Anniversary race.After rejoining in traffic from his first pitstop, Vettel informed his team over the radio that “you know that you messed up.”“We spoke this (Sunday) morning and said there was no point pitting knowing that we will run into traffic – and that’s exactly what we did,” he told reporters later.“We went also onto a hard tyre, which we then only had on for 10 laps, probably not even that. So, it didn’t make any sense. “I mean why would you put the hard for 10 laps and put the medium for 20 laps? So, I was running out of tyres towards the end. So, we spoke about exactly that.”Vettel had said earlier in the weekend that he had run out of answers to explain why he was having such a hard time with the car.The German, who won all his titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, has been eclipsed by young Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc.Leclerc finished fourth on Sunday by making a one-stop strategy work.Ferrari’s review of the race said, perhaps pointedly, that Leclerc’s result was the result of “strategy and bravura”. “Sebastian’s position was the result of his first lap incident,” said team boss Mattia Binotto.Vettel is 13th in the standings after five races, with 10 points to Leclerc’s 45.His best finish this year was sixth in Hungary, and he has been 10th twice.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Femi Otedola gifts his daughters Ferrari Portofino + Photo Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of F1 season Tyson Fury eyes Anthony Joshua fight —Tags: FerrariSebastian VettelStretegylast_img read more

Viktor Wanli – Kinguin – Betting on esports

first_imgViktor Wanli is the CEO and Founder of Kinguin. The company was founded as a trading platform in 2013, and is heavily invested in esports with its own team (Team Kinguin) and with plenty more plans afoot. Wanli is speaking on the Brand Ambassadors panel at Betting on Esports Conference next month (September 13-15, Kensington Olympia, London). He’ll be discussing the use, and potential use of, ambassadors in the esports space alongside ESP.bet CEO Scott Burton, Strive Sponsorship Managing Director Malph Minns and Win Technologies Betway Group Head of Esports Adam Savinson. Swipe Right PR Founder Kirsty Endfield is moderating.Esports Insider: Tell us about your vision going forward for KinguinViktor: We believe that everyone should have an access to a great gaming experience. We work to achieve this goal by building a worldwide ecosystem. This includes platforms, service and locations that supports the free economy and personal rights of players.We first released Kinguin.net in 2013, this was an international marketplace for video games and related virtual accessories. Up till now it’s connected about 6,000 sellers with over 6,000,000 buyers. That’s why we’ve no doubt what a great gaming experience means to the whole world.“As of right now we’re witnesses to an immense revolution in entertainment and a cultural shift”By following gamers and audience communities we analyse market needs and we try to respond to them. It’s the reason for Kinguin’s engagement with esports activities which draws the attention of an ever increasing number of enthusiasts. As of right now we’re witnesses to an immense revolution in entertainment and a cultural shift. It’s happening now. Esports is one of the fastest growing markets globally and we’d be foolish not to get involved.“In the months to come, we will open the Team Kinguin Performance Center in Warsaw”Our goal is to create Kinguin as a brand umbrella for sub-brands. It was for this reason we brought to life Team Kinguin; our professional esports team. In the months to come, we will open the Team Kinguin Performance Center in Warsaw. This will be a training and performance centre for teams around the world with dedicated spaces for rest, education and general day to day living. Keeping in mind the ever-growing number of esports enthusiasts we developed the Kinguin Franchising System – gaming entertainment centers which will be a place for fans to come together and watch teams playing live. In these network of venues you will find everything required to deliver a great gaming experience: a bootcamp space for teams, a main hall for spectators, a Virtual Reality showroom, shops, bars, restaurants and even a professional studio for video content and streaming for fans online.ESI: What is your opinion of betting operators coming in as team sponsors in esports?Viktor: The increasing attention of gamers and the growing audience within esports is a sociological phenomenon which mirrors traditional sports.“Betting on sports is as old as sports itself”People want to play, they want to be in an audience, and investors obviously consider this trend as an opportunity to create new objectives in business terms. Betting on sports is as old as sports itself. Because the awareness of esports is becoming ever more widespread, as a ‘new discipline’ I am not at all surprised that it draws the attention of traditional sport betting operators. Some of them now offer betting on esports in the same fashion and to the same degree as they do sports and, as such, it equalizes them as part of the same business. As long as esports betting is being done in a properly regulated fashion then it’s something we support, and it’s something that those that want to see the esports industry grow should get behind. ESI: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?Viktor: I intend to make Kinguin brands present in all aspects of esport business and that is why I am still on the look-out for, and researching, new trends. Betting on Esports 2017 is a great opportunity to meet powerful people responsible for the development of this side of the business.“I intend to make Kinguin brands present in all aspects of esport business”Esports remain a relatively new family of competitive disciplines. That is why I am willing to share my gaming experience with them and learn more about activities associated with betting area.ESI: Why did you decide to sign a PUBG team – you evidently see a strong future for the title?Viktor: Honestly, it’s hard to see the future without this title. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold 4 million units in the three months since its launch. This effectively makes PUBG one of the best-selling games of 2017 so far. It is already the second most-watched game on Twitch.“The big idea behind how esport tournaments will look in PUBG is really interesting and it might even lead it to a top spot in esports within 3 years”From what I know, the big idea behind how esport tournaments will look in PUBG is really interesting and it might even lead it to a top spot in esports within 3 years. Who knows, but we really like to invest into innovative concepts and see where it can lead us. It’s just like anything else; what you want to be is the trailblazer.ESI: How involved are you in the day to day of Team Kinguin? Which titles are most appealing to you right now in terms of signing a roster and commercial viability? Are you considering Overwatch for instance? Viktor: Creating verticals in business requires investment and, perhaps equally important, a lot of commitment. I have been involved in Team Kinguin from the beginning till quite recently. Now the structure and core organisation goals are properly set up, I want to  focus my work on a long-term strategic plan for the company as a whole. I want to take my time and identify the what, why, and how of merging all of the pieces together into one well-oiled machine.I think the most interesting thing for us that is happening now is Valve’s announcement about the big changes coming to Dota 2’s tournament structure. We are already looking into that. Now we won’t have a limited number of Major tournaments that were organised by Valve each year, but the game’s publisher will choose more third-party tournaments that will directly sponsor and organise a two-tiered system varied by prize pools. We’re keen to see how it evolves as it looks very promising. For now we’re not considering Overwatch esports as one of the games that we would like to be part of, but we will be tracking the leagues and changes for sure.ESI: What can attendees expect to hear about your involvement in the ‘Brand Ambassadors’ panel?Viktor: It makes sense for me to take a part in a key event concerning betting on sports and esports and I’m aware that operators are always on the look-out for partners. We don’t want to miss any opportunity in the esports business space. We consider it all as a part of an economic universe. Kinguin brands are a part of it too. Universe is going to exist and develop with our ecosystem in the center of it. Kinguin as a platform is building multiple backend technology platforms  which may serve the current betting in esports ecosystem. To name a few: blockchain transactions, ICO cryptocurrencies, steam, CS:GO, PUBG skins backend B2C and C2C distribution platform and more.Betting on Esports 2017 is taking place at the Olympia in London over September 13-15. It’ll have six esports panels with over 25 speakers and a dedicated esports exhibition zone. It’s a part of #boscon2017 which’ll have over 1,000 delegates in attendance.Find out more about it herelast_img read more

Geoffrey Wasswa scores late to send Viper top of the league

first_imgViper have won 18 points so far (photo by Vipers media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC 2-1 Paidah Black AngelsSt. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende Friday, 24-11-2018KITENDE – Geoffrey Wasswa scored an additional time winner as Vipers defeated Paidah Black Angels 2-1 at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.On a day the Vipers wasted multiple goal scoring opportunities, they took the lead early in the second half via a Tito Okello penalty but Paidah replied instantly through Captain Cromwel Rwothomio.How the action did unfold:Vipers pressed from the on set but had to wait until the 9th minute for their first chance of the game when Tito Okello shot wide a Abraham Ndugwa cut-back.Moments later, Tito was at it again, this time heading Brian Kalumba’s well weighted cross, straight at John Kalumba in Paidah’s goal.Vipers kept on the front foot and thought they had taken the lead on 14 minutes but Joseph Janjali put the ball wide after beating Kalumba from just out side the area.Three minutes later, Geoffrey Wasswa curled a free kick goal wards but was tipped over for a corner by Kalumba.At the other end, Paidah saw their first opportunity via a free kick which was shot straight at Bashir Sekajka in the Venoms’goal.Tito who had been guilty of missing several chances in the early exchanges got another opportunity to give his side the lead but again failed as he headed Aggrey Madoi’s cross straight at Kalumba.The trend of wasting chances by the home side continued with 9 minutes of the first half to play with Wasswa the guilty party as he headed over Duncan Sseninde’s free-kick.On 44 minutes, Vipers saw a strong appeal for penalty waved away by referee Brain Nsubuga. Paidah was caught on the break and as Sseninde prepared to shoot, he was pulled back by Francis Otim but Nsubuga played on.Despite conceding a host of chances, Paidah held on to go into half time at 0-0.Like in the first half, Vipers started the second wasting chances and it was Tito again who blazed over a loose ball in Paidah’s area on 49 minutes.At the other end, Paidah who looked dangerous on the break saw striker Jackson Nsubuga fail to pounce on lazy marking by the Venoms, shooting straight at Sekajja.A minute to the hour mark, Vipers were awarded a penalty after Ndugwa was bandled over in the area. Tito who had missed a host of chances stepped up and slotted in from six yards to put the Venoms in the lead.In an attempt to see out the victory, Noah Wafula was introduce in place of Kalumba moments later.Paidah also made their first substitution, bringing on Patrick Arua in place of the ineffective Nsubuga.Janjali had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0 for Javier Espinosa’s side but shot wide while unmarked in the area.Arua was in the thick of proceedings immediately, playing a long ball which was not dealt with by the Vipers’ backline and Rwothomio pounced, volleying in the equalizer which left Sekajja rooted at the spot.In response, Vipers made a second substitution, sending on Brian Nkubi to replace Ndugwa.With 10 minutes to play and still searching for the winner, Venoms’ top scorer Dan Sserunkuma came on for Janjali. Three minutes later, Sserunkuma could not add to his four already scored goals as he blazed over Sseninde’s well weight pass inside the area.As Paidah tried to see out the result, Floribert Pithua was brought on to replace the tired looking Charlie Adam.However, the day would belong to Vipers as they scored the winner in the second minute of the four added on. The day’s Captain Wasswa pounced onto a loose ball out side the area, drove through the Paidah defence and shot past Kalumba at the near post to send the home fans into a frenzy.The victory elevates Vipers onto top of the league with 18 points out of a possible 24.For Paidah, they now slip bottom of the log with only four points so far.The StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues on Saturday with unbeaten URA FC hosting Police at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.Comments Tags: paidah black angelsStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sclast_img read more