Liverpool Sign Standard Chartered to A & pound;80M Deal; Replaces Carlsberg

Some fans will want a “classic” shirt before it is replaced by the new, unfamiliar brand.

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Liverpool F.C. The brewer has sponsored the team since 1992 and its logo is almost part of the official strip. If confirmed on Sept. And the deal increases the likelihood of the club getting financing for a new stadium, which has been improved in only a piecemeal fashion since it was first built in 1884. Manager Rafael Benitez made only minor player trades over the summer break; some have speculated that his budget was tight. Both teams have similar deals set for similar periods, starting in 2010.

The Times underlined Liverpool’s historic inability to leverage its brand into the big leagues of Man Utd, F.C. Its capacity is about 45,000, small for a premier league team.

And finally: The team could see a run on fan purchases of the existing Carlsberg shirt. Liverpool: £20 million a year (£80 million over four years) with Standard Chartered

Manchester United: £20 million a year (£80 million over four years) with Aon

Bayern Munich: £17 million a year (£68 million over four years) with T-Home

Juventus: £15 million a year (£75 million over five years) with Tamoil

Real Madrid: £12.7 million a year (£38 million over three years) with Bwin.com

Chelsea: £11 million+ a year (£55 million over five years) with Samsung

Manchester City: £8m a year (24 million over three years) with Etihad Airways.

Arsenal: £6.7 million a year (£100 million over 15 years) with Emirates

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© 2009 CBS Interactive Inc.. 18, the deal would move Liverpool to the joint No.1 position, with Manchester United and Aon, in terms of football advertising contracts. Barcelona, et al:

Liverpool have long been criticised by their supporters for punching below their weight when it comes to commercial opportunities but the sponsorship deal struck by [commercial director Ian Ayre] is an indication that the club are beginning to make the most of their glittering history and worldwide fan base.. has replaced lead sponsor Carlsberg with Standard Chartered in an £80 million deal worth £20 million annually for four years, according to the Times. All Rights Reserved.

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For Liverpool, the deal gives the team some options: It could make servicing the terms of its debt easier and provide extra funds for the player budget

Are Circle Lenses Safe? – InfoBarrel

Always see an optometrist before buying the lenses. If you are planning on purchasing these lenses, you should be aware of the dangers and learn how to use the lenses correctly.

Pick up the lenses with the tip of the finger. For the countries that manufacture the lenses, there are strict quality control standards and a reputable manufacturer will use these standards to produce a safe product. Replace the lenses when they have passed the expiration date. Putting dirty lenses in the eyes will cause irritation and may even cause eye infections and, worse, blindness in the eyes. Your best bet is to read reviews and trust your gut. Circle Contact Lens

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The optometrist will explain how to correctly handle and care for circle lenses. Waiting to see if the discomfort will go away could cause irreversible eye damage.

Only buy circles from reputable manufacturers. Call the optometrist as soon as there is any discomfort or irritation. Lenses can be crushed if they are picked up incorrectly. Many tweens have been trying to copy Lady Gaga’s wide eyed look by using special lenses imported from Asia. This will prevent the makeup from getting onto the lenses and into the eyes. Put in contact lenses before applying makeup. Teens should get their parent’s approval before using them. Do not leave circle lenses in the eyes for long periods of time and never sleep while wearing lenses. Never use sharp objects when handling the lenses.

Automatic Contact Lens Cleaner System

You might think that they are glorified contacts and that there is no harm in wearing them but you would be wrong. Keep finger nails clean and cut them short. The expiration date is found on the back of the box or package. Anyone looking for a fun and stylish way to update their look should consider getting circle lenses.

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. It is important to know how to handle them so they are not damaged. This will surely cause irritation. Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and hygiene recommendations. The lenses should be submerged in a cleaning solution for six or more hours before wearing. The lenses can be purchased without a prescription online. A contact lens cleaning solution can be purchased from the optometrist. It can be difficult to know who is reputable when purchasing online. Many eye doctors are concerned about them and you must have a prescription to purchase them in the United States. They are used to make a person’s eyes appear larger by, not only covering the iris, but also covering the white part of the eye. The optometrist can determine if circle lenses are the right fit.

Circle lenses have been growing in popularity due to celebrities and musicians, such as Lady Gaga. Contact lenses are soft and fragile to the touch. They were invented in 2004 and have been extremely popular in Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. This makes the iris look huge.

When properly used, circle lenses can be a safe alternative to regular contact lenses or glasses. The lenses should only be handled with hands that have been washed with soap and dried completely. These recommendations are usually found on the box or package that the lenses come in

BBC Sport – Football – Everton 3-3 Manchester United

Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

63:36 Luis Nani takes a shot from 25 yards.

By Phil McNulty

Chief football writer at Goodison Park

Moyes attempted to cure Everton’s lack of goals this season by using Cahill in the unfamiliar role of striker, supported by the giant figure of Marouane Fellaini. Marouane Fellaini takes the free kick.

Correction – 56:58 Tony Hibbert has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

Half Time

45:00+1:40 Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick.

88:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Jonathan Evans.

4:41 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Gary Neville results in a free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Edwin Van der Sar makes

a comfortable save. John O’Shea gets a block in. Paul Scholes takes the free kick. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.

Cahill headed home a cross from Baines to give Goodison hope, and the Australian then headed another cross from the defender into the path of Arteta, who scored via a deflection off Scholes.

After Howard was again forced to save from Nani, United produced a masterpiece of technique to add the third after 66 minutes.

And Nani was the creator again as United took the lead two minutes after half-time, once more producing the perfect delivery for Vidic to steer a downward header beyond Howard.

59:01 Tim Cahill is caught offside.

19:16 Foul by Ryan Giggs on Leon Osman, free kick awarded.

90:00+1:55 Assist by Marouane Fellaini.

Ferguson will be left to rue United’s failure to emphasise their superiority in the second half – and perhaps the fact that Rooney was not able to influence affairs.

Premier League

United looked to be making light of Rooney’s absence for Ferguson’s 700th game in Premier League management as they held a comfortable two-goal lead at the start of three minutes of added time.

Draw feels like a win – Arteta

Everton wasted an opportunity to take the lead when Tony Hibbert’s cross was deflected invitingly into the path of Leighton Baines inside the area, but the defender miscued a tame attempt.

79:54 Effort from outside the penalty box by Mikel Arteta goes wide right of the goal. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.

90:00+3:13 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner. Media requires JavaScript to play.

64:39 Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick. Leighton Baines produces a shot on goal direct

from the free kick.

45:00+0:36 Effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.

41:00 The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov.

27:32 Leighton Baines produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

80:06 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ji-Sung Park coming on for Patrice Evra.

21:32 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Paul Scholes results in a free kick.

37:24 Mikel Arteta fouled by Jonathan Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick. Everton 1-2 Man Utd.

90:00+0:36 The assist for the goal came from Leighton Baines. Gary Neville takes the indirect free kick. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Leon Osman takes the free kick.

43:56 Unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Gary Neville restarts play with the free kick.

68:11 Substitution Tony Hibbert leaves the field to be replaced by Seamus Coleman. Patrice Evra’s error allowed Arteta to break clear, and even though Edwin van der Sar saved his effort, Leon Osman had the presence of mind to set up Pienaar from the rebound for a comfortable finish.

46:59 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

61:47 Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from 25 yards.

50:26 Gary Neville fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick.

42:32 Foul by Mikel Arteta on John O’Shea, free kick awarded.

Correction – 70:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Seamus Coleman. Blocked by Gary Neville. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

41:50 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.

Mikel Arteta scored the equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Man Utd

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from the free kick, blocked by Patrice Evra.

88:00 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes.

United were left shell-shocked, and Everton boss David Moyes even ran on to remonstrate with referee Martin Atkinson at the end after he blew his whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal, presumably claiming there was more time to play.

81:48 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu.

24:50 Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:41 GOAL – Steven Pienaar:Everton 1 – 0 Man Utd Goal scored by Steven Pienaar from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.

3:58 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans.

0:58 Steven Pienaar takes a shot.

10:11 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Tim Howard takes the free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.

84:43 Luis Nani has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. Everton 1-1 Man Utd. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

16:24 Ryan Giggs is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

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Man Utdapos;s Mike Phelan

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Rooney did not even travel with the United squad after a week of allegations about his private life, but for so long it did not look as if Ferguson’s decision would prove costly.

Everton’s former Manchester United keeper Tim Howard had kept them in contention with a succession of fine saves – and the value of his contribution was underscored in that stunning finale.

And again, while Everton showed great promise in possession, there was a lack of cutting edge that meant too often their approach work came to nothing in the opening stages. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka. Everton 3-3 Man Utd. Everton

1-3 Man Utd. Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide

right of the target.

50:36 Free kick taken by Gary Neville.

45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.

58:35 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.

37:59 Ryan Giggs takes a shot.

42:50 GOAL – Darren Fletcher:Everton 1 – 1 Man Utd Darren Fletcher grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal.

82:23 Phil Jagielka takes a shot.

The outstanding Steven Pienaar gave Everton the lead just before half-time, but Darren Fletcher equalised within four minutes and when Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov added further goals to put United in total command they looked assured of victory.

83:39 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick.

38:33 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

56:58 Tony Hibbert produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from

the free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

90:00 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

11:45 Leon Osman challenges Edwin Van der Sar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Corner taken right-footed

by Ryan Giggs.

Correction – 90:00+1:55 GOAL – Mikel Arteta:Everton 3 – 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.

Full Time

90:00+3:33 Phil Jagielka takes a shot.

12:21 Darren Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Save by Tim Howard.

68:11 Substitution Johnny Heitinga goes off and Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on.

44:57 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick.

53:54 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic.

3:19 Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Pienaar misses to the right of the goal.

65:35 Paul Scholes provided the assist for the goal. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

Howard then came to Everton’s rescue twice in swift succession with outstanding saves, first with his legs from Paul Scholes’ deflected effort and then a fine one-handed stop from Ryan Giggs as he looked poised to score.

75:31 Paul Scholes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

44:00 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.

50:36 Booking Johnny Heitinga booked. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free

kick.

Phelan ‘stunned annoyed’ by Everton fightback

Scholes’ pass dropped perfectly behind the struggling Sylvain Distin for Berbatov to control instantly before he demonstrated great confidence to steer a finish past Howard.

51:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Steven Pienaar.

78:05 Phil Jagielka fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick.

John O’Shea almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion after 15 minutes with a rising drive that beat Howard but glanced off the outside of the post.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Everton’s lead lasted only four minutes as United hit back in style as Fletcher timed his run perfectly to steer home Nani’s brilliant cross.

67:16 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by John O’Shea.

36:03 Nemanja Vidic challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick.

9:38 Mikel Arteta takes a shot.

41:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov.

49:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

70:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Patrice Evra. Everton 1-0 Man Utd. Darren Fletcher takes a shot.

31:50 Foul by Tony Hibbert on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded.

45:00 The players leave the pitch at half time.

61:23 Foul by Gary Neville on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar. Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.

55:17 Marouane Fellaini fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.

38:41 Assist on the goal came from Leon Osman.

22:00 Shot from 18 yards by Tim Cahill.

68:56 The official flags Leighton Baines offside.

62:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman. Shot by Paul Scholes from 25 yards.

Save by Tim Howard.

Final Result

96:32 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

79:06 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.

Home Team

Score

Away Team

Time

Everton

3-3

Man Utd

FT

(HT 1-1)

Pienaar 39

Cahill 90+1

Arteta 90+2

Fletcher 43

Vidic 47

Berbatov 66

Everton staged a stunning comeback to score twice in injury-time to deprive Manchester United of victory after Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney for his return to Goodison Park.


Everton made the early running as United adjusted to the absence of Rooney – but it was still Ferguson’s side that carved out the better chances in a pulsating first 45 minutes.

36:56 Ryan Giggs fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Media requires JavaScript to play. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

84:00 Effort from the edge of the box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the left-hand post.

67:49 Leon Osman has an effort at goal. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.

53:42 Foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman, free kick awarded.

8:37 Foul by Paul Scholes on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a

clearance.

6:46 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.

90:00+0:36 GOAL – Tim Cahill:Everton 2 – 3 Man Utd Tim Cahill finds the net with a headed goal from close range.

14:09 John O’Shea produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.

46:59 GOAL – Nemanja Vidic:Everton 1 – 2 Man Utd Nemanja Vidic grabs a headed goal from close in. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

15:27 Handball by Steven Pienaar.

42:50 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

46:20 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

31:17 Short corner taken by Luis Nani.

65:35 GOAL – Dimitar Berbatov:Everton 1 – 3 Man Utd Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal.

82:42 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta.

77:24 Leon Osman takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

34:37 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.

Everton manager David Moyes

Please turn on JavaScript. Save by Tim Howard.

78:29 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Everton 3-3 Man Utd.

Comeback epitomises Everton character – Moyes

This enthralling encounter looked to be moving towards an inevitable conclusion until that dramatic late Everton surge earned a point.

26:03 Marouane Fellaini produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left. Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Leon Osman

manages to make a clearance.

90:00+1:55 GOAL – Mikel Arteta:Everton 3 – 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin. Everton 2-3 Man Utd.

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44:00 Booking Ryan Giggs receives a yellow card.

Everton, who had looked neat in possession without having a cutting edge, found a foothold in the game with Tim Cahill’s header and, with United suddenly rocking, Mikel Arteta fired home a deflected equaliser to spark wild scenes of celebration.

The stalemate ended six minutes before the interval, and it was Everton who made the breakthrough. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta

Vacation Plans :: When to Visit the Maldives?

Scuba diving is perfect for these months. The following will provide tips on the specific months and seasons where it’s best to travel to the Maldives and why.

While it would seem like a good bet to choose to travel to the Maldives during the dry monsoon season as opposed to the wet monsoon months, there are advantages and disadvantages to both that you should take into account. It’s the time of year that will deliver the most affordable prices. If you don’t mind crowds and simply want to enjoy your time in the sun and on the beaches with very little rain to care about, then this is the time for you.

Whenever you choose to travel to the Maldives, take comfort in knowing that there’s really never a bad time to visit!

If you don’t mind rain and are more looking forward to enjoying the islands with relatively small crowds, then travelling during the wet monsoon season is probably right for you. April is a month that can be considered to be transitional and is one of the best times of the year to visit the Maldives with warm weather and just a bit of rain.

One of the best aspects of travelling to the beautiful islands of the Maldives is that the weather is fantastic all year round. With that being said, there are certain times of the year that it’s best to travel to this enchanting destination. The dry monsoon season lasts from December to March, while the wet monsoon season starts around May and ends in November, bringing with it gusty winds and heavy rains. When planning a trip to the Maldives for the holidays, it’s important to understand the best time of the year to visit, so you can plan your vacation during peak conditions. The surfing season that lasts from May to October is also a good time of the year to travel to the Maldives, as the waters are at their most accommodating for surfers within this span of time.. The fact of the matter is that the dry monsoon months are when the hotels in the area are typically at full capacity, which also means that you will need to book early when planning your vacation. When it comes to the Maldives, there are two basic seasons the islands go through, known as the dry monsoon and the wet monsoon seasons. First of all, visiting the Maldives during the dry monsoon season ensures that the sun is out and the humidity is low for the majority of the time. Each of the 26 pieces of land that you can travel to are surrounded by striking blue waters as far as the eye can see. While these months are indeed the perfect time to visit the Maldives, it all depends on what you’re looking for. In fact, the temperatures are commonly around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The Maldives are a group of islands that can be found in the Indian Ocean near Asia

Henry announces retirement | Fox News

Henry led Arsenal to two Premier League titles (2002, 2004) and three FA Cup trophies (2002, 2003, 2005) while leading the club to a fabled unbeaten Premier League season in 2003-04.

“It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, teammates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French national team that have made my time in the game so special,” the 37-year-old wrote on his official Facebook page.. London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Arsenal legend Thierry Henry formally announced his retirement Tuesday, bringing an end to an illustrious career that spanned more than 20 years. He also guided New York to its first piece of major silverware, helping the club win the 2013 Supporters’ Shield.

He moved to Arsenal in 1999 after a brief stint with Juventus and experienced a tremendous amount of success with the Gunners. He also featured for France in the three subsequent World Cup tournaments, suffering premature exits in 2002 and 2010 while leading the nation to a second-place finish in 2006.

After three years at Camp Nou, Henry moved to MLS to join Red Bull New York where he scored 51 goals and added 42 assists in 122 regular-season appearances. He will now move to London to join Sky Sports as a television pundit.

Henry made the switch to Barcelona in 2007 and helped the Catalans earn consecutive La Liga titles in 2009 and 2010 as well as a UEFA Champions League title in 2009.

The Frenchman leaves the game as one of the most prolific strikers of his generation, recording more than 350 goals across all competitions.

Henry began his professional career in 1994 with French club AS Monaco, where he won the 1996-97 Ligue 1 title and earned Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year honors.

Henry earned 123 caps for the French national team and was a member of the nation’s World Cup triumph on home soil in 1998

Should You Hire a Link Wheel Service? by Jenni Henderson

The best ones have writers that will create the content for the Web 2.0 properties, and they’ll even make a short YouTube video for you. They are experts at properly linking the Web 2.0 properties, and will be able to give your site a dramatic boost to put it on the first page of even very competitive terms.

Getting your website into the top ten results of Google for competitive, high search volume terms that directly relate to your business can be quite challenging. However, link wheels can give you the boost you need.

Creating link wheels is very time consuming, as it involves building Web 2.0 properties and placing useful articles on them. They are not very effective when your site doesn’t have much authority or visibility, as the powerful boost a link wheel gives the site might look suspicious to Google. However, when you are ranking in Google’s top 20, the boost from a link wheel is acceptable and even expected, so it will shoot you onto the first page without any risk of getting your site penalized.

You will find that hiring a link wheel service to handle the creation of link wheels is the most cost effective way to go. This powerful technique is used by the big companies because it gives them the edge they need to remain ahead of their competitors on the first page. These types of search terms are highly desirable because they are what your potential customers type in when they’re ready to buy what you offer. You then have to properly link the properties to one another in a special fashion so they’re all increasing the value of the other properties. After doing this, they’ll have a lot of link juice which can then be passed to your main website.

You shouldn’t go through a link wheel service if your site is not ranked at least on the second page of Google for competitive terms. Of course, your competitors are aware of this too, and that’s why there is so much competition. Getting onto the second and third pages of Google can be relatively simple, but getting that extra push to be on the first page is not. With that said, they are not the ideal strategy when you are first starting out.

Sky Bet’s Sebastian Butterworth – The National is ‘a really high pressured day’

That is basically managing the customers. Every horse will be there running on its merits, so the prices are strong.

The National is by far the greatest staked race in the year, beating the Cheltenham Gold Cup and any of the flat races at Royal Ascot, because you do get customers who don’t bet on horse racing having a go. If a horse is 3/1 you know it’s not going to go off at even money because today’s the day everything has come right for it. When it reaches 4.15, we’ll have it on the big screen and everyone will crowd around. The form is very strong so you’re happy to lay bets because there’s nothing hidden from you. It’s a really important time for the technology teams and for us to get our predictions right in terms of turnover.

Because your focus is on the National and you take your eye off the ball at Lingfield for example you could lose a bit of money there.

What goes on in the Sky Bet Head Office on the day of the Grand National?

It is the one meeting of the year that does encourage the greatest number of unique customers.

What are your customers betting on?

When the race ends it’ll be a case of finding out how much money we’ve won or lost. This year because of it being AP McCoy’s last Grand National and him riding the 8/1 favourite, it’s very likely to be the horse that everyone wants to back.. It’s a really high pressured day.

Two years ago when Katie Walsh was on Seabass, that was our worst result. It’s a unique day in that you have a lot of customers that ordinarily wouldn’t bet on horse racing. I would expect that those types of customers will be backing Shutthefrontdoor because it’s McCoy’s last Grand National. People wanted to have a female jockey win the National. They might be sport or football or casino customers. The directors will hovering around the racing desk, asking me lots of questions.

Last year someone gave me a microphone and I thanked everyone for their hard work. What’s really important is that McCoy does not have a winner or two or three in the races before the National because of multiple business.

We’ll be fairly busy at all the away meetings, although the turnover will be far less you do have to be careful with your markets because occasionally there will be a well-handicapped horse that has been really well backed.

On the morning of the National the traders will get in at about 7am. The prices for Aintree will have been managed overnight by the night team and then the racing traders take over. He’s the horse that we need to get beaten and because of that we’ll have much greater liabilities. We’d expect to have a lot of new customers for the National. Everyone gets involved and it’s a great day for racing.

How do you get prepared to make National day run smoothly?

The National is a very busy time with a lot of bets per second. You know the horses well. Up until the National it will be fairly busy and people will be walking past and asking me how it’s going. Over the last five years we’ve not had more than 12% of stakes on one horse. We won’t know straight away because of placed horses and multiples, but we have the best technology to get bets settled as quickly as possible.

It’s a case of making the customer experience very good. On a normal National we would take a really good spread of money. If they’re a new customer and they’re betting a sizable amount it will be the trader’s job to have a look at them and see what sort of bets they’re having.

What goes into managing the betting market of the race?

Aintree is not difficult to trade because it’s a very competitive market. A lot of the work done in the weeks and months before the National is making sure that we have enough space for the customers.

skybet-sebastianbutterworthSebastian Butterworth, Head of Horse Racing Trading at Sky Bet, talks about the bookmaker’s preparations for one of the biggest betting days of the year.

Everyone thinks, ‘well AP’s going to win because it’s his last National’. It’s our busiest race – Australia has the race that stops the nation in the Melbourne Cup, this is our race that stops the nation. Pre-National we have to do a lot of load testing and making sure that we are ready for the deluge of customers that are going to join us. So many people get involved who don’t usually work weekends to help out with the upsurge. People bet on what they want to happen and not necessarily what they think will happen.

The traders will come and they have to manage the risk

Free-range parents deserve a break

That teenager might be molesting the younger child, but at least their coupling looks proper.

Which brings us to rub No. I mean, the Meitiv children had ID and tags saying they were not lost, and they explained themselves and their parents to authorities.

DEBORAH SIMMONS: Maryland free-range parents deserve a break – Washington Times

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And therein lies rub No. 2: The bad guys are the people who complained to law enforcement and the law enforcers didn’t use good judgment. Children, no.

But the bureaucratic numbskulls didn’t get it. Chickens and cattle can venture outside a coop and a barn. Men, women and teenagers who see a crime of opportunity quicker than you can say “Where in the World are my Children?” That is a message that came through loud and clear this Sunday, when a “concerned neighbor” called 911 to report the Meitiv kids walking unaccompanied in a park about a half-mile from their home in Silver Spring, just outside Washington, D.C.

Which brings us to rub No. Sexual predators. The parents were subsequently cited with “unsubstantiated child neglect.” For God’s sake, the kids are far more articulate than the senseless bureaucratic red tape.. 4: The Meitivs are not villains, though they are tempting fate.

In fact, government regulations say a child under 8 must be accompanied by a teenager when out and about. 3: The nebby noses are in a time warp, treating the Meitivs like villains in “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Sure, nuts and predators are out there (which is why I refuse to name the park the children frequent).

Cats and dogs can roam free range. Which brings us to rub No. 1: There are no guarantees in life.

There simply is no way to ensure children’s safety outside or inside the home. Good people are good people until they are caught doing bad, remember?

Human trafficking. Kidnappers

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The man who founded and ran the online sports gambling operation BetOnSports pleaded guilty and agreed to forfeit more than $43 million in proceeds, prosecutors announced Friday.

Under the plea agreement, Kaplan will be sentenced to between 41 and 51 months in prison when he goes before a judge on October 27. Louis, Missouri, authorities said. Louis.

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