UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home

first_img Training & Education HMS Dragon returned home to Portsmouth on Friday (November 22) from eight months on operations in the Indian Ocean and eastern Mediterranean. Hundreds of friends and family turned out to welcome the ship back home joined by Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth.The youngest crew member, 20-year-old Engineering Technician Grant Mitchell and Commanding Officer’s wife, Pippa Lower, were invited to cut a special welcome home cake created as a gift to the ship in celebration of the occasion.The ship marked her return by firing a 17-gun salute on her approach to Portsmouth Harbour.The Type 45 destroyer’s maiden deployment included maritime security and counter piracy patrols in the Gulf and operations in the Mediterranean as part of the UK response to the recent crisis in Middle East.Dragon was deployed off Cyprus to help protect the two sovereign base areas on the island which are home to more than 6,000 British service personnel and their families.Dragon combined with RAF units to generate a constant picture of activity in the region as part of the air defence effort.In the Indian Ocean Dragon visited nearly all of the Gulf states including Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain.Dragon’s tasking also included the use of Royal Marines and the ship’s boats to visit local fisherman – providing an ever-watching presence to contribute to the security of the seas and prevent acts of piracy.The ship also worked closely with the UK minehunter force in the region, escorting them around the Arabian seas as required.And in exercises with western allies, including the United States, Dragon showed off her power and capabilities and worked with an array of military firepower in the skies above the Gulf – including US Navy fighter jets and unmanned air vehicles.Dragon has clocked up more than 50,000 nautical miles since leaving the UK in March. Her Commanding Officer, Captain Iain Lower, said:“As HMS Dragon returns after her first ever deployment I am immensely proud of what my ship’s company have achieved in the last eight months.“Dragon’s success is testament to the agility and hard work of all her people who, building on the fine work of her predecessors, have set the standard for integration with our allies particularly with the United States Navy.“When taken alongside the challenging environmental conditions and engineering and logistical complexities, I am very proud of the team.”ET (ME) Grant Mitchell, added:“It is a great feeling to be coming home after all we have done as a ship’s company in the last eight months.“Working with so many other countries’ navies and visiting so many places has been a great experience.”[mappress]Press Release, November 25, 2013; Image: Navy UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home November 25, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home Share this articlelast_img read more

Cause for concern on eSports betting

first_img Susan O’Leary – eCommerce Director at Alderney GamblingSusan O’Leary, Alderney’s director of eCommerce, says she is concerned by a lack of regulatory oversight for operators offering betting markets on eSports. The rise of eSports has provided egaming operators with a raft of opportunities. Whether that be sportsbooks offering betting markets on tournaments or online casino affiliates expanding their portfolio with eSports review sites, opportunities are a plenty for those wanting in on the action.The rapid rate at which eSports has gone from niche interest to global phenomenon with more than 148 million followers around the world leaves those offering betting markets on games and contests somewhat exposed.The sector has yet to be held accountable against any sort of regulatory and licensing framework. I know some will say there is no need for stringent oversight as eSports has, thus far, escaped any major scandal that suggests the need to disrupt the status quo. That is missing the point; regulation done properly does not impede operators and markets, rather it encourages them to succeed.The DFS dilemma Take daily fantasy sports (DFS), for example. The industry was on a similar upward growth trajectory to eSports, with FanDuel and DraftKings offering real-money contests under a perceived loophole in UIGEA 2006. For a while their businesses grew relatively unnoticed, but then their multi-million-dollar ad campaigns brought them into the spotlight and questions started to be asked about whether contests were in fact gambling. Then the DraftKings data leak happened leading to calls of insider trading, and all hell broke loose.The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) takes the view that DFS is, in most cases, sports betting, and that operators offering fantasy contests should be licensed and regulated under our normal regime.While eSports and DFS undoubtedly have their differences, the former is still at risk of falling victim to its own scandal just like the latter. Already, there have been accusations of match-fixing, while the rise of skin betting – players wager items from the game instead of real cash – are likely to bring added attention and heat from lawmakers as they get a better understanding of the industry and look more closely at how it sits with gambling regulation.The AGCC does all it can to ensure the industry is accountable and properly regulated. They have been licensing operators from all over the world for the past 15 years, and in the process have tweaked and fettled their regulatory model so that it is best-in-breed. They have focussed on making sure it is nimble and flexible; long before DraftKings and FanDuel ran aground in the US they were licensing other DFS operators under its framework. They can do the same for betting on the eSports industry.eSports is on the brink of having a larger fan base then the NFL, with more than $8bn expected to be wagered through sports books and skin betting sites this year alone. The sheer scale and scope of the industry means it has to be held accountable, not only to protect players and consumers, but the sector itself.Susan O’Leary is a lawyer who has represented some of the world’s leading eGambling operators and gambling service providers including many of Alderney’s licensees and has a keen sense of what they require from a jurisdiction: a strong pragmatic regulator who understands the commercial environment, a resilient technical infrastructure, a favourable tax system, excellent support services and a fees system that allows businesses to grow. Submit Share GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Related Articles Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Shohei Ohtani reflects on decision to play for Angels and historic rookie season

first_imgANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani said through his interpreter that “nothing crazy really surprised me on or off the field” in his first year as a major league player.Maybe that means that Ohtani, the Angels’ 24-year-old rookie phenom, was the crazy and surprising one.As he prepared for his 104th and final game of the season Sunday, Ohtani had already accomplished a feat many thought impossible. His 3.31 earned-run average was the lowest of any Angels pitcher who made at least 10 starts in 2018. His .362 on-base percentage, .568 slugging percentage, 10 stolen bases and .392 weighted on-base average trailed only Mike Trout. Despite losing 22 games to an  elbow injury, Ohtani established himself as baseball’s best dual-threat pitcher/position player in a century.“Overall I was able to have fun and enjoy everything when I was playing on the field,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That’s a really good thing to take out of this season. Unfortunately I’m very disappointed the team wasn’t able to make the playoffs. I’ll try to come back stronger next year and hopefully next year we’ll be in the playoffs.” “I feel that I made the right decision, and I feel that I made that more every day that I come to the field,” he said. “Every game that I play, I feel more and more that I made the right decision.”Rather than immediately accepting a doctor’s recommendation of Tommy John surgery on Sept. 6, Ohtani chose to play out the season as a hitter. He hit two home runs in that day’s game against the Texas Rangers.The Angels were already on the brink of postseason elimination at the time, so Ohtani’s presence in the lineup merely offered incentive for fans to tune in – and for American League Rookie of the Year voters to keep an eye on Ohtani’s gaudy stats.Among AL rookies with at least 300 plate appearances, Ohtani ranks first in OBP (.362) and slugging (.568), third in batting average (.286) and stolen bases (10), and fourth in home runs (22) and RBIs (61) through Saturday.Ohtani said that the most impressive pitcher he had to face was probably Justin Verlander. The best hitter he had to face was Mookie Betts. He might be honored alongside both of them when baseball’s annual awards are announced in November. Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery in the coming week to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. When he is able to return as a hitter is uncertain. He will almost certainly not pitch before the 2020 season.In hindsight, 2018 might just be an appetizer to an already historic career.Ohtani and Babe Ruth (1919) are the only two players in major league history with 10 pitching appearances and 20 home runs in the same season. Ohtani and Ruth are the only players to hit 10 homers and wins four games as a pitcher. No one had ever hit 20 homers and struck out 50 batters in the same season before Ohtani.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.When he left Japan for MLB last winter, Ohtani was able to choose from 30 destinations. He was allowed to sign only the standard rookie contract under MLB’s international signing rules, in addition to a limited signing bonus. Since the maximum signing bonus allowed varied by less than eight figures from team to team, the cost to sign Ohtani was not prohibitive.The Angels have missed the postseason each of the last four years. At 79-82, they are guaranteed a losing record in each of the last three. Does Ohtani regret his choice?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more