First home buyers flock to Bluewattle

first_imgPicture: Megan MacKinnonThe Vercueil family, Stefan, Natacha, Lee-Cha, 18, Kariena, 14, and Martin, 15, recently built their first Aussie home at Bluewattle after moving to Townsville from South Africa.STRONG buyer demand among first home buyers and young families will see the creation of a further 30 new lots at Bluewattle Estate later this year.Australian Defence Force families made up 15 per cent of new builds in Bluewattle in the past 12 months, with many buyers being drawn from other facilities in the Douglas Employment Precinct, including the Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and CSIRO.Bluewattle sales and marketing manager Andrew Forster of Knight Frank said he expected to see first home buyers and young families continue to be attracted to Bluewattle with the $20,000 First Home Buyers Grant extended to the end of the year.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Bluewattle has a lot to offer young families with respect to its wonderful parks, proximity to schools and major workplaces, and the continued focus on community events such as our recent May Fair at Bluewattle and upcoming Halloween and Christmas events,” Mr Forster said.“Bluewattle is gaining a well-deserved reputation for being a family-oriented community and residents at Bluewattle couldn’t be more pleased to have Defence families as neighbours they can trust and appreciate.“We currently have only a handful of lots available, all of which have generous incentives as part of our Block Buster land clearance promotion. We’re looking to sell these lots, as we make way for another 30 lots to be released later this year.“This new land release will represent an exciting new stage at Bluewattle, which will see improved connectivity with existing services in the Upper Ross including new walkways allowing access to Good Shepherd and Rasmussen schools, the Upper Ross PCYC and the Upper Ross Community Centre, without having to venture near the traffic along Riverway Drive.“Townsville City Council’s duplication of Riverway Drive will also have a direct benefit for our residents when complete.”For more information about Bluewattle, visit bluewattle.com.aulast_img read more

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Osaka lives to fight another day, Djokovic cruising at French Open

first_imgBy Martyn HermanPARIS, France (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka stayed on course for a third successive Grand Slam title and Novak Djokovic a fourth at the French Open yesterday but their paths to the third round could not be more different.For the second match in a row Osaka had to battle back from a shocking start, this time losing the first four games against former world number one Victoria Azarenka before winning a titanic tussle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in just under three hours.The Japanese top seed struck 52 winners as she stretched her winning run in the Grand Slams to 16 matches.“I have this mindset that I feel like I can win if it gets down to the wire, like, if I have to break a person. I feel like I have the ability to do that,” Osaka, who next plays Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, said. Djokovic, bidding to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously for the second time in his career, had no such dramas as he followed Osaka on to Court Suzanne Lenglen.The Serb was in cruise control as he beat Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen, the world number 104, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso.“He has nothing to lose. I’m sure he’s going to be very motivated to play his best,” Djokovic, who won the title to complete his first ‘Nole Slam’ in 2016, told reporters. Serena Williams moved smoothly through to the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara, setting up an all-American tussle with Sofia Kenin who benefitted from the withdrawal of 22nd seed Bianca Andreescu through injury.Williams is trying again to match Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles, having fallen twice in finals last year on her comeback from maternity leave. Defending champion and third seed Simona Halep did not have things all her own way against Poland’s Magda Linette but came through a tough battle 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.Dominic Thiem, beaten in last year’s final by Rafael Nadal, also had some trouble against Alexander Bublik.He had to save two set points in the fourth set to avoid a decider and was relieved to win 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5. He will play unseeded Pablo Cuevas next.Fifth seed Alexander Zverev, ninth seed Fabio Fognini and 13th seed Borna Coric all progressed with ease although Juan Martin del Potro, the eighth seed, needed five sets to subdue Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka. Several Frenchmen survive in the draw, including Gael Monfils who will face a second successive all-French clash in the third round when he plays wildcard Antoine Hoang.Hoang enjoyed a memorable win on Court One “Bullring” against Spain’s experienced 23rd seed Fernando Verdasco.No French women have reached the third round for the first time since 1986 after Caroline Garcia lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova.last_img read more

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Racing action in Thurles.

first_imgThe Willie Mullins-trained “Sir Des Champs” finally returns to action in the feature race, the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase, which is a Listed contest worth €26,000 in prize-money.But Bryan Cooper’s mount will face stiff competition from the Gordon Elliott-trained “Mala Beach”last_img

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Stanleybet Group’s Magellan Robotech B2B division targets international growth

first_img StumbleUpon Christian Maglia recently moved from WeAreCasino to become Chief Commercial Officer of Magellan Robotech, the B2B division of Stanleybet Group, and SBC News caught up with him to find out about his new role and plans to grow the business. Maglia is also set to speak at Betting on Sports 2019, the leading international event for the sports betting and igaming industry, where he will share his insight into regulation and opportunities in the Latin American region as part of the Emerging Markets conference track.He will be part of a notable Stanleybet Group presence at the event, which has its strongest ever speaker line-up of 300 high-level experts and will be attended by more than 3,500 industry professionals from around the world.Stanleybet Group is to sponsor the VIP Networking Area at Olympia London from 17-20 September, while its IT Director Pierluigi Chiusolo will take part in the CTO Panel as part of the Technology in Focus conference track. SBC: How excited are you to be starting out with Magellan Robotech and Stanleybet Group?       CM: I still can’t believe how inspiring and rewarding it is to be working for a company as innovative as Magellan Robotech, part of the prestigious Stanleybet Group. During my onboarding, I have travelled around Europe to visit the group’s various companies and partners. From Liverpool to Brussels, Rome to Malta, Bucharest to Cyprus and Zagreb, the group’s culture is thoroughly oriented toward teamwork, know-how and shared objectives. Some of the people I have worked alongside or collaborated with in previous roles and some I have met for the first time, but the whole team is remarkable and I’m certain this accomplished group can achieve great things.I have to mention Giovanni Garrisi (CEO of Stanleybet Group). It was thanks to him that, even though I had no intention of moving and changing jobs, I fell in love with this project, the objectives and his vision for the company and for the future of betting.SBC: What is the growth plan for Stanleybet Group’s B2B division Magellan Robotech?  Christian Maglia, Magellan RobotechCM: Our main client, of course, is Stanleybet, but for some years Magellan Robotech has been working to become a leader in the B2B sector. We also collaborate with and offer our products – online and retail betting platforms, self-service betting software, virtual sports, keno and lotteries – to companies such as Novomatic, to name just one of the biggest. We are established in Denmark, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Romania, Cyprus and Nigeria, and are building a strong presence in numerous other countries.In an increasingly regulated sector, Magellan pays a great deal of attention to its partners and processes, to compliance and security. This means we won’t do business just anywhere and that we will focus on regulated markets. Nevertheless, I can say with certainty that in the next 12 to 24 months we will extend our presence to at least three other continents.     SBC: What can you take from your time with the likes of Sportradar, BetGames.TV and WeAreCasino to help put this plan into action?CM: No doubt I take my suitcase, since I spend at least five or six days a week travelling! And with it something from each of these past experiences. The importance of networking, organisation and professionalism is a cultural baggage of sorts that I bring with me from the years I spent at Sportradar. BetGames.TV opened my eyes to the need to merge gaming, gambling and entertainment. The industry often takes itself too seriously, and some operators have become quite dull and boring with offerings that are mere imitations of their main competitors. This Lithuanian company brings joy, fantasy, life, imagination and beauty to the sector. Everything is built on the big idea of offering fixed-odds betting on the outcome of various live-presented games, from poker to lotteries, to dice to wheel of fortune.From WeAreCasino, I bring with me the awareness that, even in a multimillion sector such as gaming, you can make a name for yourself on a minuscule budget as long as you have good ideas.SBC: You will be joining a Betting on Sports panel looking at regulation in Latin America; how difficult is it for international companies to find the right way in?CM: Being able to have a truly international approach is not at all easy. We need to be ready to receive every type of signal from the various countries. Only in recent months, since the opening of the US market, have strong signals or openings arrived from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Poland and Switzerland, to name just a few. It is certainly necessary to have a team that is capable of managing all the processes without neglecting the various facets of compliance and the legal requirements. The certifications are often similar but vary from country to country, which also affects the available budgets.The South American market, together with Mexico and the Caribbean, is likely to be much more important in terms of economic impact than that of the United States. Brazil has more than 180 million inhabitants. Buenos Aires alone comes in at 15 million.The passion of these countries for football and sports in general is something closely linked to their culture. Sports betting will undoubtedly be the gateway for many operators, but we must then find the right balance of products to offer. Some big brands operate in Brazil without offering bingo, and video bingo in particular. This happens when the customer and the customer’s needs aren’t fully considered.Magellan Robotech and the Stanleybet Group will approach these markets with great care, working with important local partners so as to avoid arriving as complete outsiders.SBC: How has the landscape changed for B2B service providers in the industry? Do you think the speed of innovation has slowed in recent years?CM: I think that technological barriers have been lowered and this has encouraged the entry of many small companies with innovative ideas and products into the market. My previous experience was with a small company with innovative ideas and products that rapidly became quite popular within the industry, but often this isn’t enough. To be able to offer products to operators, one must have a solid organisational structure and IT department with hundreds of developers and engineers. One must be capable of developing innovative solutions, but also of delivering maximum security, and proven and certified processes. As time passes, the companies that remain standing will be those with all their certifications in order. I’m not just talking about certifications related to the games and platforms, but also to processes and security. At Magellan we have achieved ISO27001, which demonstrates the seriousness of our approach.Regarding the slowdown in innovation, I’m not certain this is something that has actually happened. Just a few years ago, the mobile sector was less than 20 or 30 per cent of the overall share and products were neither responsive or in HTML5. There have been numerous advances in terms of technology, but most companies have focused predominantly on product improvement, user experience optimisation, and usability of their products on different platforms and operating systems. This is a slow but essential process.In my opinion, the next cycle of innovation will lead to greater use of the data stored in our databases. Data drilling will grow up AI applications and will bring the creation of new gaming offers and custom bets.SBC: Finally, what do you think will be the biggest new trend to emerge in online gaming over the next 12 months?CM: I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to find a single ‘next big thing’ among the products offered today in the various markets. You should probably look at the world in its regional particularities, facets and diversity. Certainly, there are products that will perform incredible numbers as soon as the right markets become legalised. One example is the success of games such as Teen Patti and Andar Bahar in India. Whoever is capable of offering them in exchange mode (with back and lay) will most likely hit the jackpot in that region.There are different products and trends for each region. Virtual sports, virtual football leagues such as our Trident, are already breakout hits in Europe, the Middle East and especially in Africa. I also expect a similar trend in South America. The same goes for numerical games such as bingo, keno and lotteries. In my view, the key word is ‘glocal’. We talk about it a lot in other industries, but we won’t be able to do without it in ours either. The global must be engaged with the local. Responding to local tastes, culture and traditions with a global approach will be the real answer to continued growth and expansion – it’s what we’re preparing ourselves for.Finally, I think the real game changer in the coming years will be the use of Artificial Intelligence and Robots. I can’t share any details at this stage, for obvious reasons, but what is being prepared in our offices in Liverpool could definitively change the way we are accustomed to betting. However, I think that before we see robots in action in our stores, steps will be needed to prepare us for the ‘revolution’. And in my view this will take longer than 12 months to happen.See Christian Maglia discuss regulation in Latin America at Betting on Sports 2019. Domenico Vacchiano joins Magellan Robotech April 14, 2020 SBC to host first dedicated virtual event for Latin America May 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Golden Race continues LatAm expansion through Universal Soft May 26, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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SPORT-WT20-LD FINAL 3 LAST

first_imgBefore the collapse occured, the boundaries were flowing Before the collapse occured, the boundaries were flowing at that time when Brathwaite dismissed Buttler. The batsman tried to pull the bowler over deep mid-wicket only to be holed out by Bravo. Ben Stokes (13) and Root, who had hit seven crisp boundaries had added 26 runs together when Bravo bowled a sharp boouncer to get rid of the former. Moeen Ali (0), who has perennial problem with short ball tried to tuck one fired in his rib cage to Denesh Ramdin. Root, who was getting edgy then played an uncharacteristic lap shot to be caught at short fine-leg as England never recovered from the blows. England though benifitted from David Willeys cameo of 14-ball 21 (1×4, 2×6) which helped tjem get past 150-run mark. (REOPENS DEL 63) Already charged up after their womens teams win, the West Indies set the ball rolling as Badree bowled a perfect top spinner that breached Jason Roy (0)s defences. There was more in store for the rampaging Windies when Russells sloppy bowling waiting to be dispatched by Alex Hales (1) found Badree at short fine leg. West Indies had their gameplan straight against the spin -wary Englishmen by sticking to Badree up front and the legspinner bowled a rare wicket maiden in his third over by dismissing Eoin Morgan. Continuing his lean patch with the bat, the English skipper was deceived by a googly and England were staring at doom at 23/3 after 4.4 overs. Thankfully for England, Root remained a bystander and looked at ease with three fours in the previous over by Benn. Desperately needing a partnership, England found Butler to repair the damage with Root. On a track that looked batting friendly with little in it for the spinners, the duo cleverly rotated the strikes with the odd four or six in between to step up their run-rate. Buttler was not there to be bogged down by the Windies and exploded against Benn in the 11th over with two clean hits soaring into the crowd. But just as England looked to roll on there was another breakthrough for the Windies in the form of the big-hitting Buttler who smacked at midwicket only to be caught by Bravo. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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