MF Global Acquires Leading UK Independent Binary Trading Firm

Davis added, “The electronic retail movement toward binary products in Europe and Asia illustrates the evolution of the capital markets toward a more balanced playing field opposite retail market participants, requiring less capital intensive strategies and offering more frequent opportunities to profit. Our acquisition of ChoiceOdds is another example of our operational and financial strength allowing us to pursue strategic opportunities globally. “Binary trading is growing at an exceptional rate in Europe and Asia as clients are attracted by their flexible nature and, in some cases, tax advantages. MF Global is uniquely diversified across products, trading markets, customers and regions. Trading on the ChoiceOdds platform allows customers to trade a diverse set of products and markets with limited risk and, in some jurisdictions, tax-free gains.

MF Global Ltd. MF Global believes the transaction will be neutral to earnings over the next 12 months.MF Global is leading the consolidation of the futures industry, executing 19 acquisitions over the last 18 years. Our balanced business model, coupled with the continued pace of trading volumes and market volatility worldwide, gives us great confidence in achieving our financial and operational objectives.”

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MF Global Ltd. (NYSE: MF), formerly Man Financial, is the leading broker of exchange-listed futures and options in the world. The acquisition will augment our already significant offerings in retail foreign exchange, CFDs, and spread trading,” said Kevin Davis, chief executive officer of MF Global. For more information, please visit mfglobal.com.

Choice Odds is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Choice Gaming Ltd. In due course, certain markets offered by ChoiceOdds in an OTC context in Europe and Asia will be offered on a listed basis via USFE, the exchange of which we own 49.9%.”

Mr. It is the leader by volume on many of these markets and on a single day averages six million lots, more than most of the world’s largest derivatives exchanges. In addition to ChoiceOdds, MF Global recently acquired BrokerOne, the largest online broker of futures and options on the Sydney Futures Exchange and FXA Securities Ltd., a leading provider of online foreign exchange products in Japan.

. (NYSE: MF), the world’s leading futures and options broker, has acquired ChoiceOdds, a leading independent UK-based financial binary trading firm, subject to regulatory approval. MF Global operates in 12 countries on more than 70 exchanges, providing access to the largest and fastest growing financial markets in the world.

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“This acquisition will play an important role in our European and Asian retail strategy, as we create single platforms to enable private clients to trade a range of OTC products that replicate listed equivalents such as exchange traded futures and foreign exchange. Its worldwide client base of more than 130,000 active accounts ranges from financial institutions, industrial groups, hedge funds and other asset managers to professional traders and private/retail clients. It provides execution and clearing services for exchange- traded and over-the counter derivative products as well as for non-derivative foreign exchange products and securities in the cash market. ChoiceOdds is the only technology platform to offer such a wide variety of trades as well as enhanced frequency of five-minute, hourly, midday and daily trades. ChoiceOdds, specializes in making on-line markets in this fast-growing area of retail binary trading – an asset class which is rapidly replacing more traditional types of trading.

ChoiceOdds is a specialist in financial binary trading offering an unrivalled selection of fixed odds, floating odds and binary trades

Reading vs. Arsenal, FA Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

Reading’s defence

Only five teams have conceded more goals than Reading in England’s second tier this season. Arsenal will certainly be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though Mikel Arteta could be involved.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 5:20 p.m. ET

Key matchup – Arsenal’s possession vs. local, 12:20 p.m. Arsenal will likely dominate possession from start to finish, and Reading will have to turn in the best defensive display of their entire campaign if they’re to stop the Gunners finding a route to goal.

Reading injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In doubt: Pavel Pogrebnyak (calf), Nathaniel Chalobah (unspecified).

Arsenal injuries and suspensions

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Championship club Reading will have to pull off a big upset if they’re to beat Arsenal and reach the FA Cup final on Saturday. That’s a worrying fact given the calibre of players the Royals will be going up against in this match. On every occasion, the Gunners have emerged victorious.

Venue: Wembley, London, England

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That’s in stark contrast to how things have gone for Arsenal in recent times, with Arsène Wenger’s Gunners having won eight games on the bounce in all competitions. They’re up in second place in the Premier League, though with the FA Cup representing their only realistic chance of silverware this season, will be giving it all they’ve got against their second-tier opponents.

If recent history is anything to go by, we should be expecting a pretty lively fixture at Wembley — there have been a total of 19 goals scored in the last three fixtures between these sides. His pace and directness sets him apart from most of his teammates, and his quality should shine through against a pretty poor Reading team.

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and his midfield teammate Nathaniel Chalobah are both doubtful, though likely to play. – English), Fox Deportes (U.S.

Arsenal’s marquee summer signing Alexis Sánchez hasn’t been particularly prolific in front of goal recently, though the Chilean has nevertheless delivered consistently good performances on the flanks for the Gunners. They head into the game struggling near the foot of the second tier, and having failed to win a single game since eliminating Bradford City in the quarterfinals of this tournament over a month ago.

Arsenal should be able to beat Reading on Saturday to book their place in the FA Cup final.

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin). In doubt: Mikel Arteta (ankle)

Key player – Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)

TV: FOX Network (U.S

Parties continued on Asia cruise ship after fire

The crew included 119 Filipinos, 58 Indians and 50 Indonesians.

(AP) SANDAKAN, Malaysia – The smell of smoke spread fear on the cruise ship Azamara Quest, whose passengers put on life vests and gathered for roll call thinking of a deadly capsizing of another luxury vessel.

The Philippine coast guard sent a vessel to escort the Azamara Quest through the Sulu Sea before Malaysian coast guard boats accompanied it to its next scheduled stop in Sandakan.

Ship engineers toiled throughout the next day, restoring electricity, running water and plumbing within hours before finally re-establishing propulsion Saturday night.

Dorothy Wood of Virginia Beach, Virginia, said she was having soup at a dining hall when everyone noticed smoke.

“There were lots of salads and we had barbecued chicken, pork, steak and fish. The Azamara Quest was stranded off the southern Philippines with 1,000 people aboard after flames engulfed one of its engine rooms Friday, injuring five crew members. Virgin Islands. But I didn’t tell anyone,” she said, laughing. Many of the 11-deck vessel’s entertainment facilities, which include a spa and shopping boutiques, were also shut, passengers said.

The ship’s tribulations started a day after it wrapped up a port call in Manila during a 17-day Southeast Asian cruise. Over one-third, or 201, of the passengers were American, according to lists provided by the ship’s captain to the Philippine coast guard.

When it became clear that things were under control, the Azamara Quest’s passengers sought to stay upbeat, despite the ship’s inability to restore air conditioning. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Gan Ping Sin, Sandakan’s marine police commander, said he was informed the ship might be sent to Singapore for repair.

The initial hours made some think of the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the coast of Italy in January, killing 32 people, and the Costa Allegra, where a fire left that ship without power and adrift in waters known to be prowled by pirates in the Indian Ocean for three days.

Margaret Whawell of Melbourne, Australia, said her husband slept on the deck because their room was stiflingly hot, but they enjoyed two nights of barbecue dinners also on the deck once the ship started moving again Saturday night.

The ship’s operator, Azamara Club Cruises, has said it will give the passengers full refunds and certificates for future cruises.

“Everybody was joyous that they were alive,” said Diane Becker Krasnick of St. They were informed there had been an electrical fire, but it was immediately extinguished.

The vessel was carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew members. The captain was phenomenal,” said Dorothy Irvine, a former school principal from Toronto.

After the ship carrying 1,000 people reached land, its passengers, including many retired vacationers from North America and Europe, voiced relief Monday that their experience hadn’t been as harrowing as what happened to other accident-hit cruise liners this year.

© 2012 The Associated Press. The rest of their cruise, which was to include stops in Indonesia before ending in Singapore on April 12, has been scrapped.

“I was petrified. It restored propulsion the next night and reached the harbor of Sandakan city in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island late Sunday. She was celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Mark.

Passengers said the hardworking crew who quickly put out an engine-room fire Friday night kept their spirits buoyant, even as they suffered without air conditioning in sweltering heat. All Rights Reserved. Some passengers were expected to fly home or to other holiday destinations through Singapore by Tuesday.

“People didn’t complain. There were free drinks, a band playing and singing. Flames engulfed one of its engine rooms Friday night, injuring five crew members who suffered smoke inhalation.

The stricken cruise ship Azamara Quest is tied up at the port in Sandakan, Malaysia on April 2, 2012. Some also went sightseeing elsewhere in Sabah state, taking a “Wild Man of Borneo” tour to view orangutans. Thomas, U.S. An AP team that took a speedboat near the area saw crew members cleaning cabins Monday.

Passengers from 25 countries also included 98 from Britain, 89 from Australia, 45 from Canada and 39 from Germany. She praised Finnish captain Leif Karlsson and his crew, saying “there was such a sense of family with the passengers.”

But for most of the 48 hours it took the fire-damaged ship to lumber into a Malaysian port, they were partying more than panicking.

“It was unfortunate, but the crew was totally, utterly amazing, taking care of us, making sure we were safe, pulling double duty,” Krasnick said. They made it a party time,” Whawell said.

Consular officials from the U.S., Britain, Canada and other countries traveled to Sabah to provide assistance. They enjoyed barbecues on the deck and free drinks.

Many passengers said they remained calm while donning life vests and heading to the Azamara Quest’s casino and cabaret lounge for a roll call. Azamara is part of Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

On Monday, some passengers remained on the ship, but many were at hotels in Sandakan. AP Photo/Mark Baker

Journalists were prevented from entering the port due to the ship operator’s instructions. “I would still highly recommend the Azamara.”. I had to cover my face with a napkin and go through the smoke,” the 74-year-old said at a hotel in Sandakan, where the Azamara Quest docked late Sunday.

“I never thought I would be afraid to die, but I was very much afraid

River Plate will play Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores last 16

The Libertadores knockout stages are seeded, with the best group winner playing the worst runner-up, second best winner playing second worst runner-up, and so on. The concluding match all take place next week.

Goals from Boca’s 2-0 win over Palestino on Thursday evening. Racing have topped Group 8, which has already finished; San Lorenzo in Group 2 have to beat Uruguay’s Danubio at home next week, and hope Corinthians get at least a draw, and preferably a win, away to local rivals São Paulo (if the game in Brazil ends in a draw, San Lorenzo have to beat Danubio by four or more, though a three-goal margin would be enough as long as they scored enough in the process and the draw in Brazil isn’t too high-scoring). If they win that game they’ll definitely qualify, because the two teams above them play one another – a win for Huracán would carry them above at least one of Universitario de Sucre and Cruzeiro, who can’t both pick up three points. The first leg will be in River’s Estadio Monumental during the first week of May, with the return at La Bombonera the following week. For a bit of context, River needed to win and hope Juan Aurch didn’t; Tigres, already guaranteed top spot and with a clásico of their own coming up this weekend, sent a reserve side…

The other Argentine sides have all either already qualified, or still have a chance of doing so. Just days before the first leg, on Sunday the 3rd May, the two sides will meet in the league, so we’re in for quite a high-octane week and a half in Buenos Aires.

Highlights of River’s 3-0 win over San José on Wednesday, which combined with Tigres’ 5-4 win away to Juan Aurich sent River through. Boca Juniors’ 2-0 win over Chilean side Palestino, and Corinthians’ later 0-0 draw at home to reigning champions San Lorenzo, means Boca can’t be caught as the best winners – and therefore will play the worst runners-up, guaranteed to be Boca’s bitter rivals River Plate, who qualified by the skin of their teeth on Wednesday night.

Thursday evening brought the conclusion of Group 5 and a key match in Group 2 of the 2015 Copa Libertadores, and with the results of those games, one of the last 16 ties is now known. Estudiantes, who’ve just replaced Mauricio Pellegrino with Gabriel Milito in the manager’s seat, are in a similar situation; beat Barcelona de Guayaquil in Ecuador, and they’ll definitely finish above at least one of Atlético Nacional and Libertad, who face off in Medellín and both have one point more than Estudiantes at present. In Group 3, Huracán are currently in third, and are away to bottom-placed Mineros on the last day

Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

They have relatively few health problems; two common ones are hereditary (myelopathy and retinal atrophy). 

#4 – Siberian Husky

This stunning dog was bred in the north of Siberia, and it is a member of the Spitz family of dogs.  Its best-known feature is its ice-blue eyes, but these dogs can also have amber or brown eyes, or even eyes of two different

richly diverse genetic background in his or her makeup, and that diversity is what keeps the mutt healthy. 

Dogs are resourceful, and of all the animals on the planet, they are perhaps the most interlaced with humanity’s development from cave-dwelling creatures into the settled tribes seen today.

by the author–doesn’t have anything to do with dogs!

No other animal has aided humanity’s rise to preeminence on this planet more than the canine.

Those noted here have some of the fewest overall health issues, and all have better than average life spans (ranging from ten to sixteen years).   An interesting correlative as a health indicator: the larger the animal, the more physical problems it is susceptible to.  Size is the one trait that has a rather linear correlation with lifespan.  Bigger canines have shorter life spans, and suffer more often from crippling arthritis and hip dysplasia.  At the other end of the scale, extremely small dogs (inbred to continually reduce their size) may suffer more disorders than their standard-sized counterparts (kidney and other organ failures).

All the dogs mentioned are wonderful animals; all have their fans and proud owners.  Each has its special traits that make it desirable for whatever reason.  This is not a “favorite” list.  This is a practical recitation of popular breeds comparatively – these breeds overall exhibit fewer health issues than many others, and they are ranked comparatively.  Thus, the number ten dog is subject to more potential physical problems than the number two dog.  Every one on this list, however, is far and away healthier and less costly in vet visits than many other popular breeds.

colors.  They have the thick musculature of the Alaskan Malamute, and are similarly strong work dogs. As in larger dogs, they are subject to hip dysplasia.  Also, German Shepherds can exhibit a neurological disorder called myelopathy.  Overall, though, these dogs are durable, and they have served as watch dogs and rescue animals for decades.

#6 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This stumpy canine with the radar antennae ears is one of the smallest breeds of herding dogs, and yes, it originated in Wales.  This dog has been a favorite of the British Royal family for over 70 years, and Queen Elizabeth II owns several of them.  It is number eleven in intelligence.  Most of the health problems these animals develop are related to aging: Von Willebrand’s disease (which affects blood platelets), hip dysplasia, and myelopathy.

The quest for the “healthiest” is a fallacious one in the sense that there is almost no single breed that is the “healthiest” of all.  Inbreeding for show purposes has seen to that.  In the past, what were typified as “working” dogs (herders, such as collies; or “sporting” dogs, such as retrievers) were healthier than other breeds.  Although this is no longer generally true, there are still some whose overall health is better than most, despite inbreeding. 

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arthritis and hereditary cataracts.  

#7 – German Shepherd

Sometimes called the Alsatian, the German Shepherd ranks third in intelligence (behind the poodle).  It is one of the newest breeds of herding

Domesticated thousands of years ago, dogs (initially from wolf stock) insured survival of the human organism.  Recent scholarship points up that Cro-Magnons’ eventual supremacy over the Neanderthals (with whom they shared the wilds of Europe around 40,000 years ago) was not because of greater brain capacity or technology (the two groups were roughly equal in that sense with Neanderthal having a slight edge)..

retrievers of waterfowl; the undercoat is wiry and water-resistant.  Labradors have webbed paws for swimming – its original function was retrieving fishing nets!  By official registration numbers the Labrador is the most popular dog in Canada, the UK, and in the US (since 1991). They were bred to pull heavy loads long distances through difficult conditions.  During Alaska’s Nome Gold Rush (1899-1909) they were imported from Asia as sled dogs; they later spread into Canada and the US.  These dogs have few issues of poor health – the two most common are hereditary (eye defects and seizures).  This dog is one of the few to be nearly free of incidence of hip dysplasia (less than 2% incidence rate).

#3 – Whippet

Despite its fragile appearance this racing dog is surprisingly hale.  Their lightweight structure, considering they are in the larger breeds of dogs, assures them of no hip dysplasia problems.  They also live an average of 13

years.   They are not subject to any of the common problems of dogs.  Undescended testicles in the breed are common, however.  Another problem in some animals is called “athletic heart syndrome”.  These dogs were bred to race – their hearts are very large, and at rest beat very slowly.  Sometimes, the heartbeat may be arrhythmic or intermittent. 

#2 – Rottweiler

This lovable lug was developed as a herding dog in Germany.  They were called “Rottweil butcher’s dogs” because they herded livestock and pulled carts loaded with butchered meats for market. The Labrador Retriever is also very active and playful.  And, as its name clearly states, it loves to play fetch.  They were bred as

Mutts rarely develop the consistent genetic disorders some breeds are known for simply because those undesirable traits don’t always get a chance to pass from generation to generation.  They are also highly resistant to parasitism and communicable diseases.  A mutt can be as great a companion as any registered breed, and most have inherent intelligence. 

Obesity, as with humans, is a growing problem with dogs as well.  Obesity is the owner’s fault, not the dog’s.  Overfeeding and improper exercise combine to shorten any pet’s life.  Proper diet is important.  However, obesity in some breeds is a clear sign of Cushing’s disease (a pituitary problem).

No, it was because of the domestication of canines that Cro-Magnon supplanted his stockier and (perhaps) more evolutionarily favored neighbors, the Neanderthals (who had no furry friends by the fireside).  Dogs led to an increase of 56% in successful hunting (as retrievers and “weapons”).  This “extra” food meant Cro-Magnon had an advantage over Neanderthals (who tended to view the gnarly canine as a food source and not an ally).  They also provided protection from “outsiders” (whether man or beast) and much-needed warmth on colder Ice Age nights when fire alone wasn’t enough.

consequently, an obvious problem for them and other trans-Siberian animals is extreme heat.  Though they live many years, hip dysplasia can occur, and they also have a predisposition to hereditary cataracts. 

#8 – Shetland Sheepdog

Another herding dog, these little cuties (also known as “Shelties”) are great favorites among small children (in a group of toddlers, Shelties have been observed attempting to “herd” them, an entertaining sight).  Like all herding breeds they are energetic, but later in life are prone to

dogs, originating in 1899.  A major dog health problem relating to spinal curvature has been noted more often in recent years, especially in the Americanized version of the breed (European German Shepherds, not subject to such draconian inbreeding, do not suffer this anomaly as often). Rottweilers are now used in search and

As with all dogs they are not resistant to accident, mistreatment, or obesity – owners need to take as good care of their mongrel as they would the most pampered poodle (the dog breed with one of the highest rates of health problems, by the way).

rescue, as guide dogs for the blind, and as guard or police dogs.  These dogs have almost no health problems, but because of their larger size they can (rarely) develop hip dysplasia.  Overall, they are extremely low maintenance. 

#1 – Heinz 57

It may seem as if a cheat has been perpetrated, but the mutt or mongrel is the overall healthiest dog breed on the planet.  This canine, which is just plain “dawg” through and through, has a

#10 – Border Collie

This dog, despite being number ten on this top ten healthiest dogs list, is regarded as the most intelligent almost universally.  The Border Collie is an older breed of work dog, and is the most widespread of the

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Collie breeds.  It was developed along the Anglo-Scottish frontier for livestock herding, especially sheep.  Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of watching one of these dogs in action herding a flock of sheep is amazed at the energy and genuine intuition the dog brings to the task.  These dogs are almost prescient, and one Border Collie in early 2011 was discovered to have a vocabulary understanding of over 1,000 words of human speech.  Hip dysplasia and epilepsy are common along with a breed-specific eye condition called “Collie Eye Anomaly” (affects the retina and sclera of the dog’s eyes, leading to impaired vision).  Also, many succumb to cancer.   

#9 – Alaskan Malamute

This beautiful animal, known by many as the typical “Eskimo” sled dog, is a real workhorse of a canine.  They are often confused with Siberian Huskies.  These dogs live and labor in some of the coldest climates on earth -

Their history is one of continual genetic refinement.  Humans have cross-bred and inbred animals over the millennia to achieve perceived perfection of form or to enhance desirable traits, such as longer hair or better herding capabilities.  Unfortunately, if left unchecked, this inbreeding results in poorer animals because inbreeding increases the likelihood of mutations and other recessive defects becoming dominant in any given breed.

Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

#5 – Labrador Retriever

These are very popular dogs for families with children; the dogs are gentle and patient

Arsenal on brink of double swoop

Newcastle, Swansea and Norwich.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused West Ham of playing 19th Century football.

Everton have held talks about Niklas Moisander, the Finland defender valued by Ajax at about £3million.

Swansea have had a £3million bid for Southampton’s Jack Cork turned down.

Crystal Palace will offer Wolves £3million for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal will struggle to cope with their injury crisis.

PR want Marseille right-back Rod Fanni – with Armand Traore heading to France in exchange.

Jose Mourinho launched a furious tirade at fourth official Mike Jones as Chelsea lost ground in the Barclays Premier League title race.

Juventus have confirmed interest in signing Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo.

Palace are also embroiled in a tug-of-war with Norwich for Blackburn defender Scott Dann.

Arsenal are considering a £2.5million bid for Salomon Kalou as a cut-price alternative if they fail to land Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler.

Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso is wanted on loan at Coventry.

Inter Milan are interested in taking Manchester United winger Nani on loan.

Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of cheating and playing football from the 19th century after Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last night.

Brendan Rodgers is closing in on the winger he believes he needs to challenge for a Champions League spot after Liverpool’s top transfer negotiator flew to Ukraine to try to land Yevhen Konoplyanka for £20million.

Lewis Holtby is interested in a move to Fulham that could pave the way for Dimitar Berbatov returning to Tottenham until the end of the season.

Bolton hope to sign Craig Dawson on loan from West Brom.

Cardiff have opened talks over a deal to sign Hamburg midfielder Tomas Rincon.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has snubbed the chance to sign Marko Devic on loan from Metalist Kharkiv.

Liverpool hope to tie up a £15million deal for Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Chelsea boss Joe Mourinho is in a price war with St Etienne over their centre-half Kurt Zouma.

Crystal Palace expect to make “at least three” signings in the final 48 hours of the transfer window, but Stoke forward Jonathan Walters looks unlikely to be one of them.

Sunderland are the latest club to show an interest in Leeds striker Ross McCormack.

West Ham are trying to do a cut-price £500,000 deal for Academica Coimbra midfielder Fernando Alexandre.

Arsenal are on the verge of a double swoop for Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic and Schalke winger Julian Draxler.

Each day we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…

Liverpool hopes of bolstering their squad appear to have been boosted as the father of Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka claimed there was substance to recent transfer speculation.

Everton are trying to arrange a loan deal for Marseille striker Saber Khalifa.

Cardiff are set to sell Andreas Cornelius back to Copenhagen – for £5million less than they bought him for.

Inter Milan have approached Manchester United over a potential loan deal for Portuguese international Nani, according to a report in Italy.

Wigan are keen on former New York Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson as Leicester and Nottingham Forest battle for Hull’s Jack Hobbs.

Arsenal are on the brink of sealing a deadline-beating £30million move for Schalke’s Julian Draxler after lengthy negotiations throughout Wednesday.

Burnley and Millwall are battling to sign Yeovil midfielder Ed Upson for £100,000.

Crystal Palace face a battle with Rayo Vallecano to sign free agent Momo Sissoko.

Crystal Palace hope to add Brighton’s Will Buckley, Wigan’s Ivan Ramis and Blackburn’s Scott Dann to their ranks.

Liverpool are holding talks with Dnipro over £16m-rated winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Yohan Cabaye has revealed he had a secret agreement with Newcastle that meant he would be sold this month.

Chelsea are ready to sacrifice Romelu Lukaku to help fund a mega-money summer move for Falcao or Diego Costa.

Crystal Palace have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Tom Ince, but Blackpool want £4million for the winger.

AZ Alkmaar’s former Chelsea and Fulham winger Johann Gudmundsson is wanted by Aston Villa. Ince has agreed terms with Monaco about a move this summer.

Ian Ayre, the Liverpool managing director, travelled to Ukraine yesterday to try to complete a £15 million deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka, but the club are facing strong competition from Tottenham for the Dnipro winger.

Manchester City are trying to sign Celta Vigo’s highly-rated 18-year-old striker Santi Mina for £1million.

Napoli have offered £8.25m for Etienne Capoue but Tottenham are holding out for £11.5m.

Sylvain Distin has signed a new one-year deal with Everton.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre was in the Ukraine last night looking to close a deal for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

Everton are facing a striker shortage after Romelu Lukaku was ruled out for weeks and with fellow loan signing Lacina Traore unlikely to be fit for another 10 days.

Lewis Holtby expects to leave Tottenham before the end of the week, according to his agent.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned Wolves he could abruptly end his interest in signing Leigh Griffiths unless there’s a quick resolution to the saga.

Arsenal were said to be stepping up their pursuit for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler last night but may have to settle with the sort of delayed deal that brought Lukas Podolski to the club.

Sergio Aguero is hopeful is hamstring injury is not serious after the Manchester City striker limped out of the win against Tottenham.

Manchester City are preparing to flex their muscles in the transfer market after opening discussions to sign Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando from Porto.

Cardiff goalkeeper Simon Moore is joining Bristol City on loan.

Bally Technologies bets on Asia with $1.3 billion SHFL buy

contribution of 44 percent.

SHFL shares rose 21 percent to $22.76 on the Nasdaq, and touched $22.84, their highest in more than six years.

“From a strategic standpoint, we like the combination of mostly non-competitive business lines that include unique technologies and patents from both companies,” Sterne Agee Leach analyst David Bain wrote in a note.

. South Korea is also implementing plans to develop casino resorts.

SHFL, whose CEO Gavin Isaacs has served as Bally Technologies’ chief operating officer for five years, had revenue of $259 million in 2012.

The Las Vegas-based company, which made its first slot machine in 1936, said it has obtained committed financing from banks including Wells Fargo (WFC.N) and JP Morgan Chase Bank (JPM_pd.N).

While Bally primarily makes slot-machines, SHFL offers automatic card shufflers, chip sorters and electronic table games such as Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Blackjack Switch, and Casino War.

Tuesday’s deal is the biggest for Bally Technologies since its $200 million acquisition of Bally Gaming International Inc in 1996.

Macau, the world’s largest casino market and the only place in China where visitors are legally able to gamble, generated $38 billion in annual gambling revenue in 2012, up 13.5 percent from a year earlier. The broader Dow Jones Gambling Index .DJUSCA was up 0.74 percent at 697.77 points.

The acquisition, which includes the assumption of $8 million of debt, is expected to close by the second quarter of 2014, Bally said.

Bally shares rose 9 percent to a record high as investors bet on the broader reach and offerings that the deal is expected to provide.

Bally also forecast earnings of between $3.70 and $4.05 per share, excluding acquisition costs, for the year ending June 2014. Combined, their share was higher than the U.S. Id:nL4N0A7101

Bally shares rose 9 percent to $66.13. SHFL’s financial adviser was Macquarie Capital while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom LLP provided legal advice.

“Australia is a large market for gaming equipment and Bally has almost no exposure to it,” BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Williams said.

SECOND DEAL THIS YEAR

(Reporting by Siddharth Cavale and Chris Peters in Bangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal)

SHFL, previously known as Shuffle Master, was founded by former truck driver John Breeding in 1983 when he decided to make a machine that would shuffle cards. The company went public in 1992.

With the deal, Bally’s international sales would grow to 24 percent from 16 percent.

Taiwan plans to allow casinos to set up shop on offshore islands and the Philippines is developing four large casino resorts.

Several Asian countries, trying to emulate the success of the world’s largest gambling destination Macau, are building casino resorts to lure high-spending tourists and attract investment.

Bally, which was founded as a pinball manufacturer in Depression-era Chicago, said the deal is expected to start adding to its earnings per share and free cash flow within a year of closing.

The deal marks the latest in an industry scrambling to serve a growing appetite for gambling among wealthy individuals in Asia.

Bally’s offer of $23.25 per share in cash represents a 24 percent premium to SHFL’s Monday close.

Scientific Games Corp (SGMS.O), which makes tickets and software for lotteries, acquired slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc (WMS.N) for about $1.42 billion earlier this year.

In contrast, Bally gets 81 percent of its total revenue from the United States.

Eagle Asset Management is the top shareholder in SHFL with an 8.58 percent stake, according to Thomson Reuters data. BlackRock Institutional Trust Co and Vanguard Group Inc are its other top institutional shareholders.

(Reuters) – Slot machine maker Bally Technologies Inc BYI.N said it will buy casino equipment company SHFL Entertainment Inc SHFL.O for about $1.3 billion to tap into the thriving casino industry in Asia and Australia.

Goldman Sachs Co and Groton Partners served as Bally’s financial advisers while Gibson, Dunn Crutcher LLP served as the legal adviser. Analysts on average were looking for $3.86 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Australia contributed 36 percent to SHFL’s total sales in 2012, while Asia contributed 11 percent

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives 2011 Golden Shoe Award (Pictures)

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Many people arrived at the ceremony to support for their main man Cristiano Ronaldo, including his model girlfriend Irina Shayk, who was spotted stepping out for a promotional appearance at the XTI Signature Shoe Launch in Madrid, Spain on the same day, November 4 in a fabulous leggy little black dress.

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Being handed the award by Portugal legend Eusebio and Real Madrid honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo said: “I would like to win something bigger at a collective level. Cristiano Ronaldo’s model girlfriend Irina Shayk was also reported to be one among the hundreds of people who arrived at the ceremony to show their support for Ronaldo.

With 40 strikes, Cristiano Ronaldo scored more times than any other player in a European first-tier league division

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Cristiano Ronaldo holds the 2011 Golden Shoe Award surrounded by Di Stéfano and Eusébio

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Cristiano Ronaldo holds the 2011 Golden Shoe Award surrounded by Di Stéfano and Eusébio

The football star scored a total of 40 goals in La Liga this season, which is actually impressive because the Spanish League is considered the most competitive league in the world, accompanied by the Premier League. He got it with 40 strikes, nine more than runner-up Leo Messi.

Ronaldo's mother and his girlfriend sit in the front row at the Golden Boot ceremony

This is the second time Cristiano Ronaldo receive the European Golden Shoe Award, which is formally called Golden Boot, for best European striker of the season 2010-2011. I do not think about breaking records, but about Real Madrid. Cristiano also received the Golden Shoe award in 2008 as he played as a Manchester United player, scoring 31 goals in the Premier League.

Irina Shayk comes to the ceremony in Madrid with a huge ring on the engagement finger to support her boyfriend. Although the Portuguese ace confidently accepted this prestigious award at the presentation held at the Intercontinental Hotel, he stressed that his biggest focus is on team affair as he rejected comparisons with Lionel Messi.

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Ronaldo’s mother and his girlfriend sit in the front row at the Golden Boot ceremony

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Irina Shayk draws much attention of the crowd as she appears at the International Hotel, where her boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo receives the Golden Boot. It is lucky that the beauty Irina Shayk hasn’t confronted him about it.

With 40 strikes, Cristiano Ronaldo scored more times than any other player in a European first-tier league division

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the second Madridista to win this prestigious award. Therefore, Ronaldo’s these 40 strikes have brought him the Golden Boot award for 2011.

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to receive the 2011 European Golden Shoe Award in Madrid, Spain on Friday, November 4, 2011

Taking about Irina Shayk’s relationship with the soccer stud, it seems the Real Madrid star recently accidentally sent his sweetheart and other people in his email address book an email from a female fan who attached several sexy pictures of herself. The model’s ring is obviously very expensive as it is comprised a mound of diamonds. Hot Model Irina Shayk Cheers on Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga Match

Being represented to the top scorer of all European leagues, Cristiano Ronaldo is known as the first soccer player who wins 80 points in the way for the award and is named the eighth player to win it twice. I think our team is more mature and with more trust, and we all have to think the same way to achieve an important goal.”

 

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was officially rewarded with the 2011 European Golden Shoe Award in Madrid, Spain on Friday, the 4th November 2011

Research and Markets: Global B2C E-Commerce Trends Report 2013

M-Commerce is gaining popularity in China as well, with mobile sales on total B2C E-Commerce sales projected to triple by 2015. One of the major trends there is expected to be growth of M-Commerce, reflected in triple-digit growth rates of mobile payments in the years to 2016. In Mexico B2C E-Commerce is forecasted to grow at double-digit rates in the years to 2015, with online travel sales leading the market. The growth of Russian B2C E-Commerce is driven by the increasing Internet audience, already the largest in Europe, and increased online sales are anticipated as the challenge of product fulfillment is overcome. Another market segment, online gambling, is expected to undergo a change in the years to 2015, with sports betting losing some of its share to lottery and casino.

A newly released study by the Hamburg based secondary research company yStats points to trends expected to affect the B2C E-Commerce market in the coming years. In the Middle East particularly, group buying and daily deals websites have boosted B2C E-Commerce. In Brazil online shopping benefits from growing mobile Internet penetration and social commerce.

As current trends continue, Asia-Pacific is expected to overtake North America as the region with the highest B2C E-Commerce sales in 2013 and to account for over a third of global B2C E-Commerce revenues. Growing smartphone penetration, especially in South Africa, is expected to boost

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The other BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia and India, are also projected to see their B2C E-Commerce markets boom in the coming years. In India B2C E-Commerce is expected to see intense growth as soon as the payment environment is improved, since the current cash-on-delivery method of payment is seen as a hindrance to growth. Sales of Groupon in one nation in the region were so strong last year that the vendor could not keep up with the demand.

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Among other trends highlighted in the yStats report, social media are forecasted to play an increasing role in the travel segment of the global B2C E-Commerce market, by helping customers research information for a trip. Moreover, throughout the world, online shoppers are forecasted to increasingly prefer to pay online when buying over the Internet, causing the online and mobile payment markets to grow strongly, especially in Asia.

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Research and Markets is the world’s leading source for international market research reports and market data. The Asia-Pacific region’s growth is expected to be led by China, with the number of online shoppers there projected to reach almost 2.5 times the number in the USA by 2016. Still, in 2013 USA is projected to remain by far the largest B2C E-Commerce market worldwide. Online shopping is likely to become more personalized, with retailers customizing their services and integrating online sales channels such as websites and social networks on any device that will connect to the Internet. Online shopping is likely to become more personalized, with retailers customizing their services and integrating online sales channels such as websites and social networks on any device that will connect to the Internet. M-Commerce is expected to play an ever larger role in the future, with over half a billion customers following the trend to shop via mobile devices by 2016. We provide you with the latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the latest trends.

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A newly released study by the Hamburg based secondary research company yStats points to trends expected to affect the B2C E-Commerce market in the coming years. Moreover, the demand for travel arrangements adjusted for use on smartphones is likely to grow. M-Commerce is expected to play an ever larger role in the future, with over half a billion customers following the trend to shop via mobile devices by 2016. Moreover, throughout the world, online shoppers are forecasted to increasingly prefer to pay online when buying over the Internet, causing the online and mobile payment markets to grow strongly, especially in Asia.

the recent surge in B2C E-Commerce in China. The online sales of luxury goods such as health and beauty products, apparel and watches has led

Another trend influencing worldwide growth in online sales is the concept of group buying. Another emerging B2C E-Commerce market is Africa. By 2016, the Asia-Pacific region’s share is likely to increase further, while the North America and Western Europe shares of world total B2C E-Commerce are expected to steadily erode

Manchester derby highlights weekend EPL fixtures

A win for the home side would see the lead extend to 18 points with just seven league matches to go.

Arsenal remains in contention for a fourth-place finish as the Gunners enter the weekend in fifth place with 53 points.

United’s defense will need to be at its best against a City side that hit for six goals in the corresponding fixture last season.

Rounding out Sunday’s action, Newcastle welcomes Fulham to Sports Direct Arena and QPR battles Wigan at Loftus Road in a relegation “six-pointer.”

Van Persie produced the lone goal against Sunderland last time out, but his shot took a wicked deflection off of Titus Bramble, who was subsequently credited with an own goal. That run starts Sunday as the Reds host West Ham at Anfield.

In order to compensate for United’s lack of offensive output in recent weeks, the defense has needed to be on point. But his ability to maneuver his position at that point was excellent. Even United’s last two Premier League outings, 1-0 victories over Reading and Sunderland, have been less than convincing.

In a fixture that needs no introduction, Manchester United will host Manchester City at Old Trafford for a high-profile derby that could effectively seal the title race.

Liverpool has an outside chance of claiming a top-four finish but will need to finish the season with a perfect record to give itself the best opportunity to do so. The Dutchman got off to a flying start upon his arrival at Old Trafford from Arsenal late in the summer. What was regarded as a weakness at the beginning of the season has turned into one of the team’s greatest assets. The Red Devils have not conceded a goal in league play since earning a 2-1 victory over Southampton on Jan. “He’s a strong lad with a great physique.

While the two Manchester clubs were neck-and-neck through the final couple months of last season, this term has been all United. His high strike rate propelled United’s dominance, but goals have been hard to come by in recent months.

Sunday’s Premier League action will be a bit busier leading into Monday’s massive clash.

Premier League action resumes this weekend with Saturday and Sunday serving as the appetizers to Monday’s main course.

Chelsea, which has dropped to fourth place, remains in the battle for a Champions League qualification berth. 30.

. The Blues will have the benefit of hosting a Sunderland side on Sunday that is winless in its last eight Premier League contests.

United comes into the weekend enjoying a 15-point lead over City. The goals will come. The Red Devils are riding an 18-game unbeaten run in league play, a stretch that has seen them drop just four points. It’s just part of being a striker.”

It would seem an insurmountable lead for City, but after last season’s dramatic finish, we learned that the title is not awarded until it is clinched mathematically.

Tottenham welcomes Everton to White Hart Lane for a match that could have major implications on the outcome of the race for fourth place. All strikers have little dry spells – you always hope it ends quickly. Spurs have lost two of their last three Premier League contests but have managed to climb to third place while Everton, riding a three-game winning streak, enters the weekend in sixth place on 51 points, six points adrift of Tottenham.

United’s season can be personified by the form of Robin van Persie. The club was on track for a Treble a month ago, but exits from the Champions League and FA Cup in favor of Real Madrid and Chelsea, respectively, have derailed an otherwise superb campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson, though, has backed the striker to snap out of his funk.

“It’s disappointing he wasn’t awarded the goal at Sunderland – I can understand that because it took a wicked deflection. His shot was fantastic – it was hit with such venom that it’s not surprising it took a deflection. They will hope to apply some pressure on teams returning to action Sunday with a victory over West Bromwich at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

“Robin doesn’t need a rest, that’s for sure,” opined Sir Alex. The Citizens, by comparison, have dropped six points in just their last five Premier League outings.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Southampton will try to continue its fine form under Mauricio Pochettino with a positive result against Reading at the Madejski, Aston Villa attempts to climb out of the relegation zone with points against Stoke City at the Britannia and Norwich City hosts Swansea City at Carrow Road.

But despite its league dominance over the course of the season, United comes into the contest in slightly sputtering form