Trevor Hemmings, 67, now lives in a Channel Islands tax haven but started out as a Lancashire brickie who left school at 15. He is expected to grow from a millionaire into a billionaire thanks to Labour’s deregulation of casinos.
His Blackpool-based firm Leisure Parcs has proved adept at enlisting local Labour MPs and pressure groups behind a casino free-for-all, with the promise that a Las Vegas-style “resort casino” will mean regeneration for a seaside town with its best days behind it.
Leisure Parcs has put Paul Dimoldenberg on its payroll. Dimoldenberg is a Westminster Labour councillor and director of the lobbying firm Good Relations, alongside former Labour official David Hill, whose extensive political links include the fact that his partner Hilary Coffman is a senior press officer at Downing Street.
Mr Hemmings is working on his casino plans in partnership with banking group HBOS. He made his first money in building, before branching into leisure through Pontin’s, the holiday camp company, and Center Parcs, the Dutch holiday group. He then moved on to owning racecourses and casinos.
“You will not see me in the restaurants at Lingfield or Ayr racecourse,” he said. “I queue up at the chippy. You have to learn about the real people, and understand their requirements.”
He has interests in slot machine software, and is planning casinos on racecourses at Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Windsor which he controls through Arena Leisure, a company also financed by the Bank of Scotland.
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Recent events in my little corner of the world have confirmed three truths: pilots like to fly, DJ’s babble and online gamblers LOVE the message boards. While the first two are all very interesting it’s the latter to which we’ll turn our attention today. Welcome to our latest addition to The Best of the Boards.
One particulary hot topic on the boards recently was “casinos that retroactively change terms”. This sticky topic addressed the unfortunate propensity for some casinos to change their bonus and play policies on the fly thereby alienating players who entered the games in good faith. Much was said but “Woody0” really nailed it when he posted this follow-up: “…the relationship between an online casino and its players is one of trust. Once unethical behaviour breaches that trust then the market breaks down. An online casino exists only on trust. Those that break this trust should be blackballed and their behaviour prominently displayed.”
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Football doctor Jose Gonzalez told AS that soft tissue injuries are often not detected by X-Rays until two or three days after they occur and that team doctors in general are used by clubs retroactively, instead of being involved to help plan training.
To add to Carlo Ancelotti’s headaches, right-back Marcelo misses the return leg through suspension having been booked at the Manzanares.
Chicharito should get his chance in place of Benzema up front, but Real’s midfield needs reshuffling, with Illarra, Isco, Sami Khedira and Pepe in the mix as replacements.
The onus will fall on James, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo to carry the hopes of the home crowd.
Barcelona had no trouble scoring three away goals at the Parc des Princes to probably guarantee their progress to the semi-finals in a 3-1 victory over PSG.
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Neymar finished a zig-zagging attack diagonally in the 18th minute and Suarez then grabbed a brace of top-drawer finishes. For his first he showed his strangth in holding off defenders and the second was an outside of the boot curler into the top corner. For both goals he nutmegged David Luiz, who had gone back to his clumsy World Cup showings for Brazil.
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I really had high hopes for the 2004 World Series of Poker. I was already having a great year in cash games, and my World Poker Tour results were pretty good, too. There is one thing I’ve never really felt like I’ve accomplished in my career, though, and that’s having a big WSOP. By big, I’m talking about making four or five final tables. This would be the first year in which there would be a Best All-Around Player award at the WSOP, and I am a BAPA junkie. I just love those types of races, because it takes a lot more work to win one of them than it does to win just one tournament.
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Is French football witnessing a renaissance?
Lyon’s swatting of Real Madrid was the European result of the season so far. The elimination of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka et al from the Champions League was cheered by neutrals across the world, for whom the galacticos represent all that is unfair about the soccer world.
The 2-1 aggregate defeat was doubly galling for Real as not only are holders Barcelona still in the competition but this season’s final will be taking place in their home ground, Santiago Bernabeu.
Marseille, drawn into a group alongside this week’s eliminated giants Milan and Real, did not make it to the knock-out stages, but Bordeaux are well-placed to join their French counterparts in the last eight, leading Olympiakos 1-0 from the first leg.
Olympique Lyonnais, as Simon Kuper and Stefan Pengeluaran HK Szymanski told us across a chapter in ‘Why England Lose’, are the model of a well-run club, while Real are perhaps the epitome of reckless overspending and cavalier ownership, who only survive because of their untouchable status as a national icon.
French clubs are not as wealthy as their English, Italian and Spanish counterparts, which makes Lyon’s downing of Real all the more impressive. But Lyon are not a poor team either, having invested 70 million Euros on players last summer. French football is more physical than its latin counterparts, but equally more technical than the English tradition. Ultimately, a lack of financial clout has impaired its clubs’ Champions …
France 2, England 0.England 1:2 France – International Friendly, Wembley, Att 85,495.
Another false dawn for England. Another French dressing-down. The euphoria following the Three Lions’ impressive Euro 2012 qualifying wins over Bulgaria and Switzerland has been replaced by a familiar torpor.
A dismal 0-0 qualifying draw at home to Montenegro followed by last night’s 1-2 friendly reverse to France have sharpened the Fleet Street knives once more for Fabio Capello. The opposition was pertinent. The French team collapsed in Togel mutiny in South Africa, were eliminated by a weak host nation and flew home before the cartes postales. England had it bad but France a lot worse and are still lacking aces Franck Ribéry and Patrice Evra, in exile alongside bête noire Nicolas Anelka, who has probably played his last game for his country.
Yet Laurent Blanc’s men played yesterday with verve and élan, like they had turned over a brand new leaf, and showed hints of a real renaissance for a soccer nation that was on top of the world a decade ago. The hosts on the other hand were still warbling from an old hymn book of tired tunes.
To be fair to Capello, it was a friendly and not an eliminator, but the warning signs were loud and clear once more, a mournful drone of English shortcomings echoing around the vast arena. Ball control, positional awareness, tactical acumen, imagination – why are these skills still so hard for English footballers …
My route this time took me to Muscat, Oman and then to Dubai, where a flight of 22 minutes saw me arrive back in Abu Dhabi at 13.40 on Matchday 1.
The first difference I noticed was that this time there was a bus available for passengers to get to the city centre. So after numerous enquiries I was sent outside to search for the elusive bus stop. Sure enough I found a stop but there were no signs (in English) indicating the times or the route. So I waited …and waited. Eventually other people arrived but they wanted to share a taxi, so as time was getting on I decided to join them. My Daftar Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 companions both worked at the airport and were from Mauritius and Egypt. Both were keen on football but had little idea about the competition that was due to start in their adopted city in around 5 hours time.
Arriving in downtown Abu Dhabi I was confident I would be able to find my way about as the city is laid out in a grid system. However I didn’t take into account the massive reconstruction taking place to the main road in Abu Dhabi itself. At first I was told the work was to do with the laying of a Metro (keeping up with Dubai, who have recently opened a 30 km route), I believe the work is actually to build a major underpass right into the …
Two of Australia’s greatest football exports have been ranked among the finest Leeds United players of all time.
A well-received article in The Times newspaper placed controversial pair Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka at numbers 13 and 14 in the list of the 50 best-ever Leeds stars.
The lofty ranking was met by surprise by a handful of respondents, but clearly illustrates the standing of the Socceroos duo in the eyes of Leeds supporters despite mixed receptions after leaving Elland Road.
Viduka, again absent for Australia’s vital home World Toto Hk Cup qualifying clash against Uzbekistan next Wednesday, is not expected to remain with Newcastle at the end of his current deal after only a fleeting comeback following Achilles and groin injuries.
But Kewell’s renaissance at Turkish side Galatasaray has banished his injury-blighted spell at Liverpool to distant memory.
“Ignore the inflated ego, the farcical exit and the failure at Liverpool and remember just how good Kewell was in his pomp. He was such a beautifully balanced runner with the ball and the goals he scored were astounding,” praised The Times.
“In terms of natural talent, Kewell was as good as anyone on this list.”
Viduka scored 16 goals in 72 appearances for Leeds after joining David O’Leary’s side from Celtic.
His arrival in 2000 coincided with a golden period for the club and he was one of the cornerstones of the side which reached the Champions League semi-finals in …