30 Aug

Sky Bet’s international CoLab programme invests in first project

first_img StumbleUpon BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 The international CoLab programme of Sky Betting and Gaming, which aims to scout and invest in new ideas from start ups across the globe, has made its first investment in a project from and in-house team based in Yorkshire.The first idea to get the green light just six weeks after CoLab launched, is a product specific to the betting and gaming industry, that could see the company benefit from a £11m per annum reduction in customer churn.Tom Murgatroyd, Head of Product and CoLab Programme Lead, commented: “Sky Betting & Gaming is one of the fastest growing tech giants in the North because people join us knowing their best ideas are valued and supported to make a real impact on what we do. #RequestABet has already disrupted the online betting industry with personalised social betting. CoLab should help us continue to build on those kinds of breakthroughs.”16 start-ups applied for the programme with a higher than average number expected to have productive outcomes, including further commercial discussions and a second innovation day to refine plans. Overall, eight projects came from the UK, five from Europe, with the remaining from the USA, Israel and Brazil. CoLabs has not only opened up resources to early state start-ups from across the globe to apply, but also to internal work groups who have a clear route to seeing their ideas made a reality. PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

14 Aug

Sunday blog: Talking governmental irony; entitlements; Anthony Lake; and a third party for Kansas

first_img4. A new third party in Kansas?…Here’s a story that gives me hope: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/14/4293968/man-working-for-third-political.html. A Manhattan man, who has been both a Democrat and a Republican, is working to form a third political party in Kansas called the “Moderate Party.”Aaron Estabrook is attempting to bring moderate Republicans and Democrats together “to find common ground in the face of extremism.”I wish him well. I, too, have been dismayed by the extreme views that has taken over both parties. I have always advocated we’d get a lot more done if we removed the party labels in government and just govern. The Wellington City Council does pretty well without party labels.Estabrook has his work cut out for him. The political machines that are the Republican and Democrat Parties, flushed with PAC money, will be tough to compete against. Also, one wonders if the moderate cause would be better served within the system instead of splintering.I still believe Kansas Governor Sam Brownbackstabber can be defeated if moderate Republicans, Democrats and disgruntled conservatives stick together and pick a qualified, formidable candidate to run against him. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Sally · 373 weeks ago #1 I had to read the lines about the weed eater a couple of time before I could that circle of confusion straight. No wonder they didn’t get the loan. #2 Wal-Mart needs to be shut down on all this freebie’s. They sure don’t give anything and I heard they are cutting hours to part-time to eliminate paying health insurance. #3 If Wellington don’t watch the lake and it dries up then you bet Wellington will dry up to. #4 Who knows both party’s point to finger at each other for the way we are today. But some of this stuff start way back when and just now surfacing. So more power to Estabrook. #5 He is a good man. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Worried Taxpayer · 373 weeks ago Cue the problem with the water at the Anthony Lake was man made. When the oil companies started buying up mineral rights over there they also bought up the water rights with it. Most every land owner around the lake sold their rights to the oil companies. The City of Anthony had no say so in the matter as the land owners sold their rights to the water. They should have thought out before grabbing the all mighty dollar. The oil companies are buying up all the water sources they can and running pipelines to get their precious black crude out of the ground. Wellington had better put a leash on Gus and make it so he can not sell our precious water to the oil companies WITHOUT the whole councils authority. Them oil companies are not hesitating about bribing to get their way. We do not need any single individual in power too hurt our future. He did give them authority once already and I really do not for one moment believe it was just for a few dollars in the city till. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 373 weeks ago Not hard to tell where you stand on the matter. “”I still believe Kansas Governor Sam Brownbackstabber”” You are a disgruntled DEMOCRAP. Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 373 weeks ago I was always raised up believing we had an open political system and once I became old enough to vote I have found out we don’t it is only a TWO PARTY SYSTEM. We need to fix it and throw out all republicans and democrats and get this country back on its feet the way it was thought out by our fore fathers. Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Spanky · 373 weeks ago Cueball I thought that the neighborhood revitalization program had to do with not paying property tax for five years. I didn’t know it included sales tax. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down When It Suits Me · 373 weeks ago Entitlement reform? Ha! If I recall didn’t you support a government bail out of the local hospital? Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Not even close · 373 weeks ago “I’ve been told in years’ past Anthony Lake was bigger than Wellington Lake.” According to the Kansas department of Wildlife and Parks Anthony lake is 155 acres, Wellington lake is listed at 674 acres. You were told wrong in years past. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 373 weeks ago Nice column/commentary. The Wellington Lake has been expanded over the years. Anthony (City) received $1M to dredge the lake. As far as I can tell only the North end had any dredging. Makes one wonder where the rest of the $$ went. I haven’t kept up w/the matter very much, but that sure doesn’t look like $1M worth of dredging. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Awais · 243 weeks ago I love this post. Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down greeneryguide · 160 weeks ago Really great post. This answered the majority of my questions. When I read this I actually opened up a word document and started taking notes haha. Report Reply 0 replies · active 160 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2. Entitlements…I’m not your dyed-in-the-wool Conservative. The government has its place to serve the common man. I have no problem with using my tax dollars to build schools and roads, provide adequate police protection, keep the North Koreans at bay, curing cancer through research, exploring space, etc.What I have problems with is this notion that government is a bank, and loaning out entitlements. Since when does a big corporation deserve handouts, by not having to pay their fair share in taxes like the rest of us?The Wellington Wal-Mart just got finished off with five years of not having to pay city sales tax because of a Neighborhood Revitalization Program that finally sunsetting this year. Why? Here’s the richest company in the world not paying the city of Wellington much needed sales tax revenue. That sales tax revenue is less than pennies to the company’s financial bottom line.The City of Wellington has literally gotten into the banking business – at no fault of its own. The city offers loans through tax-free incentives to lure or attempt to lure new businesses into town. And they have to because that is what every other local and state government entity is doing.If we could find real congressional leaders to run this country, I’d like to see them tackle the issue of “entitlement reform.” It’s out of control. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, June 16, 2013… 1. Getting it straight…Did anyone pick up on the irony of Thursday’s announcement at the Wellington school board meeting that the sale of the junior high building to Garrison Properties of Kansas City to turn into an apartment complex had fallen through?Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said the company did get “enough points in its financing application to qualify for governing housing tax credits and therefore will not be purchasing the junior high building this year…”OK. So let me get this straight…Garrison Properties, a private industry, didn’t get enough governmental funds to buy a governmental building.Isn’t that kind of like buying your neighbor’s used weed eater and then asking him for a loan to pay for that weed eater… and then telling him no because he didn’t loan you enough money to buy his weed eater?It’s amusing when I hear people rail about how the U.S. is turning into a socialized state. Why? Because we are already there! 5. Shout out of the week…This week’s shout out goes to Bill Upton, a captain at the Wellington Police Department (see the article below). You’ve served the community well, my friend. 3. Dredging Anthony Lake…Stumbled across this Internet article about the disappearing of Anthony Lake: http://www.kwch.com/news/kwch-lake-disappears-kansas-town-tries-to-get-it-back-20130614,0,3349102.story.Anthony City Administrator Amber Kummer stated an oil company did have a contract to use some of the water on Anthony Lake, but the lake actually dried up because of the drought.Where’s my b.s. card?The Anthony Lake mud hole.If the drought was the reason why Anthony Lake is dried up, shouldn’t Wellington Lake be dried up as well? After all we’ve had the same drought. I’ve been told in years’ past Anthony Lake was bigger than Wellington Lake.In a May 22 Newscow article, Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said Wellington Lake was about 40 inches below normal level. But it still had lots of water!!!It’s obvious, Anthony, who has had extensive oil exploration in the area, is a victim of losing a lake due to oil fracking. The fact Kummer isn’t owning up to it, says a lot about the lack of forethought by its civic leadership. The city of Anthony needs $4-5 million to dredge up a new lake.Wellington city officials and council need to be mindful of the situation over in Anthony as oil producers head this direction. The last thing we need is seeing Wellington Lake dry up and blow away.Perhaps, a tour of Anthony Lake is in order. Or at least a required viewing of the film “The Lorax.”last_img read more

12 Jan

Victim’s wife breaks down while recounting receiving news

first_imgLindo Creek CoI The wife of Lindo Creek Massacre victim Clifton ‘Berry’ Wong said she heard the news about miners being killed, but brushed it aside and went about her domestic chores, only to have her entire world collapse later that night.Collette Wong took to the stand before the Commission of Inquiry into the June 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre and tearfully recounted when she received the news of her husband Clifton Wong’s death.Clifton Wong’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, on the standThe woman related that prior to heading into Lindo Creek, her husband had been home to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday, and while heading into Lindo Creek, he had promised to send some money to celebrate their daughter’s birthday on June 13.The woman said the last communication she had had with her husband was when he stopped at Kwakwani before heading into Lindo Creek, and he had told her, ‘I love you’, and had asked her to take care of their five children.Collette explained that when she did not hear from her husband for their daughter’s birthday, she made contact with his boss, Leonard Arokium, and asked that he contact the camp, which he promised to do.Amidst tears, Collette Wong said her nephew-in-law was the one who had informed her of her husband’s death on June 21, at sometime around 12:30hrs.“I bravely said, ‘Hit me with it,’ he said, ‘You already heard’, and I said there was a newsflash. At that moment I did not panic,” she said. To confirm the news, she then called Arokium, and her worst fears became true.“Upon hearing that, I went upstairs. The children were already in their bed, and I woke them up and said, ‘He is no more! He is no more!’ ” the still grieving woman related before breaking down on the stand.She said her screams were so loud that they woke up the entire neighbourhood, and persons came over to enquire what was going on.She said that apart from media operatives, the family was visited by Social Welfare Officers, but she noted that they did not receive any form of counselling or therapy to deal with their loss.Collette Wong said she was also fearful of the heavy Police presence in her street during the wake held for her husband. She further related that her brother-in-law, Courtney Wong, was asked to provide the Police with an SNA sample, and that the family was never contacted about the burial of her husband’s remains.Also taking the stand was the late Clifton’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, whose birthday he was supposed to send money for. The woman related that when her father did not call her for her birthday, she sensed something was wrong.She said that her father was a family man and would never miss their birthdays, and she still remembers the last present he had given her before he was murdered.Romain recounted that, in 2007, her father had presented her with a pair of gold jingles (bangles) for her birthday, but after his death, the family had to sell those to supplement their finances.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more