first_imgThe Chelsea boss picked up the award after leading his side to the title.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard was voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.The Chelsea forward has also won the PFA player of the year, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards this season.last_img

first_img StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 This week’s announcement that The Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) will fully equip all of its 15 racecourses with WiFi by the end of summer 2018, has been met with a negative response from Fair-Bet Bookmakers.The WiFi, which will be powered by Sky WiFi can be used by everyone from customers in the grandstands, paddocks, bars and restaurants, through to owners, trainers, jockeys and racing staff. There will be separate designated WiFi access available for members of the media, racecourse staff and VIP guests, along with accessibility for corporate events held on non-race days.Martin Cruddace, Chief Executive of ARC, commented: “At what is an exciting time for ARC we are really pleased to be working with Sky Business to bring industry-leading WiFi to all of our racecourses. This will have a huge impact on the customer experience, as well as supporting the key investments, including Britbet, racing’s own pool betting operation which launches in July.”However, the news has sparked a negative reaction from on-course operator Fair-Bet, who described it as “another nail in the coffin of on-course bookmakers.”Speaking to SBC, a spokesperson for the bookmaker emphasised that the climate for on-course operators is only getting more difficult: “Nothing goes in our favour, everybody and now ARC is making it difficult for us, it’s all against us and now ARC has made it even harder for us.”When asked if there would be protections in place for on-course bookmakers after the introductions of WiFi, ARC stated: “We believe it is important for customers to have as much choice as possible within a safe environment. The introduction of WiFi will enable this while allowing customers to continue to bet with on-course bookmakers if they choose to do so.”last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has approved the transfer of $880,476 out of its contingency fund to Sumner Regional Medical Center to help the local healthcare facility pay some bills.The action came after two one-hour executive sessions to discuss confidential personnel matters and non-elected personnel at Tuesday’s meeting. Taking the recommendation of City Attorney Michael Brown, the funds will specifically be designated as follows:•$366,601 will go toward KPERS.•$365,523 will go towards the SRMC’s accounts payable;•$13,352 will go toward CERNA, the computer software;•$135,000 will go toward Impact Bank for loan payment.The council then voted to extend the city utility abatements for another six months. In its final course of action for the night, the council also voted to form a sub-committee which will include two council members and two members of the Wellington Healthcare Authority who will meet to deal with the financial dealings of SRMC on a periodical basis.The city currently has $1.7 million in its contingency fund, which is a rainy day type fund. With the allocation of $880,476 the fund has been cut in half. Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the council will need to take separate action to determine how to make up for those funds at a later date.The specifics on the fund allocation and the suddenness of such distribution were not discussed in public session.Council member John Brand said the hospital is at a crossroads, and the community will need to decide how much of a taxation commitment is needed for the long-term solution of SRMC.Council member B.J. Tracy said the council needs to set a community public forum to put everything out there on what is happening and to allow citizens to ask questions.“This has been a rough decision,” said Wellington City Council member Jim Valentine. “We all have to work on this together. I believe this is a positive move what happened tonight.••••• In other city business:•The council upped the pay of Shields to a level 25 salary which is a pay scale of 41 to 47 hourly range as long as he is serving in a city manager capacity. Shields is serving both as a city manager and city clerk for the time being.•A work session has been set for June 16 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the five-year Capital Improvement Plan.•Council member Jan Korte offered her support with getting H Street paved much like the recently completed street on Lincoln.•Council member B.J. Tracy recapped some of the activities going on at Memorial Auditorium including the restoring of the veteran’s room in the front entrance of the building, and the fact there were over 800 people who attended the Collin Raye concert.•Steve Mitchell, Director of the Sterling House, warned council members of the growing problem of people taking advantage of the elderly in the community.•Shields spoke of Mike Dwyer, a former member of the Wellington Park Board, for upgrading the “Welcome to Wellington” sign on the west side of town. Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said it was a generous donation of Dwyer’s time and financial commitment.•Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones have identified 80-plus trip hazards in the sidewalks that need to be shaved to adhere to ADA requirements. The total cost is about $8,000 and will be completed before the Wheat Festival.•The council decided to not proceed with the demolishing of 611 W. 13th Street as the owner has demonstrated progress on the previously condemned project.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more