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GOP tax plan will be harmful to millions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why would this happen? So congressional leaders can give large tax breaks to some of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals and corporations in the world.Those leaders had a real opportunity to tackle tax reform and deliver meaningful support to our working families and the small businesses that drive the New York and U.S. economies.That’s just not what this is, and I am grateful to Keith for sharing his story and shedding a little more light on the millions who would be worse off if this plan becomes law.I voted no, and if it comes down to it I’ll do it again.Rep. Paul D. TonkoAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Re: the Nov. 26 letter from local graduate student Keith Preble expressing concern that the GOP tax plan will hurt him and other students in our region, I share Keith’s concerns and voiced my opposition when the bill came up for a vote in the House.Not only would this bill hurt students, parents, teachers and schools, it raises taxes on millions of our middle class and working poor families, especially in New York, and explodes the deficit just to give tax breaks to billionaires and wealthy corporations.Unfortunately, the plan is even worse for students than Keith describes.More than 140,000 graduate students in the United States pay for their education with something called tuition waivers. These waivers are given by colleges and universities to allow students to attend college tuition-free in exchange for working at the school. For many, this is the only way they can afford an advanced degree in many vitally important specialties.The GOP tax plan closes that door by taxing these waivers as income. In the simplest terms, this means a graduate student making $30,000 to work as a teaching assistant and receiving a tuition waiver of $50,000 in graduate credits would be taxed as if they were making $80,000.For many graduate students like Keith, that will mean a 300- to 400-percent increase in their taxes that could force an early end to their graduate careers.last_img read more

Spiffx enters African market with Cheza Gaming

first_img Lennart Gillberg, SpiffxSpiffx has entered the African market after signing a deal to launch its B2B white label product, Take5Live, on regional sports betting and gaming operator Cheza Gaming.As a first step for the partnership, Take5Live, a game based on Spiffx market activity that allows customers to place bets on there being a goal within the next five minutes, will be launched in Kenya.However, this is likely to be precede launches in some of the other African countries for which Cheza Gaming holds a gaming license, such as in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Uganda.Lennart Gillberg, Spiffx founder, commented: “We are thrilled to start a partnership with Cheza Gaming, and for the opportunity to enter the African betting market with our products. The African market is, to a big extent, driven by mobile phones and lower but frequent bets.“In some of the African countries, the development of sports betting has continued to move very fast. Our Index Market and the Take5Live product fulfils the market demand. Being able to offer betting with lower stakes and a higher pay back potential than the average odds from a traditional bookmaker is an advantage in the African market, which makes our Take5Live extra interesting.”Barney Barrow, Cheza Gaming Chairman and CEO, said: “We are always looking for ways to engage players on a more bespoke-product approach in comparison with the normal competitor. We are very pleased to partner with Spiffx and look forward to launch its products on the markets we operate.”Spiffx is looking to take advantage of the exponential growth recorded in Kenya’s mobile-based sports betting industry, which has been aided by the ease of placing bets online and by paying via mobile money platforms such as M-Pesa and Airtel Money.However, the betting firms still operate in a legal grey area with stringent regulations. For example, the country’s Betting Control and Licensing Board is currently under pressure from a dozen betting firms to suspend the issuance of new permits.The list of sports gambling platforms currently present in Kenya includes Betway, the official sponsor of West Ham United FC, as well as other players such as EliteBet, Betin, JustBet, Bet365, BetYetu, eazibet, Lucky2u, 256Bet, Royal Kenya Bets and go-bet.Gillberg concluded: “There are not many European betting companies established in the sector, but many have their eyes on this growing market. We are looking forward to this cooperation and the possibility to create exciting products together with Cheza Gaming.” Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Better than Wayne Rooney? Amazing bicycle kick goal

first_imgDC United may have beaten New England Revolution in the MLS play-offs on Wednesday, but they had to overcome a goal-of-the-season contender to do so.The Washington-based club were 2-1 winners, coming from behind after a stunning strike by 22-year-old Juan Agudelo. Colombian-born forward Agudelo, who plays for the United States’ national team, fired the visitors into the lead when he rose spectacularly to nestle a bicycle kick into the far corner, with a strike reminscent of Wayne Rooney’s ‘best ever’ Premier League goal.To see the opportunity is one thing, but his technique to pull it off was audacious and Agudelo did just that, which you can see in the video above (compared with a Taylor Twellman bicycle kick for the same side, back in 2007). Unfortunately for Agudelo, this was not a match-winner as his side were knocked out of the competition, while DC are through to the semi-final of the Eastern Conference.last_img read more