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first_imgSlightly Stoopid has taken their “stoner rock” label to a new level, creating the first ever vinyl record composed entirely of hash. The one-of-a-kind concept was created for a limited edition release of the band’s single “Dabbington,” and created by manager Jon Philips.In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Philips explains that the idea was to combine “two old-school vintage mediums.” He explains that the record is more of an art piece than something you’d listen to, and hopes that something like this will ultimately help support the measures for cannabis legalization in America.They’ve already made two prototypes so far, though the first was ultimately smoked by Philips’ office mates and the second had questionable audio quality. Supposing they get the hash record right on the third try, they’ll auction the piece off to the highest bidder. Apparently making a record out of hash causes thousands of dollars, much more expensive than your average dime bag of weed.“It’s not something you’re going to plop on your turntable over and over again,” says Philips. “For now, this is an art piece.”Check out Slightly Stoopid’s hash-infused song “Dabbington” in the player below.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments For James Wang, this trip was a bit different than the ones before.After cruising through the first three rounds of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament, Wang and his No. 2 Williams squad headed down to the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., on March 19 to compete for a national championship.‘I had my teammates with me this time,’ Wang said. ‘It was great to have people I am so close with to share the experience with. The people are most important. That is one of the things I have picked up on this journey.’ After defeating Guilford in the national semifinals, the Ephs fell to Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the championship game, 78-73. They finished the season 30-2, won the NESCAC and were undefeated at home. Wang was second on the team in scoring at 17.3 points per contest. He led the team with 4.4 assists per game and, despite being a 6-foot guard, pulled down 4.1 boards per game. Wang shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. He was selected to the All-NESCAC first team, All-Northeast Region first team and the All-American fourth team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBasketball has taken Wang more places than he ever imagined.Born in Sydney, Australia, Wang first hit the road in 2005. He packed up his stuff and left his parents and older brother. He headed to Montverde, Fla., to play for one of the nation’s top high school basketball teams. Two years later he was off to New Milford, Conn., for a year of prep school. He then settled down in Massachusetts to play at Williams College.  ‘Having no family or anything was definitely tough,’ said Wang, a sophomore guard. ‘But I wanted to come to America because I wanted to play college basketball and experience basketball at its Mecca. I knew this was the country to do it in.’And with all his travel experience, it was the latest installment that was most special.‘He only started getting minutes midway through his freshman year,’ said Williams senior captain Joe Geoghegan. ‘His hard work in the gym really shows the most in his shot. This year I was confident it was going in every time he spotted up.’But it is not just his shooting that has taken time to develop. When Wang arrived in Florida, he was amazed at how much faster the game was. He also realized that his ball handling was not up to snuff. ‘When I got here everything was so much quicker,’ Wang said. ‘Here it was more about quickness and ball-handling ability. It was a difficult adjustment.’But it was an adjustment that Wang was determined to make. After all, he traveled far enough and was not going to let anything get in his way of playing college ball. At Montverde Academy in Florida, Wang started as a junior. He learned ‘on the job,’ he said. But when senior year came around, his team was ranked fourth in the nation and had nine Division I signees on the team. Wang’s playing time diminished and he was only offered one scholarship — to Nicholls State University. Unhappy with the academics there, Wang packed his bags yet again and enrolled at the Canterbury School in Connecticut for a year of preparatory schooling before college. But Wang was preparing for more.He hit the gym every chance he had in hopes of earning an opportunity to play at the next level.‘I spent endless hours by myself in the empty gym trying to get my game on the right level,’ Wang said. ‘For a whole year I just focused on my weaknesses and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.’Wang was creative with his drills. He would dribble with his eyes closed and with a tennis ball bouncing in his other hand. And his work extended beyond the hardwood.When Wang was in Australia, he would watch Michael Jordan games with his older brother. When Jordan retired, Australia stopped broadcasting NBA games, Wang said. So he and his brother would pop in the videotape and watch Jordan’s playoff series against the Utah Jazz from 1998. After watching, Wang would head outside and try imitating Jordan’s moves.When he came to the United States, he had many more games and players to choose from.‘It is crazy to think about now because now I never watch the same game twice,’ Wang said. ‘Now I watch Steve Nash and Chris Paul and try to imitate their decisions and how they free themselves.’ The years of imitation have rubbed off on Wang.‘He is such a dynamic player who has so many highlight-reel plays,’ said Williams All-American guard Blake Schultz. ‘He takes tough shots and shots that you are like, ‘don’t shoot that, don’t shoot that,’ but then it goes in. He really gets the crowd going.’So while Wang’s traveling seems to be over for at least the next two years, he may be on the move again come graduation.‘I would love to play somewhere else after school — that is what I have always dreamed of,’ Wang said. ‘But not Australia. I would prefer to experience another new foreign country.’[email protected] center_img Published on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_img Velo Partners invests in Foxium ‘full-service’ games studio October 3, 2017 Related Articles Jackpot disruptor BlueRibbon secures first funding round from Velo & Ash September 4, 2018 StumbleUpon RotoQL secures $3 million seed targeting growth within pending US betting market April 6, 2018 Share Share Submit The eyes of gambling leadership in the UK are increasingly on the market of the United States, as opportunities are likely to knock following last year’s repeal of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), after a challenge by New Jersey enabled states to allow sports betting.In recent years there has been a steady trail of merger and acquisition deals involving UK companies buying up gambling institutions stateside, according to financial intelligence experts Dealogic.For example five years ago Bitcoin mining company MGT Capital Investments, splashed out $1 million to buy the DraftDay fantasy sports business and software platform, from CardRunners Gaming Inc.Although since the end of PASPA, there has been evidence of an uptick in interest.Empire Resorts which hosts casinos was purchased by the bet365 Group for $50 million in November last year.Also at the end of last year, London listed 888 Holdings bought the remaining 53% in the All American Poker Network for $28 million, in what was originally a joint venture established in 2013.The move is seen as a strategic milestone for the group’s development in the United States.In another bold move, GVC Holdings, the owner of Ladbrokes and Coral confirmed last July a £153 million link up with MGM Resorts International, the world’s biggest casino operator, creating a sports betting and interactive gaming platform.Although William Hill have been the trailblazers in the UK when it comes to gaining a presence in the United States’ gambling market.In 2016 it was part a significant merger and acquisition deal, with a $142 million takeover of the NYX Gaming Group, completed alongside Bonne Terre Ltd.Since 2012 after the merger of three companies which created William Hill US, it has achieved a market share of around 30% in Nevada, with 107 sport books in 190 casinos.Nevada evaded the PASPA ruling in 1992, as it was the only state at that time that had widespread legalised sports betting laws already in place.Rapid progress has also been made in New Jersey, the state which successfully challenged PASPA, as William Hill now has a sports book at the Monmouth Park racetrack, with legal betting beginning in June last year.In its Capital Markets Day review held in November last year, William Hill forecast that the early movers following the defeat of PASPA, could produce $1.4 billion of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in the first three years of trading.So far, Nevada and New Jersey have been joined by New Mexico, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,  Delaware and Rhode Island in having passed bills to allow live single-game sports betting.While the second wave of states, up to 20 of them as predicted in William Hill’s presentation, could raise up to $7.5 billion of GGR over the course of the next three years.George Salmon –Hargreaves LansdowneGeorge Salmon, an equity analyst with Hargreaves Lansdowne, reflected: “There could be a continuation of high profile deals such as the one between GVC and MGM. The United States’ gambling market is potentially a very lucrative market now.”“There are big casino operators looking to take advantage of the conditions of the United States’ gambling market, in the wake of the repeal of PASPA. Casinos are at the forefront at the moment, but there will be this whole demand for mobile phone gambling..”“The Supreme Court’s decision to repeal PASPA is a game changer for sure, the problem for all interested parties is that it will take years to see how much of a game changer that it will be.”“Paddy Power, William Hill and GVC will all have a different approach, due to the sheer size of the market, and as there’s a huge population who are sports mad with plenty willing to place bets, it will be a market punch up.”Velo Partners have a large portfolio of mostly UK and European venture capital investments focused on the games and gambling sectors, and are considered as one of the most active gambling sector investors.Currently, it has a portfolio in the sports betting market which includes New York-based RotoQL, a data business focused on the DFS and betting sectors, and London-based Odd Bods, which is building a fresh approach to odds comparison and analysis tools for sports betting operators.Evan Hoff – Velo PartnersEvan Hoff, the founder of Velo Partners said: “Yes that is almost certainly a trend that UK gambling companies will be buying into the American market”“Of course there maybe any number of partnerships between land-based casinos and European online operators for the casino and sports betting rollout in New Jersey etc. I expect some mergers and acquisitions may inevitably follow from that.”“PASPA, of course, is the big catalyst, it is massive, the impact can’t be understated in the context of the global betting industry.”  He added.“It has unleashed a wave of investment, innovation, entrepreneurialism and dynamism into the sector that has in many markets had a tough few years of headwinds.”One of the major risks in investing in gambling companies are the unpredictable levels of regulations that any country might put into place.Recently in the UK, there was the clampdown on fixed-odds gambling machines, which have affected profits for companies such as GVC.The situation in the United States is different in that in the aftermath of PASPA, the states themselves will have varying attitudes towards gambling, due to their diverse cultures.American Gaming Association research confirmed that there are currently 22 states that active sports betting legislation in 2019, including Texas and Illinois.Yet there are seven states such as Virginia and North and South Dakota that now have dead sports betting legislation this year, plus a further eight states including California, who have had no sports betting bills that have even been initiated.Victoria Pease – EdisonVictoria Pease, a consumer sector analyst at Edison Investments, is uncertain about how successful the post-PASPA United States gambling market might become: “The United States online gambling market is still at a nascent stage and very few online operators currently generate meaningful profits.”“After PASPA, the US online gambling market is not going to change dramatically overnight. It is apparent that the market will take a while to produce tangible results with revenues and profits, and  partly due to the fact that  share prices in United States gambling companies have since declined.”“Given the regulatory risks involved, gambling stocks typically trade at a meaningful discount to the wider market. They mostly have capital-light business models and generate high cash flow, meaning that the dividend yields are very attractive.”UK gambling outlets are certain to sit tight and wait to see how the market now evolves, and then decide which bets to place on United States investments._____________Feature written by Peter Tabernerlast_img read more