> 2010

Tragic Death Of Children Triggers Ban Of Window Blinds

The month of February has thus far had a tragic beginning for the community of Staffordshire. Two very young children have been killed in almost identical incidents of strangulation by window blind cords. The first victim, Harrison Joyce was only three years old. A beautiful, special little boy who’s life tragically ended on February 4th after he was strangled by a long looped cord. Five days later, 16 month old Lillian Bagnall-Lambe was the second victim to die from the same type of incident. Two precious children, two tragic accidents, one deadly culprit. It’s the type of horrible thing you never think will happen to you, until it does.

In their grief, Harrison’s parents are courageously and compassionately concerned for other children who could be vulnerable to this same type of accidental death, and are now launching an online campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of window treatment looped cords to all parents and child care workers. There have also been cases of infants becoming entangled in the same type of looped cords located above their cribs. Harrison’s parents are desperate to help ensure that no other families have to face what they are going through right now, and experience the overwhelming pain and loss that has changed their lives forever.

The Joyce’s are also working to have ‘Harrison’s Law‘ enacted which would ban the sale of looped cords on window blinds and curtains throughout the UK. They are hoping that their online campaign to raise awareness will help them obtain support for the proposed law to ban these dangerous cords and prevent any further deaths associated with them. Law enforcement in Staffordshire is encouraging parents, grandparents, and child care workers to go through their homes or facilities to look for anything at all that could pose a danger of any kind to their children, including, but not limited to window blinds and curtain looped cords such as the ones that killed Harrison and Lillian.

Monday 02-15-10

Posted in Online Gambling

MasterCard Hitting Online Casino’s Hard

Just before the big Super Bowl weekend, when online betting is increased due to the Super Bowl themed events, MasterCard beefed up their anti-gambling related protocols and mounts a massive transaction decline initiative for all online gambling transactions. While US banks and credit card companies have had policies in place which restrict transactions associated with online gambling for some time, online casino operators were still having significant success in MasterCard transaction approval rates through modifications they made to the identifying codes being associated with the transactions. Upon passage of the UIGEA bill, the US banks and credit card companies implemented a coding system which would identify merchant transaction types, including a code specifically designed to flag online gambling transactions. When these codes came through requesting approval, the transaction was immediately declined by the credit card companies. However it didn’t take long for online casino operators to come up with a work around solution.

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Thursday 02-11-10

Posted in Online Gambling

Playtech Goes Mobile

Playtech, a leading online gaming software platform, has released the mobile version of their online casino. Playtech Online Casinos are sensational in their own right, and in their efforts to remain on the cutting edge of online gaming software technology, Playtech isn’t about to miss out on an exciting slice of the online mobile gaming market. The name of their new mobile platform is Mobile Web Apps, and can be played on the Android Phones, iPod Touch and the iPhone. Customers will be able to play at Playtech online casinos both on their PC/laptop, as well as on their mobile device. Players will be able to use the same account on both platforms, so there’s no additional account registrations necessary to activate your mobile casino.

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Wednesday 02-03-10

Posted in Casino, Online Gambling

Playtech Prepares To Re-Enter USA Market

Some exciting events in the online gambling scene have certainly caused quite a buzz throughout the industry. Playtech’s recent move of partnering with the New York based USA company ‘Scientific Games Corporation’ has provided evidence to back up their recent announcement of preparing to re-enter the USA online gambling market. The move will take place as soon as regulation of online gambling is finalized in the United States. In the mean time, Playtech and their new partner will be working diligently to be ready to pounce on the upcoming opportunities. Along with bringing smiles to online gaming enthusiasts living in the US, stock holders were also delighted as Playtech shares rose 11% due to the announcement.

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Wednesday 01-27-10

Posted in Online Gambling

Free $75 Play Token Comes With Peace, Love and Flower Power

Superior Casinos is celebrating one of the newer Rival ISlot games….Psychedelic Sixties, by giving players a chance to win a $75 play token! Like all of the sensational islot games released by Rival, Psychedelic Sixties features a highly creative and interactive story line, intriguing characters, and extraordinary bonus games and free spins. The plot of this remarkable online slot sensation is centered around the Summer Of Love Tour, an event that hippies, tree huggers, and flower children from all over the world are trying to get to. The game icons include a VW Bus, motorcycles, hippies, love, peace and flower symbols, tambourines, and smiley faces.

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Tuesday 01-19-10

Posted in Casino, Online Gambling