iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — One Texas high school that was heavily damaged from Hurricane Harvey reopened on Monday for the first time since the storm struck last August.“There’s been a lot of smiles this morning,” Kingwood High School superintendent Elizabeth Fagen told ABC News. “Students were yelling, ‘We’re so excited!’”The Kingwood, Texas, school, located about 30 miles north of Houston, was closed for over six months after flooding from the hurricane damaged the split-level building.The storm caused “millions of dollars in damage,” a spokesperson for the school district told ABC News.All 2,782 Kingwood students were sent to another school in the district as repairs were taking place.“All the ceramic tile was removed down to the concrete slab,” Fagen said of the flooring, and the walls and doors on the first and second floors had to be replaced.The renovations included security enhancements and a brand new gym, theater, and pool, which is still under construction.Next weekend the high school is hosting an open house for the community to come and see the renovations.“We have people in our community still working through it, but I couldn’t be prouder of the way people here have handled the situation,” Fagen said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Betting on Sports 2017, the second edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, will take place at Olympia Conference Centre from 12-15 September.Featuring 1,200 senior executives, 165 leading industry speakers, 44 key sessions across eight conference tracks and space for 60 exhibitors within the exhibition area, #boscon2017 has become a must-attend event for the entire sports betting sector.Here are just seven of the key reasons why missing this event is not an option:1) Take advantage of a full industry gatheringWith no fewer than 1,200 senior executives, Betting on Sports has grown into the most senior attended event in the gaming industry. From the leading operators to the largest sportsbook affiliates, key suppliers and sports clubs, everyone will be gathered in one place. This is a unique opportunity to form new business partnerships and re-ignite existing industry relationships.Mr Green CEO Jesper Kaarbrink said: “SBC Events are here to stay. Great networking and seminar focus. With a focus on sports betting, the exhibition was also very targeted and you basically found something interesting in every booth. Also very impressed with the high number of attendees making it possible to have a lot of productive meetings in just two days.”2) Enjoy an unrivalled source of industry expertiseSBC Events has guaranteed that all delegates will learn from the best and brightest across the sports and sports betting industries by organising eight conference tracks, featuring a massive 165 speakers across 44 sessions. Here is just a small sample of those lined up for the event:Pinnacle CEO Paris SmithSky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard FlintBritish Horseracing Authority CEO Nick RustDanske Spil Head of Sportsbook Jens NielsenXL Media CEO Ory WeihsBetter Collective CEO Jesper SoegaardUnikrn CEO Rahul SoodLadbrokes Coral Director of Player Protection Graham WeirMybet CEO Markus PeulerBetBright CEO Marcus BrennanBetStars Managing Director Zeno OsskoSuperbet Group Director Jamie HartMatchbook CEO Mark Brosnan3) Experience world class hospitality at OlympiaNot only will there will be a lively networking and exhibition area, sat alongside the running of three simultaneous conference tracks, but food and refreshments are complimentary for all delegates. Golden Race is introducing the Alpine Bar with beers and schnapps, and Grind Coffee Society, one of London’s leading coffee roasters, will be serving coffee in the OPTIMA coffee bar area. There will also be draft beer at the Racing Post cafe, and engaging digital game competitions from the likes of Digital Fuel and Millennial Esports in the Esports area.4) Discover new ideas and productsStay up to date with the latest industry products in the exhibition area, which is ready and waiting to host 60 of the leading companies in the sports betting space, including 22 first time exhibitors for an SBC-organised event. The 1,768 sqm space will also feature allocated networking areas and meeting rooms, along with pre-organised esports and sports related competitions.Lee-Ann Johnstone, Digital Marketing Expert at Best Odds Marketing, added: “If you are in the sports industry and you want to get ahead with your business, find the latest trends and learn about regulation in this space, get yourself a ticket. The networking is great too. Highly recommended.”5) Party at some of London’s most spectacular venuesThe world class Altitude 360, located on the 29th floor of Westminster’s tallest building, has been selected as the host venue for the official networking party on Wednesday 13th September for its 360-degree view of the UK’s capital city, renowned party atmosphere and a layout designed to maximise networking and business opportunities.Under the Bridge, a famous club below Stamford Bridge at Chelsea FC, is the venue for the closing party on Thursday 14th September. Roman Abramovich’s favourite London venue was recently refurbished for £30 million.6) Set up one-on-one meetings via the event appIt promises to be an action-packed week, but you can plan your time in the best way via the official Betting on Sports event app, available via iOS and Android.There is no need to chase people up if you’ve set aside meeting times and places with the right people for your business, all from your mobile phone. You can even check up on the conference schedule and delegates, along with a full list of sponsors and exhibitors.7) One price fits allOnce you have paid for your conference ticket, everything is free! This includes breakfast, lunch, exhibition, conference sessions, networking drinks, networking events and the parties.SBC Events has deliberately kept ticket costs low considering the value provided by the 160 speakers and 44 sessions, along with the scale of the exhibition area, networking focus and business opportunities.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount, when buying 3 or more – you can get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies, which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product review, conferences, seminars and industry awards. 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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They want to satisfy their competitive fix.“I’m going to go out there and hoop,” said Clarkson, who has averaged 15.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. “I’m going to go out there and play like it’s a real game.”They want to find a balance between resting and learning from other potential and established stars. Russell, who has already appeared in 53 games in his rookie season, admitted feeling “tired.” He played in just 35 games last season as a freshman at Ohio State.Clarkson also planned to rest following the All-Star weekend amid an increased workload in his second NBA season.“There’s going to be a lot of important people there you can meet, pick their brains and get some knowledge,” said Russell, who has averaged 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 3.3 assists. “But I want to get out there, have fun and get off my feet.”Glass half fullTime has passed and wounds have healed for Shaquille O’Neal to speak glowingly about Bryant. O’Neal “commended” Bryant on how he has handled his farewell tour with grace.“I wish I had a Shaq tour,” said O’Neal, who retired after 19 NBA seasons because of an Achilles injury. “It would’ve been fun. I would’ve gotten a lot of gifts. But it happened the way it happened. You can’t complain. You have to move on.”O’Neal then thanked the Lakers for planning to unveil his statue outside Staples Center during the 2016-17 season.“It’s a great honor. I never expected to get a statue,” said O’Neal, mindful the Lakers have statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former broadcaster Chick Hearn. “I wasn’t going to ask.” Lakers coach Byron Scott hoped that will spur Russell and Clarkson to grow eventually into All-Star players.If you’re there and not aspiring to be one, to me, there’s no reason to be playing,” Scott said. “You want to be an All-Star and you want to be great. Some guys get there and some guys don’t. But at least you want to do everything in your power to give yourself an opportunity.” But Bryant, Russell and Clarkson all dismissed that such a weekend could strengthen the trio’s bond. The skepticism mostly stems from practical reasons.Bryant will stay with his family at a different hotel than Russell and Clarkson, so the Lakers’ 37-year-old star can maximize recovery time and privacy. The three have also kept a constant dialogue throughout a trying 2015-16 season that has entailed having the Western Conference’s worst record (11-43). Instead, Russell and Clarkson found different value in their weekend excursion. TORONTO >> Plenty of their teammates will rest. Their head coach will vacation in Mexico. But for Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, the NBA All-Star break actually just means more work.Russell and Clarkson will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday at Air Canada Centre, a game that will feature 10 American rookie and sophomore players competing against 10 foreign rookies and sophomore players. Bryant has been selected for his 18th and final starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. In between events, Clarkson will spend his Saturday judging the Development League dunk contest and compete in the Skills Challenge, an event that entails shooting, passing and dribbling drills in an obstacle course. “It’s always good to break up the first year, especially for the young guys where you have that moment where you get away from everything,” Bryant said. “You’re around your peers and you get a chance to kind of compare stories and lean on each other.”