CUISINE: Pigeon Peas and Rice

first_imgsaltDirectionsSoak the peas overnight (alternately, you can boil them on the stove for about two hours).Drain and rinse the peas.If using corned beef, add it to the pot with just enough water to cover, and boil until the meat is done.There should be about two cups of water in the pot for the next step, so if you are making this with corned beef you’ll need to drain the liquid, reserve and measure it, then add enough water for a total of two cups. If you’re making it without the beef just add two cups of fresh water to the beans, then bring to a boil.Add the rice, lime juice, thyme, hot sauce and butter, then cover and reduce heat.Simmer until the liquid is absorbed (for about 20 minutes).Add salt and pepper to taste.Serves four to six persons The national dish of Anguilla is Pigeon Peas and Rice. It is very flavorful with coconut milk, herbs, and garlic, and it is very nutritious.Ingredientswaterjuice of one lime1cup rice1⁄4teaspoon thyme1tablespoon butter1dash hot pepper sauce1⁄4lb corned beef (optional)6ounces of dried pigeon peasblack pepperlast_img read more

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First ombudsman appointed in Cayman Islands

first_imgThe Cayman Islands will have a political ombudsman for the first time as of next month.On Wednesday, news emerged that Sandy Hermiston, a Canadian national, has been appointed to the position that was created under provisions of the Ombudsman Law, 2017.She was chosen from a short list of five candidates from the pool of 31 applicantsHermiston will serve as Complaints Commissioner and Information Commissioner, overseeing the areas of open records and maladministration complaints against the government that were previously handled by those offices.She will also oversee data protection and whistleblower legislation.Her duties will include investigating and resolving complaints made by the public against public bodies.Hermiston, who is currently general counsel for the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner for Alberta, Canada, is expected to begin her new role on September 13.The ombudsman’s purview, under the provisions of the new Cayman law, will cover all government ministries, portfolios, departments and sections, statutory authorities and government companies.She will also act as the independent oversight body for the police by receiving and investigating complaints made by the public, pursuant to the Police (Complaints by the Public) Law, 2017.“I look forward to working on behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands to help make a positive difference in their lives,”Hermiston said in an official statement. “I embrace the opportunity to lead this office through a period of change and expansion of its remit.”last_img read more

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2017 AITEO Cup Semifinal: Akwa United, Sunshine Stars 2nd Leg Clash Gets New Date

first_imgThe 2017 AITEO Cup semifinal 2nd leg clash between Akwa United and Sunshine Stars initially scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 has been postponed.The new development was confirmed by a tweet from Sunshine Stars’ Twitter handle on Monday afternoon.Our #AiteoCup semi final 2nd leg tie with @AkwaUnited_fc postponed from Wednesday to Sunday, a day after @NGSuperEagles face Zambia in Uyo.— Sunshine Stars FC (@SunshineFCAkure) October 2, 2017Sunshine Stars would be hoping they can fend off hosts and 2015 champions Akwa United in Sunday’s clash at the Nest of Champions in Uyo having won the first leg on Saturday 1-0 courtesy Ajibola Otegbeye’s strike.Related2017 AITEO Cup: Holders Booted Out Despite Tornadoes WinOctober 6, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: Tornadoes Join Holders FC IfeanyiUbah, Sunshine In SemisSeptember 25, 2017In “Nigeria”Aiteo Cup Quarterfinal Round-Up: Plateau United, Sunshine Stars Suffer Surprise DefeatsSeptember 21, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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GamCare closes National Gambling HelpLine 0845 number

first_img Share National problem gambling support charity GamCare, who operate the National Gambling HelpLine for anyone seeking information, advice and support regarding problem gambling across England, Scotland and Wales, are switching off their previous 0845 number in March 2017.The HelpLine has been operating a Freephone number (0808 8020 133) since 2012 and gradually transitioning to reduce the number of calls received on the previous 0845 number, which charged callers to contact the HelpLine.The National Gambling HelpLine is advertised on gaming machines across the UK to ensure that any players concerned about their gambling behaviour know where to turn for free, confidential and specialist support.If any operators believe that information displayed needs to be updated, they are urged to contact GamCare as soon as possible to take advantage of free stickers, leaflets and posters for their venues.Dirk Hansen, CEO at GamCare, commented on the update: “GamCare is committed to providing an accessible service for anyone affected by problem gambling, including friends and family affected by the issue. Providing a Freephone number is a key component in reducing the barriers for those seeking help and support.” Submit Share GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women July 16, 2020 GambleAware forms ‘Lived Experience Group’ supporting treatment research July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020last_img read more

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Brant Dunshea lands key role at the BHA

first_imgShare Scottish racing to resume from 22 June June 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 Share The British Horseracing Authority has chosen Brant Dunshea to succeed Jamie Stier as its new Chief Regulatory Officer, after Stier opted to return to Australia to take up a post with Racing Victoria. Dunshea has been with the BHA since March 2015 and is currently the Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations, he will take up his duties immediately.The BHA worked with recruitment specialists to fill the most senior regulatory position in British racing, attracting interest from international candidates from racing and other sports. The Chief Regulatory Officer role is responsible for managing the BHA’s race-day operations, including stewarding, integrity and equine welfare staff. It also has responsibility for managing the teams that license trainers, jockeys and racecourses, leading anti-doping and anti-corruption investigations and running the sport’s equine welfare programme.The BHA’s Chief Executive, Nick Rust, commented: “Following an extensive selection process which featured a number of strong candidates from horseracing worldwide, as well as leaders in other sports, Brant stood out clearly as the best candidate for this important role.“Brant was promoted to his current role in late 2016, and has demonstrated his capability to be a senior leader within British racing. His expertise stood out during the competitive selection process and I am pleased that the BHA’s long-term succession planning has allowed us to appoint an in-house candidate to this high profile role.“I am looking forward to working with him to improve the BHA’s regulatory capability, working alongside our stakeholders to grow our great sport.”Dunshea added: “I consider it a privilege to be appointed to this important role and look forward to continuing to build on the relationships I’ve already developed across British racing since joining the BHA.“Regulation in sport has evolved significantly over recent years, and I’m committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders on any future changes to the way the BHA performs its functions. I’m passionate about our great sport and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”As Chief Regulatory Officer, Brant’s initial tasks will include leading the review announced after the Cheltenham Festival and completing the BHA’s work to design a new model of stewarding. He will look at how the whole regulatory team operates before making any new appointments.Brant joined the BHA as Head of Raceday Operations in March 2015 and was appointed Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations in September 2016. He is an experienced administrator and regulator having held various senior roles within racing-related industries in Britain and Australia over the past 20 years.last_img read more

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FSB’s Richard Thorp: Retail Betting – The Past and Future

first_img GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Puzzle upon puzzle marks the path ahead June 4, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Dave McDowell, FSB: Hitting the bullseye during the global sports blackout June 8, 2020 Last I checked, signs of impending apocalypse have yet to include high street bookmakers’ signs flapping in the wind. However, if you were to listen to many on the retail high street, the four horsemen are bearing down on retail operators – and at least one of them is riding a FOBT, writes Richard Thorp, Business Development Director for FSB.First, the gritty reality: there can be no debate that over-the-counter betting has a problem. Fixed odds betting terminals had been driving the majority share of revenue within the retailers.But now, following the UK government’s decision earlier this year to slash the maximum bet on FOBTs from £100 to £2, these machines can no longer sustain retail outlets’ viability by taking the edge off clear consumer trends.The pattern for customers moving online, of course, is part of a deeper commercial tide that is only rolling one way. And the high street entry point is becoming more and more unappealing for operators, established or otherwise.Only last week House of Fraser cited “greedy landlords” in its own battle to keep its outlets alive. And while neither Mike Ashley nor bookmakers typically cut sympathetic figures, the current spate of shop closures is costing thousands of jobs.Consider a variety of business rates, the cost of streaming pictures to screens on a range of sports and you’re several grand down before you even open your doors. Simply put, it just doesn’t add up without taking a huge trading risk.These barriers to entry are more roadblock than speed bump for most. The affiliate argument, whereby operators use their stores to redirect traffic online, seems to carry less and less weight while staff are progressively unskilled in betting knowledge and their robotic equivalents, the copycat self-service betting terminals, have all the handling and UX performance of a clapped-out Reliant Robin.Would it help if we got out and pushed? Well, in a perfect storm of too many suppliers in the market and shops shutting left, right and centre, it’s a question of knowing where to put your shoulder to the wheel. Ultimately, the challenge is to create a beneficial experience for people to walk through the betting shop doorway. Or in other words, to fashion a product you couldn’t get anywhere else.Ireland is something of a retail success story, in that many shops remain integral parts of the community, helped by educated staff who are encouraged to interact with their customers and understand their needs. There are no FOBTs in the Republic of Ireland, of course, so there’s no palpable sense of loss there, nor a negative stereotype that betting outlets are becoming the domain of the uncouth youth, lining up to hammer a terminal.Regardless, it naturally takes a whole lot more than a friendly chat with a shop manager over tea and biscuits to reboot a franchise. The first 50 years of betting shops served their purpose, but things started to go awry from 1995 – 2000, when their collective failure to evolve with the either technology or the cultural zeitgeist left them looking like anachronisms living on borrowed time.Accordingly, just over a decade ago, I became involved with a remodel of the betting shop environment, launching Better Bet across the South East of England with a view to improving the customer experience. In a triumph for bad timing, we fell short. I’d even previously grappled with the launch of the SSBT prototype at Blue Square’s lone betting shop on the Edgware Road in 2004!But the online movement was so powerful and shop hardware simply wasn’t in a place where it could respond by linking up – especially to advances in mobile, which were even instructing grey-pound punters. That future, however, has now finally arrived. And since joining FSB, our development team of traders and engineers has worked tirelessly to reinvigorate this arena with a provable omnichannel solution.Indeed, FSB’s new fleet of state-of-the-art SSBTs, which operate off a fully functional sleek-screen interface, now provide the sought-after product for customers who want to enjoy the traditional benefits of betting shop anonymity, allied to the wider sports offering available to online sports-betting punters.We have designed a digital interface within a retail environment with all the attractions that that acquire, engage and retain the end user. With assured settlement and return-to-player payouts, money also seamlessly redirects within betting shops, combating money-laundering concerns.The imperative to continue improving existing products and develop new technologies aimed at digitising the retail space is part of our modus operandi. A one-size-fits-all approach becomes untenable when a linked-up, customisable approach is now on hand to create the proverbial one-stop shop. Indeed, FSB’s core backend powers digital and retail simultaneously – across sportsbook and casino – providing management efficiency for operators and a unified experience for customers.In fact, retail operators have been flocking to our toolkit this year, since our next-generation SSBTs uniquely manage the display of content in-venue via one intuitive screen, connecting through to EPOS terminals, and a single wallet / account. Thereby building this bridge to the ultimate digital customer experience.Make no mistake, then, betting shops can begin to regain their status as engaging congregation points for the community, helping address footfall concerns across our nation’s embattled high streets. People regularly go to mall and food-halls for communal experiences.If the dials are set correctly, retail outlets can serve a similar purpose, leveraging the bonding power of sport, and adding a dash of excitement with responsible betting for those so inclined. After all, the land-based casino model still works well for bringing everyone together. If only betting shops were able to sell alcohol!Needless to relate, government both local and national will have telling things to say on such legislative matters, alongside the aforementioned issues around sky-high rents. In all likelihood, Philip Hammond’s autumn budget isn’t going to deliver a silver bullet in November.Yet this is not the time to mourn the death of the FOBT and its ripple effect in the retail world. Instead, we should embrace the transformative tools now at our disposal and usher in a golden era for the betting shop, even if that means there are fewer of them nationwide.On the surface, would you walk into an amusement arcade which only had four identical amusements? For all their controversial appeal, FOBTs have essentially been turning high street betting shops into disengaged mini-casinos, when these venues should and do have so much more to offer.It’s always worth remembering that we’re in the entertainment business here. And when it stops being fun, people generally look elsewhere. So I feel certain that there’s still life in the old shop yet, as long as the aforementioned innovation and renovation arrive. In short, diversify or die. It’s not a new axiom. But it is a reliable one.At the very least it would make a welcome break from the current retail demand for a Starbucks or a Gap on every high street. Forget the four horsemen, that really would be a sure sign of Armageddon for me!FSB will be at Stand Q14 throughout Betting on Sports. FSB’s new 8,000 sq ft Shoreditch offices now include a product-development floor which features a fully functional betting shop, complete with FSB’s latest self-service betting terminals. Contact Richard to arrange an appointment or request a brochure.last_img read more

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Betclic shows home support for Top-14 Bordeaux Begles

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Betway expands Euro profile securing Portuguese licence February 18, 2020 Betclic launches first interactive show keeping Portugal busy April 23, 2020 Share Betclic aims for highest French profile with Ligue 1 betting partnership July 1, 2020 European online betting group Betclic has confirmed that it has become the official betting partner of French Top-14 rugby union side Union Bordeaux Begles (UBB).Confirming its latest sponsorship, Betclic marketing details that it will show its home support for ‘Girondins rugby’ backing l’UBB.In 2018, Betclic governance chose the city of Bordeaux as its new headquarters, relocating staff from Paris and London to France’s Gironde region.Updating the media, Betclic marketing details that it will host a number of hospitality and live events at UBB’s Chaban Delmas and Matmut Atlantic stadiums.   Furthermore, the UBB betting partnership saw Betclic confirm that it would expand the number of bet types and market available for Top-14 Rugby season 2018/19.Betclic Chief Executive Nicolas Béraud personally approved the deal stating that Betclic would support its new hometown club’s social and grassroots rugby initiatives.Furthermore, Béraud highlighted that Betclic was continuing its ongoing French recruitment drive, seeking to add a further 100 employees to its Bordeaux headquarters.Laurent Marti President Union Bordeaux was pleased to have partnered with Betclic a ‘dynamic enterprise backing Bordeaux as a place to live and work’. Related Articleslast_img read more

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Licensing fees weigh heavy on Ukraine’s gambling reforms

first_img Submit Related Articles Ukraine’s First Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has sanctioned the release of the Servant of the People (SoP) party’s ‘draft law on legislating gambling services’, which aims to retire Ukraine’s 10-year ‘Prohibition of Gambling law’ mandate.Published three-weeks later than originally anticipated, SoP ministers blamed the delay on vested parties trying to influence the development of legislation.SoP’s draft frameworks will seek to develop a ‘new gambling commission’ reporting directly to Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance, charged with operating licensing procedures and providing further department’s with regulatory oversight on market developments.In addition, SoP maintains that there will be development of a ‘special fund’ supporting healthcare networks, cultural development and national sports programmes, financed through the license payments and distributed by Ministry of Finance to appropriate parties.Initial frameworks see SoP limit operator licenses across land-based and digital gambling verticals, in which the government will allow for ‘20 national casino’, 80 retail bookmaker and 160 ‘gaming hall’ licences.SoP has chosen to limit digital operator licenses to 10 participants, who will be allowed to service both sports betting and online casino services.Draft law provisions maintain that all Ukraine licenses will be valid for a period of five years across all related gambling disciplines.On first publication, Ukraine business stakeholders have demanded that SoP detail clear guidance with regards to licensing procedures which will be undertaken through an ‘electronic auction’ model.SoP indicates that an ‘electronic auction’ is its preferred method for a fair licensing application process, but as yet has not published any information with regards to its rules, procedures and qualifying criteria.Of further concern to gambling stakeholders, SoP has attached a series of hefty licensing fees attached to its provisional framework.Prized at UAH 37 million per year (€1.3m), SoP will auction the rights to a operate a Kyiv casino as its most expensive license, whilst casino licenses in smaller cities carry a price tag of UAH 25 million (€800,000).Retail bookmakers face an annual licence fee of UAH 750,000 (€25,000) per shop, with SoP adding further gaming machine fees of UAH 30,000 (€1,500) per unit.Despite allowing for a provisional 80 bookmaker licenses, SoP informs that bookmaker portfolios will be capped to 800 premises across Ukraine with 32 licenses allowed in Kyiv, 16 in Odesa and Dnipro and a further 32 shared throughout the nation’s smaller cities.Meanwhile, Ukraine 10 online operators will face a licence fee of UAH 25 million (€800,000) with SoP set to publish further conditions on online wagering taxes.Ukraine’s Parliament has begun to review the SoP’s draft laws, however, the mandate appears to have divided party membership as ministers such as Oleksandr Dubinsky stated that they would propose alternatives “with better standards designed by experts working with MPs’’. Share Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020last_img read more

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Mansion88 integrates draw-based games and virtuals from NSoft

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Igor Vasilj: Making sure the price is still right for NSoft May 22, 2020 NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 Shared Vision: Sportradar backs NSoft’s new AI-powered product June 3, 2020 Submit Asian betting operator Mansion88 has integrated popular draw-based games Lucky Six, Lucky X and Next Six from NSoft to its online website, as well as virtual greyhound races, horse races, motorcycle races and slot car races from the same provider.“After the presentation of the NSoft’s products and services, the mutual conclusion was that our potential for further web expansion was promising,” said Joy Lao, Head of BTIT at Mansion88. “We are happy to add NSoft’s top-notch products to our extensive web offer.”The Asian market, said NSoft Regional Manager Davor Konjevod, is an opportunity for the company to develop its own potential by offering a great variety of tailor-made solutions for betting operators.Konjevod added: “It is great to have this release up and in a full swing. It was a demanding process with the introduction of multiple companies, 8 currencies in 6 different languages. I’m really eager to witness our partner’s Mansion88 satisfaction with NSoft’s high-performing products and services.”NSoft is currently offering the integration of its complete portfolio of virtuals and draw-based games free of charge. It was originally for companies who filled out this form by a deadline of 31 March, but has since been extended due to such high demand. The enduring appeal of NSoft’s Lucky Six has been emphasised by the demand for it during this time of crisis. For more insight from the product’s creator Ivo Marinovic, click HERE.last_img read more

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EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs

first_img Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share EveryMatrix will boost its player engagement dynamics by launching CompetitionLabs gamification solutions across its CasinoEngine platform.  The partnership will see EveryMatrix make CompetitionLabs’ gamification components (tournaments, challenges, leaderboards and missions) available to CasinoEngine clients. In an update to partners, EveryMatrix underlined the ‘positive effects’ of gamification components in improving player engagement and loyalty beyond standardised bonus incentives. Stian Enger Pettersen, CEO of CasinoEngine, explained: “EveryMatrix helps customers to differentiate and innovate their businesses through our solutions, and CompetitionsLabs’ gamification platform is an excellent fit for us.“Thanks to this integration, our casino clients can now take full advantage of this real-time toolkit to quickly roll out tournaments and missions, and we are confident that players will be excited by the skinnable widgets.”News of the EveryMatrix partnership follows last week’s announcement by the B2B technology group that its CasinoEngine has been selected by Gibraltar-based BetVictor as lead platform to revamp its online casino product.  Operating since 2015, Malta-based CompetitionLabs brands itself as the industry’s leading developer in tailor-made igaming gamification experiences, building new components for Betsson, QuickSpin and RISQ. Julian Steinwender, Chief Engagement Officer of CompetitionLabs, stated: “EveryMatrix is a great partner to work with and we believe that their commitment to both customers and players alike has been showcased for the past decade. ““CasinoEngine is a high-performing product and our gamification platform will help them increase their customer engagement even more. We understand that gamification can be daunting, which is where the CompetitionLabs software and consulting services can help out.”last_img read more

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