Recipe: Plait Bread (Guyana)

first_imgPlait Bread Tired of the usual white bread bought at your local grocery store? Ever wanted to create your own bread? Try Guyanese Plait Bread, paired perfectly with Guyanese Pepper Pot.What you’ll need:3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour1 tbsp dry yeast1 ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp warm water¼ cup of melted butter1 tsp salt¼ cup sugar1 egg yolk + 1 tsp waterWhat you’ll need to do:Preheat oven to 375 degreesIn a large bowl add warm water and sugar, add yeast and let sit for 10 minutesAdd flour, melted butter, and salt and mix to form a doughAdd 2 tablespoon and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.Cover bowl with a cloth and set aside in a warm place to allow dough to rise for 45 minutesAfter 45 minutes remove from bowl and place on floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes and a form into a smooth ball.Cut the dough into 3 even pieces and roll each piece into 14-inch logsBraid the logs to form a loaf. Press the ends together and tuck underneath to form a loaf shape.Let the loaf self-rise for another 45 minutes.In a small bowl, add egg yolk and water and mix. Use this mixture to brush on the top of the doughPlace the dough in over and bake for 30 minutesRemove from oven and allow to cool.Serve to hungry friends and family.last_img read more

IMF to examine Dominica’s CBI program

first_imgDominica government cautioned by the IMF to exercise prudency in operating its citizenship for investment programCitizenship by investmentThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told Dominica that a prudent management framework of its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) revenues is key, regardless of the expected duration of the windfall with priority given to capital spending, debt reduction and saving.Dominica is among several Caribbean countries implementing a CBI program through which foreign investors are granted citizenship of the country in return for making a significant investment in its socio-economic development.Highly volatile and unpredictable receiptsIn a paper which examined the CBI before the passage of Hurricane Maria in September, the Washington-based financial institution said due to the highly volatile and unpredictable nature of CBI receipts, “the policy options to allocate such revenues should be carefully examined with sufficient consideration given to potential effects on the country’s medium and long-term macroeconomic fundamentals”.Country’s reliance on revenueThe IMF had noted that the Dominica CBI inflows had reached near 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), increasing the country’s reliance on these revenues. It argued that that given their volatile and unpredictable nature, CBI revenues should be used prudently.The IMF said that the long-term disadvantages of allocating additional CBI revenues to current expenditure outweigh the benefits and that the analysis has shown that using CBI flows to increase public consumption could lead to lower levels of output and threaten the sustainability of government finances.The study also showed that this is the case even if a sudden stop were to happen in the relatively later in time, after critical constraints affecting current expenditure decisions are considered.last_img read more

Grenada’s Kirani James establishes new 400m record

first_imgFormer World and Olympic champion Grenadian Kirani James continued his comeback with a record-setting victory as he won the 400 meters on Saturday at the Aliann Pompey Invitational.The Grenadian came home in a new track record time of 44.99 seconds, comfortably dismissing a field lacking any true star quality at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.Nigerian Chidi Okezie ran second in 45.97 while Guyanese Winston George, a two-time Olympian, crossed the line third in 46.13.Running out of late four, James was away quickly, making up the stagger down the backstretch to be the favorite with 200 meters left to run.Coming off the final turn, James was the clear leader and had no challengers over the last 100 meters.After revealing last month that he was suffering with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid and kept him out of action for over a year, James said he was using the comeback to regain his touch.“We had some rain earlier so that kind of affected preparations but I am happy,” he told media following his second win in as many weeks.“I’m just trying to work on some things, figure some things out and see how I recover after the race. Things like that. It’s a work in progress.”There was disappointment, however, for Commonwealth Games triple jump champion Troy Doris who finished fourth in the event after measuring a disappointing 16.09 meters.American Donald Scott produced a leap of 17.22 meters to win the event, ahead of Christian Napoles of Cuba (16.96) and Suriname’s Miguel Van Assen (16.67).Meet organizer Pompey, a former 400 Commonwealth Games champion, said she was pleased with the track and field meet.“We got to see a world class field in most events compete,” said the 40-year-old.“We got to see the athletes locally from Guyana run their personal best so all around it is good for track and field, it is good for sports, it is good for Guyana.”last_img read more

New World Bank Envoy Lauds Jamaica on its Economic Performance

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to Washington Audrey Marks greets the new World Bank representative for Jamaica and Guyana Mr. Ozan Sevimli, when he paid a courtesy call on her yesterday at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC. Photo by Derrick Scott. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The newly appointed World Bank representative for Jamaica and Guyana, Mr. Ozan Sevimli, has lauded Jamaica on its sterling economic performance noting that “Jamaica is on the move.”Paying a courtesy call on Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 11, he mentioned the work being undertaken in the areas of animation and entrepreneurship, which he noted would benefit youth in particular.Ambassador Marks congratulated Mr. Sevimli on his appointment and encouraged him to focus on two key areas which will drive growth and make a meaningful impact on the Jamaican economy and people.She mentioned the Jamaica National Youth Corps (coordinated by the Jamaica Defense Force and the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE) as two areas which could benefit from support from the World Bank.The Jamaican ambassador said she looked forward to working with the World Bank to continue the work on establishing a Diaspora Bond.last_img read more

M-DCPS to Continue Expanding African-American Participation in STEM with Newly-Awarded Three-Year…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been named one of the seven national recipients of the African American Youth STEM Initiative Grant from NAF and made possible by the Fund II Foundation.M-DCPS’ selection was based on its compelling plans to expand opportunities in STEM to its African-American student population in the NAF academies. Each school district will be awarded up to $225,000.NAF STEM Academies at three M-DCPS schools:  Information Technology and the Engineering Fast Track at American Senior High; Engineering and Health Sciences at North Miami Senior High; and Information Technology at North Miami Beach Senior High will implement strategies and activities across its programs to strengthen corporate, post-secondary and community engagement to offer more internship opportunities to African-American students.Each school also has committed to increasing the number of African-American students achieving NAFTrack Certification, an industry-recognized accreditation, which signals to employers that individuals are uniquely qualified.“This grant will allow us to increase representation from our African-American students, so they are able to achieve successful futures in STEM careers,” said Lisette Alves, Assistant Superintendent, Division of Academics. The African-American Youth STEM Initiative was created to address the cascading effects of low high school graduation rates and the lack of college and career readiness resources for young people in the U.S.The Fund II Foundation provides grants to 501(c)3 public charities to preserve the cultural richness of the African-American experience and to safeguard human dignity by giving voice to the voiceless and promoting human rights. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready. For more information about NAF Academies in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit: read more

Italian Club Punished For Fans’ Racist Chanting.

first_imgItalian Serie A sie Lazio have been punished by the league body after fans made racist chants during Sunday’s 6-1 win over Sassuolo.The racist chants were directed at the Sassuolo duo of Alfred Duncan and Claud AdjapongThe club will have a section of their stadium (Stadio Olimpico) closed for two league games.According to the disciplinary report from the Serie A, “2,000 of the 5,449 occupants” of the Curva Nord stand were found guilty of “chants expressive of racial discrimination”. To this effect,  the Curva Nord stand will be closed for the visit of Cagliari and Udinese on October 22 and November 5 respectively.The November 5 home clash with Udinese was added with the capital club already serving a suspended sentence for the same offence after the Rome derby on April 30.RelatedPossible Serie A Shutdown Looms after Inter Fan’s DeathDecember 28, 2018In “Italy”Italian Serie A Review (Sunday): Napoli Go Three Points Clear As Lazio Maintain Chase With Dominant Win.October 30, 2017In “Europe”FIFPro and UEFA Stand with Koulibaly After Racist Incident in Inter MilanDecember 29, 2018In “Italy”last_img read more

NLD: Super Eagles Striker Picks Arsenal Ahead Of Tottenham

first_imgThe former Udinese and Granada star said this while appearing live on SkySports TV. When asked to pick who will win Saturday’s game, Ighalo said: “It’s going to be tough. I will go for Arsenal. ”China-based Ighalo recently helped the Super Eagles qualify for a 6th FIFA World Cup appearance as he played a major role in the 1-0 home victory over Zambia, a result that clinched qualification for Russia 2018. RelatedOdion Ighalo Shuns Europe For Extended Stay in ChinaFebruary 14, 2019In “Nigeria”Odion Ighalo’s Super Eagles Return Hinged On Someone Other Than Rohr – AgentFebruary 8, 2020In “National Team”Vincent Enyeama Reveals Why He Rejected Offers From English Premier League ClubsApril 23, 2020In “Europe” Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has disclosed that Arsenal will beat Tottenham Hotspur when both teams meet in the North London Derby (NLD) on Saturday morning.Arsenal (6th) host rivals Tottenham (3rd) at the Emirates Stadium in an English Premier League (EPL) clash at the weekend and former player of another London club Watford, Ighalo, is backing Arsene Wenger’s side for victory.last_img read more

VSoftCO in multi-year Twelve40 partnership

first_img SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Virtuals development firm VSoftCO has announced a multi-year software agreement with lottery and instant win platform provider Twelve40.The deal will see VSoftCO integrate its complete portfolio of games and virtual football content onto the Twelve40 platform.Included as part of the integration will be the developer’s league and single game formats, in addition to its new Spot the Ball game.Additionally the complete catalogue of Linked2Win instant games, which has recently been integrated onto VSoftCo’s remote gaming server, will also be deployed.Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, said: “I am delighted to have secured this partnership with Twelve40.  We are partnering with a platform that provides a cutting edge and agile solution to lottery operators globally. “Additionally, this partnership continues a very strong growth period for VSoftCo in 2017, and we look forward to working with Twelve40, who have demonstrated the versatility of their platform when delivering a bespoke gaming solution to different partners in differing geographical regions.”This deal will see an extension of the content offered via the Twelve40 platform solution, with Pariplay signing a deal to integrate its content last month.Nigel Renouf, Business Development Director (B2B–B2C Lottery & Game Content) at Twelve40, said: “This strategic partnership supports our vision to empower our clients with a range of exciting content and gaming entertainment to complement our lottery offering. “It underlines that we are executing on our objectives and expanding our game portfolio with world-class content. “In the case of VSoftCO, I am particularly excited with the content and its applicability to provide complementary revenue streams to a number of our clients, and I believe this will be a hugely beneficial partnership for both Twelve40 and VSoftCo.”This agreement for VSoftCO follows a deal struck with Sport-Shotz last month, with the sport themed casino games provider integrating its content onto the VSoftCO platform. Share Related Articles Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

On Air… Winamax France launches dedicated TV Channel

first_img Seeking to develop new audiences and drive engagement with its product portfolio, French betting operator Winamax has this week launched its in-house developed broadcast channel ‘Winamax TV‘.The multi-format channel is accessible through the website, and has been additionally extended to Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope and Molotov TV verticals.Launching Winamax TV, the betting operator stated that it would seek to create France’s best ‘hub for sports betting enthusiasts’.Presenting its initial schedule, Winamax TV is set to broadcast 25 dedicated programs, with 40 hours of planned content per week.Winamax TV will host its dedicated weekend ‘Wina’ sports show, informing viewers of best market prices and tips, and further allowing Winamax players to compete for prizes and free bets.Other programs include ‘Winamax Cluth’ a show dedicated to US sports markets and ‘Multiplex Poker’, which will broadcast live poker games twice a week. The TV channel will be further supported with exclusive sports content and opinion provided by special guests and top French journalists.Winamax.TV Share Submit Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Win or lose…do it fairly!

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles David CliftonThe Competition and Markets Authority and the Gambling Commission have been working together since October 2016 to stamp out unfair terms and conditions of, and misleading practices by, UK licensed online gambling operators.As anticipated from a speech given by CMA Project Director George Lusty at last November’s Gambling Commission “Raising Standards” conference, things have now come to a head with an announcement on 1 February by the CMA that William Hill, Ladbrokes and PT Entertainment have each provided undertakings  to it, under which they formally commit to change the way they offer bonus promotions.These undertakings are designed to ensure that customers can always access and release their own money. The three operators have also agreed to be more upfront and clear in the terms and conditions of their bonus promotions.All other online gambling operators are going to have to do the same because the Gambling Commission is requiring them to make equivalent changes to their promotions in order to ensure compliance with (a) consumer protection law, (b) licence condition 7.1.1 (compliance with terms) and (c) LCCP social responsibility code provision 5.1.7 (marketing of offers).The changes are designed to ensure that, amongst other things:players will not be required to play multiple times before they can withdraw their own money,operators must ensure that any restrictions on gameplay are made clear to players, and cannot rely on vague terms to confiscate players’ money, andoperators must not oblige players to take part in publicity.The time limit within which the changes must be made is extremely short. They must all be completed by 28 February 2018, with the sole exception of the implementation of prompts for consumers when they are playing with restricted funds (i.e. those that are subject to promotional play restrictions and/or wagering requirements), in relation to which a deadline of 31 July 2018 applies. The Gambling Commission’s letter to operators can be viewed hereA complete list of changes required and additional information can be found here, but in summary the changes cover important issues of transparency, restrictions on withdrawing deposits and deposit winnings, promotional play restrictions, compulsory publicity (whether in relation to online gaming or otherwise) and specific requirements are imposed in relation to free bets and account restrictions in the context of sports betting.In addition, operators are required to report by 31 July 2018 on:the changes made to general and bonus terms and conditions, internal policies, marketing and technical practices to implement the specified requirements, andhow the changes have been embedded in internal policies, guidance and training materials for employees, providing copies of such documents.The CMA has published a “60-second summary” list of “Do’s and Don’ts for the online gambling industry” arising from the above, which recommends the following:Do:regularly review your terms and practices to ensure they are fair and comply with consumerclearly and promptly communicate terms and conditions so customers know what to expectgive customers the information they need to decide if a promotion is right for themallow customers to exit promotions at any time with their remaining deposit, plus any winnings from play with their deposit, and make this opportunity clear to themensure customers can clearly distinguish between playing with bonus funds and playing with their own money.Don’t:if you offer customers a ‘free bet’, change the deal once they have started playingdeny customers access to their own money – including winnings earned from their depositsattach complicated or unfair play restrictions to customer depositsrequire customers to take part in publicityThe Commission has made it clear that, in the coming months, it will undertake compliance activity to test how operators are making the above-mentioned changes. It says that “where action is not taken or is insufficient, we will not hesitate to intervene further, including by taking enforcement action where necessary”. Coinciding with the CMA’s announcement, Sarah Gardner, Gambling Commission Executive Director is quoted as saying: “As the gambling regulator, we will not hesitate to take action against those that do not treat their customers fairly. The principles set out by the CMA today make real progress in making gambling fairer and safer for customers. Gambling firms must now ensure that the terms applied to their promotions are clear, so that customers can understand the deals they are signing up to and what they need to do to fully benefit from promotions. We support the CMA’s findings and expect all online gambling businesses to take immediate action to review their practices in line with these findings, in the same deadlines outlined. If firms cannot comply, they must remove any promotions until they can.”The CMA’s investigations continue into other areas of potential concern in the online gambling sector, such as terms and practices in respect of withdrawals.The issue of unfair terms also forms a central part of the Gambling Commission’s recently launched consultation entitled “Proposed changes to licensing conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“ – aimed at ensuring that gambling operators are being fair and open with consumers.The Commission says that the consultation is “based on evidence of potential harm or unfair treatment to consumers, concerns about lack of compliance with consumer protection legislation, declining public trust in gambling, and concerns about the impact of gambling on children and young or vulnerable people”, all of which are by now very familiar themes emanating from the regulator. In relation to unfair terms, LCCP changes are proposed to:make clearer that licence-holders must obey relevant consumer protection legislation at all stages of dealing with consumers, rather than merely when designing marketing materials, andmake it easier for the Commission to take action if it thinks a licence-holder is not following the relevant rules.Changes are proposed to marketing and advertising requirements in the LCCP in order to ensure that licence-holders adhere to the UK Advertising Codes, minimise the risk of misleading advertising, introduce a new requirement to prevent consumers from receiving ‘spam’ marketing by email or SMS and to underline to licence-holders that they are responsible for the actions of any third party organisations that they use (including affiliates) if they do not abide by any of these requirements.The consultation proposes the introduction of an eight-week time limit for licence-holders to deal with complaints and disputes. It also seeks views on whether the Commission should introduce a standard of “readability” that all licence-holders must meet when preparing consumer-facing material to make sure that they are clear and transparent.Responses to the 17 questions posed in the consultation document are invited by 5pm on 22 April 2018, preferably by way of a response template that is accessiblehere, to be sent by email to  [email protected], although it can alternatively be sent by post to: “Proposals linked to ‘Fair and Open’ consultation”, Gambling Commission, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP.___________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy LimitedThe Betting industry’s regulatory agenda and current context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting of Football Conference’ (#bofcon – Stamford Bridge London -20-23 March 2018). Click on the below banner for more informationlast_img read more