PearFiction presents Outerspace Invaders

first_img Email Address PearFiction presents Outerspace Invaders Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 25th May 2018 | By Louella Hughes Topics: Casino & games Slots Slots Indie studio PearFiction is subverting expectations with Outerspace Invaders.  A 5×3 slot set during an alien invasion of 1950 suburbia, Outerspace casts players as the resourceful Rachel – as comfortable with high explosives as she is with high heels.   To rescue her fiancé, Rachel will fight alien overlord Zerk in a unique free spins boss battle, and work to repel the rest of the invasion in a bonus game inspired by classic arcade hits.Find out more here.About PearFiction:PearFiction Studios is a privately-owned company located in Montreal, Canada. The company develops and licenses games for the regulated online gaming industry. Its development team designs and implements engaging and innovative online casino games. From concepts, gameplay, math models, artwork, animations, to music, sounds, and programming, they do it all. The company also works with licensed Casino Operators, Integration Partners, and other Game Developers to build exclusive custom games. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Indie studio PearFiction is subverting expectations with Outerspace Invaders.  A 5×3 slot set during an alien invasion of 1950 suburbia, Outerspace casts players as the resourceful Rachel – as comfortable with high explosives as she is with high heels.   To rescue her fiancé, Rachel will fight alien overlord Zerk in a unique free spins boss battle, and work to repel the rest of the invasion in a bonus game inspired by classic arcade hits.last_img read more

Evolution acquires live casino rival Ezugi

first_img22nd November 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Evolution Gaming has taken a step towards dominating the US live casino market after agreeing to buy its only current competitor, Ezugi.Stockholm-listed Evolution will pay up to $18m (£14m/€15.8m) for Ezugi, the live dealer gaming provider that was founded in 2012 and has partners in New Jersey and Oklahoma. It will pay an initial consideration of $12m, followed by possible additional payment of $6m. Evolution said the acquisition, likely to complete early in 2019, will increase its geographic footprint and accelerate growth in key markets. It is expected to boost 2019 revenues by up to 4% and be slightly accretive to Evolution earnings per share during 2019.Evolution CEO Martin Carlesund added: “It is a very logical next step for Evolution which will increase our market share in key existing markets, like the US, where Ezugi’s presence and customer base will add to our on-going market expansion as well as add licensees in new markets, such as South Africa.”.Ezugi delivers B2B mobile and web live dealer solutions to online operators, land-based casinos and betting shops. Is active in a range of different African, European and Latin American markets as well as the US. Ezugi, which entered the US market in 2016, broadcasts from studios in nine locations around the world, in six languages. It offers 20 games and has partnered around 100 operators.The supplier’s founder and chief executive Kfir Kugler said the takeover would enable the supplier to improve its offering to partners.“Ezugi has come a long way since it was founded in 2012 and becoming part of Evolution marks the right next step for us,” Kugler said.“Evolution’s superior offering in areas such as streaming quality and speed, user experience, game choice and all-round operational excellence will help bring the service to the current Ezugi operators to the next level.”Evolution last month released positive Q3 figures that included a 41% year-on-year rise in revenue to €64.3m and operating profit of just over €23m, up 27% on the same period in 2017. Total revenues for the nine months to the end of September was up almost 40% at €127m, with operating profit up more than 30% at just over €48m.At the time, Carlesund described the opening of Evolution’s Atlantic City studio as the operational highlight of the quarter, but warned that big returns are not expected immediately. PokerStars, 888casino and Resorts Casino Hotel are among its more than 10 New Jersey partners. Company will pay up to $18m for Ezugi in a deal likely to be finalised early in 2019 Evolution acquires live casino rival Ezugi Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & gameslast_img read more

SAI SOP for reopening of pools: A maximum of 20 swimmers…

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TAGSSAI on National SwimmingSAI on training of indian SwimmersSAI SOP for SwimmingSports Authority of IndiaSports Ministry of India SHARE Latest Sports News by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingUndoMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftUndoPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickUndoAs per SOP, a maximum of 20 swimmers can train in a pool size of 50 M-10 lane, while 16 swimmers are permitted in 25 M/ 50 M 8 lane pools.The Sports Ministry on Friday released the SOP for resumption of training in swimming pools after consultation with Home and Ministry off Health and Family Welfare.As per the SOP, it is the responsibility of the centre head and coach in-charge to ensure complete adherence to training protocols.“Obligatory self-declaration (could be in the form of text message) of the infection-free condition by players and staff re-joining the centre shall be provided to COVID Task Force officers before entering the premises,” the document states.After being shut since March to contain the deadly virus, swimming pools across the country were finally allowed to reopen for training of sportspersons from October 15 in areas outside containment zone.The SOP applies to all Sports Authority of India (SAI) and non-SAI centres wherein training of sportspersons may resume, provided no orders of the local authorities prohibit from reopening such facilities.For residential trainees, a COVID-19 negative report is a must.“For residential trainees, they need to produce a negative COVID Report 72 hour/96 hours before arrival to the centre followed by 14 days quarantine period. On the 6th/7th Day of quarantine period, another COVID Test must be conducted. Thereafter, trainees can mix with the other quarantined trainees only and not with other trainees staying in the campus. Only after completing 7 more days, they can mix with other trainees.”The SOP applies to competitive swimmers, coaches and support staff besides staffs of the facilities.“All personal training equipment belonging to an athlete shall be disinfected while the athlete is inducted into the training centre. Athletes and staff shall be screened before being allowed access to common field-of-play/training facilities. RT-PCR test shall be conducted for new/returning athletes.It also bars residential athletes from sharing soaps, towels and any other utility in common shower areas.Besides, spitting and clearing of nasal/respiratory secretions on the pool especially during swimming or at any place within the facility other than toilets shall be prohibited.The swimmers will also need perform hand-hygiene before and after use of all training equipment.The usage of Arogya Sethu app has also been made mandatory.Among other guidelines, a COVID Task Force need to be constituted at each training centre to guide and monitor all trainees, coaches and staff within the centres. The Task Force shall be responsible for overall implementation of protocols outlined in this SOP.The Task Force shall work closely with the coaches and support staff to define guidelines and protocols to conduct the training in the COVID environment.The SOP also outlines dos and donts before, during and after swimming besides general sanitisation guidelines for common areas and personal hygiene. Football Sport News Football Football By Kunal Dhyani – October 9, 2020 SAI SOP for reopening of pools: A maximum of 20 swimmers can train during one session Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WALlast_img read more

NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( 2010 Annual Report

first_imgNicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (  2010 annual report.Company ProfileNICOZDIAMOND Insurance provides short-term insurance solutions for the personal, business and commercial sectors. The personal insurance and all-risk portfolios cover private households aswell as all outbuildings, pool pumps, gates and walls, and extended to cover movable content in private dwellings, motor vehicle insurance for private-use vehicles with a carrying capacity of over 2-tons and used for private purposes, jewelry, cameras, mobile phones, sports equipment, bicycles, spectacles and mobile devices. The company was established in 2002 with the merger of National Insurance Company of Zimbabwe and Diamond Insurance Company; it operates in three countries (Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi); has consistently received A-rating status from the Global Credit Rating Company in South Africa; and is one of the few short-term insurance companies in Zimbabwe to hold an ISO certification from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe. Nicoz Diamond Insurance Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Phoenix Beverages Limited ( Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgPhoenix Beverages Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Phoenix Beverages Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Phoenix Beverages Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Phoenix Beverages Limited (  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfilePhoenix Beverages Limited is a Mauritian company that produces bottles and distributes alcoholic and non- alcoholic brews. Under the company’s production line, there are numerous renowned brands represented. With brands such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Malta Guinness and Smirnoff Ice, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Schweppes, Dasani and Crystal table water, being produced and sold by the company under the respective contract agreements. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Mauritius Phoenix and operates as a subsidiary of Phoenix Investment Company Limited. Phoenix Beverages Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

The best UK bank shares to buy now

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Through such a dreadful period, I find that astonishing. And my Lloyds Banking Group shares, which crashed more than 55% at one point, have recovered to a far less painful 17% loss. HSBC Holdings, with its very different focus, is the poorest performer of these three, down 22% over the 15 months.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I’ve liked UK bank shares for a long time (to my cost in recent years, admittedly). And I can’t help thinking we face attractive buying possibilities right now, even after the 2021 recovery. I see several different approaches, each with different merits.The first is Lloyds, which is very much a changed bank since I bought my shares. Following the banking crisis, and then Brexit, Lloyds is now a UK-focused retail operation. That means two key things to me, one positive and one negative. On the upside, Lloyds is much better insulated from global banking shocks now, and is no longer involved in the high-stakes, high-risk, investment banking business.UK bank shares diversitySo for those looking for UK bank shares, Lloyds is very much a UK bank. But the downside of that is 100% dependency on, and exposure to, the UK economy. Investors don’t get the safety through geographic diversification that comes with shares in international companies.The news might be full of predictions of big UK economic growth in 2021, but that’s after the hammering of 2020. Our longer term, post-Brexit, economy is still far from certain.Barclays took a different approach to the twin financial threats, and has retained its international outlook. It’s still big in investment banking too, and investors had hoped the big profit hikes being enjoyed by US banks would rub off.Sadly, first-quarter results didn’t impress, with revenue dipping 6%. The Barclays share price quickly shook off the disappointment, but there’s clearly some risk attached to buying at today’s relatively high prices.I do have it on my watchlist, though, as I see Barclays as a leader among UK bank shares. I’ll wait until I see what half-time results look like.Wider geographic exposureFor a very different geographic focus, HSBC looks like a decent candidate to me. But it’s not without its problems. It’s tied closely to the Chinese economy, which looks like a good thing while that’s booming.But while the rest of the UK banks might be much slimmed down now, HSBC has, for years, been looking a bit bloated. Work on restructuring and cost savings was impacted by the pandemic, but it should hopefully continue. HSBC does face uncertainty on the China and Hong Kong political front, mind.I reckon these three banks could further attract the bulls when their dividends get back in full swing. In fact, I think a good bit of the recent resurgence is probably down to improving dividend prospects. I’m seeing all three as long-term buys among UK bank shares. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Fearless Dragons taking their boldest step

first_img TAGS: Newport Gwent Dragons LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The decision to strike out alone has been 12 months in the planning, and realistically it will take the same amount of time again before any deal with a new owner(s) is signed and sealed. But the work to date has “planted some seeds” and the fact that the Dragons can now overtly pursue discussions with interested parties marks a significant moment.Only in the very early days of the Dragons, when the likes of Percy Montgomery, Rod Snow and Andy Marinos were on the scene, has the region really made a strong competitive impact. And although the decision to restructure precedes the Taulupe Faletau dispute that ended with him signing for Bath next season, the loss of their only world-class player highlights the difficulties the Dragons have in mounting a credible challenge both domestically and in Europe.Nail-biter: The Blues edged matters 21-20 when the sides met in Newport at Christmas (Huw Evans Agency)“The Faletau saga wasn’t the initial driver for this move, restructuring was underway before that came to a head,” says Davies, a former Wales No 8. “But it’s so difficult to compete within the Pro12, let alone against English and French clubs who benefit from bigger TV deals. Something was necessary to break the cycle and make us more competitive.”That said, you have to wonder how different things might have been. They have a record ten losing bonus points and had just half of their narrow defeats gone the other way then Sunday’s game with the Blues would have much more riding on it than local bragging rights.“It’s been a tough season but one of promise. Winning at Gloucester was hugely rewarding, a real shot in the arm. Days like that remind you of why you got involved in rugby.“We have a great group of youngsters who are growing together. The age-group talent in Gwent is fantastic. Some of the guys have already had senior recognition, like Hallam Amos or Tyler Morgan, and I’d put money on the fact that players like Elliot Dee, Jack Dixon and Ollie Griffiths will play for Wales. How ironic that, at a time of the season when many players are feeling the bumps and bruises acutely, Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones should name an unchanged line-up for this Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 derby at Cardiff Blues. It’s something the Welsh region has seldom been able to do during the past two injury-plagued years.Last weekend’s Challenge Cup win at Gloucester doubtless served as excellent medicine, the ability to boss the breakdown – a strength of theirs all season – and a gutsy decision to opt for a maul instead of three easy points near the end bringing the Dragons one of the finest triumphs in their 13-year history.It was also particularly timely because last week the Dragons announced plans to become a fully independent region, being currently joint-owned by Newport RFC and the WRU.This is easier said than done because first and foremost it requires one or more investors digging deep into their pocket for reasons of love, not money. But such has been the way for swathes of benefactors in professional sport.Ambitious: CEO Stuart Davies, with Tyler Morgan and Hallam Amos, at Rodney Parade (Huw Evans Agency)“We’re being very honest about what we’re looking for. If someone is looking for a (financial) return they’re better off investing in property or the stock market,” says Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies.“We’re looking for individuals of high wealth who have a passion for rugby and sport in Wales, and who want to be at the top table and helping to shape the game in Wales. For anyone happy to come on board it promises to be a wonderful roller-coaster ride.”Under the plans, any new investment would be injected straight into the business and playing side because the balance sheet would be bolstered through capitalisation of loans and writing off of historical debts. Turnover for Newport RFC (all parts of business) for the year ending May 2015 was £7.8m and includes union and competition funding, commercial income and ground rent from Newport County.You only have to look down the road at disbanded region Celtic Warriors to see how new beginnings can quickly end in tears, but Davies says all the necessary safeguards would be put in place, with contracts not stretching beyond any new backer’s investment period.Star asset: Taulupe Faletau has been immense for Dragons but is soon off to Bath (Huw Evans Agency)“We’re very mindful of that scenario and don’t want to be left holding the baby. The existing board members are the gate-keeper and they need to be satisfied that the reins would be in safe hands. That is very important to the board, some of whom have made a huge personal contribution to the region. Legacy is an important respect.” Sting in the tail: The Dragons celebrate Charlie Davies’s winning try at Gloucester last weekend (Getty) The Welsh region surprised almost everyone with their European win at Gloucester, but they hope to make such days commonplace by becoming an independent region “We just need a sprinkling of stardust on top and new investment will allow us to do that.”Dee-light: Hooker Elliot Dee (centre) is one player tipped to gain full Wales honours (Huw Evans Agency)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Campaign Director appointed for the Giving Campaign in Wales

first_img Jonathan Brown has been appointed Campaign Director for The Giving Campaign in Wales, charged with building an initiative targeted at the voluntary and financial advice communities in Wales.Supported by a grant from the Welsh Assembly, The Giving Campaign in Wales will focus primarily on promotingtax-effective giving to charities and financial professionals. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 December 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Jonathan joins The Campaign on secondment from WCVA and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, developing several community-based projects in Wales. He has worked at NCVO and WCVA on voluntary sector policy issues, and at different times has served as Chair, Secretary and Fundraiser for a number of voluntary groups. Jane Hutt, Minister for Health & Social Services will beofficially launching the Campaign at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre on 5 March 2003. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Campaign Director appointed for the Giving Campaign in Wales  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Fruit and veg sales net €100,000 for charity

first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Ireland Howard Lake | 1 March 2014 | Newscenter_img Irish supermarket chain Supervalu has donated €100,000 to homelessness charity Focus Ireland, proceeds from fruit and vegetable sales in the Christmas period.Fourteen cents from every 19 cent bag of carrots and a share of sales of brussel sprouts and melons sold in the days before Christmas 2013 were donated to Focus.Announcing the charity promotion before Christmas, Supervalu said it was also their intention to keep the cost of fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price rather than engaging in a ‘race to the bottom,’ a reference to other retailers who were heavily discounting fruit and vegetables.In 2012 Focus Ireland had a fundraising income of €5.48 million, almost the same level as in 2011. Total income, which includes government support, was €18.1 million, down from €18.35 in 2011.Fundraising costs increased in 2012 to nearly €1.7 million, from €1.4 million in 2011. Photos: carrots by sivaprakash on Fruit and veg sales net €100,000 for charitylast_img read more

When the Cuban people stood up

first_imgIt is an island only 90 miles from the United States that has been invaded, blockaded and is still partially occupied — at Guantanamo Bay — by the most powerful of all the imperialist countries. Yet for 60 years now, Revolutionary Cuba has survived as a country dedicated to building socialism at home, while at the same time aiding liberation movements and oppressed peoples in other countries. Cuba has not only survived. It has inspired countless millions in Latin America, Africa and around the world with its resourceful application of revolutionary theory and practice to the problems imposed by imperialist threats and underdevelopment.The key to the strength of the revolutionary movement that on Jan. 1, 1959, swept away the Batista dictatorship — that notorious gang of torturers and exploiters who had made Cuba a paradise for U.S. millionaires and a hell for campesinos and workers — was that it smashed the old repressive state and set up structures to guarantee rule by the workers and farmers.Almost immediately, the revolution launched a literacy program, sending high school kids into the countryside to teach the rural poor how to read and write. It soon provided materials for them to build real houses, with running water and electric lights. Sugarcane cutters rejoiced while burning down their dirt-floor, thatch-roofed huts of the old days.Women and men, Black and white, joined the newly organized people’s militia to defend their revolution against the Yankees and their mercenaries. A revolutionary film industry truthfully chronicled these emotional moments — and didn’t shy away from showing backwardness that had to be overcome, like those who still harbored sexist attitudes booing as militia women paraded by. It was the beginning of the Cuban Communist Party’s consciousness raising on sex and gender issues.When a counterrevolutionary invasion by U.S.-trained and -funded mercenaries came in April 1961 at the Bay of Pigs, it was defeated in a few days as an armed people mobilized along with the regular military. In the middle of that invasion Fidel Castro, the immortal leader of the revolution, for the first time said in a broadcast to the people that Cuba had made a “socialist revolution” under the very noses of the Yankee imperialists.The very fact that Fidel would call the revolution socialist during the middle of the invasion was proof that socialism was what the Cuban people wanted and were willing to die for. (This writer was in the packed New York office of the July 26th Movement when Fidel’s speech came over shortwave radio. His words set off an outburst of cheering and berets thrown joyously in the air.)Cuba captured 1,200 gusanos (counterrevolutionaries) during the invasion and forced the U.S. government to pay reparations in return for their release. Just two weeks after the invasion, Fidel spoke to a huge May Day gathering. His words captured the pride and joy of the Cuban masses in their great victory over imperialism and its lackeys:“We had a chance today to see genuine results of the revolution on this May Day, so different from the May Days of the past [when] each sector of labor set forth its demands, its aspirations for improvement, to men who could not even accede to those basic demands because they did not govern for the people, for the workers, for the peasants; they governed solely for the privileged, the dominant economic interests. … How different today’s parade has been! … The workers know now that everything the revolution does, everything the government does or can do, has one goal: helping the workers, helping the people.” And the revolution continues — ¡Viva la revolución cubana, socialista!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more