StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Non-profit Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has detailed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), which will see the organisation become an adviser on the detection and prevention of betting malpractice within eSports.Set-up in 2015, ESIC’s aim is to uphold the integrity of eSports and its related stakeholders against match manipulation and potential betting fraud.As an advisor to the UKGC, ESIC will now form an information-sharing partnership with the commission and may be asked to give insight and opinion for the UKGC on matters relating to eSports integrity.Ian Smith Commissioner for ESIC commented on the partnership “This memorandum of understanding is a significant step for ESIC and the eSports community,”“The Gambling Commission has significant resources and powers that will be invaluable in helping to combat any emergence of organised crime or serious fraud within our rapidly growing sector.”ESIC expects to publish a guidance note to its members in the coming weeks, explaining its arrangements with the UKGC.Richard Watson, Programme Director at the UK Gambling Commission adds, “Esports is a developing sector that offers new challenges for the betting industry, with potential for further market growth.This agreement demonstrates our commitment to supporting ESIC in addressing the potential integrity risks, to help maintain public confidence in esports both as entertainment and for those who wish to place bets on British licenced markets”.
The 2008 Budget, out next week, is likely to heap an unfair tax burden on many smaller firms, such as craft bakers and bakery retailers, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).In his Pre-Budget Report and the Comprehensive Spending Review of 9 October, 2007, Chancellor Alistair Darling revealed that small firms’ corporation tax contributions would increase from 19% to 22% from April 2008. However, the higher rate of tax to be paid by large firms will be reduced from 30% to 28%.In addition, Capital Gains Tax taper relief will be brought to an end. Following sustained pressure from the FPB and other groups, the Government partially restored the 10% rate, but, after the first £1 million in asset sales, the higher 18% rate will still be imposed.”The FPB is urging the Chancellor to radically rethink many of his ideas, in particular his tax plans, which specifically disadvantage smaller businesses,” said the FPB’s policy representative Matt Goodman. “Issues such as excessive legislation and unfair competition must be addressed as a matter of priority.”Research carried out by the FPB show that 97% of respondents believed recent tax changes had made the UK a worse place to do business.
By William Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaVeteran gardeners know there are constantly chores to be done in the vegetable garden. An important one to remember once your garden is growing later this spring is trellising. Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 9 Trellising is one chore you need to do fairly soon after the plants are established. It gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better-quality fruit and less disease. It also helps to maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.For tomatoes, some people simply use cages to put over the plant, which allows it to grow and be supported. Another method is to drive a 1-inch square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, you can set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about four inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers, tooPeppers can be staked, too. Using similar 1-inch-square stakes, place them about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. You’ll want to start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the first. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.Another crop that works well with a trellis is cucumbers. You can use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow. You’ll find and pick your cukes easier.Eggplant?Eggplant can also be staked. Either tomato stakes or rebar can be used to place next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake.Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.Don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems, too. Keep your weeds in check, and water as needed. The work of the gardener is never quite done. But doing chores when needed will help you relax and enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summer a little more.(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, who’s currently serving his fourth term leading the artsy South Shore village, is a lifelong resident who’s seen his hometown at its best and its worst. He recently chatted with us about Patchogue’s rebirth, environmentally progressive policies, race relations and the new brewery in town. Here are excerpts of our conversation.Long Island Press: How does it feel to be leading the village amid a Renaissance?Paul Pontieri: The fact that the community has grown and become a better place, is what it’s really all about. I feel good for the Village of Patchogue, the fact that other people are prospering from it.LIP: What is your vision for the village?PP: I grew up here. I was here since the best of times in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s when downtown was 70 percent retail, new restaurants, two theaters… packed every weekend. I was here when it sort of slid off a cliff with the big box stores taking much of the business off of Main Street. What I came into town wanting to do was to make downtown active again. And I thought the only way to do that was to put what I call feet on the street. Put people living in the downtown. We have 700 residential units circling the downtown within walking distance. It’s about the whole community prospering by what happens downtown. It’s a symbiotic relationship between those two things that creates the strength of the community.LIP: The board recently approved the creation of a cultural arts district. Why is that important?PP: You have the entertainment on Main Street, you have the arts on Terry Street. It’s about creating an identity. It’s about having people think about the village other than just bars and restaurants on Main Street. The arts become part of the culture.LIP: The village also banned plastic foam cups and containers starting this fall. What was the impetus for that?PP: A year ago this past September we banned single-use plastic bags. You don’t find them in any of our restaurants and markets here in town. And it’s all about an environmental push. We’re a waterfront community. Styrofoam cups take 500 years to degrade. We do a Patchogue River cleanup in the spring and the fall and more particularly in the fall, at the end of that cleanup, you look at what gets picked up, the amount of Styrofoam cups and containers that get wedged in the corners of the marinas. It’s amazing.LIP: Can you talk about the grants the village received to improve its shorefront?PP: Three years ago, I had gotten a call from a person here in the village. She has a foundation. And we had a discussion about what does the village need to go forward. The single thing that is taxpayer driven in every community and not really reimbursable…is parks and recreation. She made a private donation to the village, a grant of $5 million. The first thing we did was we went to three of our pocket parks. Spent about $3 million. That left us about $2 million. We put in a Consolidated Fundingapplication to redesign Shorefront Park…and we will be taking out the bulkheading and creating a living shoreline. My understanding is from the environmentalists is it’s less intrusive and with big storms, less damaging.LIP: Besides economic and environmental improvements, the village has also worked to improve race relations in the wake of the Marcelo Lucero murder. How have things changed in that regard over the last decade?PP: Back then, when you walked down the street, when a Hispanic or minority person was coming, you don’t know if they weren’t seen or they didn’t want to be seen. But people seemed to hide from each other. And you don’t get that feeling anymore. I think that we’ve fostered a sense of trust, and we just have to keep that up.LIP: What’s next for the village?PP: The Blue Point Brewery is rebuilding the Briarcliffe College into a full-blown brewery. They’re talking about being ready to pour beer for public consumption somewhere around May 15 and to start to brew around April 20. So that’s very exciting. That’s going to bring another element to the village that most communities don’t have.RELATED STORY: After Decade of Reinvention, Patchogue Once Again a Seaside GemRELATED STORY: How Patchogue’s Arts Scene Sculpted its Comeback
In addition to being a lending geek, I’m also a bit of an armchair economist. Like an armchair quarterback, an armchair economist has never actually been an economist, but I think I have a good working knowledge of economics and am qualified to opine on the topic.What does this little glimpse into the workings of my mind have anything to do with lending or, better yet, pizza? It all started about a year ago when a go-to, locally owned pizza place in Colorado Springs closed all of its locations. When it had opened a decade earlier, the restaurant provided an opportunity to exit the veritable pizza wasteland that Colorado Springs had previously been. I was born and raised in New York, and of the many topics New Yorkers can get snobby about, pizza is close to the top of the list. Before their opening, I only had the chains to choose from: Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Little Caesar’s. No one made authentic New York pizza.For several years, “B’s” pizza (let’s keep them anonymous in their failure) offered the real thing: good, foldable-crust New York pizza. However, B’s opened several additional stores over a five-year period, which to a certain extent forced its hand and ultimately caused their demise. To build the business, B’s felt it had to go head to head with the chains on price. Up to this point, they offered high-quality pizza for what some consumers would consider to be a premium price. Those consumers just wanted cheap pizza because they didn’t know better. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr