Competition hots up in Scotch pie contest

first_imgBakers and butchers across Britain are gearing up for this year’s World Scotch Pie Championships, taking place at Lauder College, Dunfermline, on 7 November.Entry forms have been sent to the 135 members of The Scotch Pie Club, with a record entry expected.Last year’s Scotch Pie Champion, Keith Stuart, has seen his overall sales rise by 10% since his debut win last November.Stuart, bakery director at Stuart’s of Buckhaven, which has 19 shops in Fife, said: “We were absolutely delighted to win the event for the last year and our overall sales have seen an increase of 10% in the period since November 2007. Part of that rise has been due to the marketing of our unique Irn-Bru sausages, which took off with our regulars and also with the media from all over Britain.”The baker is likely to stick to the same recipe that won last time round. He added: “It’s been a brilliant year for the company, but I know competition will be fierce.”Previous winners that are also expected to enter include: Lewis Maclean of Macleans Highland Bakery, Forres; Paul Boyle of Boghall Butchers, Bathgate; Thomas Auld & Sons of Greenock; Robert Cowan of the Bon Bon Cake Shop, Airdrie; and Alan Devlin of Sugar and Spice, Auchterarder.A Scotch pie consists of a thin pastry shell filled originally with minced mutton mixed with rusks, seasoning and water. It is topped with a thin pastry lid.Organiser Alan Stuart added: “The Scotch pie is one of Scotland’s best-loved food icons.”last_img read more

Time to innovate: BetGames.tv gets BOS attention

first_img StumbleUpon New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Submit Share SBTech goes live in South Africa with Bet.co.za deal April 7, 2020 SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Share Related Articles Flexible and unique live games from BetGames.tv will be on full show at the Betting on Sports (BOS) exhibition and conference, held at Olympia London from 17-20 September.Launched in 2012, BetGames.tv was a pioneer for the development of live games for the gambling industry, specifically by combining the round-the-clock appeal of betting with the previously more infrequent – yet still hugely popular – lottery draws and live table games.The first creator of live dealer games, it now offers – according to BetGames.tv COO Aiste Garneviciene – “a matchless combination of betting, casino games and lotteries”.The growing portfolio includes six table games – War of Bets, Bet on Poker, Wheel of Fortune, Baccarat, Dice and Dice Duel – and the live lottery trio of Lucky 5, Lucky 6 and Lucky 7, where five, six or seven balls are randomly drawn and players bet on all available outcomes.The first three of these table games and Lucky 7 will be the focus of the company’s BOS exhibition (Stand L30), where BetGames.tv hosts will be giving away scratch cards for the four different products, with winners – and subsequent prizes – announced on the show floor.“Going back a few years, there were companies offering just daily lottery draws,” said Aiste Garneviciene, COO at BetGames.tv. “So, we decided to fill the niche. That’s how the idea to run a lottery draw every five minutes was born. And step-by-step, live games became a very attractive product for operators on a global level.”The company is now serving more than 3,000 betting shops globally, while its games also run on more than 400 websites.“In a market where most of the companies offer the same casino, the same sportsbook layout or the same betting games, we try to differentiate ourselves by offering unique experiences,” said Garneviciene. “Our unique combination of betting, casino games and lotteries opens the doors for a much wider targeting of players.”For BetGames.tv, this “unique” approach means keeping the same principles of the casino games in place, but offering considerably more betting options and possibilities to win.“At first glance, you might think that we broadcast the same games you know and love – lottery, dice and card games,” Garneviciene explained. “On the other hand, our live games are newly redesigned – keeping the basics in place but topping up with extra details. “We can suggest around 90 bet types for you to choose from, a range of odds more akin to a traditional sportsbook market, while keeping the principle of the game in place. And also, we provide coefficients to assess various levels of risk. “That is why different types of players can find the most appealing outcomes to suit their needs. Conservative players can choose lower odds with the same degree of risk, while others – who might be willing to risk more – have an opportunity to hit the jackpot with winnings up to two thousand times higher than the stake.”Garneviciene will be part of the ‘Live gaming: Time to innovate’ session at the CasinoBeats Summit – a standalone section of BOS – on Wednesday 18 September.BetGames CCO Richard Hogg will then join the ‘Exploring new markets and business opportunities in Asia’ panel on the second full day at BOS (Thursday 19 September).last_img read more

Lakers appreciate Jose Calderon’s flexibility filling in for D’Angelo Russell

first_imgWhen Calderon has fulfilled the latter role, the Lakers have liked his steady veteran presence, his consistent outside shooting (42.9 percent) and hustle. When Calderon has fulfilled the former role, the Lakers appreciated how engaged he has remained in practice, in team huddles and on the bench. Calderon’s teammates and Walton himself have credited him for providing observations and tips on various player and game tendencies. “If the coach decides that’s my role for that game, I can’t just be sitting there with a long face and do nothing,” Calderon said. “That’s how I’ve been forever. I’m a team player and that’s all I worry about. Everything is taken care of when you go out there and do your best. Every little possession and every little detail can help you win a game or that possession. It’s an easy way to get involved in the game just in case it happens.”Those qualities remind the Raptors of what Calderon brought to their team from 2005 to 2013 before the Detroit Pistons acquired him in a trade. He remains the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists (3,770). Toronto coach Dwane Casey then joked he could be Calderon’s agent for all the compliments he handed him.Casey called him a “winner.” He praised his Olympic experience as a two-time silver medalist (2008, 2012) and bronze medalist (2016). And Casey expressed appreciation both for Calderon’s on-court contributions and mentorship.“Having Jose Calderon on any team is special,” Casey said. “I think he’s a special person, a leader by example, a coach on the floor and a good person. His heart is in the right place.”Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan largely credited him for his becoming a two-time NBA All-Star and securing a five-year deal worth $145 million last summer to stay in Toronto.“I credit a lot of the player I am today to Jose,” DeRozan said. “He gave me a lot of confidence early on, trusting me and giving me the ball, trusting me to shoot and never get down if you have a bad game and if you’re missing a few shots. He always believed in me.”Calderon called DeRozan a “great guy” and said he feels “happy” for his growth entering his eighth NBA season before offering similar optimism about the current Lakers.“There is great chemistry and good mix with the young guys with the vets,” Calderon said. “I think the coaching staff is doing a great job with how we’re playing together and playing as a team.”But as much as Calderon waxed nostalgiac about returning to Toronto and reflecting on his first regular-season game here nearly 11 years ago, this place also marked his own rite of passage.After playing six seasons in the Spanish Pro League, Calderon played on a struggling Raptors team that went through three coaches (Sam Mitchell, Jay Triano, Casey) and only two NBA playoff appearances in seven full seasons. After shooting 16.3 percent from 3-point range his rookie season, Calderon spent the majority of his offseason taking “a lot” of outside shots and subtly tinkering with his form.“It’s about confidence and always doing the same thing,” Calderon said. “I think that’s the same thing. I think mentally you have to be ready. Some days go in and some days you don’t. There’s nothing you do with the ball. You have to be ready.”Calderon stayed ready thus far with the Lakers by making the best with both limited playing time and his elevated role during Russell’s absence. “It’s kind of easier this way. It’s been great. We have so many guys. Even if you don’t feel great that night, somebody else will come in and do your job and do better if they need to,” Calderon said. “It’s been good so far. I’m okay. I’m healthy. I’m feeling really really good and out there enjoying basketball.” Calderon spent the first two games sitting out because of a left calf injury that bothered him in training camp and has since fully healed. He then played spot minutes in six games while becoming healthy scratches for six others in between. Calderon then has started seven of the past eight games while Russell has sat out to recover from his sore left knee.During that stretch, Calderon has averaged 6.7 points on 56.76 percent shooting and 4.29 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. He has also shown to Walton that “physically he’s much better than I thought he would be,” which the Lakers’ coach attributed to Calderon playing only limited minutes for the Spanish national team in the 2016 Rio Olympics and taking care of is body. And Walton called Calderon a “very smart player” for various reasons. “He helps stabilize the first unit that has been a different lineup way too many times this year already,” Walton said. “Just having a veteran that knows how to play and can run an offense and knock down open shots, it’s been nice to have him to lean on when D’Angelo is out.”It also has been nice for the Lakers to have Calderon after acquiring him last offseason from the Chicago Bulls, which looked to shed salary in their successful free-agent chase for Dwyane Wade. The reasons reflect why Calderon has considered this season “perfect” and “what I expected.”“I’m happy with the way things have been going. I’m comfortable out there every day and I’m feeling more comfortable with my teammates. I’m ready for whatever role,” Calderon said. “I’m here to help this team to win. It doesn’t matter what. If I’m on the bench, it’s the bench. If I’m playing five or 30 minutes, I’m good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TORONTO >> Usually, Luke Walton has evaluated his starting point guard by how much he has blended his scoring talents with both running the offense and elevating his defense. With D’Angelo Russell out of the lineup for the past week recovering from a sore left knee however, Walton judged his replacement through a different lens.After veteran guard Jose Calderon logged the first of many nights as the Lakers’ starting point guard, Walton observed and joked how many ice bags the 35-year-old Calderon had around his knees. “I feel great,” Calderon said, laughing. “He’s always joking around with the pads and the old guys. But you always have to be ready.”The Lakers (10-10) enter Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors (12-6) at Air Canada Centre with Calderon fulfilling that job description the most.last_img read more