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This architecturally designed home is a cut above the rest

first_imgCARVED into the side of Castle Hill, Stuart Street House blends seamlessly into its natural surrounds while maintaining an air of unsurpassed luxury and style.Built for a professional local couple, the North Ward property is a showpiece of modern architectural design that encompasses the best of tropical living, low maintenance requirements and drought proof appeal.Those features and more have seen this stunning hillside residence short-listed in the 2017 North Queensland Regional Architecture Award, with winners announced in Cairns tonight.Architect Mark Kennedy at the house on Stuart Street that is up for the NQ Architecture Awards.Architecture from around the world…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenRenovation Inspo: Mental Health House00:45 Related videos 00:45Renovation Inspo: Mental Health House00:40Mami house: minimalist & energy efficient00:27Masterpiece home 00:56Interior Design Awards 201700:42Japanese Architecture02:00Dream Home PetershamOutcrop Architecture architect Mark Kennedy, who designed the home, said the property was one of his proudest achievements.“The owners are scientists from Canada and quite interested in the Aussie bush, so the native aspects of this location very much appealed,” Kennedy said.“They came to us with a very clear brief in regards to spaces and qualities of the homes that included low maintenance.Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture. Picture credit: Matthew Gianoulis“As the property is very site specific, we decided to create a split level home where you only ever walk half a flight (of stairs) before you get a view or something else to look at.“The owners also wanted their master bedroom and main living spaces as high as they could to capture the views (while) at entry level you will find an edgeless resort style pool and entertainment deck.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture. Picture credit: Matthew GianoulisEncompassing about 300sq m of living space, much attention has also been given to the home’s exterior appeal, including the creation of a natural rock garden.“A lot of effort was also put into the colours as we wanted to create a home that related to the hill and fit in with the environment,” Kennedy said.Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture. Picture credit: Matthew Gianoulis“It’s quite an interesting development as it’s not really suburban despite its location. It doesn’t have your normal street frontage and fencing or neighbouring homes. It’s almost like it’s in the bush even though right behind the house in Castle Hill Rd which is walked by thousands of people every day,’ Kennedy said.The property is one of five short-listed in the awards which also include three university buildings and the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence.Winners will progress to the state and subsequent national awards later in the year.last_img read more


October 6, 2020 0

UK pensions lifeboat fund names head of alternative credit

first_imgSource: Pension Protection Fund Mistry’s appointment is the latest in a series of hires for the PPF as it continues to expand its in-house investment capabilities. It had already stated its intention to bring onboard part of its credit portfolio in the 2018-19 financial year.“We may also look to insource other asset classes in the future when we have the necessary resource and expertise in place to do so,” the fund stated in its annual report, released in July.The investment team, led by CIO Barry Kenneth, recently moved from the PPF’s headquarters in Croydon in south London to a central London office in an effort to be closer to the fund’s investment managers and improve its chances of attracting and retaining staff.Last year the fund brought in Tim Robson as head of alternatives and Purna Bhudia as head of credit. In 2015 it hired Trevor Welsh to lead its liability-driven investment strategy, and Ian Scott joined from Barclays in 2016 as head of investment strategy. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The UK’s £30bn (€33.8bn) Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed Sanjay Mistry to lead its alternative credit investing.Previously in the private debt team at consultancy Mercer, Mistry will be responsible for managing the PPF’s existing alternative credit positions as well as sourcing, undertaking due diligence and structuring new investments.The UK lifeboat fund’s line-up of alternative credit managers includes Apollo Management, Ares Management, and Oaktree Capital.According to its latest annual report, the PPF had £3.5bn allocated to ‘other debt’ – outside of its investments in listed government and corporate bonds – at the end of March 2018. Almost three-quarters of its investment portfolio is invested in some form of fixed income.last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

Cricket Association Gives Care Packages to Cricketers

first_img Share LifestyleLocalNews Cricket Association Gives Care Packages to Cricketers by: – May 21, 2020 The Dominica Cricket Association has come through for 12 of its players.An initiative conceptualised by the DCA in partnership with the Senior Men’s National Training Squad got additional support from Fine Foods Inc to supply a select group of players with food hampers.President of the Cricket Association, Glen Joseph said the idea was to reach out a supportive hand.He told a small ceremony that, “I move around with the Under-13s, Under-15s, Under 19s  [teams] and the Senior Team. Most of the time I would have to contribute to the young cricketers on tour personally soI realize that if this situation hit us so hard our cricketers out there might be having a tough time and that is what triggered the initiative.”Delaney Alexander, an 18-year-old first year Civil Engineering major is one of the recipients.Hailing from Tarish Pit, Alexander is an all-rounder on the under 19 team. He responded, “I’m very grateful for that…In times like these it’s hard. I just want to say thank you.”Alexander says cricket is his passion and the DCA is “doing a wonderful job” with this initiative.“I enjoy cricket. I prefer cricket to any other sport and any other thing. When I’m home, I have to take a ball and bat and knock or do something,” he said.The packages total about $1800. Share Sharing is caring! 414 Views   one comment Delaney Alexander receives package from DCA Public Relations Officer, Augustus Pascal Share Tweetlast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

56 jail personnel hurdle drug test

first_imgThe Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) Region 6 administered it, according to warden Jail Superintendent MaryChanettee Espartero. ILOILO City – Fifty-six personnel ofthe Iloilo City District Jail in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district passed a“surprise” drug test. Espartero warned her personnel tonever engage in illegal drugs. For his part, PDEA Region 6 directorAlex Tablate said “surprise” drug tests in jail facilities would be sustained./PN “I called the jail personnel for ameeting. When they reached the office, they were told there was going to be adrug test right there and then,” said Espartero.center_img The drug test aimed to show to peoplethat officers of the Iloilo City District Jail were not into illegal drugs andthe jail facility was drug-free, she stressed. “I will not hesitate to file chargesagainst those involved in illegal drugs,” she stressed. The unscheduled test was conducted onOct. 11.last_img read more


September 25, 2020 0

DWD site for those who have lost jobs

first_imgStatewide—Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development has launched a site to help those who may have lost (or will lose) their jobs due to the coronavirus. Click here for the website.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is reminding Hoosiers that applying for unemployment insurance benefits is completed electronically. Hoosiers can apply on a computer or smartphone.For more information on unemployment insurance, visit Unemployment.IN.gov. There, Hoosiers can find the Claimant Handbook, Frequently Asked Questions, a link to online filing and more information. Please visit this site frequently with updated information.last_img read more


September 23, 2020 0

Digicel makes timely donation to indigenous games

first_img… six hundred athletes expectedCELL Phone giant Digicel Guyana yesterday made a significant financial contribution to the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs as organisers prepare to host three days of non-stop action at the Everest Cricket Club ground in observance of Indigenous Heritage Month 2016. During a simple presentation at Digicel’s Headquarters, Event Coordinator Anil Roberts said participation is expected to come from all ten administrative regions.There will be football, volleyball, cricket in addition to novelty games, and Region Nine, the defending champions will try to retain their title.The Paruima girls from Region 7 will be there to defend their title so we have a lot of participation – over six hundred athletes – over the three days. Swimming will take place at the National Aquatic Centre.Roberts also indicated that Minister within the Ministry Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Director of Sport Christopher Jones will attend.He disclosed there will be a number of indigenous cuisines on sale. A play area for kids and cultural presentations will be among other attractions over the three days.Meanwhile, Digicel’s Marketing Executive Louanna Abrams said, “Digicel is pleased to be associated with the Indigenous Heritage Sports this year. We have been the exclusive telecommunications sponsor for a number of years and of course this year it is no different. We hope that it will be a successful three days of sports and we will continue to support it in any way we can.”Male and female football teams are drawn from Regions 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, Cricket from Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10, Volleyball, mixed teams from among specific regions and archery.The National Aquatic Centre will come alive on Saturday from 09:00hrs until noon with competitors coming from Regions 1 to10.Athletes will also compete in a number of Indigenous novelty games. among them piwari drinking, hot tuna pot eating, firewood bursting competition, lime and spoon.Games time is 09:00hrs and admission fee is $200 but free to children under 12 years old.last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Barca draw at title rivals Valencia after goal-line controversy

first_imgBy Richard MartinVALENCIA (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Jordi Alba haunted his former club Valencia with a stunning late equaliser in a 1-1 draw on Sunday in a top-of-the-table Liga clash that preserved the Catalan side’s four-point lead but was overshadowed by a ‘goal’ that was not given.Barca were denied the opener as Lionel Messi’s tame shot after half an hour was spilt by goalkeeper Neto and bounced over the line before the Brazilian dragged it back over but referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva allowed play to continue.The Argentine forward and his team mates remonstrated with the officials to no avail but still had a big say in the game, laying on a perfect pass for Alba’s 82nd minute leveller.Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno put Valencia ahead on the hour, sneaking ahead of Barca defender Thomas Vermaelen to score from close range before putting on an orange wig in tribute to the club’s late president Jaume Orti who passed away on Friday.Barcelona lead the standings on 35 points, Valencia have 31 while Atletico Madrid are third on 27, level on points with fourth-placed champions Real Madrid.“It was a good game and it was defined by a controversial play but we know Valencia’s potential. We’re not satisfied with everything but we’ve managed to take something positive from the game,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.Valencia assistant coach Ruben Urria added: ”We struggled at first because Barcelona are a great team and came here to win against the second best team in the league.“Everything changed in the second half and we were the better team. These players are making history.”Before kick off, Valencia paid tribute to Orti, president during the club’s last two Liga title-winning seasons in 2002 and 2004, and an electric atmosphere gripped The MestallaTITLE TILT Marcelino’s revitalised Valencia side were searching for a ninth consecutive league win to cement their first title tilt in 14 seasons but Barca took command in the first half, puncturing the atmosphere with long periods of possession.Still, the leaders failed to create any clear chances until the game’s flashpoint when Messi celebrated his ‘goal’ only for Valencia to break straight down the other end and almost open the scoring when Simone Zaza flashed a shot just wide.La Liga is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues not to have goal-line technology, although it will implement the video assistant referee (VAR) system from the start of next season.“La Liga has the best players in the world. It’s the best league in the world and it deserves the best technology. The goal was over the line, but neither the referee nor the assistant saw it,” said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.Valencia grew in confidence after the break, pressing high up the pitch. Zaza shot wide again and Barca defender Nelson Semedo gifted the ball to Rodrigo, who failed to capitalise.The striker found the target soon after, poking home to complete a sweeping move between left back Jose Gaya and winger Goncalo Guedes, putting Valencia on course for a first home win over Barca in over a decade until Alba struck.Zaza could have struck a winning goal deep in added time but his shot bounced over the bar.Elsewhere, Sevilla battled back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Villarreal in the first game since the news that coach Eduardo Berizzo has prostate cancer. Fifth-placed Sevilla have 25 points and are now four ahead of Villarreal in sixth.Seventh-placed Real Sociedad drew 2-2 at home to second-bottom Las Palmas, while Athletic Bilbao were held by the same scoreline at fellow strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Erickson: Jets sign Tebow for his image, not talents

first_imgBetween the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program, all the fallout that came with it and Peyton Manning’s short bout of free agency, it’s undoubtedly been a raucous offseason for the NFL.But once again, Tim Tebow steals the show.John Elway unsurprisingly pursued Manning and gave the clear impression that Tebow was never going to be the quarterback he wanted, despite what was said in last season’s playoffs.And in one of the most bizarre moves yet this offseason, the New York Jets traded a 2012 fourth and sixth-round draft pick in return for Tebow and a seventh-round draft pick. While Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez isn’t overwhelmingly outstanding, finishing 2011 with a 78.2 percent passer rating and 3,474 passing yards last year (good for 15th in the league), the Jets picked up a quarterback who is notoriously known for his poor throwing form and mostly makes things happen with his own run game.Many will be sad that he’ll have to sit on the bench in New York. Especially since it’s behind a quarterback like Sanchez. But Tebow deserves to be on the bench. He is possibly one of the most overrated and overexposed athletes in not only the NFL, but in sports, and the Jets made what looks more like a PR move than anything else by acquiring the fourth-quarter comeback kid.I’ve never been sold on Tebow. Sure he has a great story. He is a great role model for a lot of kids. But when it comes to his actual talent, there is no concrete, consistent evidence that supports his ability.He had a great collegiate career, winning two national championships in 2006 and 2008 under Urban Meyer in Florida. He also won the Heisman in 2007 as a sophomore.His story was remarkable and he was truly a sensation at that time. But he was also a collegiate system-quarterback. Once he got to Denver, things changed drastically. He was no longer playing in a system he could thrive in, and as a result he struggled. In his first season he played in nine games, as the Broncos quarterback corps faced injuries and issues with starter Kyle Orton and backup Brady Quinn.In his nine games, Tebow completed 50 percent of his passes for 654 yards and thus marked a precipitous drop in his passer rating from college to the pros. His four-year collegiate passer rating was a sterling 177.7, but in the NFL it sits at 82.1.He did, though, certainly revive a struggling Bronco team in 2011, taking a 1-4 start and turning the team into a divisional round playoff contestant.But, imagine for a second, if kicker Matt Prater hadn’t hit that 51-yard field goal for the overtime win against the Chicago Bears, Tebow’s storybook year probably wouldn’t have ended in the same manner.For the most part, Tebow’s performances throughout the 2011 season were ugly and largely relied on fourth-quarter comebacks. Those comebacks are great and all, but a quarterback that can get the job done the whole way through the game is largely preferable to one who is known more for the way he prays than as a solid play caller.In his 14 games in 2011, Tebow finished with 1,729 passing yards after completing only 46.5 percent of his passes en route to a 72.9 passer rating. He also managed 12 passing touchdowns, but turned the ball over 13 times on six interceptions and seven fumbles.Tebow found more success after the Broncos changed their game plan and set up a system for the second-year quarterback. They called more option plays and planned runs. As a result, Tebow became known for his running ability, scoring six rushing touchdowns and amassing 660 yards on 122 rushing attempts.There was only one play this year that made me believe Tebow had potential to become something more. Embarrassing Pittsburgh on the first play of overtime on the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Tebow threw a deep pass over the middle to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown and a trip to New England the following weekend.But that’s just it. His pro career has seemed largely to be a string of a lucky play here and there which add up to a win now and again. He hasn’t found consistency yet, which leaves a large question mark hanging over his head.So when the Jets traded for him after Manning signed with Denver, one had to wonder what the Jets organization was up to. Bringing in Tebow will undoubtedly boost its image. Tebow is such a loved figure for his story and the way people believe he creates miracles on the field, but the Jets seem to simply be grasping at the thin hope his popularity will rub off on their organization and give them some consistently positive PR.Last season, people couldn’t stop raving about Tebow. Sports pundits like Skip Bayless claimed over and over again how great he was, while others balked on the subject of his actual ability.While Tebow took over almost every sports media outlet – it was seemingly impossible to avoid him or a topic about him – he was only ever portrayed in a positive light, especially with his life off the field.That’s great and all, but the Jets aren’t looking at Tebow as a true solution to their quarterback situation when all is said and done.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think Tebow is the greatest thing since ever? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more


September 16, 2020 0

‘Very similar’: Ferrari chief sees shades of father in Mick Schumacher

first_img FOLLOW US 1 year ago US lawmakers introduce legislation seeking strengthening of US-India partnership Mick Schumacher is “very similar” to his famous father in how he conducts himself off the track, said Ferrari’s Formula One team principal on Friday.The 20-year-old son of seven Cretime world champion Michael Schumacher got his first full experience of driving an F1 car during testing in Bahrain earlier this month. WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago Detention of Nissan’s ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn extended to April 22 COMMENT WATCH US LIVE “But the way he’s behaving is very similar — the approach, the way he’s interested in the car, discussing conditions.” “He was always looking at the car, speaking to the mechanics. That’s very similar to his father.”Speaking in Shanghai ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Binotto was keen not to lumber Mick with even higher expectations, with interest already intense interest in the youngster.”The objective was not really to assess the performance in the very first day in an F1 car,” said Binotto. Last Updated: 12th April, 2019 14:00 IST ‘Very Similar’: Ferrari Chief Sees Shades Of Father In Mick Schumacher Mick Schumacher is “very similar” to his famous father in how he conducts himself off the track, said Ferrari’s Formula One team principal on Friday. Written By “More important for him is the learning phase. Day by day he is advancing a completely new challenge in his F2 season.” Following his European Formula 3 title last year, Mick made his Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, finishing eighth and sixth in the two races. LIVE TV First Published: 12th April, 2019 13:57 IST He joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in January, entering into a partnership with the team that helped his father win five F1 championships. READ | Chip Off The Old Block: Mick Schumacher Wins Key Formula Racing Crown Press Trust Of India 1 year ago WATCH: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi moves contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi in Supreme Court over Rafale matter, says ‘he’s trying to place his words in apex court’s order’ Michael has not been seen in public since suffering a severe head injury while skiing in December 2013.”The first time I saw him (Mick) after many years when he came back, I looked at him and don’t think he really looked similar to Michael,” said Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto.READ | Childish Giggles Explode Over Sebastian Vettel’s ‘something Loose Between My Legs’ Message On Ferrari Team’s Radio 1 year ago BSP Supremo Mayawati attacks, calls SC’s interim order on electoral bonds ‘a shameful loss’ for the BJP Mick followed in the footsteps of his legendary father in getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, completing 56 laps on an emotional occasion for his watching mother Corinna. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more


September 16, 2020 0

Chetan Pandya, Pragmatic Solutions: Sticking to the circle of competence

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Chetan Pandya, Chief Product Officer at Pragmatic Solutions (pictured), discusses the importance of strengthening its regulatory compliance standing in Malta, before explaining the evolution of the ‘Onboarding Hub’ resource to deliver more transparency to its partners, and why it is sticking to the “circle of competence” to avoid compromising on quality. SBC: How would you describe the Pragmatic Solutions business performance in 2020?CP: We are very excited about the momentum we have had in 2020. Pragmatic Solutions provides core player account management platform technology (PAM), an integration hub for 3rd-party services and content, and front-end CMS tools. This technology sits at the heart of a gaming business and is one of the most important vendor decisions that an operator will make.  As a technology company we recognise the significance of the role we play in supporting our client’s business and take this responsibility very seriously.  Our clients are regarded as business partners. We focus on long-term strategic alignment with their business goals and structure our commercial models to ensure we are mutually focused on cost-efficiency and profit maximisation. We believe in 2020 this approach has been well received and is an important factor driving current growth.Business performance for 2020 to date has been ahead of our financial and operational targets and our business development pipeline is active with numerous new partner discussions underway. We are a rapidly growing business and grateful for the partners who have chosen to build their business on our platform. We are committed to driving their success with our intelligent technology solutions.SBC: Is the interest you are getting as we move through the crisis more on the iGaming side? CP: We fortunately operate in an industry that provides entertainment that can be enjoyed at home and where remote work was already a common model, so while the COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on other sectors of the economy, our teams have continued to work and our business plans have progressed at pace.As a result of the suspension of most professional sports, many operators have either used this time to evaluate alternative platform options to their current legacy platforms or accelerated their plans to diversify their product mix (e.g. growing their gaming offering). In both scenarios, we take a consultative approach to educate these companies as to what we can offer and help design programs to implement these initiatives within their businesses.SBC: What does the recent B2B Critical Gaming Supply licence from MGA mean for the business? CP: Pragmatic Solutions already has been certified for Malta as we were already operating with clients in that market. The B2B Critical Gaming Supply licence is an additional credential to what we had before, strengthening our regulatory compliance standing and is consistent with our 2020 commitment to expanding our business in regulated markets. We will take the necessary steps to obtain certifications and licences to support the use of our technology by our clients in the jurisdictions where their business is based and onto the locally-regulated markets in which they serve customers. This licence is another step in our regulatory and compliance strategy. As for regulation and compliance, we’ve been following all the headlines in terms of penalties – so new or even existing operators get a lot of confidence when saying we’ve gone ahead and done this due diligence, we’ve taken the extra step. It showcases our commitment to regulation and compliance. For the business, it means a great deal because it gives confidence, credibility, and reliability to all existing and potential clients. Part of our approach means staying ahead and being proactive in making sure we offer full protection to our clients and their players. SBC: How is Pragmatic Solutions helping to minimise the challenges that operators face, both during COVID and looking past it?CP: As stated earlier, we’ve been fortunate not to be as adversely impacted by COVID-19 as other industries. The latest iGaming reports said that slots, virtual betting, poker and bingo have experienced an increase in turnover as a result of COVID lockdowns.We have prioritised new product integrations to our customers to ensure that they have alternatives to sports betting to offer their customers while major sporting events have been suspended.  We are their business partners and our commercial interests are aligned so we have been proactive and responsive to propose and implement solutions.As a business we were prepared because we had a continuity plan in place. We have a very flexible work from home policy. Our biggest asset is, indeed, our team. I’m super proud of the team as we have been able to onboard clients with agility and speed, even during this time. They’ve worked hard and have real passion for what they’re delivering, and I am very proud of how our teams have responded to the challenges of the COVID crisis. SBC: What is the Onboarding Hub that you have been promoting recently? Can you just talk us through this?CP: The Onboarding Hub is a resource center for our clients containing extensive information about our technology, our APIs, and the use of our technology. The goal of Onboarding Hub is to demonstrate our commitment to transparency for our partners, assist in their initial evaluation of our technology, support their technical teams throughout the integration and implementation process and serve as an evolving reference center for operations teams to access information about the use of our technology and the 3rd-party services available through our APIs.The Onboarding Hub is an evolving resource – as we introduce new functionality, support new regulatory requirements, or integrate new 3rd-party vendors, the content within the Hub is expanded and refined to support our client partners. At the end of the day, we are in a partnership where the better the operator performs, the better it is for our platform. That’s the kind of concept we want to bring with the Onboarding Hub.To summarise, it’s a source of information for some of the best practices regarding product, technology and compliance matters. This is valuable for operators, working as their own hub; and allowing more engagement as partners, while bringing more transparency to the working process. Too often is communication between a client and a technology vendor a one-way street.  We want to present all the information we can to show that we are accountable to our partners and transparent with regard to progress of our shared development roadmap. This transparency helps a long-term relationship to flourish.SBC: How would this help the company’s positioning as an iGaming platform (PAM)?CP: This will help to unlock the value that our iGaming platform can provide to our existing and new clients. We want our operators to succeed and our commitment will show in the quality of information we provide and the system that we put in place. So with regards to the Onboarding Hub, we will make compliance & regulation a core theme for operators, where they can get all the latest information and can use this information to improve their standing. Our idea behind creating the Onboarding hub is to provide structure, accountability and transparency. We believe that operators will find value in it and it will help us build a stronger relationship with them. SBC: Is there anything else coming up? Any new product developments you can share? How much has been pushed back as a result of COVID-19?CP: We’ve been fortunate to push on with all the development plans we had in place. All the conversations we have are around a fast development cycle – this has historically been an area where Pragmatic Solutions stands out in a competitive market. Our hard-earned reputation for being responsive to our partners’ demands is an asset that we work diligently to maintain.The idea is to maintain the speed of delivery but also the right compliance, consistently focusing on the AML rules and creating best practices. We have been, in fact, busier than before because we have some important businesses coming on to our platform. Also, we believe in the circle of competence without compromising on quality. We continue to invest in improving the platform architecture, keeping the platform flexible, improving turnaround time and in our ability to integrate FAST with any 3rd party service provider. You should know what you’re good at and keep improving that part. We try to avoid distractions which places us higher in the top when compared to other providers who have their hands in many pies. I understand the industry is growing, but we are trying to stick to the circle of competence so that when you use our Pragmatic Solutions, you get the best platform service.last_img read more


August 30, 2020 0