Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a series of measures to help businesses that may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including making all retail, leisure and hospitality businesses exempt from paying business rates for 12 months.At the time, gambling businesses were not included in the list of companies that would benefit from the scheme, which drew criticism from the BGC.However, the government has now announced this will also apply to land-based businesses such as betting shops, casinos and bingo halls. This comes after the government on 23 March instructed all casinos, betting shops and bingo halls to temporarily close as part of measures to combat the spread coronavirus.That announcement came after it was confirmed that gambling businesses would be eligible for government grants to cover up to 80% of salaries for workers unable to do their jobs during the shut-down – something welcomed by the BGC.“The government are clearly working night and day to beat the virus and to ensure that jobs and businesses throughout our country are protected,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said.“On top of the help on employment, extending help on business rates to all businesses that have had to shut down is another much-needed shot in the arm that will help to protect tens of thousands of jobs.”Without the ability to generate revenue, the BGC had said that the majority of the 70,000 people working in the UK betting and gaming industry were at risk of losing their jobs due to a project drop in gambling activity.The BGC said much of this would be due to the cancellation of many major sports and racing events, which account for 75% of UK sports betting spend. BGC members pay over £3bn (€3.3bn/$3.5bn) in annual taxes, contribute £350m to horse racing and between £120m and £200m to the UK tourism sector through international visitors and their spend, the association noted.In addition to the business rates holiday and job retention scheme, land-based gambling will benefit from certain other measures set out by the Chancellor.The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which is interest-free for 12 months, is also available to gambling businesses, while the government has agreed to defer the next quarter’s VAT payments for businesses.“Our industry will in turn do its absolute upmost to help with the fight against the virus and play our part in this historic national effort, including offering up staff and premises to help,” Dugher said.“And although gambling has fallen markedly with betting shops and casinos closing, and with the lack of sport which accounts for a big chunk of online betting too, we are also stepping up our safer gambling measures at this time.” Government extends business rates holiday to gambling sector 25th March 2020 | By contenteditor Bingo Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Strategy Bingo
Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) 2010 annual report.Company ProfileAbsa Bank Kenya Plc formerly known as Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited is a leading financial service provider in Kenya offering banking products and services to the consumer and corporate sectors under the categories Personal Banking, Prestige Banking, Premier Banking, Corporate, Treasury and Lie Assurance. The company specialises in offering solutions for specialist investment banking, financing, risk management and advisory services for corporates, financial institutions and government clients. Its personal banking division offers full-service banking; ranging from personal transactional accounts to credit application and wealth and investment management, with electronic and mobile banking support. The financial institution has approximately 120 outlets and 230 ATMs, with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Barclays Bank of Kenya is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited. Absa Bank Kenya Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
SBC Limited (SBC.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about SBC Limited (SBC.sz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SBC Limited (SBC.sz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SBC Limited (SBC.sz) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSBC Limited is an investment holding company offering retail financial services through its subsidiaries. SBC is the majority shareholder (94.5%) in Select Limited, a company that offers microfinance products and services mainly to civil servants in Swaziland. Select offers financial assistance to the none- or underbanked population of Swaziland; offering unsecured credit to employed individuals who are unable to access finance through traditional banking channels. Select operates through five branches located in the main cities. SBC also has shareholding interests in Lesana Lesotho Limpopo (Lesana), a micro finance company in Lesotho. SBC Limited is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange
Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2021 circular For more information about Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) 2021 circular Company ProfileZambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients. The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking.
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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 118 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Howard Lake | 6 May 2016 | News 117 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: corporate Macmillan construction industry partners support male cancer campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Alix Wooding, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support added:“It’s very exciting for Macmillan to be working across an entire sector and uniting businesses who would traditionally be competitors, in the name of providing vital support to people with worries about cancer”. Six building and construction industry companies who already fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support are also collaborating on an awareness raising campaign. This aims to ensure male employees and customers are aware of spotting the signs and symptoms of cancer early.A survey for Macmillan of 1,088 people who work in this industry found that 43% of men would feel discouraged from talking about changes to their health such as a lump, a suspicious mole or pain, in case they were perceived as ‘making a fuss’. In addition, 22.9% would feel discouraged because they are too embarrassed.The ‘Don’t Let Cancer Ruin Your Foundations’ campaign involves Travis Perkins, Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, Kier Group, Costain, Selco Builders Warehouse and Wolseley UK.They will host Macmillan information and support resources in branches and on building sites. The aim is to raise awareness amongst employees and customers of the importance of reporting the signs and symptoms of cancer early, and to support this group to do so.Fundraising partnersThe companies are already fundraising partners of the charity. As such they will also fundraise for Macmillan next week on ‘Takeover Tuesday’ (Tuesday 10 May) as part of the campaign.Chris Cunliffe, Chief Executive of Selco Builders Warehouse said:“All of the companies taking part in the campaign are Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising partners and collectively we have raised over £1,570,000 for the charity. If this campaign helps just one man face his cancer fears and take control by seeing a doctor or talking about his concerns, then it will have been a success.” Advertisement
to go further News International mission finds Maltese authorities are failing to safeguard press freedom, calls for public inquiry in murder case of Daphne Caruana Galizia News November 29, 2018 Find out more October 19, 2018 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Malta Help by sharing this information MaltaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsInternational bodies CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassmentViolence In Malta, RSF urges PM Muscat to establish an immediate public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination News News On 4 December 2017, 10 people were arrested in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, of whom three men were charged with murder, the criminal use of explosives, criminal conspiracy, and involvement in organised crime. However, a full year later, the three men have still not yet been brought to trial, and the investigation has failed to yield any further tangible results.We again emphasise the need for full justice for Caruana Galizia’s murder; every person involved in the planning and carrying out of this heinous attack must be identified and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.To that end, and in light of the clear deficiencies of the ongoing criminal investigation, we reiterate our support for the Caruana Galizia family’s call for a public inquiry into whether Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination could have been prevented, and to determine whether any changes to law, policies, or practices are required in order to protect the lives of journalists in Malta. We again urge Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to establish without delay an inquiry in line with the Third Opinion published on 30 November by Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and Doughty Street Chambers. We further express our profound disappointment that the Maltese authorities have not addressed any of the serious concerns identified by the joint freedom of expression mission to the country undertaken by six of our organisations from 15 to 17 October. On the contrary, the free expression climate in Malta has continued to deteriorate since our mission. We particularly note the Maltese authorities’ continuous actions not only to destroy on a daily basis the protest memorial honouring Caruana Galizia, but also to construct increasingly elaborate barriers around the protest memorial to prevent the public from exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful protest.We continue to follow with concern the dozens of ongoing civil defamation lawsuits that continue against Caruana Galizia posthumously – including cases filed by the Prime Minister, his chief of staff, and the Minister of Tourism – as well as a case brought by the Prime Minister that continues against Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew. We are also closely following the unprecedented attempt by Speaker of Parliament Anglu Farrugia, at the request of ruling party MP Glenn Bedingfield, to censor a report about a parliamentary debate by The Shift News.Finally, we note the failure by the Maltese government to report accurately on the free expression climate in the country in its report to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of Malta on 14 November. The state report neglected to include Caruana Galizia’s assassination, or other areas of widespread violations that have taken place in Malta, despite the fact that the country experienced the world’s sharpest decline in Reporters Without Borders’ 2018 World Press Freedom Index, falling 18 places to 65th out of 180 countries.In light of these worrying developments, we again urge the Maltese authorities to:Redouble efforts to identify and prosecute all those involved in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, including the masterminds behind the attack; Immediately establish a public inquiry into whether Caruana Galizia’s assassination could have been prevented and whether lessons can be learned for the future;Cease all forms of attack against Caruana Galizia posthumously and against those who continue to fight for justice for her murder, as well as independent media such as The Shift News that continue to pursue public interest investigative reporting; Accept and implement the recommendations made during the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Malta; andTake concrete steps as a matter of urgent priority to improve the wider freedom of expression climate in the country.Signed:Reporters Without Borders (RSF)The Committee to Protect JournalistsEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of JournalistsInternational Press InstituteIFEXIndex on CensorshipPEN AmericaPEN International Press contact: Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director for Reporters Without Borders at +44 (0)20 7324 8903 or [email protected] Receive email alerts MaltaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsInternational bodies CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassmentViolence Organisation 04.12.2018. Nine international freedom of expression, press freedom, and professional journalists’ organisations condemn the lack of justice for the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia a full year after three arrests were made in connection with the case. Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb that detonated near her home in Bidnija, Malta on 16 October 2017. December 3, 2018 – Updated on February 2, 2019 Malta: one year after arrests of murder suspects, international NGOs condemn continued lack of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Malta’s Speaker of Parliament tries to censor news site October 15, 2018 Find out more
Google+ WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleThe McHugh View: Important win for Donegal but indiscipline is disappointingNext articleColeman,Clark & McCarthy to start against Sweden admin Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter A Donegal Deputy is urging the Government to take action with the rising costs in motor insurance.Fianna Fail passed a motion in the Dail last week which included calls for the re-establishment of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board on a time limited basis and greater disclosure around policy renewal notifications.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says passing the motion was the first step and pressure will now be put on the Government to tackle the issue:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/charlie.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Pinterest GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme By admin – June 13, 2016 Homepage BannerNews Deputy McConalogue urges Government to tackle rising costs in motor insurance Facebook Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly
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RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR £3000 worth of damage caused by fire at new O’Neills development Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook £3000 worth of damage was caused by a blaze at the new O’Neills Sportswear building in Strabane last evening.It is believed that the fire was started deliberately at about 8pm.The development is still at construction stage and once complete, will provide a new distribution facility and shop complex for the company.West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle raised concerns that the expansion of the company could have been in jeopardy due to the actions of those that maliciously ignited the fire:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/boyle.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By News Highland – May 29, 2018 Google+ Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleRenewed calls to improve facilities and car parking at Mt ErrigalNext articleMinister English to meet with officials tomorrow to discuss Mica News Highland Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook
Marilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has presented the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein to a grand jury for a second time to include testimony from a one-time Sopranos actress, new court filings show.Prosecutors are hoping the grand jury returns a new indictment against the disgraced film producer based, in part, on the accounts of Annabella Sciorra, the actress who has claimed Weinstein raped her in 1993.Sciorra made public claims against Weinstein in the media but only came forward to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in the months after the original indictment was returned, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. As a result a judge declined to allow her to testify at trial.“We do believe that the trial jury should have the benefit of hearing the testimony of the remaining witness and therefore we will cure the deficiency by re-presenting the case to a new grand jury,” the prosecutor’s filing said.The grand jury would indict Weinstein on the same five charges he currently faces but would take into account Sciorra’s testimony, which would allow prosecutors to call her as a witness to bolster their case at trial. Her allegation is outside the statute of limitations that was in effect at the time.Weinstein’s trial is currently scheduled to begin Sept. 9. The grand jury decision on a new indictment may not come until Aug. 26 and it’s possible there will be a delay.Despite defense objections, Judge James Burke has allowed women like Sciorra to testify at trial even though their accounts are not part of the charges, a letter from the district attorney’s office revealed publicly for the first time. A similar decision doomed Bill Cosby.“We also appreciate the significant Molineux decision by the Court, allowing the People to call additional witnesses,” the letter said, referring to the landmark 1901 Molineux ruling that allows prosecutors to introduce evidence of previous crimes at a defendant’s trial.The identities of the additional accusers who would be called to testify at trial have not been made public.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.