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No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCute Anti-banker populism is backfiring THIS is turning out to be a decent year for the global investment banking industry, despite weaker trading results and even though some firms are doing better than others. True, Wall Street’s total profitability – as defined by the broker-dealer operations of New York Stock Exchange members – will collapse 69 per cent this year to $19bn, from the exceptional and unsustainable $61.4bn collected in 2009. But this would still make 2010 the fourth-most profitable year on record, New York State’s comptroller said yesterday. Thomas DiNapoli also confirmed that a net 31,000 – one-sixth – of all Wall Street jobs have disappeared since the end of 2007. Bonuses totaled $20.3bn in 2009, up 17 per cent from 2008 (they collapsed 47 per cent in 2008). US investment banking bonuses could be up 0-5 per cent this year; but total compensation will slip for the big firms, dragged down by trading.The situation will be different in London, however, where UK and European regulators are obsessed with reducing compensation and especially bonuses. That is the reason for HSBC’s decision to double the basic pay of many of its bankers yesterday, in return for much lower bonuses. The Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates City bonuses this year will be £7bn if market forces are allowed to operate, down from £11.6bn in 2007. Yet there is now discussion that banks (how these are defined remains to be seen) should get together to cut total bonuses to no more than £4bn; it is unclear, however, how much of this is purely spin. Does the £4bn refer to cash – or also to equity? London players may have suffered more than Wall Street and bonuses may be set to fall of their own accord. There are also probably fewer investment bankers employed at the largest banks in London.More likely, the real drivers are the rules forcing a much greater emphasis on basic pay, deferred compensation and reduced cash payouts. All of these will automatically cut cash compensation this year; there will be no need for legally dubious cartels or secret meetings in smoke-filled rooms. If so, the government and the industry could pretend to have successfully pandered to the City’s enemies while not actually doing anything other than implementing the new rules.Even if compensation does fall, the envious and the left-wing commentariat should not rejoice too soon: the largest single gainer from bonuses is the taxman. If bonuses are £7bn, the taxman would get £4.1bn, with the 315,000 City workers keeping just £3.8bn. If bonuses fall to £4bn, the taxman will lose £1.8bn in revenue, since some banks are not yet paying corporation tax because of losses made in previous years. Lower compensation would force greater spending cuts and additional tax hikes on ordinary folk. It would chase away jobs to parts of the world where financiers are welcome, including New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. The anti-bonus rules will also make the industry less flexible: fixed costs will increase hugely, making banks much more vulnerable in the event of a downturn and guaranteeing far more job cuts. Populism and the politics of envy always backfire; it’s a tragedy hardly anybody understands this.ROYAL WEDDINGCongratulations to William and Kate, a lovely couple. Their engagement is wonderful news. We wish them the very best and a life full of happiness. 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First Colombian pilot plan to reopen casinos authorised AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Bingo The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.Pilot plans for reopening the nation’s casino and bingo venues were authorised in July, and related health and safety requirements approved in August by Colombia’s Ministry of Health. It comes after venues were shuttered in mid-March as a result of the pandemic.In order to be authorised for reopening, retail gaming establishments must comply with a specific set of Covid-19 safety requirements. This includes the use of physical barriers between gaming machines, increased sanitation of high-touch areas, venue capacity restrictions, and reduced opening hours. The restrictions also prohibit the sale and consumption of food and alcoholic beverages on-site.“Fecoljuegos has been actively participating in the processes of developing the pilot with the different local authorities of the country and with [gaming regulator] Coljuegos,” Evert Montero Cárdenas, president of gambling trade association Fecoljuegos, commented. “This approval in Cartago is a significant step for the industry, which we hope will multiply very soon throughout the national territory.”“With the resolution, the mayors of all the municipalities of the country no longer have any barrier to moving forward as soon as possible with the implementation of the pilot plans authorized by the National Government”.With a singular nationwide approval still not on the cards, it is down to each individual municipality to authorise pilot plans locally. There are 2,765 authorised establishments in the nation which may now begin to reopen, subject to their local authorities’ approval.Throughout the national lockdown, gaming establishments been unable to generate revenue, which Fecoljuegos says means the state has missed out on around COP225bn (£44.9m/€49.8m/$59.5m) in taxes. Tax revenue from gaming directly funds Colombia’s healthcare system, and the industry also provides the main source of income for some 240,000 families. 19th August 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Bingo Regions: LATAM Colombia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. Email Address
Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) 2012 abridged results.Company ProfileMauritius Oil Refineries Limited deals in the production and distribution of edible crude oils, which includes the refinery, packaging and marketing of the finished products. The company also engages in the manufacturing of metal cans and plastic containers. Moroil operates through its subsidiaries, wholly owned Proton Limited, engaged in the rental services; Metal Can Manufacturers Limited, a metal containers manufacturer, in which it holds a 50.11% stake, as well as Pharmalab Plastic Supplies Limited, a plastic bottles manufacturer, in which the Company holds a 51.22% stake. The company has divided its activities into segments, which include oil products, metal cans and plastic containers, imported food products, and others. Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
BATH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford looks on during the Heineken Cup Pool 5 match between Bath and Edinburgh at the Recreation Ground on December 13, 2009 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ross Ford today committed his long-term future to Edinburgh, signing a new two-year contract and underlining his intention to help the club fulfil its potential. The 46-cap hooker, whose career in the black and red began in October 2007, says that Edinburgh’s drive to progress both on and off the field convinced him to dedicate the prime years of his career to the side from the Scottish capital. Ford’s form with both the Murrayfield outfit and Scotland saw him called up to the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009, where he appeared as a replacement in the third test win in Johannesburg. He has since established himself as a mainstay of the national team, being lauded for his displays in the historic wins over Australia, Ireland, Argentina and South Africa, and has continued to impress for Edinburgh. Ford, 26, is the second high-profile talent to pledge his future to the club in recent weeks, Tim Visser, the reigning Magners League Young Player of the Season and the current top tournament try scorer, having also agreed an extension. Ford today expressed his delight at signing up for at least another two campaigns, saying: “I’ve loved being part of Edinburgh’s development in the last four years, and I’m excited by the prospect of helping the club push on. “As a player, you always want to be part of a set-up that’s going forward and I firmly believe that this is the right environment for me to carry on maturing. “I look forward to enjoying more good times with Edinburgh. It’s great to have my future sorted out, and I’m thrilled that future is with Edinburgh.” Nick Scrivener, the club’s interim head coach, confirmed: “Ross putting pen to paper is a massive boost for everyone. He’s a huge player for us in every sense, and resigning someone of that quality is a positive signal about where we’re at as a club and where we want to go. “Physically, Ross is a tremendous specimen: he’s got all the ingredients you’d want in a modern hooker as well as a fantastic work ethic. We’re looking to him to really be a leader, in terms of his own performance and how he influences those around him, and we look forward to working with him to ensure he continues to go from strength to strength over the next couple of years.” Craig Docherty, the Edinburgh chief executive, hailed the retention of Ford as “the perfect follow-up” to the new Visser deal. He said: “I’m sure our supporters will be as happy as I am that Ross is staying with the club and has bought into our plans for growth in a rugby and commercial sense. “It’s fantastic that we’ll be able to count on his services going forward. The news also sends out a powerful message that we’re both determined and able to hold on to talented, sought-after players and are continuing to invest significantly in the squad.” Ross will be available for interview and photography in the Rowan Suite at Murrayfield Stadium following today’s Scotland captain’s media conference, which begins at 12.15pm. ROSS FORD Ross William Ford has developed into one of the foremost hookers in the European game since joining Edinburgh from Border Reivers in 2007. This status was confirmed when he was called up to the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in summer 2009. Ford came off the bench in the third test victory in Johannesburg. Quick, mobile and blessed with a powerful physique, Ford has had a phenomenal impact in the black and red since making his debut at Connacht in October 2007. As Andy Robinson’s first signing, Ford scored Scottish Rugby’s Try of the Season when he finished off a thrilling move during Edinburgh’s memorable Heineken Cup win over Leicester Tigers in January 2008. Ford won his first senior cap for Scotland when he was introduced as a replacement during the opening match of the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests against Australia at Murrayfield and he scored a try during the famous win over Argentina in Buenos Aires in the summer of 2008. It was over a year until he made his second appearance, reward for a solid season with the Reivers, when he came on as a replacement against Wales in the 2006 RBS 6 Nations. He was introduced from the bench again in the following match against England. The Kelso High School former pupil captained Scotland under-16 and was a member of the 2002 Commonwealth Games Sevens squad in Manchester. He has also represented his country at under-18, under-19, and under-21 levels. His under-19 honours included the 2002 IRB/FIRA world junior championship in Italy, when he played in all four of Scotland’s games as a flank forward, though he is now a hooker with Border Reivers. He made his under-21 international debut in the 2004 match against Wales at Bridgend, and he played in the age group’s world championship that year and 2005. His 2005-2006 season was cut short by a knee injury in a Celtic League match against Glasgow in March. Ross was named Border Reivers’ Player of the Year at the Scottish Rugby Awards Dinner in May 2006, a reflection of the fact that his endeavours are appreciated as much by his colleagues as by supporters. Away from his Edinburgh duties, Ford has coached Kelso under-18s and still lives in his native Borders.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles is a clear aim for this England squad and Cornborough says: “It’s definitely on the agenda for us. It’s one thing winning the tournament but another thing retaining it, but it’s certainly something we’re looking to achieve.”Wales freshen up for the ScotsWales head coach Rowland Phillips has named four players without prior international experience for Friday’s Test against Scotland at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay – second-row Natalia John, flanker Beth Lewis, scrum-half Jade Knight and wing Hannah Bluck will all make their debuts.Meanwhile, Scotland have named all four of their full-time professional players and they will be hoping to repeat their success of last year, when they beat Wales by a point.Leading ladies: The captains of the Women’s Six Nations teams. Photo: Getty ImagesToulouse TestWing Megan Williams is Ireland’s sole debutant to face France while Niamh Briggs makes her return to the team after a year out with a serious injury and will start at fly-half rather than her more regular position of full-back.The former captain will need to put in a top performance if Ireland are to win in Toulouse on Saturday against a French side boasting one of the most experienced squads in the competition and now led by openside flanker Gaëlle Hermet.Women’s Six Nations Round One FixturesFriday 2 February Wales v Scotland, 6pm, Parc Eirias, Live on BBC Wales Saturday 3 February France v Ireland, 8pm, Stade Ernest Wallon, Live on RTESunday 4 February Italy v England, 5.30pm, Stadio Mirabello, Live on Sky Sports Harlequins prop Vickii Cornborough looks ahead to the first game of England’s Women’s Six Nations campaign against Italy with Shay Waterworth England prop Vickii Cornborough on the first round of the Women’s Six NationsEngland have dominated the Women’s Six Nations since the tournament began in 1996, winning 14 titles and 13 Grand Slams. However, last years’ triumph was a first for the Red Roses since 2012. So can they now reassert their dominance in Europe?One player looking forward to the opening weekend is England prop Vickii Cornborough. The 27-year-old is set to win her 37th cap against Italy on Sunday, but it isn’t just rugby on the Harlequin’s mind.“I’m looking forward to the coffee out there,” says Cornborough shortly after a high-intensity session at Bisham Abbey. “I also don’t know any Italian, which is really bad because we’ve had some Italian girls join Quins this year who have limited English skills, so I should have learnt some by now.”High five: Vickii Cornborough, middle, enjoys an England win with her Harlequins team-mates. Photo: Getty ImagesFollowing the disappointment of the World Cup final in August, Cornborough was part of the squad which whitewashed Canada in the autumn and she’s clearly determined to keep the momentum rolling.Cornborough says: “Because I’m known to be a ball-carrying prop, I’ve been working on my intensity and work at the breakdown. But If I want to be selected to play for this England team, my set-piece game also needs to be outstanding.”LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSShe has played in Italy several times and she has fond memories playing with picturesque backdrops on the outskirts of Milan. However, Stadio Mirabello, just north of Bologna, will be a new venue for the Red Roses this year.“When we travel away our biggest focus is keeping our routines the same to ensure our preparation is as good as possible, but after the game you never know what the Italians are going to serve up.”Italy have never beaten England in the Six Nations since the tournament’s birth more than two decades ago, but Cornborough is far from complacent.“We have no doubt that Italy will be a tough game. They can be unpredictable to play against and it will be challenging for us.“If you look at our games against Italy over the past two years, they’ve started the matches much stronger. Something we’re looking to do is assert ourselves on the game from kick-off and bring intensity from the start.”Slam dunk: England celebrate their Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam last year. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Red Roses lost just one match in 2017 – the World Cup final against New Zealand – and since then they have parted with some experienced players, but England head coach Simon Middleton is excited by the young talent emerging in his squad – find out more about several of those rising stars in Rugby World’s Six Nations special. On the charge: Vickii Cornborough makes a break during the Women’s World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Heart of Bucks – Community Foundation for Buckinghamshire are opening a Flood Recovery & Awareness Fund designed to support charities and community groups affected by the floods.Other community foundations are responding to floods but not currently launching appeals.Steve Duncan, Chief Executive of Community Foundation for Calderdale, said: “Unfortunately this is our third serious flood in eight years and Community Foundation for Calderdale is well versed on managing an appeal and distributing grants to those affected.“We are initially giving out £200 emergency grants to householders and we are working with the Council to support businesses, offering £1,000 top up grants to £2,500 grants with funding they have received from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.”Fabian French is Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, the national network of 46 accredited community foundations across the UK. Each year its members give around £100 million to charities, community groups and individuals.He said: “Whether assisting with emergency repairs, clothing, childcare equipment or furniture and white goods, flood recovery grants are crucial when it comes to supporting people to rebuild their lives following crisis and upheaval.“Community foundations are well-placed to provide emergency relief because they understand the needs of their locality and are able to convene with relevant partners and mobilise quickly. Being well-established in their communities, community foundations hold a position of trust and draw on existing relationships with local donors.” The Welsh Government has pledged up to £10m to helps affected towns such as Pontypridd and Monmouth.The National Flood Forum is a national charity that supporters flood risk communities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Community foundations launch emergency flood recovery appeals Nottinghamshire Community FoundationSouth Yorkshire’s Community Foundation Herefordshire Community Foundation Community Foundation for Lancashire Tagged with: community foundations Emergency Fundraising floods Community foundations across England are responding to the devastating and compounded impact of Storms Ciara and Dennis.Community foundations are providing emergency grants to assist individuals and families who have been displaced from their homes and/or had their properties damaged by flood waters. In some instances, the foundations are also raising funds for community rebuilding projects. Foundation Derbyshire Emergency flood recovery appealsCurrently, the following community foundations have launched emergency flood recovery appeals in response to the latest floods and/or are still fundraising following recent flooding.Community Foundation for Calderdale Other fundraising in the wake of floodingFlooding has affected Shropshire, with Coalbrookdale by Ironbridge suffering. In addition there is flooding in South Wales, with one campaign raising £30,000 for those affected.Film star Michael Sheen and Pontypridd MP Alex Davies-Jones have between them raised more than £80,000 in online campaigns. The money raised from Michael Sheen’s campaign will go to the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, of which he has been president since 2017. 441 total views, 3 views today Howard Lake | 18 February 2020 | News 442 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 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.
UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council March 30, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Predator of press freedom holds on to power Follow the news on Uzbekistan “The day will come when our citizens will enjoy complete freedom, all civil liberties and above all press freedom,” Karimov said at an election rally on 25 March. But the promised day is not about to arrive.Uzbekistan’s leader since 1989, Karimov stops at nothing to enforce his implacable authority and reduce critics to silence. This includes arbitrary imprisonment, detention in psychiatric hospitals and widespread use of torture. Journalists pay a high price if they are tempted to take his professions of democratic faith literally. At least nine are currently detained. And they are not allowed to hope. Just as Mohammed Bekzhanov was about to complete a 13-year spell in jail in 2012, he was given an additional five-year sentence.Karimov is everywhere in the media, boasting of his government’s “achievements” and warning the public against “destructive forces” that threaten “national values.” Anyone daring to underline the prevailing optimism by challenging the bullish official statistics or by seriously investigating social problems takes a big risk.Independent journalist Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2008 on a trumped-up charge of drug trafficking for covering the Aral Sea environmental disaster. Like most of the other detained journalists, he is in poor health and his condition is worsening.Independent and opposition websites have long been inaccessible in Uzbekistan and the regime continues to plug the holes – creating a new entity for monitoring communications, bringing mobile phone operators to heel, blocking tools for circumventing online censorship and launching repeated cyber-attacks on outspoken sites.Is this just cynicism or is it a worrying case of senility? The old dictator says he supports Internet freedom. But not all of his statements are so disconnected from reality. In an address to journalists in June 2012, he said, “choosing this profession (…) requires courage and self-sacrifice.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 15, 2020 Find out more News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption May 11, 2021 Find out more President Islam Karimov did not even bother to amend the constitution, which limits him to two terms. After yesterday’s sham election, he is preparing to begin his fourth term without batting an eye. Uzbekistan faces many uncertainties but one thing is sure – this 77-year-old “predator of press freedom” will continue censoring and ruling with an iron hand until he breathes his last. (Photo: Alexander Nemenov / AFP) News News to go further News
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