Dana battles to stop £1.9bn offer by KNOC

first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL Dana battles to stop £1.9bn offer by KNOC whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Show Comments ▼ whatsapp DANA PETROLEUM is braced for a £1.9bn hostile takeover by Korean National Oil Corps after investors dismissed an ambitious defence document demanding a higher price.Shares in Dana closed almost flat at £18.09, just above the level of state-owned KNOC’s £18 per share offer, indicating shareholders were unmoved by the argument. The board of the Aberdeen-based oil and gas explorer said the company was worth between £21.10 and £24.65 per share based on the valuation of an independent expert. Dana also announced the much-trailed purchase of North Sea assets from Canada’s Suncor for £240m, which it said contributed to the uplift.Chairman Colin Goodall again called on investors to reject the approach from the Far Eastern predator. He said: “For a national oil company to launch a hostile offer without access to detailed technical information means KNOC must be highly confident the Dana assets are worth much more than the offer price.”But City insiders disagreed, noting that KNOC already had letters of indicative support from shareholders accounting for 49 per cent of Dana’s shares. Analysts expected KNOC to begin buying the stock with a view to a hostile takeover.David Hart at Westhouse Securities said: “My gut feeling is they could stick by their £18-per-share offer and do it, but whether they decide to go down the path of least resistance and raise the bid slightly I don’t know. On balance, it’s more likely to go hostile.”Analysts at JPMorgan said £18 per share “represents a good price for this stock”. Citigroup agreed and pointed out the absence of “white knight” bidders to help Dana fight for a raise.JOHN MACGOWANRBS HOARE GOVETTDANA?PETROLEUM?has hired RBS?Hoare Govett, RBC Capital Markets and Morgan Stanley to defend against the Koreans’ siege.Leading the team at RBS Hoare?Govett is John MacGowan. MacGowan has had a busy summer, advising Dana on its £270m purchase of Dutch oil company Petro Canada Netherlands in?June and guiding industrial group BSS?on its purchase by Travis Perkins.He is joined by Stephen Bowler, a veteran broker who has worked on a number of transactions including the £350m fundraising by private equity lender Intermediate Capital Group last year. Also on board for RBS?Hoare Govett is Graham Hertrich.Dana’s other advisers include RBC Capital Markets’ Josh?Critchley, who worked with?Resolution on its recent acquisition of Axa’s UK life and pensions business, and Andrew Foster of Morgan Stanley.On the KNOC side is Bank of America Merrill?Lynch. Andrew Osborne, a Hoare Govett alumnus, is a key player, as are bank chairman Simon Mackenzie-Smith, Philip Noblet and Anya Weaving. For Noblet, a successful deal would cap a good month. He was made co-head of?M&A for Europe and the Middle East this week. Wednesday 8 September 2010 8:08 pmlast_img read more

Italy iGaming Dashboard – November 2018

first_img Casino surged to its highest ever monthly GGR in Italy last month with poker also up as iGB extends its market share coverage in ring games and tournaments Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling 12th November 2018 | By Joanne Christie Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Bingo After a surge at the beginning of the Italian football season, Italy’s sports betting market dropped off slightly last month and was down significantly when compared with last October.Online sports betting GGR fell to €56.90m in October, down from September’s €60.45m and last October’s €77.74m, representing a more than 25% year-on-year drop.Casino, on the other hand, saw its highest ever monthly GGR, with the €64.91m in GGR last month representing a more than 10% jump on the previous month and an almost 25% rise on the same month the previous year.This saw the market swing back to a position where casino is the largest online vertical in Italy, with 47.52% of the market compared with 41.65% for sports betting.Overall, total online GGR rose to €136.6m from €132.6 the previous month. Although this was a rise on the previous month, the disappointing sports betting figures saw the overall market fall nearly 6% year-on-year.Bet365 regained its lead in online sports betting, but looking at the leading operators when land-based revenue is included, it’s clear the online giant faces challenges once the advertising ban comes into play in January.While Bet365 holds 15.9% of the online sports betting market, once land-based revenue is included its share drops to 6.8%, with Snai, Planetwin365 and Eurobet leading the combined pack.Given these operators will continue to be able to leverage their retail presence once the ban is in effect, it will be interesting to see how much more ground they gain over the online-only operators next year. There was some rare good news in the poker market in Italy last month, with GGR for both tournament and cash poker rising on the month and poker’s share of the igaming market nudging back towards 5% for tournaments and 4% for cash games.This month we’ve expanded our market share breakdown of the poker market to show the top five operators for tournaments and the top 10 operators for cash games. PokerStars remains the leader in both markets, though its lead fell slightly last month in both areas.Click on the drop down options below to compare how Italy’s igaming market has performed on a monthly or annual basis. Revenue figures for online-only sports betting start from October 2016, with operator market shares from May 2017.All data and figures are processed by leading European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure, a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector. Italy iGaming Dashboard – November 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Iowa breaks handle record for fourth straight month in December

first_img Regions: US Sports betting revenue declined month-on-month in December 2020 but was up 159.9% year-on-year, as stakes hit a record high for the fourth consecutive month thanks to new highs in both online and retail spending. Online again made up the majority of revenue, at $4.6m, which was down from November but up 156.3% from December 2019. This came on stakes of $78.1m, which was also a new record and up 133.5% from the previous year. 8th January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Iowa breaks handle record for fourth straight month in December The $7.5m in revenue came on handle of $104.8m, up 76.7% year-on-year and 20.2% from last month’s record. Read the full story on iGB North America. Retail revenue, meanwhile, remained stable month-on-month at $2.9m and was up 31.8% compared to the year before. Retail handle also set a new record at $26.7m, up 3.5% from December 2019, which held the previous record.center_img Topics: Finance Sports betting Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sportsbook Tags: DraftKings William Hill FanDuel Email Address Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2 top UK shares I might buy for the new bull market

first_img2 top UK shares I might buy for the new bull market Image source: Getty Images. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I believe that now is a great time to buy UK shares. This is because prices of many quality companies remain well below their pre-pandemic levels. This provides long-term investors like me with a brilliant chance to nip in and grab a bargain (or two).I’ve continued to load my Stocks and Shares ISA with top-notch British stocks despite the uncertain economic environment. And I’m on the lookout for more UK shares that might soar during the new bull market. Here are two that are on my radar today:5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…#1: Easy tigerI believe the easyJet (LSE: EZJ) share price might be one of the strongest risers when the bull market kicks off. The amount people spend on non-essential items like holidays rises strongly during the early stages of economic upturns. But low-cost carriers like easyJet might be the aviation sector winners even if economic conditions remain difficult as demand for its cheap tickets will remain strong.Besides this, rampant cost-cutting at easyJet has created a nimbler machine that will be more responsive to exploiting positive market conditions. As analysts at GlobalData comment: “drastic action taken by the airline to reduce its costs [following the Covid-19 outbreak] will benefit the carrier as it looks towards recovery and will mean the airline can competitively price its tickets, undercut the competition and win a larger market share”.That said, a rising oil price poses significant danger to UK airline shares like these and their ability to bounce back into profit. The boffins at ING Bank said that they expect “ongoing upward pressure on oil prices throughout 2021”. This is a significant problem for the likes of easyJet as carriers spend between 15% and 30% of all expenses on fuel.#2: A UK retail share that’s set to rebound?I think buying Dixons Carphone (LSE: DC) shares might be a good idea for the new bull market as well. This isn’t just because of that aforementioned bounceback in broader consumer activity during economic rebounds. It’s because the UK retail share has doubled down on the fast-growing e-commerce channel and this is paying dividends. Dixons Carphone’s online market share rose in all territories in the 10 weeks to 9 January. And in its core UK and Ireland marketplace its share more than doubled year-on-year to 75%.City analysts are expecting Dixons Carphone’s annual earnings to rebound strongly in the financial year to April 2022. This is based partly on hopes that Britons will go on a spending splurge when Covid-19 lockdowns are lifted. However, some reports suggest that this frenzy might fail to transpire. A survey by deVere Group for instance shows that 72% of respondents “appear to welcome having an extra financial buffer” and don’t plan to spend the majority of the savings they acquired during Covid-19 lockdowns. Softer-than-expected trade could well pull the Dixons Carphone share price much lower following recent strong gains. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Thursday, 25th March, 2021 | More on: DC EZJ Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2019 Ecumenical Easter Letter

first_img Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Justin Welby’s Easter letter to churches around the worldLift up your heart, lift up your voiceRejoice, again, I say, Rejoice!These words, the refrain of Hymn VIII of Charles Wesley’s “Hymns for our Lord’s Resurrection”, express the joyful cry of the human soul at the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.Jesus’ resurrection is a cause of joy. It is the source of ultimate joy, for in the resurrection Jesus won victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15. 57). The resurrection happened at a particular time and in a particular place but its significance is eternal and universal. God purposed the salvation of this fallen world and creation looked towards the day that darkness would be put to flight. God willed the salvation of this fallen world and from that day the Church has lived in the radiant brightness of our triumphant King. In the sixth century the priest and poet Venantius wrote:“The light, the heaven, the fields and the sea duly praise the God ascending above the stars, having crushed the laws of hell. Behold, He who was crucified reigns as God over all things, and all created objects offer prayer to their Creator.”From the first Easter Day Jesus’ disciples have made known the Good News of the Resurrection. The risen Lord told Mary Magdalene not to hold on to him, but to go to tell the disciples. She did so, proclaiming, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20. 17-18).On the mount of the Ascension Jesus addressed his friends, saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28. 19-20).The disciples (followers) thus became apostles (those who are sent). The Church has stood in that apostolic tradition ever since: both as those who profess the faith of the Apostles and as those who share in their task of evangelism.I send this letter at a difficult time in the lives of many peoples and nations. Creation suffers from the effects of human neglect and selfishness; people continue to suffer as a result of war and terror; political and economic systems creak under the twin threats of extremism and apathy. Our world is in desperate need of hope. As Christians we have a message of sure and certain hope to proclaim. On Easter Day in Churches throughout the world Christians will sing, “Christ is Risen! Christ has conquered! Now his life and glory fill you!”Our proclamation of the hope which is ours in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ must be both confident and humble. In our complex and plural world our evangelism must not be forced on others, but as followers of Christ we have a duty to bear witness to our faith: to speak of hope for the world in the Resurrection of Christ, a message seasoned with gentleness and respect. Our actions of love, compassion, respect and gentleness confirm that the message we share is indeed good news.I started this letter with a quotation from Charles Wesley (1707-88). Along with his older brother John, Wesley devoted his life to the service of the gospel – preaching the good news in season and out of season and transforming both the church and the lives of those who heard the message. In another hymn he echoed the call of Christ to Mary Magdalene which is, in turn, the call of Christ to each of us:“Go tell the Followers of your Lord, Their Jesus is to life restored.”May God bless you this Eastertide and may the resurrection joy that we share spread throughout the world.The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin WelbyArchbishop of CanterburyClick here for other Easter messages The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2019 Ecumenical Easter Letter Featured Jobs & Calls Posted Apr 22, 2019 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Summer Travel With Kids Made Safe, Fun & Easy

first_imgFrom Florida Hospital – Apopka Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear  So you’ve loaded the car and you’re heading to grandma’s house, the beach or local amusement parks. However the idea of being trapped with screaming kids in tow might not be your idea of an ideal vacation. So just what is a parent to do?“Knowing what to expect and offering lots of choices is the key to a successful trip,” says Chantelle Bennett, child life manager, with Florida Hospital.Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, here are a few tips to help keep your sanity.MedicalIf you fly, have younger children’s ears checked before you leave. Nobody wants to travel with a child who has an ear infection. If a child experiences in-flight ear pain, encourage swallowing by offering a bottle or pacifier to young children and a lollipop or gum to older children.To prevent dehydration (Traveler’s Diarrhea), give plenty of fluids and foods that are easy to digest, such as sports drinks and water.Children with medical concerns should carry their own identification, whether it be a medical necklace or an identification card. Include your telephone number, the physician’s name and number and the child’s medical concerns.Buy hand sanitizer – it works without water and is perfect for cleaning hands when you can’t find a restroom.Activities – Provided by the Child Life TeamPlay games. The license game is popular on cross-country journeys. Preschoolers can learn colors by identifying the colors of cars. Or, use letters of the alphabet to identify things seen through the windows.Use a map to track your progress. School-aged kids can answer questions such as, where are we; how much farther; and what’s the next town. Give each child a map and a highlighter.There’s nothing like a good long stretch to relieve car seat cramps. Look for parks, rest stops and other locations that offer a chance to stand up as well as an opportunity to play. Rule of thumb: a 20-minute break for every two hours on the road – especially with little ones.Bring water, juice and nutritious snacks.Write favorite songs on slips of paper and mix in a bag. Then have each child pull a slip of paper from the bag. Everyone in the car has to sing the song that’s written on the paper.Have children pack their own backpack so they can bring favorite toys, books and music.Prepare surprise packets. Wrap small prizes like presents and when the kids become antsy, give them an item to open. Plan for two a day – one midmorning, the other mid-afternoon. Include items such as books, travel games, snacks and small toys.Pack finger foods – like fruit, pretzels and cereal – to enjoy. These items may help kids adjust to airplane in-cabin pressure changes. For younger kids, use bottles, sippy cups or pacifiers to help ease inner ear pressure. For older kids, use chewing gum.Occupy kids with edible jewelry. Bring sweetened cereal rings and string licorice. They can string cereal on the licorice and make bracelets and necklaces. When they get hungry, they can snack off their finished products.Tips For Mom & DadPack each child’s clothes in gallon size plastic bags. Inside each bag, marked with the child’s name, is one day’s change of clothes. All kids have to do is reach into the suitcase and grab a bag. This eliminates the digging and hunting and cries when they can’t find everything.Always keep a recent photo of your children in your wallet or on your phone – in case you loose them in a crowed area, and need help in locating them.To easily identify your family at the airport, dress everyone in matching colors. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSChildrenFlorida Hospital – ApopkaSummer Travel Previous articleProblem intersection to be addressed later this yearNext articleDomino’s Pizza Thanks Teachers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Local charities offered free mentoring, advice, & meeting space alongside new savings account

first_img  285 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 5 February 2020 | News Tagged with: Finance FREE pro bono “We’re keen to grow our involvement with our communities in Leicestershire and Warwickshire and looking forward to welcoming our new Charity Accumulator customers to our branches to see how we can work together.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Local charities offered free mentoring, advice, & meeting space alongside new savings account Local charities are being offered mentoring and advice as well as free meeting space alongside a new savings account from Hinckley & Rugby.The new Charity Accumulator deposit account has been designed so charities can earn interest to fund their work, and access the expertise in Hinckley & Rugby’s boardroom and departments such as HR, IT, marketing and finance.Charities based in Hinckley & Rugby‘s heartlands may also be able to use meeting space at the Hinckley head office or one of its larger branches such as Rugby and Nuneaton.Colin Fyfe, who became the building society’s Chief Executive a year ago, said:“We want to be not only a trusted place for charities to put their money to work, earning good interest. We also want to be an active partner, helping those charities that can benefit from the skills and know-how of our teams and colleagues. We are keenly aware that charities sometimes struggle to find and fund the specialist skills they need and that we may have the experience and knowledge to plug those gaps.“We recently launched our Charity Assist Mortgage, which homebuyers choose knowing that Hinckley & Rugby will then help homeless people move into a home and full-time work with Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland. The new Charity Accumulator similarly adds a new dimension to our community engagement, by inviting charities to see the Society as more than a financial service provider. We have knowledge to share with them from running a successful business for more than 150 years.”The Charity Accumulator comes in two versions – a 90-day notice pays 1.20% interest and an easy access version pays 0.75%. Both are variable rate accounts with a minimum deposit and balance of £1,000 and a maximum deposit of £500,000.Recent months have also seen Hinckley & Rugby introduce charity champions at some of its branches. Sarah Boneham (Rugby and Nuneaton), Rita Hawkins (South Wigston and Lutterworth), and Jamie Clarke (Hinckley, Coalville and Broughton Astley) are leading their branches’ volunteering and other activities.Rita Hawkins said: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Main image: (l-r) Hinckley & Rugby branch charity champions Sarah Boneham, Jamie Clarke, and Rita Hawkins  284 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Academics at TCU Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Linkedin Facebook Pliska competes in a virtual regatta while his teammate cheers him on. (Video Courtesy Samuel Barnes)This was the first time rowers were able to feel the true excitement of fans and coaches who would normally be waves away, he said.Although restrictions might have changed the way their season functioned, many of the rowers on the team insisted that the pros of the season outweighed the cons.Claire Dobbs, a senior history and political science dual major, joined the team as a first-year student and now serves as the president of the program.“The effects of the pandemic forced us to take charge of the club and implement things into the program that we have been wanting to do for years,” said Dobbs.Now, Dobbs said, the TCU Rowing Team is a true student-led organization.Adjusting to the new normalA normal season would have had team members rowing in unison on the waters of Marine Creek Lake multiple times per week. However, COVID-19 restrictions held the team back from practicing as a large group.At the beginning of the season, rules were put into place about which boats could be used and which teammates could row together.Racich rows with her sister in a two-person boat. (Photo courtesy of Michaela Anne Racich)Michaela Anne Racich, a first-year nursing major, recalls how the pandemic affected her experience as a rower at the beginning of the academic year.“We were only allowed to row in the boats with a roommate or family member,” said Racich. “Luckily, I was able to row with my sister in a two-person boat, but I personally prefer being in the four-person boats.”With roughly 30 members, the team had to make drastic changes to practice schedules because few rowers were allowed to practice in the University Recreation Center at one time.Coaches had to make more than six practice time slots per day so everyone could practice during the week while following social distance safety measures.Virtual rowing regattas After USRowing canceled all in-person regattas, TCU’s team participated in its first virtual regatta in the fall. A socially distant version of the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, a 5K that takes place annually in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was held in October.This competition was made possible through updated erg technology and the app Here Now VR.According to its description on the AppStore, “HereNow VR allows you to race and train for rowing events in a 3D environment.” A screenshot of what the app looks like when it is being used. (Photo courtesy of https://appadvice.com/app/herenow-vr/1528100125)Schools with the latest version of the erg monitor were able to connect the monitors to their phones or tablets with the app open. “It was kind of neat because we could have four people rowing at the exact same time and the app would mimic a crew,” said Samuel Barnes, a senior accounting major and the team’s outgoing student head coach.However, rowing on an erg is a much different experience than rowing on the water, said Pliska.“The technique that you use on an erg is slightly different from the technique that you use on the water,” he said. “Essentially, it takes more skills like balance and timing to win a competition on the water, but on the erg, you don’t need to worry about those things since you’re on land.”Someone who is really strong and who can lift heavy weight would do better on the erg than on the water, according to Pliska. Pandemic grows programTCU rowers gather for a socially distant practice. (Photo courtesy of TCU Rowing Team website)The TCU Rowing Team has been steadily growing for the past seven years.The program went from having an executive board, which took on multiple roles, to having both an executive board and a coaching staff.This school year saw their growth go to another level. “Usually we have about 15 students who are interested in competing at a high level,” said Dobbs. “This year we have almost 30 students stepping into the boats as serious competitors.”Although this was a good problem to have, it raised concerns with having COVID-19-friendly practices and group activities, she said.Dobbs said it also raised safety concerns because there are so many new rowers that need supervision when it comes to physically getting into the water and dealing with the logistics of the boats.These safety precautions are especially important as most of these new members join without a lot of prior experience in rowing. Younger members expressed gratitude for the student-led coaching staff. “For someone who has no prior experience in rowing, it was so easy to learn the sport,” said Racich. “The coaches invest so much time into each team member and into making sure they feel comfortable both in the boat and on the machines.”The program started to train students as qualified coaches, so that this level of intimacy with novice rowers would be possible.“Rowing is a sport that comes with a high level of liability, so we needed more people who were trained coaches that could implement safe procedures in practice,” said Dobbs.Pliska’s job as intermin student head coach was among one of the roles that served a more important purpose this season.“The role of interim student head coach comes with a lot of responsibilities,” said Pliska. “Not only do you coach students to learn how to row properly with good form, but you also lead practices and coordinate the logistics of practices on the water.”More coaches allows for more one-on-one student help, he said.The team poses for a photo after a successful regatta before the pandemic. (Photo Courtesy of TCU Rowing Team website)“Expanding the student coaching crew has allowed myself and our coaches to help more students at a singular time rather than having one coach help everyone,” said Pliska. “This season we were able to focus on improving many students’ skills through having more experienced coaches available at once.”Having students mentor other students has also created a sense of family among the team. Barnes said the program has grown closer this season than ever before.“I would describe the team as a resilient family with big aspirations of future growth,” said Barnes.The sport is centered around unity and in order for the team to succeed, it is important that all team members are on the same page at all times. “Having that sense of unity on and off the water is how we have built a family within the program,” Barnes said.Looking aheadVan Haaster poses in a practice boat on the water. (Photo courtesy Faith Van Haaster)Faith Van Haaster, a sophomore nursing major, will serve as the team’s president next academic year.“I’m hoping that the program will continue to grow and that we keep recruiting more members while attending in-person regattas next season,” said Van Haaster.She predicts the team will be ahead of the game come August because of the new members’ additional year of training.“I expect that we will have a lot of success in the Men and Women’s Novice divisions, as well as the Men and Women’s Varsity divisions,” she said. Rowers who qualified for the novice division this academic year will be able to compete in the novice division for next season.“Normally, those in the novice division would step into the boat with no prior experience,” said Van Haaster. “Now, our novice rowers will have had a year of experience under their belts before their first real, in-person regatta.”Van Haaster said she is excited to finally be able to compete in in-person competition.“Although the pandemic brought us many blessings, like program growth and heightened skill set for our new rowers, we are extremely excited to get back on the water and come back to a normal season next year,” she said. 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Among the challenges they faced were restrictions from using certain boats, limits on who could practice together, and changes to their normal competition schedule and environment.These strict rules led to a new norm in the world of college rowing: virtual competition.Ergometers, or “ergs,” were used for all rowing competitions this year for the first time in college rowing history.An erg is a work-out machine that measures work done through exercising. Luke Pliska, the incoming student head coach and a business major at TCU, competed virtually this season.“The best part about the virtual competition was that I was able to have an interaction with the audience that I’ve never experienced before,” said Pliska. “When you’re out on the water you can’t really hear the cheers coming from your coaches or teammates.” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts last_img read more

Radio journalist kidnapped in Guerrero state

first_imgNews News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further (Logo: LaOpinion) RSF_en Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Mexico is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, published in February. Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico May 12, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist kidnapped in Guerrero state Organisation Sources told Reporters Without Borders that Cano, one of the hosts of the programme “Hora Cero” on Iguala-based ABC Radio 93.9FM, was on his way home when he disappeared on the road between Iguala and Teloloapan. The Guerrero state authorities have confirmed that he was abducted.“Hora Cero” co-host Natividad Ambrosio told Reporters Without Borders that they had been subjected to pressure and were forced to switch from over-the-air broadcasting to Internet broadcasting although the state governorship campaign is under way. “Hora Cero” recently celebrated its second anniversary.In a recent programme, they commented on the threats received by Ambrosio from one of the brothers of José Luis Abarca, the former Iguala mayor who was arrested for his alleged role in the disappearance of 43 student teachers in September 2014. The mayor’s brother threatened them for taking photos of an investigation by tax officials into the Abarca family’s precious stone business. “We condemn this abduction and call on the Guerrero authorities to conduct an independent, impartial and thorough investigation in close cooperation with the federal authorities with the aim of obtaining this journalist’s release as quickly as possible,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.Cano’s abduction came just three days after Armando Saldaña Morales, a journalist with the Veracruz state radio station La Ke Buena 100.9 FM, was found dead on 4 May in San José Cosolapa, in the neighbouring southern state of Oaxaca. He had been tortured and then shot.Saldaña hosted “La Grilla Punto y Debate,” a political programme that was broadcast every Saturday. He was the second journalist to be killed in this town in the past nine months, following Octavio Rojas Hernandez of El Buen Tono, who was murdered on 11 August.Veracruz and Oaxaca are two of Mexico’s deadliest states for journalists. The rate of violent crime is extremely high for various reasons including the presence of drug cartels and the corruption of local government officials. Two other journalists had already been killed in these two states since January – Moises Sanchez Cerezo in Veracruz and Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo in Oaxaca. Guerrero is also a particularly dangerous state for media personnel with at least 12 journalists murdered there from 2002 to 2014. Reporters Without Borders contributed to a report published on 27 April about the difficulties for journalists in this region. May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a wave of violence against journalists in Mexico in which the latest victim, radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres, was abducted along with three other people near the troubled city of Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, on the night of 7 May.last_img read more