24 Aug

Japan’s IR Bill could be squeezed by recovery efforts

first_imgCasino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Japan’s IR Bill could be squeezed by recovery efforts 10th July 2018 | By contenteditor Mudslides could divert Diet’s attention before July 22 casino deadline Regions: Asia Japancenter_img Japan’s law-makers are in a race against time to approve the country’s long-awaited Integrated Resorts (IR) Bill after tragic mudslides in the west of the country led to disaster response efforts being pushed to the top of the agenda ahead of the closure of the Diet’s session on July 22.More than 100 people are thought to have died as a result of the flooding at the weekend.On Friday, Japan took a significant step towards adopting the IR Implementation Bill by voting into law a basic bill on tackling gambling addiction.The latest bill was considered to be the final hurdle before the final debate over the IR Bill, with hopes that Japan’s upper house will sign off the legislation before the extended Diet session concludes in 12 days’ time.However, analysts have told iGamingBusiness.com that the disaster over the weekend had introduced a degree of risk for the passage of the bill. The analysts still believe there is the appetite to press ahead with the bill before the deadline, though.The legislation would open up the country to regulated casinos, with three resorts lined up to be built initially, according to reports in the country. The progress of legislation has been stop-start over the past five years, with the resorts initially planned to be built in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.If the bill is passed before the summer recess, most observers expect the first casino licences to be issued in 2020, with the first casinos, as part of the integrated resorts, set to be operational about five years later.The gambling addiction bill was passed by a vote of 183 to 46, with cross-party support. However, 11 supplementary resolutions were added to the bill, including requirements for operators and local administrators to counter problem gambling. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

12 Jul

Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) Q22020 Interim Report

first_imgPretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw)  2020 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfilePortland Holdings Limited, trading as PPC Zimbabwe, manufactures and markets quality cement and cement by-products for the construction industry in Zimbabwe, producing up to 1.8 million tons of cement per annum. Established in 1913, PPC Zimbabwe supplies customers in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The company has three manufacturing plants that are regarded as the most modern operations in southern Africa; located in Colleen Bawn, Bulawayo and Harare. The company has interests in limestone mining, and manufacturing and distributing metallurgical-grade limestone, burnt lime and burnt dolomite; as well as the supply of ready-mix concrete, dry mortars and fly ash. Well-known PPC products available in Zimbabwe include SureBuild, Sureroad, Unicem and PMC. PPC Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

23 Jun

Rugby Championship: History points to Ellis Park powder keg

first_imgIt is no wonder Graham Henry set about changing the culture of the All Black after this defeat…If you want to know the last time New Zealand won at Ellis against South Africa, though, you have to go all the way back to 1997 when the visitors just pipped the Boks to a 35 – 32 victory.The freedom of Ellis: Will Jean de Villiers celebrate again?Two tries from Frank Bunce and one each for Jeff Wilson and Carlos Spencer gave them an advantage over the two-try Springboks, who dotted down with Naka Drotske and Russell Bennett, but they only just made it in the end as a last-play kick from Jannie de Beer that would have rendered the game a draw hit the post. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 16: Jean de Plessis, the South African captain acknowledges the applause of the crowd after their victory during the second test match between South Africa and England at Ellis Park on June 16, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Getting carried away: The first RC Test between the Boks and the Blacks was hard-fought so hold on to your hats…By Alan DymockTHE LAST match between New Zealand and South Africa in the Rugby Championship may have been as contentious as an infant in it’s first hour of learning the word “no”, but history tells us that the second and final Test of this season’s tournament in Johannesburg should be a ripsnorter.Two rounds ago the All Blacks took a bonus-point win over the Boks at Eden Park, 29 – 15, in a game marred by a controversial red card for visiting hooker Bismarck du Plessis and second-half yellows for All Blacks Kieran Read and Ma’a Nonu. In the end, though, the Kiwis’ four tries – two from Read – were enough to see off the hosts.Hat-trick hero: Marius Joubert slips past Tana UmagaHowever, with South Africa yearning to prove a point and the All Blacks still wary of the bruising Boks, anything can still happen. Particularly at Ellis Park.The last time the two sides met at Ellis it was 2004 and the Springboks trampled their way to a 40 – 26 victory. A hat-trick of tries for centre Marius Joubert was added to by Breyton Paulse and Jean de Villiers, while the All Blacks could only muster scores from Mils Muliaina and Joe Rokocoko. It was a slugfest, but while Andrew Mehrtens tried his damndest to kick New Zeland further ahead the dead-eyed Percy Montgomery was there keeping pace with him.The game was noteworthy for the fact that Muliaina pumped New Zealand to a 10-point lead and Welsh referee Nigel Williams had to hobble off the park after 15 minutes, but the main talking point of the match was the muscle of the hosts.  Built on the work of Os du Randt, John Smit, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Joe van Niekerk, the lesser-known warrior Gerrie Britz and the mastermind Joost van der Westhuizen there was no chance for New Zealand. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will the game on Saturday be as tight as those at Ellis in the past? Well, whether it is or it isn’t, the Springboks fans are finding solace in that and listening to the noises coming from South Africa chief Heyneke Meyer they will not be happy unless they have thrown everything at New Zealand.The ultimate game of the 2013 Rugby Championship could be beautifully brutal.last_img read more

16 Jun

Small charity leaders’ 2020 priorities revealed as Weston Charity Awards open for applications

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  137 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Awards research Small charity leaders’ 2020 priorities revealed as Weston Charity Awards open for applications Small charity leaders are expecting to help more people, build business relationships and address diversity issues in 2020, with building partnerships with the commercial sector identified as the most pressing skills requirement, according to the latest Small Charity Leaders Insight Report. Published by Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation today to mark launch of Weston Charity Awards 2020, the report questioned 271 sector leaders.It shows that 77% of the small charity leaders questioned expect to help more people in 2020 with 41% expecting their income to rise (overall 85% say they expect their income to remain stable or rise), slightly up from 2018’s figures.Over a third (37%) of smaller charities have restructured this year, and two thirds (69%) say they are currently seeking professional pro bono support, while building partnerships with the commercial sector was identified as the most pressing skills requirement by 51% of charity leaders. This was slightly above fundraising skills, which was the second most pressing skills requirement at 47%.Small and medium charities are also actively engaged in addressing diversity deficits among trustees, staff, volunteers and donors according to the findings. Nearly half (48%) of charity leaders are working on improving diversity and inclusion among trustees, with another 28% saying they needed to do so.The Garfield Weston Foundation established the Weston Charity Awards in collaboration with Pilotlight in 2014. They celebrate and support great frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth and charities with incomes under £5 million in the North of England, the Midlands and in Wales can apply.Applications close on 10 January 2020. In 2020, each of the twenty winning charities will benefit from a year of leadership coaching from a team of carefully-matched business leaders through the Pilotlight Programme along with £6,500 in unrestricted funding.Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation said:“The resilience of small charity leaders is remarkable and should be celebrated. Smaller charities tell us they struggle to find the time and money to invest in long-term strategy but they also fear the risks of failing to do so. That is why we are providing a package of leadership support and funding for ambitious charity leaders through these Awards to help them to help more people long into the future.Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, a charity that matches the Weston Charity Awards winners with business mentors for a year of strategic planning support, said: Advertisementcenter_img “It’s incredibly tough for small charity leaders to find the time to plan for long-term improvements whilst dealing with day-to-day frontline challenges but there’s lots of evidence that doing so can transform a charity’s fortunes.” 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. Melanie May | 2 December 2019 | Newslast_img read more

14 Jun

Indy Plays Host to Sustainable Ag Summit, Highlights Indiana Soil Health…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indy Plays Host to Sustainable Ag Summit, Highlights Indiana Soil Health Efforts SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Nov 25, 2019 Indy Plays Host to Sustainable Ag Summit, Highlights Indiana Soil Health Efforts SHARE Previous articleExpo to Conduct Hemp WorkshopNext articleIndy Plays Host to Sustainable Ag Summit, Highlights Indiana Soil Health Efforts on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Indy Plays Host to Sustainable Ag Summit, Highlights Indiana Soil Health EffortsThe fifth annual Sustainable Ag Summit was in Indianapolis last week shining a light on conservation efforts happening across the country and right here in Indiana.Indiana State Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Jordan Seger says the event brought together farmers, ag retailers, food businesses, and others from across the country to plot out a roadmap for sustainability and create more public/private partnerships to reach sustainability goals.In Indiana, Seger says sustainability is soil health, and soil health dominated much of the conservation conversation last week.“Thankfully, the soil health movement has really gone national, and I like to say, ‘conservation is cool now.’ It’s cool not just to the ag community or us as government, but conservation is cool to these food buyers. Like it or not, they’re asking more about how/where those raw materials they’re buying are being grown.”Seger says they are very proud of the progress made by Indiana farmers over the past couple of years with soil health.“Whether that’s implementing more conservation tillage, or no-till, or cover crops, or good nutrient management, we have come leaps and bounds over the last couple of years but realize that we’ve still got more to go.”You can ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you that Indiana is a leader in this space. Seger added that Indiana is also way ahead of the game in terms of the ability to track conservation efforts. That was the topic of a breakout session led by Seger and other Indiana conservation leaders at the summit.“We can tally all that up in a big collective report to say, ‘Okay, statewide this year, this is what farmers have done when it comes to conservation and soil health.’ Oh, and by the way, this is all being done voluntarily. There’s no red tape or regulation that’s mandating or forcing this down. Farmers are doing this because it makes sense to.”Seger told Hoosier Ag Today that the organizers of the Sustainable Ag Summit were very pleased with Indianapolis as the host site this year, achieving their highest attended summit yet. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

12 Jun

Two more journalists arrested, making eight in two weeks

first_img Kanak Mani Dixit, prominent editor of the Nepalese language magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, was arrested and questioned for several hours in Kathmandu. He criticised the royal coup mounted by King Gyanendra. Reporters Without Borders asked the authorities to put an end to arbitrary arrests and perverse summonses. March 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more journalists arrested, making eight in two weeks Organisation News RSF_en NepalAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Nepal Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 29, 2019 Find out more Police on 8 March arrested Rishiram Pokhrel, editor of the local weekly Tanahu Aawaj, in Tanahu, western Nepal as he was covering a peaceful demonstration for a return to democracy. He is being held at the police station in Damauli.Photographer Ashish Sarraf, better known as Nikki, was arrested in Janakpur, central Nepal while taking pictures of demonstrations against King Gyanendra. He is being held at Dhanusha police station.Meanwhile, police in Kathmandu arrested Kamal Koirala, editor of the weekly Roadmap and a leader of the opposition communist party CPN-UML but his arrest did not appear to be linked to his work as editor.______________________________________________________________________________8.03.2005At least six journalists arrested in two weeksAt least six journalists have been arrested during the past two weeks, despite a claim from government spokesman Tanka Dhakal that there were “no government controls on the media”.Reporters Without Borders said it was incensed by the statement from the minister, whose only legitimacy stemmed from a coup. The authorities should put an end to arbitrary arrests and perverse summonses, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.It added that censorship has been stepped up with a ban on the press from using any sources of information about the security situation other than the security forces.Nepal is currently holding nine journalists in jail and at least six more have gone into hiding to escape arrest.Dhakal, government spokesman and information and communications minister, speaking in Nepalgunj, in the southwest, denied that the government had imposed any media controls. “The press is free to write whatever it wants apart from anything that encourages terrorism” he said.Three days later, Kanak Mani Dixit, prominent editor of the Nepalese language magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, was arrested and questioned for several hours in Kathmandu after plain clothes police officers arrested him at his home after his return from India where he had spoken at a press conference about Nepal’s political crisis.Dixit, who also directs the press group Himal Media, publishers of the weekly Nepali Times, criticised the royal coup mounted by King Gyanendra on 1st February 2005.Security forces on 3 March arrested Lavadev Dhungana, editor of the weekly Panchthar Times and correspondent for the daily Rajdhani in Panchthar district, far-eastern Nepal. He is apparently accused of publishing articles about pro-democracy demonstrations and a detention order was reportedly issued against him for disturbing the public order.Narayan Shah of the weekly Drishti in Rukum, was detained for three hours by the army on 26 February. The reporter is also a local official with the Federation of Nepalese journalists (FNJ). On 22 February, Arjun Prasad Shah, editor of the weekly Batabaran, and Monohar Pokhrel, who edits the weekly Jana Aakrosh, were arrested in Saptari district by the army. Both journalists are local FNJ officials.Elsewhere, Swagat Nepal, a reporter on the daily Nepal Samacharpatra, was held for more than 14 hours by soldiers in Kathmandu on 21 February. Surya Thapa (photo), editor of the opposition weekly Budhabar, was summoned and questioned on 4 and 7 March, by the head of the Kathmandu district administration, Baman Prasad Neupane, who demanded an explanation about an article headlined “Five parties united against authoritarianism”. If found guilty of publishing banned news, he could face up to one year in prison, under the press law. The same official on 3 March questioned Indra Rijal and Suneel Sharma, owner and editor of the weekly Rashtriya Janamanch, about an article on Nepalese police actions.Meanwhile Naryan Adhikari, correspondent for RSS, Kalifa FM and Communication Corner, and Basanta Parajuli, of Gorkhapatra and Synergy FM, were released on 1st March after being held for two weeks in Chitawan. NepalAsia – Pacific News June 8, 2020 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News to go further Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

18 May

Too few women make it to the top

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Too few women make it to the topOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Of senior administrators, 19 per cent are women, as are 29 per cent of middle administrators or managers.But 38 per cent of public appointments, which includes elected officers, are women. Nearly half, 46 per cent, of junior administrators or managers are women and 33 per cent are advisory board members.Opportunity Now’s Benchmarking Report 2000 also found women are under-represented in the private sector.Only 8 per cent of executive directors and 22 per cent of senior managers are women.• 020-7224 1600 www.opportunitynow.org.uklast_img read more

8 May

Gilgeous-Alexander scores 19 to help Thunder top Jazz 110-94

first_imgAugust 1, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Gilgeous-Alexander scores 19 to help Thunder top Jazz 110-94 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Utah Jazz 110-94.Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field.Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 13 points. Utah shot 39 percent from the field.The teams were to meet on March 11 in Oklahoma City, but everything changed when Utah center Rudy Gobert’s COVID-19 test came up positive right before the tip. That night, the NBA announced it would shut down indefinitely. Associated Press Written by Tags: NBA/Oklahoma City Thunder/Shai Gilgeous-Alexander/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

7 May

30% of Countrywide branches remain closed as revenues tumble

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » 30% of Countrywide branches remain closed as revenues tumble previous nextCOVID-19 news30% of Countrywide branches remain closed as revenues tumbleEstate agency giant says it is taking time to process the openings including risk assessing and Covid certifying branches.Nigel Lewis26th June 202003,510 Views Countrywide has revealed that its network of branches is still not fully open with nearly a third remaining closed six weeks after the housing market reopened.The company says it is taking time to risk assess, certify COVID-secure and then open branches with all meetings pre-arranged by appointment only.The Covid crisis has impacted its financial performance too. Year-on-year income and profits are down by nearly 30%, the company has revealed this morning as it updates investors on its first five months of trading this year.The UK’s largest estate agency blames the decline squarely on the Covid lockdown but says the tenant fees ban has also cost it £8.1 million in lost fees.Its revenue has plummeted from £200 million in 2019 to £142 million while profits are down from £10 million to £7.4 million, both year-on-year.Back to normalBut its results since the housing market opened are much more hopeful. It says all the company’s vendors are now being offered virtual viewings, and that last week instruction were running at 94% of 2019 levels and 86% of the average in the first 12 weeks of the year and pre-lockdown.Countywide’s sales pipeline has remained resilient with a return to growth in agreed sales in the last four weeks as the market returns and a closing pipeline of £47 million, down 12% year-on-year. It also says its surveying, mortgage and valuations operations are slowly building back to normal levels.Also, Countrywide has also found a potential buyer for its commercial property business Lambert Smith Hampton after the original purchaser, Monaco-based John Bengt Moeller, failed to complete the £38 million transaction. Countrywide is now pursuing him for damages and costs.Read more about Countrywide and its branches re-opening programme.John Bengt Moeller Lambert Smith Hampton Rightmove June 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

4 May

Navy Medicine Meets With Top Health Care Leaders from Nashville

first_img View post tag: News by topic Navy Medicine Meets With Top Health Care Leaders from Nashville View post tag: Top May 14, 2012 Navy Medicine met with top health care leaders at the Nashville Health Care Council here as part of Nashville Navy Week, May 11.Rear Adm. Donald Gintzig, deputy chief, medical operations, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, was the senior medical officer during the visit.“It is an honor to have Rear Adm. Gintzig visit during Nashville Navy Week and address members of the Nashville Health Care Council,” said Caroline Young, president, Nashville Health Care Council. “It is a wonderful opportunity to learn the similarities and challenges both civilian and military health care organizations face, as well as the overall mission of Navy Medicine.”During his presentation, Gintzig focused on Navy Medicine’s advancements in research and development, humanitarian assistance/disaster response, garrison care, and expeditionary care.“We are America’s Navy – a global force for good,” said Gintzig. “When a disaster occurs, Navy Medicine is there. It is our corpsmen, doctors, nurses, and other Navy Medicine health care professionals who answer the call when needed.”As a global force for good, Gintzig also addressed the importance of wellness and preventive care as a means of ensuring force health protection.“First and foremost is wellness,” said Gintzig. “We must focus on preventive care and ensure our patients are provided the means and teams of health care professionals to attain this goal. Although there is not one single model of care that fits all, we must work together, civilian and military, to learn from one another, in how to provide the best health care possible for all populations.”The group discussed the importance of the electronic health care record, resiliency in mental health, and shared initiatives in the medical homeport model.“It’s an honor to be back in Tennessee and meeting with the top health care leaders of the world,” said Gintzig, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn.The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. The Council is supported by over 220 member organizations, including Nashville-based and national health care companies and professional services firms that serve the health care industry. Members include BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Citigroup, GE Healthcare, and Hospital Corporation of America to name a few.Navy Medicine is a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.Nashville Navy Week is one of 15 Navy weeks across the country this year. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they make in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 14, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: with View post tag: Medicine View post tag: Health View post tag: Nashville View post tag: CARE Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Medicine Meets With Top Health Care Leaders from Nashville View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: leaders View post tag: meets View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more