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Swedish court cuts Genesis and Aspire self-exclusion penalties to SEK1m

first_imgHowever, both operators appealed the decisions to the Court of Appeal in Linköping, which cut both penalties in half to SEK2m and SEK1.5m. While the court agreed with Spelinspektionen that both operators had serious deficiencies in their self-exclusion practices, and thus must pay a penalty, it said the way turnover – which is used to determine the size of a penalty – was counted was wrong, and so the penalties were lower. Swedish court cuts Genesis and Aspire self-exclusion penalties to SEK1m Like all penalties in Sweden, the payments in this case were based on both the seriousness of the offences involved and the annual turnover of the licensee that committed an infringement. Genesis received a warning and a SEK4m (£329,600/€382,000/$431,900) penalty fee in March 2019 after a number of consumers that had self-excluded informed the regulator that it had not been connected to Spelpaus for 33 days. The operator’s websites include Sloty, Play.com and Casino Joy. Email Address Both Genesis and Aspire also received penalty fees in 2019 over bonus violations. Genesis’ penalty was reduced on appeal, but Aspire’s appeal was rejected. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 4th June 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle This marks the second major defeat in a court of appeal for Spelinspektionen this week. A court also refused the regulator’s leave to appeal a case against Kindred concerning a loophole in the country’s SEK5,000 deposit cap for online casino. Under this loophole, players could potentially deposit more than SEK5,000 to spend on online casino by raising their deposit limit, depositing funds and lowering the limit again. Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Legal Aspire – which operates sites such Karamba and Mr Play – received a SEK3m penalty fee after it had not been connected for nine days.center_img Both penalties dealt with self-exclusion tool Spelpaus, which all operators must be connected to, with both Genesis and Aspire performing manual checks instead. “In general, the administrative court finds that it has been shown that the company has breached its obligation to deny self-sexcluded players access to play in the manner that follows from relevant regulation” This decision may be appealed again, however, in Sweden’s Supreme Court. The operators both argued that the infringements were not serious and that therefore a only warning should apply. Each said that there was not enough proof of serious negative consequences of their failings to justify a penalty, but Spelinspektionen said the fact that self-excluded players were able to use their sites was enough of a consequence. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The two operators, though, both appealed the ruling again, this time to the Court of Appeal in Jönköping. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Social responsibility Casino regulation Legal Regulation Problem gambling Responsible gambling Tags: Aspire Global Genesis Global Spelinspektionen However, the court said Spelinspektionen was wrong in the way that it calculated the size of the penalty. While it said the regulator may base penalties on turnover generally, it noted that for these cases, it took the operator’s turnover for only January and February 2019 and calculated annual turnover from these figures. The operators both said this led to inaccurate figures, and as Spelinspektionen did not present evidence otherwise, the court lowered both penalties to SEK1m. A Swedish appeals court has reduced penalties against both Genesis Global and Aspire Global’s AG Communications, after determining that regulator Spelinspektionen could not base penalties on turnover for offenses very soon after the Swedish regulated market opened. The court again said the infringements were serious, however.last_img read more

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Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgPhoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfilePhoenix Investment Company Limited is an investment holding company that works through two segments; insurance and corporate, to provide life insurance products and general financial services. The company controls Phoenix Beverages Limited as its subsidiary which deals in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beverages. Phoenix Investment Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Should you buy these 8%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stocks in an ISA after the market crash?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and Landsec. 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’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. The stock market crash has left plenty of British blue-chips looking quite tasty at current prices. Barclays (LSE: BARC) is one which appears rather appetising from a dividend perspective. The FTSE 100 firm carries an eye-popping 8.9% dividend yield at current prices.Hold your horses though. The bank’s not a big-cap I’d be prepared to park in my own Stocks & Shares ISA. In fact, I fear it has all the hallmarks of a classic dividend trap.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…Will dividends be diced?In a recent piece about Lloyds I explained why a worsening UK economy could force the company to axe its progressive dividend policy. As things stand though, the banking giant may not have a choice in the matter as the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak worsens.Speaking to the Financial Times, Agustín Carstens, head of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), just called for “a global freeze on bank dividends and share buybacks” in response to the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus. He called on “central bank interventions” to keep the flow of money alive and for banks to use their “accumulated balance sheet buffers” to battle the crisis too.So ignore that monster dividend yield I say. Not even this or a rock-bottom forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.1 times are enough to encourage me to invest. The Barclays share price has collapsed 48% since the stock market crash began in mid-to-late February. There’s clearly plenty of reason to expect more weakness in the days and weeks ahead.A better income pick?I don’t fancy grabbing a slice of Land Securities Group (LSE: LAND) for my ISA before that upcoming 4 April deadline either. This is the final date stock investors have to max out their £20k allowance for the 2019/2020 tax year.I’ve long been fearful over the long-term earnings outlook of LandSec, an owner and operator of large retail spaces. The relentless growth of e-commerce was one reason. Crushed consumer confidence amid Brexit uncertainty represented another. It’s the emergence of Covid-19 and subsequent social distancing measures that represent the biggest problems for this Footsie firm.It’s a point perfectly highlighted by industry rival Hammerson on Monday. It said it had failed to collect a whopping two-thirds of its quarterly rents as its retail tenants pulled their shutters down and struggled for survival.LandSec is mega cheap right now. It carries a forward P/E multiple of just 9.7 times. Income chasers can toast a monster 8.3% yield too. Still, it’s a share I’m not happy to gamble my hard-earned money on. A terrible trading outlook and rising net debt (almost £4bn as of September) makes it one to avoid at all costs. It’s lost 44% of its value since 20 February and I fully expect it to continue declining. Should you buy these 8%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stocks in an ISA after the market crash? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild | Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 | More on: BARC LAND Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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Shane Williams and Andy Powell get their kit off for bizarre sumo experience

first_imgTuesday Feb 20, 2018 Shane Williams and Andy Powell get their kit off for bizarre sumo experience With the next Rugby World Cup kicking off in Japan next year, hype is gradually starting to build, as fans will be introduced to the host cities and get to learn more about Japanese culture. Clearly Shane Williams and Andy Powell were asked to help out, and this is the unbelievable result. They headed off to Osaka to try their hand at sumo wrestling, and it was not pretty!credit: worldrugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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SOS Children’s Villages drops all direct mail for a year

first_imgSOS Children’s Villages drops all direct mail for a year  68 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 25 January 2008 | News Tagged with: Individual giving Law / policy SOS Children’s Villages stopped all direct mail activity during 2007 – cold, warm, email – and reports that its annual income is about £3.4 million, about three times what it was raising five years ago.In an editorial item on the charity’s website, Andrew Cates said: “we all felt good about stopping cold Direct Mail. I do not believe any charity really feels comfortable with the cost levels this incurs.”He is keen to demonstrate that there was no other direct marketing activity to cover for this. “Just to be clear” he writes: “we also didn’t telephone canvas, didn’t run TV adverts, didn’t spend money on internet adverts and adwords (Ok, we ran two small paid adverts on a charity site), and did not do “face to face” (chugger) fundraising nor send out email appeals either”.Instead of spending time and money on direct mail, the charity has been focusing on its website as a fundraising tool. Cates describes it as “cheap and cheerful and… far less sophisticated than the old one it replaced”. However, when it went live “the donation and new commitment rate went up twenty times overnight (that’s really 20x not 20%). Now we get about 4000 unique visitors a day.”Indeed, he says that on the website “most people take out regular donations” and “the average one-off donation on the website is around £110 or ten times industry figures for Direct Mail”.While he acknowledges that direct mail is not going to disappear, and that he “wouldn’t rule out warm appeals in the future” he is convinced that the Internet is the best medium for the charity to focus on.He concludes with four elements of advice for other charities:“Keep any website(s) technically simple.“Do not be tempted to use Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) companies. Concentrate on human visitors and let Search Engines do their job.“Never underestimate the surfers’ time and intelligence. Internet donors read more, think more and give more on average.“To get links to your website, ask your supporters. If you don’t ask you don’t get.”www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/charity-news/editorial.htm Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  67 total views,  3 views todaylast_img read more

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U.S. sanctions aim to starve Zimbabwe into submission

first_imgPresident Barack Obama’s administration, utilizing the Office of Foreign Assets Control, announced on March 2 the extension, for another year, of sanctions that encompass two Zimbabwe-based fertilizer firms. Zimbabwe’s government-controlled Industrial Development Corporation (IDCZ) owns them.The OFAC included Chemplex Holdings and the Zimbabwe Fertilizer Company on its sanctions list.  IDCZ owns 100 percent of Chemplex’s shares and 50 percent in the Zimbabwe Fertilizer Company. IDCZ also controls 15 percent of shares in Sable Chemicals, the country’s only ammonium nitrate company.Derick Sibanda, IDCZ spokesperson, said U.S.actions were “deliberately aimed at paralyzing” the economy’s agricultural sector and to frustrate  Zim-Asset, Zimbabwe’s economic development program.  He said: “The two companies have been … affected by virtue of being owned by IDCZ but the latest development will worsen the situation. The two companies are critical in achieving targets set under the Food and Nutrition cluster.” (allafrica.com,  March 10)These two firms were targeted in the anti-Zimbabwe sanctions implemented in 2003 in retaliation for the government’s year 2000 land reform program.  That program entailed seizures of 50 percent of commercial farms owned by descendants of white British settlers who colonized the country in the late 19th century.Successive U.S. administrations have never fully supported Zimbabwean independence — even during the height of the 1960s and 1970s national liberation struggle. After the country’s independence in 1980, Washington sought to limit the degree of sovereignty and economic freedom enjoyed by the people of this agricultural and mineral-rich country.Although Zimbabwe has held numerous internationally monitored elections since 2000, both the George W. Bush and  the Obama administrations have continued the sanctions. The Zimbabwe government, led by the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), attributes the bulk of its economic problems to these continuing punitive economic measures.The Obama statement alleges, “These actions and policies” of Zimbabwe’s government “continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue this national emergency and to maintain in force the sanctions to respond to this threat.” (allafrica.com, March 4)This statement did not document any alleged threats to the U.S. by Zimbabwe, which maintains diplomatic relations with Washington.  Both states have ambassadors in their respective capitals.Sanctions expand; food shortages worsenThese hostile actions are taking place amid a mounting food deficit stemming from existing sanctions and aggravated by an El Niño weather pattern in southern Africa, which impacts climate and water availability throughout the region.  Some 4 million people need food assistance, says Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald newspaper.Prisca Mupfumira, minister of public health, labor and social welfare, noted that the government had enough grain stocks to cover the shortages and was moving quickly to import grain to ensure that no one goes without food. She stressed that the government would meet people’s needs, saying, “We have mobilized the resources, and it is all systems out to ensure grain is moved from areas with surplus maize to those that have a deficit.” (Herald, March 15)Mupfumira emphasized:  “We are now looking forward to the importation programs to increase the flows, but the situation is under control. … The District Development Fund has adopted a ‘hit and run’ concept that operates with … 10 trucks that move from province to province distributing maize from the Grain Marketing Board depots to the vulnerable.”President Robert Mugabe told a rally in Bindura on March 18 that despite reports of political sectarianism in food distribution, there would be no discrimination based on party affiliations. He assured residents that the government would supply enough food to meet the burgeoning need.Mugabe stressed: “Whether we find ourselves in the party or any association, we are all the same, bound together as one family of Zimbabweans. … [Food] is being distributed to people as a whole to save them. We might differ on policies but when we talk of food, all of us should be served. It does not matter which church or party one belongs to.” (Herald, March 19)U.S. wages economic warfareThe sanctions not only target potential imports and exports, but other institutions which assist the IDCZ.  The Treasury Department fined Barclay’s Bank PLC $2.5 million for “violating” the sanctions against IDCZ.On March 5, Barclays Bank PLC announced that it will close its operations in Zimbabwe, where it has operated since 1912.  This could be devastating to the country’s ability to attract foreign direct investment.Even though the U.S. has expanded sanctions against Zimbabwe, the European Union has purportedly lifted most of its bans on conducting trade with the country. However, with Washington seeking to cripple the ZANU-PF government through blocking financial transactions, these measures will make it impossible to resume normal relations with other states that do not share U.S. policy.Barclays PLC controls 68 percent of shares in Barclays Bank Zimbabwe. The financial institution said it could not continue to combine Barclays Bank Zimbabwe with Barclays Africa Group Ltd. since the firm “is no longer a good fit with Barclays’ core strategy.”  (The Standard, March 6)There is speculation that the withdrawal of a transnational bank like Barclays from the African continent indicates an exodus of capital from the region. Neighboring South Africa is undergoing an economic downturn where the value of the national currency has decreased and a flight of private investment has recently occurred.Economist Reginald Shoko said, “Barclays’ exit could jeopardize” foreign direct investments as European investors prefer working with international banks in Africa.  But economist John Robertson said Barclays Bank Zimbabwe was a separate subsidiary and its local banking business would likely continue, unimpeded by the parent firm’s withdrawal.  “When the country recovers, Barclays overseas might … put more capital into the local bank,” but, he stressed, Barclays’ withdrawal affects Africa as a whole.  (Standard)Anti-imperialist and other progressive forces must strongly pressure the U.S. to stop its sanctions against Zimbabwe, so the country can develop its economy free of imperialist impediments.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Summer set for a vibrant Riverfest welcome

first_imgShannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New high-end jobs for Shannon Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Twitter Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow NewsLocal NewsSummer set for a vibrant Riverfest welcomeBy Alan Jacques – April 13, 2018 966 Email Printcenter_img Previous articleTie a Milford ribbonNext articleTot David comes out of his shell in Butterfly Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGSgreat limerick runMay Bank HolidayRiverfestShannonwater activites Facebook Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Riverfest logoONE of Ireland’s best summer festivals will take place in Limerick next month with Riverfest 2018 set to attract thousands to the city.The summer will be noisily and colourfully waved in across the May Bank Holiday weekend in Limerick as the Shannonside city becomes the focus for the first major national festival of the year.Riverfest 2018 is set to draw more than 85,000 to the banks of the Shannon for the biggest celebration yet in the fourteenth year of a festival that has made this first summer bank holiday weekend of the year its own.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The four-day celebration includes everything from high-octane water based activities across the weekend to the country’s biggest fireworks display of the summer, its largest BBQ cook-off, celebrations of food and fashion, outdoor and indoor concerts and the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run.Among the major new attractions this year will be the first visit to Ireland by the Seabreacher Shark – a daredevil ride all the way from Queenstown, New Zealand. This 18ft ‘shark-craft’ can travel at speeds of up to 80km per hour, soar 18ft high out of the water, dip up to 5ft under the water, do side rolls and doughnuts.The water based activities for the Limerick Strand Hotel Riverfest on the Shannon will also involve a free Double Zipline across the Shannon, Water Zorbing, Kayaking, and a social swim that will have hundreds getting a different perspective of the great river.“Limerick is a city very much on the up and Riverfest is a reflection of this. It has grown and grown as a festival over the years to become not alone the biggest gathering in Ireland of the May Bank Holiday weekend by far but also one the biggest Irish summer festivals,” Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Stephen Keary enthused at the launch of the event this week.“Limerick is the largest urban centre on Ireland’s largest river so it’s only right that we would turn to it for a celebration like this.”Riverfest also includes annual favourites such as The Riverfestival Village, at Arthur’s Quay – a weekend long cacophony of foods, crafts, vintage amusements, street performers and live musical entertainment.The Limerick Food Experience in the Garden of the Hunt Museum will showcase the best quality, locally produced food and drink that Limerick has to offer while the Saturday will also see one of the annual high points of the festival take place as Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off takes place with teams representing cuisines around the world competing for honours.Visit www.riverfest.ie for full festival details.More local news here.last_img read more

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celebrities, not squares

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. et’s be honest. Anyone who has ever sat through at full-day’s training course or conference programme has at some point required matchsticks for their drooping eyelids.This is not, of course, the desired effect that speakers or training event organisers wish to have on their delegates, but the soporific powers of listening to speaker after speaker are well documented.Could the remedy lie in a well-scheduled celebrity speaker, someone brought in specifically to liven up proceedings, to provide the all-important “wow” factor?The proliferation of celebrities now offering their services to the business speaking circuit may well be evidence of their ability to do just that. Since their triumph at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the coxless four, including rowing legends Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, have been in great demand by event organisers across the UK.They have topped many a conference bill with their inspirational insight into the kind of determination and commitment necessary to succeed.GUEST SPEAKERSLeadership, team-building, motivation, change management, globalisation – if your training event touches on any one of these subjects then there is now a wealth of A-, B- and C-list celebrities – or guest speakers, as many prefer to be described – you could invite along to wow your audience.Since the early days of guest-speaking, when you had the limited choice of business guru Sir John Harvey-Jones or after-dinner specialist Lance Percival, the circuit is now awash with sporting heroes, e-business entrepreneurs, politicians, newscasters, business leaders and assorted gurus. But what do you get for your money?If it’s true celebrity you’re after then you’ll have to be prepared to dig deep into those pockets.An A- or B-list celebrity speaker is going to set you back between £5,000 and £10,000, and possibly anything up to £25,000.For someone with stellar status, say first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, expect to part with even more than that.However, there is a multitude of less costly, but no less valuable, speakers out there too. To have skipper of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race, Tracy Edwards, Olympic hurdler Sally Gunnell or explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes attend your event will require a cheque of somewhere in the region of £2,500 and £5,000 (see panel on opposite page for a price guide).“The fee generally goes up according to the speaker’s fame and experience,” explains Jan Jenkins, director of public speaking agency Speakers Corner.“At the lower end, you are paying for someone who has a good story to tell but who is not necessarily that famous. When you consider the costs of the venue, the catering and production, then the speaker’s fee is relatively low, and a good speaker, who has taken a full brief, will add so much value.”A popular, but not conventionally famous, inspirational speaker is war hero Flt Lt John Nichol. He came into the public eye after he was shot down and captured during the Gulf War and subsequently paraded him on Iraqi television. Night after night his battered features were headline news.Nichol was a reluctant recruit to the speaking circuit. Having refused several invitations to speak about his Gulf War experiences, “because I couldn’t understand why someone on their way to senior management would be interested in what I had got to say”, he was finally persuaded to tell his story at a corporate event.In the eight years since he started his speaking career, Nichol says he has learnt a lot about what corporate audiences want, and what they don’t.“At first, my talk was about telling people how the RAF does its business and how they could learn from it. But the feedback I got was that this was nothing new. People didn’t want to be told how to be a better insurance broker or manager. They wanted to know my story,” relates Nichol.“Now my presentation is 90 per cent John Nichol’s story and 10 per cent what I learned about myself from my experiences.”KNOWLEDGESuccessful celebrity speakers soon learn to avoid the “teaching-granny-to-suck-eggs” approach. A speaker whose life has revolved around sports is unlikely to have the in-depth knowledge of, say, the telecoms industry necessary to advise a sales team how to weather a market downturn. If that’s the sort of presentation you want then specialist business speakers are available.Sports stars and war heroes have a more ethereal message to communicate. Theirs is usually a story of triumph in the face of adversity, of finding strength in trying times. It is for the audience to translate the lessons or morals of a story from the battlefield or sports arena to the boardroom or sales pitch.“We want a story of someone going from complete certainty to complete uncertainty in a matter of minutes, of going through extraordinary change,” explains Simon Redwood, senior management training and development consultant at BT’s training company, e-peopleserve, who has booked Nichol to address the Future Managers Programme for the past five years.“His story is not just a war story, it is a story of undergoing change that is still relevant today. There are parallels with the world these managers face, parallels for them to pick up in our industry.”This does not, however, mean that a celebrity’s presentation should make no reference to your organisation whatsoever. Far from it.However, do not leave them to their own devices when it comes to research. You too should do your homework on your would-be speaker – meet them before the event, brief them fully on what you require from them in their presentation and also on your company, in particular any issues it is currently facing.Be suspicious of any guest speaker who balks at a pre-engagement meeting to exchange information.Athlete Kriss Akabusi is renowned on the circuit for “going the extra mile” for his clients. According to both clients and agents, his preparation is thorough and his knowledge of his audience is reflected in the way he adapts his basic message.“Knowing details about a company means something to people. It says, ‘This guy has taken the trouble to investigate who we are and has not just taken his presentation off the shelf’,” says Akabusi, who makes a point of meeting the organiser and whoever is writing his cheque.“When they book a speaker they need to know it’s a safe booking. If I make mistakes, they are the ones who’ll get it in the neck.”Akabusi’s reputation as an inspirational, motivational speaker is established to the point that he has made it a full-time career and newcomers to the scene are turning to him for advice, among them fellow athlete Derek Redmond and equestrian Kate Allenby. He tells them to ask themselves three questions before embarking on a speaking career: Am I passionate about my subject? Are the people in the audience important to me? Am I prepared to do this for nothing if needs be? If the answer to any of these questions is no, Akabusi’s advice is “Don’t do it”.“We are approached by hundreds of people who think they have a story to tell, but who are simply trying to jump on the bandwagon,” warns Jeremy Lee.“When booking a guest speaker don’t simply be wowed by their biography. If you insist on working in the dark then you are taking an enormous risk.”A household name may wow an audience, earn you some Brownie points with the boss, who can boast about meeting them to his golf partner, and add glamour to an event.However, avoid becoming starstruck when flicking through the lists of available speakers – perhaps a lesser known speaker, with an amazing story still to tell would be a better use of your, probably limited, budget.Lee cites several semi-known names who have started to gain a reputation on the circuit, among them England rugby union manager Clive Woodward, successful businessman Adrian Webster and yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur.“Her’s is a great story and the best angle is that she came second,” says Lee. “People relate to someone who still has goals to achieve, who’s still hungry for more.” celebrities, not squaresOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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HMS Ocean Arrives in Plymouth, UK

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Ocean Arrives in Plymouth, UK Share this article View post tag: Arrives View post tag: ocean September 18, 2012 HMS Ocean Arrives in Plymouth, UK View post tag: Plymouth View post tag: HMScenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK HMS Ocean returns to its home-port of HM Naval Base, Devonport at Plymouth on Friday (21 September) after two months on the Thames supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship, has been moored on the river Thames off Greenwich playing a key role in the London 2012 security plan.Captain Andrew Betton, commanding officer of HMS Ocean, said: “After two months moored on the River Thames supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, our return home to Plymouth closes a fascinating chapter in the ship’s life. “HMS Ocean has provided a fully equipped base for Royal Navy and Army helicopters, accommodating more than 1,000 military personnel from all three armed services working in support of the Games.  “Whilst moored in London we have also welcomed almost 20,000 visitors onboard and it has been a fantastic and thoroughly rewarding experience to have played our part in this fabulous summer of sporting endeavour.”The ship has been home for five Royal Navy and five Army Lynx helicopters supporting police with air and river security.  The ship has also operated London Air Ambulance and Metropolitan Police helicopters.On top of the crew the commando helicopter carrier has accommodated an extra 400 Army and Royal Naval personnel who have been working alongside G4S employees to ensure security at the Equestrian Arena in Greenwich Park.At the busiest times this has seen more than 1,000 personnel living onboard, being fed through the ship’s galley (kitchen) to provide 100,000 meals during the London 2012 Games.The ship has hosted VIPs including HRH Princess Royal, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Prime Minister David Cameron, four other Ministers, 38 senior military officers, senior civil servants and 125 tours for groups of youth, uniformed, veteran and other organisations.Being in the heart of historic maritime Greenwich has ensured that HMS Ocean has been of great interest to the general public and tourists and the ship has opened her gangways to the public three times.But it’s not all been work for the sailors and Royal Marines onboard as some personnel have been able to attend various Olympic events, including the Paralympics closing ceremony and tours to many London favourites, such as the Houses of Parliament and No 10 Downing Street.When the ship arrived in London the crew conducted the historic Ceremony of the Dues at the Tower of London where the ship’s captain and a party of sailors presented a barrel of wine to the Constable of the Tower as a ‘toll’ for the ship using the Thames.A hugely versatile ship, this Olympic role has been a contrast to last year when HMS Ocean spent seven-and-a-half months deployed on military operations such an amphibious exercise in the Mediterranean then re-roled to become part of the NATO mission off Libya for four months with Apache helicopters, before steaming to the Gulf of Aden for further tasking.On arriving home the ship will prepare for a major one-year refit at the end of the year in Devonport by Babcock Marine.HMS Ocean will then work up to full capability ready to take over again from HMS Illustrious as the Royal Navy’s high-readiness helicopter carrier later that year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 18, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

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News story: Education Secretary launches £24 million programme for North East

first_imgThe Government will also ensure that the North East benefits from other programmes including: a new investment to spread good practice in behaviour management; through the National Citizen Service programme to build character and resilience in young people; greater recognition of young people’s achievements through the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize; and improved Careers and Enterprise education.Projects funded through the Opportunity North East programme will be in place in 2019 and will look to build on the work already underway in the region. Education, business and council leaders in the North East, among others, will form an executive board to drive the project forward and raise education standards – reporting directly to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Agnew. The board will be appointed shortly, following the roundtable hosted by the Education Secretary.Edward Twiddy, Chief Innovation Officer at Durham-based Atom bank said: Investing £12 million in targeted approaches to improve the transition from primary to secondary school, drive up standards – particularly at secondary level – and improve outcomes for pupils post 16; Working with secondary schools and colleges to encourage young people to consider university, degree apprenticeships and other high quality technical education options; Partnering with local businesses to improve job prospects for young people across the region; and Investing a further £12 million to boost early career training for new teachers and help improve the quality of teaching and raise standards in the region’s schools, ahead of roll-out in other regions. Atom bank is delighted to offer its wholehearted support to this exciting and very welcome initiative. As a business with national ambitions but founded and headquartered in the North East, Atom is determined to be a positive influence across the region. We are especially focused on enhancing opportunities and education for young people growing up in the region. Atom is already the Prince’s Trust lead partner for STEM in the North East as well as establishing many research and training links with the region’s universities. The Secretary of State’s decision to establish Opportunity North East is a huge opportunity to change the future for hundreds and thousands of young people in the region and ensure that they have the chance to meet their own – and the region’s – full potential. Talent and potential are evenly spread, but opportunities sometimes aren’t. With Opportunity North East I am going to work with schools, colleges, businesses and universities – including those beyond the area – to redress the balance. There are today too many education measures on which the North East is listed ninth in the list of nine English regions. It doesn’t have to be like that. In fact the North East has a lot of really outstanding education – especially so at primary level. The job now is to spread that through more of the secondary level and beyond. It’s absolutely right that we challenge ourselves to do things like increasing access to university for young people from black and minority ethnic communities but we must remember that disadvantage is not limited to a single group. White British disadvantaged boys are the least likely of any large ethnic group to go to university. We need to ask ourselves why that is and challenge government, universities and the wider system to change that. It’s vital that we do this to make sure that no part of our country feels as though it has been left behind, and that every community feels like this is a country that works for everyone. I’m really excited about the opportunities that this new exciting initiative and significant investment will bring to our region. Everyone now needs to work closely together to create, develop and implement a coherent and effective plan that harnesses this initiative in a way that will improve progress, raise attainment and add value to our young people’s life chances. We have some fantastic leaders, teachers and young people in the North East who I know will fully embrace and use the enhanced resources and support that this transformational strategy will provide. I cannot wait to get started. During his visit later today, at a roundtable discussion in Gateshead, Mr Hinds is also expected to challenge education experts, head teachers, business leaders and university leaders by asking each group what more they can do to “raise aspirations among all working class communities, including white British disadvantaged children”.He will cite research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which found white British disadvantaged boys are the least likely of any ethnic group to progress to university. It found groups with the next lowest progression rates – disadvantaged black Caribbean males and males from a mixed ethnic background – are around twice as likely to progress to higher education compared with their white British disadvantaged peers.Addressing the roundtable at Cardinal Hume Secondary School in Gateshead, Mr Hinds will say: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: We have some fantastic schools in the Tees Valley that are driving up standards so more young people develop the knowledge they need to succeed, and attain the skills our businesses need to thrive. We’re working hard to develop home-grown talent to support our growing economy, but there’s still much more to do. This additional investment from government will go an exceptionally long way to help our schools tackle the challenges that they face, raise student aspirations and good quality education. Working with local authorities and business leaders, we will ensure our young people are given every opportunity to fill the high-quality jobs of tomorrow. The North East LEP is committed to reducing the gap between our best and lowest performing secondary schools and to improving social mobility for our young people. Across primary and secondary schools, we have the second highest proportion of outstanding schools. We also have the second highest number of schools rated less than good after Yorkshire and the Humber. It’s this disparity that we are tackling by supporting teachers, governors, schools and leaders. Ensuring the next generation has a clear pathway to achieving their full potential is a fundamental part of our Strategic Economic Plan. I am delighted with today’s investment announcement and recognition by the government of our ambition to drive up student attainment levels. This funding will allow us to accelerate and build on our existing activity in this area and make a real difference to the lives of each and every young person in the North East. Build on good primary school performance to ensure more children continue to achieve at secondary school; Unlock the potential of key secondary schools in the region by encouraging collaboration with schools, high performing academy trusts and local authorities; Working with partners such as Teach First to ensure there are more great teachers where they are needed most. The North East will be the first region in England to implement more support for newly-qualified teachers to encourage them to stay in the classroom, with £12 million for early roll-out of the Government’s improved offer from September 2020 – and more details set to be announced in the Department for Education’s recruitment and retention strategy. This will form part of the Teacher Development Premium, creating an enhanced offer of professional development for teachers in challenging areas throughout their careers. Raise aspirations and tackle the barriers that prevent young people in the North East from attending the best universities; and Make the most of young people’s skills and talents in the North East – harnessing the pioneering work of local enterprise partnerships – to help them find a rewarding, secure job. Opportunities and job prospects for young people in the North East of England are to be addressed by a multi-million pound government investment to boost social mobility and raise aspirations for children, announced today (Monday 8 October) by the Education Secretary Damian Hinds.Launching Opportunity North East, the Education Secretary has pledged £24 million to tackle issues holding young people from all communities back and that can risk areas feeling “left behind”.While the North East has some of the best performing primary schools in the country, secondary school performance is significantly below other regions, and fewer 18-year-olds attend the country’s top universities than those from any other part of the country. The North East also has one of the highest proportions of young people not in education, employment or training after year 11.Opportunity North East will aim to tackle these issues by: Andrew Hodgson, Chair, North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: Today’s announcement is part of a government drive to improve education and boost productivity in the North of England, and follows on from investment in the Northern Powerhouse strategy.The programmes delivered through Opportunity North East build on the Government’s efforts to create more good school places in the areas that need them most through the free schools programme.Opportunity North East will tackle issues that are specific to the North East, which had the lowest percentage of young people going to top universities in 2017.It will: Nick Hurn, head teacher at Cardinal Hume Secondary School, Gateshead, said: By challenging universities, local schools and colleges, and innovative local businesses in the North East to work together, the Government will create a network that will raise standards, encourage pupils to aim high when applying to higher or further education, and support schools and colleges to deliver new T Level qualifications from 2020.A challenge will also be made to employers, and especially top universities outside the region, to ensure they make the most of North East talent.The announcement of more support to recruit and retain talented teachers comes after the Government launched a free website for schools to advertise vacancies – which currently costs schools up to £75 million a year – with schools in the North East and Cambridgeshire given access to the site ahead of a nationwide launch.The Education Secretary will also visit Durham University to hear more about its proposals to open the North East’s first maths schools to offer specialist teaching for talented A Level students – following in the footsteps of successful schools opened by King’s College London and the University of Exeter.last_img read more

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