Retail therapy addiction will hold up in 2011

first_img BRITISH consumers are to continue spending unfazed in 2011, despite government cutbacks and higher taxes, according to research by auditing firm BDO.The firm’s Retail Forecasts 2011 report calls the UK consumer a “curious beast” unable to kick an “addiction to shopping” despite speculation about a double dip recession.The report uses a monthly high street sales tracker that has recorded a steady rise in consumer spending this year, leading BDO to project overall sales growth of three per cent over the Christmas period. Consumer spending accounts for 65 per cent of the UK economy.BDO’s tracker, which collects data from 70 retailers with 10,000 stores, showed a 4.1 per cent rise in sales during October. This could suggest a bounceback in consumer demand after government statistics showed a 0.2 per cent drop in retail sales during the third quarter of this year.But it is not clear whether the rally in demand will last. Many analysts had predicted a rise due to consumers stocking up before Vat rises to 20 per cent in January next year and then a sharp fall as they reign back in 2011. BDO’s report, however, says that there will be a “slowdown but no meltdown”, citing the likelihood of low interest rates late into next year and lower-than-expected unemployment figures as supportive of household spending.In addition, it says: “Retailers have had plenty of time to manage their product mix and price architecture to offset the impeding VAT increase.”The report is also optimistic about the UK retail industry as a whole, predicting growth in exports.BDO head of retail Don Williams says: “UK retailers are very good at what they do. We are a nation of shopkeepers catering for a generation of shoppers. As brands get more global, UK retailers are ideally placed to start exporting their skills.”Moreover, with firms sitting on improved balance sheets and unspent capital from spending cutbacks during the recession, BDO says to expect possible consolidation as larger firms snap up a “megadeal” by buying rivals. Retail therapy addiction will hold up in 2011 whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Sunday 7 November 2010 8:03 pmcenter_img whatsapp KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesMoney VersedWoman Shares The 5 Words She Said That Left Her Boyfriend In AweMoney VersedZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryGloriousaCouple Had Their Home Demolished Because Of ThisGloriousaTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite Herald Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ampersand report finds 77% of top execs optimistic about their business

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter When asked about organisations or types of company that have had a positive impact on their business, answers included land-based operators, suppliers and regulators, but no single answer gained a large number of responses. 24th February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle For land-based casino, however, results were far more mixed, as 42% projected it to decline significantly and 8% to decline slightly, while 31% projected growth. Looking specifically at respondents’ own businesses, 77% said they were optimistic, of which 17% very optimistic and the remainder quite optimistic. Only 5% were pessimistic, of which only 1% were very pessimistic. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The results showed a large degree of optimism about the future of online casino. The majority of respondents, at 70%, said they expected this vertical to grow significantly over the next 12 months, with a further 26% predicting it to grow slightly and only 2% projecting decline. Regulation was also seen as the most important trend or development for those in the industry to follow, with new markets following. More than three quarters of top executives in the gaming industry are optimistic about the future of their business, while most expect igaming to grow and land-based gaming to decline in 2021, according to the latest Ampersand Bellwether Report. You can read the Ampersand Bellwether Report in full here. Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Land-based casino Online casino Regulation Marketing Artificial intelligence Ampersand report finds 77% of top execs optimistic about their business Covid-19 was seen as the biggest threat to the industry, meanwhile, with regulation in second place. Respondents were also asked what area they would choose if given $500,000 to invest in technology. The most common response was artificial intelligence, with cashless solutions, mobile platforms and payments next. Breaking down the respondents, the majority of those answering were involved with casino or sports betting, with 39% and 29% of respondents respectively. Most respondents were either C-level executives, partners or managing directors at their business, while Europe and North America were the most common locations. Finally, Ampersand members said they currently use calls with colleagues, calls with suppliers and news sites to learn about new developments in the industry, but when society returns to normal, they expect live events again to be the main way to learn about these developments. The report was conducted through a web-based survey of the Ampersand Gaming panel, with 106 responses. It marked the fifth such report, and the second since the start of the pandemic.  Turning to organisations or types of company that have had a negative impact, regulators again featured, as did government and unlicensed gambling businesses. Respondents said they most aspired for their business to be like British betting giant Bet365, with Entain, Playtech and IGT also popular answers. Out of non-gambling companies, respondents said they aspired to be like tech giants Amazon, Tesla, Google, Apple and Netflix. New and emerging markets, however, declined in importance as a trend compared to past surveys, as did negative perceptions of the industry. When asked to list the biggest opportunities in the gaming industry, popular responses included online and mobile gaming, esports and new markets such as Latin America, Africa and the USA. Email Address Strategylast_img read more

French Open 2020 Result : Halep, Thiem enters last 16 of…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Where the fans catch the FRENCH OPEN LIVE BROADCAST & LIVE STREAMING ?In the Indian Sub-Continent, French Open will be broadcasted LIVE on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports Select 2.  Thiem converted six of his chances as he gradually took control en route to victory in two hours and 15 minutes.The third seed will play 2015 champion Stanislas Wawrinka or Hugo Gaston.“Casper is a great player – an attractive player,” said Thiem.“He has a lot of confidence and has shown he is one of the best clay-court players this year. I tried not to give him chances in the third set. “After his three-set win over Jack Sock on Wednesday, Thiem said there would be a point at Roland Garros where he would get “super tired” – during the early stages of his match against Ruud the new Grand Slam champion was certainly breathing hard. ATP Tour Wimbledon 2021 LIVE streaming: When, where and how to watch year’s third Grand Slam’ in you country, India Latest Sports News Other than Tennis Fans can catch all the News Updates, Draws, Live Scores, schedules of the French Open on Bett1Open 2021 Final: Liudmila Samsonova beat Belinda Bencic to clinch title Latest Sports News Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers French Open 2020 Result : Halep, Thiem enters last 16 of Roland Garros TAGSFrench Open Day 6 liveFrench Open live InsideSport.coFrench open live streamingFrench Open live streaming in IndiaHalepThiem enters last 16 SHARE Top seed Simona Halep underlined why she is widely considered the French Open favourite by thrashing American teenager Amanda Anisimova to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros.Romania’s Halep, 29, needed just 54 minutes to win 6-0 6-1 in Paris. Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Must-win game for both teams, Kickoff at 9.30PM IST; Follow Live Updates by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoHalep won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2018 and the next step towards another is a fourth-round match against Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.Third seed Elina Svitolina also progressed with a straight-set victory.The 26-year-old Ukrainian won 6-4 7-5 in one hour and 40 minutes against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.French Open 2020 Result : Dominic Thiem easily beats teenager Ruud, enters last 16 Sport News By Kunal Dhyani – October 2, 2020 Previous articleSerie A Live: Sassuolo vs Crotone Head to Head Statistics, LIVE Streaming Link, teams stats up, results, Date, Time, Watch LiveNext articleIPL 2020 : Raina first to congratulate Dhoni on breaking his record of most-capped player in the IPL history Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TennisFrench OpenLatest Sports NewsSport The tournament will also be streamed LIVE on Disney+ Hotstar.  F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Football YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesEnjoy Affordable Freight & Shipping Services With These Service ProvidersFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to wet outfield, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Cricket Cricket Facebook Twitter Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Formula 1 US Open champion Dominic Thiem booked his spot in the French Open fourth round with a hard-fought 6-4 6-3 6-1 victory over Norwegian Casper Ruud.The Austrian, 27, faced eight break points in the opening two sets, but was only broken once by the 28th seed, in the fourth game of the first set.last_img read more

Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgMashonaland Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mashonaland Holdings Limited (  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMashonaland Holdings Limited is a property investment and development company in Zimbabwe, providing solutions to the retail, commercial and industrial sector. The Office/Retail division acquires, develops and leases warehouse and factories and the Pure Retail acquires, develops and leases retail outlets; with other divisions involved in acquiring, letting and managing residential and specialised property aswell as undeveloped land. Mashonaland Holdings Limited owns an in-house management division responsible for letting and maintaining privately-owned properties; and a property research and development division which identifies potential property investments and development opportunities. A financial division maintains company accounts according to regulatory accounting standards, invests funds in approved instruments and acquires properties for shareholder investments. Mashonaland Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc ( Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgMwalimu Commercial Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMwalimu Community Bank Limited (MCB) is a commercial bank which is wholly-owned and promoted by an umbrella trade union of teachers in Tanzania. Tanzania Teacher’s Union (TTU) is a trade union established under the Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004. There are over 200 000 members across all regions in the country. MCB meets an important need to provide affordable and accessible banking products and services to teachers in Tanzania. MCB offers a diverse range of products and services geared to empower teachers and other civil servants to improve their living conditions and transform their lives. Mwalimu Community Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Don’t waste the stock market crash! I’d follow Warren Buffett to get rich from it

first_img Image source: The Motley Fool Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones 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. “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! Don’t waste the stock market crash! I’d follow Warren Buffett to get rich from it 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. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. We have had one stock market crash this year, and may be due a second. Previous FTSE 100 bear markets have posted temporary recoveries, only for share prices to fall sharply again.So although the index has climbed by around 1,000 points since the lows of March, there could be more trouble ahead.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…By listening to the world’s most renowned investor, Warren Buffett, you can use the stock market crash to build your long-term wealth. This could even help you get rich and retire early.Work this the stock market crashAs I write this, the FTSE 100 is slipping back towards 6,000. Investors have been shaken by repeated outbreaks of Covid-19, even in countries that thought they had it under control. Travel restrictions are back with a vengeance. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have gone, and things could get worse when the furlough scheme ends in October. There are good reasons to be scared of a second stock market crash. Although Warren Buffett is famous for his success in investing shares, he also holds plenty of cash. His investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway, is sitting on a record £137bn. The pandemic has shown how everybody should hold at least six months worth of spending money on easy access, in case of redundancy or serious illness. Although maybe not as much as Buffett.There is another reason to hold cash. That way you can take advantage of opportunities to buy stocks at bargain prices if we get a second market crash.When assessing companies, the number one thing Warren Buffett looks for is a “sustainable competitive advantage.” This is particularly important when choosing UK stocks in the middle of a market crash. Plenty of mediocre companies can succeed when the economy is buoyant, you have to be on top of your game in a downturn.So look for businesses that offer goods or services nobody else does, have a respected brand to underpin customer loyalty, and a strong defensive ‘moat’ to scare off competitors. Companies like these are well placed to weather the downturn, and benefit when the recovery finally kicks in.Warren Buffett can make you richAs Warren Buffett has famously said: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” This is particularly important to remember in the middle of a stock market crash. There are plenty of dirt cheap shares out there, but not all are bargains. I would avoid the airlines, for example. There is too much uncertainty in that industry.Instead, I would scan the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 for high-quality businesses that can survive today’s unprecedented times. History shows the stock market always recovers from a crash, if you give it long enough.There is only one Warren Buffett. Following his tips will not turn you into a billionaire, but it can help you survive a second stock market crash, and continue building wealth for your retirement. Harvey Jones | Saturday, 15th August, 2020 See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

Who Is New Wales Coach Wayne Pivac?

first_img Who Is New Wales Coach Wayne Pivac?Wayne Pivac took over as Wales coach following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, when Warren Gatland left his role after more than ten years at the helm.Pivac is the latest Kiwi to hold the role, with previous Wales coaches including Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Gatland, and it marks his return to coaching at the international level after a stint with the Fiji team from 2004 to 2007.After working in the Pacific Islands, Pivac returned home to New Zealand to coach at provincial level before becoming Scarlets head coach in 2014 and winning the Pro14 in 2017.Those are the basics – want to know more? Rugby World spoke to the coach before the Six Nations for our March 2020 issue of the magazine to find out more about Wayne Pivac. Here’s what we found out…Exclusive Interview with Wayne PivacBuying presents can be a tricky business. What’s the perfect Christmas gift for your dad when he’s embarking on a new job? Matthew Pivac obviously felt a little advice from the predecessor would go down well. “He got me Warren Gatland’s book,” says new Wales coach Wayne Pivac with a wry smile. “That’s his sense of humour.”There’s nothing like a reminder of the size of the shoes you’re filling as you prepare for your first Six Nations campaign. Pivac is all too aware of how successful Gatland’s 12-year Wales reign was – three Grand Slams the standout achievements – but he is also excited by the challenge of building on such successful foundations.The 57-year-old has included a wealth of international experience in his back-room team, with four former Wales captains part of the set-up in Stephen Jones, Jonathan Humphreys (assistants), Sam Warburton (technical adviser) and Martyn Williams (manager). Yet he is missing key figures on the pitch – Gareth Anscombe, Jonathan Davies and Tomas Francis are just three of those unavailable for the championship due to injury.Still, this is a new World Cup cycle and Pivac has the chance to put his own stamp on proceedings, picking five uncapped players in his Six Nations squad. So what can we expect from the New Zealander? The exciting brand of rugby he instilled at Scarlets saw them lift the Pro12 trophy in 2017, while he has enjoyed domestic success in New Zealand and helped Fiji lift the Sevens World Cup in 2005. Here we find out more about Pivac, past and present…How would you describe your coaching philosophy?It’s very inclusive. For me it’s making sure the coaches I surround myself with have strengths that complement my weaknesses. We’ve all got strengths and weaknesses and it’s making sure that between the group we’ve covered that.Having like-minded people who like to have players express themselves is really important. I’m not one for a team full of robots, I like players and coaches to express themselves as individuals. The coaches are all ex-players and know how they like to play the game. I most respected the coaches I played under who wanted to use the ball.Back-room team: Wayne Pivac talks to Sam Warburton (Getty Images)How did you go about picking your back-room team?Again, it’s about like-minded people. You do a lot of research, pick up the phone and talk to people, use your networks. It’s making sure a person is very good at their trade, with their technical and tactical knowledge, and is also the type of person and personality you want to bring into the environment.That’s an important part of process, making sure everyone within the coaching group is compatible, as we have a short amount of time to put things together so need to be on the same page when discussing players.Stephen (Jones) was a no-brainer for me. Then we looked at having two people in the defensive team. All teams have an attack coach and a skills coach, who works with the attack coach. We have Stephen and Neil Jenkins. When you have 40 players in camp and defensively you have one coach to look at the tactical and technical side… That was the justification for having an assistant to Byron (Hayward).I had a good chat with Sam (Warburton) about his time with Wales and his experiences, and it was clear we should have another conversation because he was still eager to be involved. That came about pretty quickly. He has a lot to contribute and give back to the game. This is an opportunity for him to grow as a coach in our environment.What do you enjoy about coaching in Wales?There are a lot of similarities to New Zealand. The fact it’s the No 1 sport, it means a lot to people and you can affect the national psyche with your performance. That’s an extra responsibility. It’s something I grew up with in New Zealand, where the All Blacks can certainly change the mood of the nation, and that’s very similar in Wales. People are passionate about the game.Having lived in Wales for five-and-a-half years now and come from the club system here, I see myself as a club coach coming through.What are you most looking forward to as Wales head coach?   Trying to emulate some of what the past group has done and win trophies. You always want to help players fulfil their dreams, further develop players and give good team performances when you take the field.Certainly going to a World Cup and performing on the biggest stage… Every rugby player and every coach wants to challenge themselves against the best.Is there extra pressure given what Warren Gatland achieved?It adds to the challenge. All the coaches are past players and we’re very competitive people, so this group wants to stamp their own mark on the team.This is my first Six Nations and a big challenge is public expectation as Wales won the tournament last season. No side has won back-to-back Grand Slams (in the six-team championship), which shows how difficult it is, and this year we play England and Ireland away from home, so it’s a big challenge. The management team has been together for a few months and we’re excited by that challenge.Obviously you have Welsh rugby knowledge from your time at Scarlets, but do you think the style of play you’re known for enhanced your case for the job?I think it’s a combination of the two. If you look at the Welsh rugby public, there’s a very attacking mindset. That’s from the Seventies with Phil Bennett and Co.Growing up I saw a lot of that watching from afar. We think we can evolve the attack of the team and do more with the ball, but we also need to keep working hard on skill-sets and fitness levels. What can we expect from Wales now? Big changes or more subtle ones?We’ve got enforced change early on with injuries, but the squad has the nucleus of the World Cup squad and that experience, as well as new blood coming in with an eye on 2023.When you look at it, things are not broken, so it’s how we add value. Everything we look to do, that is the question we ask: will it add value?We are looking to evolve but everything takes time. It took Scarlets three seasons to peak really. The four regional teams all have slightly different ways of playing, so it does take a bit of time. We’ve been going round all the regions, talking to the respective coaches about the way we’d like to play and the skill-sets required to do that. There’s good work being done at the clubs; they’re not seeing the results they want but that’s not through a lack of effort and training.Jonathan Humphreys has been working with scrum and forwards coaches, Byron with defence and Stephen attack. They’re all out and about having discussions, and some clubs have asked them to come in and take a few sessions.How do you avoid any perceived Scarlets bias?That’s really easy from my point of view. When you pick up a new role, you give 110% to that role. The responsibility that comes with that is to pick a team to get results for your country. You can’t do anything that would jeopardise that. It’s my job to pick a team to get the job done on the day and I’ll do that.How does coaching Wales compare to coaching Fiji?It’s one extreme to the other. First and foremost, resource-wise everybody – the management team and the players – gets paid on time. Looking at the training facilities, funding and so on, it’s poles apart. We tried to get more funding between 2004 and 2007. We beat Italy in 2005 and looked at what they were getting having been brought into the Six Nations and it (Fiji’s funding) didn’t seem quite right.Probably challenging and frustrating are the two words I’d use to describe coaching Fiji. To see where some rugby players come from and where they get to on the world stage is fantastic, it’s great to be part of. And to win the Sevens World Cup in 2005 is something I’ll never forget. If you bump into a Fijian, they remember that – they love their sevens.It’s a privilege to get up in the morning and coach Fiji or coach Wales, or do any professional role. Getting paid to work in sport, you pinch yourself sometimes.How do you switch off from rugby?I’m a social golfer. I don’t get to play as much as I’d like but it’s a great way to spend an afternoon or a morning and relax. I used to live in West Wales – I’m in St Hilary near Cowbridge now – so I like going to beach. I also watch a few box-sets – Luther, The Affair. Anything with a detective element I like.Tell us about your playing background…My dad took me to training at Takapuna when I was five years old and I remember him telling the coach I’d be a prop because that was the position he played. I was a year young as I was a big boy for my age but I didn’t enjoy it in the front row, even as a kid!My dad was one of ten kids, eight boys, and they’d knock around in the backyard together. Some of his brothers played league and he played rugby. I grew up as a young fan watching dad play on a Saturday. My brother played, too, and when we were old enough we played in the same rugby teams.Dad was a passionate rugby man. Seeing him coach had a big influence on me getting into coaching after a serious knee injury stopped me playing at 27.I was always a forward and had the ability to play across the back row. I played through the levels to the senior side for Takapuna, schools rugby, and for North Harbour. Back in those days you didn’t have substitutions and the No 8 in front of me was pretty good – Wayne Shelford, All Blacks captain!I played a lot of sevens and I definitely liked to be the link from tight forwards to backs and to get my hands on the ball as much as I could. Most teams I played in would rather play with the ball, but it’s horses for courses and you need to play more than one way.If you could be any of the players you’ve coached, who would it be?There are so many fantastic players. One of the players I first coached was Michael Jones, in his last year in 1999.I was one of youngest coaches back then to coach at that level and he’d been around for a while. He was world class – he could run like a back but was as tough as anything and would make some of the biggest hits on the rugby field. He was the complete, all-round No 7 and a great guy off the field too.Who were your childhood heroes?There were a few All Blacks back in the day. Grant Batty, a 5ft 5in winger who scored tries for fun. Sid Going. They were great players and really stood out for me.The first Test I went to was the All Blacks v England at Eden Park in 1973 – a present for my tenth birthday – and the All Blacks lost! I used to get up early in the morning to watch northern tours. I remember being in a sleeping bag and getting up at 2.30am, watching the game and having a toasted sandwich.Has your work as a policeman helped your coaching?I left school and went straight down to police college in Wellington. As a cadet, you go in at 18 for a year, so at 19 I was on the streets of North Shore. As a young person you had to be able to communicate with people from different walks of life. We were taught how to read body language and listen to information from people who didn’t want to give it to you. Those communication skills and being able to talk to people helps when managing a team and leading an organisation. So a lot of the work I did in the police for 15 years is aligned with coaching. Top man: Wales head coach Wayne Pivac (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img Find out about the man who took over as Wales coach after the 2019 World Cup, Wayne Pivac LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Applications for next Project Challenge now open

first_img Howard Lake | 19 January 2010 | News Tagged with: Digital Applications for next Project Challenge now open 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 Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online giving marketplace is encouraging small grassroots NGOs based in the UK and directly in developing countries to sign up for its next Project Challenge, an opportunity to use the site to expand its online fundraising and connect with new donors.During April 2010, selected organisations will be invited to post one of their projects on, to be in with a chance of being featured permanently on the fundraising website and winning one of three cash bonus prizes for their project.This will be the third Project Challenge that has hosted since it launched in September 2008; the first two challenges raised over £52,000 for small grassroots projects around the world.To take part, eligible organisations simply need to fill in the online form, submit the required vetting documentation, and post a discrete project that needs funding.The deadline for expression of interest via the online form is 31 January AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Charleston, S.C., port shutdown blocks ship loaded with Walmart textiles

first_imgCharleston, S.C., Dec. 20  — At 6:00 a.m. today, more than 25 community members and union members from across South Carolina and North Carolina held an informational picket in front of the Wando Terminal of the Port of Charleston. This protest helped bring attention to the ship being docked that morning — the Maersk Carolina  — which held goods from a factory in Bangledesh where at least 112 workers had been killed last month.After noticing the picket on the way into work, rank-and-file members of the International Longshoreman’s Association decided to honor the picket line and not unload the cargo, effectively shutting down the entire port for nearly two hours and resulting in the loss of millions of dollars. More than 20 workers joined the picket line, rather than entering the port.“Our position is one of sympathizing with this cause. We saw picket signs and we reacted appropriately. That is what union people do!” said Leonard Riley, rank-and-file dock worker and member of ILA Local 1422 during the rally. “My hats off to my brothers in ILA Local 1771 and ILA Local 1422 who are over there in the parking lot and are not on the docks. That is the obligation that organized labor has to these struggles.”On Nov. 24 workers, mostly women, at the Tazreen textile factory in Bangladesh — who were making clothes for Walmart, Russell and other major multinational corporations — were burned to death after being locked into the factory before a fire. With more than 600 Bangladeshi workers dying in factory fires in the last eight years, and despite a prior statement, Walmart is still contracting with this factory that has inadequate protections against such workplace dangers.Letter from the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (PDF)Bangladeshi garment workers are the lowest-paid garment workers in the world, often making no more than $37 per month to $45 per month. Walmart is the world’s largest purchaser of textiles made in Bangladesh. The retail giant has refused to accept any responsibility for the fire or pay any compensation to the victims’ families, and is claiming that labor practices are the responsibility of their subcontractors. They make the same argument about horrible labor practices in subcontracted warehouses inside the US.“Southerners On New Ground is a southern regional LGBTQ organization that stands with workers internationally, but especially here in the South where there is a history of exploitation and slavery,” stated Jenna Lyles, South Carolina statewide field organizer for SONG, during the picket. “We feel it is important for queer people to be in labor struggles. We are absolutely in solidarity with this struggle.”A solidarity letter to the demonstration from the Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation and the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity reads in part: “It is shameful that Walmart, the world’s largest employer, would try to avoid responsibility and any attempt to prevent a fire like this from happening again. Your action obstructs their attempt to ignore this tragedy and reaffirms the need for them to confront the industry’s issues in an honest way. You are helping to hold them accountable!” (Read the entire letter on same ship had docked at the Port of Newark in New Jersey on Dec. 18. Occupy Wall Street and many other community organizations called a picket that morning, which was attended by nearly 100 people. The Department of Homeland Security was able to move people away from the worker entrance, so the picket line was not noticed by the workers. Yet the picket still sent a very important message and helped inspire folks in Charleston.The Port of Charleston and Newark are major entryways for profits for the wealthy corporate owners and the 1%. Cargo ships carrying goods from factories overseas dock and are unloaded there. Then the goods are sent out to rail transfer stations, warehouses, and onto trucks before people find them on the shelves at the stores. The Port of Charleston moves an average of more than $161 million in commerce each day, according to the South Carolina Ports website. ( labor actions — connecting community activism to workers’ organizing that follows the supply chain — can have tremendous power over the major multinational corporations, which are reaping super-profits from super-exploitation abroad and horribly low wages and union busting inside the U.S. Many lessons have been learned from the valiant actions of communities, the Occupy movement and the rank and-file members of the International Longshore Workers Union on the West Coast, which held several port shutdowns in 2011 and has a longer history of political strikes compared to the East Coast.Coastwide strike looms for longshore workersThis action is also particularly significant in light of a looming coastwide strike on the East Coast, from Maine through the Gulf of Mexico, as a result of an impasse in contract negotiations between the International Longshoreman’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX). The current contract expired at the end of September and was extended until Dec. 30.According to the ILA website the key battles facing ILA President Harold J. Daggett, as he continues to lead negotiations against the USMX, are the Master Contract Wage Scale and preventing a cap on Container Royalty. Other issues not yet resolved include the eight-hour guarantee and the seven-man lashing gang.“It is regrettable that USMX has engaged in misleading rhetoric and scare tactics during the time they should have been negotiating with the ILA,” said Daggett. “They put more effort into their media statements than in preparing contract documents. It’s not surprising since they invest in building new ships at nearly $200 million each, but don’t put a dime on the table in negotiations to compensate ILA members who helped them accumulate their riches.”Leonard Riley told the crowd on Dec. 20 that “it is quite likely that we will be in the same position as you with signs on the picket line come Dec. 30 as you know we are fighting for a fair contract with the employers. In my humble opinion, this is a good dry run. We are sending a message that we will stand up for what is right! ” ( and union members at the picket declared their support for the workers should they face a strike. Keith Ludlum, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208 at the Smithfield Pork processing plant, told the picketers: “I just wanna tell my brothers of the ILA that we are from Tarheel, N.C. and if you got problems down here, then we got problems. And we are gonna come and we are gonna help.”As part of the Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference, workers organizations, unions and supporters from around the South met as the Southern Workers Alliance from Dec. 7- 9. They resolved to support the longshore workers for a victorious strike and negotiations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Aura management “deeply regret” misleading statement

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Facebook Aura management “deeply regret” misleading statement Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleA number of security alerts declared in DerryNext articleCockhill Celtic wrap up seventh Ulster Senior League title in a row News Highland Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img By News Highland – April 21, 2019 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications The management of the Aura Leisure Centre have apologised this morning for wrongly stating that all children affected by yesterday’s incident in the pool had been released from hospital.Management say pool water contained in the filtration system leaked back into the pool, causing some foul odours and cloudiness in the water.A number of people in the pool had a reaction to the incident.In a statement today management said:”In speaking this morning with the parents of the children who were brought to the regional hospital yesterday, we learned that, contrary to what we had been advised by the hospital yesterday afternoon, two children were in fact retained for observation overnight.We deeply regret the misleading statement yesterday that said all the children had been discharged, and any upset caused to the parents and children involved. The safety and wellbeing of the children in question is of our utmost concern. We will endeavour to maintain close contact with those involved throughout the day”last_img read more