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IG eyes turbulence after revenues rise

first_img Share SPREADBETTING and derivatives specialist IG Group is eyeing an uptick in trading activity as the prospect of further government debt woe in the Eurozone looms.Chief executive Tim Howkins said he was “quite gloomy” about the outlook for global equity markets given the need to gradually withdraw fiscal props in the wake of 2008’s financial collapse.Howkins told City A.M.: “Particularly there’s a degree of burying heads in the sand about how serious the sovereign debt issue could be in Europe. There’s a genuine possibility of another banking crisis.”Greece would have severe difficulties trying to impose austerity measures in the fact of popular discontent, he said. Howkins acknowledged the turbulence would be harmful for long-only investors, but added: “If you did see a crash it would be a busy period for us, at least in the short term.”His comments came as IG revealed a 16 per cent rise in fiscal first quarter revenue to £79m, driven by higher business volumes in the UK, Europe, Singapore and Australia. Sales in the UK grew by 8.5 per cent to account for more than half the total. whatsapp Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Tags: NULL whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Adsautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald KCS-content IG eyes turbulence after revenues rise Thursday 9 September 2010 8:10 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Market tense over rate rise

first_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Sunday 6 February 2011 10:27 pm whatsapp whatsappcenter_img MARKETS are nervously awaiting the results of the Bank of England’s latest meeting on interest rates.“We expect a considerable degree of market tension ahead of Thursday’s monetary policy committee (MPC) announcement,” said Investec’s Philip Shaw.Sterling rose last week after MPC members Andrew Sentance and Charles Bean gave interviews which suggested a leaning towards monetary tightening.Bean noted global commodity price inflation, admitting that the committee “may well have to respond to that by keeping domestically generated inflation lower.”Consumer price inflation reached 3.7 per cent in December, and Andrew Sentance’s call for a modest rate rise was finally joined by another MPC voter last month. Martin Weale also voted for a 0.25 per cent increase.Yet Shaw expects rates to remain at their historical low. A rate hike “could have the ‘avoid at all costs effect’ of derailing the planned fiscal consolidation,” he said. And the British Chambers of Commerce yesterday called for the Bank to keep rates on hold. “Avoiding a new setback must remain a key policy priority,” commented BCC economist David Kern. Market tense over rate rise Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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SportPesa maintains all well as second sponsorship deal ends

first_img Sports betting operator SportPesa’s sponsorship with Formula One team Racing Point has come to an end, with the operator and team offering different explanations of why the deal ended. Finance Regions: Africa UK & Ireland East Africa Kenya AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Sports betting operator SportPesa’s sponsorship with Formula One team Racing Point has come to an end, with the operator and team offering different explanations of why the deal ended.SportPesa was named the title sponsor of Racing Point in 2019, with the operator’s branding also featuring prominently on the livery of its racecar. For the 2020 season, however, water treatment company BWT has taken over the title sponsor role, while SportPesa imagery no longer appears on the Racing Point car.While Racing Point chief executive Otmar Szafnauer said the SportPesa deal ended due to “difficulties in their home market” of Kenya, SportPesa told iGamingBusiness.com that the agreement was simply a 12-month deal that had some to an end.“SportPesa’s commercial relationship with Racing Point has concluded at the end of the initial 12-month agreement between us,” SportPesa said. “We would like to thank Racing Point for partnering with us and we wish them and their new sponsor every success for future F1 seasons.”When the sponsorship was originally announced, however, SportPesa described it as a “multi-year deal” in a press release.Yesterday, Premier League football club Everton ended its agreement with SportPesa two years before the shirt sponsorship deal had been due to expire.The operator said this decision had been mutual.“Following the statement released last night by Everton FC, SportPesa can confirm that its commercial arrangement with the club will conclude by mutual agreement at the end of the current season after a successful partnership,” SportPesa said. “We would like to thank Everton FC for their support, in particular for their valued input on an array of charitable projects in Africa.“We understand that this agreement allows Everton to pursue a variety of other commercial arrangements for next season, which we note they are already doing.”While the mutual termination of the Everton deal – reportedly worth £7m a year – led to suggestions that the operator’s finances played a part, this was denied by a a source close to the matter.The source added that the ending of the Racing Point and Everton deals were not related.The decision comes following a difficult 2019 for SportPesa, which in September of last year announced that it was to halt operations in its native Kenya over a dispute related to a tax on betting stakes.Shortly after this, SportPesa also announced it had made 453 Kenyan employees redundant after closing its operations in the country, calling for authorities in the country to repeal the new tax rate that caused it to withdraw from the market.However, in November 2019, the Kenyan Tax Appeals Tribunal ruled in favour of betting operators that challenged whether the controversial gambling tax should be levied on player winnings, rather than their original stakes.In its ruling, the court determined that the tax could only be applied to a player’s winnings at the end of every month, and that the KRA must collect revenue from customers, rather than directly from operators.While it appeared the decision could pave the way for local operators such as SportPesa to return to the Kenya, it remains inactive in its home market three months later.Image: Lukas Raich (Creative Commons)center_img Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter SportPesa maintains all well as second sponsorship deal ends 18th February 2020 | By Daniel O’Boylelast_img read more

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Edgars Stores Limited 2003 Annual Report

first_imgEdgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileEdgars Stores Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company retails a range of high-quality casualwear clothing, footwear and accessories for children, ladies and gents in branded stores in Zimbabwe. The company operates three divisions: Edgars Chain, Jet Chain and Manufacturing. Its fashion retail outlets fall under the Edgars and Jet brands, with the retail brand Express falling under Jet Stores. Edgars Stores Limited also manufacture and retail a range of locally-made clothing; acquiring the Carousel Clothing factory in 1974 and the Jeans Company in 1993. Its core business is casualwear and accessories with a subsidiary division providing funeral and hospital insurance services. Edgars was founded in 1946 and today, is the market leader in casualwear and accessories in Zimbabwe. Its headquarters are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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The 1 stock I’ll be buying in a market crash

first_imgThe 1 stock I’ll be buying in a market crash Michael Taylor 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. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Michael Taylor Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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.center_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! When the market crashes, bargains become plentiful. For the astute investor, life-changing money can be made when everyone is panicking and selling. As Warren Buffett tells us, we should be greedy when others are fearful. At no time was this more true than during the 2008 Financial Crisis. When the banking sector was on its knees, and prevailing opinion was that the entire financial system was going to collapse, fortunes were made by smart investors picking out quality stocks that had huge discounts and were priced to go bust. 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…It’s been over 11 years since the last crash. We had a brief recession five years ago, with fears of China growth slowing, which led to oil and commodities prices slumping, but since then it’s been all sunshine and rainbows, aside from a few blips. But what should you buy when the stock market really crashes? Well, strong balance sheets are important, with good quality assets that are able to deliver sustainable cash inflows for a company.A moat helps too — something that protects the company from competitors. If you had £1m today to start a company today, what damage could you do to Coca-Cola? The answer is very little. The moat there is too strong.So, while very few people tend to think about a recession until it comes, this stock below is the one I’ll be loading up on when the crash eventually arrives. A tribute to Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines under Herb Kelleher was a business with a relentless focus on low-cost operations. This meant it could pass on the savings to customers and generate the volume required for economies of scale.Ryanair (LSE: RYA) is no different today. And though the airline is either loved or hated, everyone can agree on one thing, its pricing is extraordinarily cheap.Yes, you might have to pay extra to choose your seat, for luggage, and even hand luggage now, but when you do, no doubt it is still cheaper than the nearest competitor. Ryanair isn’t trying to be pretty and the blue and yellow livery smacks of ‘cheap’. But this is done on purpose so that customers do not think money is wasted on aesthetics. And what it does do is drive down costs however it can. And it certainly has a moat. This is a company that charges less per seat than many of its competitors’ operating costs! Clearly, trying to play against Ryanair in the low-cost arena is going to be tough unless that competitor is ready to go all in for a long and fierce pricing war. Why I’d buy this stock in a recession My opinion is that people will still want to fly in a recession. But when money is tight — price becomes more important. Therefore, Ryanair may even win customers as discretionary spending comes down and other priorities such as comfort and ease are left by the wayside. Other competitors will become unaffordable. It’s also a stock that doesn’t look like going out of business any time soon. Traffic grew 11%, it said in its interim report. The company also announced operations in its 40th country — meaning there are well over 100 countries left in which it could potentially debut. I’ll be waiting until everyone is fearful. Then I’ll be greedy.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Michael Taylor | Saturday, 4th January, 2020 | More on: RYA 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.last_img read more

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No savings at 40? I’d buy UK shares today despite the threat of stock market crash part 2

first_img Enter Your Email Address 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Friday, 6th November, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Peter Stephens Image source: Getty Images No savings at 40? I’d buy UK shares today despite the threat of stock market crash part 2 Many investors may be avoiding UK shares after the stock market crash. They may feel that the threat of a second downturn means that other assets are more attractive at the present time.However, the long-term prospects for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares could be relatively positive. Even if there is a market decline over the short run, long-term investors are likely to have sufficient time available to benefit from a recovery. And with risks currently high, many high-quality companies are trading at low prices.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…As such, investors with no retirement savings aged 40, or with a long-term view, may be able to capitalise on the stock market’s current low valuation to build a nest egg.A second stock market crashAnother stock market crash could happen in the months ahead. Political risks are currently high. And the economic outlook continues to be relatively downbeat. As such, it would not be a major surprise to many investors if indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 declined in value.Of course, such a scenario is not guaranteed. The stock market could remain in its current bull market. Moreover, even if it did decline in the short run, a long-term investor is likely to have ample time to benefit from a likely recovery. Indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have strong track records of mounting successful comebacks from their previous bear markets.As such, buying a diverse range of UK shares could be a sound move. Many company valuations appear to factor in the prospect of a second stock market crash. This may enable investors to buy high-quality companies at low prices so that they have greater scope to deliver capital appreciation over the long run.Investing money in UK shares todayClearly, the threat of a stock market crash is a perennial risk facing investors. Therefore, it is logical to try and mitigate risks as much as possible.Simple measures to do so include buying the best UK shares available today at the lowest prices. The most attractive companies are often those with solid financial positions.And they have the highest chance of delivering profit growth in the long run through having a competitive advantage. Similarly, buying a diverse range of shares could limit exposure to one sector or region. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, a mix of companies operating in different areas could prove especially useful.Yes, a second stock market crash would be likely to produce paper losses for investors. But a diverse portfolio of high-quality companies is likely to deliver impressive returns over the long run. Buying such companies at low prices today could lead to even more impressive returns that have a positive impact on the size of an investor’s nest egg. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.last_img read more

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Analysis: Carl Fearns’ bench impact for Bath

first_img In every title-winning campaign there is an unsung hero, a player who is largely unheralded yet integral to success.For Bath this year, the under-the-radar star has been Carl Fearns. Though he can only boast seven starts across the season, coming off the bench in 12 more matches, his club might be in trouble without his immense impact.Following a 47-10 thrashing of Leicester, Mike Ford‘s men stand 80 minutes away from translating promise and eye-catching performances into Premiership glory.At Twickenham against Saracens, who pride themselves on relentless tenacity and work-rate, Fearns’ controlled menace could prove pivotal. The tie is being billed as Bath’s sparkling attack clashing with immovable defence. Even so the likes of George Ford and Jonathan Joseph will be snuffed out without some initial go-forward.While his hallmarks is raw intensity, Fearns is also an authoritative figure that reads the game accurately. He turns 26 this week but seems far older, both in appearance and nous.When Fearns took the field on Saturday shortly before the hour-mark, Bath looked to have realised what they were about to achieve – and were utterly terrified.Though they were 21-10 ahead, their set-piece had gone to custard opposite the outstanding Tigers front row and some iffy decision-making was creeping in. In fact, from Ford’s kick-off to begin the second half – which sailed out on the full – through to the 56th minute, Bath temporarily misplaced their mojo amid the significance of the occasion.The 11 seasons since their previous final outing were weighing heavy, oppressively so. Given Leicester’s know-how, this was always the danger.Assessing the situationThe below pattern from a lineout demonstrated how Bath’s instincts were perhaps being stunted:Ford’s high ball resulted in a scrum to Bath, but the reluctance to keep the ball in hand and trust their phase-play is odd, especially given the penetration of their earlier attacks.Back to a full complement of 15 players following the return of Anthony Watson and Leroy Houston from the sin-bin, there is no excuse. In the event, Leicester won the ensuing set-piece against the head anyway, and could assert pressure for a decent period of possession.Then Fearns replaced Houston and went to work. Notice that he makes a beeline for Ford on taking the field:There is always a bit of guess-work involved in lip-reading, but it appears as though Fearns is relaying a message and mouths the word ‘play’, which would absolutely make sense.Afterwards, Mike Ford spoke of how Bath lapsed into some aimless rugby either side of half-time. At this point, they needed to reverse Tigers’ building momentum, so keeping the ball and challenging the Leicester line was essential.Hands to the pumpFirst though, some defending needed to be done. Fearns threw himself into the job at hand, making this excellent hit on Jamie Gibson:Speeding up as Ben Youngs probes around the fringes and is stopped by Matt Garvey, he first blocks any pass to either Ed Slater or Dan Cole:The Tiger scrum-half does manage to link with Gibson. However, Fearns readjusts and buries his man:Two phases later, Leicester cough up. Fearns, who has got back onto his feet and into the game, has an important, if subtle role:Nick Auterac makes the hit on Christian Loamanu that forces the ball loose and Garvey collects. Fearns is hovering close by and notices Julian Salvi move in:He immediately clears out the Australian before the ball can be threatened:Leicester were so persistent, and kept coming at Bath in wave after wave. As ever, Tom Youngs was a willing carrier. Here, he is stopped by Fearns and Garvey:Notice how the tacklers retain their balance and make Leicester move them from the contact area:Their presence means the ruck is slow. Even more crucially, as Fearns is not put on the floor, he can sweep around and contribute to the defensive effort:Though Vereniki Goneva stretches Kyle Eastmond and Joseph, the industry pays off when Cole tries to trundle around the fringe:Fearns comes back into shot as fellow replacement Rob Webber downs Cole……before getting over the ball amid the attentions of Mat Tait:Brad Thorn and Marcos Ayerza shunt Fearns away, but that only leaves Joseph free to latch on and encourage referee JP Doyle to award the penalty for holding on: Trucking up: Carl Fearns takes it to the line against Leicester Tigers From there, Bath could get out of their own half. Winning another penalty soon afterwards, they kicked for touch and won a lineout in a strong position.Blowing it openThough a catch-and-drive derailed, Fearns grabbed the attack by the scruff and instigated a match-winning score:All season he has been a domineering force on the gain-line. His footwork to unbalance Slater, explosive power and deft offload to Francois Louw – who in turn puts away Peter Stringer – is exceptional.Here is a closer angle:Precisely five minutes later, Fearns lit the touch paper again, this time from a scrum:Bath were battered by Cole and Ayerza for most of the afternoon. In this instance though, Fearns tears away from the base before too much pressure can come through.His pace is impressive and his timing of pass perfect, tying in both Slater and Freddie Burns before releasing Ford:Staying in the game once more – a feature of this performance – Fearns followed up to clear Slater from the ensuing ruck after Semesa Rokoduguni takes it in:Bath move left into midfield, finding fluency at last, and then bounce back right to devastating effect:Fearns does not touch the ball in this decisive phase. Still, his presence holds Slater while Gibson must look after the fringes. Ford can isolate Goneva and free Rokoduguni:Fire and iceBy deploying Fearns on the bench, Mike Ford ensured 24 minutes of massive energy. Indeed, the back-rower was effervescent. At the restart after Ford’s try, he was on the scene.A burly tackle topples Salvi before Fearns gets to his feet and makes a nuisance of himself at the ruck, sending a boot through the breakdown to disrupt Leicester’s ball:Eventually, from a cohesive kick-chase, Bath did overturn possession. They were then deadly:Many forwards panic and flounder when they found themselves in midfield. Not Fearns. Played in by Joseph, he stays calm.Realising that such a vast expanse of space would be best exploited by someone quicker than he, there is a straightforward transfer to Watson:The conversion puts Bath 40-10 up and the courageous Tigers crack. Dave Attwood careers upfield. Fearns is hungry for even more work:This carry comes to nothing when Ford aims an audacious chip into the dead-ball area.Soon enough though, with Leicester trying to spark something from deep, Fearns is involved:A turnover-inducing challenge epitomised how Fearns turned the tables in terms of physicality. Though the ball has gone past him to the left, he keeps pressing:When Salvi cuts back, he is taken low by Dominic Day and Garvey. Fearns steps in, targets the ball and clobbers his opponent around the sternum:Given half a chance, Bath ended on a fittingly clinical note, Ollie Devoto assisting Watson:So ended the semi-final, capping a hugely influential effort from Fearns that truly swung the outcome towards Bath.Sam Burgess has started the past five Premiership matches at blindside flanker. At a raucous Rec, Fearns could not have put together a more compelling case to wear the number six shirt against Saracens in the season decider.The ball is in Mike Ford court. He has a potentially crucial call to make. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Carl Fearns has enjoyed an excellent season for Bath and made a match-clinching cameo from the bench in Saturday’s semi-final against Leicester Tigers TAGS: Highlight Thanks to BT Sport and Premiership Rugby for the match footage. You can purchase tickets to the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham here.last_img read more

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Battle of Britain medals raise £47k to date for Royal Air Forces Association

first_imgBattle of Britain medals raise £47k to date for Royal Air Forces Association The Royal Air Forces Association has raised £47,000 to date through its official Battle of Britain medals and coins.Last month saw the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) visit No. 10 Downing Street to present a special edition of the Battle of Britain Commemorative Medal to Colonel Nicholas Perry, Military Assistant to David Cameron, who received it for the Prime Minister and on behalf of the UK. The event was the final step in the organisation’s Official Commemorative Programme to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in partnership with The London Mint Office, Jervis Entertainment Media and Worcestershire Medal Service.The medal was presented to Colonel Perry by David Prowse, Director of Membership at the RAF Association, and was created in tribute to everyone involved in the Battle from across 16 countries in total. The participating countries were Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia), France, Jamaica, Newfoundland (now part of Canada), New Zealand, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Poland, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), the UK and the USA.David Prowse, Director of Membership, RAF Association, & Colonel Nicholas Perry, Military Assistant to David CameronThe London Mint Office is offering every household in the UK the opportunity to receive a smaller version of the medal for free, with The London Mint Office donating 20 pence for each free medal from its national campaign. 103,000 free medals have ordered to date, and £47,000 donated to the RAF Association by the end of March.All the official RAFA medals and coins (paid for and free) triggered donations with 1.5% of net sales donated to the RAF Association. These are: The Battle of Britain Sovereign, five Battle of Britain Men and Machines Medals, Supermarine Spitfire in Gold, The Many and the Few Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Commemorative, and The Hawker Hurricane Medal.The free Battle of Britain medal can be ordered from www.ourfinesthour.co.uk. Advertisement Picture credit: 10 Downing Street  169 total views,  3 views today  170 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 10 May 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Financelast_img read more

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MacKenzie Scott donates $4.2 billion in four months

first_img Howard Lake | 17 December 2020 | News These donations follow Scott’s commitment to the Giving Pledge last year, which saw 40 of America’s wealthiest people collectively agree to give the majority of their wealth away. Writing about the pledge, Scott, who has an estimated net worth of $57.2 billion, said: “in addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.” The Giving Pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and includes high-profile billionaires such as Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Michael Bloomberg. MacKenzie Scott donates $4.2 billion in four months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  184 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis MORE:How much do UK charities receive from Amazon Smile? (29 June 2020)Amazon founder launches Bezos Earth Fund (18 February 2020)Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire joins the Giving Pledge (29 May 2019) 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. MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder and CEO of Jeff Bezos, has donated $4.2 billion to 384 organisations across the USA over the last four months.Many of the chosen organisations are responding to the economic impact of Covid-19, including food banks and emergency relief funds. Scott has also donated to organisations “addressing long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis”. These include civil rights groups and universities traditionally serving marginalised communities.Writing on Medium, Scott shared the planning behind the selection process, saying that her team took a “data-driven” approach, initially considering 6,490 organisations. She said:We do this research and deeper diligence not only to identify organizations with high potential for impact, but also to pave the way for unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strings attached. Because our research is data-driven and rigorous, our giving process can be human and soft. Not only are non-profits chronically underfunded, they are also chronically diverted from their work by fundraising, and by burdensome reporting requirements that donors often place on them.Many of the recipient organisations have publicly thanked Scott for her generosity. Virginia State College, a historically black institution, was one of these: Advertisement Tagged with: Amazon Giving/Philanthropy Major Donor Fundraiserlast_img read more

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After Russia awarded 2014 Winter Olympics, authorities should demonstrate a real will to solve murders of journalists

first_img Reporters without borders went to Moscow to meet murdered journalists’ relatives and employers. Press freedom situation in Russia and, in particular, the lack of progress in solving murders of journalists continue to be a source of great concern. News News RSF_en RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information читать на русскомThe press freedom situation in Russia and, in particular, the lack of progress in solving murders of journalists continue to be a source of great concern, Reporters Without Borders said today after the Russia resort of Sochi was awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics. The organisation sent a team to Russia at the end of last month to meet the families and employers of murdered journalists.“We are not in the least reassured by the announcement that a special commission of enquiry led by jurist Alexandre Bastrykin will get under way in September,” the press freedom organisation said. “Bastrykin’s proximity to the Kremlin and the fact he is regarded as a supporter of Vladimir Putin, with whom he studied in St. Petersburg, raise doubts about his independence. The problem is not the resources available to prosecutors but the existence of a real desire to solve the murders of journalists. The creation of new commission with an unclear mandate does not change that.”Although the prosecutor’s office has welcomed the way the investigation into the murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya is being conducted, none of its conclusion has yet been revealed. The prosecutor has only said that it is highly likely that those responsible will be identified. Six leads are currently being investigated, but colleagues of Politkovskaya whom Reporters Without Borders met said they suspected that those who gave the orders for her murder were not being questioned and that only the perpetrators would be brought to trial. Their initial confidence in the judicial system’s ability to carry out a complete investigation has waned. Recent statements published in the press implying that exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky could have been involved in Politkovskaya’s murder seem designed to deflect attention from alternative theories that would be more embarrassing for the Russian authorities.The retrial of the alleged murderers of the editor of the Russian version of Forbes magazine, Paul Klebnikov, could not be held because of the supposed disappearance one of the leading defendants, Kazbek Dukuzov. Dukuzov nonetheless appeared on Andrei Kalitin’s programme “Spetsrassledovaniye” (“Special Investigation”) on the national TV station Pervy Kanal (Channel 1) on 18 June and told Kalitin he was not hiding from the authorities. A total of 21 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Russia since March 2000. Ivan Safronov of Kommersant, who was killed in a fall from the fourth floor of his apartment building on 2 March could be the 22nd. The prosecutor’s office announced on 29 June that, in its view, there was no link between his death and his recent work. But those close to Safronov say he had no reason to take his own life and there was no sign that he intended to do so, and that the authorities should be examining the possibility of a link between his death and his research into Russian arms sales to the Middle East. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News July 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After Russia awarded 2014 Winter Olympics, authorities should demonstrate a real will to solve murders of journalists Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

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