AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Playtech is in exclusive talks regarding the possible sale of its financial trading division Finalto to a management consortium backed by a number of high-profile Israeli investment businesses. The consortium has the backing of a host of high-profile Israeli investors. These include private equity firm Barinboim Group; merchant and investment banking business Leumi Partners, as well as insurance giants Phoenix Insurance Company and Menora Mivatchim Insurance. A further $110m of capital required to run the business would be transferred to the new ownership once a sale is completed. 25th January 2021 | By Robin Harrison The consortium has put forward a cash offer of up to $200m (£146.1m/€164.6m) to acquire Finalto, formerly known as TradeTech Group. Upon completion of any deal, $170m would be paid. Playtech in talks over $200m financials division sale Tags: Playtech Finalto TradeTech Group Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The future of the division has been under discussion since November 2019, when Playtech said it would review all options, including selling the division. The solutions giant noted that there was no certainty that any transaction would result from the exclusive talks, nor any certainty over what the final terms could be. Topics: Strategy Tech & innovation M&A Platform Product However after markets stabilised in the second half, the division’s performance was weaker for that period. It then announced in August last year that it was in talks with a number of companies over a potential sale. Email Address At this point, Finalto’s performance had improved significantly in the first half of the year, Playtech said, benefitting from increased market volatility and trading volumes amid the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Finalto offers both B2B and B2C trading solutions, including the contracts for difference (CFDs) and foreign exchange trading portal Markets.com. M&A The divestment continues a drive by Playtech to simplify its operations, through the disposal of non-core assets. This has already seen it sell all its casual and social gaming assets, which was finalised through the $10m sale of YoYo Games to Norwegian software business Opera in January this year.
A write result: Simon Halliday won the rugby prize last year. Who will it be this time? (Photo: Getty) Six books were short-listed by a judging panel of rugby writers, including Rugby World’s Alan Pearey and Katie Field. The contenders are Brian O’Driscoll‘s autobiography, The Test; Gareth Thomas‘s autobiography, Proud; Beyond the Horizon, by Richard Parks, an account of Parks’ journey from Welsh rugby international to extreme sports athlete; The Secret Life of Twickenham by Chris Jones; Undefeated: The Story of the 1974 Lions by Rhodri Davies and Behind the Rose: Playing Rugby for England by Stephen Jones and Nick Cain.Gareth Thomas’s Proud is also shortlisted for the CROSS Autobiography of the Year. The award for the best rugby book published in 2014 will be handed over tomorrow evening at the CROSS British Sports Book Awards in London. The winners of both awards, and eight other category winners, will be announced at a star-studded ceremony being held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Wednesday, 3rd June, hosted by Jonathan Agnew. The ceremony is being filmed for broadcast as a one hour Highlights Programme which will be screened on SkySports at these times:Saturday, 6 June: 10am on Sky Sports 4 and 1pm on Sky Sports 2Sunday, 7 June: 11.30am on Sky Sports 2 and 7pm on Sky Sports 5 Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio will attend the awards ceremony as his charity, The Dallaglio Foundation, is the highlighted charity for this year’s CROSS British Sports Book Awards. Founded in 2009 by Dallaglio, the Foundation exists to nurture and develop the essential skills of disengaged young people. Its RugbyWorks programme uses the game to engage the hardest to reach 14-16 year-olds over a two-year period to develop the essential skills to help them become more employable.Royal approval: Dallaglio with Prince Harry (right) after a Dallaglio Foundation fund-raising rides. (Photo: Getty Images)After Wednesday evening’s CROSS British Sports Book Awards ceremony, the individual category winners will be entered into an online public vote to determine the Overall CROSS British Sports Book of the Year. The public vote sponsored by National Book Tokens will held on the official website – www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk with a prize draw of £100 National Book Tokens. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Howard Lake | 28 March 2013 | News 46 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Company extends its three-year partnership with RAF Benevolent Fund Secure IT solutions provider Prolinx Ltd is to extend its three-year partnership with the RAF Benevolent Fund. It has made an immediate donation of £40,000 and has committed to donate more before the end of 2013.Prolinx has supported the Fund with a £50,000 corporate donation each year since 2010. In addition, its Managing Director Andy Weller has sponsored a professional racing yard, Lawney Hill Racing, on behalf of the Fund. The stable and all of its livery have been branded with the charity’s corporate identity. This has helped to raise awareness of its work with new audiences and with generating significant media interest.The company has organised stable tours and race days both for the Fund’s beneficiaries and for serving RAF personnel. Advertisement Prolinx has also bought a thoroughbred racehorse and named it Airmens’ Friend. All winnings are donated to the Fund.Andy Weller Managing Director of Prolinx explains: “Our three year partnership with the RAFBF has been hugely rewarding, and we have been able to see and hear how our financial support has translated into the delivery of much needed welfare services to both the serving and retired RAF community. Meeting some of the Fund’s beneficiaries at first hand has been a humbling experience at times. For everyone at Prolinx that is really what it’s all about.” Weller explained: “In reviewing our charitable support my co–Director Gary Styles and I had no hesitation in wishing to remain loyal to the Benevolent Fund. Our partnership is meaningful and we enjoy working with their highly professional team… We hope to make the total donation amount to £100k in 2013 and if we continue to be successful then we will seek to do more of the same year on year.”www.rafbf.org 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.
Students back faculty’s struggle. Brooklyn, Sept.14.New York — When the Long Island University administration called off the lockout of its Brooklyn faculty Sept. 14, it was an indisputable union victory. Teachers got their jobs back and students started getting the education they had paid big bucks for.That afternoon hundreds of students walked out and joined the faculty rallying outside the LIU gates, as they did every day during the lockout.The administration had spent all summer hiring people to scab on the teachers. As it turned out, many couldn’t do the jobs they were hired for. Some quit as soon as they realized they were hired to scab. Others admitted to their classes that they didn’t have the qualifications to teach the course they were assigned.Many City University of New York retirees find scabbing repulsive. Working for LIU during the lockout was most definitely scabbing. Advanced graduate students at CUNY and other New York schools agreed, even though Ph.D. underemployment is high in New York City.According to a librarian speaking at a Sept. 14 rally, the people who were hired to scab couldn’t get the library running. They didn’t have the safety certificates to run labs or the licenses to run practicums in various graduate fields, like occupational therapy or teaching. LIU students, predominantly African American, Latinx and South Asian, were angry and disgusted with the situation.An organized campaign argued that LIU was perpetrating a fraud by charging big money for education they weren’t providing and couldn’t provide. The campaign demanded that the Board of Regents of the state of New York remove LIU President Kim Cline from office.The Board of Regents has this power and has used it in the past.The union also sent letters to 14 accrediting agencies asserting that LIU was failing to provide education up to agency standards.Given the challenges to its accreditation, the charges of fraud, the growing anger among the students, the solidarity in the broader academic community with the locked-out professors — the faculty at the University of San Francisco issued a solidarity statement — the administration at LIU decided to call off the lockout.The university agreed to extend the current contract with the faculty until May 31, 2017, and bargain with a mediator.The union statement on the end of the lockout made the following points: “The LIU administration will make the faculty whole for health care costs incurred during the lockout period. The union’s unfair labor practice complaints relating to the lockout and our arbitration on pay parity remain active and will be vigorously pursued.”Trying to make the university operate with easily replaceable workers failed this time. It is clear that both workers and bosses will carefully examine the lessons of this struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Corn Planted Acreage Down 3 Percent from 2016Soybean Acreage Up 7 PercentAll Wheat Acreage Down 9 PercentAll Cotton Acreage Up 20 PercentCorn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.9 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acres are down or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating States. Area harvested for grain, at 83.5 million acres, is down 4 percent from last year.Soybean planted area for 2017 is estimated at a record high 89.5 million acres, up 7 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged in 24 of the 31 estimating States.All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 45.7 million acres, down 9 percent from 2016. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919. The 2017 winter wheat planted area, at 32.8 million acres, is down 9 percent from last year but up less than 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.8 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 5.61 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.42 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2017 is estimated at 10.9 million acres, down 6 percent from 2016. Of this total, about 10.3 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2017 is estimated at 1.92 million acres, down 20 percent from the previous year. Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIndiana Soybean Plantings Set Record Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Grain Stocks ReportCorn Stocks Up 11 Percent from June 2016Soybean Stocks Up 11 PercentAll Wheat Stocks Up 21 PercentCorn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 5.23 billion bushels, up 11 percent from June 1, 2016. Of the total stocks, 2.84 billion bushels are stored on farms, up 15 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 2.38 billion bushels, are up 6 percent from a year ago. The March – May 2017 indicated disappearance is 3.40 billion bushels, compared with 3.11 billion bushels during the same period last year.Soybeans stored in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 963 million bushels, up 11 percent from June 1, 2016. On-farm stocks totaled 333 million bushels, up 18 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 631 million bushels, are up 7 percent from a year ago. Indicated disappearance for the March – May 2017 quarter totaled 775 million bushels, up 18 percent from the same period a year earlier.Old crop all wheat stored in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 1.18 billion bushels, up 21 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks are estimated at 192 million bushels, down 3 percent from last year. Off-farm stocks, at 993 million bushels, are up 28 percent from a year ago. The March – May 2017 indicated disappearance is 472 million bushels, up 19 percent from the same period a year earlier.Old crop Durum wheat stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 36.3 million bushels, up 31 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 18.4 million bushels, are up 51 percent from June 1, 2016. Off-farm stocks totaled 17.9 million bushels, up 15 percent from a year ago. The March – May 2017 indicated disappearance of 16.7 million bushels is up 13 percent from the same period a year earlier.Old crop barley stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 108 million bushels, up 6 percent from June 1, 2016. On-farm stocks are estimated at 27.1 million bushels, 2 percent below a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 81.0 million bushels, are 9 percent above June 1, 2016. The March – May 2017 indicated disappearance is 36.7 million bushels, 3 percent above the same period a year earlier.Old crop oats stored in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 52.5 million bushels, 8 percent below the stocks on June 1, 2016. Of the total stocks on hand, 13.5 million bushels are stored on farms, 26 percent below a year ago. Off-farm stocks totaled 39.0 million bushels, 1 percent above the previous year. Indicated disappearance during March – May 2017 totaled 10.6 million bushels, 42 percent below the same period a year ago.Grain sorghum stored in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 85.5 million bushels, down 5 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 8.62 million bushels, are down 11 percent from last year. Off-farm stocks, at 76.9 million bushels, are down 5 percent from June 1, 2016. The March – May 2017 indicated disappearance from all positions is 95.0 million bushels, down 15 percent from the same period last year. Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Acreage Sets Record, Corn Down 3% SHARE Soybean Acreage Sets Record, Corn Down 3% By Gary Truitt – Jun 30, 2017
Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Jamal Al-Sharaabi, a photographer working for the local daily Al-Masdar, was one of the fatal victims when government security forces opened fire today on a peaceful demonstration in Change Square, outside Sanaa university, killing at least 30 people.“We are dismayed by Sharabi’s death during the brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations in Yemen today,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Our thoughts go out to his family and the staff of Al-Masdar. It is shocking that this photographer paid with his life for trying to keep his fellow-citizens informed.”Aged 35 and the father of four children, Sharaabi is the fourth journalist to be killed in the course of the wave of protests that have been rocking the Arab world since last December. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Tension between Bahrain’s Shiite and Sunni communities is mounting and there have been calls on the Internet for the closure of the bureau of the Iranian Shiite TV station Alalam and the arrest of its correspondent, Ali Al-Mousawi.GAZAMembers of the Hamas security forces attacked journalists on 15 March in the course of dispersing several hundred people who had gathered in Katiba Square in Gaza City in response to a call on Facebook by the 15 March Coalition, which is campaigning for an end to the political divisions in the Palestinian Territories.After blocking all streets leading into the square at around 6 p.m., the security forces moved in and ordered the demonstrators to leave. When some resisted, the police destroyed their tents, beginning with the tent put up by the Union of Journalists, and attacked around 20 reporters and photographers, seizing many cameras and memory cards.Asma Al-Ghoul, the correspondent of the SKeyes Centre for Media and Cultural Freedom, was badly beaten and was held for five hours. Her colleague, Samah Ahmed was stabbed in the back and had to be taken to Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital for treatment. Akram Atallah, who writes for the West Bank daily Al-Ayyam, was so badly beaten that his left arm was broken.Yesterday, Hamas security forces prevented four journalists – Xinhua photographer Khader Abu Kuik, Al-Jazeera cameraman Ismail Al-Zanoun, AFP photographer Mohamed Al-Baba and freelancer Sam Yassin – from covering a demonstration outside a United Nations office in Gaza. Their cameras were seized and the memory cards were removed.SAUDI ARABIAThe Saudi authorities withdrew the accreditation of Reuters correspondent Ulf Laessing on 15 March, accusing him of filing an inaccurate report about a recent demonstration. Reuters issued a statement saying Laessing, who has been based in Riyadh since 2009, would leave the country within the week. A woman journalist working for the BBC and a Spanish photographer were arrested and held for about three hours on 4 March for planning to cover a demonstration in the eastern city of Hofuf. The BBC reporter told Reporters Without Borders she had entered the country the previous day on a press visa and had been personally assured by the information minister that she would be free to work throughout the country.For no clear reason, the Saudi daily Al-Watan, one of the kingdom’s most important newspapers, has stopped publishing anything by Amal Zahid and Amira Kashgari, two women journalists whose articles were widely read. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News March 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations, one killed in Yemen News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders records that the authorities continue to respond with violence to protests movement in Bahrain, Yemen and, now, the Palestinian Territories. In Saudi Arabia, the authorities are targeting foreign journalists in an attempt to prevent the circulation of images of the streets protests in the east of the country. Reporters Without Borders condemns these attempts to censor and intimidate.YEMENOn 17 March, pro-government thugs snatched an Al-Jazeera crew’s camera as the station’s correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bakari, was covering violence against demonstrators in the province of Taiz. Journalist, writer and activist Bushra Al-Maqtari was injured when security agents tried to disperse a sit-in in Freedom Square in the city of Taiz. Mareb Press reporter Mohammed Al-Hozayfi was also injured when anti-riot police threw stones and used teargas to disperse the protesters.Adel Abdel Mughni, a reporter for the UAE weekly Al-Shorouq, was attacked by government supporters on a Sanaa street on 16 March after covering the sit-in in the capital’s Change Square.Bassem Al-Janabi of the Al-Masdar Online news website was covering a sit-in to demand President Saleh’s departure in Hodeidah province when government security agents and ruling party thugs armed attacked the demonstrators using knives and teargas. Janabi lost consciousness.The authorities continue to obstruct the distribution of certain newspapers. Copies of the Thursday and Friday issues of Akhbar Al-Yom were seized at Sanaa airport to prevent their being sent to Aden, Al-Daleh, Lahej and Abyan. On 15 March, the authorities prevented distribution of the latest issue of the Aden-based newspaper Al-Oumana in the capital. The issue contained coverage of student demonstrations. News April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more BAHRAINWith military contingents now being sent from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help contain the political agitation, men armed with clubs and knives stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat, Bahrain’s only independent daily, on 15 March and smashed equipment, thereby preventing the newspaper from publishing. Editor Mansour al-Jamri said employees had been threatened because of Al-Wasat’s coverage of the political unrest. Printing press manager Ahmed Mahdi said police had been escorting his employees to and from their work during the three days prior to the attack because of threats from people gathered outside. The newspaper Al-Ayam agreed to print Al-Wasat’s latest issue.Mohammed Jamjoom, a CNN correspondent based in Abu Dhabi, was deported on 16 March for unclear reasons. An information ministry official escorted him to the airport but the authorities provided no explanation for his expulsion. Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Delmar-Morgan was arrested by members of the National Guard as he walked towards Pearl Square on 16 March and was held for three hours. Al-Wasat photographer Mohammed al-Mukharaq was attacked by a score of plain-clothes security agents while taking photos of protesters on 13 March. His sustained a fracture to his left hand and his camera and mobile phone were broken.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtRj0SaHkLU&feature=youtu.be March 9, 2021 Find out more
These contempt of court convictions were prompted by two stories published in the newspaper last December about an order issued by one of the court’s judges, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen, seeking better provision for retired judges and their families. Ironically, the day on which the court presided by Justice Sen convicted the two journalists of contempt was also the day that Sen – who is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views – retired. In Manipur, Assam’s neighbour to the east, reporter and editorialist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been held for more than 100 days under the National Security Act simply for criticizing Manipur’s chief minister. News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a court in northeastern India has found two journalists guilty of contempt for writing about its own directive on benefits for retired judges. This decision, in which the court judged a case involving itself, is a serious press freedom violation, RSF said. One of these stories, headlined “When judges judge for themselves,” revealed that the judge had insisted not only on medical facilities for the spouses and children of retired judges but also on provision of guest houses and domestic help, and payment of mobile phone and Internet charges. Journalists in northeastern India are exposed to all sorts of harassment. RSF called for a thorough investigation into a kerosene bomb attack in April 2018 on the Shillong Times editor’s home that was probably a reprisal for her investigative reporting on illegal mining in which Meghalaya state officials are allegedly involved. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en March 12, 2019 – Updated on May 10, 2019 Outrageous contempt of court convictions in northeastern India Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more News Harassment IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listen to Modi during an election rally in Meghalaya. Justice SR Sen is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views (Photo : Biju Boro / AFP). “We call on India’s supreme court to overturn this absolutely iniquitous decision, which would pave the way for the worst form of censorship if allowed to set a judicial precedent. It is also high time for India’s legislators to overhaul the outdated contempt of court laws as applied to journalists. The candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections should take up this issue.” India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. And in Tripura, Assam’s neighbour to the south, two journalists were killed in the space of two months in 2017. One, Shantanu Bhowmick, was beaten and stabbed to death in September 2017. The other, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, was gunned down by paramilitaries the following November. A third journalist, Suman Debnath, was almost killed in a knife attack in June 2018 while investigating thefts and trafficking in stolen oil. Receive email alerts to go further At least seven journalists, including Emmy Ci Lawbei, Catherine Sangi and Tridip Mandal, were injured when police of the neighbouring state of Assam beat them with batons as they tried to cover a student demonstration in March 2018. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News Help by sharing this information India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Under the ruling handed down on 8 March by the high court in Shillong, the capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Patricia Mukhim, the editor of the Shillong Times, and Shobha Chaudhuri, the newspaper’s publisher, must each pay a fine of 200,000 rupees (2,600 euros) by the end of this week or they will be jailed for six months and the newspaper will be banned. “In this ruling, the justice system has committed a gross violation of the separation of powers and has trampled on press freedom, when it should be their guarantor,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. February 23, 2021 Find out more
The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider low-carbon power, storage and digital energy Image: BP Ventures has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) developer Grid Edge. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. Oil and gas major BP, through its investment arm BP Ventures, has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) developer Grid Edge to expand its digital energy portfolio.Grid Edge has created a cloud-based software which anticipates a building’s energy demand, allowing building managers to offset carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs.The platform uses data including expected occupancy and weather forecasts to enable customers to adapt their energy usage, leveraging periods of high renewable power generation.Grid Edge CEO Tom Anderson said: “It is only a few short years since the founding partners left Aston University to pursue our vision of putting data-driven, intelligent control into the hands of energy consumers and we’re proud to be working with some of the UK’s leading building operators to optimise their energy profile through our predictive AI technology.“We are delighted to have brought on board two world-leading investors who believe in our vision and share our ambitions to change the way people use energy.”The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider low-carbon power, storage and digital energy strategies. The Grid Edge’s technology is claimed to enable customers to reduce carbon emissions by 10-15%, with some recording a reduction of more than 30%.BP Ventures managing director Nacho Gimenez said: “This is the most efficient way to reduce the carbon intensity and power consumption required to keep buildings comfortable.“Grid Edge’s machine learning and data-driven approach is what really sets them apart. We look forward to working closely together and welcoming them to the BP Ventures family.”In 2016, Grid Edge was spun out of Aston University’s Energy Research Institute.BP Ventures joined by Goldacre in Grid Edge’s funding round BP Ventures is joined by family office investment house in the funding round of Grid Edge.The funding is expected to allow Grid Edge to expand in the UK market and explore further opportunities in Europe.