Stobart in shock profit warning

first_img whatsapp Wednesday 20 October 2010 7:31 pm KCS-content Share FREIGHT company Stobart Group has cut its full-year profit forecast and warned that government spending cuts and tax rises could hit volumes in 2011.“We have slightly reduced our full-year profit expectations as a result of reduced spend by Network Rail and increased overall finance costs. We are also cautious that 2011 may see volumes affected by the increase in VAT rate and the government spending review,” said chief executive Andrew Tinkler.The company said customers were demanding shorter lead times, as hard-pressed retailers ordered fewer items more often.Tinkler said this was giving the company less time to plan deliveries, leading to a lower vehicle utilisation rate.But Stobart said in the longer term it would benefit from the flexibility of its business model, which uses its own fleet and drivers, reducing the need to rely on subcontractors, and a pay-as-you-go system.Ben Whawell, chief financial officer, said the company had not seen much direct effect on volumes from reduced government spending so far, but that the size of the cuts expected from the government spending review might well have some impact.Stobart reported a 38.7 per cent jump in pre-tax profit in its first half to August 31 to £15.4m, on revenue from continuing operations up 11.7 per cent at £243.7m, with contract wins from Tesco and A.G. Barr adding volume and margin.Shares in the company tumbled 13 per cent on the release of the statement.Killick says the statement led to downgrades in forecasts by an average of eight per cent. whatsapp Tags: NULL Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky 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 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 WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Show Comments ▼ Stobart in shock profit warning last_img read more

The next Boots chief must like foreign deals

first_img KCS-content ALLIANCE BOOTS is on the hunt for a new chief executive to make international deals after Andy Hornby suddenly stepped down on Friday, a source close to the pharmaceutical and beauty group said yesterday. Executive chairman Stafano Pessina, viewed as the driving force behind Boots, is understood to be chasing new contracts in China and wants a chief that is happy to spend life on the road.Hornby, who was in charge at HBOS when the bank was bailed out in 2008, resigned last week saying he needed a break after less than two years in the top job. “The job is relentless,” a friend said.The firm has not yet hired headhunters to look for an external candidate. Company policy requires Boots to also look at internal candidates, with the division heads seen as favourites.Head of health and beauty Alex Gourlay and pharmaceutical chief Ornella Barra will look after day-to-day operations while a permanent successor is found. Shore Capital analyst Clive Black said of the search for Hornby’s successor: “Boots is a relatively complex corporate animal… [it] therefore needs a chief executive that can pull all these levers as well as working with some strong characters.” Tags: NULL whatsapp The next Boots chief must like foreign deals Monday 28 March 2011 12:05 am Share Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale whatsapplast_img read more

Constance Hotels Services Limited ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgConstance Hotels Services Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Constance Hotels Services Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Constance Hotels Services Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Constance Hotels Services Limited (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileConstance Hotels Services Limited is a Mauritian company engaged in the management and ownership of hotels and resorts that include Ultimate hotels and Unique resorts in the Indian Ocean. The Ultimate hotels collection includes Constance Le Prince Maurice- Mauritius, Constance Lemuria- Seychelles and Constance Halaveli- Maldives whilst the company’s Unique resorts collection includes Constance Belle Mare Plage- Mauritius, Constance Ephelia- Seychelles, Constance Moofushi- Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina- Madagascar. Constance Hotels Services Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Stock market rally: 4 UK shares I’d buy in my ISA to get rich from the new bull market

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild 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.center_img The stock market rally that carried UK share markets to multi-month highs has fizzled out in recent hours. This doesn’t mean that the new bull market has already run out of puff, though. It’s no surprise that investors and traders have taken a minute to pause for breath and/or book profits. Another surge in global stock markets could be just around the corner.On the other hand the recent stock market rally could be as good as it gets, at least for the time being. Rising Covid-19 infection rates mean that further rounds of good news on the vaccine front could be needed to stop investor confidence falling off a cliff again.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…I won’t be impatient if UK share prices fail to soar again in the near future, however. I’m confident that British stocks will recover all of the ground they’ve lost in 2020 and that the FTSE 100 et al will eventually hit fresh record highs. Past form shows that it’s a question of if rather than when. And as someone who invests for the long haul I’m happy to wait.4 top UK shares on my radarIn the meantime I’m searching for UK shares that’ll soar during the new bull market, whenever that will be. Here’s four stocks I’m thinking of buying for my Stocks and Shares ISA today:Cinema chain Cineworld has been one of the major casualties of the Covid-19 crisis. Its high debt levels would discourage me from buying this UK share any time soon. But I reckon boutique cinema operator Everyman Media Group could soar in value as consumer spending levels improve. Equally important is that restrictive coronavirus social distancing measures have to ease as we move into 2021. This means I’ll be keeping a close eye on the latest vaccine news before investing.Resurgent consumer spending should bode well for GB Group, a provider of address verification services to online retailers. Revenues are likely to take off as the amount of parcel traffic increases. It already enjoyed a 10% increase in underlying revenues in the six months to September as e-commerce activity ballooned.Now International Consolidated Airlines Group isn’t without its share of risk. In fact, it has one of the weakest balance sheets in the aviation business and could find itself in peril if travel restrictions continue. However, if the fight against Covid-19 is indeed about to turn the corner, travel stocks like this will surge as bookings return. I like this particular UK share too because it’s a great play on the low-cost segment and the lucrative transatlantic market.Producers of cyclical raw materials like oil and base metals often enjoy the quickest earnings turnarounds as economic conditions improve. So I expect Hochschild Mining to ride this phenomenon as silver off-take rises from a variety of different industries. One final thing: I think having exposure to silver-related assets is a good idea in an era of low interest rates and rising inflation. Stock market rally: 4 UK shares I’d buy in my ISA to get rich from the new bull market I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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3 steps I’d take before buying UK shares for a passive income today

first_img FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. 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. Buying UK shares to make a passive income can be a sound long-term move. After all, they’ve historically offered higher return potential than other income-producing assets. This point may be increasingly relevant in the current low interest rate environment.However, there are risks involved in buying UK stocks for a passive income. As such, investors may wish to ensure they’ve sufficient cash on hand in case of emergency. It may also mean them having enough capital available to diversify, and check any potential holdings can afford their dividends due to the uncertain economic climate.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…Holding cash as well as UK sharesBuying UK shares to make a passive income can be a wise move while interest rates are low. They offer significantly higher returns than savings accounts at the present time.However, investing all of the capital available in shares and holding no cash may be a risky move. After all, the 2020 stock market crash showed that difficult periods for investors can happen at any time. Furthermore, personal financial challenges such as losing a job can happen to anyone at any time. Especially in the current economic climate.Therefore, it may be prudent to always ensure there’s enough cash on hand to deal with possible financial ‘speed bumps’. Beyond this amount, UK shares can provide a worthwhile passive income over the long run.Diversifying to make a worthwhile passive incomeWhile it can be a good idea to focus on the most appealing UK shares when seeking to make a passive income, diversifying is likely to be a necessity for all investors. Otherwise, they may have a concentrated portfolio that carries too much company-specific risk. That is the potential for one or more companies’ poor performance to negatively impact on portfolio returns.Clearly, a portfolio needs to be large enough to diversify. Therefore, before buying UK stocks for a passive income, it could be prudent to ensure an investor has sufficient capital to buy a wide range of shares. Otherwise, using tracker funds until that point is reached may be a sound move.Ensuring dividends are affordableBefore buying UK shares to make a passive income, it could be a good idea to check they can afford their shareholder payouts. There’s little point in buying companies with high yields only for their financial performance to deteriorate so they have to cut, or even cancel, their dividends.Clearly, dividend affordability is especially relevant at the present time due to the uncertain economic outlook. By taking simple steps such as comparing a company’s dividend payouts to its net profit and cash flow, it may be possible to buy the most resilient and robust dividend shares. Over time, they could offer a more dependable income stream that grows at a brisk pace to produce a worthwhile passive income. 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At a loss over school shootings

first_img February 18, 2018 at 10:49 pm Reply Reply TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleProblems?  Or Challenges and opportunities!Next articleTwo people, three opinions… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here charles towne Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear I am going to paraphrase here but I am reminded of this thought, “The man that sees evil and does nothing about it is part of the problem, not the solution. Guns are not the problem, people are the problem. Responsible parenting is a good deal of the solution. As long as parents leave the rearing of their children to the teachers there are going to be problems. A gun free state is not the solution because the criminals are always going to acquire guns. I believe that in almost, and I said almost, every case of criminal use of guns, if you look close enough at the family dynamics you will find the underlying cause. A RESPONSIBLE PARENT A RESPONSIBLE PARENT The VOICE of InspirationBy Don LindseyThe shooting on Valentine’s day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left me feeling a lot like so many others that heard the news.  There was, and still is, a great deal of empathy and sadness for those and the families of those hurt or killed.  There’s also a considerable concern as a parent because that shooting was reportedly the 18th such incident so far this year.  I am beginning to worry when my kids go to school in the morning and that I think speaks volumes for itself.Given what I’ve seen from interviews and other media coverage, I know that I’m not alone in my concern.  Watching the events from Wednesday play out was a severe warning that these types of horrendous acts can happen anywhere.  According to multiple news broadcasts that I watched on the shooting, Parkland was a quiet community, and various residents that I saw interviewed were shocked that something like that would happen in their town.   While it is essential to understand the fact that these attacks do not discriminate and can happen anywhere, I also think that the number of these type of events that have occurred so far this year is the most concerning.I know that there will be a lot of political discussion about gun control, mental health and other factors that we usually see when a tragedy such as this happens. A debate about these issues is always good, but I’m not going to go in a political direction with this article and to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel anymore.  I grow more and more concerned each time a human being finds the hate in their heart to kill other human beings.  More than that, the alarming rate that these attacks are happening at, leads me to worry that we’re heading in a direction that we may not be able to recover from. A direction that is driven by hate and fear.I don’t believe that we have to live with that hate or fear.  I still have hope that my children and their peers will learn from our mistakes and the state of the world around them now and make choices to bring back a more selfless mindset.As I’ve mentioned before in past articles, I see examples of a great future every day in my children.  I see them strive for getting the most out of their lives while still worrying about those around them.  We have had quite a bit of conversation about the February 14th shooting.  They’ve put my mind at ease with explaining all of the safety protocols that their schools use to keep them safe.It crushes me that in this day and age a shooting drill is just as important as a tornado drill but am very grateful that the schools have plans in place to combat dangerous situations.  I also saw the hurt in their eyes when talking about 17 people that they’ve never met who was killed and concern they showed for those injured.  Their serious nature when talking about their safety along with the compassion for others gives me all the hope I need for their well-being now and in the years ahead. While I often find myself at a loss when an event like the Parkland shooting happens, I know that all is not lost when it comes to our future. February 18, 2018 at 3:32 am Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Donny, personally, such incidents as you describe make my heart yearn for a simpler time. The bible verses concerning, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear” and “…wars, wars, and rumors of wars,” reminds me that even though we are living in strange times, Papa God is still in control and the drama of the ages is being played out before our eyes. Yes, dreadful times, and yet Christ’s imminent return is near. He stands at the door and He is saying to each of us, “Fear not, for I am with you. We cannot lose heart, for the words, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine resonate loud and clear. Blessings on each of us. Chaz Wonderfully said Chuck. It give the soul comfort to know that even with the terrible things we see happen so often that God is still with us. Thanks for the comment Chuck and God bless! Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 EVIL will be with us all…till GOD removes it… written….amen d Reply February 18, 2018 at 9:11 am February 22, 2018 at 10:30 am Don Lindsey 4 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Above-average rainfall in February offered relief to winter’s dry weather trend

first_img From St. Johns River Water Management DistrictFebruary rainfall was above average throughout the St. Johns River Water Management District, although the northern half of the District received considerably more rain than the southern half.A full report outlining February’s hydrologic conditions was presented at the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board meeting Tuesday. Here are the highlights:RainfallDistrictwide, February rainfall averaged 4.79 inches, which is 1.85 inches above the long-term average for the month.Portions of Putnam, Clay, St. Johns and Duval counties received more than 7 inches of rain during FebruaryClay County had the highest countywide rainfall total for the month with 7.25 inches.Seminole County had the lowest countywide monthly total with 3.1 inches.Districtwide, the cumulative total for the past 12 months was 1.3 inches above the long-term average.GroundwaterUpper Floridan aquifer conditions (groundwater levels) at the end of February were in the high or normal range across the District.Groundwater levels are at the 71st percentile Districtwide. This means that since 1980, aquifer levels have been higher than they are now only about 29 percent of the time.A map illustrates rainfall conditions in February across the St. Johns River Water Management District.Surface water flowsSurface water flow conditions were average for this time of year throughout the District, except for the St. Marys River, which had high flow.On March 1, flow in the St. Johns River’s headwaters at the Melbourne station was 245 million gallons per day (mgd), which corresponds to the 67th percentile.Flow at the Deland station was 1.9 billion gallons per day (bgd), or the 72nd percentile.Flow at the Satsuma station was 3.9 bgd (69th percentile).Flow in the Econlockhatchee River near Chuluota was 85 mgd (54th percentile).Flows in the Wekiva River near Sanford were 177 mgd (58th percentile).Flows in the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary to the St. Johns River, were in the average range at 633 mgd (64th percentile).Flows in the St. Marys River near Macclenny were in the high range at 787 mgd (77th percentile).Lake levelsLake Brooklyn water levels increased 0.5 feet in January to 99.4 feet.Lake Weir, at 53 feet, increased 0.2 feet.Lake Apopka’s water level did not fluctuate significantly and matched its regulation schedule. Lake Apopka is part of a system with water control structures that are operated by the District to reduce flood impacts, and the lake level is regulated according to a specific schedule.Blue Cypress Lake levels increased 0.1 feet to 22.7 feet and remains below its regulation schedule. Blue Cypress Lake is also part of a system with water control structures that are operated by the District.Spring flowsThe mean monthly flow at Silver Springs decreased to 633 cubic feet per second (cfs), or 409 mgd.At the Blue Spring station in Volusia County, the mean monthly flow decreased to 170 cfs, or 110 mgd, which is in the normal flow range for this time of yearAt Rock Springs, the monthly mean flow decreased 1 cfs to 58 cfs (38 mgd).Mean monthly flow at Wekiwa Springs decreased 2 cfs to 69 cfs (45 mgd).To learn more about rainfall totals and other hydrologic data collected, visit for tips to help landscapes thrive while saving water and money. Follow the water conservation conversation at #sjrwmd #waterconservation #savewater.St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the District and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The District encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Connect on Twitter at @SJRWMD, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more information about the District, please visit Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSGroundwaterLake LevelsRainfallSJRWMDSpring FlowsSt. Johns River Water Management DistrictSurface Water Flows Previous articleNorthwest Orange Republican Women Federated offering scholarships to students, applications now openNext articleDaylight Saving Time: Fall back, spring forward into the Sunshine Protection Act Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rain in the pool, by [email protected] The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

10 more corporate partnerships for September 2014

first_img Tagged with: corporate 2. Pickfords and NSPCCPickfords supports NSPCC’s Underwear campaignRemovals and storage company Pickfords is supporting the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule campaign through its network of branches by donating space on its cartons to promote an important message for parents and carers.The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep their children safe from sexual abuse by having conversations with them without using scary words or mentioning sex. The main point is to explain to children that the parts of their body covered by underwear are private.Pickfords has supported the NSPCC since 2010 and to date has raised over £150,000 for the charity through staff taking part in a range of events, from marathons to skydives. The company has also previously donated advertising space on their packing cartons to promote the NSPCC’s helpline. 10 more corporate partnerships for September 2014 Argos and Homebase have raised £2 million for three charities working with people living with dementia. The partnership runs from 2013 – 2015 so the total will certainly be higher.Together Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Scotland and The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland are Home Retail Group’s charity partner 2013 – 2015. Home Retail Group comprises Argos, Homebase and Habitat. Here is another round-up of company and charity partnerships.1. European Handball Federation and Play for ChangeThe European Handball Federation has agreed a sponsorship deal with Play for Change, an international charity that focuses on helping children through sports and education.The one-year partnership comes will see the name of the charity on the front, back and sleeves of the referee shirts across EHF club and national team competitions.The deal bolstered the existing relationship between the federation and the charity who have been working together since early 2014 to raise funds. EHF was one of the first international sports federations to donate signed merchandise from its winning teams and players as well as tickets to some of its exclusive matches that were auctioned on Play for Change’s charitable auction site. Howard Lake | 22 September 2014 | News Advertisement 9. NEC and Help Harry Help OthersNEC Group has raised £21,000 over the past year for Help Harry Help Others, the charity set up in memory of the remarkable fundraising efforts of Harry Moseley.The charity was voted for by staff as the NEC’s Charity Partner for the year. Fundraising activities included including making and selling bracelets (one of Harry’s great successes), cake sales, a tuck shop, fun days and a quiz. 4. Royal Borough of Greenwich and Seafarers UK and Sea CadetsSeafarers UK at Greenwich Tall Ships Feslitval. (l-r) Samantha, Storm, Cllr Denise Hyland, Sian, Connor, Boris Johnson.Seafarers UK and Sea Cadets were chosen as charity partners for The Royal Borough of Greenwich Tall Ships Festival (5–9 September).Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said:‘The festival has been absolutely fantastic for Royal Greenwich, and Seafarers UK and Sea Cadets have made an enormous contribution towards ensuring its success. Their support has been crucial in helping to promote the Royal Borough and its historic maritime landmarks while also providing once in a lifetime opportunities for local young people to gain new skills as they experienced life sailing on the high seas.”As part of the charity partnership, Seafarers UK arranged for six young people living in the Royal Borough to become trainee crew members on board the Dar Mlodziezy, one of the largest vessels to compete in this year’s Tall Ships Regatta that started in Falmouth on 31 August. From this month onwards, Tesco will supply 40,000 boxes of own-brand nutritious cereal to breakfast club charity Magic Breakfast. The charity provides free food to over 8,500 school children in more than 250 primary schools every day, helping to make sure pupils don’t start their morning lessons hungry.Boxes of own-brand cereal on sale at Tesco stores will also feature information about the charity and how people can donate.Carmel McConnell, CEO of Magic Breakfast said:“This new Tesco donation of cereals will save the charity thousands of pounds this year, money we can use to extend to new schools who need help to reach hungry school children”. 7. Rovio and Room to ReadAngry Birds creators Rovio is helping Room to Read to raise funds around International Literacy Day, which was on 8 September. From 15-28 September players of Angry Birds Epic can buy a Good Deeds coin and help promote literacy around the world.Each coin costs $3.99 of which Rovio will give at least $1.40 to Room to Read. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 5. Argent, BAM and CRASH and Emmaus Brighton & HoveArgent and BAM staff volunteering at Emmaus Brighton & HoveKings Cross building contractors, sub-contractors and supply chain organisations have donated their time and materials to the Emmaus Brighton & Hove Project.Construction companies Argent and BAM worked with CRASH to source an appropriate building and homelessness project for 70 people with varying skills. CRASH is a charity that addresses the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry. It acts as the conduit between the industry and homelessness agencies to help improve emergency night shelters, hostels, day centres and move-on accommodation.A little daunted by the challenge of making the most of 70 professionals’ volunteer time all in one day, the Emmaus Brighton & Hove community decided to focus the volunteers’ resources on preparing the groundwork and then seeding what will eventually become a wild flower garden and meadow for visitors to enjoy.Donations of equipment and materials came from CRASH Patrons A-Plant and Dulux Trade as well as Jewsons and Chandlers Building Supplies.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 3. KCOM Group and SparksIn October a team of 20 employees and customers of KCOM Group will be taking on the challenge of cycling from Venice to Genoa with the aim of raising £50,000 for Sparks charity. Over £45,000 has already been raised, with support from Deloitte, Oakley Capital and several online sponsors.KCOM Group has supported Sparks as its charity partner since 2012, raising over £217,000 during that time to beat its original fundraising target by more than £100,000. 10. Argos and Homebase and three dementia charitiesCelebrations at raising £2 for three dementia charities 6. Tesco and Magic Breakfast 8. Arbuthnot and BeanstalkPrivate banking and wealth management Arbuthnot Latham has won the 2014 Beanstalk Corporate Challenge after raising £23,271, a record amount for the Corporate Challenge.National children’s literacy charity Beanstalk created the Corporate Challenge as a learning and development initiative that challenges corporate teams to compete against each other to raise at least £10,000 within six months for the charity’s work supporting children who are struggling with their reading. In return Beanstalk provides the participating teams with free learning and development in areas such as leadership, business planning and marketing through a series of structured activities and by assigning them external business mentors.In this year’s Challenge Aspire (Return Path) brought in £10,020 and Team Jack (Radisson Blu) raised £7,480. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. 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New Toyota Startup Awards seek ideas to improve mobility

first_img 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 Toyota has launched the Toyota Startup Awards, in search of ideas to develop that improve mobility.Presented by Toyota and the ISDI business school through ISDI Accelerator, the Toyota Startup Awards seek innovations that can help provide better mobility for people with physical impairments, elderly people, children and those living outside urban areas.Eight finalists will be selected to attend the 4YFN event in Barcelona from 24 to 26 February 2020, exhibiting their products or services on the Toyota stand and taking part in a pitch competition in front of a panel of specialists. The winners will be given a fast track to the Toyota Accelerator Program.Entries are open until 26 January, and applicants must focus on three fields:Socially inclusive mobility: solutions that meet the unfulfilled mobility needs of people with a physical impairment, elderly people and children, and people who live in suburban areas.Accessibility: designing innovative approaches to increasing people’s access to mobility, so enabling a “Mobility for All” future.Disruptive mobility: developing new products, services, tools, technologies and/or disruptive business models that can contribute to a “Mobility for All” future.Expert judges from Toyota and ISDI will choose a maximum of eight projects as finalists in the awards. These will benefit from free booth space on the Toyota stand during the three days of 4YFN to showcase their product or concept, an exclusive time slot on the Toyota stage at 4YFN to pitch their proposal, and exposure to event visitors, investors and Toyota executives.They will also receive access for their startup team to MWC Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, on 27 February 2020, accommodation for two startup team members during the 4YFN event, and the chance to win a fast track to the Toyota Accelerator Program. This will offer training, mentoring, brokerage with private investors and potential future collaboration with Toyota.Toyota will announce the winners of the Toyota Startup Awards on the main stage at 4YFN on 25 February. Tagged with: Awards  404 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 14 January 2020 | Newscenter_img  403 total views,  2 views today Advertisement New Toyota Startup Awards seek ideas to improve mobility AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

RSF joins statement reiterating calls for US government to insist on accountability for Khashoggi murder

first_imgNonetheless, the Trump administration has persisted in actions that can only be described as covering for the crimes of Saudi authorities. On October 10, 2018, a bipartisan group of 22 Senators, including the then-chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), triggered Section 1263(d) of the Global Magnitsky Act, which directed the President to report, by February 8, 2019, to that committee on those individuals—including the crown prince—that the U.S. government believes had a role in Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. We applaud Chairman Engel’s decision, in his role at the time as House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) ranking member, to reinforce this determination requirement via a letter dated October 12, 2018, co-signed with then-HFAC Chairman Ed Royce. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists We, the undersigned organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of universal human rights, write to commend you for your statements concerning the murder of Saudi journalist, Washington Post columnist, and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi, and to request that you continue to pursue accountability for this abhorrent crime as part of a larger re-assessment of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. On February 8, a senior administration official announced that President Trump refused to comply with the congressional mandate required by both the HFAC and SFRC. On the same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a letter declining to address the determination requirement or offering any additional information concerning Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. These actions followed a written statement issued by President Trump in November 2018 in which the president pointedly equated Mohammed bin Salman’s denial of involvement in Mr. Khashoggi’s killing with the considered views of the U.S. intelligence community. Specifically, we urge that you demand that the Trump administration provide appropriate members of Congress with the determination of responsibility for Mr. Khashoggi’s murder required under Section 1263(d) of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016, as well as relevant information documenting how the administration came to its determination. Given the administration’s demonstrated unwillingness to provide members of Congress with the determination required by the Global Magnitsky Act, or to supply information relevant to its decision-making in this matter, we further recommend that you consider holding hearings and/or issuing subpoenas to compel this information, in keeping with Congress’ constitutional oversight role. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sent a joint letter on March 14 with 10 other press freedom and human rights organizations to the ranking members of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, asking them to ensure to continue to pursue accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. March 14, 2019 Follow the news on Americas Related documents 19.03.14_jk-hfac-letter.pdfPDF – 283.79 KB Further, the administration’s refusal to respect Congress’ constitutionally-mandated role in overseeing foreign policy threatens both U.S. democracy and national security. One branch of government trying to obscure the truth from another on an issue of this magnitude subverts the will of American voters who elect members of Congress to be partners with—not subordinate to—the executive in the conduct of foreign policy. The administration’s position also sows doubt among America’s allies concerning its resolve to uphold universal human rights, while emboldening human rights violators like Iran eager to point to perceived hypocrisy. June 7, 2021 Find out more As you know, on October 2, 2018, a team of Saudi Arabian hit men are credibly alleged to have murdered Mr. Khashoggi after luring him into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. On December 4, 2018, following a classified briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, multiple Senators indicated publicly that the CIA’s findings constituted overwhelming evidence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) central role in Khashoggi’s murder, and on December 13, 2018, the Senate unanimously passed a non-binding resolution finding MBS “complicit” in Khashoggi’s murder on the basis of “evidence and analysis made available to this institution.” Separately, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions stated, in early February 2019, that evidence collected during her trip to Turkey “demonstrates a prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia.” to go further Mr. Khashoggi’s premeditated killing violated many acceptable norms of human and state behavior. The murder’s authors clearly intended their crime to send a chilling message to Saudis at home and abroad: that those who peacefully criticize the government’s autocratic rule will never be safe, no matter where they flee. Saudi leaders apparently acted under the belief that they could issue this message without repercussion. For Mr. Khashoggi’s sake, and for the sake of human rights defenders the world over, Congress cannot allow this misguided belief to stand. Because the Trump administration will not defend the rights of the persecuted to speak without fear of assassination, Congress must. United StatesSaudi ArabiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa International bodies News June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Yasin AKGUL / AFP RSF_en United StatesSaudi ArabiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa International bodies Reports President Trump’s refusal to comply with the Global Magnitsky Act has rightfully garnered criticism from Democratic and Republican members of Congress in both the House and Senate. Among other reactions, we welcome Ranking Member McCaul’s statement of February 9, in which he said that he was: In defending its refusal to comply with extant law and/or provide information related to Mr. Khashoggi’s murder, the administration has claimed that it is acting consistent with the constitutional separation of powers. Yet, as a trio of former U.S. Justice Department attorneys recently wrote, a president cannot elect to simply decline to accommodate congressional oversight. While legal scholars may differ on the administration’s constitutional obligations under the Global Magnitsky Act’s Section 1263(d), the point remains that in rejecting appropriate congressional oversight in the Khashoggi case, the Trump administration is itself threatening the separation of powers and contesting the role of congressional mandates more broadly. Allowing the administration to simply sweep this matter under the rug, as Saudi officials would prefer, therefore poses a challenge not only to the administration of justice, but to fundamental congressional prerogatives. News “[D]eeply troubled by the letter I received from the Administration regarding the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The letter does not meet the requirements of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act… Everyone involved in this gruesome crime must be identified and held accountable. When the United States fails to lead, we compromise our integrity and abandon those pursuing justice around the world.” We respectfully thank you for your consideration of this important matter. News Dear Chairman Engel and Ranking Member McCaul, Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts March 14, 2019 RSF joins statement reiterating calls for US government to insist on accountability for Khashoggi murder Signed, Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in BahrainCommittee to Protect JournalistsFreedom HouseHuman Rights FirstHuman Rights WatchJacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human RightsOpen Society Justice InitiativePEN AmericaProject on Middle East DemocracyReporters Without BordersRobert F. Kennedy Human Rights May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more