The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned the Scottish government that thousands of jobs in the gambling sector are at risk unless it grants business rates relief to betting shops in the country. The government has so far excluded betting shops from its business rates relief scheme, which was set up to help companies impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It waives the fees due from eligible businesses during the crisis.This differs from the approach in England, where betting shops have been given business rates relief to help them through the crisis. They too were initially excluded from the scheme, before it was amended in late March.Scottish Ministers have also refused to extend the retail, hospitality and leisure support grant to betting shops, despite this having been offered to others in the betting and gaming industry such as amusements, bingo halls, entertainment centres and racetracks.According to the BGC, this lack of support from the government could lead to the closure of independent betting shops across Scotland, as they struggle to find the cash to pay bills.“These businesses employ thousands of men and women across Scotland, and they deserve their government’s full support now that they are back at work,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. “If they don’t get it, many will sadly lose their jobs as their shops are forced to close.“The Scottish government needs to pull out all the stops to prevent that from happening and ensure betting shops can play their part in getting the economy back on its feet.”John Heaton, boss of Scotbet, which has 30 shops in Scotland, said the decision could cost his business up to £400,000 (€443,503/$507,636), at a time when takings are already down as a result of the pandemic.“We feel very frustrated that we haven’t had the financial support independent bookmakers in England and others in the betting and gaming sector here in Scotland have received,” Heaton said.“The sums involved are not material to the large bookmakers but, for us, it is about survival. The likely impact is that the independent sector will die and the big bookmakers carry on regardless, grateful that their independent competitors have been removed for them.”Scottish betting shops were permitted to reopen on 29 June, but initially faced a number of restrictions, including not being allowed to have chairs, run gaming machines or show live racing.However, following a campaign led by the BGC, these restrictions – which were unique to Scotland – will be lifted from 22 July.“We were delighted when the government listened to us [and lifted] the restrictions, which had led to a fall in turnover of up to 95% compared to pre-lockdown in some shops,” Dugher said.“We are now calling on them to apply the business rates relief and grant support that others in our industry have received to betting shops.” Topics: Finance The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned the Scottish government that thousands of jobs in the gambling sector are at risk unless it grants business rates relief to betting shops in the country. BGC urges business rates relief for Scottish betting shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 21st July 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address
Sponsorship The Big Step aims to see the end of all gambling sponsorship and advertising in football, where currently there are thought to be 55 different gambling sponsorship or partnership deals with 44 football clubs in the top two divisions in England. The campaign was created by the Gambling With Lives charity, established to support those bereaved by gambling-related harm. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Social responsibility Marketing Marketing regulation Sponsorship Problem gambling Responsible gambling Big Step founder James Grimes said: “We’re delighted to have the support of Forest Green Rovers. This is a vital moment to secure meaningful gambling reform in the UK. As a recovering gambling addict and massive football fan, I’m passionate about ensuring the game is part of the solution to gambling harms. League Two football team Forest Green Rovers has thrown its support behind the Big Step campaign, which is calling for an end to all gambling promotion in football. The campaign aims to tackle the issue through the delivery of community education and awareness programmes, in an attempt to bring the problem to light. Tags: Forest Green Rovers Gambling With Lives Email Address Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince OBE added: “It’s like gambling has taken over football. If you watch a game on TV you are inundated with ads – gambling logos are on almost half of Premier League shirts, and constantly flash up on pitch side boards. For me, the fun already stopped. This is an abuse of football and of football fans.” Forest Green Rovers call for ban on gambling ads in football “Our outdated gambling laws need to change, especially with the exponential rise of online gambling. Sponsorship of sporting events by tobacco companies is banned and we believe gambling should be the same. To be truly effective, shirt sponsorship, stadium promotions and other branding should not be visible during matches.” Regions: UK & Ireland The desire to end gambling advertising extends beyond football; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledged to ban gambling ads on the London Underground if re-elected, and the Irish Labour Party recently introduced a bill to ban all gambling advertising. 6th May 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui
NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2002 abridged results.For more information about NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) 2002 abridged results.Company ProfileNICO Holdings Limited provides products and services for general insurance, life insurance and pension administration in the corporate and private sector of Malawi; with interests in banking, asset management and information technology services. NICO Holdings Limited operates in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It was established in 1965, and was the first general insurance company to list on the Malawi Stock Exchange. Its general insurance division covers segments that range from personal accident and household insurance to construction, engineering, professional indemnity, marine hull and cargo, fire and loss of profits. NICO Holdings Limited also offers insurance for individuals and corporate clients which includes endowment assurance and savings protection. The company has a corporate banking division offering standard products and services, aswell as solutions for foreign exchange, investment management and women business programmes. NICO Holdings Limited has invested in providing technology services to clients, including software and Internet systems and communication solutions, card technology and surveillance systems. NICO Holdings Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange
Enter Your Email Address 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. Earlier in the year, Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) disclosed plans to sell at least £2bn in assets to strengthen its balance sheet. Among the assets the company is reportedly planning to sell, ITP Aero is one of the largest. If management does a good job selling the asset, Rolls-Royce could potentially retain more value and that could help the stock. Given the importance of ITP Aero to Rolls-Royce’s asset divestment plans, here’s a closer look at the division. 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…ITP AeroITP Aero is a division of Rolls-Royce based in Spain. The division manufactures jet parts for planes such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and various military transport aircraft. According to the company, ITP Aero is the world’s ninth-largest aeronautical engine and components maker. In terms of its finances, ITP Aero makes up a small part of RR’s total sales. In 2019, the division reported sales of £936m, versus Rolls-Royce’s total underlying revenue of £15.45bn.Although ITP Aero accounted for only 6% of total sales last year, the division grew quite rapidly before the pandemic. In 2019, ITP Aero reported underlying sales growth of 21% year-on-year. The division was also quite profitable, with ITP Aero reporting operating profit of £111m for 2019.Given its past growth and value, ITP Aero could be worth a substantial amount to RR, which itself only has a market value of £4.37bn at the time of this writing. In terms of how much ITP Aero is worth, it’s not clear. In 2019, Rolls-Royce tried to sell ITP Aero to Indra Sistemas SA for €1.5bn (£1.36bn) but the company failed to make a deal. Now that management is reportedly planning to sell the unit again, there are some interested parties. Earlier this year, The Daily Telegraph reported that Rolls-Royce was in talks with various American private equity firms including KKR and Blackstone Group about a potential sale of the unit. According to Pitchbook in July 2020, ITP Aero could be worth £1bn. Depending on how well management does in terms of negotiating, the final sale price (if it should occur) could be higher or lower. Foolish recapRolls-Royce is reportedly planning to sell a key asset, ITP Aero, to strengthen its balance sheet. RR has to strengthen its balance sheet because the jet engine maker estimates it will have an outflow of £4bn this year due to the pandemic and other factors. It could also take a while for RR’s business to normalise — the company estimates that in a ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ long-haul flights might need until 2022 to recover to around 80% of pre-Covid-19 levels.If Rolls-Royce does sell ITP Aero for a decent price, it will increase its liquidity and improve its chances of surviving the pandemic. Management has already done a lot in terms of increasing liquidity, including raising £2bn in debt with coupons between 4.625% and 5.75%.Given Rolls-Royce’s pretty small market cap, I believe any sale of ITP Aero at a price that is above market expectations would be well received. If it were to sell ITP Aero, management would also have more time to focus on restructuring the company and managing costs, which is another plus. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: British Airways See all posts by Jay Yao “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Jay Yao | Thursday, 29th October, 2020 | More on: RR 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. Rolls-Royce: A closer look at ITP Aero Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Jay Yao 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.
You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSCervical CancerFlorida Hospital – ApopkaFocus on your health Previous articleA call to the wild…Next articleRep. Webster wants Congress to reduce regulations on agriculture Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Focus on your health Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom From Florida Hospital ApopkaCervical cancer is the third most common cancer and cause of death among gynecologic cancers in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 12,990 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,120 will lose their lives to the disease this year. It’s important to talk about cervical cancer because it can be prevented with routine screening and vaccination protocols.Dr. Jill Johnson, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Florida Hospital, shares some insight on cervical cancer risks, causes and prevention strategies.RisksThe most important risk factor for cervical cancer is human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, which is very common among U.S. adults. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and 14 million new cases are diagnosed per year.Dr. Johnson explains, “The association between HPV and cervical cancer is so strong that other behavioral covariables are found to be dependent upon HPV infection, meaning that most risk factors for cervical cancer are associated with variables that increase the risk of acquiring HPV or the inability to clear HPV infection.”Causes“The human papilloma virus is central to the development of cervical cancer,” says Dr. Johnson. In fact, she states that the virus can be detected in over 99 percent of cervical cancer cases.Dr. Johnson expresses the importance for women to know that while it is very common, not all women with HPV infection get cervical cancer. “Most healthy adults can clear the HPV infection, but for some (mostly people age 30 and older) the infection can become chronic and persistent, which is what can lead to abnormal pap tests and, if untreated, can lead to cervical cancer,” she adds.These factors have guided physicians in developing the current recommendations for cervical cancer screening.PreventionThere are two central components to preventing cervical cancer: HPV vaccination and routine screenings with the Pap test.HPV VaccinationThe HPV vaccine has been approved by the FDA and shown to be effective at preventing HPV infection. Dr. Johnson says that in general, the HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys between age 11 and 12, but is appropriate for patients as young as age 9 and up to age 26.“The recommendations are based on data showing that the vaccine is most effective if administered before a patient is exposed to HPV, and 50 percent of new HPV infections occur in 15-24 year olds,” she explains. Dr. Johnson also points out that being exposed to HPV infection is not a contraindication to get the vaccine; it is just most effective when given before HPV exposure.If vaccination protocols are implemented appropriately, approximately 90 percent of invasive cervical cancer worldwide could be prevented, in addition to precancerous cervical lesions. Pediatricians, family physicians and gynecologists all play an important part in educating parents and patients about their roles in preventing cervical cancer in the future.Routine Cervical Cancer ScreeningScreening tests, like the Pap test, can detect most precancerous cells in the cervix. If precancerous cells are found and removed early, cancer can often be prevented.Dr. Johnson explains, “Unfortunately, up to 50 percent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have never had a Pap test, and 10 percent have not had a Pap test in five years.” If women had routine annual examinations and pap testing, the rate of cervical cancer would decline.The recommendations for routine screening tests can differ for each woman. In general, guidelines recommend Pap testing begin at age 21. Screening with a pap is then performed every 3 years in women aged 21-29 and every 5 years for women aged 30-65. If the pap or HPV test is abnormal, these recommendations change according to set protocols and follow up algorithms. Therefore, it is important to schedule yearly gynecological exams, when cervical cancer screening is most often performed.Dr. Johnson concludes, “Even if your routine Pap tests are not recommended each year, it is important to still have an annual well-woman exam.” This checkup includes additional exams critical to your health, such as a pelvic and breast exam, provides education regarding health maintenance, and the opportunity to talk with your doctor about any gynecological concerns you may have.” Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here
Spain Photographs: Adrià Goula, Eugeni Pons Houses CopyHouses•Spain Casa MJ / Alventosa Morell ArquitectesSave this projectSaveCasa MJ / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes Year Completion year of this architecture project 2018 Year: “COPY” Photographs Projects Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Adrià Goula+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa, Xavier Morell “COPY” ArchDaily Technical Architects:Marga Bernadó, Joan Ma. SubiasInteriors Design:Lluis TrillaStructural Engineering:Masala consultorsPromoter:Predisib S.L.Contractor:Predisib S.L.Country:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Eugeni PonsRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. The order of the project is based on the construction of a single family house in the residential area of La Cerdera, Lleida. In this residential area predominates big surface plots (minimum 2000m2) with a composition of Ground Floor+1. Despite the big dimensions of the constructions, the design of the existing houses doesn’t allow them to get profit of the total surface of the garden. The aim of our proposal is to design at the ground floor level a house which permit us to extend over the plot and, at the same time, domesticate the exterior space by a sequence of roofs that are distributed from side to side of the garden.Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Eugeni PonsTo be able to reach these objectives, the different wings of the project create a central courtyard which let the proposal be organized around it. These autonomous wings are solved by zinc roofs and big glass facades helping us to delimitate the interior courtyard and to face the principal gardens of the plot (South garden and North garden). At the same time, we generate a sequence of transparencies that links all the interior activity with almost the whole exterior garden. The organization in different wings also allows us to differentiate the two sleeping areas that the clients asked for (family area – grandparent’s area). These two autonomous spaces interact with each other through the interior courtyard and through the living area that connect them (kitchen-dining room-living room).Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsSave this picture!Interior elevationsSave this picture!© Eugeni PonsThe materialization of the project has been carried out by a dry construction with metallic trusses, a sandwich panel with a considerable thermal performance and zinc finishing in slate colour (roof and facade from the height of the window’s lintel to the top). In the other hand, for the facade’s plinth and the pavement, a natural Quartzite stone has been used. It is a rocky finishing that helps us to generate a feeling of solidity to the proposal. This construction system has allowed us to reduce the execution period to 10 months and, at the same time, to link the zinc roof and part of the facade to the traditional constructions of the residential area. Most of them with a traditional slate stone roof.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaProject gallerySee allShow lessLatino Coelho Apartments / Manuel Tojal ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCommunity Center / NORD ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932885/casa-mj-alventosa-morell-arquitectes Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932885/casa-mj-alventosa-morell-arquitectes Clipboard Casa MJ / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes CopyAbout this officeAlventosa Morell ArquitectesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSpainPublished on February 07, 2020Cite: “Casa MJ / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes ” [Casa MJ / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes ] 07 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Projects Houses CopyAbout this officeAtelier Branco ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on August 10, 2020Cite: “Modico House / Atelier Branco Arquitetura” [Casa Modico / Atelier Branco Arquitetura] 10 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Two major apartment complexes here in Atlanta, Forest Cove and Darlington, are in the midst of detrimental change. Gentrification has been ravaging Atlanta, so the tenants have started organizing for their rights just to make living tolerable in these places.The Forest Cove apartment complex, located in Thomasville Heights, Atlanta, has been sold to the management company called Millennium. It is a predominantly African-American residence that has been neglected by the owners for years. Millennium has refused to make repairs to all areas of the apartments, from structural problems to plumbing and utilities like air conditioning.All the apartments have maintenance issues, like the second floor falling down into the first floor. The complex is surrounded by areas with no grass and sidewalks that are poorly maintained. In order to get from one side of the complex to the rental office, there are dirt paths through woods with no steps over the hills.When the complex was sold, Millennium claimed they would start doing repairs. Millennium started displacing the tenants with no promises that they could stay in the renovated apartments or that they could afford the rents. Millennium owners did beef up security in order to harass tenants, with the security staff obtaining gear that makes them look like SWAT teams.Forest Cove tenants have begun organizing for their rights. So far the owners refuse to meet with them.The other apartment complex, the Darlington, is a high-rise in the higher income part of town. The complex was built after World War II and has always been affordable, with a long waiting list of people wanting apartments there. Many people have lived there for years.Recently ownership changed, with the new owner cutting off air conditioning to the whole building, giving no notice or time for restoring it. This is a blatant maneuver to force longtime tenants out of the building. Several dozen tenants, many of whom are disabled or elderly, have held a rally demanding that their voices be heard by the new owners.Atlanta is undergoing a tremendous real estate boom with both condominium and commercial building going on at a hectic pace. The city’s plan contains nothing about building affordable housing for the residents of Atlanta.A bike and hiking trail built on a former rail line called the Beltline has been part of this building boom. Along the path there are new restaurants and bars, and the city has built parks for skateboarding and relaxing.Organizers with Atlanta’s Housing Justice League have been meeting with tenants in both these complexes to support their efforts to both remain in their homes and improve their living conditions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
On Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter were murdered by a special battalion of Salvadoran soldiers whose leadership was trained at the School of the Americas housed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga. This atrocity was just one of many being committed by the right-wing government against social justice movements in El Salvador.Nov. 17 march (Photo: SOA Watch)The 1989 massacre prompted the establishment of SOA Watch, a grassroots organization dedicated to exposing the role of the U.S. government in maintaining oligarchic structures throughout the region for the benefit of U.S. corporations. The following year the first march to shut down the School of the Assassins — as it is known in Latin America — was held at Ft. Benning. Over the past 30 years, tens and tens of thousands of people, many coming back year after year, have marched, sung and committed various acts of civil disobedience to bring attention to the criminal legacy of the SOA.This year, from Nov. 15 to 17, veterans of this struggle were joined by high school and college-age youth to continue the campaign to close the SOA. There were nightly vigils at the concertina-wired gates to Ft. Benning, a day-long series of panels and discussions, and the Sunday processional with the solemn intoning of the names and ages of victims killed in the violence instigated by SOA-trained military.The SOA, a military training facility founded in 1946 as part of the U.S. Cold War foreign policy to deter any threats to imperialist domination of the region, over the years established relationships with key figures in the armed forces of South and Central American countries.The list of SOA graduates who engaged in massacres, assassinations, torture and disappearances of Indigenous, union and community leaders, and who launched coups and became military dictators, is long. From El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, there is an SOA connection to the repression and brutality committed against the masses of people.The knowledge that at least seven leaders of the coup in Bolivia against democratically elected Indigenous President Evo Morales were SOA graduates — such as General Williams Kaliman Romero who trained at SOA in 2003 — underscored the continuing need to win the demand: “Close the SOA!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this