Hetherington exits as IG Group CEO

first_img This came after Green in August praised IG’s progress in the 2018 financial year, saying it was able to overcome “ongoing regulatory uncertainty” to post year-on-year growth. Hetherington exits as IG Group CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter People 27th September 2018 | By contenteditor Email Address IG Group (IG) has today (Thursday) confirmed that Peter Hetherington is to step down as CEO with immediate effect.Paul Mainwaring, who is currently chief financial officer at IG, will take on the additional role of interim CEO while the firm seeks a permanent replacement. Hetherington, who joined the company as a graduate in 1994 has held the CEO role since 2015, will assist with the transition to his successor until the end of the financial year.IG said it is seeking a new CEO with “wide global experience of the broader financial sector”, with the ability to develop the business using its “technology platform, geographic presence and product innovation as a base”.The company descibed Hetherington as “instrumental” in leading the firm through a period of “significant regulatory uncertainty”.Since Hetherington joined in 1994, IG has grown from a company employing less than 25 people with revenue of £16m (€17.9m/$21m), to a business that now has over 1,700 employees and revenue in excess of £550m. Earnings per share also increased 65% during his three years as CEO.Hetherington said: “There is a great deal of change underway in the retail trading industry and I have every confidence that this team will continue to drive the business forward successfully in the future.” IGG chairman Andy Green added: “Peter has been pivotal to the success of IG during his many years of service, particularly during the last three years during which he has successfully steered the company through an unprecedented period of regulatory uncertainty whilst delivering strong earnings and profits growth. “I particularly commend Peter for his strong ethical leadership of IG and his management of its recent performance. “The company will continue to focus on the delivery of its immediate priorities that Peter has set which the board believes are successfully positioning IG for its next stage of development.” Hetherington’s departure comes after IG earlier this month cited new regulations from the European Securities and Markets Authority as the main reason behind a drop in revenue during the first quarter of the fiscal year. IG also said it was impacted by lower levels of market volatility and highlighted that the corresponding three-month period of the previous year had been a record quarter. Topics: People Strategy Tags: Online Gambling CFO Paul Mainwaring to assume top job on an interim basis Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Wiggin European regulation round-up – March 2021

first_img Topics: Legal & compliance Licensing Regulation HUNGARYRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Only the state monopolies (Szerencsejáték Zrt. and Magyar Lóversenyfogadást-Szervezo Kft) and local concession companies can apply for a licence.Status: Amendments to Hungarian gambling law came into force on 1 October 2015 and allow only two land-based casinos to hold remote casino concessions. The regulator has since issued fines, a number of which have been challenged, against unlicensed operators that continue to target the market. In June 2017, the ECJ determined Hungary’s gambling regime to be incompatible with Article 56 TFEU. A subsequent ECJ decision in February 2018 ruled against the Hungarian requirement that online gambling operators must have a land-based licence to offer online gambling services to Hungarian citizens, further strengthening arguments that the current regime is incompatible with EU law. DENMARKRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, fantasy sports, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Licences for all gambling products are available to private operators save for lotteries, which are controlled by the state monopoly.Status: The Danish online gambling regime went live on 1 January 2012. ISP-blocking measures are active in the jurisdiction and the Danish Gaming Authority (DGA) has been granted an injunction to block operators and suppliers that have been targeting Danish customers without the requisite licence. As of 1 January 2020, licensed operators are required to ensure that customers have set deposit limits before they are allowed to gamble, although it is understood this applies to online casino only. The DGA introduced new marketing regulations, effective from 1 April 2020. On 1 January 2021, the rate of tax increased from 20% to 28% of GGR for online gambling activities. 2nd March 2021 | By contenteditor CROATIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider. Private operators can only be licensed to offer online gambling if they obtain a land-based casino or betting licence.Status: Attempts by the Ministry to update its gambling legislation have been subject to criticism in respect of EU incompatibility issues (including the requirement that only holders of land-based licences can offer online gambling). Regulatory reforms appear to have stalled in the country. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter BELGIUMRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider. However, online operators need to partner with a land-based licence holder in order to satisfy a local establishment requirement; alternatively, apply for one of the retail licences that can be extended to cover online.Status: There remain valid arguments that the existing regime is incompatible with Belgium’s EU Treaty obligations. Active enforcement measures against operators and players are in place. A mandatory, weekly deposit limit of €500 for all customers of licensed operators is in effect. A draft law to introduce an advertising and sponsorship ban has been submitted to parliament. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter LUXEMBOURGRegulated gambling products: Lottery.Operator type: Monopoly.Status: The general prohibition on gambling appears sufficiently wide to cover all forms of online gambling. CYPRUSRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery.Operator type: OPAP has a monopoly over lottery operations; betting licences are available to private operators.Status: Cyprus regulated online betting in July 2012, although a licensing regime was not established until 2016. ISPs are obliged to implement blocking measures to prohibit Cypriot residents from accessing unlicensed gambling websites. A betting law, which entered into force in March 2019, replaced the 2012 Betting Law. The provisions of the 2019 law are substantially the same, with minor amends introduced to address EU incompatibility concerns under the previous law (such as the requirement to have a local branch in order to obtain a betting licence). An overhaul to player protection measures has been proposed by the betting regulator. IRELANDRegulated gambling products: Online betting regulated since August 2015. Online gaming is not specifically accounted for in Ireland’s outdated legislation and as such is currently unregulated.Operator type: Private operators can apply for a betting licence.Status: Ireland has contemplated updating its legislation, which will create a comprehensive igaming regime, for some time. The Gambling Control Bill – the legislation which promises to specifically regulate online gambling – has been subject to continued delay and legislative progress is not expected in the short- to medium-term. Interim reform measures intended to modernise the regulation of gambling in Ireland entered into effect on 1 December 2020 and in February 2021 draft legislation was published which, if passed, would restrict most forms of gambling advertising. It is expected that an independent Irish gambling regulator will be established in 2021. ESTONIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Licences for all gambling products are available to private operators save for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly operator.Status: Operators seeking to accept business from players in Estonia must be issued an activity licence for the type of gambling they wish to offer, then an operating permit to provide the services online. A blacklist of operators is maintained and updated by local authorities and ISP and payment blocking is in force. Though some operators argue that the regime is still not compatible with EU law, no notification alleging incompatibility has been issued by the EC since the requirement for licensees to maintain servers in Estonia was removed. AUSTRIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Licences for sports betting and horse race betting are available for private operators on a regional basis within Austria, whereas poker, casino, bingo and lottery are controlled by the monopoly, Casinos Austria, which has exclusive rights until 2027.Status: The CJEU has held that the Austrian casino monopoly is incompatible with EU law in a number of cases, although national courts continue to reach conflicting decisions on the compatibility of Austria’s current gambling legislative framework with EU law and the position remains unclear. Wiggin European regulation round-up – March 2021 ITALYRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Fully regulated market, although lotteries are the subject of a state monopoly.Status: Remote gambling licences are granted within specific application windows. The last tender process for applications closed on 19 March 2018. AGCOM, the Italian communications regulator, recently issued its first sanction against an operator for violation of the advertising ban (introduced in 2018). New measures to combat unlicensed gambling, including payment blocking measures, entered into effect in October 2019. A new tax, which amounts to 0.5% on turnover, was introduced in 2020 on all bets on sporting events (including virtual sports) and is expected to remain in place until 31 December 2021. GERMANYRegulated gambling products: Schleswig-Holstein, a small northern-German state, regulates sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino and bingo. The other 15 states of Germany currently permit only sports betting and horse race betting, though online poker and virtual slots are currently ‘tolerated’ pending the implementation of a new regulatory regime.Operator type: Private operators can no longer obtain casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein under the existing regime, although S-H has approved legislation to reinstate existing licences until 2021 (with operations allowed to continue in the interim). S-H has also introduced a quasi-licensing regime for sports betting (intended to be of a transitional nature). In the other 15 states, horse race betting licences are available at a regional level. Sports betting licences can be applied for by private operators as of 1 January 2020. Operators that comply with the requirements of the toleration regime in place pending the introduction of legislation in 2021 may offer online poker and virtual slots until that time.Status: The main legal framework for gambling regulation in Germany has been the subject of much debate and has been heavily criticised by the EC and interested parties/states within Germany for a number of years. Discussions to reform the existing legislation resulted in the approval of the 3rd Amendment Treaty which entered into force on 1 January 2020. The 3rd Amendment Treaty removes the limit on the number of sports betting licences and re-introduces a sports betting licensing process. The ban on online casino remains in place, although there is an exception to the prohibition for S-H. On 12 March 2020, the German prime ministers approved the new Interstate Treaty on Gambling which proposes to bring new licensing options for private operators for online poker and virtual slots (although stringent restrictions, such as stake limits, are expected to be implemented). The Treaty, which has been notified to the EC and is scheduled to enter into force from 1 July 2021, has been approved by state leaders but still needs to be ratified by at least 13 of Germany’s 16 state parliaments by the end of April 2021in order to become law on the scheduled date (so far 4 states have ratified the Treaty). In October 2020 a toleration regime was introduced which permits operators to offer online poker and slots provided they comply with the toleration regime’s requirements and certain restrictions (such as stake limits). NETHERLANDSRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Monopoly for all products.Status: The Remote Gambling Bill, intended to introduce a new regime, was expected to enter into force on 1 January 2021, with a six-month window for licence applications; however a delay until 1 April 2021 is now anticipated. The Dutch regulator has published draft policy rules and licensing permit documentation in relation to the application process. It is understood that operators that have directly ‘targeted’ the Dutch market will face a 30-month cooling-off period before being eligible for a licence. Full implementation of a licensing regime is not expected until 1 October 2021. In the interim, the regulator is expected to continue to implement enforcement measures against operators targeting Dutch players. In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Rawa Kaftan of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Germany, Ireland, Poland and Sweden are among those updated for this edition. CZECH REPUBLICRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: EU and EEA-based operators are able to apply for licences.Status: The gambling regulatory regime, which entered into force in the Czech Republic on 1 January 2017, allows EU/EEA companies to enter the market. ISP-blocking measures are active in the jurisdiction. Tax rates reportedly increased to up to 30% of GGR for certain online gambling activities from January 2020. Regions: Europe UK & Ireland NORWAYRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery.Operator type: Online gambling is reserved for the two monopoly providers, Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto.Status: The monopoly has extended its offering to include live betting, online bingo and casino games in an attempt to redirect traffic from unlicensed sites. The Norwegian regulator continues to step up enforcement efforts against unregulated operators, local banks and payment service providers. The government has passed amendments to try and stem the flow of gambling supply from offshore, including enhanced enforcement powers to prevent gambling advertising from abroad. Expanded payment blocking provisions entered into effect on 1 January 2020. Draft legislation consolidating Norway’s various gambling laws is currently being considered. BULGARIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery (excluding raffles and instant lottery games).Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are to be reserved exclusively for the monopoly.Status: Any operator from an EU/EEA jurisdiction or the Swiss Confederation can apply for a licence. The Bulgarian regulator has awarded approximately 30 licences to date, including to a number of international operators. The government has adopted amendments to the country’s gambling legislation to establish a monopoly on lotteries in Bulgaria, with any existing lottery licences to be revoked with immediate effect following the amendment’s entry into force. ROMANIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Any operator from an EU/EEA jurisdiction or the Swiss Confederation can apply for a licence. Lottery games remain reserved for the monopoly.Status: The Gambling Law (as amended) introduced a legal framework for a fully regulated online gambling market and requires licences to be held by online gambling operators, as well as software providers, payment processors, affiliates and testing labs. The secondary legislation that fully implemented the new licensing regime came into force on 26 February 2016. The gambling regulator actively polices the regime and notifies ISPs to block blacklisted websites. A legislative proposal to further amend the Gambling Law was submitted to the Romanian Senate in September 2020. POLANDRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, casino and poker.Operator type: Betting licences are available for companies with a representative in Poland. Casino and poker are reserved for a state monopoly.Status: Legislation enacted on 1 January 2012 permits betting. Online gaming (including poker) is no longer prohibited as of 1 April 2017, although the exclusive rights to offer such products are reserved for a state monopoly. Provisions that provide for the establishment of a blacklist of unlicensed operators and ISP and payment blocking came into force on 1 July 2017 and in February amendments to such provisions were the subject of parliamentary debate. The blacklist contains more than 1,000 domain names.  SLOVAKIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Private operators can apply for licences for online casino and for sports betting licences. Lottery and bingo remain reserved for the monopoly provider.Status: The Gambling Law came into force on 1 March 2019. The Gambling Law allows private operators outside of Slovakia to apply for licences for sports betting and casino, although sports betting licences did not take effect until 1 July 2020. Wiggin is a law firm dedicated to supporting the media, entertainment and gaming sectors. Its market-leading betting and gaming group provides specialist legal services to an array of gambling industry stakeholders. We advise many of the world’s leading gambling operators and suppliers and also enjoy helping entrepreneurial, interactive start-up businesses. If you’d like to hear more, contact us at [email protected] Email Address GREECERegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery.Operator type: All products are exclusively reserved for the monopoly providers pending the implementation of an open licensing regime, although certain private operators are permitted to operate on a transitional basis.Status: In 2012, a ‘transition period’ commenced, whereby the Greek government granted 24 transitional licences to operators, enabling them to provide services to Greek residents. Legislation, which introduced an open licensing regime for online betting and “other online games”, including casino and poker, entered into force on 30 October 2019. However, the regulations implementing the new legal regime were not published until August 2020. Operators holding a transitional licence may continue to offer services until a decision is made to grant a permanent licence (provided also a further application was submitted prior to 6 September 2020). The opening of the new online market is currently expected in the first half of 2021. FRANCERegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Private operators can obtain online licences for sports betting, horse race betting and poker. The monopoly has exclusive rights to bingo and lottery.Status: A regulated market since the introduction of a licensing regime in 2010, following which the EC withdrew its infringement proceedings. A new regulatory authority, L’autorité Nationale des Jeux, took over from ARJEL in June 2020. Responsible gambling advice has been issued to operators and players during the Covid-19 crisis, with a warning against using bonuses to attract new players to poker. SLOVENIARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Online gambling must be operated by land-based casinos or lotteries and, as a result, only the monopoly holds online licences in Slovenia.Status: The requirement that only land-based Slovenian operators are eligible for licences is considered by certain industry stakeholders to be incompatible with EU law. Draft amendments to the Gaming Act were published in 2015, which aimed to remove the current local establishment requirement. However, the proposal does not appear to have been submitted to parliament to date. Whether any proposed amendments will ultimately introduce an open licensing system remains unclear. GREAT BRITAINRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: All licences are available to private operators save for lottery, which is reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider, Camelot.Status: Any operator that transacts with, or advertises to, British residents requires a licence from the Gambling Commission (GC). Licensed operators are required to source gambling software from GC-licensed businesses. In December 2020, the government launched a “major and wide-ranging” review into the current gambling legislation in Great Britain. SWEDENRegulated gambling products: Betting (including sports, horse race, pool, exchanges), casino, poker, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Licences are available for private operators.Status: As of 1 January 2019, Sweden is a fully regulated market. All gambling operators that wish to offer their services to Swedish residents will be required to obtain a licence in order to validly do so (either a ‘betting’ licence or a ‘commercial online games’ licence, depending on the product(s) being offered). Active enforcement measures are in place. Temporary regulations, which were introduced on 2 July 2020 in response to the Covid-19 crisis, restrict, among other things, deposit and loss limits (applicable to casino only) and total login time. The measures were due to be lifted by the end of 2020 but in December 2020 the Swedish government decided to extend the restrictions until at least the end of June 2021. In January 2021, the Swedish government opened a consultation on certain proposals, such as the prohibition of gambling advertising between 6am to 9pm and the introduction of a B2B licensing regime.   MALTARegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Private operators can apply for a local licence (except for lottery products).Status: In 2018, Malta approved a new Gaming Act that replaced all existing gaming legislation with a single piece of legislation, supplemented by secondary legislation. The Gaming Act, with directives and regulations, became effective on 1 August 2018. Legal & compliance SPAINRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Private operators can apply for licences for all gambling products save for lottery.Status: Operators must hold a general licence and a specific licence, both issued by the National Gambling Commission, for each activity. Remote gambling licences are granted within specific application windows. The last tender process for applications closed on 18 December 2018. In November 2020, Spain introduced significant restrictions on gambling advertising, sports sponsorship and welcome bonuses.  FINLANDRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: All gambling products are under the exclusive control of monopoly provider Veikkaus Oy.Status: Despite the existence of a national monopoly, EC enforcement action was dropped subsequent to various changes to Finnish laws. Active enforcement measures are in place (restrictive marketing for offshore operators in particular) and the government is exploring measures to further restrict the offshore supply of gambling services. In January 2021, the government opened a consultation on a number of proposals to reform Finland’s gambling legislation. It is expected that the finalised proposals will be debated in parliament in summer 2021. PORTUGALRegulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery.Operator type: Any EU/EEA operator can apply to be granted a licence for online gambling. Lottery games and land-based fixed-odds sports betting remain reserved for a monopoly.Status: A regulated market since 2015. Although operators can apply for licences, their Portuguese revenue streams are subject to comparatively high tax rates, particularly in sports betting. Portugal’s 2020 Budget will implement changes to the current taxation rates applicable to selected gambling products offered online. last_img read more

Fortune Jungle by R Franco Digital

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Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services and insurance group providing products and services to clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. The company offers a diverse range of products for transactional banking as well as a full service offering for mortgages, asset financing and an insurance premium finance facility. Its treasury services include spot and forward foreign exchange transactions, cross currency swaps and deals, fixed income securities, corporate bonds, fixed income securities, structured treasury products and money market products. Its trade finance services include letters of credit, documentary and clean collections, negotiation of export bills, suppliers credit financing and bank guarantees. Formerly known as Diamond Trust of Kenya, the company changed its name to Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited in 1997. Its head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

European Champions Cup: five epic clashes

first_imgThere’s been no shortage of drama since back-to-back fixtures were introduced in 2001-02, as this trip down memory lane shows… French fancy: Quins pulled off back-to-back wins over Stade ROUNDS THREE and four of Europe’s elite club competition sees teams play the same opponents in successive weeks – so it’s a chance to either turn the tables or hammer home your advantage. As the European Champions Cup returns this weekend, here are five double meetings that set the tournament alight…2008-09: Grit over glamourRound 3: Stade Français 10-15 HarlequinsRound 4: Harlequins 19-17 Stade FrançaisCan anything top the pulsating 2008 games between these two colourful capital teams? The Pool Four encounters showed European rugby in its full glory, the first meeting at the Stade de France taking place to a backdrop of cancan girls and jousting knights in front of nearly 80,000 people – a record for a pool match.With Danny Care at his impish best, Quins scored early tries through Tom Williams and Jordan Turner-Hall and then hung on defiantly to win 15-10.Conditions were in stark contrast at the Stoop a week later, torrential rain necessitating a pitch inspection.Fun at the fair: fans enjoyed jousting at the Stade de FranceAfter a ding-dong battle in the mud, Quins trailed by a point as they enacted the final play. There followed 29 nerve-racking phases over four-and-a-half minutes as Quins strove to engineer a drop-goal chance for Nick Evans.It was a huge ask on such a surface but the fly-half finally had a crack from 25 metres and the kick wobbled over the bar.“It was probably the ugliest drop-kick I’ve kicked in my life but it doesn’t matter if it goes over,” said Evans, who was mobbed by ecstatic team-mates.Quins qualified as top seeds and advanced to a match that gained notoriety – the Bloodgate quarter-final against Leinster.2003-04: Wasps show warrior spiritRound 3: Wasps 9-14 Celtic WarriorsRound 4: Celtic Warriors 12-17 WaspsCeltic Warriors, the forgotten fifth region of Welsh rugby, endured a short life but they certainly made their mark. The Heineken Cup (as it was called then) kicked off later in 2003-04 because of the World Cup and in January the Warriors travelled to a powerful Wasps team boasting four English world champions.In filthy conditions, the visitors bottled up Lawrence Dallaglio and Rob Howley and struck a decisive blow on 74 minutes when Tonga wing Aisea Havii touched down a grubber kick in the corner. Warriors won 14-9, the “most memorable win in our short history,” said coach Lynn Howells.Stung: Wasps went on to win the Heineken Cup in 2004Man of the Match that day was Richard Parks and he and his team-mates had another mountain to climb in the return Pool Six fixture five days later. The Brewery Field was full to the rafters, the kick-off being delayed by the pressures of a 10,000 crowd, but two key figures were missing – Warriors’ injured locks Brent Cobain and Rob Sidoli. Without them, the Welsh side had no lineout ball to speak of and went down 17-12.Within six months, Wasps had won the Heineken Cup for the first time while the cash-strapped Warriors had been liquidated by the WRU.2009-10: Silencing the criticsRound 3: Munster 24-23 PerpignanRound 4: Perpignan 14-37 MunsterLast-gasp wins are something of a Munster specialty in Europe – just take last year’s 18-17 win at Perpignan when JJ Hanrahan ghosted down the touchline with the clock showing red.It was a familiar feeling for the French side, who were on the end a typical Munster one-two five years ago. Munster were under fire at the time, accused of being over the hill, but Ronan O’Gara’s seven penalties and drop-goal saw them edge home 24-23 in the third-round Pool One tie at Thomond Park. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Top trumps: Munster pulled off back-to-back wins against PerpignanPerpignan, however, were a fearsome prospect on home soil, having won 16 consecutive home games in the Heineken Cup, and 23 in all competitions. So a week later they were stunned by the ferocity of Paul O’Connell and the Munster pack, who laid the foundations for a 37-14 four-try roasting, Denis Fogarty, Denis Hurley, Jean de Villiers and Doug Howlett all touching down.Coach Tony McGahan described it as “one of the greatest away wins in Munster’s history” and no one has really underestimated Munster since.2013-14: Embarrassment to richesRound 3: Northampton 7-40 LeinsterRound 4: Leinster 9-18 NorthamptonLeinster’s 33-22 final triumph of 2011 remains the most sensational comeback in Heineken Cup history, and their victims that day, Northampton, scented revenge when the Irish province came calling last December.Saints were unbeaten at Franklin’s Gardens but walked in at half-time shell-shocked as Leinster scored four tries to lead the Pool One clash 26-0. Brian O’Driscoll set up the first two scores with a deft grubber and through-the-legs pass, and he later awarded himself 8.5 out of 10 for his performance – and he was his harshest critic.It finished 40-7, Luke Fitzgerald scoring a hat-trick, and no one argued with Saints boss Jim Mallinder when he labelled it “embarrassing”.Sweet revenge: Saints shocked Leinster in DublinA week later the English high-flyers had the chance to right the wrongs. They moved George North to centre to give O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy something different to think about, and deployed Samu Manoa’s physicality in the back row. Christian Day was introduced at lock in a bid to dictate the lineout.It was a tactical masterclass, tries by North and Jamie Elliott giving Saints an 18-9 victory that split the group open. “Remarkable what a 40-point hiding can do for you,” wrote Michael Aylwin in The Guardian.In the event, Northampton just missed out on the knockout stages but this win provided the belief and impetus for a dream double of Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup.2006-07: Scarlet feverRound 3: Llanelli Scarlets 20-19 ToulouseRound 4: Toulouse 34-41 Llanelli ScarletsIt’s eight years since Toulouse, the four-time European champions, failed to progress to the quarter-finals and few from Llanelli will forget it.The first of the teams’ back-to-back Pool Five dates in 2006 was dramatic enough, with Stradey Park erupting after Simon Easterby’s late try, converted by Stephen Jones, clinched a 20-19 success over the French aristocrats.In the red: Scarlets stopped Toulouse progressing to the QFsThat was merely the hors-d’oeuvre. The following week the Scarlets pulled off arguably the competition’s greatest triumph when they responded to a 31-10 deficit with an enthralling, never-say-die brio.Darren Daniel and Barry Davies crossed in quick succession, and when wing Daniel pounced on a loose ball on 66 minutes, Jones converting from out wide, incredibly Scarlets were level.Yet the best was still to come. Jones dropped back for a monster drop-goal attempt, only to outwit the Toulouse chasers by instead passing to Regan King. The Kiwi centre, provider of Dafydd James’s first-half try, carved through the blind-side defence and popped the ball to Nathan Thomas for the winning score.“We’ve tried to instil in our players that they should have a go with ball in hand,” said Scarlets DoR Phil Davies, “and that approach was never more evident than on this occasion.” His side was to bow out in the semi-finals.Click here to see a video of some of the Heineken Cup’s funniest moments!last_img read more

Anglicans urged to carbon-fast for Lent

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Anglicans urged to carbon-fast for Lent Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN) is encouraging Christians around the world to take part in a “carbon-fast” this Lent.The network is calling on Anglicans to take a deeper challenge than fasting from coffee, alcohol or chocolates this Lent, by reducing the use of carbon based fuels on which we all depend.“We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another,” the group says on its website, adding: “I can change the world a little in 40 days, but I can change myself a lot!”For each week during Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday on March 5 to the Saturday before Holy Week on April 12, the network has developed themed materials to focus on “a time of reflection and action.”Under the headings, “Stuff,” “Water,” “Energy and Mobility,” “Food Production,” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Fix,” there is a prayer, a resource to read or watch, actions to take as an individual, some suggestions of community actions you can take, and something you can consider doing to “change the system.”The network is also asking people to share the initiative using social media, and has produced cover photos and profile pix that people can use on Facebook.More details are available at carbonfast2014.wordpress.com or facebook.com/greenanglicans. ken gray says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ February 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm It sounds like you have achieved a great outcome concerning energy use and distribution. Well done, an inspiration to others. 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Let’s all encourage one another to do this. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

Anglican archbishop calls for prayer, dialogue amid political upheaval in…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Africa, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Faith & Politics Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Anglican Communion News Service] Church leaders from Zimbabwe, central Africa and Europe have been commenting on the ongoing political situation in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest.In a pastoral letter Nov. 16, Archbishop of Central Africa Albert Chama echoed the call for prayer and dialogue that was issued a dat earlier by the Heads of Christian Denominations in Zimbabwe. “This sad situation needs more than a political solution. It also needs all people of faith to pray and all citizens to engage in dialogue for the sake of peace and stability in Zimbabwe,” said Chama, who is also the chair of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.Read the full article here. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Anglican Communion, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Posted Nov 16, 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Anglican archbishop calls for prayer, dialogue amid political upheaval in Zimbabwe Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

Explorer scheme incentivises volunteering for money off expeditions

first_img Tagged with: bursary Funding Volunteering Explorer scheme incentivises volunteering for money off expeditions  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 British Exploring Society has opened its 2019 Explorer Miles bursary scheme for new applications, with expeditions part funded by a £50,000 anonymous corporate donation.The Explorer Miles Scheme lets young people between the ages of 14 and 25 earn credits for money off expeditions by volunteering with summer 2019 expeditions planned to the Indian Himalaya, the Peruvian Amazon and the Canadian Yukon. The programme is also led and delivered by professional volunteers.Under British Exploring Society’s 2019 Explorer Miles scheme, young people can earn credits up to a maximum expedition value of £1000 for 100 hours of volunteering, funded by the donation. Explorer Miles volunteering can take many forms with Young Explorers in 2017 and 2018 working in charity shops, making bread in community bakeries, mucking out rare breed animal sanctuaries and spending time with patients in respite care homes. On the expeditions, the Young Explorers face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves as well as acquiring knowledge relevant to their lives and to the environments they explore. The programmes include a strong focus on scientific education and research, and 11,000 young people have gone on these expeditions so far.To be considered for the programme, applicants must explain how many hours they pledge to volunteer, why taking part in Explorer Miles volunteering/social action will make a positive difference to them and why the Society should include them in the scheme, as well as how financial support from Explorer Miles will help them make the most of their time on the expedition programme and what they are hoping to get out of their experience with British Exploring Society.Honor Wilson-Fletcher, CEO of British Exploring Society, said:“We have two main aims with our Explorer Miles scheme. Firstly, to make our expeditions as accessible as possible. Secondly, to ensure that everyone who joins us on expedition acquires as many skills for life as they can with us. The positive learning gained from volunteering at home is a fantastic start.’’  191 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 4 February 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

BCAP Funds Announced for Additional Non-Food Energy Crop Production

first_imgHome Energy BCAP Funds Announced for Additional Non-Food Energy Crop Production SHARE U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced nearly 10-million dollars in funding for the creation of new Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas in New York and North Carolina – and the expansion of an established project area in Arkansas. USDA says this announcement provides the opportunity to expand non-food, energy crops used in the manufacturing of liquid biofuels and to help meet state mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards. According to Vilsack – these projects are the foundation for an even stronger energy future in rural America. Because energy crops are perennial and take time to mature before harvest – Vilsack says BCAP is designed to sufficient quantities of feedstock are available to meet future demand. Most importantly – the Secretary notes these crops can grow where other crops cannot – providing farmers with new opportunities to diversify into more markets.BCAP was created in the 2008 Farm Bill. The program helps farmers and forest landowners with start-up costs of planting new energy crops. It is the only federal program that ensures sufficient biomass is available to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil, improve domestic energy security, reduce pollution and spur rural economic development and job creation.More than four-thousand acres of Freedom® Giant Miscanthus and switch grass will be grown in the North Carolina project area. The crop production will support a cellulosic biorefinery with an expected annual production of 20-million gallons of bioethanol and downstream sustainable chemicals – as well as onsite biogas for power generation. It’s expected this project will create 65 direct jobs and 250 indirect jobs. The second new project area will help meet New York’s goal of sourcing 24-percent of electric and power generation from renewables by next year. This project area seeks to enroll up to 35-hundred acres in fast growing shrub willow to generate more than 100 megawatts of electricity. Industry estimates are that this will create 144 jobs.Source: NAFB News Service BCAP Funds Announced for Additional Non-Food Energy Crop Production By Andy Eubank – Jun 13, 2012 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleSome Proposed Farm Bill Amendments Open Can of WormsNext articleGlobal Food Companies Get Look at Farmer Sustainability Efforts Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Big 12 conference championship game a possibility

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby participates in a broadcast interview at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Facebook Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ + posts Previous articleFort Worth residents dream big about hitting the $1.5B Powerball jackpotNext articleStock show to ban Confederate flag, allow open carrying Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Linkedin Twitter Grant McGalliard ReddIt Facebook Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Twitter printBig 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that the NCAA Division 1 Legislative Council will allow conferences without 12 members to hold a championship game.The Big 12, which includes TCU, is one of these conferences. Previously, the conference champion was determined by conference win/loss record.This led to several controversies, including during the 2014 season when Baylor and TCU finished with identical 8-1 records and were declared “Co-Champions,” even though the Big 12 had previously used the slogan “One True Champion” in advertisements.The council’s decision stipulated that conferences choosing to have a championship game must play a complete round-robin schedule, meaning that each team must play every other team in the conference during the regular season.The motion passed despite the objections of the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken.Before today, speculation swirled that the Big 12 may have sought to expand by adding two teams in order to have a conference championship game.Bowlsby said that he was pleased with the council’s decision in a statement released on the Big 12’s official site.“I appreciate that what was acted upon today takes into account our unique 10-team, full round-robin scheduling model,” Bowlsby said.However, Bowlsby cautioned that the ruling does not necessarily mean that the Big 12 will adjust its policy.“This vote does not automatically mean the Big 12 will implement a football championship game,” Bowlsby said. “Our membership will continue to analyze its pros and cons, as we now know the requirements should we decide to go down that path.” Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissallast_img read more