Rentokil full-year profit higher than expected

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Pest control and cleaning firm Rentokil posted a 15 per cent rise in full-year pretax profit and said it will focus on improving its struggling City Link business in 2011.The company, which provides textiles and washrooms services, parcel deliveries and tropical plants, said on Friday adjusted pretax profit had risen to £192.3m after strong performances in pest control and facilities services, as well as in the Asia Pacific region.A consensus forecast supplied by the company said it had expected Rentokil Initial to post full-year pretax profit of £193mRentokil said courier service City Link’s structural issues were largely resolved but its poor operational performance was compounded by cold weather conditions that hit Britain over Christmas.The company also said Benelux’s poor performance had been impacted by weak operational control and severe price competition.Rentokil said in order to improve performance at City Link, whose managing director Stuart Godman resigned in December, it would implement a turnaround plan which included investing in customer care, increasing the number of employed drivers and making cost savings of £60m.“City Link’s operational inefficiencies are expected to be addressed by October 2011 but financial delivery will be weak until then,” said Rentokil chief executive Alan Brown in a statement.Shares in the company closed at 98 pence on Thursday, down nearly 17 per cent from a year ago, giving the business a valuation of around £1.8bn. John Dunne Friday 18 February 2011 3:26 am whatsapp Rentokil full-year profit higher than expected Tags: NULLlast_img read more

MA Senate removes betting from economic development bill

first_img Massachusetts’ Senate has removed language to regulate sports betting from an economic development omnibus bill, potentially dashing hopes for legalization in 2020. Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting 30th July 2020 | By contenteditor Massachusetts’ Senate has removed language to regulate sports betting from an economic development omnibus bill, potentially dashing hopes for legalization in 2020.Sponsored by the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, H.4879 was put forward as an act designed to enable “partnerships for growth” in the state, setting out a host of proposed measures.Among these was a section on sports betting, under which wagering in-person, on mobile and online would have been permitted in the state.Though the House of Representatives cleared an amended version of the bill, the Senate yesterday (July 29) voted to replace the renumbered H.4887 with amendment S.2842, which removed the section on sports betting, as well as other measures.Several amendments were put forward by members of the Senate in an effort to keep sports betting as part of the bill, including by Senator Bruce Tarr, but this was rejected by the Senate. Two other amendments were withdrawn before going to a vote.As such, amendment S.2842 was passed unanimously, without any language related to legal sports betting. It will return to the House for concurrence, but if any further changes were to be made, it would then return to the Senate before the bill can progress forward to the Governor.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Massachusettscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter MA Senate removes betting from economic development bill Email Addresslast_img read more

1 US growth stock I’d buy over Tesla

first_img Edward Sheldon owns shares in Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Hargreaves Lansdown. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Microsoft, and Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Tesla Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is one of the most popular stocks in the world right now. Here in the UK, Tesla is currently the most owned stock on the Trading 212 platform. Meanwhile, on Hargreaves Lansdown, it’s consistently been one of the most bought stocks in recent months.Tesla stock: investors love itI can see why the Tesla stock is popular. For starters, the brand is the undisputed leader in the electric vehicle (EV) industry at present. This industry is set for massive growth in the years ahead as it’s still in its infancy. This growth should provide tailwinds for Tesla.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…Secondly, its car sales are expanding rapidly. Last year, the group delivered 499,950 vehicles. That represents a 36% increase on the number of cars delivered in 2019. The company is currently building new factories in Austin, Texas, and Brandenburg, Germany, in an effort to boost production and sales volume.Third, the company has an influential leader in Elon Musk. He has an incredible track record when it comes to growth ventures.Having said all that, I just can’t bring myself to buy Tesla stock at the current valuation. With a market capitalisation of $766bn, the company is valued at around $1.5m per car sold. Meanwhile, the stock sports a forward-looking price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 16 and a forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E ratio) of around 190. These valuations are just too high for me.Given that competition in the EV space is heating up, I see Tesla stock as too risky for my portfolio right now.I’d buy this US growth stockSo I’m looking elsewhere and one US growth stock I’d be happy to buy for my portfolio today is Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG). It’s the parent company of Google and YouTube.I’m bullish on Alphabet for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s one of the most dominant players in the digital advertising space. The online advertising market is expected to be worth $980bn by 2025, up from $304bn in 2019. This long-term growth should benefit the company.Secondly, I’m excited about the long-term growth prospects for YouTube. In recent years, this platform has evolved into an entertainment powerhouse. In Q4 2020, YouTube ad revenue rocketed 46% to $6.9bn.Third, Alphabet is a major player in the cloud computing industry. Last year, cloud revenues rose 46% to $13bn.Finally, Alphabet is a big player in the autonomous vehicle space through its Waymo subsidiary. It’s early days here, but the prospects look very exciting.Now, Alphabet sports a huge market-cap itself. Currently, the company is worth around $1.4trn. Yet here’s the thing. Sales and earnings per share are expected to come in at $225bn and $69 respectively this year.This means the stock’s forward-looking P/S ratio is about 6.5 while the forward-looking P/E ratio is about 31. These ratios are still high – meaning there’s valuation risk. But, in my view, they’re much more reasonable than those of Tesla stock.Aside from the valuation risk, there’s also risk associated with regulation. Major regulators are targeting big tech at present and this adds uncertainty to the investment case. It’s also worth noting the cloud industry is highly competitive. Alphabet faces competition from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft.Overall, however, I think the long-term risk/reward proposition is attractive. I see this growth stock as a safer bet for my portfolio than Tesla stock. Enter Your Email Address 1 US growth stock I’d buy over Tesla 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.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 18th February, 2021 | More on: GOOG TSLA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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 would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian pounding the Florida coast

first_img(INTERACTIVE: Current Radar, Satellite) Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 At a GlanceDorian’s outer rainbands are lashing central Florida’s east coast and southeast Georgia.Coastal flooding and beach erosion has already occurred along the east coast of Florida.Hurricane and storm surge warnings are posted from Florida’s east coast to eastern North Carolina.Conditions will worsen along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday.Peak impacts will arrive in North Carolina and southeastern Virginia Thursday into Friday.Dorian could then strike Atlantic Canada as a post-tropical storm this weekend. Water levels were 3 inches over the seawall at Palm Coast Wednesday morning.Major beach erosion has also been reported in Vero Beach, according to WKMG-TV. Flooding of streets and parking lots was reported on barrier islands near Ft. Pierce at high tide just after midnight early Wednesday.Outer rainbands continue to wrap into Florida and southeast Georgia, and will increasingly do so near the coasts of the Carolinas. Along with heavy rain and stronger winds gusts, rotating cells within these bands are capable of spawning short-lived, fast-moving tornadoes. Dorian’s wind field has now grown larger, despite its somewhat lower winds. Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) now extend up to 175 miles from the eye, while hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) extend up to 60 miles from the eye.Sustained tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) arrived at Juno Beach, Florida, Monday afternoon and continue along parts of the northeast Florida coast, with gusts topping 60 mph at times.In central Florida, Indian River reported a sustained wind of 40 mph with a gust of 51 mph Tuesday evening. A 69-mph wind gust was clocked at New Smyrna Beach early Wednesday morning. The Anatomy of Fear Rainfall Outlook(This should be interpreted as a broad outlook of where the heaviest rain may fall. Higher amounts may occur where bands or clusters of thunderstorms stall for over a period of a few hours.) The high-tide times corresponding to peak storm surge from Dorian are:-Mayport, Florida: 1:40 p.m. Wednesday-Fort Pulaski, Georgia: 1:10 p.m. Wednesday and 1:24 a.m. Thursday-Charleston, South Carolina: 1:11 a.m. Thursday-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: 12:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday-Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: 1:10 p.m. Thursday-Oregon Inlet, North Carolina: 2:59 p.m. Friday and 3:39 a.m. Saturday (sound side flood threat)-Norfolk (Sewell’s Point), Virginia: 4:04 p.m. FridayThe storm tide at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, Wednesday is expected to reach a level exceeded only by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, inundating highway 80 between Savannah and Tybee Island, some low-lying sections of Savannah, and other areas along the Georgia coast.Charleston, South Carolina, will experience impactful flooding from two high tides, early Wednesday afternoon, and a peak around 1 a.m. Thursday. This overnight storm tide may exceed the peak reached during Hurricane Irma (9.92 feet) by several inches, but will remain over 2 feet below the record storm tide from Hurricane Hugo 30 years ago.WindsThe worst wind impacts will occur within the hurricane’s eyewall, assuming any part of it affects land, which is still uncertain.Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) will arrive along the coast well ahead of Dorian’s closest pass, making preparations difficult.Use the times listed below as the time you need have preparations completed. Storm-Surge Forecast(From the National Hurricane Center.) Current Radar, Watches and Warnings(Watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.) Watches and Warnings(A watch is issued when tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning is issued when those conditions are expected within 36 hours.) You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 3799:11 AM – Sep 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 204 people are talking about this Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Dorian’s maximum winds have backed off from Sunday’s peak, currently a Category 2hurricane. Regardless, Dorian will have significant, damaging impacts near and along the Southeast coast through Friday. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Below is the latest on Dorian’s timing and what we know about potential forecast impacts right now.Dorian’s Forecast TimingWednesday: Dorian will move north-northwest off the coasts of northeast Florida and Georgia. Coastal flooding will worsen along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, particularly at high tide. Battering waves will lead to beach erosion as large swells impact the coast up to North Carolina. Damaging winds are possible in the hurricane-warned areas in Florida, and possible in hurricane-warned areas of the Carolinas by night. Local rainfall flooding is also a threat.Thursday: The center of Dorian is expected to pass near the South Carolina coast. A landfall of the center in South Carolina can’t be ruled out, which would bring the most damaging winds and storm-surge flooding. However, these impacts will also occur even if Dorian’s center does not make a landfall. Heavy rain will also lead to flooding in this area. Coastal flooding, wind and rain flooding will worsen in eastern North Carolina, especially in southeast North Carolina, but will also spread to the Virginia Tidewater and the southern Delmarva Peninsula Thursday night.Friday: Dorian’s center will track near, if not make a landfall over, eastern North Carolina bringing storm surge flooding, potentially damaging winds and flooding rain as far north as southeast Virginia. By Friday night, the center of Dorian will move into the Atlantic Ocean, with improving conditions in North Carolina and southeast Virginia.Saturday: Dorian may track close enough to bring a period of rain and some wind to southeast New England before it quickly races toward parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later in the weekend.(MORE: Potential Northeast Impacts From Dorian) Projected Path(The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of Dorian. It’s important to note that impacts – heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding and winds – with any tropical cyclone usually spread beyond its forecast path.) Rainfall Flood ThreatHere are the latest rainfall projections from the National Hurricane Center and NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center:-Coastal South Carolina and North Carolina: 5 to 10 inches, locally up to 15 inches.-Near the Atlantic coast from northeast Florida through Georgia: 3 to 6 inches, locally up to 9 inches-Southeast Virginia: 3 to 6 inchesWater piling onshore from storm surge won’t allow rain-swollen rivers and streams to drain normally for some time before, during and shortly after the closest pass of Dorian’s center. This will backup these rivers and streams upstream. Current Winds Current Storm Status(The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.) Chance and Likely Timing of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds(Tropical-storm-force winds are winds of at least 39 mph.) Hurricane Dorian Track History Jim [email protected] Dorian’s Storm Surge, Wind and Rain ImpactsDorian will be a dangerous hurricane with significant impacts along the Southeast coast, with a track similar to Matthew in 2016, a $10 billion hurricane disaster.(MORE: Why Dorian Will Likely Be a Retired Hurricane Name)Storm SurgeLarger swells and battering waves generated by Dorian will spread northward and increase along the Southeast coast from eastern Florida to North Carolina and will persist for several days.This will lead to increasing beach erosion and coastal flooding, particularly around times of high tides, which are generally an hour or so before or after midday and midnight.These impacts will occur regardless of how close Dorian’s center tracks or whether it ever moves ashore in any part of Georgia or the Carolinas.(MAS: Dorian en Español)The National Hurricane Center says water could reach the following heights above ground level if the peak surge coincides with high tide.-Isle of Palms to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: 5 to 8 feet-Savannah River (at the border between Georgia and South Carolina) to Isle of Palms, South Carolina: 4 to 7 feet-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina: 4 to 7 feet-Cape Lookout, North Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico rivers: 4 to 6 feet-Volusia/Brevard County line in Florida to the Savannah River: 3 to 5 feet-Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to the Volusia/Brevard County line in Florida: 2 to 4 feet-Duck, North Carolina, to Poquoson, Virginia, including Hampton Roads: 2 to 4 feetThis storm-surge forecast may change slightly depending on how close Dorian tracks to the Southeast coast.(MAP: Potential Storm-Surge Inundation) Watches and WarningsHere is a rundown of the current watches and warnings, according to the National Hurricane Center:Storm Surge Warning–Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Surf City, North Carolina-This includes Daytona Beach, Florida; Jacksonville Beach, Florida; St. Simons Island, Georgia; Tybee Island, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Wilmington, North Carolina.-A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, within the warning area during the next 36 hours. If you live in an area prone to storm surge, be sure to follow the advice of local officials if evacuations are ordered.Storm Surge Watch–North of Surf City, North Carolina, to Poquoson, Virginia, including Hampton Roads-Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of eastern North Carolina-This includes North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia.-A storm surge watch means that a life-threatening inundation is possible within the watch area during the next 48 hours.Hurricane warning-Volusia/Brevard County line, Florida, to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida-The entire South Carolina coast to Surf City, North Carolina-This includes Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Wilmington, North Carolina.-A hurricane warning means hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are either already occurring or expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.Hurricane watch-North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to the Savannah River at the border between Georgia and South Carolina-North of Surf City, North Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border-Albemarle and Pamlico sounds in eastern North Carolina-This watch includes Savannah, Georgia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.-A hurricane watch means hurricane-force winds are possible within the watch area. It is generally posted 48 hours before the first tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected.Tropical storm warning-Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to the Volusia/Brevard County line, Florida-North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to the Savannah River at the border between Georgia and South Carolina-This warning also extends inland, including the Jacksonville and Orlando metro areas, as well as other inland locations in eastern Georgia, eastern South Carolina and southeast North Carolina.-A tropical storm warning means tropical-storm-force winds (at least 39 mph) are expected within 36 hours.Tropical storm watch-The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague, Virginia-Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward-This includes Norfolk, Virginia, and other inland location of southeast Virginia and eastern North Carolina.-A tropical storm watch means tropical-storm-force winds are possible within 48 hours. Homes along MacArthur Boulevard on Hutchinson Island dealing with damage from the ocean waves created by #Dorian. This occurred last night at high tide. Next hide tide around 3pm today. Expect more issues and water rise along waterways in Martin County. Check back to for the latest on Hurricane Dorian.Dorian’s Historic Landfalls in the Northwest BahamasDorian was upgraded to Category 5 status Sunday morning.Dorian became the first hurricane of that intensity to make landfall on Grand Bahama Island, after first making a pair of landfalls in the Abacos Islands of the northwestern Bahamas earlier in the day.Maximum sustained winds topped out at 185 mph on Sunday, putting Dorian in a tie for the second-highest sustained wind speed among all Atlantic hurricanes. It also tied the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys as the strongest landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.(MORE: The Rarity of Category 5 Hurricanes)According to Robert Rohde, lead scientist at Berkeley Earth, while over the northwestern Bahamas, Dorian was also the slowest-moving major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) on record in the Atlantic Basin, crawling at just 1 to 2 mph averaged over a 24-hour period.Dorian’s eyewall finally moved away from Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday afternoon after pummeling the island for 41 straight hours since Sunday night with destructive winds and catastrophic storm-surge flooding. Settlement Point, Grand Bahama, reported a sustained wind of 61 mph with a gust to 82 mph Monday evening.This intense hurricane lashed the northwestern Bahamas for more than 48 hours since first beginning its siege on the Abacos Islands Sunday morning. Hurricane Dorian is lashing the northeast coast of Florida and will soon begin its siege of storm surge flooding, high winds and flooding rain from Georgia to South Carolina, North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Power Outage Forecast These winds will be capable of taking down trees and power lines across the Southeast coast, leading to power outages that could last for several days. Ground soaked by rain will only increase this threat, allowing trees to topple in winds less strong than typically expected.Power outages are most likely along the immediate coastline from Florida to North Carolina, where winds will be stronger than areas farther inland. However, outages are still possible from eastern Florida to southeastern Virginia inland from the coast. TAGSHurricane DorianHurricane Season Previous articleUnincorporated Orange County: Curbside collection resumes on ThursdayNext articleHurricane Season 2019: Here’s How to Protect Your Home Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Dorian has already had destructive impacts on parts of the Florida coast.Major beach erosion already occurred Tuesday at Flagler Beach, according to the National Weather Service. The Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore documented damage to homes on Hutchinson Island due to pounding surf. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Latest Dorian Forecast: Carolinas Landfall is PossibleFrom weather.comlast_img read more

Stephen Lee to quit Kingston Smith

Howard Lake | 21 November 2000 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Stephen Lee to quit Kingston Smith AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Stephen Lee is leaving the Kingston Smith fundraising unit to set up a charity think-tank with Professor Adrian Sargeant. Read Fundraising chief quits to set up first charity think tank by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian.Stephen will be chatting online at SocietyGuardian on Wednesday 22 November at 3pm. Find out more about his online chat from SocietyGuardian. Read a clarification to this story (January 2001). Advertisement  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Property entrepreneurs offer flats to homeless people in support of Sleep in the Park

first_img Tagged with: donated services fundraising events Giving/Philanthropy homelessness Scotland Actual homes, not hostels or B&BsSocial Bite’s mission is to make actual homes available for people who are homeless, rather than hostels and bed and breakfasts. Its Social Bite Village in Edinburgh opened in July.Social Bite and PRS Group are in talks over how the property firm can divert some of its units for use by the homeless.Graeme Carling said: “We didn’t hesitate to back Sleep in the Park Dundee. As property developers and supporters of their mission, it just makes sense that we would both take part in and sponsor it. But it was also important to walk the walk and go an extra step, particularly as we are landlords. Not only did we want to sleep out, we wanted to put some of our units to good use and offer accommodation free of charge to homeless people for a year.”Social Bite founder Josh Littlejohn said: “We’re delighted to be working with Graeme and Leanne on both Sleep in the Park Dundee and on their offer to provided free accommodation for the homeless. It’s only through innovative solutions like this that we will help eradicate homelessness in Scotland.”The Carlings have also worked with the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership on projects to convert non-residential buildings and renovate existing homes. Last year they were the first private property developers to receive affordable housing support from the Scottish Government. Two Dundee-based property entrepreneurs have offered to donate some of their flats to homeless people, in collaboration with the charity Social Bite.Graeme and Leanne Carling are offering units from their property stock in Tayside free of charge, as part of their involvement with Saturday’s Sleep in the Park event.The couple own private property rental and management firm PRS Group. With over 350 rental properties all over Scotland, the Carlings are Scotland’s largest independent residential landlords. They are also showing their support by sleeping out at Slessor Gardens in Dundee this weekend as part of the mass event. They have also donated £5,000 as corporate sponsors of the Dundee event.In addition, for every £2,500 more that their team raises, PRS Group will house one homeless person free of charge for a year, up to a maximum of eight people.  240 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Property entrepreneurs offer flats to homeless people in support of Sleep in the Park Sleep in the ParkSleep in the Park, Edinburgh, 2017Sleep in the Park is taking place across four cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – with an estimated 12,000 people participating. Social Bite, which addresses homelessness through its cafes, restaurants and free food distribution in Scotland, is aiming to build on last year’s fundraising total of £4 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Howard Lake | 7 December 2018 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement  239 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Allchurches Trust gave record £16.9 million in grants in 2018

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 Melanie May | 19 March 2019 | News Allchurches Trust gave record £16.9 million in grants in 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Allchurches Trust gave a record £16.9 million in grants in 2018, to churches, charities and schools throughout the UK and Ireland.More than 1,100 good causes benefited from funding from Allchurches Trust, provided through its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.Some 41% of grants were given an uplift based on a deprivation scale factor to help those in areas of greatest need, £730,000 was given to churches and cathedrals to adapt their buildings for community use and £2.2 million went out in grants to protect and preserve listed buildings.The record total included a grant of more than half a million pounds to enable the national expansion of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award. It supported young people in the North West to complete 58,986 hours of volunteering in 2018 and has reached 76,000 young people in more than 600 primary and secondary schools.A partnership with Cloudesley provided funding to churches in Islington to go green and save money on their energy bills, while a £115,000 Allchurches’ grant is helping the Salvation Army to transform Beatles’ landmark, Strawberry Field, into a visitor attraction that will act as a training and work placement hub for people with learning disabilities.In Gloucestershire, a £45,000 grant is helping PSALMS (Putting Sport alongside Local Ministries) support local churches to run sporting activities for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural areas, while Pierremont Methodist Church received funding to help it tackle food poverty in the local area, including the development of a training kitchen and community café.Sir Philip Mawer, Allchurches Trust Chairman, said:“We’re proud to support charities and churches of many different Christian denominations addressing homelessness, poverty and isolation, along with many other projects involved in social action.“At the heart of our grant-giving is helping those people and communities most in need. Thanks to the profits that Ecclesiastical Insurance Group provides, we’ve been able to give more than £110 million in grants over the past 10 years, supporting thousands of beneficiaries to change lives and communities for the better.”Allchurches Trust does not have deadlines for receiving applications. Every application is reviewed by its Trustees and a decision given within three to six months.The Trust also awarded its first grants under its new heritage programme in 2018 as part of its Strategic Grants Review – aimed at maximising the impact of its funding and broadening the scope of its giving – and launched a new website.  187 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding Advertisement  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18last_img read more

“President Erdogan, we hold you responsible for their safety”

first_img News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation News April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News Addressing a room packed with journalists in Istanbul’s Elite World Hotel, Dündar denounced “the climate of fear that the Erdogan regime has spread among journalists.”“We are journalists, not functionaries working for the state,” he said. “It is our duty to provide the public with information, including information about the government’s illegal actions. Right from the very first hearing in our trial, on 25 March, we are going to fully expose the state’s crimes. We are not going to defend ourselves. We are going to put the state’s crimes on trial.”RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire, who also took part in the news conference, hailed the courage of Turkey’s constitutional court for ruling that the prolonged pre-trial detention of Dündar and Cumhuriyet’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, was illegal.“Yes, international pressure is effective,” Deloire said. “For millions of people in Turkey and elsewhere, Can Dündar now symbolizes the very essence of journalism.” Deloire also underlined the danger of President Erdogan’s public statement that he does not respect the constitutional court’s decision.“Mr. Erdogan, we hold you responsible for the safety of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül,” he said, reiterating RSF’s commitment to stand by the two journalists, who continue to face the possibility of being sentenced to life imprisonment. “We will not rest until the absurd charges have been dropped. We will be there at the opening of the trial on 25 March.”RSF announced its intention of submitting the cases of arbitrarily detained Turkish journalists to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Index.Sign the petition: Can Dündar faces life imprisonment for wanting to inform us. Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News April 28, 2021 Find out more March 2, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 “President Erdogan, we hold you responsible for their safety” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today organized the first news conference to be given by Cumhuriyet editor Can Dündar since his release from Silivri prison on 26 February, ending 92 days in pre-trial detention. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editorlast_img read more

‘Concerns’ expressed in Grace McDonald trial

first_img Facebook Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. 1 of 3 By admin – April 23, 2018 There was no mention on what kind of treatment was needed for Grace McDonald, but Assistant Attorney General Geoff Barr said the state would need time to review the motion. District Judge James Rush asked defense attorneys to communicate with the state and then communicate with the court in regard to filing a motion.Grace McDonald bonded out of jail Feb. 2 after her bond was reduced from about $2 million to $200,000 following a pre-trial hearing with the newly-assigned prosecution. District Attorney Bobby Bland recused his office from both siblings’ cases in December.She was arrested again April 11 after the judge ordered a warrant for her arrest for a bond condition violation. Some of the bond conditions included she could not attempt to injure herself, which she had done in the past prosecution previously told the court, and that she would only be able to reside with one family.Court records show a motion to modify a bond condition was filed April 5 for her to live with another family. An order denying the motion was later filed April 10 and the same day the warrant was issued for her arrest. The warrant stated no bond would be permitted.Both Barr and Fagerberg, who were teleconferenced in Monday, also expressed concern that with her brother’s jury trial scheduled for June 11, which is expected to take about a week, and her case close behind, set for June 24, there may not be enough time to properly prepare for Grace McDonald’s trial.Fagerberg said they would need a copy of the transcript from Gabe McDonald’s trial and need time to digest what happens during the course of his trial before taking her case before a jury. Fagerberg said he would like to plant the seed of a possible continuance for her trial.“I share Mr. Fagerberg’s concern in that regard,” Barr said, adding that the state is still conducting its investigation into Grace McDonald’s case and Gabe McDonald’s trial will be relevant to that.Rush asked the prosecutor and defense attorneys to discuss the issue further, consider a timeframe for Grace McDonald’s trial and they would discuss the matter further during a May pre-trial conference.“Certainly I want to move both cases. They have been in the system for awhile,” Rush said, adding that it would benefit the defendants, family members and community, “but it needs to be done right.”A pre-trial hearing for Gabe McDonald is set for 2 p.m. May 8 and another hearing for Grace McDonald is set for 1:30 p.m. May 10 in Rush’s courtroom. WhatsApp Previous articleCommissioners delay courthouse debt decisionNext articleOPD responds to three major crashes during weekend admin A prosecutor for the Attorney General’s office and defense attorneys for Elizabeth Grace McDonald discussed several concerns about the case during a status conference today.Grace McDonald, 23, is facing charges of capital murder of multiple persons, criminal conspiracy and prohibited sexual conduct. She and her adoptive sibling, Gabe McDonald, are accused of fatally shooting their parents, Gregg and Jana McDonald, March 2, 2016, in their Conley Avenue home.Grace is also accused of having sex with her adoptive brother. Gabe McDonald, who is accused of pulling the trigger during the fatal shooting, is only facing one count of capital murder of multiple persons.Defense attorney Thomas Fagerberg said today he was concerned with Grace McDonald back in custody they would like to look at sending her to a treatment center, possibly out of state. ‘Concerns’ expressed in Grace McDonald trial Twittercenter_img Pinterest Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. Twitter WhatsApp Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. Local NewsCrime Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Commonwealth Eyes Future Growth with Key Additions to Technology, Information Security Leadership Teams

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Twitter TAGS  Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Commonwealth Financial Network ®, a national firm dedicated to providing advisor-focused business solutions, announced the recent addition of Mukund Ravipaty, chief information security officer, and Garreth Speer, vice president, IT infrastructure. Both positions will be instrumental in broadening Commonwealth’s cloud technology strategy and enhancing its security posture as the firm looks to augment its current advisor-facing infrastructure and accelerate its innovation in 2021. “Enhancing our infrastructure as we grow and evolve and reinforcing a comprehensive enterprise information security program are two critical elements of our IT strategy,” said Miriam Manning, chief information officer at Commonwealth. “Mukund and Garreth’s breadth and depth of experience will allow us to continue to enhance our current advisor-facing technology solutions, as well as enable future innovation.” Ravipaty will be responsible for building upon and maintaining a corporate information security management program to ensure that data assets are protected. In his role, he will work directly with Commonwealth business units to facilitate security risk assessments and management processes while developing and enhancing an information security management framework. Before joining Commonwealth, Ravipaty worked at National Grid as the senior director, head of cyber product, and director, global head of security services, design, and architecture. He earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager, Certified BS7799 Lead Auditor, and SABSA Chartered Security Architect. “Joining Commonwealth during a dynamic phase of our company’s growth is energizing,” said Ravipaty. “Commonwealth’s commitment to an information security program that is comprehensive, enterprise wide, and cross functional, along with a positive, people-centric culture, is exactly where I want to be. I’m excited to be a part of building the future here.” In his role, Speer will be tasked with continuing to migrate Commonwealth’s applications and infrastructure to cloud technology, as well as overseeing cloud infrastructure and managed service providers. Before joining Commonwealth, Speer was senior director of infrastructure and operations at Parsley Energy and director of infrastructure and operations at TETRA Technologies. He also brings experience working as a vice president in information technology, operations, and infrastructure development. Speer holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, MCITP Enterprise Administrator, and a VMware Certified Professional. “Advisors and their clients expect bleeding-edge technology that is nimble and responsive to their needs; I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring that mission,” said Speer. “I’m looking forward to hearing from our community of advisors, their staff, and their clients so we can continue to offer technology that makes sense for the way advisors run their business today and in the future.” Ravipaty and Speer will report to Manning, who oversees Commonwealth’s Technology team. About Commonwealth Financial Network ® Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser, provides a suite of business solutions that empowers more than 2,000 independent financial advisors nationwide. J.D. Power ranks Commonwealth “#1 in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Seven Times in a Row.” Privately held since 1979, the firm has headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. Learn more about Commonwealth by visiting Commonwealth received the highest score in the independent advisor segment of the J.D. Power 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction among financial advisors. Visit View source version on CONTACT: Kristin Albano Marketing Communications Manager 781.209.4396 [email protected] Commonwealth Financial Network KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY FINANCE SECURITY CONSULTING BANKING ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOFTWARE NETWORKS DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Commonwealth Financial Network Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:04 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:04 AM Pinterest Commonwealth Eyes Future Growth with Key Additions to Technology, Information Security Leadership Teams Previous articleZoomInfo Launches ‘Targeted Audiences’ to Optimize Advertising Campaign Precision and PerformanceNext articleFirefly Aerospace Announces New Board of Directors and Corporate Expansion Plans Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more