JJB launches £65m capital raising

first_img whatsapp JJB launches £65m capital raising Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 6 April 2011 9:38 am whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Troubled sports retailer JJB Sports has announced plans to raise £65m from a share placement to provide emergency additional funding. The placement will raise £60m after expenses and will see 162.5 million new shares issued at 40p per share.JJB’s investors Harris Associates, Crystal Amber, Invesco Asset Management and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust will support the placing while broker Numis will underwrite it, the company said.JJB’s shares have bounced 4.4 per cent to 29.75p on the news.The capital raising will “allow the company to reduce its reliance on the availability of supplier credit and provide the necessary funds for the implementation of the group’s revised business plan,” it said. “Together with the implementation of the CVA and continued availability of our banking facilities with BoS, this fundraising will mark the end of our financial restructuring process,” said JJB chairman Mike McTighe. “Once complete, it will allow the company to press on with the next stage of implementing its revised business plan and allow management to focus solely on the turnaround of the group’s retail business.”It follows a settlement with its creditor landlords last month to enable it to restructure, and with its lender Bank of Scotland to provide £25m in working capital.The deal will comprise a firm share placing, a share placing, and an open offer, it said.It needs shareholder approval and will go to a vote on 26 April. Lazard and Numis are joint financial advisers. Tags: NULL alison.lock Sharelast_img read more

Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgZambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileZambia Sugar Plc is the largest sugar producer in Zambia. The company has interests in growing sugar cane and producing raw sugar and specialty sugar products for domestic and export markets. Zambia Sugar produces sugar products under the Whitespoon brand name, and exports niche-market sugars countries in the European Union. The sugar enterprise has cane estates and a sugar factor in Nakambala in the South West Province of Zambia. Its total annual sugar production capacity ranges from 200 000 tons to 450 000 tons. Zambia Sugar is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. Illovo produces raw and refined for local and export markets with sugar cane grown by independent out-growers. Zambia Sugar Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Should I buy Sage Group shares for my UK tech portfolio?

first_imgShould I buy Sage Group shares for my UK tech portfolio? See all posts by Royston Roche Enter Your Email Address The Sage Group (LSE: SGE) shares fell 20% in the past year. However, the company’s shares rose 5% on January 21st after it released its first-quarter fiscal year 2021 trading update.Sage Group shares’ recent trading updateSage Group’s revenue grew by 1.4% year-on-year to £447m. It was primarily helped by the 4.7% growth in recurring revenue to £408m. Other revenue fell 24% to £39m. In my view, recurring revenue is one of the important metrics while evaluating a tech company, since recurring revenue is the portion of its revenues that is expected to continue in the future.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…Recurring revenue growth was supported by software subscription growth of 11% to £303m. Geographically, North America’s recurring revenue grew by 6.4% to £160m. It was driven by a strong performance from Sage Intacct, which is a powerful cloud financial management platform. Northern Europe’s recurring revenue grew by 3.3% to £96m.In line with the management’s long-term plan to drive growth in recurring revenues, it is increasing investments in the fiscal year 2021 in cloud native solutions. Looking into the recurring revenues, the Future Sage Business Cloud Opportunity grew by 6.2% to £366m, primarily helped by 27% growth in cloud native revenue to £63m.According to the 2020 annual report, Sage Group shares’ total addressable market (TAM) is estimated to be $33bn in 2021. The TAM comprises over 69 million small and medium businesses. Sage’s TAM is expected to remain broadly stable in 2021 when compared to 2020, due to the decline in the on-premise market, cloud growth is expected to be 6% in 2021 and 11% in 2022. The Cloud share of TAM was $15.7bn in 2020.The company has a stable balance sheet. It has cash and equivalents of £1.2bn and net debt of £129m.  Its dividend yield is 2.84%, which I consider to be decent considering the prevailing interest rates. In the earnings call, the management said that they would only consider share buybacks when they think it’s appropriate and have expressed their intentions to invest in the business and might do bolt-on-acquisitions where appropriate. In the first quarter, the company made an equity investment in Brightpearl, which is a digital e-commerce and retail platform.Five-year share priceInvestors who have bought the stock and held it in the past five years might be disappointed as the stock is more or less about the same level. However, the share price has fluctuated and rebounded 40% from its low in 2016. Similarly, in 2018, it rose 68% from its low and 54% in 2020 after the sell-off in March.Sage Group shares are currently trading at a price to earnings ratio of 22.13 when compared to its five-year average of 27.89. 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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. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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Lions 2017: Blues 22-16 British & Irish Lions

first_imgTry: Stander Con: Halfpenny. Pens: Halfpenny 3.Yellow card: Williams (57min). How the Blues triumphed against the 2017 Lions at Eden Park Missed opportunities – As in their opening game on Saturday, the Lions struggled to finish off the chances they created. Over the past few days there has been much talk of being clinical and accurate, but early on here an overlap was blown out wide. There is still work to do in that area. It’s good that the opportunities are being created, although those opportunities did dry up somewhat in the second 40, but they need to become more ruthless. They were given a lesson in just how ruthless New Zealand sides are with the Blues outscoring them three tries to one, and getting over on just as many occasions but having those efforts ruled out.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERELineout discipline – The Lions were clearly keen to put on pressure at lineout time, indeed they scored their opening try through CJ Stander off the back of a lineout drive, but they need to tighten up in terms of discipline in that area. Within four minutes they conceded a free-kick as they closed the gap at a Blues defensive lineout near their 22 and later in the half they did the same, which resulted in a penalty. The tourists were also penalised for pulling down the jumper. On their own throw the lineout functioned well – the set-piece as a whole was a plus, with the tourists dominating at the scrum too – but these needless penalties at defensive lineouts allowed the Blues to gain territory and put the Lions under pressure. Overall, the Lions need to tighten up in terms of discipline, the 13 penalties conceded at Eden Park a concern.Eden Park playlist – The music blaring out at breaks in play and after scores could do with a little updating! Enough of the Mexican wave too.Centre point: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys his try just before the break. Photo: Getty ImagesStatistics14 – Number of offloads made by the Blues, compared to four by the Lions.13 – Turnovers conceded by the Blues, compared to eight by the Lions.18 – Defenders beaten by the Blues, compared to 12 by the Lions.Blues: Michael Collins; Matt Duffie (TJ Faiane 38-40), George Moala (Faiane 66), Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Stephen Perofeta (Ihaia West 51), Augustine Pulu (Sam Nock 70); Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Alex Hodgman 57), James Parsons (capt, Hame Faiva 70), Charlie Faumuina (Sione Mafileo 57), Gerard Cowley-Tuioti (Jimmy Tupou 57), Scott Scrafton, Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson (Kara Pryor 66), Steven Luatua.Tries: R Ioane, Williams, West. Cons: Perofeta, West. Pen: West.British & Irish Lions: Leigh Halfpenny; Jack Nowell, Jared Payne (Liam Williams 48), Robbie Henshaw, Elliot Daly; Dan Biggar (Johnny Sexton 36), Rhys Webb (Greig Laidlaw 75); Jack McGrath (Joe Marler 54), Ken Owens (capt, Rory Best 68), Dan Cole (Kyle Sinckler 55), Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes (Iain Henderson 75), James Haskell (Peter O’Mahony 54), Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander. The Blues inflicted a famous defeat on the British & Irish Lions, a stunning 74th-minute try for replacement fly-half Ihaia West the decisive blow.The Lions did have a chance to snatch the victory when they were awarded a penalty in the final minute. Johnny Sexton found touch seven metres from the Blues’ line but Rory Best’s throw went awry, the hosts secured possession and put the ball into touch.The tourists had started brightly, stringing phases together and attacking down the wings – as they did on Saturday – but it was the Blues who struck first through Rieko Ioane. Midway through the half CJ Stander drove over from a lineout maul and Leigh Halfpenny’s conversion, and a later penalty, put the Lions in front.Red alert: The Lions celebrate CJ Stander’s try from a driving lineout. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Blues led 12-10 at half-time, however, as they reacted better from a penalty attempt hitting the post in the last minute. Jack Nowell and TJ Faiane both leapt for the ball, the Englishman knocked it back but it was Sonny Bill Williams who was on hand to score.The hosts dominated the early exchanges after the break and the Lions could not get a foothold in the game, or even in Blues territory. While they were smart in how they managed Liam Williams’s ten-minute spell in the sin-bin for a tackle in the air, they struggled to put the phases together and get points on the board. A couple of Halfpenny penalties did put the Lions in front going into the last ten minutes – but then came West’s try and the Lions, with a better performance overall than on Saturday, blew their chance to snatch the win at the end.Which Lions caught the eye?Rhys Webb – A bright spark throughout at scrum-half, until cramp struck in the closing minutes. Delivered quick ball from the breakdown to his fly-half – be it Dan Biggar or Johnny Sexton, who came on when the Welshman suffered a head injury in the first half – and was continually driving the Lions’ attack.Courtney Lawes – The England lock made his presence felt with several uncompromising tackles – something of a trademark for the Northampton Saint – and also showed up well as a ball-carrier. Plus, he was part of a pack that dominated at scrum time.Mind the gap: Courtney Lawes looks for space against the Blues. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s hotBack-handed offloads – Steven Luatua’s back-handed flick in the 74th minute released Sonny Bill Williams to scythe through midfield and when he was stopped by Liam Williams, he produced the type of offload we’ve been accustomed to seeing so often from the All Blacks centre. The pass found Ihaia West, who then stepped around Leigh Halfpenny to score the decisive try. Expect the Lions to go higher in the tackle from now on to try to prevent those offloads.Ioane double act – On the wing is the younger Ioane, Rieko, who showed his pace throughout. He’s a real danger man, gliding past Jack Nowell for the opening try and crossing the line on another two occasions only to have his efforts – rightly – ruled out by the TMO. Then in the back row is Akira, the larger of the two, who was a real nuisance at the breakdown, regularly the first Blues player to latch onto the ball at contact and try to get those vital turnovers. The pair combined well, too, Rieko often making the tackle and Akira then going for the ball, and in the second half they linked to break down the wing only for the next pass to be knocked on.Corner stop: Blues wing Rieko Ioane runs in the opening try. Photo: Getty ImagesHardy fans – It was a lovely afternoon in Auckland but shortly before kick-off the rain came down and late in the second half it hammered down again. They weren’t pleasant conditions for watching rugby, particularly in those exposed stands at Eden Park, but the weather didn’t seem to bother the 40,639 crowd in attendance.What’s not TAGS: Highlight Due West: Ihaia West scores the winning try for the Blues at Eden Park. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Albany Bishop William Love to face hearing in disciplinary case…

first_img 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 Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska House of Bishops Fall 2019, By David PaulsenPosted Sep 18, 2019 Marriage Equality, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Same-Sex Marriage Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT House of Bishops, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Albany Bishop William Love to face hearing in disciplinary case for blocking same-sex marriage Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Albany Bishop William Love, center, listens to Newark Bishop Carlye Hughes’ sermon during the Eucharist on Sept. 19 at the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceEditor’s note: This story, initially posted Sept. 18 before Albany Bishop William Love could be reached for comment, has been updated Sept. 19 with comments from an interview with Love.[Episcopal News Service – Minneapolis, Minnesota] Albany Bishop William Love, who last year flouted a General Convention resolution on marriage equality when he vowed to continue blocking same-sex marriage in his diocese, was referred Sept. 18 to a hearing panel for potential discipline under The Episcopal Church’s Title IV Canon.Love, who is one of an estimated 135 bishops and bishops-elect who are in Minneapolis this week for the fall House of Bishops meeting, was informed of the decision at about the same time as The Episcopal Church issued a late-afternoon press release on the update to his case. Love told Episcopal News Service on Sept. 19 that he was “thankful” that the matter had made it to the hearing panel, as he denied that he had done anything wrong.“What I tried to do as best I can, by the grace of God, is to be faithful and obedient to that which I believe the Lord has called me to, even though it sometimes can be very difficult, and sometimes it’s not politically correct,” he said. Love also released an online statement in response to the news.Leading up to the 2018 General Convention, Love was one of eight conservative Episcopal bishops who still refused to allow the church’s approved trial marriage rites for same-sex couples. When General Convention passed Resolution B012 to allow same-sex couples to marry in all domestic dioceses, most of the conservative bishops agreed to abide by the resolution’s requirements.Love refused. Instead, he issued a pastoral letter and directive in November 2018 in which he called homosexual behavior “sinful and forbidden,” condemned the same-sex rites, rejected the General Convention resolution and suggested Episcopalians in his diocese would leave the church if his directive were overturned.Bishop William Love has led the Diocese of Albany for 13 years. Photo: Diocese of AlbanyThe order sent shockwaves through the diocese, which is based in New York’s capital city and includes more than 100 congregations, most of them based in less-populated communities from the Canadian border to the northern Catskill Mountains.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry responded on Jan. 11, 2019, by temporarily restricting part of Love’s ministry as bishop because Love’s “conduct in this regard may constitute a canonical offense,” possibly including violation of his vows as bishop and conduct unbecoming a clergy member.Love told ENS on Sept. 19 that he thought, by taking the position he did, he was upholding his vows, not violating them.“I chose to take the action that I did, trying to be faithful and obedient to my understanding of what I believe God has revealed through Holy Scripture, what the church has taught for over 2,000 years and what the wider Body of Christ has been asking us to do,” he said.He added that he had no intention to lead Episcopalians away from the church over the issue, though some in his diocese have told him they would not stay if same-sex marriage is allowed there.Under Curry’s restriction, Love is “forbidden from participating in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage,” and he is barred from penalizing any clergy member involved in marrying a gay or lesbian couple. Love appealed that restriction but agreed to abide by it while the case is pending.Although some priests and congregations in the Diocese of Albany had expressed an openness or willingness to offer the rites to same-sex couples, there have been no reports of anyone in the diocese going against Love’s November directive.In the church’s Title IV disciplinary process, Bishop Todd Ousley, the church’s bishop for pastoral development, serves as intake officer for disciplinary matters involving bishops. Ousley determined Love’s case merited a full investigation, and a report from that investigation was submitted to Ousley in time for the House of Bishops meeting that is now underway.On Sept. 18, Ousley met and discussed the report with the church’s Title IV Reference Panel, which also includes Curry and Bishop Cate Waynick, president of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops. That panel voted to send the case to the Title IV Hearing Panel for further consideration.The announcement did not specify what punishment Love might face, nor did it provide a date or timeline for when the Hearing Panel will meet. The panel is responsible for reviewing evidence and taking testimony in a setting similar to a court hearing before it rules on any disciplinary action. Though such hearings are uncommon for sitting bishops, the Love case follows the 2017 hearing when then-Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno was disciplined for his conduct in a diocesan property matter.The current members of the Title IV Hearing Panel are Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely, West Texas Bishop Suffragan Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, retired Southern Virginia Bishop Herman Hollerith, the Rev. Erik Larsen of the Diocese of Rhode Island and Melissa Perrin of the Diocese of Chicago. Knisely serves as the panel’s president.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

30 jobs to go at Oatfield Letterkenny

first_img Previous articlePSNI say they will return journalist’s SIM card, but keep handsetNext articleGary Donnelly charged with committing offence under terrorism legislation News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest 30 jobs to go at Oatfield Letterkenny By News Highland – August 20, 2010 30 jobs are to go at the Oatfield Confectionery factory in Letterkenny.Highland Radio News has obtained a letter circulated to staff today by the company’s board of management confirming the job losses.In the letter the company says that it is with regret that they have to transfer the ‘boiling production’ from Oatfield in Letterkenny to its sister company Tilley’s in the UKThe letter states the transfer of the production will result in the loss of 30 jobs.It says the decision follows a detailed strategic review of all the operating costs of the business.The letter states that in recent years Oatfield has struggled to maintain profitability and blames rising manufacturing costs for the decision to move production to the UK.It is understood 15 staff will be retained in Letterkenny  to continue the company’s toffee production.The transfer will take place in mid October with company stating that it will now work with unions on a financial package and a range of support measures to help all affected staff. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

PSNI claim five people arrested in Tyrone are part of a cross border criminal…

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – August 5, 2011 Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleTwo Derry men due in court today on firearms chargesNext articlePossible Armada vessel off Burtonport to be explored News Highland Pinterest Facebook News Twitter Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Police believe five people arrested in Newtownstewart on Tuesday are part of a criminal gang responsible for a spate of burglaries north and south of the border.The two men, two youths and a woman were arrested following a botched attempt to steal an ATM machine in Dungiven on Monday last.The five, all members of the Travelling Community with addresses in Daisyfield, Derry, were refused bail when they appeared before Strabane Magistrates Court yesterday.Thomas Ward, Bernard McDonagh Senior, Margaret Cash, and two teenage males face a number of charges in relation to burglaries and thefts across the North West over the past month.Among them is a robbery at Strabane’s Lidl store.Detective Constable Carol Suitor told the court that she believed she could connect all five defendants to the attempted Dungiven ATM theft.She also said a footprint left at the scene matched that of a shoe worn by Thomas McDonagh.DC Suitor said it was the belief of the PSNI that all defendants had strong links to a criminal gang behind a string of crimes across Ireland, north and south, in recent months.She told the court that when apprehended, a number of tools, including metal cutting equipment, a stanley screw driver and heavy duty gloves were found in a Ford Focus being driven by one of the defendants.Meanwhile a sledgehammer was seized from a Shogun being driven by Bernard McDonagh.DC Suitor said she could further connect the five to thefts of a Mitsubishi Shogun and a Ford Focus from Bob Mullan Motors on July 24.A handprint matching one of the youth defendants was found on a rear light of the Focus, DC Suitor said. It may have been left when he tried to change the number plates, she explained.The officer confirmed also that she could connect the defendants to break-ins at Lidl stores in Strabane and Derry during which cash and vouchers were taken. Margaret Cash is further charged with trying to buy electrical equipment to the value of £350 with the stolen vouchers.Detective Constable Suitor told the court that all defendants had only moved to Derry in the past six weeks.The police believe this may have been because of the Gardai attention they have attracted in connection  with other recent  crimes in the South.The five were remanded in custody to appear by video link at Derry Magistrates Court on August 18. PSNI claim five people arrested in Tyrone are part of a cross border criminal gang Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

[Babri Masjid Demolition Trial] ‘I Took Part in The Campaign with Full Devotion for Lord Ram’: Uma Bharti Tells Spl. Court

first_imgNews Updates[Babri Masjid Demolition Trial] ‘I Took Part in The Campaign with Full Devotion for Lord Ram’: Uma Bharti Tells Spl. Court Press Trust of India3 July 2020 9:48 PMShare This – xSenior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Thursday appeared in person before a special court here conducting trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, accusing the then Congress-led central government of framing her due to political vendetta. Bharti alleged that the then central government got an FIR lodged against her and others in the demolition case in order to fulfil its political intentions,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Thursday appeared in person before a special court here conducting trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, accusing the then Congress-led central government of framing her due to political vendetta. Bharti alleged that the then central government got an FIR lodged against her and others in the demolition case in order to fulfil its political intentions, and on the basis of fabricated evidence they were falsely implicated under political pressure.Rebutting the evidence produced by the prosecuting agency, CBI, she said that the witnesses deposed against her due to political enmity.Bharti was deposing before special CBI judge SK Yadav under section 313 of the CrPC. Under these proceedings, the trial court enables the accused to plead for his or her innocence and rebut prosecution evidence.She said that she would produce her defense evidence. In this case, there are 32 accused.Calling herself a “Ram Bhakt”, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti asserted that she took part in the (Ram Mandir) campaign with full faith and with a feeling of devotion towards Lord Ram.Bharti said, “As far as we are concerned, I am a Ram Bhakt (a devotee of Lord Ram). Everyone has faith in Lord Ram, and I too have faith in Him. I took part in the campaign with full devotion and with a feeling of devotion for Lord Ram. And, for this, I will always consider myself ‘gauravshaali’ (fortunate). I will always be proud that I took part in this campaign.” Bharti added that she was a second-time MP when she took part in the temple campaign.She also asserted, “I will be satisfied and proud over the fact that my life is ready for Ganga, tiranaga (tricolour), gau (cow), gareeb (poor), naari (women) and Ram.” The special CBI court is currently recording the statements of 32 accused under CrPC section 313 (court’s power to examine the accused), a stage in the trial that follows the examination of prosecution witnesses.As the senior BJP leader came out of the court, she said, “I consider the law of India as Vedas, the court as the temple and the judge as a form of God. Whatever, I said before him, I cannot comment on it, because judgment on those things is yet to come. Hence, whatever case is going on inside (the court), on those statements, I have nothing to say anything.” “But, I would definitely say that this battle continued for a long time — 500 years. I doubt that there will be any such campaign in the entire world, which lasted for 5 centuries, and in those 5 centuries it only intensified. And eventually, the judgement of the Supreme Court came. The way in which the judgement was welcomed by the people of India, it brightened the country’s image in the world. As far as India is concerned, it is assumed that religious divide prevails here. But, the unity, which was seen after the judgment of the apex court it established a tradition of pride for India,” Uma Bharti said. “The grand culmination of Ayodhya case through the judgement of the Supreme Court, the 500-year-old campaign and acceptance of the judgement by the people is overwhelming, and a matter of pride for us,” she added.The 61-year-old saffron clad BJP leader is the 19th accused to depose before the court in the over 27-year-old case. Thirteen other accused, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani and senior BJP leaders MM Joshi and Kalyan Singh are yet to be examined at this stage. Their lawyers have indicated to the CBI court that they prefer to appear through video conference. The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished in December 1992 by ”kar sevaks” who claimed that an ancient Ram temple had stood on the same site. The CBI court is conducting day-to-day hearings to complete the trial by August 31, as directed by the Supreme Court.Next Storylast_img read more

Distance no object

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Distance no objectOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Othercountries have taken advantage of the opportunities distance learning has tooffer in the field of occupational health, so why have the UK academicinstitutions been so slow to follow suit? OH students deserve to be offered abetter choice, by Nic PatonTapin the words “distance learning” and “occupational health”on an Internet search engine, and you’ll be presented with an array of OHqualifications that can be gained from the comfort of your own home.Unfortunately, they tend to be from  institutionssuch as East Carolina University, the Tulane University School of Public Healthand Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, or the University of  Newcastle, Australia.Forthe nurse looking for a UK qualification in occupational health and wanting tostudy by correspondence course or through distance learning, the options arelimited. While universities in the US and other countries appear to haveinvested heavily in distance learning when it comes to teaching OH, theircounterparts in the UK have by and large steered away from this mode ofdelivery.Thereasons for this are both practical and historical. Funding for occupationalhealth within universities has historically been pretty negligible comparedwith other specialties. Setting up a distance learning course is, at leastinitially, considerably more expensive than putting in place conventionaltutoring. Lily Lim, chair of the Association of Occupational Health NurseEducators Committee, estimates it can take months and as much as £500,000 to puta comprehensive distance learning package in place.”Youwould need to sell a distance learning package over the Internet so you wouldhave to have 24-hour support. If you are doing it with a lot of students thenit can be economical, but many people do not want to dip their toes in,”she says.PracticaldifficultiesLimis course leader for Middlesex University’s BSc specialist practitionerqualification in occupational health and safety management. While she supportsthe principle of distance learning, she argues that, in practical terms, it canbe harder for the student too.”Oneof the benefits of meeting people in a classroom is that you develop a rapportand can talk to each other. It is quite a difficult thing to do an OH degreejust through distance learning,” she says.However,she does tend to get a lot of queries from people about the possibility ofdistance learning, she says. People working shifts or offshore or thosetravelling a lot are commonly attracted to this form of learning.”Buildinga network is a very important part of doing the course and I design it into mycourse. It is not just about people developing knowledge for themselves, butincludes mentoring, audit and looking at how other people work, what otherpeople are doing,” she adds.Studentson her BSc course, which is a combination of face-to-face and distancelearning, all said it was important for them to have the interaction with theirpeers and tutors. “OH nursing can be a very isolated job, there can be noone to talk to you, so practitioners find it very useful knowing that they areable to talk to their peers,” explains Lim.Individualcourses, for instance Nebosh qualifications, can be undertaken relativelyeasily through distance learning. And some colleges, such as the PortsmouthSchool of Health and Social Care, offer degree courses with a tailored mix ofdistance learning and classroom-based study.However,the only established distance learning-based specialist practitionerqualification in the country is the Community Health Nursing BA Honours degreethat has been run for the past 10 years at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.RobertGordon UniversityStudentswho join the Robert Gordon course must already be working in the profession,either permanently or on a placement, and have a diploma or degree in nursing.Alternatively, students can go on a foundation-level access course. Theygo to Aberdeen for a three-day introduction and then return for a further sixdays over the duration of the course.Thedegree generally takes around three years to complete, or at most four,compared with an average of two for courses taught in the conventional way.About 15 people are taken on at a time.E-mailand the Internet have transformed how distance learning works, making iteasier, more effective and more accessible, argues Fiona Begbie, lecturer inoccupational health at the university.”Itall used to be done by telephone and by post. The amount of time it takesdepends on the student, what sort of support they have, and their workingenvironment. But we say just because it is not a day-release course does notmean you should not spend a day a week on it,” she says.Abouthalf the degree is practice based and students, who receive a comprehensiveteaching and reading pack at the start of the course, also have access to avirtual campus on the net. However, Begbie admits that some students do notfind this resource particularly user friendly.Keepingin touchTheisolation factor is generally countered by the fact that when students attendfor the three-day sessions they tend to swap e-mails and addresses and keep intouch that way. Yet, for all its flexibility, distance learning should not beconsidered an easy option, quite the contrary in fact, she asserts. Studentshave to be prepared, for instance, to argue with their employer to carve outadequate time for study leave.”Mostpeople cannot study effectively at 10pm at the kitchen table or at weekends. Itis still very hard work,” she says.”Itis probably appropriate that there are options for students. After all, allstudents have different learning needs. With distance learning, you have to bequite self-disciplined. We are dependent on someone having internal motivationas well as peer and employer support.”Demandfor places is “huge”, she adds, and she is bemused by the fact thatmore universities have not followed Robert Gordon’s lead. “We’vegot a product that sells and we would have expected more competition. Butlogistically I suppose it can seem alittle daunting because there are distancelearning packages to prepare and the normal mode of delivery – standing up infront of a class – is not possible.You have to find alternative teachingopportunities.”Wehave not had a problem with student recruitment in this particular pathway, infact we have had the opposite problem,” she says.Evenwhere people are prepared to put time and money into setting up a distancelearning course, it is not straightforward. Graham Johnson, professionaldevelopment manager at Interact Health Management in Liverpool, has beenworking on setting up such a course for some time, but has been rebuffed threetimes by universities when he has tried to agree collaborative arrangements. “Withone they did not even want to discuss it. But we are now working with anotherone in the Midlands,” he says.”Universitiesare not prepared to go with non-teaching institutions. But we certainly see thepotential for this market,” he adds.Johnsonis looking to establish a BSc honours degree in occupational health combinedwith a Nebosh diploma.Heis hopeful further meetings with the university in question might result in atangible deal that could start to make the programme a reality. The team iscurrently at the stage where it is writing the validation documents for thefirst unit and module. “Universitiessay they are getting sufficient numbers of individuals through their doors on afull-time or part-time basis. But the nursing profession needs to push thisbecause it has a great deal of attraction for both employers and employees. Itis important to give people the option.”GrowingdemandHeis not the only one who believes demand will grow. Dr Stuart Whitaker, directorof nursing for BMI Health Services, an independent provider of occupationalhealth, believes there is a definite need for academic institutions to tacklethe issue. “Iam sure the distance learning approach will gain more and become moreimportant, not only for basic qualifications but for updating and professionaldevelopment. In another five or six years the medium will be much more widelyavailable.”Theproblem from the academic department’s point of view is that it requires a lotof effort and investment up front to prepare the materials. It is a verydifferent mode of working, you have to create a network of supervisors andmentors and put in money to provide distance learning packs,” he says.Buthe concedes that OH, as a discipline, lends itself to debate and networking.”The majority of people, if given the opportunity to do a distancelearning course or a conventional course, would, I feel, find the latter easierbecause of the peer group and networking opportunities.”Havingsaid all that, there is a real need for distance learning because people havedifferent needs for their training and they often find it difficult to get to acourse.”Despitethe fact it is distance-learning based, the Robert Gordon course is regarded ina better light than some more conventional courses run by academicinstitutions, he adds.Paradoxically,argues Begbie, if more universities offered conventional day-release courses,and there was more choice for hard-pressed students, there might be less demandand clamour for distance learning. Either way, this is a nettle the academicinstitutions will have to grasp sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Gazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing markets

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Gazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing markets previous nextHousing MarketGazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing marketsPhil Spencer says phenomenon is also result of low stock in many cities including Sheffield, Maidstone and Cambridge.Nigel Lewis2nd July 201901,059 Views Gazumping is returning to the housing market, according to TV presenter Phil Spencer, as buyers have started once more to use any means possible to secure a home.The star’s property advice website MoveIQ says between a fifth and a third of buyers in over a dozen cities say they have been gazumped recently.Its research, which has been completed in partnership with proptech firm Gazeal, reveals the cities with the highest gazumping rates.The list is topped by Sheffield where 35% of buyers experienced being gazumped, followed by Maidstone (33%), Cambridge (28%), Birmingham (26%), Manchester (25%), Norwich (24%), Nottingham (22%), Cardiff (20%), Leeds (20%) and Bristol (19%).The cities with the least amount of gazumping recorded by the survey include Middlesbrough, Swansea, Northampton, Blackpool and Carlisle.“For anyone who thought gazumping vanished with the runaway price rises of a few years ago, our findings will come as a reality check,” says Spencer (left).“Britain’s fragmented property market is throwing up huge regional extremes. In hotspots where prices are still rising fast, sellers can be tempted to go back on their word to a buyer if they get a better offer elsewhere.“Meanwhile, in slow markets, the lack of homes for sale can lead sellers to leave would-be buyers in the lurch if they get a last minute offer from someone else.“That’s why Move iQ has teamed up with Gazeal, a PropTech company that enables sellers and buyers to agree a deal that has legal force right from the start.”Read more about gazumping. Gazeal gazumping Phil Spencer MoveIQ July 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more