3i sells parking enforcement firm to AAC

first_img whatsapp Share KCS-content NSL, the UK’s biggest employer of private traffic wardens, has set its sights on further growth after private equity owner 3i sold the firm to AAC Capital in a £120m deal.The firm, which also helps run the London congestion charge, expects to make £15m this year, on revenues of around £155m. Senior management, led by chief executive Mark Underwood, will reinvest in the business and Underwood said he saw “significant opportunity to expand the business over the next few years”. NSL branched out into ambulance services by buying Patient First earlier this year, and is part of a scheme to bring regulated parking to Abu Dhabi. The firm provides more than 50 local authorities with private parking enforcement officers.It was previously part of NCP, the car parks business, which 3i bought in 2005. The private equity firm then split the two and sold NCP to Australian bank Macquarie.Taken together, the two sales will yield a return to 3i of about three times the money it originally invested, a person familiar with the matter said. 3i sells parking enforcement firm to AAC Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Tuesday 21 September 2010 8:17 pm More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comlast_img read more

Looking for bargain UK shares in the crash? I’d buy these FTSE 100 stocks to get rich

first_img After years of dismal performances, I am finally tempted by the big FTSE 100 banks, which are beginning to look like bargain UK shares. Barclays, HSBC Holdings, Lloyds Banking Group and NatWest Group have all seen their share prices roughly halve this year. This will understandably scare many investors away. But I see this as an opportunity as they’re now too cheap to ignore.A stock market crash offers a chance to pick up bargain UK shares in sectors that have been heavily sold off. Naturally, there are risks. But if you plan to hold for the long term, there are massive rewards as well.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…All four big banks delivered a better third quarter performance than analysts expected this week. Their share prices have bounced as a result, with NatWest up more than 5% this morning. Rather than UK shares to avoid, they may now be bargains to buy.Covid-19 has been hard on the banks, and there could be worse to come if we get a second lockdown. The big banks will bear the brunt again.I’m tempted by these bargain UK sharesAll-time low interest rates are squeezing net interest margins, the difference between what they make from lending money and earn from taking deposits. If the Bank of England introduces negative rates, that squeeze could intensify.The UK faces millions of redundancies, and that could lead to a surge in bad debts. Banks are already responding, by tightening mortgage criteria, and dropping some of their best credit card deals. Less activity means lower profits, so why do I think the big banks look like bargain UK shares?Last week, Barclays reported better-than-expected Q3 profits of £1.1bn, double analyst forecasts. On Tuesday, HSBC posted profits of $3.1bn, again beating the $2.07bn analysts had anticipated. Yesterday, Lloyds also beat Q3 forecasts, with £1bn pre-tax profits, and NatWest made it four out of four today, with a pre-tax profit of £355m, thrashing estimates of £75m.FTSE 100 stock market crash opportunitiesI wouldn’t get carried away and start throwing money into at the big banks, as the future remains uncertain. Loan impairments were lower than expected in Q3, but the agony may simply have been postponed. However, I’d consider building a position as these UK shares now trade bargain valuations.NatWest’s P/E ratio now stands at just 4.51 times earnings. For Barclays, the figure is 7.32 times earnings, and 8.08 times for Lloyds. China-focused HSBC is pricier, at 13.96 times earnings. These are still bargain UK share prices though. Their price-to-book ratios are even more tempting. Lloyds and HSBC’s assets are valued at just 0.4 times their book value. Barclays is even cheaper at 0.3.You’ll not get any dividends for now. The banks are well capitalised and clearly itching to revive shareholder payouts, but require a green light from the regulators. Dividends will return, possibly in 2021. And when they do, I reckon these bargain UK shares should look even more rewarding. Harvey Jones | Friday, 30th October, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Looking for bargain UK shares in the crash? I’d buy these FTSE 100 stocks to get rich Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and HSBC Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Harvey Jones I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Mayor Demings reveals new COVID-19 test site at airport, Eviction Diversion…

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here The station for the automated people movers to the main terminal in the Orlando International Airport The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! TAGSCOVID-19DeadlinesDetailsEviction Diversion ProgramMayor Jerry DemingsMayor’s Toy DriveOrange County GovernmentOrlando International AirportTesting Previous articleFlorida gas prices rise on vaccine and stimulus optimismNext articleThe show must go on: Orange County helps local arts organizations during pandemic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Eviction Diversion program that provides up to $4,000 in past due rent for landlords and tenants is closing to new applicants on December 16From Staff Reports and the Orange County NewsroomThursday’s news conference with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings revealed the Eviction Diversion program will close to new applicants next week, a new COVID-19 testing site is opening at the Orlando International Airport, and the Mayor’s Toy Drive is ongoing until December 14, with updated drop-off locations.EVICTION DIVERSIONThis income-based program assists Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Program provides up to $4,000 in past due rent for landlords and tenants who meet the eligibility criteria.The program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. It is important to note, residents and landlords with applications pending will have until Thursday, December 24, 2020, to submit any outstanding documents.Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.TESTINGThere will soon be on-site COVID-19 testing at the Orlando International Airport.According to the Orlando International Airport’s press release, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board approved a plan at its monthly meeting this week to offer access to a COVID-19 testing clinic at MCO. The pilot program is a collaboration with AdventHealth Centra Care. The testing clinic is being set up as a part of the concession program and will be located pre-security on the airport’s third level. It will provide a convenient testing opportunity for both travelers and the airport employee base, as well as the Central Florida community.“We have partnered with one of the largest health care providers in Central Florida in order to ensure a safe operating environment at the Aviation Authority facilities,” said Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO. “As travel increases, with certain destinations requiring COVID-19 testing prior to arrival, having an on-site clinic will enable us to better serve our customers and the community.”The COVID-19 testing clinic will be located at the West End of the Main Terminal, utilizing “move-in-ready” space that has become available. With a projected opening later in December, operations are scheduled to continue through the end of July 2021.For more information, visit the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s webpage.Continued free testing at Barnett ParkFor the county’s health services testing at Barnett Park, residents should try to be in the waiting line by early afternoon as the line has been closing earlier to accommodate all cars in line for testing.Orange County does not have finalized plans to share yet for continued free COVID-19 testing in 2021, but the County intends to continue free testing a priority along with the State of Florida.For more information visit, ocfl.net/testing.TOY DRIVEThe Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive online donation option is no longer available, but in-person drop off is still an option at several Orange County locations listed below through December 14.The drop off locations are open daily until 5:00 p.m. As of Thursday, approximately 7,000 toys have been donated. In addition, 2,732 toys were donated through online sales. While this may seem like a large number, there are many more children and families that are struggling and in need of extra support this season due to COVID-19. The community’s continued donations are appreciated.  Locations:Back to Nature Wildlife RefugeBear Creek Recreation ComplexBithlo Community ParkCapehart ParkEast Orange District Park Rec CenterFort Gatlin Recreation ComplexGoldenrod Recreation CenterMeadow Woods Recreation CenterRegional History CenterSilver Star Recreation CenterSouth Econ Recreation CenterTibet-Butler PreserveWest Orange Recreation CenterIn addition, in person drop off is also available at the following fire stations:Fire StationsStation 31Station 40Station 81Station 83Station 67Station 51For more information visit ocfl.net/ToyDrive. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Purchasing Camp Wewa: Is it a new day in Apopka?

first_img February 13, 2021 at 10:12 am OpinionThe Friday EditorialBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice“Birds flying high, you know how I feelSun in the sky, you know how I feelBreeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feelIt’s a new dawnIt’s a new dayIt’s a new life for me, yeahIt’s a new dawnIt’s a new dayIt’s a new life for meAnd I’m feeling good”–I’m Feeling Good – Nina SimoneAsk anyone in Apopka, and they probably have a story associated with Camp Wewa. It’s been a part of the fabric of Apopka for over 70 years, and I applaud the City Council for treating it as an investment into the community’s future.Despite a pandemic, budget constraints, and no clear pathway to purchase, you persevered and are on a path to making this a part of the eco-tourism package so vital to the Apopka brand.Take a look at the energy, creativity, and optimism displayed at the special city council meeting on February 3rd…“Three weeks ago, I got a call from the YMCA about this property,” said Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson. “It was basically a courtesy call to let us know they were going to sell the property to a developer and thought I would want to know. I just said wow. Having been there I knew how amazing this property was. I asked them to give us a couple of weeks to do our due diligence and maybe we can come up with a plan to purchase.”“You have about $800,000 in impact fees that you can use,” said City Administrator Edward Bass. “You can put up the other properties for sale (including the Sandpiper property valued at $1.2 million). The City is also in the process of applying for a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but Bass cautioned about its timing. “We won’t know about the grant,” said Bass. “It takes some time for that to come back. What we could do is use some of the other parcels coming in as income, and then you also front some for reserves and reimburse yourselves from the sale.”“I’d love to have summer camp up and running,” added Nelson.“When you think about brand alignment with Camp Wewa and the City of Apopka, I don’t think there’s much argument there,” said Commissioner Kyle Becker. “It goes together because we have such a focus on eco-tourism. The springs, Lake Apopka, the Wildlife Drive… all these things kind of play together.” “It goes back to ‘what is our brand?’ Commissioner Doug Bankson said. “Lake Apopka used to be one of the best fishing lakes nationwide, and then we lost that, but now it’s coming back. The trend is greenspace, ecology… you have the birding… tie this together and it’s something that can’t be reproduced. You’ve heard me harp on (budget) reserves. But this is the reason why. It puts us in a position to act. I think this is a tremendous opportunity. And if we do this right, we’re going to be the number one destination for green tourism.”I applaud the effort, the urgency of the moment, the creativity to find the assets to make it work, and the vision for the future. I only have one question… Can this type of effort, urgency, creativity, and vision show up again in the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY-22)?Nelson, in a way, answered that question near the end of the meeting.“Three years ago, we couldn’t have done this. But because of the financial shape we are in, we can use reserves, or borrow the money, we’ve got ways of doing it because of the shape we’re in.”“We’re in uncharted territories,” said Bass. This is new to us. This is something we have an opportunity to take on and I think the key is going to be to look for all the grant opportunities available, partnering, and working with the Chamber. We can all work together.”That’s a refreshing take on the state of Apopka. For a while now, it seemed as though the City Council and its administrator were playing defense against additional purchases and acquisitions rather than working together to make things happen. In my five years as managing editor of The Apopka Voice, I’ve reported on two mayors, two city administrators, eight commissioners, several finance directors, and department heads. And in those five years, these officials spent days and hours putting together five budgets. Their efforts are to be commended, but my takeaway is this – there were a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put forth, but at the end of the day, it gives the impression you are reacting to the assets and liabilities put in front of you while setting aside vision for the future of this growing city. But today is a new day in Apopka, and as Bass points out… these are uncharted territories. The budget process for FY-22 is just around the corner. With this new forward-looking attitude and a completely repaired budget, what should Apopka look at next? Let’s take this new attitude out for a spin…Considering the Camp Wewa purchase almost literally fell in your lap through a courtesy-call, imagine the opportunities that might show up if you took the initiative? I read an article in The Seminole Source a few weeks ago about the City of Sanford hiring a new Economic Development Director. Sanford, a city of about 59,000, is slightly larger than Apopka with a significantly higher tax base and millage rate, but I was still surprised they didn’t consider letting the post go vacant considering the pandemic. Others, including Apopka, have chosen not to take on that expense. However, the City of Sanford plans to keep the position and the department fully funded in 2021.“The City of Sanford announces the hiring of Dr. Tom Tomerlin as Director of Economic Development,” the story reads. “Tomerlin will be responsible for guiding and implementing the City’s economic development strategy. He has experience in a variety of fields including economic development, consulting, and economic analysis.Tomerlin brings nearly 30 years of experience, including economic development leadership positions for both Seminole County Government and the City of Lake Mary, Florida. Tomerlin was instrumental in recruiting Fortune 500 companies to Lake Mary and advancing strategic initiatives in the community.”I called Sanford, and it turns out Mr. Tomerlin’s salary is a little less than $100,000 per year, and the department’s budget is a little over $500,000. Sanford landed a person with 30 years of experience, a proven track record, and local knowledge for under $100,000 per year.In the department’s description, they list over 50 accomplishments including several major companies moving to Sanford in 2020 and set 50 new goals for 2021, which includes attracting jobs to the city at 115%-150% of the county’s average wage and bringing even more new businesses to town. If they can accomplish half of the expectations listed, that department will easily pay for itself.In January of 2020, Apopka took a small step towards addressing economic development, when it partnered with the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce to “lead and promote economic development opportunities.” It was the first time a partnership of this type had been created.“The significance of this approved partnership will have an incredibly positive impact on the future of our rapidly-growing community and our membership,” said Chamber President Robert Agrusa. “We look forward to working together with the City and our surrounding communities to grow our existing businesses, create and attract new high-wage and highly skilled labor jobs, expand capital investment and increase prosperity to all of Northwest Orange County.”“I applaud the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce for their bold leadership and willingness to offer a unique proposal, which leverages our public and private sectors to streamline our collective efforts, and maximize our resources dedicated to the Apopka area for infrastructure, transportation, and job growth,” said Nelson. “Plus, we are excited to partner with the Apopka Area Chamber as we acknowledge our agriculturally centric roots and redefine the City of Apopka into a city of opportunity, with the promise of a bright and vibrant future.”The four major economic development objectives that the Chamber will be focused on in 2020 will include the following:The creation and hosting of a brand-new Economic Development websiteThe creation of brand-new Economic Development/marketing materialsServe as the business community lead and partner with City for the Apopka Youth Works summer programIdentify our current Economic Development assets, along with Future Economic Development marketing needs and new asset requirementsThis was a modest and inexpensive start to a city’s economic development, but it does display the City’s acknowledgment that a forward-looking approach to economic development is important. But clearly, this is not enough – especially with the departure of Agrusa and his admirable leadership of the Chamber. To compete with local municipalities, and for Apopka to realize its full potential, it needs an economic development department. The role of an economic development director is to have a strategic focus. They are pro-active. They study market trends and apply their expert judgment to opportunities and threats facing the local economy. And while the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is a key component to economic development in Apopka, a department and its director, specifically given the job to analyze and respond to the economic well-being of the community can work with them, and specifically harness the potential of every component in Apopka’s arsenal to keep pace with the tremendous growth it is experiencing. And while a $500,000 budget may be a bridge too far, it seems plausible that a director with a modest budget would more than pay for itself – even if their primary focus in year one was to make certain Camp Wewa was at a minimum a break-even prospect, get the City Center project back on track and get the word out to central Florida that the City is open for business.It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and Apopka is feeling good. carlton small Reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSCamp WEWAEconomic DevelopmentEditorialOpinionThe Friday Editorial Previous articleFor the birds? Hardly! Valentine’s Day was reimagined by chivalrous medieval poets for all to enjoy, respectfullyNext articleThree new officers sworn in at Apopka Police Department Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 14, 2021 at 8:28 am 2 COMMENTS Maria Elena Franco You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Apopka City Hall Please enter your comment! Excellent read! Great news I live in Dunbridge off sheller rd I hope these improvements will help the street scape here also Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Exclusive interview with Toulon’s Ross Skeate

first_imgFriday Sep 18, 2009 Exclusive interview with Toulon’s Ross Skeate Former Western Province and Stormers lock Ross Skeate has been at Toulon in the South of France since last season, and is going strong with the club, having recently scored his first try in the Top 14. We caught up with Ross ahead of their upcoming clash with Toulouse, to talk about bad refs, blood scandals, and big hits. So Ross, firstly – Cape Town or the South of France, and why? I would have to say both and for different reasons. In so many ways they resemble each other but in so many others they are literally worlds apart. Cape Town for the Mountain, my family, my friends, my comfort zone and being in Africa again. The South Of France for the experience, the culture and language, the travelling and a new adventure. What is your earliest rugby memory? My earliest memories must be that of playing…as a youngster I found it more interesting playing than watching! Never could understand why my pops wanted to watch the game or any sport related event instead of my cartoons! But playing barefoot as a little boy on the fields of SACS Junior School must be it. Oranges at half time and no understanding or memory of who or what we were really doing, just having fun. Should French referees be breathalysed before matches? HaHa! I can relate to that statement! But seriously, I do think referees should be analysed and held more accountable for any decisions made on the field. I think one of the problems at the moment is that French referees are as a majority not professional. Thus if such referees were under the same stringent controls through a referee governing body as they are when they are professional, it would be far more beneficial for the refs themselves and the french game. We’ve heard even the staunchest of Afrikaaners speaking eloquent French. How is yours coming along, and how much of a requirement is it considering you have a resident translator? Mine’s actually coming along nicely, but not as quickly as I wish it was. Unfortunately having so many foreigners in the side this year as well as last put me in a comfort zone linguistically, and I know had I found myself in a club that was strictly more french the proverbial deep end would be my best tutor. But I am learning quickly and my comprehension of what is said I am pretty happy with. Speaking is another story…and its made more frustrating when those freaking Argies arrive and pick the language up in a few months! You were a highly respected player in South Africa. Do you still have Springbok ambitions? I do, but when I found myself sitting on the bench for consecutive Super 14 season, for whatever reasons, I knew that I needed to make a change in my current career path and take control of things… Being here in France and deciding to make the move I felt as though I did and now am in control of what happens during the course of things, as opposed to the place I found myself when I was counting the splinters. I think most of all I want to play Internationally… and maybe that means playing for another country and becoming re-nationalized, but that is something I truly do not have the answers to now… I am aware that if I wanted to play for the Boks, that would mean a move back to South Africa and playing for a franchise there. If i decide that is the best for me and what I want out of rugby and life thats what I shall do. At the moment though, I am happy to see out this current season with Toulon. Which do you think is the better rugby – Super 14 or Top 14, and how do they differ from a player’s perspective? I must admit I think that the Super 14 is a more attractive open game and hence more entertaining to watch, but I dont think it is as passionately followed as the Top 14 here in France. From a playing perspective I find the game here in the Top 14 obviously slower and also less taxing as far as the amount of phases that each team puts the ball through. But the physicality and emphasis on forward play is more significant here. Although with the Super 14 and the speed of the game the impact and collision points are often (although less frequent) more painful. You share a changeroom with Jonny Wilkinson, Joe Van Niekerk, Felipe Contepomi, and loads of other foreign stars. It must be quite an experience? I think you should be asking them what it’s like sharing a changing room with Ross Skeate!!! But it is a strange experience and a great one. Never did I envision myself playing with so many big names from so many different backgrounds and countries as I do now. Playing in Toulon has opened my mind and experiences to rugby and life in Europe and the UK more than ever before (as well as Fiji, Japan, Tonga, Samoa and Argentina!). And having watched many of these guys playing for their countries from a distance and now getting to know them has been fun, but not something totally alien to me having played with a number of other big names in the Stormers and Barbarians. What’s your take on the recent Bloodgate scandal at Harlequins? Is it a first time you’ve heard of that type of thing, or is it a more common occurrence than we realise? I assume it has happened more than one would think, and I do feel sympathy for all those involved having pictured myself in their shoes. I remember once trying to get punched so I could go off for a blood bin as I was a substitute and had just torn a ligament in my foot. Sadly no one in the Cheetahs team that day was obliging enough and I hobbled my way through the rest of the game. Mostly I am glad that the player involved, who originally seemed the scapegoat, has since recieved a lighter punishment. I also think that it has led to a flurry of news related traffic about the alleged fighting, thuggery and general bad stuff in the game… particularily in the UK. It seemed it was all about Football before and now its rugby’s turn. Have you had words with Tana Umaga yet about South Africa’s Tri Nations win? I did have a little dig at him the other day, especially because he’s always so quick to point out any All Black victory! And not too long ago Joe Van Niekerk and Tana took a bet over the first Bok All Balck game of the Tri-Nations. Tana was obviously on the losing side that day and had to serve Joe breakfast. I enjoyed it as much as I think he did. In your 50th Currie Cup match against Griquas last year, you got smashed on a cpl of occasions, as featured here on RD . Is the Kimberley turf as hard as it looks? I cant believe you are bringing that up let alone showing it!!! I guess Murphy’s law is that on my 50th the whole Griquas side would target me, and Heinrich Stride would be the deliverer. They were pretty good hits I must admit, especially the first, but in my defence Francois Louw did pass me a ball with a terrible little lob on it, backed by the sun which obviously was in my eyes at the time!!!! But the worst part about hits like that is not that they hurt, is that they are far more embarrassing and remain so for a long time to come… did i thank you again for bringing it up? And I think that what makes the Griquas turf harder than it is already, is how Griquas play the way they do at home. Are any of the Toulon guys aware of what we do here on RD? Does Big Joe for example know that we featured a clip of him getting welcomed’ to the Top 14 by Henry Tuilagi last year? Haha! I don’t know if he does, but he will tomorrow when I tell him! But yeah allot of the boys know about the site and some even refer to it pretty often. The Toulon home game against Stade Francais last year, and the fight that ensued with ‘Storming’ Norman Jordaan coming out the winner with three knockouts, has been talked about on few occasions. What does Ross Skeate do to unwind and forget about rugby for a bit? I know for everyone its pretty different, but for me I read a bit, listen to a lot of music, smoke a Shisha (not very professional I know) and basically chill. My favourite place to unwind is in the Jacuzzi of my new apartment in Toulon – coffee, Shisha and some music to help ‘take the edge off’. How stoked were you at getting your first try for Toulon a week ago? (featured below) Pretty happy I gotta admit. Just the week before I had been thinking how I hadn’t crossed the try line for the club yet and was aching for it. Only problem is having lost like we did in the final minutes… it really took the shine off. And finally, Toulon play Toulouse this weekend – is revenge on the cards? I have no doubt it has been a topic in the Toulouse team room this week, and we are expecting a full strength Toulouse side and one hell of a match! I can’t wait! Ross has his own personal website which he updates with all sorts of behind the scenes info, photos, and stories about life at Toulon. 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Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Exclusive interview with Toulon’s Ross Skeate | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

BBC Radio 4 appeal generates donations and volunteers for elderly charity

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BBC Radio 4 appeal generates donations and volunteers for elderly charity 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. National charity, Contact the Elderly, has reported a significant response to its BBC Radio 4 appeal, broadcast in May this year.The appeal, presented by actor Maureen Lipman, has brought in over £5,000 in donations and has received nearly 100 enquiries for more information on how to become a volunteer for the charity. The script for the appeal raised concerns about Britain’s hidden elderly – the one million old people who suffer feelings of isolation and loneliness. It also highlighted that elderly people are in the highest risk group for suicide and are twice as likely to kill themselves as young people. Advertisementcenter_img Monica Hartwell, director of Contact the Elderly, said: “We operate a very lean, volunteer-led organisation and the money raised by Radio 4 listeners will have a significant impact for us. Our message about what we do and our need for volunteers obviously came through very clearly, in spite of the traditional appeal for donations being the main focus of the ask.”The BBC appeal forms part of Contact the Elderly’s ‘Circle of Friends’ campaign aimed at faith and community groups. The charity is targeting community and faith leaders, initially in the North West of England, and asking them, through their congregation, to become more actively involved in volunteering to support elderly, isolated people in their community. An integrated marketing, PR and advertising strategy has been developed by Cascaid Marketing and Contact the Elderly hopes to roll out the campaign at a national level. Howard Lake | 4 June 2003 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Research / statistics Volunteeringlast_img read more

Invest more in digital to stay ahead, BT survey suggests

first_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 July 2012 | News BT is celebrating the first anniversary of MyDonate, which is free to charities and donors alike, and says it has seen a relatively high take-up of giving by text in the last year.Full results from the survey are available atwww.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/newsroom/latest-news/charities-must-prioritise-investment-in-digital-to-stay-ahead/ 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Invest more in digital to stay ahead, BT survey suggestscenter_img Although nine out of 10 charities now invest in digital, more than 80% of those spent less than £10,000 in the last year.Those that do not invest are convinced the set up costs are prohibitive, the survey found. Understanding donor behaviour in a digital age, published by the Institute of Fundraising and sponsored by BT’s MyDonate, which surveyed 258 fundraising directors and the Institute’s wider membership, found that a large proportion think that digital is not the way to engage with their donors. Those who do invest, however, have seen a marked increase in online giving with only four per cent reporting a drop.Interestingly those who have seen an increase in online giving have seen it across all age groups. Older people tend to give higher gifts but all age groups are more likely to give if they are made more aware of the charity’s work. Older people are more concerned about security online, but this is less of a worry for younger generations, who are more likely to be attracted by a tailored Facebook page. Advertisement Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

P&G donates Olympic furniture to London children’s project

first_imgP&G (Procter & Gamble) has donated £85,000 worth of furniture and toys via In Kind Direct to Kids’ City.The donation came from the ‘Family Home’ of the Olympic sponsors, set up in London to give the mothers and families of Olympians from all corners of the globe a place to relax, unwind and be together.After the Paralympics, P&G worked with In Kind Direct to ensure that the contents of this “home away from home” were put to good use after the Games. Advertisement The items donated included: 30 ‘Fatboy’ 6 foot beanbags in Olympic medal colours, 10 boxes of toys and books, 4 indoor slides, 6 playground tree benches and 45 sofas.In Kind Direct, a charity which redistributes product donations from companies to charities around the UK, arranged for the products to be placed with Brixton-based children’s charity Kids’ City who provide play services across South London.As well as supplying their own holiday playschemes and after school clubs, Kids’ City was able to pass on items to youth centres and children’s projects across south London.www.inkinddirect.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis P&G donates Olympic furniture to London children’s project Howard Lake | 17 October 2012 | Newscenter_img 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Donated goods London Olympicslast_img read more

Wonderful website helps people and businesses support charities

first_img Melanie May | 5 April 2016 | News Tagged with: donated services Giving/Philanthropy  176 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Wonderful website helps people and businesses support charities A new website that enables people and businesses to offer services and donate their fees to charity is looking for more charities to get involved.Launched by non-profit organisation the Wonderful Organisation, Wonderful.org works as a classified listings website, enabling visitors to search and book a service online. However, when a booking is made through the Wonderful website, 100% of the payment is passed to charity, with all of the site’s operating costs covered by philanthropic businesses and organisations.Payments for services are split 50/50 between a participating charity chosen by the customer at the point of purchase and one selected by the service provider when listing their service. Charities receive payments on a quarterly basis, and Gift Aid provision is due to be added with the next release.Wonderful is looking for a mixture of local, national, and international charities to get involved. Charities involved at launch include Cancer Research UK, The Donna Louise Trust, and South Powys Youth Music.To become involved, charities can ask to be added to the site at https://wonderful.org/charity-signup.Kieron James, founder of Wonderful, said:“The Wonderful Organisation has been created to allow people to give a little time doing things they enjoy and in which they are skilled, trained or experienced and we are absolutely committed to every single penny going to charity: no money goes to Wonderful and our guiding principle is that everybody working for the organisation must do so on a pro-bono basis.”  175 total views,  1 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Ag Gets Waiver From ‘Hours Of Service’ Rule

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jun 10, 2015 Name Sym Last Change Previous articleVilsack Puts His Money Where His Mouth is on BiofuelsNext articleFarm Bureau Alleges EPA Abused Rulemaking Process Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers have been granted a two-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation hours-of-service rule for certain drivers. The rule, issued in mid-2013 by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every 8 hours of service. It would have prohibited drivers hauling livestock and poultry from caring for animals during the rest period.The National Pork Producers Council, on behalf of other livestock, poultry and food organizations, in 2013 petitioned the FMCSA for a waiver and exemption from complying with the regulation. The groups this spring asked the FMCSA to renew the waiver and to extend it for the two-year maximum allowable under federal law.In petitioning the agency, the livestock organizations noted that the rule would cause livestock producers and their drivers irreparable harm, place the health and welfare of the livestock in their care at risk and provide no apparent increased benefit to public safety – and likely decrease public safety – while forcing the livestock industry and its drivers to choose between the humane handling of animals or complying with the rule.The groups also pointed out that the livestock and poultry industries have programs – developed and offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture – that educate drivers on transportation safety and animal welfare. The pork industry, for example, has the Transport Quality Assurance program.“This decision will help ensure the continued humane treatment and welfare of livestock while traveling on the nation’s highways,” said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “The waiver will ensure that during hot summer months livestock won’t be sitting in the sun for extended periods, with drivers unable to care for them because they’re required to take a 30-minute break.”Official notice of the decision is set to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, and the waiver will become effective June 12.“America’s livestock and poultry farmers are pleased that the FMCSA recognized that its rule would not be practicable for drivers who transport hogs, cattle and poultry,” Prestage said. “We’re grateful for FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s recognition of the ongoing commitment of America’s pork, livestock and poultry producers to animal welfare and highway safety.” Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Ag Gets Waiver From ‘Hours Of Service’ Rule Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Gets Waiver From ‘Hours Of Service’ Rule Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 All quotes are delayed snapshots Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report SHARE STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more