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Chinese head backs a stable euro currency

September 4, 2021 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL Chinese head backs a stable euro currency whatsapp Show Comments ▼ CHINA pledged yesterday to support a stable euro and not reduce its holdings of European government bonds in an effort to deflect criticism of its foreign exchange policy ahead of an EU-China summit this week.China, at loggerheads with the US over the yuan and likely to face similar complaints during his tour of European countries this week, emphasised its willingness to cooperate with the 27-nation EU.“I have made clear that China supports a stable euro,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said during a visit to Greece at the start of a one-week European tour. “We will not reduce the holdings of European bonds in our foreign exchange portfolio,” he added.Wen, who offered on Saturday to buy Greek government bonds when debt-laden Athens resumes issuing, said he was glad Greece was starting to emerge from the shadows of its debt crisis.China has said it needs to diversify its foreign currency holdings and has bought Spanish government bonds. Chinese state entities have been generally conservative about investing in foreign financial markets and the Chinese government faces domestic political criticism over losses they incurred during the global financial crisis.Policy moves by the Chinese government to free the yuan from a dollar peg will help the Chinese currency rise, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF said on Saturday.Wen and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou said in a joint statement the world’s nations need to coordinate economic policies for global recovery to find a sure footing.“Global economic recovery is a journey with many turns and a full exit from it requires joint efforts,” Wen said. He made no comments on the yuan. On Saturday he said he was willing to work with the EU to confront the financial crisis and reform the international financial system.Ahead of a China-EU summit on 6 October, Wen urged the block to recognise China as a market economy, a status that would make it less vulnerable to anti-dumping charges under WTO rules. In exchange, China offered to boost copyright protection and widen bilateral trade. center_img Share 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 PastUndoSerendipity 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.comUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo whatsapp Sunday 3 October 2010 10:56 pm More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter James Sottile will serve as executive vice-president and chief legal officer Scientific Games has bolstered its legal department at a time of landmark changes in US gambling by appointing veteran lawyer James Sottile as its new executive vice-president and chief legal officer. Sottile, who took up the position yesterday (Tuesday), will oversee Scientific Games’ global legal organisation and report to president and CEO, Barry Cottle.Sottile, who has more than 30 years of experience working across multiple industries, joins Scientific Games from global legal practice Jones Day, where he was a partner in its New York office. He has been named a notable practitioner by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2005 and has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in America since 2011. CEO Cottle said: “Jim is an accomplished legal strategist and litigator, as well as an experienced leader. I look forward to working with him, as he guides our world-class legal organisation to support our strategic objectives and positively impact our business results.” Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Scientific Games bolsters legal department with senior appointmentcenter_img Sotille’s appointment comes with Scientific currently engaged in a significant legal battle in the US. The company last month vowed to appeal after it was ordered to pay $315m (€246.8m/€275.3m) by a court in Chicago. The jury awarded $105m to a group of companies – comprising Shuffle Tech International, Aces Up Gaming and Poydras-Talrick Holdings – but the damages were automatically tripled under US antitrust law. The court decided that Scientific Games had initiated a frivolous patent lawsuit with the aim of securing control of the market for automatic card-shufflers at casinos.Speaking about his appointment, Sottile said: “I am excited by the opportunity to lead Scientific Games’ global legal organisation and work with Barry and his leadership team to ensure the company continues its global leadership in gaming and lottery and is successful in its efforts to drive innovation and benefit all key stakeholders.“My passion is leading winning teams, and I am thrilled to lead and advance the success of Scientific Games’ great legal team.”Sottile’s arrival comes amid a busy month for Scientific. It agreed a technical partnership with Kindred Group that will grant the betting firm “swift access” to the US market, commencing with New Jersey by the end of the year before potentially moving on to other states. The three-year deal, which includes the option for a two-year extension, names Scientific Games’ SG Digital division as Kindred’s US technology partner. Caesars Entertainment also launched regulated sports betting at two of its Mississippi properties in partnership with Scientific Games. Caesars’ Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino took its first sports wager in August, while Harrah’s Gulf Coast Hotel & Casino has also started accepting bets. Finally, Scientific Games moved to take advantage of the expanding Pennsylvania regulated gambling market by launching its virtual sports services in the US state. Working in partnership with Pennsylvania Lottery, the service is available in various retail venues, bars and taverns across the state. Legal & compliance 5th September 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB) is a commercial bank in Tanzania offering financial solutions for individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses and large corporations. NMB operates in several segments; wholesale banking, retail banking, agribusiness and treasury. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to time deposits to fixed deposits, and Kilimo, Chap and Chipukizi accounts. NMB also offers loans to entrepreneurs, bank guarantees, and export and import financing, supply chain financing and letters of credit. Other services include forex, cash exchange, institutional and transactional banking, and payment and collection services. NMB has an extensive network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Tanzania. National Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Rugby World’s Championship blog

June 23, 2021 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_imgOXFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 30: The London Welsh team celebrate winning the RFU Championship during the RFU Championship Playoff 2nd leg at the Kassam Stadium on May 30, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will they stay or will they go? London Welsh now face an agonizing wait to to see if they will play top-flight rugbyLONDON WELSH 29 — CORNISH PIRATES 20 (66-41 AGGREGATE)London Welsh were crowned kings of the Championship last night at the Kassam Stadium — a palace deemed unfit for the round table of Premiership rugby by the RFU, writes Richard Grainger.For an album of photographs from the game click here.A week is a long time in politics — and in rugby too, but one of the more bizarre sideshows of the latest bureaucratic farce engendered by HQ, was a parliamentary intervention by Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West. Last Thursday, Mr Thomas tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons supporting London Welsh’s bid for promotion to the Aviva Premiership, should they win the Championship.Where this, and London Welsh’s possible appeal will lead, is anyone’s guess at present. But for now this should not be allowed to stand in the way of recognizing the Exiles’ truly remarkable achievement in winning the Championship — their first silverware since topping Courage League Division Five in 1995.No one — least of all me — gave them a prayer, as they limped into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth in fourth place, only 16 points ahead of Doncaster, bottom of the clubs to avoid the relegation dogfight.  Abysmal home form and critical mid-season injuries to key players hadn’t helped, but a fit squad and a revitalised sense of purpose saw them through the pool stage with just one defeat — to Bristol — at home.  Bedford away was an almost pyric victory, but the Exiles managed to restrict the margin of defeat in the return leg to seven points and progress to the final.Defeating the Pirates 21-37 on their home patch upset the formbook, particularly with the manner in which the Cornishmen had dispatched Bristol at the Mennaye Field fresh in the mind.So would the Exiles drop the torch they carried for themselves and everyone else who champions equality of opportunity and fairness, making the Early Day Motion as noteworthy as a backbenchers post-luncheon snore?This sub-plot gave rise to greater interest than the occasion would otherwise have merited — if only to see why the Kassam Stadium was deemed unsuitable for Premiership Rugby.That’s still a question that needs to be answered — I found little fault with it. But if, like me, London Welsh supporters had to endure a three-hour road journey from the capital to Oxford, this may well dampen enthusiasm for their new potential home away from home.The Pirates were the most industrious in the opening quarter and went ahead with an Aaron Penberthy drop goal after three minutes. Alex Davies replied with a penalty, before Rob Cook restored the visitors’ lead with a shot at goal in the 10th minute.The 16-point deficit that the Pirates carried into the game forced them to exercise a degree of caution, and Penberthy and Cook probed for position rather than to go wide, forcing the home side to play from deep.However, London Welsh were complicit with this tactic, and gifted the visitors both turnover ball and penalties too frequently to establish any foothold in the game. Gordon Ross was emphatic in the first encounter, but nerves and the occasion can even get to experienced international players, and the Welsh error count steadily mounted.The most significant sea change from their emphatic performance at the Mennaye, was that the Welsh threw away numerical advantage on several occasions for the want of a simple pass. Last week it was textbook — this week it was comic book. However, the Pirates reciprocated by throwing to the tail of their lineout — a tactic which caused nothing but misery last week, and one which continued to gift ball to the Welsh at the Kassam.Davies put the Welsh back on level terms with a penalty in the 16th minute and it stayed that way until Cook — who caused the Welsh more problems than did Penberthy when he popped up in the first receiver’s channel — chipped into space behind the Welsh rush defence. All eyes were on referee Mr David Rose who chose to ignore Cook’s Drogba-esque dive, while almost beneath the radar, Matt Evans collected the chip and ran to the line unchallenged. Cook converted to reduce the deficit to nine points after 23 minutes.Davies had a chance to move the scoreboard again minutes later but his shot drifted past the right upright and the score stayed at 6-13 at the break.When Phil Burgess burst through soft-shouldered defence and found himself with one man to beat, the pacey flanker set alarm bells ringing. But this was a chance missed, as one side-step too many took him into the defender rather than away from him, and the Exiles’ faithful breathed a collective sigh of relief.The Welsh leeched the energy from the Pirates in the second period, particularly when Davies slotted his third penalty in the 42nd minute.Then six minutes later, David Doherty collected a loose kick from Ross, and when Mr Rose denied him the mark, he had nowhere to go and conceded a penalty. There didn’t seem much doubt to anyone other than the officials that Davies’ kick had gone between the uprights, but Mr Rose referred it to the TMO nonetheless, and three points were awarded to the Exiles after an interminable delay.A more straightforward penalty from Davies in the 61st minute put the Welsh 15-13 ahead on the night and gave them a cushion of 18 points, but the issue was settled in the 69th minute when Hudson Tonga’uiha exploded through a tired defence to score under the posts. Davies added the extras and the Exiles had more than one hand on the silverware.Time was running out for the Pirates when replacement Ryan Storer was driven over in the 75th minute. However the Welsh had the last word when Jack Moates, who had replaced Rob Lewis, found a gap and wriggled over in the corner. Davies converted to make the final score 29-20 on the night and 66-41 on aggregate.The key difference between the sides over both legs was the Welsh back row, who were outstanding, and Lee Beach was appropriately named as Sky Sports’ Man of the Match.center_img Some ill-mannered booing did little to spoil the party when RFU Senior Vice-President Mr Paul Murphy — who really doesn’t sound terribly senior to me — stepped onto the podium to present the trophy. Interestingly, RFU President Mr Willie Wildash sidestepped the promotion issue in his programme notes — London’s Welsh’s John Taylor did not.What happens next, according to sources close to the power base at London Welsh, is that they will almost certainly appeal, and Promotiongate will get under way. There are those that argue that promotion would be a sword of Damocles for the Exiles, and with little time and money to recruit, they would risk losing one loyal fan base in pursuit of another.Whatever happens, nothing should detract from what they have achieved this season on the field. Credit must also go to the Pirates — and let’s not forget that they have problems of their own — for their contribution to such a memorable final.Perhaps the best outcome may be to leave Newcastle in the Premiership, give the Welsh the Falcons’ parachute payment and get the rules straight for next year.For the one thing that most observers are agreed on, is that the champions deserved much better than the manner in which they have been treated.last_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Funding South West 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. Cornwall Community Foundation is now administering the Dulverton Trust Minor Grants Programme. This offers grants of £500 to £5,000.00 to small charities and organisations with an annual income of under £200,000.Grants are available in the areas of youth opportunities, general welfare, and conservation.The Dulverton Trust made its last round of minor grants in March 2011, transferring their administration to selected Community Foundations. For the next three years these grants will be available only to charities working locally in the North East of England, Devon, Wales and now Cornwall.Application deadlines for this year are 3 August and 2 December 2011.Details are not yet available on the Foundation’s website, but enquiries can be made via Kirsty Philpott, Grants Manager at Cornwall Community Foundation.www.cornwallfoundation.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 May 2011 | News  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cornwall Community Foundation now administering Dulverton Trust’s Minor grantslast_img read more

first_imgNieves Ayress MorenoThe New York chapter of Workers World Party held a forum on Nov. 2 featuring three dynamic women speakers on important struggles at home and abroad. Stephanie Tromblay, Huron/Metis nonstatus and of mixed Southeast Indigenous heritage, officially opened the meeting by reminding everyone: “We meet on stolen Lenni-Lenape homelands — the Lenapehoking. Workers World Party looks toward the day that all Indigenous nations’ land claims are paid in full, from the Wampanoag lands at the Cape [Massachusetts] to the Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area, from the Appalachians to the Rockies.” She went on to speak about the significance of the 50th National Day of Mourning and the racist myth of “Thanksgiving.” Explaining the origins of NDOM, Tromblay said, “In 1970, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, who had been asked to speak at a fancy Commonwealth of Massachusetts banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, was told by a representative of the Department of Commerce and Development that he wouldn’t be allowed to give his speech.“[Wamsutta] used one of their own history books as a basis for his talk — a Pilgrim’s account of their first year on Turtle Island. The book told of their opening his ancestor’s graves, stealing the Wampanoag villages’ food supplies, selling his ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each. “Back in 1970, the organizers of the fancy state dinner told Wamsutta they would only let him speak if he agreed to deliver a speech that they would write. Instead, Wamsutta and hundreds of Indigenous people and supporters gathered in Plymouth and observed the first National Day of Mourning. “Only Indigenous people spoke at Day of Mourning, and that is true to this day.” The demand for the freedom of Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier is also raised at NDOM, along with a solidarity statement written by him.” (Hear the entire talk at youtu.be/syYPJIrU2Xw/.)‘Workers can fight back and win through people power’Siddika Degia, a Peoples Power Assemblies/NYC organizer and student at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, spoke on the upsurge of U.S. strikes in 2019 — the highest since 1986. An estimated 85,000 workers participated in 13 different strikes the week of Oct. 21, Degia said. She explained about the nature of the strikes: “All these 13 strikes across the country have not been about unions or about wages and health insurance. Strikes are never about the wages or health insurance no matter how much the ruling class would like you to believe. “Strikes are about the rank and file fighting for all the working class. Workers demanding change because they are feeling the burden of capitalism and want better lives.” Degia stated, “These are workers fighting for things like unionizing or better work conditions or even things like getting ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] out of Greyhound or cops out of the subway. Often undocumented workers and Black and Brown workers are the most vulnerable workers in the USA because they are criminalized in this country. “When unionizing, or fighting for their rights, workers often call out ICE on its treatment of undocumented workers. Yet, demos like ICE off Greyhound — a migrant-led movement — or Peoples Power Assemblies/NYC organizing around the subway fare-evasion campaign lets workers know that they can fight back and win through people power.” (Hear Degia’s entire talk at youtu.be/ainM4T29R38/.)Youth rebellion rocks ChileNieves Ayress Moreno, from the La Peña del Bronx movement and a former political prisoner of the civil-military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the early 1970s, a regime backed by U.S. imperialism, spoke about the current uprising in Chile. Ayress Moreno began her summary by saying that the Nov. 1 protest against the racist policing of Black and Brown youth in the New York City subways was very similar to Chilean high school students rebelling against fare hikes. She stated that in Santiago alone, 7,000 people have been arrested and their whereabouts are unknown. More than 1,500 have been injured. Part of her written statement reads: “The violent reaction by [President] Piñera toward the youth angered Chilean civil society. The young people reminded Chilean society that it is not merely about the increase of the fare but 30 years of economic policy to privatize the whole country. Chileans are sending a warning to the world about waking up to the nightmare of the neoliberal market. “Neoliberal policy privatizes education, it privatizes water, it privatizes health, it privatizes social security, it privatizes transportation, it lowers the wages of the workers to subsidize the rich. The Chilean people say, ‘They took away so much that they even took away our fear.’” (To hear Ayress Moreno’s comments, go to youtu.be/-o72MDGrE-o/.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wendy’s robbed on West Berry Street

June 13, 2021 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_imgJoey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store printThe Fort Worth Police Department reported a robbery occurred around 8 p.m. at the Wendy’s restaurant on West Berry Street located across the street from Paschal High School, according to an email sent to TCU students.The crime alert says the suspect displayed a 9mm handgun and then took money from the cash registers, as well as money and cell phones from customers.The suspect is described as a white male wearing a grey Longhorn hat,  gray and orange Adidas t-shirt, jeans and navy shoes. Witnesses also said he had a sun tattoo on his neck and an unidentified tattoo on his left arm. The crime alert also said the suspect was driving a silver vehicle.This is a developing story. Check back to the109.org for more details. ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Linkedin Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center Joey McReynolds + posts Twitter Previous articleHealth Center encounters suspected cases of chickenpox on campusNext articleEchols-Luper to transfer to Arkansas State Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Publish bill to ban zero hour contracts

June 4, 2021 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Niall Collins TDNiall Collins TDTHE Government’s commitment to ending zero hours contracts will be measured by how quickly it publishes and enacts legislation, and not by commitments made by Ministers.That’s according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins who was commenting after Minister Mitchell O’Connor brought forward proposals to Government aimed at strengthening workers’ rights in terms of zero hours contracts and casual work.“This is yet another example of Fianna Fáil securing Government approval for a policy proposal that it has campaigned on. Our 2016 manifesto made a clear commitment to ban zero hour type contracts and to incorporate banded hour arrangements in legislation,” said Deputy Collins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As part of our agreement with Fine Gael, to provide confidence and supply to their minority government, we extracted a policy commitment from Fine Gael to ‘tackle the problems caused by the increased casualisation of work that prevents workers from being able to save or have any job security.’“Of course this receiving agreement at Government level is to be welcomed, but what’s needed now is a swift drafting process, and legislative scrutiny by the Oireachtas Jobs Committee. The Confidence and Supply Agreement is now almost 12 months old. I am concerned that it has taken Minister Mitchell O’Connor this long to get Government approval on this important issue. We shouldn’t be waiting this long.”Once published, Deputy Collins promised that Fianna Fáil will closely analyse the heads of bill to ensure it works, and deals with issues, for both employee and employer alike.“Too many workers are in very precarious positions because of a lack of protections in legislation. Fianna Fáil will ensure that the Oireachtas enacts sensible, progressive legislation that enhances workers’ rights and protects employment,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Twitter Advertisement Previous articleLimerick Youth Service chill in the ArcticNext articleLimerick residents have no faith in factory self-monitoring Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSFianna FáillimerickNiall Collins TDzero hour contracts Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsPublish bill to ban zero hour contractsBy Alan Jacques – May 14, 2017 930 center_img Print WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more

Olympic team misses medals

May 12, 2021 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Olympic team misses medalsOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today The UK team managed only 11th place out of 34 countries in this year’s WorldSkills Competition in Seoul, South Korea. The biennial contest is open to young people aged up to 22 who pit theirvocational skills from autobody repair to welding against the cream ofinternational competitors in an Olympic-style bid for medals. The UK’s ranking was down one place from the previous WSC. Although therewere no medals for the UK, team members gained a record number of diplomas ofexcellence, awarded to those deemed to have reached world-class standard. Koreaswept the board with 35 medals. Linda Ammon, chief executive of UK Skills, the body responsible for the UK’sentry, said, “It’s disappointing not to win medals, but we had quite a fewfourth and fifth places and we’re pleased with all our team members. “Our competitors had been training hard for six months, but they allhave jobs, while competitors from countries like Korea train for thecompetition full time for two years. It’s not a level playing field.” BAE Systems is a regular supporter of skills competitions. Gareth Willis, anapprentice in its Avionics Division, represented the UK in industrialelectronics, coming just four points short of a diploma. HR manager Keith Knight said, “We will use the fact that we’ve trainedsomebody to this high standard in our recruitment,” he said. “Gareth put a lot of work into his programme. Representing the UK ishis reward and an incentive to apprentices who follow. “The World Skills Competition is a by-product which drives upstandards.” Knight believes the UK approach strikes the right balance. “Perhaps wewould do better if it were a level playing field, but I think what we’re doingis adding value to the business,” he said. “Our young people are probably contributing to the business earlierthan other competitors who don’t have much experience of a real workenvironment.” Ammon said she learnt many lessons from the Seoul competition and will beconsidering whether UK contestants are given enough time between selection andcompeting. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Online-only letting agency founder attacks Gumtree previous nextMarketingOnline-only letting agency founder attacks GumtreeUpad chief executive says its tenant leads lack qualityNigel Lewis7th November 20160718 Views Online only letting agent founder James Davis has launched a scathing attack on UK classifieds portal Gumtree.The site, which was established in 2000, is a significant player in the lettings sector with over 66,000 properties currently on its site, around three quarters of which are in London.Davis (pictured), whose Upad portal currently lists 880 property with Zoopla, says in a blog for a landlord website that that although still popular, he asks whether Gumtree is “about to be left behind as spam, adverts, and unreliable tenant leads flood its user base”.“Due to a laxer approach to posts and how they are moderated, [it] has become inundated with spammy and out-of-date ads,” he says.He also criticises its lack of sophistication, comparing it unfavourably to Rightmove and Zoopla’s refined user experience and highlighting Gumtree’s lack of local search functionality.The Upad CEO also thinks size matters. Davis criticises Gumtree because it “only attracts a small fraction of housing stock on the market at any one time”.Davis also questions the quality of Gumtree’s users. “Research by Upad found that the quality of enquiries from Gumtree users was lower than enquiries made via the leading online property portals,” he says. “It took four Gumtree enquires to every Rightmove lead to successfully let a property.”The Negotiator put Davis’s criticisms to Gumtree, whose spokesperson highlighted that Gumtree is the UK’s number one classifieds site used by one in three adults in the UK a month.“The platform is free and easy to use, and has over 2.5 million adverts live at any one time,” the spokesperson said. “Millions of Brits use Gumtree successfully every day to find a new place to live, furnish or de-clutter their home, or find their next job or sell their car.“We always encourage people to follow our safety advice and guides when searching for, renting or selling properties. Furthermore, we work closely with organisations like the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to ensure our users have as safe an experience as possible.”gumtree james davis upad November 7, 2016Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more