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Regions: UK & Ireland Finance Sportech will continue to focus on reducing costs and continuing its “digital transformation” in the second half of the year after its pre-tax loss widened on the back of flat sales in the six months through to the end of June.On a constant-currency basis, the technology provider’s group revenue slipped by 1.8% to £32.6m (€35.5m/$39.4m) from £33.2m year-on-year. Sportech saw an increased contribution from its Racing and Digital division over the period, though this was offset by a decline from its Venues sports bar and advance deposit wagering business.A 6.2% increase in Sportech’s Racing and Digital revenues to £17.9m in the six-month period was thanks to growth across lottery products, the Bump 50:50 in-stadium raffle technology and international business, providing welcome news after the same division’s revenue declined by 4.1% in H1 2018, due to contract losses in the Canada and the US.Venues, however, reported a 10.0% drop in revenue to £15.0m. This was blamed on a weaker performance in its core Connecticut market, excerbated by the launch of legal wagering in neighbouring states. However, Sportech added, enforcement efforts to support its position as the exclusive ADW licensee in the state were due to begin from October, potentially helping shore up its position and reduce unlicensed competition.Sportech also acknowledged that a “lack of US sports betting licensing remains a regional challenge”, and was proactively supporting legislative efforts to regulate the vertical.Adjusted earnings before interest and deductions (EBITDA) fell from £3.9m to £3.4m, largely thanks to costs related to sports betting increasing from £500,000 to £900,000. In the first half of the year, the company developed proprietary sports betting platform Sportech IP, which has since been integrated with sports data specialist Sportradar. Marketing the solution to potential clients is now underway.Cost of sales for the half year period rose to £9.8m, which coupled with the revenue decline saw gross profit fall from £24.0m to £22.8m. After operating costs of £24.2m were stripped out, this left an operating loss of £2.1m, with pre-tax loss from continuing operations rising to £2.4m after finance costs. These losses saw Sportech record a £482,000 tax benefit, resulting in a net loss of £2.0m.Corporate costs were slashed by 22% during the period, leaving chief executive Richard McGuire (pictured) confident that the company is managing its “year of transition” as it adopts “a clear focus on challenging the predominantly ‘industrial’ culture, whilst driving efficiencies and delivering a range of products that enhance user experience”.He added: “Rigorous cost management remains a core focus for the group and the board expects to see further benefits going forward from the measures already taken.“Further digitisation across existing and new business lines, the elimination of certain expensive strategies, the implementation of a lower operational cost base, and an enhanced global suite of products form the roadmap for H2, positioning the Group for 2020 and beyond.”Sportech also highlighted a renewed “focus on accountability and tangible long-term growth delivery”, having reshuffled its management team in recent months.In November, Andrew Gaughan resigned as chief executive just a week after Sportech issued a profits warning. McGuire was named as Gaughan’s full-time successor in July.A month earlier, a number of staff from the newly acquired ilottery business Lot.to were appointed to key positions within the provider’s B2B division, including Andrew Lindley, who was named as group chief operating officer. Raj Sanjanwala was also installed as chief technology officer as part of the reshuffle. Sportech will continue to focus on reducing costs and continuing its “digital transformation” in the second half of the year after its pre-tax loss widened on the back of flat sales in the six months through to the end of June. 22nd August 2019 | By contenteditor Sportech to continue cutting costs as H1 losses widen AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Race Track and Racino Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racing Email Address
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“COPY” Year: 2011 Single Family House / Irisarri Piñera ArquitectosSave this projectSaveSingle Family House / Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos Single Family House / Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos Houses Year: Area: 290 m² Area: 290 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Spain Architects: Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Photographs photographs: Hector Santos DíezPhotographs: Hector Santos DíezSave this picture!© Hector Santos DíezText description provided by the architects. Wandering, living, capturing moments. A series of pre-existences, petrous rests of an old , tradicional-farming structure; a table under the leafy glicinea, that has greeted meals and family reunions troughout decades, and the nearby pool; they all become the origin and the plot that set the space bound to be a living place. Also, a sloping terrain garnished with small terraces, an auburn that grew up sheltered from the ruins and the experience of life in the parcel, the sun’s haul at a southwest-facing valley, the heat in those long days of summer, the wish of light for the late fall. Those every-day little moments. Save this picture!© Hector Santos DíezIt is a matter of experiencing through the generation of a continuum of intermediate spaces newly built that link the ruins, three pieces grouped in line, and bring together their diverse condition and character that gives them their position-orientation, to provide the project with complementary areas in addition to those news ones previously proposed. In this way we explore the manner they generate different sets of filter control, climate, light or privacy; as a system of joints that connect landscapes and moments.Save this picture!© Hector Santos DíezThe most private areas are disposed with some independence at the ends and between them a continuous space wraps adapting to the topography. The previous character of the ruins’ spaces, more introverted, contribute to the domestic area with those most intimate moments that contrast with the exterior in the reconstructed region, as well as open courtyards where the walls and ruin process had generated them.Save this picture!© Hector Santos DíezThe remains of the existing building are treated as ruin consolidating the masonry walls by cladding concrete that continues as slab evoking the original volume, and thus emphasizing the private nature of the ancient construction.Save this picture!© Hector Santos DíezA concrete slab that mimics the topography of the area, wheatherizes and defines the continuous space, with a slight enclosure of specialized layers that performs as an active membrane, with diverse compositions depending on their orientation and high capacity for handling and further processing by the users.Save this picture!© Hector Santos DíezThe offset of the sealing layers as well as the one of the slabs with them creates ephemeral spaces at the will of the people.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessSix Projects Selected as Public Interest Design Global Award WinnersArchitecture NewsKenneth Frampton wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Lisbon TriennaleArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Hector Santos Díez+ 17 Share Projects 2011 CopyAbout this officeIrisarri Piñera ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesO CasalHousesSpainPublished on December 19, 2013Cite: “Single Family House / Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos” 19 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
address dereliction in order to make areas more appealing for investment and for those living thereThe Steering Groups will co-ordinate the development of the strategic area plan for each zone in consultation with the wider community. Over the next four months, all interested parties are encouraged to get involved in the process within their zone.The steering groups for each zone will identify areas which are eligible to seek funding to take forward projects related to poverty, unemployment, increasing services and dereliction.www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/social-investment-fund AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Northern Ireland increase services in the community by improving existing facilities, making the environment better and providing additional facilities where needed and possible The new Social Investment Fund (SIF) in Northern Ireland, which will provide £80 million over the next three years, has begun detailed negotiations on how the money will be spent in local communities.The Fund is being delivered in partnership with communities across nine social investment zones. Each zone has a steering group with up to 14 members from the business, political, statutory and voluntary and community sectors and they will develop and manage plans for each of the social investment zones.SIF is focused on supporting communities to: Advertisement 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis tackle issues such as mental and physical health, use of drugs and alcohol, becoming young mothers, young people’s involvement in anti-social behaviour and the ability of communities to work together which can be associated with deprivation Howard Lake | 9 November 2012 | News increase employment opportunities by addressing things such as educational underachievement, lack of skills, access to jobs and making it appealing for businesses to start up in areas which have suffered deprivation £80 million fund for Northern Ireland 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.
Occupy SandyWW photo: Anne PrudenNew York — Members and supporters of Workers World Party and the International Action Center helped to deliver more than a van-load of material aid that these groups had gathered to Occupy Sandy — the Occupy movement’s response to Hurricane Sandy — on Nov. 11.It was an important experience and an important gesture of solidarity. Many activists brought in badly needed aid, including diapers, baby wipes, clothes, food, batteries and more. One WWP member organized some of her co-workers, who brought in bags full of relief items.Occupy forces are very much engaged in efforts to support survivors of the storm. On Nov. 11, they issued a call for volunteers to help house the more than 40,000 people who are now or will soon become homeless. At the distribution site in Brooklyn activists held a consciousness-raising, anti-racist political orientation on how to present the aid to the affected communities. A young white man described how the term “looting” is a racist term that is mainly used against Black and Latino/a communities.The distribution site was buzzing with activity. Carloads and even a small U-Haul truck of aid were contributed by many volunteers. The area was so heavy with activity that Occupy Sandy organizers had to assign traffic coordinators to make sure donations were not blocking traffic.Thousands of people remain without heat in Sunset Park, Coney Island, the Rockaways and Staten Island. While the temperature in New York is warm during the day for this time of year — as a result of the same global warming that caused Hurricane Sandy — it is still very cold at night and will get colder in the days to come. The victims of Hurricane Sandy in the most oppressed areas had to weather a freezing northeaster snow storm on Nov. 7. Entire neighborhoods, especially some of the housing projects, have been devastated and are still without power. Many see an ominous plan to use the occasion of the hurricane to shut these projects down altogether.It is important to continue to engage in this struggle of working and oppressed people for survival, including continuing to provide material aid. There is nothing stronger than material aid provided with a political program.The aid gatherers are no longer taking winter clothes. They must be selective about what will meet the needs of the people. What is needed are cleaning supplies, batteries, flashlights, diapers and other such materials. For more information visit interoccupy.net/occupysandy/.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06suCXVmU2s&feature=plcp]
Linkedin Kennedy Harveyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-harvey/ Three Horned Frogs walk away as Big 12 indoor champions + posts Linkedin Facebook Second comeback of the weekend propels Baseball to series victory over Texas Kennedy Harvey Track and field competed at the Texas Relays this week. Image courtesy of gofrogs.com Twitter Kennedy Harveyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-harvey/ printTCU’s track and field teams competed in their second meet of the outdoor season, with several runners placing high in their respective fields. The Texas Relays came a week removed from last week’s TCU Invitational, and Tarrick Brock, a member of the men’s 4×400 and 100m sprinter, felt the week off was beneficial for a team who has struggled to find good practice weather ahead of the outdoor season.“Having that week off and finally having some good weather really helped us focus on our game plan and bring everything together so that way we could have a successful Texas Relays meet,” he said.This four-day meet featured 2,424 athletes from 210 colleges and universities, many of whom are nationally ranked. TCU competed three out of four days.With the high level of competition, athletes were able to get a look at what can be expected in competitions moving forward in the outdoor season.“Since it was so competitive and a lot of these people we compete against will be at nationals, we were able to see and get a feel for what outdoor would be like and what competitions would be like moving into outdoor season now,” said long jumper and women’s 4×100 sprinter Destiny Longmire. Entering the meet ranked second in the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFFRS) NCAA West Region was Chengetayi Mapaya, who won his opening meet, jumping 15.99m in the triple jump. He improved on this hot start Friday, recording a new personal-best 16.56m jump, the longest of any collegiate athlete to compete. His jump also marks the second longest jump in school history, coming up only one centimeter short behind the school record holder Scotty Newton, who placed first in the triple jump at the Texas Relays last season. Three TCU relay teams earned times in the prelims that secured them a spot in the finals. Despite being ranked behind Kansas State and UNLV in the regional rankings, the 4×400 team consisting of Kennedy Crawford, Lily Beckford, Kiana Banks and Asiah Fields put up a season-best 3:38.90, the fastest time of the day advancing them to the finals. They finished fourth in the finals, even though they took more than a second off their time, running a 3:37.57 relay. Advancing in the women’s 4×100 were Hope Glenn, Longmire, Jenea Spinks and Teleda Williams, who won their heat and moved onto finals with the sixth fastest time of 45.61. The 12th ranked team in the NCAA West Region got their time down to a 45.13 in the finals, placing fourth overall. On the men’s side of the 4×100 relay, Lebogang Maloka, Brock, Darrion Flowers and Derrick Mokaleng secured their spot in the finals with a time of 40.22. They improved on this time running a 40.03 in the finals, earning them an eighth-place finish. The team entered the meet ranked seventh in the TFFRS. Brock, a transfer from USC, is the newest member of the relay team.“I feel like just another one of the guys,” Brock said. “I can be interchangeable, so I can go wherever they need me, and we can always make it work.”The men’s 4x400m finals also took place on Saturday, featuring TCU’s No. 5 team in the NCAA West Region. The team, consisting of Jostyn Andrews, Flowers, Tinotenda Matiyenga and Mokaleng, ran a 3:05.78, a time which earned them a third-place finish. They beat Big 12 competitors from Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas.Patrick Sylla made his college debut, competing in the B-section of the men’s long jump, taking home third in the meet. He recorded a jump of 7.48m. On the final day of the meet, Brock competed in the men’s 100m dash. Ranking 10th in the TFFRS, Brock ran a 10.21 and recorded a second-place finish at the meet. While the season is still young, the USC transfer has high goals for his first season as a Horned Frog. “The goal is to make it to NCAA championships, but we always just take it one race at a time,” he said.Concluding the meet was Longmire, jumping a personal best 6.34m in the women’s long jump. She finished second among collegiate competitors and third overall in the a-section. “It motivates me because I’m already PR-ing, so obviously there is more I can do. I’m excited to see what I can get my PR down to,” Longmire said. “Right now I’m just taking it one step at a time, I want to hit 21.”Following on that goal, Longmire has high expectations not just for herself, but also for the women’s 4×100 relay team.“I feel like we could go to nationals, so that is a goal we have for each other and also a goal coach has for us,” she said.In other event action, Fellan McGuigan improved on his season debut by placing 12th in the hammer throw with a mark of 62m. Blake Hennesay ran 53.76 in the men’s 400m hurdles, finishing 26th out of 81 athletes. Lexi Aitken placed 36th out of 83 athletes in the women’s 400m hurdles. Evelyn Mandel closed out the first day placing ninth in the women’s 1500m. The Horned Frogs will compete again next Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, AZ. 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Previous Article Next Article Enhancedrights for working parents are set to feature in the Government’s electionmanifesto, to help employees balance the demands of modern life. But employersneed to strike a balance, too, says David YeandleAll the signs are that when the next General Election takes place – probablyin May – a major theme of New Labour’s employment policies will be improvementsto the legal entitlements of working parents. There is little doubt thatStephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, believes thereare some valuable electoral brownie points to be gained by proposing tointroduce changes that would build on the Maternity and Parental LeaveRegulations that came into force in December 1999. While the detailed proposals that will be contained in Blair’s electionmanifesto have yet to be finalised, it is possible to obtain a fairly clearindication of what they might be as a result of the comprehensive consultationexercise the Government has undertaken over the last six months. Following a pre-consultationexercise almost unprecedented in its extensiveness, the DTI’s green paper Workand Parents: Competitiveness and Choice was published on 7 December 2000. The Government appears to be attempting to balance the provision of moreassistance for working parents with greater support for those businesses thatemploy them as well as to reflect the significant changes to working patternsthat have occurred in recent years. Employers faced with the various policy options also want to strike some sortof balance. They want to avoid damaging their business competitiveness bylimiting any further regulatory burdens imposed on them but, at the same time,they still want to be able to attract, motivate and retain employees in anincreasingly tight labour market. Statutory maternity leave For most employers, the proposed changes to statutory maternity leave andpay are probably the least controversial in the green paper. The extension ofstatutory maternity leave to, say, 12 months is something most employers wouldprobably be able to manage without much difficulty – although it wouldinevitably mean additional costs. The longer a woman’s absence from theworkplace, the more likely it would be that employers would have to recruit atemporary replacement rather than rely on other employees to cover for theirabsent colleague. However, it might be easier for employers to recruit suitable replacementsfor women on maternity leave if they can offer them a longer period oftemporary employment. Furthermore, it is likely that when women return to workafter a longer period of maternity leave, they will be more committed employeesas they will have had a longer period to organise suitable childcarearrangements. On the downside, the longer a woman is away on maternity leave, the moredifficult it may be to reinstate her completely back into the workplace. Intoday’s rapidly changing working environment, changes in organisationalstructures, working arrangements, computer systems and so on can take placeover a relatively short period so that women returning to work after a longerperiod of maternity leave may need some training to bring them fully back up tospeed. This is an area where the Government could give employers some financialassistance by providing a “return to work” allowance to offset thecost of providing this training. Another way in which the Government could provide some practical help toemployers is changing the current legislation so that there is greatercertainty, at an earlier stage than now, of whether and when a woman is goingto return to work after having her baby. The idea suggested in the green paperof introducing a maternity-leave contract to increase this level of certaintyis therefore something that warrants further examination. The Government couldalso clarify an employer’s and an employee’s obligations to each other duringthe period of maternity leave, as there is still a lot of confusion anduncertainty about this in the minds of both employers and employees. Statutory maternity pay Another proposal in the green paper is to increase the level of StatutoryMaternity Pay (SMP) and, in particular, the flat-rate SMP of £60.20 per weekthat is paid to women after their first six weeks’ earnings-related payments.Various options are put forward for making this change, including increasingthe level of flat-rate SMP or paying the current level, or a higher rate, for alonger period. Any increase in SMP is likely to result in women being away from theworkplace for a longer period as fewer of them would be forced to return towork before their maternity leave ends for purely financial reasons. However,the primary concern of most employers is not the level of SMP itself, as thisis financed by the Government, but the level of reimbursement for the SMP theypay their employees and the associated administrative costs they inevitablyincur. While the Government has indicated in the green paper that it is willing toconsider increasing the number of employers who are fully reimbursed, it needsto go further and extend this to all if it really wants to sell its package ofproposals as being business friendly. Moreover, it should recognise theadministrative costs that employers inevitably incur in acting as an agent ofthe state when paying SMP to their employees. It should also make a clear statement that it has no intention in the futureof reducing this level of reimbursement as employers remember only too well howthe reimbursement of other statutory payments to employees, such as StatutoryRedundancy Payments, was gradually eroded by previous administrations. Another idea that is somewhat tentatively put forward in the green paper istransferring the responsibility of making the payment of SMP to working mothersfrom employers to the state. While some employers see some positive benefits inthe introduction of this change, as it would reduce their administrative costs,others are less enthusiastic. Many companies have now incorporated the paymentof SMP into their administrative and payroll systems and, in some cases, makeadditional top-up payments on a voluntary basis. They feel that transferringthe responsibility for paying SMP to the state is unlikely to reduce theiradministrative costs as they would almost certainly need to have some interfacebetween their own arrangements and those of the state. Parental leave Statutory unpaid parental leave was introduced by the Government in December1999 as part of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999. Since itonly applies to parents whose children are born on or after 15 December 1999,the number of employers that have had any real practical experience of thesenew provisions is still relatively low. Employers therefore believe that it istoo early for the Government to be making any significant changes. Instead, itshould concentrate on disseminating good practice and making it easier foremployers to use the flexibilities in the current legislation. When the Government introduced the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations1999, it argued they provided employers and their employees with someflexibility in the way in which they could introduce this legislation byallowing collective or workforce agreements. However, all the evidence to dateis that very few employers have made use of this flexibility, one of the mainreasons being the unnecessarily cumbersome rules associated with workforceagreements. In particular, the requirement that the terms of a workforceagreement on parental leave arrangements be expressly incorporated into theindividual contracts of all the employees who are covered by it – somethingthat is not required for workforce agreements on working time arrangementsunder the Working Time Regulations 1998 – adds an unnecessary layer ofcomplexity. One area of good practice that in recent years has been introduced by anumber of employers, both large and small, is the provision of a short periodof paid paternity leave for fathers of new-born babies. If at some stage theGovernment introduces some element of paid parental leave on a statutory basis,employers are likely to be less resistant if it takes the form of a shortperiod of paid leave that has to be taken by parents when their children areborn. This is likely to be less disruptive to employers as they would be ableto make necessary arrangements to cope with this period of absence more easilyif the approximate dates of leave were known in advance. Consequently,employers could request a reasonable period of advance notification of when itwould be taken and, for mothers, it could be incorporated into their maternityleave/pay arrangements. Flexible working The suggestion in the green paper that working parents should have astatutory right to return to work on a part-time basis, or reduced hours, aftermaternity and parental leave is the part of the Government’s package ofproposals that is being most strongly resisted by employers. Although many haveintroduced a range of flexible working arrangements to meet the individualneeds of employees who are parents, they believe that the introduction of astatutory right to such flexibility would have an adverse effect on businessefficiency and competitiveness as well as result in more employment tribunalcases as employees tried to enforce this new right. There is also concern that the introduction of a new individual right towork part-time for working parents would be difficult to ring-fence and wouldinevitably lead to other employees arguing they should have the same rights inorder to meet their own particular needs, whether looking after elderlyrelatives or developing a hobby. However, many employers do believe flexibleworking is an area where it would be helpful for the Government to disseminateexamples of good practice on a wider basis. This would raise awareness of thevariety of different arrangements available, some of which might be appropriatefor them and their employees. n David Yeandle is deputy director of employment policy at the EngineeringEmployers Federation Towards a workable approach – an employer’s manifesto1 Introduce a “return towork” allowance to offset the cost of providing re-training to women afterextended maternity leave.2 Provide for greater certainty atan earlier stage of whether and when a woman is going to return to work afterhaving a baby.3 Clarify the employer’s andemployee’s obligations to each other during maternity leave.4 Reimburse employers foradministrative costs employers incur in paying statutory maternity pay.5 Ensure responsibility forpaying SMP remains with the employer.6 Guarantee that the level ofreimbursement will not be reduced in future.7 Concentrate on disseminatinggood practice in using the current parental leave legislation, rather thanintroduce significant changes at such an early stage.8 Remove the requirement that theterms of a workforce agreement on parental leave be expressly incorporated intoindividual contracts of all employees that are covered by it.9 Limit paid paternity leave to ashort period that can only be taken when the child is born, and allow forreasonable advance notification.10 Disseminate examples of goodpractice on the voluntary approaches to flexible working to raise awareness ofvariety of possible arrangements. 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