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Confident Hamilton predicts ‘toughest battle yet’ with Ferrari

first_imgMelbourne: Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari have the edge going into the opening Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, but the Mercedes ace remains quietly confident in his bid for a sixth world title. The 34-year-old, who was dominant in 2018, is gunning to go one better than legendary five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio and close in on Michael Schumacher’s all-time record seven Formula One crowns. But it was Ferrari who sizzled in pre-season testing to emerge as the early favourites in Australia, with Hamilton claiming the Italian team could be up to half a second quicker around Albert Park on Sunday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “This is going to be the toughest battle yet,” said the Briton, although Mercedes, who have won five drivers’ and constructors’ titles in a row, may not have shown their full hand yet. “We’ve got the best team around us. We have experience, it’s no coincidence that we are world champions so we have to be diligent and stay balanced,” added Hamilton, who has won twice in Melbourne, in 2008 and 2015. “But as a driver for sure I have to figure out how can I pull more out, which I don’t have the current answer for.” His Ferrari arch-rival Sebastian Vettel swept home in an Australian thriller last year, getting a jump on Hamilton after Mercedes miscalculated a pit stop under virtual safety car conditions. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open It was the four-time world champion’s second straight win in Melbourne and he followed it up with victory at Bahrain before a resurgent and doggedly consistent Hamilton won 11 of the final 19 races to leave the frustrated German in his wake. While Mercedes have retained Valtteri Bottas as Hamilton’s partner this year, one of only two unchanged driver line-ups, Vettel has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc who shifted from Sauber — now branded Alfa Romeo — in a swap for Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel said he considered 21-year-old Leclerc a “full rival” despite his relative inexperience and expressed confidence that Ferrari can clinch their first drivers’ crown since Raikkonen’s triumph in 2007. “I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun. Fun is to win a lot of races and then ultimately you are fighting for the championship,” said the 31-year-old, who won four successive world championships at Red Bull from 2010-2013. The bookmakers have Vettel as clear favourite to win on Sunday although new Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto suggested Mercedes were not as far off the pace as Hamilton suggested. “I believe that Mercedes will be very strong in Australia and I think that we would be completely wrong to believe that we are faster than them,” he said. Meanwhile Red Bull, powered by new Honda engines, have high hopes that Max Verstappen, who finished fourth in the drivers’ standings last year, can crash the Hamilton-Vettel party. He has a new partner in Pierre Gasly after Daniel Ricciardo’s shock decision to leave for Renault. Three drivers make their race debuts in Australia — Lando Norris (McLaren), Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) and George Russell (Williams). Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) was a stand-in at two Grand Prix for Sauber in 2017, but is embarking on his first full season. The race also marks the amazing comeback of Poland’s Robert Kubica, who eight years ago partially severed his right arm in an accident that many believed would never see him driving a car again, let alone a Formula One machine. He gets his opportunity at Williams, which finished last in the constructors’ championship in 2018. In a new concept this year, a bonus point will be awarded for the fastest lap during the race should the driver finish inside the top 10. A winner currently gets 25 points with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and one for the subsequent places. A new set of aero regulations have also been introduced, featuring simpler front wings and brake ducts, in a bid to improve the quality of racing.last_img read more

Indictments filed in Special High Court against former top officials

The Special High Court has been established to hear cases on major fraud and corruption. (Colombo Gazette) Indictments were also served against former Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage and former Samurdhi Commissioner Neil Bandara Hapuwinna. Indictments have been filed in the first hearing at the Special High Court against former top officials.Among those against who the indictments were filed was former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath. Gamini Senarath, Piyadasa Kudabalage and Neil Bandara Hapuwinna had earlier been accused of missing public funds by illegally investing Rs.4 billion from the Rs.18.5 billion approved by the Cabinet for a hotel project in 2012. read more

Mens swimming Ohio State places second at Big Tens

Members of the Ohio State men’s swimming team break from a huddle after competition at the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team tied with Michigan for second place at the Big Ten Championships with a final score of 1382 points. The Buckeyes were edged out by Indiana, who won its first team title since 2006 with 1504 points.The Buckeyes kicked off the weekend with two impressive showings in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, finishing behind Michigan and Indiana in both events, respectively.The 200 medley relay made up of senior Matt McHugh, junior Jack Barone, freshman Noah Lense and sophomore Mossimo Chavez took home the bronze, and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, in a school record-breaking time of 1:24.15.In addition to the 200 medley relay, senior Josh Fleagle, junior Brayden Seal, junior Ching Lim and senior Andrew Appleby swam at record-breaking speed in the 800 freestyle relay (6.18.18), earning a spot at the national championship.Three Buckeyes earned points in the 200 yard individual medley, freshman Andrew Loy finished in ninth (1:44.71), followed by teammates Lim and Appleby, who finished 13th and 16th.In the distance events, junior Brayden Seal represented the Buckeyes, finishing sixth in the 500-yard freestyle behind several Big Ten standouts, including Michigan’s Felix Auboeck who won the event. Seal also scored for the Buckeyes in the mile, finishing third.In the 50-yard freestyle, Chavez finished the highest for Buckeyes placing sixth in a time of 19.45, followed by McHugh who took seventh place with a time of 19.50. Big Ten veteran Fleagle also scored, finishing ninth (19.71). Michigan’s Paul Powers won in a time of 19.26, setting a new Big Ten record, followed by Indiana sprinter Ali Khalafalla who finished 14 one-hundredths of a second behind Powers.Day Two of competition ended on a high note with the Buckeyes taking home the silver in the 400-yard medley relay. McHugh, Barone, Lense and Fleagle finished in a time of  3:04.13, qualifying for the national championships. Indiana’s squad, which including Olympian Blake Pieroni, won in record-setting fashion.McHugh took home the first Big Ten title for the Buckeyes, along with his third consecutive win in the 100-yard butterfly and setting a new Big Ten Championship record by finishing in a time of 44.91. OSU rookie Lense also finished in the top ten for Buckeyes, placing fifth with a time of 46.28.OSU’s Lim kept up the momentum by taking home the bronze in the 400-yard IM (3:46.89). In the 200-yard freestyle, Fleagle continued the speed finishing in second (1:33.25) behind Indiana’s Peroni (1:32.13).Indiana’s Ian Finnerty took home the title in the 100-yard breastroke in a record-breaking time of 51.38, followed by Michigan rookie Jacob Montague (52.08). OSU’s Barone finished third in an impressive swim, finding the wall at 52.26.One of OSU’s best events was the 100-yard backstroke, with four Buckeyes finishing in the top eight. McHugh finished in second in a time of 45.52, followed by junior Thomas Trace (46.53) in fourth then Appleby (47.30) and senior Mark Belanger (47.53) touching the wall in seventh and eighth, respectively.The second Big Ten title for the Buckeyes came on the last event of Friday evening, the 200 freestyle relay. Chavez, McHugh, Fleagle and Trace finished in a time 1:16.61 to seal yet another bid to the NCAAs for the Buckeyes, edging out two impressive squads in Indiana (1:16.72) and Michigan (1:17.58).Fleagle also added to his point collection, finishing sixth in the 100 freestyle at 42.55.OSU ended the week on a strong note with several Buckeyes bringing in points. Barone had a dominate performance in the 200-yard breastroke swimming one of the fastest times in OSU history, touching the wall fifth in a time of 1:54.61 and finishing yet another event in the top five.Trace took home the silver in the 200 backstroke, bringing in some major points for the Buckeyes, touching the wall in a time of 1:41.92, just getting edged out by Indiana’s Bob Glover. Appleby and freshman Brad Shannon also brought in points for the Buckeyes.OSU wrapped up its individual events with three top-ten finishes in the 200 butterfly with Lense winning the silver — setting an OSU school-record time at 1:41.44 — behind Indiana powerhouse Vinicius Lanza (1:40.97).  OSU sophomore Henrique Painhas finished fifth (1:44.31) and Salazar touched the wall seventh (1:45.38).In the final event of the Big Ten Championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay, McHugh, Chavez, Fleagle and Loy took home silver and set a new OSU school record in a time of 2:49.23.Next up, the Buckeyes will head to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships on March 22-25. read more

Flexco introduces Inspection Doors to belt conveyor line

first_imgFlexco recently introduced Inspection Doors to its line of belt conveyor products. The Inspection Doors feature an adjustable latch, are rated to hold up in extreme temperatures, and feature silicone seals on the door and the mounting plate. Users can tailor the tightness of the door seal to suit their needs by simply making a few modifications to the adjustable latch mechanism. This latch can also be locked with a padlock, preventing unauthorised users from accessing the enclosure.The Inspection Doors are also a valuable access point for cleaning material buildup off the belt conveyor cleaners and other equipment. For safety purposes, an optional screen is available. The screen serves as a guard to keep hands and tools from being placed in the enclosure, while still allowing visual access. “The design is especially useful as it maintains a safe approach while still allowing access for maintenance when required,” Ryan Grevenstuk, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, said. “The screen is hinged on one side and bolted on the other, so full removal of the screen is not necessary to access. However, a tool is required to unbolt the screen.” Flexco Inspection Doors are also rated for use in the toughest environments, with a range of -56°C to 176ºC. The doors are available in multiple sizes for a variety of applications.last_img read more

Im a touchyfeely sort of person Harris tells sex assault trial

first_imgAUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINER ROLF Harris admitted being a “touchy-feely” person, as he gave evidence for the first time today in his sexual assault trial in London.The 84-year-old artist — a fixture on TV screens for decades, and who once painted a portrait of the Queen — denied indecently assaulting a friend of his daughter while on holiday.He told Southwark Crown Court that he did hug the girl, but explained that he would hug most people.“I’m a very touchy-feely sort of person,” the television presenter said.Put to him by his defence lawyer Sonia Woodley that the alleged victim found it “creepy” when he hugged her, Harris denied that he had done so in a sexual way.He was questioned about an incident that allegedly took place when the girl travelled with Harris and his daughter to Hawaii.“She says that when she came out of the shower you were there and you indecently assaulted her. Did you do that?” Woodley asked.Harris replied: “No, it didn’t happen.”Harris is accused of 12 counts of indecent assault against four female complainants, aged from seven or eight to 19, between 1968 and 1986.Seven of the counts relate to his daughter’s friend, who claims Harris assaulted her over several years.The bearded, bespectacled star is well-known as a painter, entertainer and television presenter and once topped the charts with songs including “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” and “Two Little Boys”.Harris painted an 80th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth in 2005, took part in her diamond jubilee celebrations in 2012, and has been honoured by both Britain and Australia.- © AFP, 2014Read: Malaysia releases satellite data used to trace the final hours of flight MH370Read: Nigeria says it’s located missing schoolgirls, but won’t use force to rescue themlast_img read more

Greeces winning destinations for 2017

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to official data released by Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura at the Seventh Regional Conference for Productive Reconstruction, Crete and the Ionian islands, particularly Zakynthos, Kerkyra and Paxi are among Greece’s winning destinations for 2017. They are popular, they are attracting more tourists, and revenue is rising.“We have achieved a stronger demand for Greece, which is reflected in the increase in tourist traffic and connectivity. This has been attained through our contacts and negotiations with international tour operators and airlines and is a result of the excellent cooperation we have established with the Ionian Islands Region,” Minister Kountoura expanded while making reference to the Ionian islands’ continuously improving performance.The data confirms that the Ionian islands have recorded an impressive growth in international arrivals, with extened lengths of tourist stays, and increased tourism-related revenue, following on from 2016 which also saw arrivals increase by than 13 per cent and the total number of international visitors exceed 2.4 million. A further ten per cent increase in 2017 can be directly attributed to the launch of 30 new connecting flights in the region. “As an occasional travelling journalist who has visited around 90 per cent of the Greek islands, I am asked ‘what is the best Greek island?’,” travel writer, interpreter and translator Paul Hellander told Neos Kosmos. “Kerkyra (Corfu) is an unquestionably beautiful and comfortable island and subjectively one of my favourites. There is a dreamy romantic quality to the place that is almost magical or even Disney-esque. “It is green and clean and things seem miniaturised in a cosy kind of way. It is one of the most unGreek islands if your model of a Greek island is stark, bleached, almost waterless and blindingly blue and white; Kerkyra is green and pastel and if you overlook the busy coastline resorts, its real beauties are hidden in its olive grove-covered hinterlands. “So I would definitely give Corfu a tick myself,” says Hellander.“Paxi and its satellite island Antipaxi, on the other hand, please visitors as many Italians and more adventurous Brits have discovered over the years. Its remoteness and lack of mainstream accessibility means that it is relatively undiscovered or at least not so spoiled. “Winding stone wall-lined roads thread seamlessly across hillsides that are smothered by olive trees while little beaches and pretty fishing ports dot its perimeter. It’s almost an ideal destination. “Paxi will appeal to people who like a quiet classy holiday away from the crowds and, yes, there is a certain snob element to its appeal,” says the travel writer who doesn’t share the same ideas about the island of Zakynthos.“Although it is hard to figure out why this particular island topped the list, I can only assume that perhaps it’s the vibe or just a sense that the tourist euro is just that much higher on the locals’ wish list than elsewhere in the Ionian chain,” says Hellander who goes on to describe the beach resort of Laganas as unpleasing in terms of “tackiness and lager lout excess.” “That is a holiday I can do without, although its rugged northwest coast mollifies somewhat and of course the shipwreck bay and its iconic beach really do stun. However, I cannot say that Zakynthos appeals in the same way that Corfu and Paxi do.Local media reports also outlined that Minister Kountoura is currently assessing 20 investment proposals for several four- and five-star hotels, a tourism complex project, a regional theme park as well as investigating the options of establishing Corfu as a regional cruising hub.last_img read more

Hipster Dream Come True Alamo Drafthouse to Open Video Rental Store

first_imgStay on target Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS TapesThe last new VCR will be manufactured this month Dust off the VCR: Alamo Drafthouse is launching a video rental store at its upcoming North Carolina location.A “reimagining of the classic video rental store,” Video Vortex promises to be one of the largest video archives on the planet, with more than 30,000 titles, including DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes.Developed by JVC, the Video Home System (VHS) format reached the US in early 1977, encouraging people to host a movie night at home and record favorite TV programs for repeat viewing.A mainstay in television-equipped living rooms for more than two decades, the VHS VCR became obsolete with the introduction of digital recording and the DVD format.Some folks have held onto their bulky machines for nostalgic value—after all, how many memories exist only in VHS format?Alamo Drafthouse is preying on catering to those sentimental saps with the “crown jewel” of Video Vortex: a massive rental selection of rare VHS tapes, “including titles never released on digital formats,” the company boasted.Don’t have a VCR? Don’t worry, Alamo Drafthouse will rent you one, as well (including an HDMI-to-RCA adapter at no added charge). Or, you can just borrow from the collection of available DVDs and Blu-rays like most normal people.Customers are encouraged to hang out, have a drink, and relax among a gallery of vintage exploitation-era film posters (via Alamo Drafthouse)Return rentals on your next trip to the cinema, or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a pre-stamped envelope.Housed in the lobby of the cinema eatery’s coming-soon 11-screen Raleigh location (2000 New Bern Ave.), the space also features curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise, and Mondo apparel.Customers are encouraged to hang out, have a drink (the lounge offers 40 local draft beers on tap), and relax among a gallery of vintage exploitation-era film posters.According to the movie theater, Video Vortex was inspired by a long-running Drafthouse programming series that celebrates straight-to-video films from the ’80s to early aughts.“It gives me hope for humanity to see Video Vortex grow from a series at the Alamo to an actual video store,” curator Joseph Ziemba, founder of review site Bleeding Skull and director of AGFA and genre programming for Alamo Drafthouse, said in a statement.“VHS is still the only way to see hundreds of forgotten genre movies,” he continued. “But in this era of rare tapes selling for insane amounts of money, Video Vortex will make them easily accessible for everyone in the Raleigh film community.”Since opening its doors as a second-run movie theater in 1997, the growing chain has gained a reputation for its strict policy that audiences maintain proper cinema-going etiquette. Its food and drink service (including cold beers) and cabaret-style seating also sets the brand apart from other multiplexes.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Little Mac

first_img Little Mac Punches In!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Little Mac. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Who Are They?Little Mac is the pugilist protagonist of Punch-Out!!, a classic boxing underdog and maybe the closest thing Smash Bros. has to a real person? He’s a teenager from the Bronx and is famous for running past the Statue of Liberty. His most famous opponent who isn’t a racist caricature is literal real-life human being Mike Tyson. Punch-Out!! is a NES game with a lot of love even outside of gamer circles and this Rocky-esque tone is probably why.Smash HistoryLittle Mac was an assist trophy in Brawl, which was about right. He was an important Nintendo character but his last game was on the Super Nintendo. That same year he was an overweight joke in the Japan-only Captain Rainbow. However, 2009 saw the excellent Punch-Out!! remake for Wii. And Little Mac was upgraded to a playable character inspired by that design in Smash Wii U/3DS, complete with a gritty training montage trailer.What Looks New in Ultimate?Little Mac’s whole gimmick is that his grounded punching attacks are stupid powerful while his aerial abilities are almost non-existent. But while that means you can pull off some crazy stunts with your feet on the floor, just walloping people into oblivion, Mac can’t really compete in a game where being able to jump well is a huge part of the battle. In Ultimate his aerials and recovery options are improved somewhat, but he’s still not really a contender, especially since even his ground game isn’t the absolute very best.Our Hopes?I think the 2009, post-Obama era was actually the last time Nintendo could’ve made a traditional Punch-Out!! game. It’s just too racist now, as much as I love the wonderful concoction of rhythm fighting puzzles and hope for a sequel. So Little Mac fighting other Nintendo characters (including Donkey Kong who showed up in Punch-Out!! Wii) will have to be enough. Also put Doc Louis in the game.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

How to effectively communicate share schemes

first_imgNeed to know:Employers need to find out what communication methods are preferred by their workforce.Digital communications continue to be popular, and augmented reality is now also being used to promote and engage employees with share schemes.More employers are supporting employees with financial education around share schemes. JLL engages staff with sharesave scheme through digital communicationsProfessional services firm JLL is moving away from paper-based means of communicating its share schemes to online methods to better reflect the ways its employees carry out the majority of their work and personal transactions.With 4,000 employees across four divisions, JLL currently has 1,000 members saving into a three-year sharesave scheme and 130 saving into a five-year scheme.Sarah Ruggles, head of pensions and benefits at JLL, says: “The vast majority of our employees are online, so we know we can effectively communicate via email. They’re all fairly sophisticated and predominantly professionals, so are very accustomed to transacting over the internet.”The move is also part of the organisation’s sustainability aim to improve its carbon footprint and not rely on paper copy.When a sharesave scheme matured in 2015, JLL moved the maturity process online and launched an interactive online guidance brochure and webinars, which included all the information employees needed to know about the maturity process. Previously, JLL offered face-to-face sessions at its locations around the country.JLL has since continued to use online communication methods. Ruggles says: “This year we put our launch process entirely online, with an online brochure and online capability to go straight on to [provider] YBS’s website and apply for the options and savings account.”Its sharesave communications are not entirely online, but the information sent out has been streamlined; employees receive a letter containing log-in details to their home address along with one page of regulatory information. Previously, this would have been accompanied by a booklet and prospectus.JLL also sends out information about the share schemes on its weekly newsletters, as well as emails. Employees are signposted to the information online and can also dial in to webinars.“We have significant take-up, so the information webinars on launch are aimed at new people, although we are seeing existing savers joining, just to update their knowledge,” says Ruggles.The key message that JLL wants to communicate to employees is that the sharesave schemes offer them a stake in the business. “It’s about taking a stake in the [organisation] and being involved in the business, and we feel that that engages people more in what they’re doing,” says Ruggles. The communication methods used in share schemes are evolving as quickly as in any other industry; while messages and information were previously predominantly paper-based, employers now favour online and digital methods to inform and engage employees. A third (33%) of employees prefer to receive benefits communications via email alerts compared to 18% that prefer leaflets and guides, according to Capita’s Employee insight report 2016-17, published in October 2016.However, there are some key factors employers need to consider to ensure communications are effective.Know the audienceOne of the most important things an employer needs to ascertain for a communications exercise is the target audience. Phil Ainsley, managing director of employee services at Equiniti, says: “There are so many different ways of communicating with people that unless [employers] have a little background, [they’re] not going to find out the best time to deliver the message and get through to people in the right way.”For example, face-to-face talks to a dispersed workforce across multiple locations can be difficult to organise, and many organisations may have large numbers of employees that are mobile and may not have regular access to an intranet site.Employers can work with providers and use their management information (MI) to ascertain which methods have worked in the past and how employees consume information. “How many [employees] access an intranet or online portals?” says Ainsley. “We know how many times they use it, how many pages they look at, and what devices they use. All of that can be tracked and it tells [us] the best ways of getting in front of people.”Communication methodsThe means through which employers communicate share schemes to employees continue to evolve. Ashley Price, head of share plans at YBS, says: “The direction of travel is towards digital, everything is going more and more online. However, there are some organisations that still have a requirement for paper [communications] and for making [these] available.”For example, traditional blue-collar industry sectors will retain an element of paper-based communication because the workforce is not regularly in front of a computer, says Price.For communication to be effective, employers must continue to bear the audience in mind when it comes to the methods through which employees can apply to join a share scheme. Gabbi Stopp, head of employee share ownership at Proshare, says: “Paper definitely isn’t dead in the water, we see the number of paper applications remaining very low but steady. I think that reflects the fact that some people prefer to use paper, and some don’t have any other option.”Email is one of the most common forms of communication, both to inform employees that a share scheme is opening and that they will be receiving an invitation to join. Mobile communication is fast becoming the norm though, simply because that is how most employees consume information in their daily lives. “That’s the route most [employers] want to go down because it’s a lot cheaper to communicate in that way and it’s a lot quicker,” says Ainsley.One of the biggest developments in recent years has been the introduction of the use of augmented reality (AR). Using technology similar to that of games such as Pokemon Go, AR overlays graphics, videos and links onto images of the real world. This technology can be used to promote and engage employees with benefits. “If [employers] have an poster or booklet, [it] can link that image as a trigger to take [employees] directly to [a] portal, or link into a video,” explains Equiniti’s Ainsley.Other app functions can also be utilised to further engage staff, such as a calendar function, which can automatically send a reminder when the invitation to join the share scheme is open, when it closes, when the deduction from pay will be taken, and on the first anniversary, for example.Employers cannot ignore the power of physical reminders around the workplace, says Karen Bolan, head of engagement at AHC. “There are lots of opportunities around the workplace; lots of big posters, banners, a surgery with an HR manager where [employees] can ask questions, and wraps for columns,” she says. “They can prompt people to go to a visual space, and using things such as QR [quick-response] codes on posters is a great way of getting people in to that digital space. If [employers] want maximum participation [they’ve] got to be very visible with [their] communications and actually drive the traffic towards it.”Meanwhile, as employers continue to see the value in financial education programmes, share plans will take more prominence in these, says Price. “More employers are becoming much more aware of the need to provide a level of financial education for their employees so they don’t just leave them out in the cold, and support them with the decisions they take,” he says.The wellbeing aspect of supporting employees with their financial concerns will also increase, adds Stopp. “There will be more [employers] using financial education and delivering that around their plan communications,” she explains.center_img Viewpoint: Employee endorsement of share plans is invaluableLife is a busy place and our attention is at a premium as we are assailed by nudges prompts and messages, virtual and real. It is the same for employees only more so: share plans account for a fraction of what interests them.Yet from an organisation’s point of view, other than looking good, share plans only work if employees appreciate them. So [employers] have to communicate to make them worth the investment.It is well known that reward is what makes people happy at work. Share plans are an obscure reward, so call for more effort.One size certainly does not suit all. Employees need to be wooed according to their own status interest and taste. Total personalisation is too expensive, of course, but it should always be the theoretical goal.From the share plan, employees need to understand that the [organisation] cares about them, even the boss; that the share price is a shared interest among all and that working smarter should make everybody better off.There are no best ways of communicating. It depends critically on the company and its staff. But take a lesson from PR where third-party endorsement is the bee’s knees. What other people say influences more than a top-down message.Employers should, therefore, get employees to carry the message to other employees and find respected third parties to say the right things.Finally, the democratic right to vote as a shareholder is worth promoting. It gives an importance over and above material reward to the share scheme story. It may be boring to administer but share schemes need flights of fancy and inspiration, as well as worked examples.Malcolm Hurlston is chairman at the Employee Share Ownership (Esop) Centrelast_img read more

The Pensions Regulator fines Barnet Council for failing to submit pension documentation

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued the London Borough of Barnet Council’s pension scheme manager with a £1,000 fine for failing to submit legally required documents.The fine, which was issued in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme for England and Wales, was delivered to the London Borough of Barnet’s pension scheme manager for failing to submit the 2016 scheme return document.Managers and trustees of public service schemes are required to provide a scheme return document under the Pensions Act 2004. This will typically ask for information such as up to date contact details for managers, trustees and employers, scheme type information, and membership numbers. Scheme return notices are issued to managers of public service schemes annually, usually giving pension scheme managers six weeks to submit the required information.Failure to provide this information by the deadline can lead to fines of up to £5,000 per individual or up to £50,000 in other cases.TPR issued a scheme return notice to Barnet Council on 9 July 2016, providing a deadline of 12 August 2016. The scheme return was not received and further communications by TPR were issued.On 29 September 2016, TPR issued a notification of failure to the scheme manager, which required them to complete the scheme return by 14 October 2016. This was followed by a warning notice in 18 January 2017, which outlined TPR’s intention to ask the Determinations Panel to issue a penalty notice for failure to submit the scheme return.The situation was deferred to the Determinations Panel on 24 February 2017, and the case was considered on 8 March 2017. The panel decided to impose a £1,000 fine against the scheme manager.The penalty notice was issued to the London Borough of Barnet on 13 April 2017 and was paid on 9 June 2017.A spokesperson at Barnet council said: “The council recognises that this is totally unacceptable. Due to a specific resourcing issue, the 2016 Annual Scheme Return was not filed in time by our supplier. The fine has been paid by them and steps taken to ensure this will not reoccur.”Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “It is the legal responsibility of trustees and managers to submit a scheme return by the deadline. This is one of the most basic regulatory requirements for trustees and managers and it is vitally important that we have up to date information about schemes so we can carry out our role effectively. We are also concerned if it is not submitted, as this may signal further problems within the administration of the scheme.“Good scheme governance is a key factor to achieving positive outcomes for members. The action we took in this case demonstrates our commitment to this.“We have shown that where managers and trustees are failing with their basic duties, including in large public service schemes such as this one, we will use our powers to intervene.”last_img read more

Margate family displaced after house fire

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida family is safe but unable to go into their home after, officials said, a fire broke out, Saturday afternoon.Firefighters arrived at the home, near U.S. 441 and Atlantic Boulevard, in Margate, to find damage and light smoke. They were able to put out the blaze.Officials said the fire was electrical. They deemed the home unsafe.The American Red Cross has stepped in to assist the homeowners.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tom Petty Box Set To Feature 63 Unreleased Recordings

first_img https://twitter.com/tompetty/status/1017045902899343360 Twitter Tom Petty Box Set To Feature 63 Unreleased Recordings News Facebook Tom Petty Posthumous Box Set Is Coming tom-petty-box-set-feature-63-unreleased-recordings ‘An American Treasure’ will be released in September, adding to the rocker’s body of work that has already become audible memories for millionsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 11, 2018 – 3:57 pm When Tom Petty passed away at age 66 in October 2017, millions felt the grief of his loss while experiencing gratitude for the many heartfelt rock songs Petty gave us over the decades. Now, new thanks can be directed to Petty for his carefully maintained musical vault of unreleased masters, and also to his family and collaborators for curating a selection for release. On Sept. 28, a four-CD boxed set titled An American Treasure will make these precious recordings available, and a first taste from 1982 has been already been unveiled, a previously unreleased song called “Keep A Little Soul.”The collection was compiled by Petty’s widow Dana, daughter Adria, Heartbreaker bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and engineer Ryan Ulyate. A two-CD version will also be released, but the 63-song tracklist for the fuller version — filled with alternate takes, unheard compositions and exceptional live performances — could start fans saving their pennies now for the more comprehensive offering. Email In early 2017 Petty was named MusiCares Person Of The Year and musicians including the Foo Fighters and Norah Jones performed at his tribute ceremony. Jackson Brown commented that “all these songs are a part of me.” The Lumineers praised Petty for his “universality,” for writing songs that “feel eternal,” and said they felt like they were “kindred spirits” with him. They singled out his B-sides as belonging on any other artist’s greatest hits album. It’s in that spirit that music lovers look forward to unreleased gems from his vault.The tracklist for An American Treasure contains live versions of classic titles such as “Breakdown,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Into The Great Wide Open,” in addition to the unearthed rarities. Songwriters, musicians, fans and new listeners alike are all bound to pore over his family’s curated selection, a new legacy following the iconic body of work filled to the brim with Petty’s against-the-odds rock spirit.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Godrej HIT Announces Nationwide Awareness Campaign on Dengue Malaria

first_imgOn the occasion of the World Mosquito Day, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) has launched a nationwide campaign – “Desh Ke Har Kone Se Machharon Ka Safaya”.As part of the campaign, Ravinder Kumar, Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation along with Sunil Kataria, business head – India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited flagged off the Godrej Kala HIT Van for it to embark on a 4,000+ km drive from Delhi to Bangalore with the objective of educating people about dengue.On its way to Bangalore, the HIT Van will cover more than 20 cities and demonstrate how HIT – Track the Bite app can help them be informed and safe from dengue.There is regular coverage on print and electronic media about vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue claiming thousands of lives around the globe. Why is it then that people are indifferent to the effects that mosquitoes have?HIT realised that intense media clutter and cacophony in traditional media channels has made people indifferent even to such critical messages.The leader in the household insecticide spray market, Kala HIT, thus elevated the significance of its campaign with the launch of the ‘TrackTheBite’ app – a necessity owing to the vast population that has taken to cellular devices and mobile Internet.The app is designed to deliver real-time dengue and malaria threat information based on users’ locations. “Godrej Consumer Products has always strived to make the lives of consumers brighter and better. Carrying this philosophy forward, on the occasion of World Mosquito Day, Godrej HIT has taken the initiative to create awareness about dengue and malaria by launching the HIT Track the Bite app,” said Sunil Kataria.Amongst other features, users can check threat levels in any part of the country and with the easy share feature of the app, one can alert their family and friends to take necessary action.In case the recipient does not own a smartphone, HIT Track the Bite app is designed to send alerts through SMS. In addition, the app allows users to report a mosquito infestation in a particular locality.last_img read more

Hartlage Earns Third Straight AllACC Honor

first_imgThe junior also owns a runner-up showing at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate in October. Coach of the YearKim Lewellen, Wake Forest Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior Lauren Hartlage was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team, announced by the league on Thursday. The Elizabethtown, Ky., native leads the Cardinals with a 72.48 stroke average in 27 rounds this season. Hartlage has finished in the top 10 in five of the 10 tournaments Louisville competed in. 2019 All-ACC Women’s Golf TeamAna Belac, DukeJavaree Boonchant, DukeVirginia Elena Carta, DukeLauren Hartlage, LouisvilleAlice Hewson, ClemsonGina Kim, DukeFrida Kinhult, Florida StateJennifer Kupcho, Wake ForestSiyun Liu, Wake ForestEmilia Migliaccio, Wake ForestBeth Lillie, VirginiaAnna Redding, VirginiaIvy Shephard, ClemsonBeatrice Wallin, Florida StateJennifer Zhou, North Carolina Co-Players of the YearFrida Kinhult, Florida State & Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest Hartlage and the Cardinals return to the course Monday for the opening round of the NCAA East Lansing Regional. The 54-hole tournament will be played at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. Freshman of the YearFrida Kinhult, Florida State Hartlage opened up the spring season with a bang, taking the top spot at the Moon Golf Invitational for her second collegiate victory. Her 10-under par total of 206 tied the second-best individual tournament in program history. Hartlage has been named to the All-ACC team in each of her three seasons with the Cardinals, making her the sixth player in program history to earn all-conference honors at least three seasons. Story Linkslast_img read more

Polling station in Athens attacked during election

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Riding motorcycles and wearing helmets and balaclavas, the men fled the scene after smashing the ballot box and setting fire to it. Police say the two wounded officers were hospitalized.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Police say about 10 men armed with sledgehammers and wooden bats have attacked a polling station during Greece’s election, wounding two policemen guarding it and setting fire to the ballot box.No voters were hurt during the attack Sunday, which occurred half an hour before polls closed in the crucial election, which could determine whether Greece remains a member of the Eurozone.The attack _ the only one reported so far at a voting station during the balloting _ took place in the Athens neighborhood of Exarhia, a traditional haven for leftists and anarchists near the city center. Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Arianas Persian Kitchen to open at The Royal Atlantis Resort

first_imgThe Royal Atlantis Resort and ResidencesAriana’s Persian Kitchen to open at The Royal Atlantis ResortThe Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences and Ariana Bundy are thrilled to announce that the popular Iranian–American celebrity chef’s debut restaurant, ‘Ariana’s Persian Kitchen’, will launch at the destination property late 2019.An award-winning TV chef and cookbook author, Ariana Bundy is on a mission to bring Persian cuisine to a wider audience. Following the success of her ground-breaking book “Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes”, she went on to write, produce and present the cookery and travel series, ‘Ariana’s Persian Kitchen’. The eight-part TV show launched on NatGeo People and has aired in over 40 countries.The upcoming restaurant, with Ariana’s modern and refined take on this ancient and sophisticated cuisine, promises to be a compelling addition to the Dubai culinary scene. A rare female-led celebrity establishment, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen is set to put Persian cuisine firmly on the map with a revolutionary and enticing menu, inspiring decor and next-level hospitality.Served family style, Persian classics will be given Ariana’s refreshing modern twist in terms of textures, ingredients and presentation. Guests can sample signature dishes such as Ariana’s Caspian-style filet kabab, rose-scented sea bass, a colorful array of mezze dishes and her take on classic Persian ice cream with saffron, pistachios and rose water. Meals will be complemented by a range of specially created cordials and drinks as well as traditional Persian tea and baklava.An elegant, light yet relaxed and intimate setting, the restaurant will seat more than 140 guests offering sea views over the Dubai skyline from wooden ‘day beds’ in a beautiful garden terrace.  Features of note include a romantic cordial bar, majestic vaulted domes and a masculine private dining room. At the heart of the restaurant is an extensive show kitchen featuring a massive charcoal grill and fire pit tandoor serving fresh breads.“The stunning design of the resort, combined with the professionalism of the Atlantis and Kerzner teams, convinced me that this was the ideal time and place to open my first restaurant,” commented Bundy, “Ariana’s Persian Kitchen will bring to life the untold stories of Persian culture through plentiful and beautifully presented dishes. Complex, yet comforting flavours will work alongside an interplay of textures, spices and tastes, all served with charming and generous hospitality.”.Martin Chung, SVP, Global Development at The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences comments: “We have big expectations for ‘Ariana’s Persian Kitchen’, there is really nothing in the region that fuses a contemporary dining experience with the authenticity of the Persian cuisine. Joining the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Heston Blumenthal, Giorgio Locatelli and José Andrés, Ariana Bundy is another iconic addition to the Atlantis family.”Ariana was first exposed to the food business by her restaurateur father, who owned innovative French dining establishments in pre revolution Iran and later Beverly Hills. After learning her craft at Le Cordon Bleu and Le Notre in Paris and training at Fauchon Patisserie, Ariana became the head pastry chef for the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, catering for the Oscars and Golden Globes as well as movie premieres. Shortly after, Ariana published her first book titled ‘Sweet Alternative’ featuring deserts using alternatives to dairy, gluten, or soy, inspired by her own food intolerances. In 2012 she published ‘Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes’, which received a Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2012 and shortlisted as the best cookery book at the 2013 Writer’s Guild Awards. In 2015, Ariana became the host of the cookery and travel series ‘Ariana’s Persian Kitchen’.The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences will deliver sky high guest rooms and homes with architectural and design masterpieces that have never been seen before, conceived by the world’s leading architects, designers and artists. With the contemporary living and hotel spaces offering uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Dubai city skyline, residents and guests will also be able to enjoy a variety of unique amenities including, soaring private gardens and terraces with their own pools. The resort and residences will feature over 90 swimming pools including an awe-inspiring rooftop infinity pool suspended 90 meters above The Palm, relaxing private beaches and world-class restaurants with award-winning celebrity chefs.About The Royal Atlantis Resort & ResidencesThe Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences are redefining the concept of international luxury living. Located on the crescent of The Palm, next to the iconic Atlantis, The Palm resort, The Royal Atlantis will deliver sky high homes with architectural and design masterpieces that have never been seen before, conceived by the world’s leading architects, designers and artists. With the contemporary living spaces offering uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Dubai city skyline, residents will also be able to enjoy a variety of unique amenities including, soaring private gardens with their own pools, an awe-inspiring rooftop infinity pool suspended 90 metres above The Palm, relaxing private beaches and world-class restaurants with award-winning celebrity chefs.About Kerzner International Holdings Limited,Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment and gaming experiences. Kerzner’s flagship brand Atlantis, includes Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort on The Palm, overlooking the Arabian Sea and mainland Dubai and Atlantis, Sanya Hainan in China; and in development, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai and Atlantis Ko Olina in Hawaii in the United States. Under the One&Only brand, Kerzner manages some of the most top-rated ultra-luxury resorts in the world, located in Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Dubai, Rwanda and Australia.  Additionally, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, mazaganbeachresort.com, a 500-room destination golf and casino resort in Morocco, is also operated by Kerzner.  For more information on our brands, please visit: atlantis.com or oneandonlyresorts.com.  For more information on Kerzner International, please visit Kerzner.com. Source = The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residenceslast_img read more

Batman Star Trek TV collectibles to be auctio

first_img‘Batman,’ ‘Star Trek’ TV collectibles to be auctioned LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A longtime TV memorabilia collector is putting props and costumes from “Batman,” ”Star Trek” and other shows up for auction.James Comisar said 400 items from his collection will be for sale. That includes the Riddler’s green jacket from the first episode of “Batman” and a protective glass “bat shield” from the camp 1960s series.Also going on the block are the egg-shaped spaceship from “Mork & Mindy,” a bag of Walter White-concocted fake drugs from “Breaking Bad” and a stalking costume worn by the title serial killer in “Dexter.”More than 50 lots of “Star Trek” costumes, sketches, jewelry and correspondence acquired from series costume designer William Ware Theiss will be part of the sale. Among them is the toga worn by William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk in a kissing scene with Nichelle Nichols’ Lt. Uhura.Comisar said he has been collecting TV-related items for 30 years and hopes to see a museum built to house the items and honour television history. The memorabilia is stored in a climate-, light- and humidity-controlled warehouse.With the industry slow to support his dream, Comisar said he decided to “share amazing pieces with collectors and fans who have always valued these shows” and care for them properly.Prop Store, a film and TV memorabilia company, is hosting the auction on Dec. 1 at its Southern California facility. Items can be viewed online and bids placed on auction day by phone or on the Prop Store website.___Online:Prop Store – Ultimate Movie Collectables This image released by The Comisar Collection shows costumes worn by characters Captain Kirk and Spock from the “Star Trek” TV series, which are among 400 items from his memorabilia collection up for auction on Dec. 1. (The Comisar Collection via AP) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 8:06 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Parliament ends Opap monopoly

first_imgBy Evie AndreouThe House plenum on Friday passed a law which puts an end to the monopoly of Opap Cyprus in lottery games and provides for a new procedure of granting exclusive use of this right to the most qualified interested party.The adoption of a law was deemed necessary after a letter of formal notice by the European Commission, which cited, among others, an infringement by the Cypriot authorities due to lack of equal treatment of Opap Ltd over other providers of games of chance. Opap was exempt from national legislation regulating lottery games as its operations in Cyprus was the result of a transnational agreement.Based on an interstate agreement entered into between Cyprus and Greece, Opap has been the only company allowed to run lottery games on the island.  The deal was signed when Opap belonged to the Greek state. In 2013, the cash-strapped Greek state sold the majority of stocks to Emma Delta Hellenic Holding Limited, a Greek-Czech group.The new law aimed at harmonising national legislation with that of the EU and replaces the agreement between Greece and Cyprus on the management and organisation of lottery games by Opap Cyprus, with a new regulatory framework providing for the granting of an exclusive right to carry out, under specific terms and conditions, games of chance to a provider selected following a specific process and subject to strict regulatory control. It also aims at ensuring public interest.After the law enters into force – by its publication in the official gazette – the cabinet will authorise a coordinating committee for choosing and recommending a lottery games provider to the finance minister to grant to it the exclusive organisation, operation and provision of games of chance.The committee will consist of the permanent secretaries of the finance and industry ministries, the state treasurer, and an official of the finance ministry as the secretary.The contract defines that games of chance concern lottery and games based on the correct prediction of combinations of results of sporting events with variable odds.The coordinating committee will initially assess if the current provider – Opap Cyprus – qualifies for receiving the exclusive right to lottery games. If yes, it will submit to the finance minister a report justifying their decision and, in his turn, the minister will submit the name of the provider to the cabinet for approval.If Opap Cyprus does not qualify, the committee will go to a tender competition and after assessing proposals and limit the number to five, they will assess results based on criteria and propose the best contender to the minister, who, in his turn will submit to the cabinet for approval. The exclusive right is not transferable.The successful candidate will be called in to pay a fee which, is payable to the National Betting Authority (EAS) which also has the right to revoke the licence in the case of violation of any contract term. The service provider will have to also submit to EAS a bank guarantee from a credit institution equal to five per cent of its expected annual turnover.It will also pay to the Republic a tax for lottery games carried out both by it and its agents set at 22.5 per cent of the gross profit of the provider from lottery games for each audit year.The provider is also required to pay five per cent of its gross profit to activities in the Republic, of sports, social or welfare interests.If the total annual amount collected by the Republic is less than €20m, at the end of the year the provider is obliged to pay the remaining amount to the Republic within a month, to supplement the above amount.You May Likeezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comUndoAuto Overload23 Photos Taken Seconds Before Utter CatastropheAuto OverloadUndoDailyChoicesDad Takes Family Photo, Doesn’t Notice BackgroundDailyChoicesUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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