Thursday 23 December 2010 8:28 am Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULL whatsapp UK service sector slows, but productivity up whatsapp alison.lock UK SERVICE sector activity declined by 0.4 per cent in October, giving back more than half of the previous month’s 0.7 per cent rise, official data has showed.The Office for National Statistics said half of the drop was accounted for by a drop in the “government and other services” category, reflecting the start of what is expected to be a prolonged austerity campaign.It was the biggest monthly decline in services activity since April – but experts cautioned that monthly numbers are volatile, and when comparing the three months to October with the previous three months, services output rose 0.6 per cent.“While the drop in services output in October is disappointing, it is important not to read too much into it. Overall, the evidence suggests that the services sector is currently still seeing moderate expansion,” said Howard Archer, chief economist at HIS Global Insight.This quarterly rise was just ahead of the 0.5 per cent growth registered in September.The data offer the first official glimpse of how the UK’s biggest economic sector fared in the fourth quarter of the year, and Archer admitted they were evidence that services were already being affected by government cutbacks.The ONS also reported that productivity across all sectors of the economy rose a modest 0.1 per cent in the third quarter.The gain lifted the annual rate of growth to 1.7 per cent, its highest since the third quarter of 2007.Archer said: “The reduced improvement in productivity in the third quarter reflects the fact that companies took on more workers. “However, the fact that productivity rose more quarter-on-quarter in terms of output per hour worked in the third quarter than in terms of output per worker reflects the fact that many of the jobs added were part-time.“This suggests that companies remained reluctant to add full-time employees given a still uncertain longer-term economic outlook.”Unit wage costs fell by 0.5 per cent compared with the same quarter a year ago, the biggest fall since 1994, the statistics office said.
Regions: Western Europe Portugal Portuguese casino operator Solverde Group was one of the new additions to the market in Q3, having secured an online sports betting licence in September 2020. Players wagered a total of €222.8m on sports betting in Q3, almost double the amount bet in the same quarter in 2019. Football was the main source of sports betting interest during Q3, accounting for 79.1% of all wagers placed in the quarter. Tennis was a distance second with 11.8% of bets, then basketball on 6.5%. Online gambling revenue in Portugal amounted to a record €84.2m in the three months to 30 September 2020, according to new figures published by national regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ). The quarterly total represented a 55.6% year-on-year increase on the €54.1m in the corresponding period in 2019, and also 22.6% improvement on €68.7m in the second quarter of 2020. 4th January 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Slot machines were by the most popular form of online games of chance during Q3, accounting for 70.3% of wagers in this market, ahead of roulette on 13.8%, blackjack on 6.1% and poker with 4.8% of the market share. Tags: Finance Email Address Revenue from games of chance reached €41.7m in Q3, up 47.9% on last year. However, this was down 12.9% on the €47.9m generated in Q2 2020, as some consumers switched back to sports betting amid the return of many sports competitions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Some 156,000 consumers registered for new accounts in Q3, while the number of people who opted to self-exclude from online gambling also increased in the quarter to 62,100. In terms of operator numbers, a total of 24 licences are currently active in the country, up from 18 in 2019, with 11 of these being valid for sports betting and 13 for online games of chance. A total of €1.18bn was spent on online games in Q3, up 59.4% from €741.6m in the corresponding period in 2019. Topics: Online casino Q3 results 2020 Online sports betting Q3 results 2020 Sports betting revenue for the quarter amounted to €42.5m, up 23.2% from 2019 and also more than double the total generated in Q2, helped by the restart of major sports events following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown. Portugal igaming revenue reaches record €84.2m in Q3 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 26th March, 2020 | More on: INTU SDRY STOB I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Here are three I wouldn’t touch.Property crunchRetail real estate investor Intu Properties (LSE: INTU) was already struggling and has been under a heavy debt burden for some time. It had been trying to get a £1.3bn cash call off the ground, but that’s had to be canned.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…An update on Thursday told us the firm has received only 29% of its due second-quarter rents on time. A year ago the figure stood at 77%.The company has available cash and facilities of £184m. But Covid-19 disruption is holding up the £95m disposal of its Puerto Venecia asset. Those proceeds are now expected “in the middle of May at the earliest.” Intu is “no longer able to provide guidance in relation to the 2020 financial year.”The firm says it might seek government assistance, aimed at helping commercial landlords through these times.The Intu share price is down 74% since the pandemic took hold. But, more worryingly, it’s now fallen 96% in 12 months. Intu looks priced to go bust, and I think there’s a high probability of that happening.High street crashStruggling fashion brands are risky at the best of times. But even before the virus arrived, times were not the best for Superdry (LSE: SDRY).Founder Julian Dunkerton is back in control, but his recovery plans were hit by weak Christmas trading. And now, with the coronavirus closures, there’s precious little trading happening at all. 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Stobart shares have fallen 70% in the past 12 months.The company confirmed last week that it was in talks concerning a potential sale of a portion of London Southend Airport, but said that was on hold thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak.A further trading update told us that the year to 29 February 2020 had gone along with expectations, but that’s of little importance right now. On the outlook front, it’s really not surprising that there’s “no certainty regarding the extent or length of the virus’ impact and it is therefore not possible to provide meaningful guidance on forecast passenger numbers for FY 2021 at this time.”Stobart also revealed that “additional liquidity is likely to be required,” and that it is actively seeking fresh funding. This is another ‘hands off’ for me. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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News UpdatesKerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala Moves HC Against Sprinklr Deal [Read Petition] Akshita Saxena23 April 2020 1:48 AMShare This – xLeader of Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, MLA Ramesh Chennithala has moved the Kerala High Court challenging the agreement between the Kerala Government and US-based Sprinklr Company for processing of data related to COVID-19 patients. Chennithala has alleged that the Field Visiting Team of the Local Self Government Institutions are collecting sensitive personal data…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLeader of Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, MLA Ramesh Chennithala has moved the Kerala High Court challenging the agreement between the Kerala Government and US-based Sprinklr Company for processing of data related to COVID-19 patients. Chennithala has alleged that the Field Visiting Team of the Local Self Government Institutions are collecting sensitive personal data of all those who are under quarantine at their homes or at various hospitals and is uploading the same on the web servers of Sprinklr, a US based IT Company. As per the Petitioner, vital sensitive data of more than 1.25 lakh individuals has already been collected and shared with the US Company however, during the process, the Kerala Government suppressed the involvement of Sprinklr from the data providers. Thus it is alleged that the Government has acted in excess of its powers inasmuch as the above exercise has been undertaken without obtaining prior informed consent from such patients. “It is trite that either the 1st Respondent [Government of Kerala] or any of its officials have no right or authority to execute any contract or agreement or other instruments with any body corporate or any foreign nation waving any of the rights of a citizen, guaranteed under Constitution or under any laws and hence it is ultra vires,” the Petitioner contends. Moreover, it is alleged that the state has omitted to prescribe proper guidelines applicable to data providers and there is nothing in the Circular (Exhibit Performa) issued by the Government in this behalf, to protect the patients from being exploited and misused against their wishes for commercial gain of Sprinklr. “Absence of any column in the Exhibit Performa regarding the information consent would prove that no voluntariness has been prescribed as a condition precedent for giving sensitive data. The Exhibits are totally blank without any stipulations regarding the informed consent. Nothing has been provided for protecting any confidentiality in maintaining data. There is nothing in the Exhibit Performa for guaranteeing against any forseable risk, discomfort or inconvenience to the data providers.” the plea states. The Petitioner has further pointed out that the agreement with Sprinklr was executed without seeking approval of the Council of Ministers or other concerned departments of the State including the Law Department, which is empowered to prepare agreements on behalf of the government. “In the instant case, it is the admitted fact that the 6th respondent has executed Exhibit P-3 and Exhibit P-7 agreements without any authority as required under law and hence the failure to comply with the mandatory constitutional formalities required under Article 299(1) of the Constitution of India has nullified them and rendered void and unenforceable. Over and above, under Part XIX clause 2 (a) of the Rules of Business of Government of Kerala, it is by the Law Department to draft and approve every agreements by or in favour of the Government, without which no agreement could be prepared by any official without the knowledge and approval of the Law Department,” the plea states. Notably, M Sivasankar, the IT Secretary, appearing in media interviews on Saturday, admitted that the opinion of legal department was not taken before the contract, due to the emergency situation. Through this petition, Chennithala has urged the court to restrain the Kerala Government from uploading any further data on the servers of Sprinklr, apart from quashing the Circular issued to effectuate the agreement, as unconstitutional and ultra vires. Additionally, the Petitioner has sought that since the COVID-19 patients had to part with their vital sensitive data without their voluntary consent, they are legally entitled to get adequate compensation for the impairment and loss suffered by them. “Protecting the security of sensitive data of an individual, which is worth rupees crores, is very important because collection, storage and use of large amounts of personally identifiable sensitive data may be potentially embarrassing. If security is breached, the individuals whose health information was inappropriately accessed or altered may face a number of potential harms. The disclosure of sensitive data may cause intrinsic harm simply because private information is known by others. Individual could also experience social or psychological harm due to disclosure of personal health information to strangers. Protecting the privacy of those participants and maintaining the confidentiality of their data have always been a fundamental constitutional obligation of the State,” the Petitioner submits. A similar plea has also been moved before the High Court by Advocate Balu Gopalakrishnan, alleging foul play in the decision of the Pinarayi Vijayan-government to choose the services a foreign-based private company for storing and analyzing COVID-19 data. He questioned the decision to entrust the job with a foreign company, overlooking state entities like the C-DIT and NIC. The High Court has already sought an explanation from the State Government on the deal, addressing the issues like the foreign jurisdiction clause in the IT contract and the omission to seek sanction from the law department before finalizing the deal. Meanwhile, the Government has constituted a two-member committee to examine the issues in relation to the deal. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employees in the UK want to learn but are too busy at work, have too manycommitments or lack sufficient childcare support. Research for City and Guilds shows that although two-thirds of people areinterested in learning, almost three-quarters feel prevented from doing so. The biggest factor holding people back is time, with 25 per cent citingpressures of work and a similar proportion blaming other commitments as mainobstacles. More than 10 per cent say a lack of childcare support prevents then fromdeveloping new skills and 11 per cent of the 1,400 respondents reveal that anignorance of what courses are available holds them back. The survey shows that a mere 7 per cent of those interviewed are undertakinga learning activity and only one in 10 see their employer as a source ofinformation on learning. When asked what would motivate them to learn, the most common reason givenby respondents is fun, leisure or relaxation, with 42 per cent. Chris Humphries, director general of City and Guilds, said the resultsoutline a desperate need to address the problem of re-skilling the existingworkforce. “This survey shows what we all suspected – first that not enoughemphasis is being placed on learning in the workplace, and second that we needa fundamental review of the way people learn. “This is a top priority for British business. By 2010 there will beupwards of 2 million additional jobs in the UK – most of which will have to befilled by the existing workforce – and these jobs will typically requirehigher-level skills than needed today. “Unless employers can access the necessary skills to meet these needs,we will lose out to more competitive economies.” Staff want to learn but struggle to make timeOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
OXFORD’S Tory Reform Group looks set to disband and merge with OUCA after the President-Elect resigned last week.President-Elect Thomas Hardman said that the Conservative Party’s move towards the political centre under David Cameron had removed the need for a Tory Reform Group.In an email to members, the group’s current President Luke Connoley wrote, “Next Sunday there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the OUTRG. It has been called to discuss and take a vote on the potential dissolution of the OUTRG as a society.“The discussion will be centred around the idea, not of simple dissolution of the TRG, but of a merger with OUCA in the name of unity of Conservatism at Oxford.”Connoley said that membership of the Tory Reform Group has substantially declined in recent years. He said, “When I first got involved two years ago, attendance at meetings was 20-25 people. Now we’re lucky to get five. There was a lack of interest at this year and last year’s Fresher Fair and we only had one person turn up to the Freshers’ drinks party. We thought if the interest wasn’t there, we should do something about it.“My decision to resign was largely influenced by change within the Conservative movement in general… To have two Conservative groups proclaiming similar messages in the University is simply not a sustainable situation, and this was reflected in a steady decline in membership over the last two years. After private discussions with other committee members who felt the same, I took the decision to resign in order to force change.“We feel OUTRG members will feel at home in OUCA, especially as it has become more liberal and less reactionary than in the past,” he added.Connoley is, however, disappointed that the society has to close. “I think it’s a great shame, though,” he said. “OUTRG has been around for over 40 years and led the discussion on liberal Tory values. If either the national Conservative party or OUCA go towards the right, we could always consider reforming.”OUCA President Alex Stafford welcomed the merger, saying, “Personally, I’ve always believed that it’s silly having two societies trying to achieve the same thing. We’re happy that they’re coming to join us as we can pool our resources to achieve greater things.”
This week’s “Can’t blame them for trying” award goes to The Really Sensible Trading Company, which has predicted nothing short of a revolution in the world of cafetières.And how is it going to achieve this lofty goal? “The Really Sensible Trading Company is targeting the Christmas market with a range of thermally insulated cafetières in a striking ’jazzy’ red colour.” Yes, gone will be the days when the joys of Christmas are dampened by having something as spirit crushing as a blue cafetière on the table or – heaven forbid – a glass one. It added: “The range of insulated cafetières has injected new life into the cafetière market and is really beginning to catch the imagination of the public.”We weren’t aware the cafetière market was in such a parlous state that it needed reviving, so we’re happy to give it a boost.
Governor Douglas today officially opened the new Bridge Street Bridge in Richmond marking the completion of Vermont s first ARRA funded project. Douglas was joined by Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill, Federal Highway Administration Deputy Vermont Administrator Larry Dwyer, Richmond Selectboard Chairman Pete Parent and numerous Richmond residents to celebrate the opening of the Richmond Bridge Street Bridge, which opened for traffic last Friday. I want to thank the Agency of Transportation, Federal Highway and the Town of Richmond for their cooperation and hard work to get this project done so quickly, said Governor Douglas. The quick and wise deployment of ARRA funds will help us make much needed and long overdue improvements to our transportation infrastructure. They will also give our economy a much needed boost during our construction season.Vermont was awarded $125.8 million in highway and bridge funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the Federal Economic Stimulus Bill. Rehabilitating the troubled Richmond Bridge was Vermont s first transportation project to utilize stimulus funds and create jobs. The long anticipated bridge opening occurred ahead of schedule and allowed the Agency of Transportation to meet its promise of having traffic back over the bridge before the town s 4th of July celebrations. Thanks to ARRA and our work with transportation leaders in the Legislature, during this construction season we ll have over $103 million in transportation infrastructure projects happening all across Vermont, the Governor continued. That s why I want to remind the traveling public to slow down and pay close attention when driving through work zones and construction areas.Source: Governor’s office
continue reading » When the Capitol Hill-focused publication POLITICO published an interview with CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan last month discussing a narrowly discussed section in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last month, offices across Congress took notice.The section in question, Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA, would expand to certain banks an exception that credit unions currently have granting rent-free access to military installations in exchange for their continued mission and structure as not-for-profit financial cooperatives.“As soon as that article was published, our advocacy team was getting calls from offices in nearly every state wanting to know what this issue was about,” said CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Eli Joseph. “It speaks to just how meaningful the bond is between and credit union and their elected representatives, and it really underscores just how important it is for Leagues and individual credit unions to make calls and host meetings with those officials to reinforce the credit union difference and advocate on these important issues.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr