• A turning point for the industry?

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “It’s open to everyone but I felt there was a need in the gaming industry to help women that were facing these situations.  People moves Indeed, while having successfully navigated her way into the C-suite herself, Niculae acknowledges there are issues in the sector and to counter this has recently cofounded a non-profit called Bravewo.  The past week has seen three women appointed to chief executive roles in the gambling industry. Joanne Christie investigates whether this is a happy coincidence or a sign of broader change on the gender diversity front. But is this trio of female CEO hirings a happy coincidence or a sign the industry is finally moving in the right direction? In the same week as Entain’s announcement, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) named Lynda Cavanaugh as its interim president and chief executive and yesterday (26 January) Malta’s Interactive Gaming Group named Cristina Niculae its new CEO. “I think the industry is genuinely at a bit of an inflection point and it will be very interesting to see where it goes over the next two to three years because it cannot continue in a similar vein to how it has for the last four or five years.” “This is a great way to bring people into the industry and bring them into the organisation,” says Bulloss. However, given how well igaming has performed throughout the pandemic compared with some of the sectors it sometimes seeks to recruit leadership candidates from – online travel and retail, in particular – it could now be better positioned to entice strong candidates into the industry. He notes that companies in the industry are becoming increasingly focused on making sure they consider diversity when making senior hires. “A lot of organisations have an expectation that headhunters are a silver bullet solution to finding diverse talent at the top level even though over the last 10 years there has not been a proactive approach by organisations to proactively identify and bring that talent into the sector,” he says. “Boardrooms need, and benefit from, diversity of experience and background especially as this helps management teams to avoid the dangers of group-think and confirmation bias. This will be particularly important in the global gambling business, where the rapid pace of change in both technology and regulation mean that fresh opportunities and dangers are presenting themselves all of the time.” “Women supporting women is a call that I really believe in. I think there should be more women supporting other women, especially in our industry.” “Organisations have finally woken up to the fact that having someone other than a white man run your business is actually beneficial for the business and the people within it. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Andrew Bulloss, who recruits senior hires for the gaming industry in his role as partner at executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, says he believes it is more likely the latter.  But even now that igaming firms are coming around to the potential of candidates from outside the industry, some potential hires remain reluctant to consider igaming roles due to the negative public perception of the industry.  More work to do This is likely at least partially due to the shift in focus as companies seek to move away from a business model that relies on a small number of high-rollers and instead looks to provide more entertainment-led propositions for a much larger group of casual gamers. Some would question why news reports needed to mention her gender at all. After all, how often do headlines note that a newly appointed chief exec is male? When news of Entain’s appointment of Jette Nygaard-Andersen as its new chief executive broke last week, almost every mainstream press report contained the word ‘female’ in the headline. Niculae is a relative newcomer to the industry, having joined GiG in 2017 after holding senior technology roles at well-known companies such as McDonald’s, Ericsson and Oracle.  The organisation aims to support women facing discrimination and bullying in the workplace via a mentoring programme and there are plans to hold webinars and events in future. And presumably Nygaard-Andersen was chosen based on merit – indeed Entain chairman Barry Gibson described her as, “an outstanding candidate and readymade CEO”.center_img Despite working in igaming for only a few years, she says over that time she has noticed an increase in the willingness of companies to consider women for top roles. She hopes Nygaard-Andersen’s appointment will increase this further. “Nygaard-Andersen will take the helm of a company whose assets include Ladbrokes and Coral, British bookmakers that have never before had a female CEO, although shareholders will doubtless look to the phenomenal success of Bet365 under Denise Coates as proof that skills and drive matter while gender doesn’t,” he said. “It is only in the last 18 months to two years that businesses have been particularly proactive about it and two years isn’t long enough to have upgraded all this diverse talent in the sector to make them fit the C-level.” On the other hand, there is an undeniable lack of female representation at the top of FTSE 100 companies. Nygaard-Andersen’s appointment takes the CEO tally up to just eight, according to online investment platform AJ Bell. In the absence of obvious internal candidates, many companies approach recruiters with a brief to produce diverse candidates for high-level roles, but this is no easy task.  However, despite describing gambling as, “an industry that remains a bastion of male dominance, as even the debate within horse racing over the role and skills of jump jockey Bryony Frost currently suggests”,  AJ Bell’s investment director Russ Mould indicated last week he expected shareholders to back the appointment.  ‘At an inflection point’ “It is a really, really positive thing to see. Having a female CEO at one of the FTSE 100 companies is really inspiring and is really giving everybody a chance to believe that they can also do it,” she says. Cristina Niculae, who moved to Interactive Gaming Group from Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), where she was chief strategy officer, adds that while the pandemic has undoubtedly disproportionally affected women in many ways, it has also highlighted some of their strengths. And while the business world has historically been poor at achieving balanced gender representation at the highest levels, the gaming industry has been particularly behind the curve in this regard. In fact, Nygaard-Andersen’s hiring marks the first ever female CEO of a listed British gaming company. 27th January 2021 | By Joanne Christie Topics: People Diversity People moves Recruitment “One characteristic of women is that we are very resilient in the face of adversity, so I think that [company] founders are starting to see that in times of challenge, women bring the empathy and unity that is required in these types of leadership roles, especially in times of rapid change and especially for companies that are innovating or trying new things. Empathy and bringing people together are really important traits for creating a strong culture of people.” The industry’s efforts to broaden its talent pool will only work if viewed as authentic and not just about optics.   Nygaard-Andersen, who joined Entain’s board as an independent non-executive director in 2019, isn’t the first gaming CEO to enter the industry via board membership. NetEnt CEO Therese Hillman was a board member at Unibet prior to joining the slots giant. A turning point for the industry? But while Bulloss says having three new female CEO hires in the sector in the past seven days undoubtedly sends out a “fantastic message”, the industry needs to do more in terms of nurturing talent at lower levels of their businesses so they can one day reach C-level. While in the past many companies in the igaming industry were somewhat reluctant to hire candidates from outside the sector, this has changed in recent years, says Bulloss.  One approach he espouses and one which appears to have worked for Entain is that of bringing potential leadership candidates into their organisations as non-executive directors. “Both inside the sector and outside the sector there needs to be an aspirational message out there that this is in fact happening and it is not happening simply as a knee-jerk reaction to everything that is going on in the world,” says Bulloss. “There is still an embedded problem in some organisations with what I call ‘diversity deniers’, who don’t think there is a problem and that things can just continue as they are.” Tags: Jette Nygaard-Andersen Cristina Niculae Deeper problems Email Addresslast_img read more

  • Guinea Insurance Plc (GUINEA.ng) 2006 Annual Report

    first_imgGuinea Insurance Plc (GUINEA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Guinea Insurance Plc (GUINEA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinea Insurance Plc (GUINEA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinea Insurance Plc (GUINEA.ng)  2006 annual report.Company ProfileGuinea Insurance Plc is a composite insurance company in Nigeria offering products for life and pension, general business and special risks cover. The company is one of the most highly capitalised companies in the insurance industry in Nigeria. General Accident cover includes burglary and housebreaking, electronic theft and malfunctions, public liability, professional indemnity, personal/group accident, all risk insurance, goods-in-transit and health travel insurance. Fire and Special Perils cover includes industrial all risk, consequential loss, home owners and fire and special perils insurance. Engineering cover includes machinery breakdown, plant all risk, contractor all risk and erection all risk insurance. Guinea Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guinea Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) 2011 Abridged Report

    first_imgStarwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileStarwin Products Limited manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical and consumer health products for the local Ghana market and for export. The company produces a range of analgesics, antacids/laxatives, anti-allergies, multivitamins and haematinics. Its analgesic range includes Rapiriol, Paracetemol and Painoff; anti-allergics include Asmadrin and Star Cold tablets; antacids include Starwins Milk of Magnesia and Starwins Liver Salt; syrups include Paraking, Expectolyn and Starprovite. The company was founded in 1960 and was formerly known as Sterling Pharmaceuticals Ghana Limited; its name was changed in 1993. Dannex Limited is a majority shareholder (71.3%) in the business. Starwin Products Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Race Course House / Khosla Associates

    first_imgCopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Coimbatore, India Photographs:  Fabien Charuau Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Sri Krishna Plumbing Solutions Architect In Charge:Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh AnandDesign Team:A.Baalakrishnan, Anusha Y.SCentral Shuttle Artwork:Metro EnterprisesCity:CoimbatoreCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. Tucked away in a leafy by lane off the historic Race Course road in Coimbatore, this house was intended to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the homeowner couple, their two young children and dogs. Both successful entrepreneurs, the husband runs a textile company for bed and bath linen and his spouse runs a real estate company that constructs affordable concrete housing.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauA central feature of this house is a freestanding double height form-finished concrete wall that divides the living and dining areas, and culminates in a roof with strategically positioned skylights on either side. A cutout in the slab allows the skylights orienting east west to capture the arc of the sun from morning to afternoon, and bathe the wall with an ever-changing dance of natural light.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauIn order to create a layer of meaning and context for our clients, we created a large art installation out of 109 wooden shuttles used in hand-loom weaving. In a sweeping and sinuous gesture, the artwork climbs up the dining face of the concrete wall and can be viewed from differing vantage points on both levels. The multiple shuttles were mounted on a brushed brass base and strung with a vibrant fuchsia colored thread. The artwork assumes a further dimensional as the shuttles rise and dip with fluidity in a wave like flow.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe spatial arrangement on the ground floor allows for free visual movement between living and dining areas and a constant connect to the outdoors. The living room and bar areas open eastward into a wooden decked verandah and a verdant tropical garden. The dining room and open kitchen step out northwards into an intimate outdoor court with fixed seating around a tree. The upper level is an area for the family’s refuge, with the master bedroom and two children’s rooms converging into a casual lounge that opens to a pergola-covered terrace with views of the east garden. The roofs of the lounge and the master bedroom slope outwards in opposing directions of each other.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe lofty entrance pergola made of precast concrete members acts as a shading device from the strong Coimbatore sun. The materiality of the house is a muted mix of grey kota stone floors, timber clad ceilings and polished cement and cast concrete surfaces. These are juxtaposed with strong tropical colors in the textiles like a neel blue, fuchsia pink and deep ochre. The house tells a narrative about its owners and what they do. The references to concrete construction as well as the textile traditions of Coimbatore adds a layer of rooting and meaning. The spaces for the family and close friends are warm and interactive and the connect with nature is constant.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauProject gallerySee allShow lessUmubano Primary School Extension / ASA StudioSelected ProjectsBarnard House / Daniel Lomma DesignSelected Projects Share Race Course House / Khosla AssociatesSave this projectSaveRace Course House / Khosla Associates Plumbing Contractor: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934157/race-course-house-khosla-associates Clipboard 2019 ArchDaily Photographs Architects: Khosla Associates Area Area of this architecture project Houses “COPY” Area:  12500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Daikin, Kohler, Veneta Cucine, Cona Lighting, Kota Stone, Living elements, Nirvana Lights, Shree Saibaba Marble, Simens, Timberworks Pvt., Windmill fans Save this picture!© Fabien Charuau+ 25Curated by Hana Abdel Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934157/race-course-house-khosla-associates Clipboard Civil Contractor: Rakiyannan & Company Year:  Race Course House / Khosla Associates India CopyAbout this officeKhosla AssociatesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsCoimbatoreOn FacebookIndiaPublished on February 21, 2020Cite: “Race Course House / Khosla Associates” 20 Feb 2020. 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  • Al-Jazeera TV station singled out in ban by New York Stock Exchange

    first_imgNews April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas to go further Organisation March 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera TV station singled out in ban by New York Stock Exchange United StatesAmericas Reporters Without Borders today denounced the banning of reporters of the pan-Arab station Al-Jazeera from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and warned against revenge-taking against the media because of the war in Iraq.Cancellation of the accreditation of Al-Jazeera’s two reporters was announced on 25 March by the station, which said it was because of its coverage of the war. But NYSE spokesman Ray Pellechia told journalists that for “security reasons,” it had been decided to restrict media accreditations. However, Reporters Without Borders learns that Al-Jazeera, which has aired pictures of captured US solders, was the only one of the 26 media covering the NYSE to be excluded. “This decision is at best clumsy and at worst a reprisal against the station,” said the press freedom organisation’s secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The reasons given by the NYSE are not very plausible. We warn against the temptation to regard the media as being on one side or other in the war. This can be very dangerous for journalists in the field. Al-Jazeera was only doing its job of informing the public by showing pictures of the US soldiers.”Spokesman Pellechia said the NYSE had recently refused to accredit other media or allow some to increase their staff, but gave no names. Reporters Without Borders learns that two media were refused, but they had not previously been registered. Al-Jazeera has been accredited to the NYSE for the past five years.The two barred Al-Jazeera reporters, Ammar al-Sankari and Ramzi Shiber, came after the station showed what US military commanders called “disgusting” pictures of US soldiers captured by the Iraqis. US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on 23 March that it would be “unfortunate” if US TV stations showed such film. In October 2001, the US government strongly criticised Al-Jazeera for broadcasting the remarks of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Al-Jazeera’s accreditation to cover the New York Stock Exchange wascancelled after the station showed pictures of captured US prisoners inIraq. “We warn against the temptation to regard the media as being on oneside or other in the war,” said Reporters Without Borders. “This can bevery dangerous for journalists covering it in the field.” last_img read more

  • Somaliland TV reporter freed after being held three days at behest of Hargeisa’s mayor

    first_imgNews July 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Somaliland TV reporter freed after being held three days at behest of Hargeisa’s mayor News Follow the news on Somalia News SomaliaAfrica RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that reporter Abdirahman Musse Omar of the privately-owned television station SLTV was released on 1 July after appearing before a court in Hargeisa, the capital of the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland. The authorities are not pressing any charges against Omar, who was arrested on 28 June on the orders of Hargeisa’s mayor.————29.06.2007 – Journalist slapped and arrested by Somaliland capital’s mayorReporters Without Borders today condemned the arbitrary behaviour of mayor Hussein Mohamoud Ji’ir of Hargeisa, the capital of the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland, who yesterday slapped journalist Abdirahman Musse Omar several times in the face and then had him arrested.“The only explanation for Omar’s continuing detention is abuse of authority by the mayor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Omar must be released at once. His arrest is the result of an archaic view of authority. It is the mayor, not the journalist, who should be punished since, as far as we know, Somaliland’s laws do not permit this kind of abusive behaviour.”When Omar went to the Hargeisa city hall at 10 a.m. yesterday, the mayor came out of his office and asked who had come to see him. Omar said he wanted to get his comments on the deadly clashes that had taken place between police and residents in a suburb of Hargeisa. Instead of replying, the mayor snatched his camera and began to slap him. Security guards then locked him up in one of the two cells that have been built inside the city hall. Last night he was taken to police headquarters in Hargeisa, where he is still being held.A Somaliland journalist told Reporters Without Borders that Omar was due to appear in court tomorrow. It is not known what charges will be brought against him. Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia January 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information to go further March 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF_en SomaliaAfrica RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Opposition journalist’s death – was it suicide or murder?

    first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says AB: Firstly, all those who knew Oleg Bebenin, his colleagues and friends, say he was someone with a very optimistic personality. They have all said he was a very stable person, with a love of life and no depressive tendencies at all. His character and personality completely contradict the official position that it was suicide.Secondly, Oleg Bebenin had no reason to take his own life. Everything was going well at his work, which he liked, and where he was appreciated and respected. There was no problem in his private life. Everything was going well with his wife and his two children, whom he loved. There was nothing at all to suggest that he might have wanted to kill himself.Finally, Oleg has arranged meetings for the day of his death and the following days. He had many plans for the imminent future and displayed a lot of optimism. All these factors cast serious doubt on the official position that he committed suicide.RWB: How have the authorities reacted to the opposition’s refusal to believe the official version? RSF_en Reporters Without Borders: Oleg Bebenin’s family and colleagues dispute the police claim that it was suicide. Do you think his death was the result of his activities as a journalist and founder of the Charter 97 news website, or his intention to join the team of Andrei Sannikov, who will probably run against President Alexander Lukashenko in the next presidential election?Andrei Bastunets: The official version, that of suicide, does indeed fuel doubts and raises many questions which are unfortunately likely to remain unanswered. The Charter 97 news website is a very influential opposition site. Oleg Bebenin and those who worked with him have published criticism that could have irritated the authorities. They were often harassed because of their journalistic activities.But it is extremely difficult at this time to identify the reasons for Oleg’s death, whether it was a suicide – and if it was, it is incomprehensible – or whether it was a murder in reprisal for his journalistic activities or perhaps his cooperation with Andrei Sannikov.RWB: What are the factors that contradict the suicide theory? News News BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts September 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist’s death – was it suicide or murder? to go further Follow the news on Belarus Читать на русском: http://en.rsf.org/belarus-delo-olega-bebenina-suicid-ili-08-09-2010,38313.html Oleg Bebenin, a journalist and outspoken government critic, was found hanged in his country house near Minsk on 3 September. He had been due to go to the cinema with friends that evening. The police say there is no reason to doubt that he took his own life, but his relatives and colleagues insist that the circumstances of his death were very strange.Natallya Radzina, the editor of the opposition website that Bebenin founded, Charter 97, told Reporters Without Borders: “We doubt that it was a suicide for many reasons. He was a happy and stable person. Shortly before his death, he joined the campaign team of Andrei Sannikov, who is going to be a candidate in the next presidential election. His relations with his family were fantastic. He loved his work. No suicide note was found…”The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation and winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2004, has written to the interior minister and attorney general calling for an objective and transparent investigation into Bebenin’s death.Reporters Without Borders interviewed BAJ president Andrei Bastunets about the case: AB: The news of Oleg’s death has shocked and upset many people. His fellow journalists cannot believe he is dead. He was a great journalist. His death has been reported everywhere. Even the pro-government media, which usually do not react to criminal cases involving independent journalists, have reported Oleg’s death. But only the independent and opposition media have drawn attention to the doubts being expressed about the official version that it was suicide.RWB: And finally, what is your personal reaction?AB: I would just like to say that if the theory that it was a murder aimed at intimidating journalists and civil society is true, then it definitely has not worked. It has not caused fear, just a deep sadness. AB: I should point out that the suicide theory is the one being put out at all levels of the state and by the police although the forensic investigation is not yet over. The investigating committee said that all hypotheses would be considered but it is unfortunately probable that, like other cases of journalists who died or disappeared in suspicious circumstances, Oleg’s death will never be really clarified.RWB: How have the local media reacted to the case? Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is itself deeply saddened by Bebenin’s tragic death and offers its full moral support to his family and colleagues. It urges the authorities to carry out an objective investigation that does not rule out the possibility that he was killed because of his work as a journalist. His professionalism, courage and determination as a journalist deserve to be honoured. He continued to fight for independent journalism in Belarus despite being kidnapped in 1997 and physically attacked in 1999. Help by sharing this information News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Innovate Pasadena’s Connect Week Highlights Local Tech Community

    first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Click on image to enlargeDespite the ongoing pandemic, and in some cases as a result of it, innovation is alive and well in Pasadena, as the organization Innovate Pasadena intends to show during its annual Connect Week, which is being presented in an online format this year.Connect Week takes place Monday through October 24, although several events are scheduled to begin as early as Friday, before the formal start to the week-long celebration of technological innovation, organizers said.The more than 30 tech-centered online events include activities such as app-building seminars and low temperature metal casting, along with a host of speakers and discussions covering a wide array of tech-related topics, from entrepreneurship and branding to climate change.While the pandemic has slowed many aspects of society and the economy, new ideas continue to flourish in Pasadena, Innovate Pasadena President Beth Kuchar“Innovation is not dead, that’s for sure. We do still see many innovations that are happening, new technologies that are emerging,” she said.“I think one of the effects the pandemic has had is while, yes, it has spawned some new technologies that have been released out there, I think it’s also helped to accelerate technologies and innovations that were already under development,” Kuchar added.From touch-free temperature scanning door security systems to ventilator machines to unique face masks, new inventions and innovations have continued to pour out of the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Not only is technology evolving in reaction to the pandemic, but so are people’s attitudes and habits toward it, according to Kuchar.Looking at healthcare, for example, patients have long been leary of virtual doctor visits or diagnosis, she said.“One of the things that this [pandemic] might accelerate is people being more trusting of some of those distance type interactions,” Kuchar said.Working from home has made countless people familiar with video meeting software.“And we’ve seen 3-D printing technologies come out in force to help some of our first responders and some of our hospitals respond to and deal with shortages of PPE,” Kuchar said.Kuchar pointed to a mobile app recently developed by Innovate Pasadena staff on behalf the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to help keep residents up-to-date on the offerings of local restaurants. The app can be downloaded at pasadena.belocalstrong.com.The planned week of events “lives up to the name of Connect Week in that it’s helping to create these links between institutions and resources and people, Kuchar said.“I understand people have a Zoom fatigue these days, but we’re hoping that we’ve got some pretty enticing topics to pull people back onto their Zoom accounts and attend,” she added.Alex Maleki, who serves as managing director of the tech company incubator Idealab, said he has also seen how the challenges of today are fostering innovation.“As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of all invention,” he said. “I think as people have to figure out what to do and how to survive and innovate… we’re seeing a high level of innovation. And I think that will continue for some time,” he said.“You’re seeing things around: curbside delivery and how retailers and restaurants and businesses have to find new ways to entice customers and provide value,” Maleki said. “So I think there’s a number of areas where again, just driven out of pure necessity, we’re going to see innovation.”New tech startups continue to spout up even amid the pandemic,” he said. “We started one in the last month.”“Obviously we’re dealing with all the changes and all the new scenarios out there, but we’re continuing to do our best to push our companies forward and help them in any way that they can, and ultimately help to make a big impact on the world.”More information on Connect Week, including a full schedule of events, is available online at connectpasadena.com. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Subscribe Business News 55 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Innovate Pasadena’s Connect Week Highlights Local Tech Community By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 4:41 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. 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  • ‘What harm is it if we buy a few pints?’ calls…

    first_imgTwitter “WHAT harm is it if we buy a few pints when it is an effective way to get jobs and encourage business?” asked Fianna Fáil councillor Vivienne Crowley at this Monday’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council when calls were made for greater transparency about trips abroad.After hearing that Mayor James Collins had been invited to visit New York and Hangzhou in China, Independent councillor John Loftus asked how a bar tab on a trip to New York last year cost €2,000. The bill for a meal at a steakhouse on the same trip, he claimed, came to €956.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Wining and dining has to be done. If it delivers jobs for Limerick, what harm?” Cllr Vivienne Crowley replied.Independent councillor Emmet O’Brien pointed out that it is taxpayers’ money that is used for the “couple of rounds of drink” on these foreign trips. He also maintained that junkets to China to create jobs was the remit of the IDA and not the Council.“What is the local authority’s purpose? Is it roads and houses or are we an economic entity to get jobs? Is that our role?” he asked.Council chief executive Conn Murray said that Limerick City and County Council was now the lead agency in the region for economic development, a role he said that “they take very seriously”.“In the last few years these trips have been critically important to our success. They have been very successful in creating jobs for Limerick and should continue,” he added.Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan took the view that the Council should not be insular and should “spread its wings”.“We have to look global. We have a good authority and need to increase the budget on it,” he declared.Cllr Sheahan also worried that foreign trips, which were only attended by a handful of council delegates, “looked mean in itself”.Labour Party councillor Elena Secas felt there was not enough transparency about visits and called for structures to be put in place to identify priorities for the Council in regard to foreign travel.Independent councillor Frankie Daly stated that the local authority had a greater role to play than just “fixing leaks and potholes”.“We have a leadership role. We need to be critical, to see the bigger picture and look outside the box,” he added.Fianna Fail councillor Jerry O’Dea took a similar view.“We don’t have to spend all our money filling potholes and fixing the Walls of Limerick. We need to step up to the plate and reach out to our diaspora.” Previous articleSpinosi conducting St Mary’s Cathedral’s ‘Night at the Opera’Next articleMan arrested for burglary in Limerick City Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park center_img Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County CouncilNewspolitics Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPolitics‘What harm is it if we buy a few pints?’ calls for greater transparency on trips abroad at CouncilBy Alan Jacques – December 2, 2018 1659 Printlast_img read more

  • Have Telecom Companies Contributed To COVID-19 Relief, SC Judge Asks During AGR Case Hearing

    first_imgTop StoriesHave Telecom Companies Contributed To COVID-19 Relief, SC Judge Asks During AGR Case Hearing LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Jun 2020 8:54 AMShare This – xDuring the hearing of the AGR case in the Supreme Court, Justice M R Shah asked if telecom companies have contributed to COVID-19 relief.Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar, appearin for Tata telecom, said that his client contributed Rs 1500 crores.Bharti Airtel contributed Rs 100 crores to PM CARES Fund, submitted Senior Advocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi.Senior Advocate Kapil…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?LoginDuring the hearing of the AGR case in the Supreme Court, Justice M R Shah asked if telecom companies have contributed to COVID-19 relief.Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar, appearin  for Tata telecom,  said that his client contributed Rs 1500 crores.Bharti Airtel contributed Rs 100 crores to PM CARES Fund, submitted Senior Advocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi.Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that Hughes Communications has a CSR fund. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Abdul Nazeer and M R Shah was hearing the application filed by the Department of Telecommunication seeking to allow telecom companies to clear the AGR dues in a staggered fashion over a period of 20 years.The bench remarked that the 20 year period was unreasonable, and asked the telcos to submit affidavits detailing their payment plans.The Court also pulled up the government for raising demands on Public Sector Undertakings on the basis of the definition of “Adjusted Gross Revenue” (AGR) given by the Supreme Court in its judgment delivered in October, 2019.The Court observed that such demand of PSUs was a “misuse of the verdict”.SC Asks DoT To Reconsider Claims Made On PSUs Based On AGR Judgment; Says ‘It’s A Misuse Of Our Verdict 20 Years Period To Clear AGR Dues Not Reasonable : SC On Centre’s Plea To Allow Time For TelecosNext Storylast_img read more