AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter OPAP set to acquire Intralot’s Hellenic Lotteries stake Greek operator OPAP has signed binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire Intralot’s stake in the Hellenic Lotteries business for a total cost of €20m (£17.9m/$22.3m). Email Address Topics: Lottery Lottery Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Greek operator OPAP has signed binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire Intralot’s stake in the Hellenic Lotteries business for a total cost of €20m (£17.9m/$22.3m).The deal, brokered by the OPAP Investment Limited subsidiary, will see OPAP take ownership of its rival’s 511,500 shares in Hellenic Lotteries, representing 16.5% of the total share capital.As part of the agreement, Hellenic Lotteries will also amend its existing services provision arrangement with Intralot. OPAP did not disclose how the deal will be amended, but did confirm that the terms and conditions will be renegotiated.Should the deal gain regulatory and shareholder improvement as expected, OPAP would increase its share capital in the Hellenic Lotteries business to 83.5%.The MoU comes after it was revealed earlier this month that Czech gaming and lottery giant Sazka Group has itself put forward an offer of €2.06bn to gain full control of OPAP.Sazka would acquire 67% of the shares in OPAP, which, together with its current 33% stake in the operator, would grant it full ownership. Sazka holds its stake in OPAP via Emma Delta, an investment vehicle in which it is the majority shareholder, with a 66.7% stake.Should the deal go through, Sazka said it would represent the largest all-cash voluntary offer in Greece for more than a decade. 24th July 2019 | By contenteditor
24th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has resumed its inquiry into Crown Resorts, despite Melco Resorts selling its stake in the operator in April. Regions: Oceania Australia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has resumed its inquiry into Crown Resorts, despite Melco Resorts selling its stake in the operator in April.The Authority launched the inquiry after Asian gaming giant Melco agreed to purchase a 19.99% stake valued at approximately AUD$1.76bn (£981.9m/€1.06bn/US$1.19bn) in CPH Crown Holdings in May 2019.This was to be broken into two tranches, with the deal for an initial 9.99% holding completed in June that year.After allegations in the Australian press, the Authority launched an inquiry into the deal.At the time Authority said the Act sets out measures to ensure that the “management and operation of a casino remain free from criminal influence or exploitation, that gaming in a casino is conducted honestly and controlling the potential of a casino to cause harm to the public interest and to individuals and families”.It then issued notices to Crown and other parties, asking for documents and information to assist with its investigations and inquiry.This ultimately led to Melco first delaying the acquisition of the second tranche of shares, and ultimately pulling out of the deal, selling its holding to private equity giant Blackstone Group.This investigation held hearings in February, but on 3 April, it suspended its activity due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) “until it is considered safe and practicable for all public aspects of the work to resume”. While the investigation will continue, it will change its terms of reference, no longer assessing the suitability of Melco becoming a close associate of the operator.The deal itself will still be examined, however, and whether the transaction violated the terms of Crown’s licence. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance NSW inquiry into Crown-Melco deal resumes
Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB.ng) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileNigerian Breweries Plc is the largest brewing company in Nigeria producing the nation’s favourite brew, STAR. The company boasts one of the most modern brew houses in the country producing a popular range of lager, stout, malt drinks, ready-to-drink beverages, cider, carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks for local consumption and for export. Lager brands include STAR, Heineken, Gulder, Goldber, “33 Export”, Life, More and Stella; the stout brand is Legend; the malt brand is Amstel Malta; the ready-to-drink brand is Ace Passion; the cider brand is Strongbow Apple Cider; the soft drink brand is fayrouz and the energy drink brand is Climax. Nigerian Breweries Plc has 11 breweries, 2 malting plants and 26 sales depots; enjoys a growing export market; and offers sales and logistic and marketing support to merchants and vendors. Brands in the product portfolio are available in 13 countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States and various countries in Middle-East and West Company. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Some of the biggest drivers of competition around – Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Deliveroo – were mere glints in their aspirational founders’ eyes just a generation ago. Enter Your Email Address A company such as Tesco would have topped many people’s lists of firms to be worried about competition-wise in the early 2000s. Yet since then its shares have cratered, due to incursions from leaner outfits Aldi and Lidl at one end, and Internet retail stealing sales of juicy fodder such as flatscreen TVs and clothing at the other. Owain Bennallack | Saturday, 21st March, 2020 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. However not everyone agrees. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Indeed those alternatives to capitalism fell from favour mostly because they don’t work. China pulled its people out of poverty not by edict but by unleashing competition. After all, in a State-driven top-down system, prices may be set by a central authority. Tesco has regained its footing, but nobody would call it invulnerable to competition. If you have a company that can hike prices and continue to sell even more of its goods or services without fear of a competitor stealing its business, you’re sitting on a gold mine. But do the long-term profits of their owners? Hardly.Moat or monopoly?Where things get even more interesting is with Internet platforms like Rightmove, Hargreaves Lansdown, or Auto Trader. Before you answer that, consider too that while these companies may look unassailable, that’s seldom proved to be true in previous instances. And under some communist ideologies you might not have prices at all – you get what you’re given, via quotas. Think about the UK supermarket sector. A decade or so ago the giant grocers appeared to own their consumers, due to few available sites for rival stores and tremendous buying power enabling them to squeeze suppliers. That the rich are getting richer by hoarding the spoils, and that companies who’ve won the game are locking out newcomers and reaping more market share at the expense of us consumers who rely on competition to drive prices lower. 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. I said early on, we all love competition. Ultimately even equity investors need the forces of competition and disruption to keep capitalism on its toes and our businesses striving. China pulled its people out of poverty not by edict but by unleashing competition.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…For the greater goodThere is a concern though that today’s late-stage capitalism might be breaking down. But when it comes to the individual stocks we own, well, for as long as it lasts there’s nothing like owning a profitable monopoly… Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares And that’s the investors who own them! But we rely on market forces to best deliver the goods and services we need. After all, in a State-driven top-down system, prices may be set by a central authority. But are they really anti-competitive predators? Or have they earned their position by seeing an opportunity, investing to capture it, and developing what Warren Buffett calls an economic moat? So an investigation into competition could be the stuff of investors’ nightmares. Indeed I’ve heard some comments to that effect already. Could today’s more populist politicians be ready to slay a few golden geese?Competitive to the boneI have my doubts. Firstly, as I said I’m not convinced there’s a lack of competition in the UK. But we rely on market forces to best deliver the goods and services we need. Andrew Tyrie, the newish head of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), says that the market share of Britain’s largest 100 companies has increased from 21% to 28% over the past 20 years. It might not be pretty, but it may reflect great competition, rather than none. So it seems to me that competition is alive and well. Tyrie also points to the proliferation of practices such as penalties for loyal customers in financial services, telecoms, and insurance as inherently anticompetitive. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. It seems clear network effects are seemingly locking some of these into dominant positions. Scale enables extremely cost-effective returns on investment and high margins due to the trivial cost of servicing new customers. These businesses are now very difficult to compete with. The government seems to agree, as Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom and now ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid ordered Tyrie’s body to conduct an annual review into the effectiveness of competition in the UK, and to provide evidence where it’s failing.Hitting the anti-competitive jackpotThis could potentially cause a problem for more than any anti-competitive companies who’ve been pursing their hands and snickering over the outlandish profits they’ve been making by ripping off consumers. Everyone in a capitalist economy wants more competition, right? See all posts by Owain Bennallack Or consider the trains. Many would argue high ticket prices shows they’re exploiting an anti-competitive market position. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Auto Trader, Hargreaves Lansdown, Rightmove and Tesco. Owain Bennallack owns shares in Amazon. I suspect that will prove true of all but a few minor instances investigated by the CMA. Personally, I see little evidence of the second part of this concern. Indeed those alternatives to capitalism fell from favour mostly because they don’t work. And under some communist ideologies you might not have prices at all – you get what you’re given, via quotas. These companies can’t straightforwardly raise prices, because the competition is too strong to allow it. The alternative ways they find to bring in revenue aren’t the icing on an anti-competitive cake – in this cutthroat world they are the cake! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Competition watchdog’s bark will likely prove worse than bite But while that does happen, I usually see rather a company with little pricing power trying to make up for its weak profits some other way. Banks are a good example. We have free banking in the UK and it’s now trivial to switch. At the same time low rates and greater regulation have crushed the returns from traditional banking – and there are a host of unprofitable fintech start-ups backed by VCs who don’t need to see a return today nibbling away at their customer bases.So sure, banks might be tactical about which customers they offer better rates to. But that’s because they’re in a position of weakness, I’d argue, rather than strength. Partly this is an ‘eye of the beholder’ issue. You or Andrew Tyrie might see special offers reserved for new customers or sneaky unexpected charges as signals that an anti-competitive bully is exploiting its poor benighted customers.
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One of the things I find attractive about such an ISA is that it allows me access to the stock market even if I don’t have much spare money to hand. Here are some principles I use in choosing shares for my Stocks and Shares ISA.Diversification helps me sleep more easilyWhile some individual shares can produce stunning returns, other shares also collapse to zero. I’ve owned shares before in what I thought were promising businesses, but the share certificates ended up being worthless pieces of paper.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…That’s why I follow the old advice of never putting all my eggs in one basket. Sometimes I’m tempted to plunge into a share I think has a particularly attractive story. But when I think more closely about it, I don’t want to tie the success or otherwise of my ISA too closely to any one company. That’s why I sometimes diversify within a sector by owning more than one name. But I also make sure I’m invested in more than one sector.I try to focus on growth or incomeSome companies attract me because they have strong growth prospects. For example, an industry might look set to grow because of demographic or behavioural shifts. For other companies, I’m attracted more by the income prospects. Tobacco is an example: although I expect the industry to decline over the long term, I still think a share such as British American Tobacco could provide decent income for years to come. That’s why I have it in my Stocks and Shares ISA.Some shares can provide both growth and income. But I find it helpful first to assess a share by what is its primary attraction to me. Am I looking more for growth in the share price, or for hefty dividends? The reason I find this helpful is because it aids me in clarifying my reason for buying the share. For example, I recently bought Lloyds. I’m hoping it will restore its dividend this year.But because it pays no dividend for now, I wasn’t able to see it as an income pick. That forced me to answer the question of what the growth drivers could be for the share price. Despite it risks and dependence on the UK economy, I felt the ongoing resilience in housing demand could help the bank’s mortgage business and bought some shares. But focusing on what I was looking for from the holding helped me think more clearly about how to view its role in my ISA.I use a Stocks and Shares ISA to invest, not tradeSometimes a special situation means that a share could suddenly gain value in a short timeframe. It can be tempting to make a short-term trade hoping for a fast buck. But I’m not a ‘trader’ and don’t want to be one.Instead, I see a Stocks and Shares ISA as a way to build longer-term investments. While I do buy and sell, I don’t trade frantically hoping for sky-high returns. Instead, I do some spadework to uncover companies I think have good prospects. I then wait until I think their shares are undervalued. Using that insight, I invest. 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Photographs: Lena Pfeiffer Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Save this picture!© Lena Pfeiffer+ 35Curated by Paula Pintos Share Builder: Design Team:Lucas Carbia, Kate SamuelsCity:HudsonCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Lena PfeifferRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodEGGERLaminatesWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsText description provided by the architects. The Mt. Merino Pool House was designed to create a seamless connection with the landscape of Hudson, New York. A combination of glass, concrete, and engineered wood creates a dynamic space from stock components. Three wings radiate from the central kitchen and dining area. A large 2-sided fireplace defines the main space, connecting to both the living room and dining room. Save this picture!© Lena PfeifferEach bedroom has an open transition to its private bathroom area, blurring the line between spaces. Large overhangs block the heat during the summer while embracing the sun during the winter allowing the home to adapt to any climate. Large glass sliding doors line the living spaces creating panoramic views outwards. Save this picture!© Lena Pfeiffer DTLS’s Open-Source initiative has come to fruition with the Mt. Merino Pool House. Their hope is to share this design freely to create an Open-Source feedback loop. Echoing the Case-Study Movement, DTLS is sharing this prototype design with clients, architects, builders, and anyone who has a passion for the built environment. The firm is dedicated to a detailed collaborative approach, making design accessible to all. Their intention is to learn from each other’s work through iteration, problem-solving, and sharing of experiences. Save this picture!© Lena PfeifferSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Lena PfeifferJust like a piece of source code, the global community is invited to build upon this prototype in the spirit of innovation. The use of this design is encouraged at a range of levels of collaboration. Whether one chooses to work with DTLS directly through the building process, or merely report back with overall constructive feedback, the hope is to improve on this design through lived experiences. Save this picture!© Lena PfeifferProject gallerySee allShow lessQuartier am Wald Residential Complex / Störmer Murphy and PartnersSelected ProjectsHouse JS / Gianserra + Lima arquitectosSelected Projects Share Mt. Merino Pool House / dtls ARCHITECTURESave this projectSaveMt. Merino Pool House / dtls ARCHITECTURE Projects “COPY” Photographs CopyAbout this officedtls ARCHITECTUREOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHudsonOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on February 23, 2021Cite: “Mt. Merino Pool House / dtls ARCHITECTURE” 23 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
15 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Entry forms for the Professional Fundraising Awards 2000 are now available. These are the UK’s only award scheme to celebrate excellence, achievement and innovation in fundraising. Find out more from Professional Fundraising magazine. Professional Fundraising Awards 2000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 May 2000 | News
11 de noviembre 2018 – El día 7 de noviembre quedó formalmente inscrito en Guatemala un nuevo partido político, el Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP). Representa un vehículo electoral para el Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Codeca), una de las organizaciones que ha liderado la lucha contra el gobierno de Jimmy Morales.MLP fue inscrito para poder participar en las elecciones generales de 2019 después de pasar el mínimo de afiliados. Sus objetivos como partido político incluyen “nacionalizar todos los bienes y servicios privatizados en el país, impulsar el proceso de una asamblea constituyente popular y plurinacional, construir el estado plurinacional desde las autonomías indígenas, recuperar las tierras, los territorios y agua para el cultivo y consumo nacional, y organizar a todo el país en comunidades para la recuperación y defensa de la dignidad y soberanía plurinacional para construir el buen vivir.” (publinenews.gt, y de noviembre)La formación del MLP viene en el contexto de una lucha contra la impunidad de los políticos oligarcas. El gobierno de Morales recientemente provocó grandes protestas cuando intentó suspender la Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG).Aunque las masas y la Corte Constitucional rechazaron este intento del presidente de protegerse de las investigaciones de la CICIG, el jefe de ésta no ha podido regresar al país. Aún así, se han ganado algunas victorias.A la hora de escribir, desde 2015 se han cancelado 3 partidos políticos por actividades ilegales (principalmente el financiamiento ilícito), incluyendo Libertad Democrática Renovada (LIDER), el partido con más escaños en el Congreso, y el Partido Patriota (PP), partido del expresidente Otto Pérez Molina que había renunciado antes de las elecciones en medio de una investigación de la CICIG.Ambos formaban parte de la coalición gobernante, y dos otros miembros de la coalición, incluyendo el partido de Morales, FCN-Nación, se encuentran en proceso de cancelación. Hay también cuatro partidos en la oposición que están en proceso de cancelación.Con los políticos corruptos en la defensa y la formación de un nuevo partido político de base popular enfocado en la reforma estructural del país, las elecciones de 2019 podrían ser muy importante para el país.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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