NCC acquisitions boost profits

first_img British computer-security firm NCC Group yesterday posted a rise in first-half profit, aided by acquisitions, and said it was looking for more purchases to expand its presence in the US. The company, which tests IT security and holds copies of software source code in escrow, would be looking at a “nice little cash deal,” chief executive Rob Cotton said. NCC Group, on a buying spree since 2006, said the acquisition of smaller US peer iSEC Partners in October contributed five per cent of revenue growth in the first half. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little NCC acquisitions boost profits Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp Thursday 20 January 2011 7:49 pmlast_img read more

OPAP reopens Play gaming halls following Covid-19 closures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: OTB and Betting Shops OPAP reopens Play gaming halls following Covid-19 closures 8th June 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Lottery Sazka-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP has reopened its Play gaming hall chain today (8 June), with video lottery terminals hosted across the rest of its retail network also going live for customers.In addition, in-venue seated service for customers resumed, as of 6 June, provided that social distancing protocols are followed.OPAP’s network of stores across Greece and Cyprus closed on 14 March this year in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.While its 3,750 sales outlets across Greece and Cyprus reopened from 11 May and street vendors were able to resume selling Hellenic Lotteries products, the Play-branded gaming venues remained shuttered at that point.As a result of the closures, OPAP revealed in April that it expected gross gaming revenue to decline by up to €140.0m (£123.0m/$151.5m), and earnings by up to €53.0m, in 2020.The latest announcement will see the full network back in operation today, with OPAP’s full product portfolio once again available to customers.Store openings are accompanied by strict, new guidelines for hygiene protocols aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. “OPAP remains steadily committed to safeguarding the health and safety of its partners, customers and employees across its stores’ network,” the operator said.“In this framework, the company adopts comprehensive preventive measures against the spread of the Covud-19 virus, which fully comply with the operating rules established by the competent authorities.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sazka-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP has reopened its Play gaming hall chain today (8 June), with video lottery terminals hosted across the rest of its retail network also going live for customers. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Topics: Lottery Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

National Salt Company Nigeria Plc ( Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about National Salt Company Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Salt Company Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON) manufactures and markets a range of edible salt for industrial use and iodine-fortified kitchen salt for domestic use in Nigeria. By-products from the salt refining process include fine (butter) salt used to make biscuits and confectionary products; and granulated kitchen salt and industrial salt. The company has factories located in Oregun, Apapa and Port Harcourt and installed capacity of 400 000 tonnes per annum for 25-50 kilogram bags of salt and 100 000 tonnes per annum for salt sachets. Salt products for domestic use are marketed under the brand name Annapurna and Dangote. Annapurna is a brand name owned by West Africa Popular Foods (WAPF) as a joint venture between the former NASCON and Unilever Nigeria Plc. The company was established in 1973 and formerly known as National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. National Salt Company Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Tempted by the Lloyds share price? Here’s what you need to know

first_img Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Alan Oscroft | Saturday, 22nd August, 2020 | More on: LLOY 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. Isn’t it great when one of your favourite companies turns into one of your worst ever investments? That’s what’s happened to me with Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). The Lloyds share price has fallen more than 50% since I bought. And just when I was hoping for a better year in 2020, along came Covid-19 and hammered down any hope for recovery.But if you’re tempted to buy at today’s depressed price, what do you need to know?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…I can see sentiment towards Lloyds being negative for some time to come. We’ve had the banking crash, an oil price slump or two, Brexit, Covid-19. And we’re now facing the worst recession for decades. None of that says anything positive for banking sector outlook. And with dividends suspended, we don’t even have any regular income to compensate for the dreadful performance of the Lloyds share price.But that’s all sentiment, so are there any hard fundamentals that count against Lloyds right now? We’re likely to see earnings per share pretty much devastated this year, so it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to rely on 2020 figures for any long-term planning.Lloyds share price valuationBut based on 2019 results, the current Lloyds share price indicates a trailing P/E of just eight. That’s way below the FTSE 100‘s long-term average of around 14. Analysts expect Lloyds to get back to similar levels of earnings by 2021. Even if it takes a bit longer than that, we’re still looking at a very low eventual forward P/E. That suggests good value to me.What about Lloyds’ price-to-book ratio? That stands at around 0.4 now, approximately two thirds of the current UK financial sector average. Again, that makes the Lloyds share price look cheap to me.Cash and liquidityDividends? We really can’t guess at when the sector will be allowed to reinstate them. The regulators really do seem to be doing everything they can to ensure the banks make it through and are able to support our eventual emergence from the current recession. Maybe the suspension of dividends was needed, maybe it wasn’t. Either way, Lloyds has been sailing through the regular Bank of England stress tests with ease.Had this Covid-19 pandemic hit us when Lloyds was recklessly overstretched along with its competitors, the Lloyds share price would surely have been hammered way harder. But as it is, I don’t see Lloyds as being in any actual danger now.Maximum pessimismI’ve examined my fellow Motley Fool writers’ opinions on Lloyds. And what I’m seeing is general agreement that Lloyds is in for a horrible year. But also the feeling that markets have overreacted and the Lloyds share price is undervalued.I’m seeing a general consensus that Lloyds is a quality company run by very competent managers. That the Lloyds share price reflects the very worst possible outcome for every adverse factor affecting the banks. Oh, and that we could still face some serious volatility until Covid-19 and Brexit are finally behind us.In short, I’m seeing a share price that reflects maximum pessimism. I reckon that’s the perfect buy indicator. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Tempted by the Lloyds share price? Here’s what you need to knowcenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Uncovered: England wing Semesa Rokoduguni

first_imgYou play rugby every day at home. There are just so many guys who could play for Fiji. They’ve got the chance to show the world what they can do on the pitch. Not long ago, Bath winger ‘Roko’ was serving in Afghanistan. Now he’s set to make his England debut. Here he puts music, Manu and the military into his own words… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Everything you learn in training is put to the test in Afghanistan. I was there for six months, and you’ve got grenades coming over your wall, suicide bombers, petrol bombs…Try time: Roko scores for the Army at TwickenhamIt’s very stressful. But you’ve got to take your mind of that, otherwise you’ll put others at risk. I’m still a serving soldier so if my regiment needed me I’d go back. That’s unlikely, as troops are being withdrawn from Afghanistan now.My brother and dad are also in the Army. My dad is in Egypt at the moment with the UN on a peace-keeping mission and my brother is in Scotland with the Black Watch.I’m used to being away from my family now. In 1992-93 my father went away for over a year. I missed him but, as the oldest, I had to step up and look after my family. A lot of my family are still living in Fiji.My Army background isn’t too different to my rugby one. In the Army you have eight to ten blokes, one commander and a plan. On the pitch you have 15 blokes, a captain and a game plan.In Fiji rugby players are superstars. In Bath I get recognised sometimes. People want to say hello and ask about the Army or how I’m settling in. Man on the run: Roko, who has played for England Saxons, is set to make his International debut v NZ TAGS: Bath Rugby I have a son who’s one. His name is Elijah, and I live with him and my wife Annie in Bath. We’re all very happy here. Fiji is a beautiful place, but so is Bath!Stuart Hooper is one of a kind. He’s a great leader, although all the senior guys at Bath are good. They might grab you at the end of training to go through something. Nick Abendanon and Matt Banahan have both been helpful to me.Debut duo: Bath team-mate Anthony Watson is also preparing to face the All BlacksI’ve gone from 84kg to 103kg. The coaches wanted me to put on weight because when you’re carrying more you can do more damage in attack and defence. Although it’s a lot harder to run around now!Wasps away was my favourite game this season. I carried the ball a couple of times and managed to score two tries.We know we’re better than Quins. We lost by just three points and missed out on the Premiership play-offs. It was disappointing and frustrating, individually and for the team, because we had so many opportunities and line breaks but didn’t convert them. We’ll use that feeling of losing and take it into future games.I play the guitar. Last season I played to the boys but it didn’t go down too well! Music settles my nerves.Manu Tuilagi is the toughest opponent I’ve faced. He’s a big unit. I tackled him a couple of times, but it neesd a few of our smaller lads to bring him down.Handful: Roko says it takes a few men to bring Manu downThe rugby I’ve played in England is a different level and pace to Fiji. The accuracy levels expected from the coaches are higher, and the supporters are different too. At home, we rely on flair from sidesteps and goosesteps, whereas Bath have a game plan that all 15 players stick to.You’ve got to be explosive. When you’ve got space, you need to accelerate and beat your opponent over those first few metres.I was a tank driver in the Army. It takes six to eight months to learn to drive one. You learn everything about the machine from the engine to the tyres. I loved it, and enjoy learning something new. I trained in Dorset, then moved to Germany where my unit is. I get nervous running out at Twickenham. I played there for the Army against the Navy last month. When you’re playing in front of a big crowd for the servicemen, there are high expectations.We have a good record against the Navy. The opposition changes every time; not tactically but the Navy’s game has gone up a level each time I’ve faced them. We’ve had a few Fijian internationals in recent years, which helps.I’m enjoying myself at Bath. I’m happy with the way the club is going and how I’m doing personally. I appreciate all the efforts the coaches and management have put into me, and their feedback. My goal is to play for England. I played for the Saxons against Scotland A in January and it was a step up. I can’t believe I’m here compared to where I was a few years ago. Last season my goal was simply to improve my game and get my skill level up. Now everything’s going so well.Check out some of Roko’s highlights in the video below! read more

Putin promulgates controversial law on NGOs

first_imgPlea to parliamentary speaker Boris Gryzlov to block a draft law to crack down on NGOsRead in Russian Reporters Without Borders has urged parliamentary speaker Boris Gryzlov in an open letter to reconsider a harsh law on Russian Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) passed on its first reading before parliament on 23 November 2005.The law is likely to be adopted at its second reading on 9 December.Paris, 9 December 2005Dear Mr President, Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, is particularly concerned about a draft law on NGOs which is due to have its second reading before the Duma on 9 December 2005.The law would compel all human rights NGOs to register with the Russian authorities, the practical details of which seem to us particularly hazardous.Most seriously, it bans Russian NGOs from receiving money from foreign donors and prevents foreign organisations from having representatives in Russia. It would also seriously compromise the NGOs’ independence, since they will have to explain their work and reveal their sources of funding and their spending to the State.We fear the application of these particularly restrictive measures would certainly entail a dramatic weakening of Russian civil society. It is not acceptable to bring an entire sector of the country’s activities under control on the pretext of the fight against terrorism and money-laundering.Reporters Without Borders is currently experiencing serious problems in Russia getting its correspondents registered and has been unable, for the same reasons, to set up a representative office.However, the state of Russia’s media fully justifies the need for our work since many journalists are suffering censorship or have been pushed into self-censorship. In the latest case, Olga Romanova, has been forced to resign from Ren-Tv after being ousted from her political analysis programme.US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, and former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhaïl Gorbachev and many other figures have already expressed their deep concern about this law. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” January 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Putin promulgates controversial law on NGOs BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News News News RSF_en —————————23 December 2005 Reporters Without Borders outraged by adoption of law on NGOs_ read in RussianReporters Without Borders described a law passed by the parliament, the Duma, tightening the authorities’ grip on all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in Russia as “unworthy of a country that calls itself democratic”.The new law received its third and final reading on 23 December, despite a wave of international protest and unanimous objections from within Russian civil society.The worldwide press freedom organisation said the law was particularly revealing of the climate of suspicion hanging over every human rights organisation, whether foreign or Russian. It urged President Vladimir Putin not to sign the law, which it said posed a particular danger to free expression in Russia.The law has been approved after more than six months of haggling between the parliament and the Kremlin, which initiated it, shrewdly insisting that the Russian deputies agree more than 62 amendments as a result of the general outcry provoked by some of its measures. At the outset, top government officials and the intelligence services of the FSB (formerly the KGB) had lambasted humanitarian organisations and NGOs, accusing them of being spies in the service of foreign interests.The Russian president at the start declared himself totally opposed to funding of any national or international NGO by non-Russian organisations, suspecting them of carrying out subversive political activities.Putin finally backed down on a ban on foreign NGOs having permanent representations in Russia. However a new article specifies that any NGO’s operations could be halted if it represented a threat to “Russian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, national unity and origin, cultural heritage or national interests”. Russian NGOs have condemned the fact that the law has been drawn up in a deliberately vague way so as to allow the justice ministry to step up a crackdown against them.The law will now have to be approved by the upper house of parliament and promulgated by the head of state next week.————————–9 December 2005 The Russian official gazette, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, today published the controversial legislation on NGOs which President Vladimir Putin signed into law on 10 January. It will take effect in 90 days.Despite amendments to the original version as a result of energetic protests from the international community, the law still places considerable constraints on the freedom of action of both Russian and foreign NGOs, which will henceforth be subject to control by the president’s office.German Chancellor Angela Merkel also voiced concern about the law during a meeting with Putin yesterday.——26 December 2005Reporters Without Borders urges President Putin to cancel Soviet-style law to monitor NGOsReporters Without Borders called today on President Vladimir Putin, in an open letter, not to sign into law in its present form a proposed measure to monitor the activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The measure was given a final reading by the Russian parliament on 23 December and now has to be approved by the upper house of parliament and promulgated by the President. Despite more than 62 amendments to the original draft, the proposed law allows complete surveillance of the activity and workings, especially financial, of all NGOs operating in Russia. They will have to go through a lengthy and painstaking registration procedure after examination of their statutes by an administrative body not specified in the law. The prosecutor-general will be able at any time to ask the NGOs to explain their financial situation and will have the power to dissolve them.center_img Help by sharing this information We urge you, Mr President, to take our request into consideration and to allow us to continue to defend human rights in Russia. We hope you will be able to intervene in time with the deputies before this law goes into force that could have such harmful and lasting consequences for Russian civil society. May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents Letter in RussianMSWORD – 37 KB Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cancer survivor Jo takes on the pink walk

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp BALLINA woman who overcame breast cancer will join up to 1,000 people on the fourth annual 10k Pink Ribbon walk this Sunday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jo O’Connell will take part in the Killaloe event, which has raised over €215,000 for Action Breast Cancer.In 2008, the mother-of-four remembers feeling “very tired” before she discovered “a hard ridge” on one breast.After a biopsy, doctors confirmed the former special needs nurse and Montessori teacher had stage two breast cancer. She was advised that the best option was a mastectomy.A few weeks after surgery, she began her gruelling six sessions of chemotherapy and had two blood transfusions. Her treatment included 18 doses of the anti-cancer drug Herceptin. Then her hair started to fall out.“I thought I was prepared for this, but when I saw big bunches of hair coming out, I have to say I found it frightening. But the staff in Marbles hair salon in Limerick were marvellous. They take you to a private room and shave the head. They have a variety of wigs to choose from,”she said.Four years on, Jo is now preparing for breast reconstruction surgery and her hair has grown back.“Surviving cancer has made me more appreciative of life and what I have. I’d advise anyone who has any concerns to have it checked out. Breast cancer is treatable and there are better treatments now than ever before,”she said.The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk is run by volunteers and every cent goes directly to Action Breast Cancer“One in 10 women in Ireland will get breast cancer in their lifetime.The walk is not just another 10km.  It is a day of remembrance and solidarity to fight the fight against Breast Cancer,” said Jo.To register see Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April NewsCancer survivor Jo takes on the pink walkBy Guest Writer – June 6, 2013 1389 Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Barbara McMahon, Jo O’Connell and Nicola Wood gearing up for 10km Pink Ribbon Walk Email First Irish death from Coronavirus Previous articleLeague leaders next up for Limerick FCNext articleGlenstal is best school in country Guest Writer Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin TAGS10km Pink Ribbon Walkbreast cancerfeaturedJo O’ConnellkillaloeMusic Limerick Twitter Advertisement Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Lafarge Canada Celebrates Our First ECOPact Project

first_img Previous articleLacework Expands Leadership Team with Key New Hires, Including David “Hat” Hatfield as Chief Executive OfficerNext articleGlobal Biosimulation Market Research and Outlook Report 2021 – Trends, Growth Opportunities and Forecasts 2020-2028 – Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  Facebook Lafarge Canada presents one of their newly branded ECOPact RMX concrete trucks.center_img Facebook Local NewsBusiness Twitter Twitter Lafarge Canada Celebrates Our First ECOPact Project WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Major backlog’ in gynaecological appointments locally

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook By News Highland – March 8, 2021 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest ‘Major backlog’ in gynaecological appointments locally Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleNorth’s youngest pupils return to school todayNext article‘More resources needed for Strabane’ after major weekend incident News Highland Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The Government is being urged to act on what’s been described as a major backlog in gynaecological appointments with Donegal said to be one of the worst affected areas. More than 4,000 women nationally have been waiting 18 months or more for an appointment with 464 women in the county waiting over the same period.The figures were obtained through a parliamentary question by Sinn Fein TD Sorca Clarke.Speaking on today’s Nine Til Noon Show, Deputy Clarke described the data as highly concerning:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Public meeting hears further calls for alterations to Mica Redress Scheme

first_img Public meeting hears further calls for alterations to Mica Redress Scheme Google+ Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+ Previous articleUnseasonably heavy rain and wind expected to hit entire country todayNext articleBones discovered in Ballybofey forest News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 20, 2021 At an online public meeting held by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue last night, it was implored on him by many affected homeowners and the PRO of the Mica Action Group that there must be changes made to the redress scheme.Michael Doherty, PRO of the Mica Action Group told the meeting that there are 4 particular issues that need addressing.They are, the need for a 100% redress scheme, equal to the pyrite scheme, the removal of the one home, one grant clause, the need also for banks to step in and for properties such as holiday homes currently excluded from the scheme to be covered.Mr Doherty told the Minister that Mica affected homeowners in Donegal are being treated like second class citizens and called for Paschal Donohoe to step up to the mark to ensure banks offer assistance.He also highlighted the need for someone to be made available at council level to help people navigate the scheme.Minister McConalogue says he would do his absolute best to raise and address the issues discussed at Central Government level. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more