Press release: New charges announced for regulatory services

first_imgThe Environment Agency has today published its new charging scheme for regulatory permits and services, which will be effective from 1 April 2018.The new charges have been introduced so that businesses and organisations cover the full cost of the services they receive rather than the public – this represents a more financially-sustainable model which is simpler, fairer and more effective and that will lead to long-term environmental improvements. Charges for permits and other regulatory services have remained static for the last 7 years.The charges were drafted with feedback from industry and were subject to a public consultation. The consultation response document is also being published today, which includes the changes we have made as a result of comments we have received from customers, trades associations and the public.The charges reflect the amount of regulatory effort needed at a site and will allow the Environment Agency to invest further in our permitting service. Businesses that are well-managed and low-hazard present a low environmental risk and will be charged less. Higher-risk or poor-performing businesses will be charged more.Neil Davies, Environment Agency Director of Regulatory Charges, said: The Environment Agency carries out a valuable role in regulating the impact of businesses and industry on the environment and it is right that those that benefit from this service should cover the full cost. The new charging structure will create a simpler, fairer and more sustainable system which will enable better regulation and protection for the environment. The new charges will come into effect on the 1st April 2018 – the start of the new financial year. Our work to regulate industry protects and enhances the environment. The changes that have been announced following the recent consultation will mean that businesses and not the public pay for the full services they use. This is more financially-sustainable, will lead to a better service to businesses and long-term improvements to the environment. We have been engaging with trade associations over the last year while we were developing these proposals. Their input into this process has been really valuable and the feedback has helped shape the new fee structure. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:last_img read more

Rafi Ashkenazi – BetStars intent on closing gap on sports betting competitors

first_img Related Articles BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Rafi AshkenaziPresenting Amaya Inc results for Q3 2016, CEO Rafi Ashkenazi praised the work and competence of his firm’s recently launched ‘BetStars’ sports betting division, stating that it had delivered on its goal of creating a ‘competitive online sportsbook’.Seeking to challenge established legacy betting operators, the BetStars division will be led by new MD Zeno Osskó as Amaya looks to ‘close product gaps with competitors’.“In 2017, we will refine our plans and strategy and then investing less on market expansion and more on our product and parity especially on mobile as well as delivering the localised experience to our customer absence. We will also be focusing on cross sale capabilities and experience, monetisation and profitable fair acquisition,” Ashkenazi detailed to Amaya investors.Officially launched in December 2015, Amaya’s CEO has so far been pleased with the products effective sports betting crossover strategy, which has helped his firm offset saturated poker yields. Following a year of activity for its BetStars division, Ashkenazi backed his firm’s product diversification strategy“During the third quarter, sportsbook was positively impacted by our ability to retain newly acquired players and grow their yield. We expanded TV marketing of our BetStars brand, but we did not add any new jurisdictions and sportsbook is still available to just under 54% of poker players.” Amaya’s CEO added.Although Amaya chose not to detail a specific product breakdown for sports betting, the operator stated that in Q3 2016 combined casino and sportsbook products had comprised 24% of corporate revenues compared to corresponding 2015’s 15%.Closing full-year 2016 Ashkenazi would detail sportsbook product improvements focusing on user engagement.“We expect to achieve growth by focusing on continuing to improve our sportsbook offering, functionality and user experience specifically on mobile to achieve parity with our industry peers, delivering localized experiences to our customer base, improving our cross-sell abilities, improving monetisation cycles, and achieving possible customer acquisition.” Sharelast_img read more

Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed

first_imgA young Donegal mother who had an agonising two-week wait for a bed at St James’ Hospital in Dublin was finally admitted last night.Lorraine Miller from Gleneely was transferred to Dublin on Wednesday night and admitted to the oncology unit at 1am.Lorraine had been waiting for 14 days for specialist treatment at St James’, but a lack of beds prevented her from being transferred and admitted. She had been receiving care at Letterkenny University Hospital for an infection.The case was raised in Dáil Éireann yesterday by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue, who called on the Taoiseach to intervene and sanction an immediate transfer for Lorraine.The Taoiseach said it would be illegal for him to direct the HSE on an individual case.It is hoped that the transfer will bring some relief to Lorraine and her husband Stephen after their ordeal. Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino inches closer to D-League playoff berth

first_imgView comments Pao Javelona topped the Skippers’ all-out assault, pouring 16 points, three assists, and two rebounds as seven others scored in double-digits in the dominant victory.Joseph Marata fired all of his 15 markers in the first half, where Marinerong Pilipino raced to a comfortable 57-41 halftime edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRalph Salcedo and Renzo Subido both logged 12 points and five assists in the win.The Skippers can book a seat to the playoffs with a victory against AMA Online Education next Thursday, and coach Koy Banal has his eyes set on that goal. Star taps Malcolm Hill to replace import Cinmeon Bowers National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 69 – Avenido 24, Acibar 14, David 6, Montuano 6, Parala 6, Acuña 3, Padilla 3, Jumao-as 2, Riva 2, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Vidal 0.Quarters: 24-16, 57-41, 92-54, 138-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “Miracles still happen. Who knows, maybe we can pull off another miracle,” he said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to be smart in our preparation so that we’ll be ready for the next level.”Marinerong Pilipino has now won its fourth consecutive game to hike its standing to 5-4.Playing-coach Leo Avenido captained the skidding Gamboa Coffee Mix (1-8) with 24 points, while Ken Acibar poured 14 markers and nine rebounds in the team’s eighth straight defeat.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 138 – Javelona 16, Marata 15, Salcedo 12, Subido 12, Isip 11, Javillonar 11, Moralde 11, Publico 10, Gumaru 8, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Lopez 7, Alabanza 6, Gavieres 3.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Joseph Marata. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino continued its dream sail to the playoff round, moving a win away from clinching a spot in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, crushing Gamboa Coffee Mix, 138-69 Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 69-point spread set the second-most winning margin in league history, seven points shy of the 76-point record set by Tanduay against Zark’s Burgers last July 10.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Still no return date for crocked Neuer

first_imgManuel Neuer No return date for Neuer as Heynckes backs Bayern keeper for World Cup Dom Farrell 20:03 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) ManuelNeuer - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Wolfsburg v Bayern München Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup Bundesliga Three foot problems have kept the shot-stopper sidelined for long periods of time, with his club still unaware of when he will be back in action Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes is confident Manuel Neuer will feature for Germany at the World Cup but has refused to place a timescale on his return.Neuer is undertaking the latest stage of his injury rehabilitation in Thailand after Heynckes advised a change of scenery in his gruelling fitness slog.The Germany and Bayern captain has broken his foot three times in the past 12 months and the last of his three Bundesliga appearances this season preceded surgery in September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are not pressuring him. There is no timeframe, there is no deadline.” Heynckes told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg.”Personally, I am convinced that he will play for us and will play in the World Cup but in the end that is something he has to decide, together with the medical team, when he returns”He can’t afford to take any risk and I don’t think he will.”Neuer was Heynckes’ goalkeeper during his previous spell in charge, when Bayern stormed to a historic treble in 2012-13, and the veteran coach is full of admiration for the 31-year-old’s commitment at a difficult time.”Since I’ve been here I’ve been in touch with Manuel, of course,” he said. “It’s not only that we celebrated great success together – I appreciated him not only as the world’s best goalkeeper but as a human being.”I gave him a couple of valuable tips that I’m pretty sure he followed and I told him to choose a change of scenery. That’s what he’s doing right now.”The way I know Manuel, he’s continuing to work on his fitness. I’ve seen him many times here with the physical therapists and it’s really extraordinary the job he’s doing.”Manuel is in good psychological shape, he’s making good progress and I’ve always said I will not pressure him, there is no deadline. “One factor making Neuer’s absence easier to bare for the runaway Bundesliga leaders is the solid form of deputy Sven Ulreich.The 29-year-old turned in some shaky displays earlier in the season and Heynckes felt it was prudent to take him aside and offer some assurances.,”This is decision that I made a while back and the recommendation that I made to [Neuer] for a change of scenery was when Sven Ulriech did not do such a fantastic job,” he explained.”I told Sven Ulreich that he would be playing this week, next week and in three months; Manuel, I told that there is no pressure to come back in February or March.”I totally trust Sven Ulreich and Manuel Neuer needs to keep working on his fitness but in peace and quiet.”I told Sven Ulreich that I trust him. I know how important it is for a goalkeeper who was never in the spotlight or received recognition.”It’s super important to tell him, ‘You’re my guy now, you’re my man’.”The team have noticed he’s a really good goalkeeper and that it works with him.”last_img read more