Romania sets new 2% iGaming turnover tax Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Romania Finance 4th January 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Legal & compliance New tax for country’s online gaming licencees came into force from January 1 The Romanian government has introduced a new 2% monthly turnover tax for online gambling operators licensed in the country.Published late last month in Romania’s Official Gazette, Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) 114/2018 requires operators to pay an additional 2% on iGaming turnover from January 1, 2019. The tax is payable by the 25th of the following month, meaning the first payment is not due until February 25.The tax will be imposed in addition to existing licence and authorisation requirements. Operators holding licences from national regulator Oficiul National Pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN) currently pay a rate of 16% on gross revenue generated from Romanian players. However, despite the blow of facing additional taxes, the 2% rate is lower than the rates discussed in an initial version of the GEO in mid-December. At that time the government was considering a 5% tax on annual online gaming turnover, as well as a 3% annual turnover tax for companies operating land-based facilities in Romania.The original daft also set out plans to retroactively apply the new turnover tax on companies’ 2018 finance. However, criticism from across the industry led to the government switching to a monthly tax in the final GEO, which only applies to turnover generated from January 1 onwards.The published GEO 114/2018 also sets out measures for iGaming companies to pay an additional €5,000 (£4,500/$5,700) each year to operate in the country, while land-based operators will now pay an extra €1,000.In addition, the annual fixed fee for each slot machine in Romania will increase from €2,600 to €3,600. These additional payments will be used to fund the ONJN and ensure it can carry out its regulatory functions.Image: Santeri Viinamäki Email Address
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) returned to profit in Q1 of 2021 as revenue grew 28.2% year-on-year to $324.3m, thanks to the acquisition of new race courses and the continued growth of the operator’s online division. Breaking this figure down further, CDI’s racino at the Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans brought in more gaming revenue than any other site, at $38.3m, up 21.2%. Presque Isle in Maine followed, even though revenue declined to $23.8m. Ocean Downs, Riverwalk and Harlow’s Casinos also saw revenue increase, while it declined at Calder Casino, Oxford Casino and Lady Luck Nemacolin. Churchill Downs Incorporated returns to profit in Q1 22nd April 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Read the full story on iGB North America AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Almost half of CDI’s revenue came from land-based casino gaming away from the Churchill Downs site, up 4.1% to $152.0m from the first quarter of 2020, the final weeks of which were impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Land-based casino Online casino Q1 results 2021 Horse racing Finance Regions: US Kentucky Tags: Churchill Downs Incorporated The recently rebranded TwinSpires online division, meanwhile, saw revenue increase 44.7% to $99.7m. The vast majority of this came from horse racing, which brought in $92.7m, up 39.2%, while sports betting and casino gaming contributed the remaining $7.0m, up 180.0%. Email Address
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TAGS: Highlight I last saw Jonah Lomu in London this September at a sponsors event for the Rugby World Cup. He was bedecked in a sharp blue suit, dapper brown brogues, yet what stood out was his easy smile, humility and approachability. He took time to speak to anyone around him – even us pesky journalists.Sadly, it was clear that the years of kidney dialysis had taken their toll. Physically, he seemed to have shrunk, with stooped shoulders and an uneasy gait.What was most interesting, however, was the reactions of other greats of the game. Will Carling – the man who famously called him a freak after the unforgettable 1995 World Cup semi-final – World Cup winners John Smit and Matt Dawson and Welsh dump truck Scott Quinnell all looked up to him. It was clear, they were no different to the rest of us mere mortals. Jonah was, and still is, the man. The first global superstar of rugby union.Poetry in motion: Jonah Lomu outsprints the French defence at the 1999 World CupOf Tongan descent, as a kid, he brought up in the tough Mangere district of Auckland, on the South Island where gangs and violence were commonplace. Thankfully, Jonah took a different path. Prodigiously gifted, he broke virtually all athletic records at Wesley College, and was destined for greatness from a young age.At 19, he played in the Hong Kong Sevens, then a trial run for graduation into the All Blacks, and obliterated the opposition.Months later, he lost his first two Tests in an All Blacks shirt against Les Bleus, with John Kirwan on the other flank before having to wait nearly a year to pull on the silver fern. New Zealand’s secret weapon.On the hoof: Jonah at his rampaging best against the Springboks in 2001What happened over the next six weeks in South Africa, not only changed Jonah’s life, irrevocably. It changed rugby. Legend has it that Rupert Murdoch, after watching Lomu swatting and steamrollering English defenders, made it his business to catapult rugby into the professional era, by offering an eye-watering sum to screen SANZAR games.While Kirwan had been a big man, at 6ft 4in and over 16st, Lomu was in the WWE ranks. He stood at 6ft 5in and weighed a shade under 19st. The problem for defenders is that he could also run like the wind. He was clocked at 10.7secs over 100 meaning he was virtually impossible to bring down single-handedly. As Bill McClaren famously said: “And there goes Jonah Lomu, proving once and for all that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”He scored seven tries in the tournament and was denied a World Cup winners medal only after a heroic defensive effort by the Springboks led by his old foe Joost van der Westhuizen. Legend of the game: Jonah was a colossus in rugby Despite a king’s ransom being dangled in front of him by NFL’s money men, Lomu stayed true to the All Blacks, going on to score 37 tries in just 63 appearances.Enduring image: Jonah plays one of his final Tests at Twickenham in 2002Lomu said recently that his health problems – he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder, nephrotic syndrome in his early twenties – meant he played rugby with the handbrake on. It makes you shudder to think what he could have achieved if fully fit.The world again regaled at Lomu’s freakish strength at the 1999 World Cup, where he scored eight tries, including a jaw-dropping individual effort against England, before the French dumped the All Blacks out of the Cup. One defining memory from that game stands out, however. Xavier Garbajosa, the French full-back, throwing himself out of the way, as if avoiding an oncoming freight train, as Lomu barrelled over. The tournament was a poorer place without him.By 2002, he had played his final Test for the All Blacks, at just 27, with his health slowly preventing him from playing at his peak of his powers.Inspiration: Jonah Lomu was idolised by the younger generationIn retirement, Lomu has spent time travelling, mentoring kids and acting as an unofficial ambassador for rugby. Loved and revered around the world, he was in the UK for a speaking tour only last month.Jonah’s untimely death, less than a year after another of New Zealand’s favourite son’s, Jerry Collins passed away will leave rugby with a heavy heart and thoughts must finally go out to his wife Nadene and boys Brayley, six, and Dhyreille, five. Jonah said in a recent interview that his goal was to see his boys into adulthood. Tragically, this will no longer happen, but we’re sure will be left in no doubt about the legacy their father has left in the coming years.Rugby is in mourning. Rest easy, big man. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The world’s first global rugby super star Jonah Lomu has died leaving the game shocked and saddened
“COPY” Projects Window / LADAASave this projectSaveWindow / LADAASave this picture!© Pere PerisHouses•Los Monasterios, Spain “COPY” Houses Photographs Architects: LADAA Area Area of this architecture project Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/434903/window-ladaa Clipboard 2010 Year: Window / LADAA Area: 745 m² Area: 745 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/434903/window-ladaa Clipboard Spain ArchDaily Save this picture!© Pere PerisText description provided by the architects. Analyzing the program requirements, the planning regulations and the topography of the plot, the following strategy was decided on: to establish a large “podium” on which to live. Furthermore this socle will allow us to accommodate part of the housing services and save the steep slope of the plot. Save this picture!© Pere PerisCoupled with this strategy, the decision to make the house in two unique stories allows us to rise and enjoy the views on the main floor without breaking the cornice height. In the same way and using the natural orography of the terrain we achieve that part of the piece which is embedded is totally exterior and can be considered as habitable space and used for guest bedroom and bedroom for the daughter of the family, adding a patio on the main facade as to achieve optimum ventilation and lighting of these rooms . In this way we release the ground floor, only destining it to day spaces and master bedroom, thus obtaining complete independence for guests and the daughter.Save this picture!© Pere PerisSo the house is presented as a large orthogonal prism. Three of its vertical sides are almost opaque ( the entrance, and those facing the neighbors) and the fourth fully transparent, opening out to the spectacular views. The access to the house is by a slightly inclined path which leads us into the interior of the great piece, present but hidden from the street. We place a transparent glass box as a transition between the exterior and interior. Once inside the house, we are in a single space of 200 m2 . This large space is perceived as one, but can be segmented into different rooms.Save this picture!© Pere PerisFacing the large prism presents the podium on which are placed two large uncovered terraces and the main terrace. These areas are presented as a continuation of the interior space.Through a staircase we access the basement where we find the service spaces, the garage as well as the access to the habitable zone of this floor. In this area we have an audiovisual room and two bedrooms. To obtain a good lightning and ventilation of these rooms we plan two patios, one on the main facade and the second between the house and the pool, which together with the shape of the land allow us to create a basement which is completely exterior.Save this picture!© Pere PerisWith this scheme, the house appears as a large box in which everything is made of glass and where the indoor-outdoor boundaries are not know, as well as a perfect prism on top with one of the sides totally open, almost deceiving us as it not only harbors edification but also serves to generate outer space, habitable and protected. It is important to mention that the garage entrance is considered as the main entrance or and accordingly the patio which appears in front of this entry is always bathed in the water from the pool and on a garden. So the housing is generated on the basement floor. The rest of the building is just an excuse for comfort.Save this picture!© Pere PerisWe has sought a friendly home design to engage the existing terrain as much as possible to preserve the privacy of its inhabitants without this being an impediment to project an illuminated house open to the exterior. A very important aspect is the indoor-outdoor relationship. This relationship always occurs through a link, a combination that makes the privacy filter between inside and an outside uncontrolled. The house has been created based on a very simple idea: “Our house is the space above a carpet of black stone, our vantage point from which to look at the fabric of the world.”Save this picture!Basament Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessTales Pavilion / Luca NichettoSelected ProjectsIf Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do “Donuts” Tell Us?Architecture News Share photographs: Pere PerisPhotographs: Pere Peris+ 24 Share Copy CopyAbout this officeLADAAOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos MonasteriosHousesSpainPublished on October 07, 2013Cite: “Window / LADAA” 07 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Projects KyungHwan Chun Butterfly Roof House / thescape Save this picture!© JiHyun Choi+ 32Curated by Clara Ott Share Photographs Lead Architect: “COPY” Houses Photographs: JiHyun Choi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project South Korea Site Area:285.60 m2Total Floor Area:153.30 m2City:Wonju-siCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© JiHyun ChoiText description provided by the architects. The site is located on the edge of the village, facing small mountains. Compared with nearby sites with the same shape and area, the project site had an irregular shape and relatively big area. Considering that unique site conditions, the architect had to think over several site plan options with the view of the whole village. The client suggested a square plan because he liked the simple form and also because it can be a good way of reducing construction costs. The architect agreed it would be a simple but powerful declaration in a new town, to put a simple volume on the edge of the village.Save this picture!© JiHyun ChoiSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© JiHyun ChoiThe butterfly roof is a result of deliberation to satisfy two design conditions: to make a pitched roof following planning guidelines and to make a flat roof matching the square plan. An image was pulled out from a study model; a several-folded roof made of paper on top of a solid cube. To build it, a hybrid structure system of concrete and steel was adopted.Save this picture!© JiHyun ChoiThanks to the structure system, four sharp crevices between the roof and the wall were created, and then became clerestories. The ceiling was treated with a pure white surface with no additional elements, such as lights and sensors. The glass floor came from the desire of the client, who wanted to have openness and space efficiency at the same time. It plays a role in connecting light and indicates whenever someone is being around.Save this picture!© JiHyun ChoiThe butterfly roof, clerestories, and the glass floor create a unique space that can’t be found anywhere else. Despite the seemingly enclosed impression, the atmosphere in the house dramatically changes, delicately responding to changes in the weather and time outside. The sunshine that enters deep into the house penetrates the space, crashes, and crumbles, creating an unexpected effect and unique atmosphere. The flow of sunshine from the second floor to the first floor through the glass floor is reversed by the artificial light flow rising from the first floor to the second floor at night. The clerestories, which were the entrances to accept the sunshine during the day, become the outlets for nighly light emission.Save this picture!© JiHyun ChoiThe idea of a new life has led to deliberation about the meaning of each basic building element, such as walls, pillars, floors, staircases, roofs, and light. As for the designing new house, KyungHwan Chun hopes this house to inspire dreams, rather than to be simple. CopyAbout this officethescapeOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationWonju-siSouth KoreaPublished on February 08, 2019Cite: “Butterfly Roof House / thescape” 07 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The report, “Next Generation Call Centres: CTI, Voice and the Web”, is available from Ovum for £1,495 on 020 7312 7318. The integration of call centres with Web sites should offer considerable benefits to charities with telemarketing experience. A new report from Ovum confirms that the Web is unlikely to replace call centres: it is complementary to them rather than a competitive alternative.The integration of call centres with Web sites should offer considerable benefits to charities with telemarketing experience. A new report from Ovum confirms that the Web is unlikely to replace call centres: it is complementary to them rather than a competitive alternative.Ovum defines a Web-enabled call centre as “a call centre that handles interactions between callers and call centre agents that involve the internet and include a real-time communication between the two parties.” The potential for fundraising charities of call-enabling their Web sites is clear. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 16 total views, 1 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. Howard Lake | 29 January 1999 | News Call centres and the Web
Benchmarking tool launches to support sector’s Covid recovery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: benchmark COVID-19 RevenuesFundraising costsSupporter volumesRecruitment performance and CPARetention ratesStaffing levels and resourceIt will also collate and analyse more qualitative data including:Fundraising plans and prioritiesTargets and confidence levelsFears for the futureInnovation and diversificationTeam function, culture and moraleIdeas and attitudes at exec and trustee levelParticipation in the Covid-19 Impact Monitor costs £5,000 (exc. VAT). Chartered Institute of Fundraising members can access a discounted rate of £3,450 (exc. VAT). To take part in the survey, a charity representative with oversight of all fundraising activity (typically head or director of fundraising) should contact [email protected] or [email protected] before 30 September. Surveys should be completed by mid-October with the first reports returned to participants in December. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 323 total views, 2 views today A quarterly benchmarking tool is launching to track the impact of Covid-19 and the sector’s recovery, and provide guidance on how to respond and rebuild.Put together by Open and Freestyle Marketing, who are also behind Charity Benchmarks, the Covid-19 Impact Monitor will give leaders insights into the effect of Covid-19 on fundraising and how to rebuild fundraising activity.They said:“Fundraisers are being asked to reforecast or even restructure when none of us have lived or experienced a time like this before.“With the Covid-19 Impact Monitor we want to help decision making by delivering concise, focused reports giving clear comparisons between fundraising programmes as well as a view on the expectations for the future – on a quarterly basis.”The Covid-19 Impact Monitor will compare KPIs for each quarter of 2020 and beyond with the corresponding quarter of the previous year, allowing organisers to see the impact of Covid-19 and track the sector’s recovery. Participants will receive detailed, fully illustrated reports for quarters 1-3 in November 2020, and then an additional report for quarter 4 in January 2021.As well as tracking performance on a quarterly basis, organisers will talk to fundraising leaders and practitioners at all levels across the sector to understand how they see both the immediate challenges and the longer-term implications of the current situation. These findings will be published alongside the data to prompt discussion, share knowledge and add a further dimension to the report as well as further support for the charity sector.Looking across a range of fundraising types – from cash giving and retail to corporate and statutory funding – the report will focus on the key metrics leaders need to understand performance, including: Advertisement 324 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 23 September 2020 | News
News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter By admin – October 24, 2015 Previous articleCo. Derry PSNI trying to trace pick-up following Garvagh robberyNext articleFire crews praised after Coleraine blaze is brought under control admin 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest Westport House has been left out of the latest sale from NAMA’s loan portfolio.The Government intervened to ensure the stately home, which is in the Taoiseach’s Mayo constituency, wasn’t included in a bundle of properties code named ‘Project Arrow’ worth around 6 billion Euro.NAMA’s been criticised for giving the US vulture fund ‘Cerberus’ the chance to buy the loans.Cerberus is currently being investigated by the FBI and was also the buyer of controversial Northern Ireland loans, named “Project Eagle”.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle has called for the suspension of the Project Arrow sale, saying questions remaining from the Project Eagle sale in the North have not been addressed.He told the Dail this week the latest sale proposal should be stalled until questions are answered about what happened north of the border…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pringlenama.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pringle says latest NAMA sale should be suspended while Project Eagle is inbestigated Google+ Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme