Pace of UK’s growth starts to slow down

first_img Pace of UK’s growth starts to slow down KCS-content whatsapp Wednesday 22 December 2010 7:39 pm GROWTH in the middle of the year was slightly less than previously estimated, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday.The economy expanded by 0.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2010, and by 1.1 per cent in the second. Yet the ONS revised both levels down by 0.1 per cent on their November estimates. The declines “are nothing to be too concerned about,” according to Andrew Goodwin, economist at the Ernst and Young Item Club. “Growth at that level is certainly not to be sniffed at — six months ago we would have happily taken that,” he added.And investment for the three months to September grew by 3.4 per cent on the previous quarter, a huge rise from the previous estimate of 0.6 per cent – driven largely by business investment, which totalled £30.2bn.“We expect to see a steady recovery in investment in the quarters ahead,” said Hetal Mehta of Daiwa Capital Markets.And personal savings were healthier than expected. On average households saved five per cent of their disposable income, up from November’s estimate of 3.5 per cent, while households’ disposable incomes grew by 1.1 per cent.“The higher level of saving is comforting,” said Philip Shaw of Investec. “It gives households a bigger buffer of unspent disposable income to withstand next year’s spending cuts and any further increases in costs such as food prices.”“The UK recovery is still strong and confirms our assessment that the economy will be able to cope with the deficit cutting programme without a major relapse,” said David Kern of the British Chambers of Commerce.However, there was also an increase in less sustainable elements of growth, such as stockbuilding. Growth in stockbuilding for the three months to September tripled, to 0.3 per cent. And the contribution of government expenditure fell by 0.4 per cent in the third quarter, a downward revision from the previous estimate, which showed a 0.6 per cent rise. Although on Tuesday the ONS released figures for November showing an surge in government spending, sending the deficit back to worrying levels for chancellor George Osborne.Yet economists at least remain confident of private sector performance.“Manufacturing is still growing at a strong pace,” said Chris Williamson of Markit. “It is likely to lead the economy going into 2011, taking advantage of rising demand in key export markets such as the US, Germany, France, China and the Middle East.” Share Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

UBS: Barclays too big for UK

first_img UBS: Barclays too big for UK KCS-content whatsapp BARCLAYS will have no choice but to consider leaving the UK, according to prominent UBS banks analyst John Paul-Crutchley.In a note to investors asking if the bank could be “the first to leave” London, Paul-Crutchley said yesterday that Barlcays and JP Morgan are “broadly comparable”, except that the Fed has given JP Morgan permission to up its dividend whereas “Barclays remains mired in the fog of regulatory uncertainty”.Comparing the £554m compensation that Barclays paid to its top managers versus the £653m it was permitted to pay out in dividends by UK regulators, he said: “If this difference [between local regulations] becomes permanent, we think Barclays has little option but to consider shifting domicile.”Paul-Crutchley adds that moving its headquarters to a larger economy could make sense for Barclays given that its balance sheet is equivalent to 100 per cent of GDP. “Rather than Barclays being too big [to fail], it may well be that the UK is too small.” The analysis points to Barclays’ 2010 annual report, which lists only HSBC in its peer group in the UK. Speculation on whether London could lose a major bank due to stringent regulation has centred on HSBC due to the bank deriving most of its revenues abroad.Paul-Crutchley also estimates both Barclays’ and JP Morgan’s core tier one capital ratio under Basel III as opposed to Basel I or II, which neither of the banks have yet disclosed.The estimates come out at 7.81 per cent for Barclays and 7.23 per cent for JP Morgan. If accurate, it means both banks have their work cut out to meet Basel III requirements (seven per cent) plus a likely capital surcharge for “too big to fail” banks, which is expected to be two to four per cent. Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL Tuesday 29 March 2011 8:42 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorymoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeJournalPregnant Woman Takes a Nap – You Won’t Believe What She Discovered When She WokeJournalautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionWorld LifestyleCouple Has No Idea Why Photo Goes Viral, Then They Notice This In The CornerWorld Lifestyle whatsapplast_img read more

Return To The Feature by Habanero

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BallyBet online sportsbook goes live with Colorado launch

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Lions 2013 squad options: The Props

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SALFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Toulon prop Andrew Sheridan makes a break during the Heineken Cup match between Sale Sharks and Toulon at Salford City Stadium on December 8, 2012 in Salford, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) On the loose-head side, matters wil come down to Rowntree and Gatland’s personal choice. It has been put forward that, like the two standout loose-heads, Cian Healy of Ireland and Gethin Jenkins of Wales are the front-runners. However, this is less clear-cut, and with the consistency of Ryan Grant earning recognition and with the explosive showings in the loose by Mako Vunipola making headlines of late, plus Paul James’  consistency and ability to play on either side of the scrum, there are calls around the Isles for each man’s inclusion.Outside bet: Would Gatland be willing to bring in Sheridan?For selectors, they have a tough task picking their number 1s.Much will be made of the bankability of the touring tight-heads and, with the current popular interpretation at scrum time, either of Jones or Cole are capable of avoiding being popped up with proper second-row support and both are strong and technical enough to render an early hit unnecessary. So if the unity of the pack is to be expected with any Rowntree team and with the assumption being that such a team could cut their feet and drive through their right hand side, it is left up to the loose-head to be a disruptive force.Healy showed against England that he can perform such a role and Jenkins is more reliable than Pulp Fiction’s Mr Wolf, but are the other two capable of niggling the opposition as well as ensuring that they do not split from their hooker?In Super Rugby tight-heads Paddy Ryan of the Waratahs has performed quite well of late, as has Dan Palmer of the Brumbies. Both only have one cap to their names, though, and if it is assumed that Ben Alexander’s good showings as a loose-head in the competition means the Brumbie won’t be used as a tight-head, and because Sekope Kepu is being kept out by Ryan, it must be asked if a bully should be brought in to dominate such players. Top of the props: It is assumed in many quarters that Adam Jones will be the Lions test No 3, but who else will tour?By Alan DymockIN THE aftermath of the 6 Nations and with time running out we are all confronted with the starkest of choices: who are our Lions?An obvious point of conjecture, there were at least some standouts in recents weeks. So in the interest of making clear what Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell face before the squad announcement on April 30, Rugby World will sift through the runners and riders in each key position.Back-up: Dan Cole seems certain to tourFirst up will be the PROPS, those noble beasts scorching their busts at the coalface.Undoubtedly everyone is enamoured with the frizzy king of scrum play, Adam Jones, who set about dismantling the French and English scrums on his and Wales’ way to a second consecutive Championship victory. In doing so the tight-head pushed his way past everyone’s pre-tournament favourite for the Lions starting spot, Dan Cole.It is strongly expected that both men will tour. However, in looking for other guaranteed tight-side tourists it gets a little harder. The scrum proved an issue during recent international meetings – the most penalised individuals during the championship were the front-rowers after some scrum shenanigans – but despite the relatively high whistle-rate against Jones and Cole, the former has dominated a tournament and the latter is capable of doing so should he be in the right frame of mind and coaxed into it by his teammates.With scrummaging there can be a case of hoping lightning will strike, with only an elite band of rumblers being able to boast impeccable technique at any point of asking. In the past this was said of Euan Murray, the Scot was touch-and-go during the 6 Nations but his unwillingness to play during Sundays for religious reasons makes no difference as none of the games take place on the Sabbath. However, in looking for support players on the right of the scrum the Worcester Warrior could be on a list of ‘maybes’ with Ireland’s Mike Ross. There is an awful lot of assumption with any such question, but because of the possible inference exiled Englishman Andrew Sheridan of Top 14 leaders Toulon must be one consideration. Of course, if we start this, maybe even Saracens’ Matt Stevens comes into the mix at tight-head, despite being retired from England duty.At least there are infinite options, eh?last_img read more

Worcester v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgWorcester v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Worcester v Gloucester from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 11.30pm on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Worcester v Gloucester live stream: How to watch Premiership rugby online from anywhereSaturday’s Gallagher Premiership action kicks off with Gloucester travelling to Worcester for a lunchtime kick-off – and both teams will be looking to end losing runs.Worcester haven’t won in the league since beating London Irish in December – that’s a run of six successive defeats – while Gloucester have lost their last five Premiership matches.When they met at Kingsholm back in December, the scores were 3-3 at half-time before Gloucester ran in five second-half tries, including two from speedster Louis Rees-Zammit, to win 36-3.Yet much has changed since then – Gloucester have a new coaching team, headed up by George Skivington, for a start.England wing Jonny May is back in Gloucester colours after a three-year stint at Leicester while Jack Singleton makes his debut at hooker, with Logo Mulipola, Jack Stanley and Matt Garvey all set to make their first appearances for the club from the bench.As for Worcester, Ted Hill will become the youngest-ever Warriors captain when he leads the team out at Sixways tomorrow aged just 21 years and 142 days.Former Wasps fly-half Billy Searle will make his Worcester debut while Matt Kvesic returns to Warriors colours after a seven-year absence, four of which were spent at Gloucester.Worcester team: Melani Nanai; Tom Howe, Ollie Lawrence, Ashley Beck, Scott van Breda; Billy Searle, Francois Hougaard; Ethan Waller, Niall Annett, Nick Schonert, Anton Bresler, Graham Kitchener, Ted Hill (captain), Sam Lewis, Matt Kvesic.Replacements: Beck Cutting, Lewis Holsey, Richard Palframan, GJ van Velze, Cornell du Preez, Gareth Simpson, Duncan Weir, Francois Venter.Gloucester team: Jason Woodward; Ollie Thorley, Chris Harris, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Danny Cipriani, Joe Simpson; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Freddie Clarke, Ruan Ackermann, Lewis Ludlow (captain), Jake Polledri.Replacements: Henry Walker, Logovi’i Mulipola, Jack Stanley, Matt Garvey, Jack Clement, Stephen Varney, Tom Seabrook, Louis Rees-Zammit.Here’s how you can find a reliable live stream for Worcester v Gloucester wherever you are in the world.How to watch Worcester v Gloucester from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local coverage of Worcester v Gloucester, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Worcester v Gloucester takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Worcester v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Worcester v Gloucester will kick off at 7.30am EST and 4.30am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Worcester v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and while they’re not showing Worcester v Gloucester live you can watch a half-hour highlights package on Monday 17 August at 10.30pm (AEST).Foxtel currently have a deal on the Sports HD bundle if you sign up for a 12-month plan by 31 August 2020. Instead of the usual $74 a month, it’s $59 – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle offerlast_img read more

Consumers continue to use recalled Smartphones

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The adoption abruptly halted after the recall as retailers stopped selling the phones and Samsung activated an exchange program. However, it appears that the usage rate of the phone among existing users has been almost the exact same since the day of the recall.Consumers should immediately stop using this smartphone and initiate the exchange. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img It seems not even exploding batteries can tear users away from their smartphones.According to Apteligent, consumers are continuing to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones despite a government-ordered recall.The Note 7 was first released on August 19th. By August 31, reports started to surface that batteries were exploding. On September 2, Samsung recalled the device. The impact on adoption was promptly visible in the data: TAGSNote 7RecallSamsung Previous articleScan & Go shopping comes to Sam’s Club ApopkaNext articleEfforts to fix Vick’s Landing fence thwarted, for now Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Belgium’s annual multi-charity appeal gets underway

first_imgBelgium’s annual multi-charity appeal gets underway  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 November 2002 | Newscenter_img The annual November appeal by Belgian overseas aid charities has begun.The appeal, run by 11.11.11, the Flemish umbrella body of international aid agencies, aims to raise 5 million euros over the coming weeks. This year’s campaign theme is globalisation.Read “Annual charity fundraiser begins” at Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Emmaus UK turns down donations from prize draw company

first_imgEmmaus UK turns down donations from prize draw company Melanie May | 11 October 2019 | News Tagged with: Law / policy transparency  339 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 “Raffle House was always designed to be a vehicle for charitable giving as well as providing our customers the chance to win their dream home and our new weekly £1,000 cash-prize guaranteed giveaways. We bundle both opportunities into one single ticket purchase for £10 and from that we also cover donations to various charities; every customer gets to choose which charity to donate to via our system – and we’re now looking for another worthwhile cause to fill the gap that Emmaus has unfortunately left.” Emmaus UK has said that it is unable to accept donations from prize draw provider Raffle House on the basis of its commitment to ethical fundraising and to ensure it remains in line with its own values.Raffle House supports charities through its prize draws, which offer people the opportunity to win both property and £1,000 cash prizes. At launch it chose three homelessness charities to support: Emmaus UK, Centre Point, and Housing for Women, and donates 2.5% of every £10 ticket brought.In a blog on Medium last month, Raffle House announced that it would no longer be able to support Emmaus UK and would now be splitting all donations equally instead between Centre Point and Housing for Women after the charity had contacted it to say that it would be unable to accept any donations due to the fact that Raffle House is a gambling company. It added that, before it had made a profit, it had already raised £14,000 for the charities.Speaking to UK Fundraising, Helen Brandley, Emmaus UK acting Head of Communications & Fundraising explained the decision, saying:“We were contacted by Raffle House in June 2018 who informed us that they planned to raise money for Emmaus UK, along with a number of other charities. In August 2019 we were contacted by a third party who informed us that the raffle had been drawn.“Having carefully considered the donation against our own values and our commitment to ethical fundraising, we took the decision that we would not accept the donation and notified the organisers of this. As a charity we are committed to ensuring we feel comfortable with the origins of any money we receive, and on this occasion felt it necessary to decline the donation.”Benno Spencer, Raffle House founder and CEO also commented, saying: Advertisement  338 total views,  5 views todaylast_img read more

Clinton Urged to Raise Shi Tao Case at China Internet Summit

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