Insurance payout offsets Covid-19 hit for SkyCity in 2020

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Insurance payout offsets Covid-19 hit for SkyCity in 2020 New Zealand caisno operator SkyCity Group saw revenue grow 36.8% to $1.13bn (£572.6m/€643.6m/$760.7m) as favourable win rates and insurance payouts from a 2019 fire offset a decline in normalised revenue due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).While SkyCity made $1.13bn in revenue, its normalised revenue came to $779.5m, down 24.3%. Normalised revenue is adjusted for average win rates and removes exceptional items such as the insurance payout from a fire at the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Horizon Hotel in October 2019.SkyCity’s flagship Auckland property brought in the most revenue, at $497.3m, down 18.0%. SkyCity said Covid-19 was the reason for this decline, with the venue posting record revenue for the eight months ending on 29 February.Of this total, $230.8m came from table games, a 14.8% decline, and $128.0m came from table games, 21.6% less than in 2019. The Auckland venue made a further $138.5m in non-gaming revenue, a 19.6% decline.SkyCity Hamilton was the operator’s most resilient venue amid the effects of Covid-19, bringing in $58.8m, down just 4.8%. Gaming machines brought in $41.4m of this total, a 6.8% decline, table game revenue fell 6.1% to $8.4m and non-gaming revenue rose to $9.0m.SkyCity Adelaide brought in $121.0m, down 18.7%. Gaming Machine revenue was down 25.6% at $38.3m and table game revenue down 26.5% at $56.9m, but non-gaming revenue was up 30.3% to $25.8m.SkyCity Queensland’s revenue was down 15.1% at $11.1m. Gaming machines brought in $5.7m and table games $3.8m, while non-gaming revenue grew to $1.6m.SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens also said the operator’s domestic business fared well after casinos in New Zealand were allowed to reopen.“Our domestic businesses in New Zealand and Adelaide have recovered more quickly than anticipated post reopening which has been encouraging, although the outlook remains unpredictable as we adjust to new social and economic settings,” he said.In the 2019-20 fiscal year, the operator launched its GiG-powered online business, which brought in revenue of $10.2m in its first year of operation on bets of $253.5m from 15,855 customers. Stephens said that while online revenue declined once casinos reopened, it experienced another boost after the end of the fiscal year as SkyCity’s Auckland property was forced to close again until 31 August.“We have observed a slight reduction in online gaming revenue following the reopening of our properties in May, but we saw an increase in activity during the second Auckland closure period in August,” he said. “We now have over 35,000 customer registrations and we continue to prepare for a regulated online gaming industry in New Zealand. We are supportive of the Government’s ongoing policy review in this regard.”The operator’s Asian VIP business brought in $78.9m in normalised revenue, down 58.6%, on stakes of $5.8bn, while the SkyCity Hotel Group saw revenue fall 24.8% to $41.1m. Stephens said both of these segments would be slow to recover due to their dependence on international travel.Insurance recoveries and liquidated damages from the New Zealand International Convention Centre fire in October 2019, which forced its Auckland casino to shut for a number of days, came to $384.5m.The business paid $72.8m in goods and services taxes on gaming, down 28.1%, for net gaming revenue of $706.7m, down 23.9%.SkyCity’s expenses came to $776.7m, up 48.1%, of which $108.1m was fire-related. Its normalised expenses declined by 16.5% to $506.0m. Stephens said this was due to cost cutting measures implemented as a result of the pandemic.“A wide range of strategic decisions and actions have had to be taken to mitigate the impacts of, first, the fire and then the impacts of Covid-19,” he explained.“We have rapidly restructured our New Zealand workforce, downsizing it by around 25% to ensure SkyCity is positioned to be sustainable in the short to medium term; we have undertaken a capital raising and debt restructure to ensure that SkyCity has sufficient liquidity and funding capacity; and significant operational effort has been focused on closing and reopening our properties with rigorous health and safety measures in place.“SkyCity was able to move quickly but with care in response to these events and is well positioned to deal with the foreseeable future. The wage subsidy in New Zealand and Australian JobKeeper scheme have been helpful and partially mitigated the impact of property closures and ongoing negligible international customer activity.”SkyCity Auckland’s expenses fell by 9.0% to $257.0m, SkyCityHamilton’s expenses ticked slightly down to $27.9m and SkyCityQueenstown’s expenses were down marginally at $9.2m.SkyCity Adelaide’s expenses declined by 12.9% to $101.1m, the hotel group’s expenses were 7.3% below 2019 at $20.9m. Online costs, meanwhile, came to $8.1m, of which $5.7m were in bonuses and costs to supplier GiG.After these expenses, SkyCity’s earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came to $348.3m, up 16.9%, while its normalised EBITDA was down 37.7% at $200.7m.The business incurred a further $86.6m in depreciation and amortisation costs for earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $261.7m, up 20.2%. Normalised EBIT, however, was down 52.9% to $114.2m.SkyCity paid $28.6m in net interest costs, resulting in a pre-tax profit of $233.1m, up 12.3%, or a pre-tax normalised profit of $93.0m, down 59.9%.After a $2.2m tax benefit, SkyCity reported a profit of $235.4m, up 62.8% year-on-year. Its normalised profit, however, fell by 59.7% to $66.3m.Stephens said the business’s performance in the 2020-21 fiscal year would most likely depend on whether further closures are required.“We expect the domestic businesses to continue to perform well when open but remain prepared for the possibility of further closures,” he said. “We are planning for international borders to be closed for the duration of FY21, and that there will be negligible International Business and international tourism activity.“”Based on our current outlook we believe we are well positioned to deal with any further adversity, and we expect to achieve some growth, but there is something of a holding position across several aspects of our business.” Casino & games New Zealand caisno operator SkyCity Group saw revenue grow 36.8% to NZ$1.13bn as favourable win rates and insurance payouts from a 2019 fire offset a decline in normalised revenue due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The year also saw its online business make its first contribution to group revenue, bringing in $10.2m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 3rd September 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Finance Poker Slots Table games Regions: Oceania New Zealand Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Slot Machines Email Addresslast_img read more

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Football Index forced to stem losses with dividend change

first_img8th March 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Football Index forced to stem losses with dividend change Regions: UK & Ireland Football Index has made significant changes to its payout system after acknowledging its previous model was “not sustainable”. Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting However, the spokesperson did not directly answer a question as to whether the brand was at risk of closing in the near future. The move led to a significant decrease in liquidity on the platform. However, a spokesperson told iGB that the move was the best available option for its long-term outlook even despite this impact. During this time, it offered markets on new players, through so-called initial public offerings. This, it said, was part of its effort to restimulate betting activity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online sports betting “It was hoped that this would stimulate a market recovery which would allow for the higher dividend to continue to be paid prior to the normal annual review, and for an exciting and affordable dividend to be announced at that time.” In a follow-up statement, it explained that the business had been losing significant amounts of money lately. Initial recovery plans, that would have involved a less drastic dividend reduction, proved insufficient.  “Over recent months, Football Index has sustained substantial losses,” it explained. “The board agreed a recovery plan aimed at stemming these losses while retaining the dividend payments at current levels.  “Every decision that we make with regards to changes to the platform is made with the express goal of providing a sustainable level of growth in terms of customers and the value of bets made in that period, and this was no exception,” the spokesperson said. “The issuance of new shares and IPOs were key deliverables of that recovery plan, amongst other initiatives to rejuvenate the market,” it added. Football Index account funds are held in a standalone trading account separate from BetIndex’s general accounts. Trust arrangements are in place to offer protection of these funds but the operator said there is “no guarantee that all funds will be repaid in the event of insolvency”. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img A spokesperson for the GB Gambling Commission said the regulator could neither confirm or deny whether there was an investigation into Football Index. The spokesperson also noted that the only possible terms of an investigation would cover its provision of remote betting as per its licence. “In consultation with our legal and financial advisors we have had to make the very difficult decision that in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform we simply must reduce dividends,” Football Index said. “Unfortunately, however, the current yields are just not sustainable.” In December 2020, the operator’s co-founder Adam Cole announced he would leave the business at the end of the year as part of a “reset”. The spokesperson also told iGB that despite the need to restructure dividends to protect its long-term sustainability, that it was not behind or in need of restructuring any payments to affiliates or suppliers. The BetIndex-owned operator temporarily cut maximum dividends – bonuses issued following achievements such as a goal – were cut by 78.6% to £0.03. Tags: Football Index BetIndex “We are working hard to restore consumer confidence in the platform as a matter of urgency.” They added that Football Index was taking urgent action to keep an acceptable level of liquidity on the platform. A spokesperson for the operator, which offers a “football stock market” where futures in football players can be bought and sold, told iGB it wasn’t behind or in need of restructuring payments owed to affiliates or suppliers. The business’ sponsorship deals with Championship football clubs QPR and Nottingham Forest will also continue. BetIndex holds licences from the Great Britain Gambling Commission and the Jersey Gambling Commission. It said that while its team worked hard to deliver based on that plan, it became clear that the higher dividends would still have proved unsustainable. “This decision is not one that we have taken lightly. The board deliberated at length, and we have taken a number of other steps before reaching this decision: we have restructured, reduced costs, including taking directors’ salary cuts and have tried our very best to keep the dividends at the level that they have been.  However, the operator’s terms and conditions say that the value of player shares purchased are “not stored in any account or otherwise protected as they are sums at risk”. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Graton Rancheria on the fight for recognition

first_imgICE365 Content Series Topics: Casino & games ICE365 Content Series Land-based casino Tribal gaming Regions: US California This forms part of a three-part series, that also sees Sarris talk to Ewa Bakun about the prospects for legal betting and igaming in California, and how it weathered the upheaval caused by Covid-19. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Graton Rancheria on the fight for recognition He also discusses the benefits that securing federal recognition brings to the tribe, such as allowing it to construct a casino on tribal lands. center_img In the second part of the Tribal Gaming keynote, Sarris talks ICE 365 through the fight for sovereignty, which ultimately succeeded in 2000 when Congress passed the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act.  Tags: Greg Sarris Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Graton Resort & Casino Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 22nd April 2021 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

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New Anglican center proposed for Santiago de Compostela

first_imgNew Anglican center proposed for Santiago de Compostela Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 center_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Posted Jul 28, 2016 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VAlast_img read more

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In-home boxing startup raises $20m as working out from home seems…

first_img Please enter your name here From The HustleCue “Eye of the Tiger.” At-home boxing startup Liteboxer (how have we not heard of this?) scored $20m in funding to get its machine in front of more customers, per TechCrunch.Liteboxer is a freestanding shield with 6 targets that light up to show you when and where to punch. Hits are timed to music, and boxers are scored on accuracy and strength.The device retails for ~$1.5k, while a $29/month subscription includes workouts with Liteboxer trainers.We know what you’re thinking…… Peloton for boxing. And honestly, why not?From March to October of 2020, home fitness revenue doubled to $2.3B vs. the previous year. Over the same span, treadmill sales spiked 135% while stationary bike sales were up 3x.Also:Peloton itself saw sales growth of 232% during shutdowns.Strength trainer Tonal’s sales grew 8x+ in 2020. It just raised $250m in March, bringing its valuation to $1.6B.VR fitness app Supernatural, where players blast targets in scenic locations, saw subscriptions ($19/month) double after Quest 2 launched last fall.But what happens now that gyms are back?A New Consumer and Coefficient Capital survey found 76% of Americans started working out more at home in 2020, and 66% preferred it.Analysts told The Washington Post that people will likely keep using the  equipment and routines they’ve invested in, but will seek out gyms for social experiences.Likewise, fitness pros who spoke to The Wall Street Journal predict exercisers — like employees — will go hybrid, splitting their sweat between the gym and home.TBH, at-home boxing is probably more exciting than that winnerless Mayweather vs. Paul fight.Gif courtesy of The Hustle LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSBoxingBusinessExercisehealthHealth & FitnessIn-home BoxingTechnologyThe Hustle Previous articleWelcome In the New Season: The Best Sunglasses for an Enjoyable Florida SummerNext articleAdventHealth: COVID variants to drive need for more vaccinations even as cases decline Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear center_img Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Graphic courtesy of The Hustle Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Chris Ashton sniffs out another hat-trick as Toulon crush Stade Francais

first_imgMonday Feb 19, 2018 Chris Ashton sniffs out another hat-trick as Toulon crush Stade Francais Toulon cruised to a 43-5 victory over Stade Francais in the Top 14 on Saturday, with winger Chris Ashton scoring his second hat-trick this season. Recently suspended center Mathieu Bastareaud also made a return, marking it with a powerful try of his own. Ashton has now scored 17 tries in the Top 14, since making the move from Saracens.His trademark throughout his career has been his ability to sniff out support lines and this occassion was no different, as dynamic Fijian Semi Radradra set him up for two of the three tries.Recently recalled French flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc also had a large part to play.Returning from his three-week ban for a homophobic slur against Treviso, Mathieu Bastareaud showed the kind of powerful he possesses by making a close-range try look easy as he barged over without too much trouble.As with Trinh-Duc, he too has been recalled to France’s Six Nations squad. They host Italy on Friday night in round 3 of the Championship, in Marseille.credit: top14officialADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Frankfurter Tor Student Apartments / GBP Architeken

first_imgArchDaily Germany “COPY” CopyApartments, Dorms•Berlín, Germany Frankfurter Tor Student Apartments / GBP Architeken 2017 Photographs:  Anastasia HermannSave this picture!© Anastasia HermannRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. The property at Frankfurter Tor is located in an exposed location in the Friedrichshain district in the middle of a residential and business district with typical Berlin apartment buildings. It also borders on the listed building ensemble designed by architect Hermann Henselmann along the Karl-Marx-Allee / Frankfurter Allee street.Save this picture!© Anastasia HermannSave this picture!Ground floor plan 01Save this picture!© Anastasia HermannThe apartment ensemble of student apartments and micro apartments comprises a total of 567 apartment units with 485 student apartments and 82 micro apartments, which are grouped around an attractively designed courtyard.Save this picture!© Anastasia HermannThe part of the building facing the Frankfurter Tor received a roof structure as an additional staggered floor. The spacious lobby serves as a central attraction and invites you to linger through various niches. The entrance area includes other publicly accessible areas such as seminar and event areas, laundromat and retail areas, fitness studio and deli / restaurant. In addition, the use of the terraces is kept open for small seating areas and catering facilities.Save this picture!© Anastasia HermannSave this picture!© Anastasia HermannThe inner courtyard is designed as a multifunctional green oasis. There are extensive green areas for relaxation, community spaces, seating islands and sufficient bicycle parking spaces.Save this picture!© Anastasia HermannProject gallerySee allShow lessOn Finding Motivation to Keep Practice Architecture and Age Significance When Gettin…ArticlesHouse – ConceptsArticlesProject locationAddress:Friedrichshain, Berlin, GermanyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Frankfurter Tor Student Apartments / GBP ArchitekenSave this projectSaveFrankfurter Tor Student Apartments / GBP ArchitekenPresented by: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936844/frankfurter-tor-student-apartments-gbp-architeken Clipboard Year:  “COPY” Projects Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936844/frankfurter-tor-student-apartments-gbp-architeken Clipboard Architects: GBP Architeken Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25711 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Anastasia Hermann+ 22Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officeGBP ArchitekenOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsEducational ArchitectureOther facilitiesDormsBerlinGerman Design CouncilBerlínGermanyPublished on April 04, 2020Cite: “Frankfurter Tor Student Apartments / GBP Architeken” 04 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographslast_img read more

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New open software standard for non-profit sector announced

 15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising will report further developments on this exciting example of collaboration within the non-profit supplier sector. 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. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has announced that a new open software standard for the non-profit sector is about to be launched in the USA. The Open Philanthropy eXchange, or OPX, will enable participating organisations to streamline the receipt and management of data related to online donations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has announced that a new open software standard for the non-profit sector is about to be launched in the USA. The Open Philanthropy eXchange, or OPX, will enable participating organisations to streamline the receipt and management of data related to online donations. Charities using OPX-compliant software will be able to download such donation and donor detail directly into their supporter database.The companies behind this welcome initiative are Blackbaud, Inc, CharitableWay.com and MyAssociation.com. Advertisement New open software standard for non-profit sector announced Howard Lake | 18 July 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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The cold scoop: Ranking the best ice cream shops in Fort Worth

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What we’re reading: Prince Philip dies at 99, President Biden unveils spending proposal Linkedin Linkedin Fifth annual Drew Medford Memorial Tournament honors former Paschal pitcher, awards 20 scholarships Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Lucy Puentehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lucy-puente/ Twitter Lucy Puentehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lucy-puente/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt Lucy Puentehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lucy-puente/ Lucy Puente Thousands turn out to try pop-up Turkey Leg Hut Facebook The 109The 109 NewsThe cold scoop: Ranking the best ice cream shops in Fort WorthBy Lucy Puente – March 22, 2021 1121 Twitter ReddIt Previous articleHoroscope: March 22, 2021Next articleWhat we’re reading: Miami declares state of emergency, Trump eyes his own social network Lucy Puente + posts printWhether it’s a treat with friends, a date night or a reward after a long day full of studying, many TCU students agree that ice cream hits the spot. Fort Worth has many ice cream options to offer to students and luckily, they’re all near the TCU campus. Here are seven of the closest and tastiest ice cream destinations to try, rated on proximity to campus, price, texture, variety and how much ice cream was given in a small sized cup.The Rankings 7. Cow Tipping CreameryProximity: 3.2 milesPrice: $3.50 + $1 for extra toppingsTexture: soft serve Variety: 3 flavors, 22 toppingsSize of small: runs largeOverall Score: 2.5/5Small cup of vanilla soft serve with sprinkles (Lucy Puente/TCU360)Despite being 3.2 miles from campus, Cow Tipping Creamery had to come last. With only three flavors to choose from, vanilla, chocolate and swirl, the ice cream was a regular soft serve that you could find at a Chick-fil-A or McDonald’s. Multiple toppings are an option here, but their ice cream did not offer the same variety that other creameries in Fort Worth did.6. Dairy Queen Proximity: 5.5 milesPrice: $1.29 + $1 for extra toppingsTexture: soft serve Variety: 2 flavors, 35-40 toppingsSize of small: true to sizeOverall Score: 3/5Small chocolate dipped vanilla soft serve in a sugar cone (Lucy Puente/TCU360)The “stop sign of Texas” makes their signature blizzards and sundaes a staple; however, if you are looking for more variety this is not the place to go. Dairy Queen only offers soft serve ice cream with two flavors, but makes sure their toppings are the focus of the menu. Dairy Queen is more of a hit or miss kind of ice cream, when the line is long, the ice cream suffers and can be melty. 5. Melt: Proximity: 3.4 milesPrice: $3.75 + .50 for extra toppingsTexture: creamy Variety: 12 flavorsSize of small: smaller than expectedOverall Score: 3.5/5Small cup of scooped ‘beans’ with sprinkles (Lucy Puente/TCU360)The aesthetic of Melt seems to be the focus of their business and is what customers pay for. Being on the pricier side of the ice cream destinations, Melt is more of a place for Instagram pictures. The 12 flavors offered are unique to their menu and grab the attention of trendy college students. 4. Curly’s CustardProximity: 4.8 milesPrice: $3.39 + .75 cents for extra toppingsTexture: custardVariety: 5 flavors, 33 toppingsSize of small: runs largeOverall Score: 4/5Small cup of vanilla custard with sprinkles blended in (Lucy Puente/TCU360)Curly’s Custard is the creamy ice cream to enjoy on a warm sunny day in Texas; however, offering no indoor seating makes the drive-thru the better option when the weather is rough. The prices are fair and many toppings are offered to customers allowing a variety of combinations to create unique sundaes with both dairy and dairy-free options. 3. Marble Slab CreameryProximity: 2.1 milesPrice: $4.49 + .59 cents for extra toppingsTexture: buttery and smoothVariety: 22 flavors, 40+ toppingsSize of small: true to sizeOverall Score: 4.5 /5Small cup of vanilla with sprinkles rolled in (Lucy Puente/TCU360)Being the second closest ice cream destination to the TCU campus, Marble Slab offers buttery and smooth ice cream. When ordered, the ice cream is put on a chilled marble slab where customers choose their desired toppings to be mixed in. The location is owned by a married couple who are TCU graduates. 2. CreamistryProximity: 4.3 milesPrice: $6.44+ .50 for extra toppings + free whipped creamTexture: LuciousVariety: 18 flavors, 35 toppingsSize of small: runs largeOverall Score: 4.5/5Small cup of nitro-frozen vanilla with sprinkles and whipped cream (Lucy Puente/TCU360)Liquid Nitrogen made ice cream. Creamistry offers hundreds of combinations and flavors of ice cream. All of the dairy ice cream flavors are offered as non-dairy and vegan-friendly options making the sundae creations endless. Once ordered, the ice cream is made before your eyes by adding a cloud of liquid nitrogen to a bowl of your liquid ice cream base of choice. Even though Creamistry is an investment, the free whipped cream and fresh ice cream make the price worth it. 1. Braum’sProximity: 2 milesPrice: $1.59 + 1 free topping and .25 cents for extra toppingsTexture: Thick and creamy Variety: 27 flavors, 35 toppingsSize of small: true to size in a cup, runs large in a cone Overall Score: 5/5Small cup of scooped vanilla with whipped cream and sprinkles (Lucy Puente/TCU360)A classic wallet-friendly ice cream. Braum’s offers 27 flavors and a variety of seasonal flavors, classic toppings, sundaes and cones. With the cheapest price of all the competitors and a wide array of flavors, the combinations are limitless. Braum’s is a Southern exclusive ice cream destination and will leave you wanting their creamy and thick ice cream every day. Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

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Many detainees beaten during police search of Evin prison

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s grave violations of the rights of political prisoners in Tehran’s Evin prison.Around 100 riot police, accompanied by Revolutionary Guards and Intelligence Ministry officials in civilian dress, began a major inspection of the cells in Section 350, where political prisoners are held, at around 9 a.m. yesterday.According to relatives, when the prisoners objected to this irregular search and stayed in their cells to monitor their belongings, the police responded to the protest with extreme violence, smashing TV sets, equipment and personal effects.Dozens of detainees were beaten and then placed in solitary confinement in Security Section 240, regardless of their injuries. They included journalists and bloggers such as Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand, Hossein Ronaghi Malki, Mohammad Davari, Said Matinpour, Siamak Qaderi, Said Haeri and Yashar Darolshafa.They also included human rights lawyers Abdolfattah Soltani and Hotain Dolati, and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, an activist in the workers’ movement.“This government respects nothing, neither international law nor its own Islamic laws,” said Réza Moïni, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The violence used against these prisoners was gratuitous and cowardly, and was clearly designed to punish heroes who have continued to resist despite having suffered years of oppression. This is also a warning to Iranian civil society, which keeps on demanding more freedom and democracy.“The families of the detainees who have been placed in solitary have no news of them and are very worried. We share their concern and we call on the government to give firm guarantees that these prisoners of conscience will be protected.”Moïni added: “UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pilly and the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, must intervene as quickly as possible and put pressure on the Iranian authorities to protect these human rights defender and journalists in danger.”In an interview for the ILNA news agency, Iranian prison system director Golamhossien Esmaili denied “the false reports and rumours published by enemy news sites.” Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News RSF_en April 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Many detainees beaten during police search of Evin prison June 9, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Nonetheless, according to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the operation was prepared and organized by senior officials in the justice system, information department, Revolutionary Guards and Intelligence Ministry, and the presence of representatives from all of these departments during the raid was no coincidence. News March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020last_img read more

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