Travelodge looks to tap into concert venues with raft of hotel openings

first_img KCS-content Show Comments ▼ whatsapp BUDGET hotelier Travelodge has exchanged contracts on two new hotels next to the MEN Arena in Manchester and Birmingham’s NEC.The £24m hotels deal will see 200 rooms built at each site, specifically chosen due to the increased popularity of live music, comedy and the enduring popularity of conference and exhibitions. The deals follow recent Travelodge exchanges near London Excel, the Liverpool Echo Arena and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.Travelodge, which operates 452 hotels accounting for 30,504 rooms in the UK, Ireland and Spain, plans to grow its estate to 70,000 rooms or around 1,000 hotels by 2020.Paul Harvey, managing director for development at Travelodge, said: “The explosion in the popularity of live music and comedy events over recent years saw our hotels located near to arenas out perform expectations during the recession.“The NEC in Birmingham and the MEN in Manchester both attract the biggest acts, conferences and events from around the world so I am delighted we have been able to secure these locations. We have identified another three arenas we are looking to build in close proximity to and I hope we will secure those deals soon.”Travelodge is now seeking other potential sites near arenas. A focus is on London’s O2 in Greenwich, Wembley Arena and the SECC in Glasgow. Existing hotels near these popular concert and event venues have hit 100 per cent occupancy on nights when a major event is being held, Travelodge said. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsappcenter_img Share Travelodge looks to tap into concert venues with raft of hotel openings by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal 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 TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Sunday 14 November 2010 10:14 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Asset sell-off could pay for lower taxes

first_imgWednesday 8 December 2010 9:06 pm Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Asset sell-off could pay for lower taxes center_img whatsapp KCS-content GEORGE Osborne yesterday revealed he could have tens of billions of pounds to spend on tax cuts or spending projects before the next election.The chancellor has not factored the proceeds from selling off state-owned assets – including the government’s stake in RBS and Lloyds – into his deficit reduction plan. If the government can sell its banking shares at a profit, by no means a foregone conclusion, it could approach the next election with a war chest to spend on vote-winning goodies or tax cuts.Senior Liberal Democrats have urged the chancellor to use any proceeds to scale back his austerity measures. But yesterday he told the Treasury select committee that he would not necessarily use the funds to help reduce the deficit.He said: “I’m not wedded to all proceeds from asset sales or privatisation going into deficit reduction,” he said, although he added he hadn’t “hypothecated particular projects or particular sums”.As well as reprivatising its stakes in Lloyds and RBS, the government is also planning to sell off the horse racing Tote, the Student Loan Company and Royal Mail. Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, said the proceeds would run into the “tens of billions” – even without accounting for the bank sales. However, it is still unclear whether the government can make a significant profit on its banking shares in the near future. It is currently sitting on paper losses of around £2bn in Lloyds and £8bn in RBS.Those losses could be even greater if the government decides to break up Lloyds to boost competition in the retail banking sector, one of the options being considered by the independent banking commission. GEORGE OSBORNE AT THETREASURY SELECT COMMITTEEOn suggestions that Mervyn King, the independent governor of the Bank of England, has become involved in party politics: “He speaks his mind. He’s independent minded. I don’t believe he has been drawn into matters political.” On suggestions that King, along with senior civil servants, helped unseat Gordon Brown as Prime Minister by backing Tory deficit reduction plans: “The governor of the Bank was making both public and private statements earlier this year… that he was concerned about the lack of what he believed was a credible fiscal pan. He wasn’t telling me anything in private that he wasn’t also telling me in public.”On whether Britain will help bail out troubled countries in the Eurozone, after it offered a bi-lateral loan to Ireland:The loan was a “very specific resource for assisting Ireland and the legislation is for Ireland only”. He gave “as clear a hint as is possible” that similar assistance would not be afforded to Portugal, Spain, or Italy. “There was an option available to create a general enabling power to make loans [to other countries]. I have decided not to do that.”On the UK economy:There is “no silver bullet” but “there are some signs of evidence that conditions are beginning to ease a little”. last_img read more


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Dutch regulator warns consumers over scam debt collection

first_img Email Address Finance Dutch regulator warns consumers over scam debt collection AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Lottery People The Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has issued a warning to people about a series of scam phone calls and emails seeking payment on gambling debts.Lootsma & Partners, Deurwaarder Smits & Co and Inter Payment Service have all been named as collection agencies that are contacting consumers over supposed debts, including some related to gambling.center_img The Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has issued a warning to people about a series of scam phone calls and emails seeking payment on gambling debts. 1st May 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Agencies are said to be putting people under pressure to pay bills, threatening consumers with measures such as seizure of goods or bank accounts if they fail to pay.However, the ACM has said some of these debts are years old, while with others, there is no agreement in place at all, meaning any such claim is unjustified.As such, the ACM is urging consumers not to pay the supposed debt, saying the agencies in question are part of the same network that enforces payment of incorrect claims under varying names.The ACM has also said that none of the agencies are registered with the Chamber of Commerce, which is mandatory for all companies active in the Netherlands.In addition, the ACM has noted that none of the agencies have the power to seize goods, with such action only possible through an official bailiff once approved by a judge.last_img read more

Is it game over for the BT share price and 10% dividend yield?

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. G A Chester | Monday, 10th February, 2020 | More on: BT-A Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The BT (LSE: BT-A) share price ended last week at a new multi-year low of 155p. The FTSE 100 firm has maintained a dividend of 15.4p in recent years, so as the share price has slumped, so the dividend yield has risen. It’s now a gnat’s whisker shy of 10%.Investors are showing little interest in the stock’s bargain-basement valuation of 6.7 times forecast 23.2p earnings (for the year to 31 March). Meanwhile, that super-high 10% running yield on the 15.4p dividend suggests the market’s convinced the payout will be cut.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Is it game over for BT? Should investors run for the hills? Or could the stock be one of the best recovery bets in the market today?Competitive advantagesCompetition in the telecoms sector is pretty fierce. However, I think BT has some competitive advantages. It has a strong position in the infrastructure of both fixed-line and wireless networks. This gives it a significant degree of control over the upgrade schedules across the networks. As such, I believe the business is attractive for investors. In principle, at least.Investment for growthBT’s current management has the right experience and strategy to take the business forward, in my view. Chairman Jan du Plessis previously helped restructure mining giant Rio Tinto when commodity prices slumped last decade. Chief executive Philip Jansen joined BT little more than a year ago. Previously, he steered change and investment for growth at payment processing group Worldpay.DebtThe biggest issue, I think, is whether Jansen is able to allocate sufficient capital for growth and maintain the dividend at the current level. The payout to shareholders costs about £1bn a year.BT’s balance sheet isn’t the strongest. At the last half-year-end (30 September), net debt stood at £18.3bn versus shareholders’ equity of £10.3bn. This gives net gearing (net debt divided by shareholders’ equity multiplied by 100) of 178%.The gearing is high. Having said that, GlaxoSmithKline, for example, has come through a period of even higher gearing, while maintaining its dividend. Can BT do the same?DividendThe company has some things in its favour on the debt front. The majority of its term debt matures beyond 2026. Meanwhile, the three big credit rating agencies rate its ability to repay its short-term debt as ‘satisfactory’ — a notch below ‘superior’ and a notch above ‘adequate’.Nevertheless — like a number of City analysts — I believe BT will rebase its dividend. If not this year, then next.The company said in its recent Q3 results that the government’s limiting of Huawei equipment in UK networks will cost it £500m over the next five years. This, together with the need for business investment (including a potential acceleration of fibre-to-the-premises investment), has firmed my belief a dividend rebasing is in store. And I actually think this would be sensible.Strong risk-reward opportunityIn my view, if the rebasing scenario isn’t already priced-in by the market at the current 155p share price, it’s pretty close to it. I wouldn’t want too many recovery bets in a portfolio, but I reckon BT is one of the stronger risk-reward opportunities around. As such, I rate the stock a ‘buy’. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by G A Chester G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Is it game over for the BT share price and 10% dividend yield? Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Leonard Cheshire wins grant for volunteer recruitment

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded a £10,000 grant to disability charity Leonard Cheshire.The charity has over 3,000 volunteers whoperform roles including helping disabled people in their own homes and supporting Leonard Cheshire’s campaigns work.Leonard Cheshire, head of volunteer support, Udeni Salmon said: “I’m delighted with the news. The grant will help Leonard Cheshire to improve recruitment of a more diverse volunteer group.” Advertisement Leonard Cheshire wins grant for volunteer recruitment  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Volunteering Howard Lake | 10 December 2003 | News 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

Allia £2.5m charitable bond to fund 50 affordable Scottish homes

first_img  52 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Funding Scotland Allia Impact Funding has made its first allocation for 2016 from its charitable bond programme for Scotland, with a £2.5m bond to finance 50 affordable homes in Fort William.The bond will enable Lochaber Housing Association to build the houses, with the interest on the loan of over £0.5m to be converted into a charitable donation, and given by the Scottish Government to housing associations for the construction of new social housing.Allia is working with the Scottish Government to fund the development of affordable housing across Scotland, helping them to invest more than £50 million in charitable bonds over two years, which will provide support for almost 1,000 new homes.According to Allia, its investment in affordable housing through charitable bonds now totals £40m, while this latest bond will mean that the Scottish Government has now provided development finance for 581 affordable homes, generating over £9m for charities of which £6.7m will go towards the construction of new social housing.Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:“Innovative financing schemes such as charitable bonds play a major role in helping us deliver this expansion in housing supply. We invested £25 million last year and have committed to invest the same again this year. Through these bonds we are also maintaining Scotland’s leadership in financial innovation, working with partners to deliver more for less public investment.”  51 total views,  5 views today Advertisement 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 Melanie May | 31 August 2016 | News Allia £2.5m charitable bond to fund 50 affordable Scottish homeslast_img read more

Foreign radio stations censored and journalists attacked

first_img Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today about curbs on press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire since the outbreak of an anti-government rebellion on 19 September, including the blocking of FM reception of major foreign radio stations.”It is hard to believe the government’s explanation that the blocking of the stations for the past four days is a simple technical breakdown, especially since pro-government media have at the same time accused them of ‘fabricating news’ about events in the country,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.”We call on the minister of communications to take immediate steps to ensure these stations can be heard once more.” They include the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Radio France International (RFI) and Africa No. 1, all of them blocked since 22 September. Acting communications minister Lia Bi Douayaoua has denied giving any order to cut off their signals.Ménard also called on the government to ensure the protection of journalists in the country. “Foreign media and journalists working for the opposition press are especially at risk,” he said. “President Laurent Gbagbo must publicly state his commitment to press freedom and appeal for calm among his supporters.” Reuters cameraman Alain Amontchi, was set upon by demonstrators in front of the French embassy in Abidjan on 25 September who smashed his camera and objected to the presence of the foreign media. More than 3,000 self-styled “patriotic” young people were calling for France to hand over opposition leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who has taken refuge in the embassy.Mamady Keita, a reporter for the daily paper Le Patriote, which supports Ouattara’s Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR) party, received head injuries on 23 September when was attacked by members of a youth movement close to President Gbagbo. They accused him of being a spy. Le Patriote and Tassouman, another pro-RDR publication, have not appeared for several days because of receiving many threats. Help by sharing this information News October 29, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire RSF_en center_img News to go further September 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foreign radio stations censored and journalists attacked RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Côte d’IvoireAfrica A Spanish tourist, who young protesters took to be a foreign journalist, was also attacked in the centre of Abidjan on 23 September and had to be rescued by plainclothes police.Mohamed Fajah Barrie, of the Sierra Leonean paper Concord Times, has been stuck in the town of Bouaké, a rebel stronghold, for the past six days. He had been sent to cover a football tournament there in which a Sierra Leonean team was playing. Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reporters Without Borders called on the Côte d’Ivoire authorities to take swift action to safeguard press freedom. Foreign radio stations can no longer be picked up on FM and two journalists were attacked by government supporters. Reports October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Celebrate the Opening of the Gold Line Party

first_img Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Big Celebration will include Official Ribbon Cutting with all the Local Leaders accompanied by Live Music from “Cold Duck”. During the whole day you will be able to take free Train Rides and enjoy amazingly delicious food from Matt Denny’s, Claro’s and Villa Catrina. Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. There will also be a Model Train Exhibition, Raffles and Give Away and something special for children – Kid’s Train Rides, Face Painting and Balloon Man. During the whole event there will be an opportunity to win a 30-Day Pass on the Gold Line! Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The Gold Line Opening Party at Matt Denny’s has a lot of exciting things in store – just stop by on Saturday, 5th of March between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Subscribecenter_img Community News Matt Denny’s is located at 145 Huntington Drive in Arcadia and you can reach them at (626) 462-0250. You can view their full menu at HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty “I think it’s going to be a real positive for the community…People will take the Gold Line and they’ll be able to get off at the Arcadia Transit Plaza and either go to the Racetrack or the mall or come over to Matt Denny’s which should be great,” said Matt McSweeny, the owner of Matt Denny’s. Pasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Celebrate the Opening of the Gold Line Party From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, March 4, 2016 | 12:20 pm More Cool Stuff Make a comment 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Tax refunds for nursing home clients

first_imgLinkedin CLIENTS who use 1,296 beds in Limerick’s 124 nursing homes may be missing out on claiming tax back for the money they or their families are paying for such care. Tax refund specialists say that the average refund received is significantly lower than expected at €5,000. They have teamed up with Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) to produce a free guide, aimed at ensuring anyone who is paying for nursing homes and the costs associated claims all the reliefs and refunds available to them. WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Printcenter_img NewsHealthTax refunds for nursing home clientsBy Staff Reporter – March 15, 2019 950 Email Facebook Previous articleUPDATE 47 cars and thousands of Euro in cash seized in CAB investigationNext articleLimerick Mayor opens online book of condolence for victims of New Zealand terror attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more