English Partnerships’ West Midlands legacy

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Sars footballers claim Mid Junior A title

first_imgThe Thurles team defeated Gortnahoe-Glengoole 1-7 to 1-14 to claim the title.The match was held at Thurles Sarsfields Outside Field – it was originally scheduled to take place in Littleton.last_img

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Jamaica To Showcase Island Gastronomy At South Beach Wine & Food…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The best of Jamaican cuisine is returning to the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®). For the second consecutive year, award-winning chefs for Taste Jamaica, presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Tourism Enhancement Fund, will take over the historic National Hotel on South Beach on Friday, February 21. Hosted by JJ Johnson and Andre Fowles, Jamaica’s top culinary talent, will serve up a cornucopia of Jamaican flavor, rum, and rhythm.“Taste Jamaica highlights fresh, innovative takes on traditional Jamaican cooking, incorporating popular ingredients people know and love,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Deputy Director of Tourism, Sales. “It is a perfect opportunity for foodies to get a sampling of the culinary culture that makes Jamaica a top destination for diverse cuisine.”Following a sold-out debut in 2019, the event is bringing together James Beard Award-winning Chef JJ Johnson of FieldTrip in Harlem, NY and Chef Andre Fowles, culinary ambassador for Jamaican Cuisine and owner of Everything Food based in New York, NY, as hosts for the evening soirée. Curated by an eclectic lineup of talented chefs, the menu will celebrate classic flavors and ingredients of Jamaica, while incorporating exciting twists to staples such as jerk-style dishes, ackee and saltfish, breadfruit and more.Participating chefs include:· Samantha Davis-Allonce, FieldTrip (New York)· Winston Grant, Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant (Miami)· Charissa Henry-Skyers, Pink Apron Jamaica (Kingston)· Cindy Hutson & Delius Shirley, Ortanique on the Mile (Miami)· Oji Jaja, Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant (Kingston)· Dennis Kerr, Dunkunoo Jamaican Kitchen (Miami)· Geoff Lee, Makka & Mana Poke (Miami)· Kalisa Martin, Kalisa Marie Eats (Philadelphia)· Matthew McDonald, National Hotel (Miami)· Christina Simonitsch, Simo’s (Montego Bay)· Wenford Patrick Simpson, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods (New York)· Hugh Sinclair, Chef Irie Spice (Miami)The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. To date, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $30 million for the School.Taste Jamaica presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Tourism Enhancement Fund hosted by JJ Johnson and Andre Fowles will take place on Friday, February 21 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the National Hotel (1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www. sobewff.org/jamaica.last_img read more

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Eight golf teams head to national final

first_img Golfers from Leicestershire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are heading to the national final of the England Club Team Championship. The eight teams, each of two men and two women, won through a regional qualifier at Drayton Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, and now go forward to England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa in August. They’ll play off against qualifiers from three other regional events as they bid to be crowned national champions. The final will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national showcase for a host of handicap and team championships. The successful five are: Walmley Golf Club, Warwickshire, represented by Angela Harrison, Matthew Harrison, Julie Busst and Martin Harris. They scored 88 points. Burhill Golf Club, Surrey, represented by Angie Crockett, Ian Spencer, Jenny Stewart and Richard Crockett. They scored 88 points. Stafford Castle Golf Club, Staffordshire, represented by Darrel Edwards, David Edwards, Jenny Couch and Sandy Couch. They scored 85 points. Hinckley Golf Club, Leicestershire, represented by Adrena Porter, Malcolm Porter, Laraine Cook and Marvin Cook. They scored 85 points Drayton Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, represented by Alan Street, Danny Collins, Lynn Gray and June Stonehouse. They scored 84 points Droitwich Golf Club, Worcestershire, represented by Candice Jones, Geoffrey Allen, Mary Lightfoot and Peter Lightfoot. They scored 84 points. Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey, represented by Karen Rankin, Jeff Rankin, Jane Morgan and John Morgan. They scored 84 points Kings Norton Golf Club, Worcestershire, represented by Deirdre Barker, Pauline Perry, Mark Baker and Graeme Dunkley. They scored 82 points Click here for full scores 1 Jun 2017 Eight golf teams head to national final last_img read more

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One Man Can brings hope into prisons

first_imgThe One Man Can campaign has people being vocal.Simphiwe Peter (left) and Welcome Witbooi, two ex-inmates who have joined the training staff of Sonke. (Images: Sonke Gender Justice) MEDIA CONTACTS • Emily Keehn   Sonke Gender Justice manager  + 27 21 423 7088 RELATED ARTICLES • Khulisa reinvents lives • SA’s gallows now instrument of healing • Changed prisoners inspire kids • Local NGO success in the UK Lucille DavieThe One Man Can campaign has a mission – to change the culture in South Africa’s prisons by providing education, support and care, and changing the attitudes of warders and prisoners.The flagship campaign of the Sonke Gender Justice Network, One Man Can has been running since 2006, training prisoners and officers in the Western Cape to become peer educators and providing information on nutrition and HIV/Aids, TB, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and gender equality.“It is one of Sonke’s first projects, and is recognised as a flagship HIV prevention programme in Western Cape prisons,” says Emily Keehn, Sonke Gender Justice manager.NGO Sonke was established with the vision of creating “a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies”.The organisation works across Africa, “strengthening government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS,” indicates the website.Encouraging discussionSouth African prisons are notorious for high HIV rates, violence, gangs, and rape. With some 30% awaiting trial and spending up to two years in prison – 30% of this proportion are young people – the rate of recidivism is high. It is for these reasons that Sonke decided to begin the project, which now works with male prisoners in 12 prisons.Around 300 peer educators are trained every year across the Western Cape, in seven areas in the province. Each is then tasked with doing outreach with 15 of their peers, says Keehn. As it also holds events on Youth Day, Women’s Day and World Aids Day as well as during HIV Prevention Month and the 16 Days of Activism period, the programme reaches thousands of inmates, prison officials, and community members involved in prisons each year, she adds.One Man Can provides a space for prisoners to reflect on their experiences and encourages discussion on how gender inequality affects the HIV pandemic and gender-based violence in the country. Prisoners receive valuable information to protect themselves from the virus.This is complemented by work with warders and correctional officials, providing them with information on HIV and a forum to discuss sexual abuse among prisoners. They are given channels to prevent, detect and respond to such incidents.“Working with officials is crucial, and it is an exercise that often leaves Sonke staff feeling optimistic that, with committed individuals in place, it is possible to stop rape and the spread of HIV in prisons,” states the website.“Officials often reflect that they feel empowered with the knowledge they receive, and that they experience a shift in their attitude towards inmates. Many express that they want to help and provide responsive services, and to protect those in their custody.”The success of the programme is seen in the fact that officials have requested more information and resources after the sessions, asking Sonke and its partners to return to their prisons. The challenge is to get the Department of Correctional Services to promote a supportive environment to help prevent abuse and HIV. A draft policy framework to this end was drafted in 2010, but it still has to be adopted.“Indeed, the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016 recognises that to stop the spread of HIV in prisons, we have to stop prisoner rape and enforce sexual offences laws and policies,” says Keehn. “Thus, we seek to workshop, sensitise, and train prisons officials at the local, provincial, and national level to address sexual violence in prisons.”The organisation is to start a master training system for prison officials, kicking off in Gauteng.It will also soon conduct training in more distant rural prisons in the Western Cape, with follow-up support given through site visitsOne Man Can Beyond the BarsIn 2012 Sonke extended its reach to ex-inmates by launching a community action team, called One Man Can Beyond the Bars. Ex-inmates complete a six-month, bi-weekly training schedule and then get involved in the community outreach and mobilisation activities. Future plans will allow them to extend their activities to community corrections offices.Sonke involves ex-inmates in advocacy work. “Our goal is to start bringing them with us when we speak to Parliament about improving services in prisons,” explains Keehn.Outreach is also conducted through the print media and national and community radio, with the goal of changing public perceptions about inmates and the challenges they face while in prison. Sonke is partnering with 12 community radio stations in six provinces, providing staff with training on gender and HIV, to create weekly radio shows that promote male involvement in gender equality and HIV.Sonke recognises that its work will only be successfully implemented by working with a range of organisations, from women’s rights organisations, trade unions and government departments to sports and faith-based organisations, universities and human rights advocates.Minority groups, like lesbian and gay communities, people living with HIV and Aids, and refugees and migrants, are included. These groups are all represented on Sonke’s governance structures.“Our goal is to increase public empathy for inmates, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that they face. Overwhelmingly, the response from communities is a positive one.”The One Man Can campaign is sponsored by the FNB Fund, The Tides Foundation’s MAC Aids Fund, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, and the Western Cape Department of Health. The FNB Fund, which has been involved since 2007, has provided some R1-million for the campaign in the past year.“The One Man Can prisons project is a model project for Sonke. It incorporates not only vital training and outreach to inmates and ex-inmates – it’s holistic in its approach and thus also engages prisons officials, media outreach, and advocacy with policymakers,” concludes Keehn.“As a flagship HIV prevention programme, we provide vital life-saving information to inmates and ex-inmates. However we also engage our participants to learn about and practise gender equality in their lives. One peer educator told me that he quit his involvement in a gang once he went through One Man Can. He wanted to be a peer educator, and realised that the change and positive living had to start with him. This peer educator is now on our staff – a testament to the success of our programme.”last_img read more

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How To Build A Proper Sales Funnel And Recover Vanishing Profits

first_imgDigital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry If you’ve been struggling to increase your sales despite creating better offers, raising prices, and offering more value, it’s time to look at your sales funnel. Actually, it’s time to scrutinize your sales funnel with the eyes of a detective.The term “sales funnel” sounds like a strategy that generates automatic or easy sales. However, a sales funnel is an organized system designed to move leads through a step-by-step process that eventually makes the sale. Multiple steps in the sales funnel gives you more control over how and when you present an offer to your leads.No matter how great your offers are, if you’re not extending those offers to the right people at the right time, your sales will remain flat. A well-structured sales funnel will deliver these offers correctly. If you’ve tried everything else but you’re still struggling with sales, your sales funnel might have some leaks or disconnected components.An intentionally engineered sales funnel directs offers to the correct leadsYour sales funnel is what allows you to reach your leads and customers in the most efficient way possible. A properly engineered sales funnel is able to track and identify where each lead is in the customer journey. This, in turn, allows you to market relevant offers and messages to customers based on where they are.For instance, when a lead is still in the research phase, you can market to them with information to help them make the decision to buy. When a lead is ready to buy, you can market to them with more aggressive sales copy. You don’t want to send aggressive sales copy to someone who isn’t ready to buy – that’s a turn off.How do you know who’s ready to buy and who’s not? How do you know what offers each lead should receive? It begins with collecting data and segmenting your leads according to what that data tells you about them. Data is a vital foundation for every sales funnel. A collection of data forms a pattern, and that pattern reveals information that couldn’t otherwise be seen.You need a data-centric sales funnelIn addition to segmenting leads as they come in, you should be collecting data on customer behavior every step of the way. By tracking which links they click on in emails, their browsing history, purchase history, and more, you’ll end up with a pattern that will allow you to accurately categorize them for targeted marking.An interesting example of how analyzing data can provide profound insight is how the KGB accurately identified undercover CIA agents during the Cold War. Their accuracy seemed like magic, but it was just great data analysis. They gathered publicly available information on deployed U.S. Foreign Service personnel, data from allied countries, and learned that their agents’ housing and pay patterns were different from those who were posing as State Department officers. For example, the data showed:Undercover CIA agents had a higher pay scale than real FSOs.Real FSOs usually returned home after a 3-4 year tour while CIA agents didn’t.When CIA agents returned home, they didn’t show up in State Department listings.Real FSOs attended the three-month training session at the Institute for Foreign Service.CIA agents were often reposted within the same country while real FSOs never were.This same level of insight is available to businesses that continually capture data from their leads. Knowing where your leads come from, what they’re interested in, what links they click on, and where they go after being exposed to your ads is priceless to the sales process.Intentionally craft every step in your sales funnelIt’s not enough to create a series of 10 emails that get drip-fed to new leads over a period of two months and hope you get clicks and sales. It’s also not enough to dump leads into a queue for your sales team to schedule follow-up calls.Yes, CRM software like Infusionsoft, Ontraport, and Salesforce make it easy to automate these and other processes, and you should be utilizing this technology. However, to be effective, these separate components need to be integrated into an overarching multi-step strategy. Without the integration of all automated processes, none of these processes are effective.Each step in the sales process is actually an offer, beginning with the opportunity to receive a free download in exchange for an email address. If you don’t have a lead magnet, your sales process starts with whatever step you use to get people interested. For instance, if you’re a mail order business and you offer free information to anyone who writes to you, that ad is your first step in the sales process, even for people who don’t write. When a person received their requested information, that’s your opportunity to present them with a new, more interesting offer.Keep increasing the offers as people move along their journeyOffers often start out free, but gradually require the lead to invest some cash. Even if it’s just $4.95 for shipping and handling to receive another free offer. Make sure you keep increasing the value of the offers you send your leads, and make sure those offers are relevant to each lead.“Every offer is actually a series of offers designed to increase purchase size,” says ClickFunnels marketing expert Becky DeGrossa in an Ultimate Guide to Sales Funnels. This guide is a must-read. It’s packed with valuable information on building effective sales funnels from the ground up and busts some major myths and misconceptions.The guide also describes, in-depth, the AIDA marketing model developed in the late 19th century by sales pioneer Elias St. Elmo Lewis. This model is used by marketing gurus everywhere, for good reason: it works.AIDA stands for Attraction, Interest, Desire, Action. The ideal marketing campaign will grab people’s attention, capture their interest, create a desire for your product or service, and get them to take action to make a purchase.A good sales funnel will continually create interest and desire throughout the various stages and steps. This is accomplished by continually creating new and interesting offers.Some leads need to be gradually encouraged to put some skin in the game through multiple free offers that eventually require paying for shipping. Once they’ve got some money invested in your brand, you can begin presenting them with the offer for your main product or service.As you collect more information about your leads, you can start tailoring your offers to appeal to their specific preferences. For instance, if you’re using Infusionsoft as a CRM, you can automatically tag leads based on the links they click in your emails. Links are one of the best ways to get leads to tell you what they’re interested in.For example, say you sell pet products for both dogs and cats. A powerful and effective marketing campaign not only generates a positive ROI and requires the ability to send ads specifically about cat products to cat owners, and send ads specifically about dog products to dog owners. If you didn’t ask your leads about this when they signed up, just send them an email asking them to click one link if they own a dog, and another if they own a cat. Or, a third link if they own both.You probably want to cloak this in a well-written, entertaining newsletter that makes people want to click. Provided you’ve programmed your CRM to automatically apply tags, those clicks will allow you to start sending further targeted offers.A good sales funnel requires intentionally crafted steps, and isn’t just “set it and forget it.” It’s a continual process of asking for more information, documenting that information automatically, and using that data to continue marketing.The customer journey map is the pattern that emergesThe customer journey map tells the story of the customer’s experience with your brand. “It may focus on a particular part of the story or give an overview of the entire experience,” says SailThru.  “What it always does is identify key interactions that the customer has with the organization. It talks about the user’s feelings, motivations and questions for each of these touchpoints.”The journey map also paints the picture of the customer’s greater motivation – the data you need for crafting an effective sales funnel.Always keep segmenting and match offers accordinglyCategorizing leads is essential because it tells you how to interact with them.Although it’s a mechanical process, a properly structured sales funnel doesn’t push all leads through the same steps in the same order. When leads are collected, they need to be segmented or tagged in order to categorize them.For instance, say you get a new lead to sign up for your newsletter. They receive a welcome email and click the link inviting them to download a free ebook. This lead should be automatically tagged for showing interest in your product. As this lead continues to click links in your email messages, they should be further tagged and moved to a segment designated for people who actively take interest in your products (even if they don’t buy). These leads will be easier to sell than those who never click on your links.Tailor your sales funnel components to your product and marketThe traditional sales model involves an assembly-line-style process of gathering leads, performing sales pitches, and following up. This worked great when all decision-makers were in the same house or building. It doesn’t work so well today.Not every business should build a sales funnel based on the traditional sales model.  Some products, like enterprise software, don’t benefit from the traditional sales presentation. The geographical distribution of decision-makers renders traditional sales pitches ineffective in this market. Today, many of these businesses expect a collaborative whiteboard experience, not a scripted pitch.Each component you employ as part of your sales funnel should execute data-driven action. Nothing should be random.Prioritize data if you want to see sales soarAccording to ConversionXL.com, a CMO Council study confirmed that “over 50% of global marketers report that they have fair, little, or no knowledge of the customer demographic, behavioral, psychographic and transactional data. Just 6% say they have excellent knowledge of the customer.”To be fair, this study was performed back in 2007-2008. Still, there’s no excuse for businesses to skip this important aspect of marketing.Even as of 2014, according to the article linked above, 8 out of 10 marketers were relying on customer acquisition to generate sales rather than retaining their existing customers – a strategy that’s actually cheaper.Also, the Consultancy’s Cross Channel Marketing Report from 2014 reported that only 2 in 5 companies surveyed “understand customer journeys and adapt the channel mix accordingly.” Unfortunately, this is what happens when you don’t understand the importance of a data-driven sales funnel.Thankfully, most popular applications used by web marketers come with features that capture and categorize data automatically, as long as you program what you want it to capture. The solution is to spend more time strategizing to create offers that appeal to people at various stages in the customer journey. The more accurately you can market to your leads, the more sales you’ll get. Related Posts Frank Landmancenter_img AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. last_img read more

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No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The world’s first competitive fencer with no arms or legs, Vio uses prosthetic arms but standard foils or epee weapons. While she can walk almost normally on her prosthetic legs, she competes in a wheelchair.“I found hospital to be a waste of time,” she said. In under four months she was back at school, and entered her first parafencing competition just a year after falling ill.She puts her return to “normality” down not just to tenacity but also two decisive encounters, with South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Italian paracyclist Alessandro Zanardi.“They both said the same thing: ‘You’re an amputee, don’t let it stop you. Get moving and do what you want to do’,” she said.“I met them thanks to my parents, and now I tell myself I’m the one that has to be an example to others”.Already a household name in Italy, Vio’s popularity soared after Rio, where she was the flag-bearer for the Italian delegation at the Paralympic Games’ closing ceremony.Invited on an official Italy-US visit to the White House last year, she snapped a cheeky selfie with Barack Obama.She puts her fame to good use, supporting the art4sport association — which helps young disabled people play sport — and campaigning in favour of vaccines, a hot-button issue in Italy.“I’m fighting for everyone, children and adults, to be vaccinated. It’s an easy thing to do and can avoid a lot of ball-ache,” she quips. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Italian Paralympic Champion Beatrice “Bebe” Vio attends a press conference to present the Fencing Worlds 2017, on October 31, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Rome will host the Wheelchair Fencing World Championship from November 6 to November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIParalympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose battle against disease, infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans.Now the 20-year old ace is in Rome, where on Wednesday she will defend her title as wheelchair fencing world champion after taking home gold in last year’s Paralympics in Rio.ADVERTISEMENT “My motto is, ‘life is too good’,” Beatrice Vio said with a laugh in an interview with AFP, her cheerfulness belying years of physical and psychological anguish, beginning in 2008.“I was 11 years old when I got sick. I was struck down suddenly with meningitis C,” said the blue-eyed blonde from northern Italy, who has been affectionately nicknamed “Bebe” (baby) by her compatriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Two years earlier, my mother had asked a doctor if I should be vaccinated because a child who lived near us had meningitis, but he said I was too young and not to worry,” she said.The disease become necrotic, giving her doctors no choice but to amputate both legs and forearms. It also ravaged her face, leaving it deeply scarred. Several months of intensive rehabilitation in hospital followed, during which Vio learned to walk again using prosthetic limbs designed specifically for her.The youngster had first wielded a sabre and donned a mesh mask when she was five years old.“After a difficult time, it was my dream of fencing again that helped shorten my hospital stay,” she said.“I also had the support of my father, who worked with a specialised orthopaedic centre to develop the prostheses with which I was rebuilt — a bit like a lego,” she joked.‘Get moving’ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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UK central bank warns over rise in consumer credit

first_imgLONDON – The Bank of England warned Monday of “a pocket of risk” in the rapid growth of consumer credit in the British economy, and is compelling lenders to hold an extra 10 billion pounds ($13.5 billion) in capital to cover themselves against potential losses.The fast rise in credit like car loans or credit card debt may not be a threat to the overall economy, accounting for just 11 per cent of household debt, but it represents a risk to “banks’ ability to withstand severe economic downturns, because this asset class is disproportionately more likely to default,” the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee said.The committee said lenders have placed too much weight on the recent performance of consumer lending in benign conditions, which has seen default rates fall. As a result, the committee said, lenders “have been underestimating the losses they could incur in a downturn.” Though growth in consumer credit has slowed in recent months, it’s still high — up 9.8 per cent in the year to July 2017.“Growth of consumer credit remains well above the rate of growth in household disposable income,” the committee said in a report on a meeting held Sept. 20.Banks, the committee added, could end up incurring 30 billion pounds worth of losses in the event that interest rates and unemployment rise sharply. That’s around 20 per cent of their outstanding loans and 10 billion pounds more than previously thought under a “very deep recession” scenario.The extra capital they require is relatively small compared with the 280 billion pound that banks already have to keep back against potential losses, a buffer that the regulators hope will prevent a repeat of the financial crisis of a decade ago.Individual banks will be evaluated later this year in so-called stress tests, in which banks’ finances are put through a simulation of economic duress.The warning from the committee, which assesses the financial risks to the British economy on a quarterly basis, comes on the day that Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is calling for limits on credit card interest rates so that no one pays back more than twice the amount of their original borrowing.Though consumer credit has increased over the past year amid low interest rates, Paul Hollingsworth, U.K. economist at Capital Economics, noted the recent slowdown. And with inflation likely to fall back in coming months, and wages set to rise, he said “the foundations for spending growth next year should be stronger, so concerns about consumer credit are likely to diminish, rather than build further.”On Brexit, the committee voiced concerns about the potential financial impact on British firms, saying Britain and the European Union would need an agreement.last_img read more

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Mamata angry with central force for firing during polling

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections. Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside. In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official said. “I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get the detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said. She alleged that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are required to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Bagdhah and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and using them in garnering votes for themselves. “We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she said. “The BJP do not trust the Bengal police. The police are on security duty during the Durga Puja, during Diwali. They protect us from thieves and dacoits. And during elections, you need policemen from Delhi,” Banerjee said. Asking the BJP to trust the people, she said police will not vote for its candidates but the people will. Violence was reported from several parts of the eight Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is going on Monday. Clashes have broken out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, injuring several people. The Election Commission has deployed central forces at around 98.8 per cent of the booths in the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. Addressing the rallies, Banerjee called upon the people to vote against the BJP and dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. “He (Modi) is adept at lying constantly,” Banerjee said adding “Whenever he comes to Bengal, he provokes his supporters to disrupt peace in the state in order to yield political dividend,” she alleged. The BJP brigade is distributing money to purchase voters and resorting to divisive politics which is in contrary to the state’s culture, Banerjee claimed. The TMC chief expressed confidence that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and play a pivotal role in forming the next government at the Centre.last_img read more

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UNICEF unveils $1 billion aid for Syrian children

first_imgGENEVA- The campaign launches to prevent a “lost generation” in Syria, the group saysThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled a one-billion-dollar aid campaign for Syria one week ahead of a major humanitarian relief conference planned in Kuwait.“Through the $1 billion strategy, the organization is focusing on donor and public support on critical education and protection programs to lift Syrian children out of misery, isolation and trauma,” UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick said in a press conference on Tuesday. UNICEF, UN Refugee Agency, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners have called on governments, aid agencies and members of the public to support the cause.The groups promote an aid strategy that they call “No Lost Generation”, which aims to provide those affected by conflict with the chance to chart a more stable and secure future for themselves.McCormick said a major public engagement campaign is also being launched under the hastag #childrenofsyria to enlist supporters and public contributors.UNICEF says over one million Syrian refugees are children, of whom more than 425,000 are under the age of five.The vast majority of these refugees has fled either to Lebanon or to Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.UNICEF along with other international organizations will channel one billion dollars into programs that, in partnership with governments and local communities, will deliver safe education as well as protection from exploitation, abuse and violence.last_img read more

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