Payment performance to be mandatory

first_imgNew proposals obliging large and listed companies to publish detailed information about their payment practices and performance have been unveiled by Business Minister Matthew Hancock [pictured].The changes will provide robust information making it easier for small businesses to “compare the role models with the less reputable.” Specifically, the average payment time will be revealed; the proportion of invoices paid beyond terms; and the proportion of invoices paid within 30 days, over 30 days, over 60 days and over 120 days.The new proposals show “how the government intends to use the prompt payment power” in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Reporting on a quarterly basis will be mandatory.last_img read more

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Lighthouse Academy wins the 2013 reading competition

first_img 173 Views   one comment Shanda Francis of the Lighthouse Christian Academy. Photo credit: DBS RadioShanda Francis of the Lighthouse Christian Academy has won the 2013 DBS Radio in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, sponsored by Courts Reading Competition.Ms Francis competed against nine other primary school students to win the title with 490 points on Friday, 12th July. The students read one story each in two rounds; a narrative piece and news item.She received $2000 for herself and $2000 for her school. Ms Francis also won $300 from DOMLEC for being the best reader in round one and another $300.00 for being the best reader in round two.Ms Francis will also have to read DBS Radio’s 13:15 Newscast at a date to be announced and represent Dominica at the regional competition in St Lucia, later this year.The other winners were;2nd place – Mallet Marie of the Pioneer Preparatory School with 470 points. He received $1000 from Courts and a laptop for his school.The finalists of the 2013 DBS Radio in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, sponsored by Courts Reading Competition3rd place – Merkayla John Baptiste of the Convent Preparatory School with 469 points. She received $200 and a computer from LIME Dominica 469 points.4th place – Annicia Coipel with 467 points. She received $600 from Courts and one tablet from CIS.The other participants were;Grace Vidal of the Coulibistrie Primary, Sherdina Antoine of Petite Savanne, Hananel Valerie of Christian Union Primary, Mia Bruno of the St Joseph Primary, Celine Lewis of the St. Luke’s Primary, and Tia Letang of the Ebenezer S.D.A Primary.They were all awarded certificates of participation among other prizes.The competition was judged by Robert Guiste, Charlene White-Christian, Dorothy Levy, Vania Norville and Sonia Williams. Each judge was given a certificate of appreciation from DBS Radio’s manager, Brian Meade.(L-R): Judges Robert Guiste, Charlene White-Christian, Dorothy Levy, Vania Norville and Sonia Williams.Natasha Henderson won the writing competition and $400.00.Aiden Bruney, of the Wesley Primary School won the 2012 competition and placed 1st runner up in the regional part. She presented a news cast at Friday’s competition. In 2011, Shania Edwards who represented the Massacre Primary School won both the local and regional competition. That was the first year Dominica won the regional competition.Rhillah Benjamin of the Berean Christian Academy won the first DBS Reading competition in 2008.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Lighthouse Academy wins the 2013 reading competition by: – July 12, 2013 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Cricket News Steve Smith Gets Off The Mark After 39 Balls, Gets Standing Ovation From Sydney Crowd

first_imgNew Delhi: Steve Smith has endured an uncharacteristically inconsistent summer. After a poor show against Pakistan, Smith has struggled to reach the stratospheric heights of the Ashes by managing just 43 and 16 in the Perth Pink Ball Test and 85 and 7 during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne against New Zealand. Heading into the Sydney Test, Australia were in the driver’s seat after a good start provided by David Warner and Joe Burns. However, when Warner fell for 45, in stepped Steve Smith and he started off the New Year in a unique way. Smith withstood a bouncer barrage from Neil Wagner, the bowler who has dismissed him in all four innings so far. He then kept out Colin de Grandhomme and defended cautiously against legspinner Todd Astle.After 45 minutes and 38 balls later, Steve Smith had still not gotten off the mark and there were questions raised on whether this was the same batsman who had dominated England. However, on the 39th ball, Smith tucked a short ball to square leg and set off for a quick single. On achieving the single, the Sydney crowd erupted and gave Smith a standing ovation. The batsman smiled and acknowledged the applause of the crowd. This was the longest Smith had taken to get off the mark in Test cricket and it was the longest any Australia batsmen had taken to get off the mark in a match for nearly 20 years.Having opened up his account, Smith gained in confidence and he got going with a boundary off Will Sommerville. He tackled Astle and Sommerville brilliantly and rotated the strike on a regular basis and he notched up his 29th fifty with a push to point of de Grandhomme. However, he soon perished to de Grandhomme for 63 as he poked at a good length away swinger to be caught at first slip.The reaction of the Sydney crowd to Smith was very similar to how they reacted when Rahul Dravid took time to score a run during the Test in 2008. Dravid was taking longer than usual to get off the mark. The crowd was getting agitated and kept on reminding him that he was still on zero. This went on for 39 deliveries. Then off the 40th ball, he took a run! Yes it was a single and finally Dravid was on his way. The spectators stood up and applauded but Dravid responded in a perfect way by raising the bat and smiling.Also Read | David Warner Hails Firefighters Tackling Australia Bushfires, Calls Them ‘ Real Heroes’Marnus Labuschagne continued his great run as he became the first batsman to score a century in the new decade as Australia were in the driver’s seat against a New Zealand side that has been ravaged by injury. Kane Williamson was ruled out of the Test match due to flu and Tom Latham was made the captain. There was no Mitchell Santner either and Tim Southee was rested as Mark Henry, William Sommerville and Todd Astle were included in the side along with Glenn Phillips. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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COUNCILLOR WARNS OF BEACH DANGER AFTER WALKWAY COLLAPSES

first_imgA councillor has warned festive walkers to be careful around an Inishowen beach.The collapsed walkway at Lisfannon beach.Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin was out walking around Lisfannon beach when he came across the potential hazard.Cllr McLaughlin says it appears the wooden walkway has been worn away by high seas. He has informed the county council of the matter and urgent repairs are to be carried out on the walkway as soon s possible.COUNCILLOR WARNS OF BEACH DANGER AFTER WALKWAY COLLAPSES was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinInishowenLisfannon Beachlast_img read more

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