Lotus TV named Main Supporting Partner of Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala

first_imgInside Asian Gaming has announced Macau broadcast media company Lotus TV as Main Supporting Partner of the inaugural Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner, to be held in the Ballroom at Studio City, Macau on the evening of 23 November 2018.As Main Supporting Partner, Lotus TV will send a video crew to broadcast a live feed of the event on-site as well as producing a high-quality post-event video. They will also help promote the Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner in the lead-up. RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau First published by IAG in 2008, the Asian Gaming Power 50 has become renowned as the definitive guide to the most influential people in the Asian gaming industry over the preceding 12 months.This year represents the first time IAG has celebrated the Asian Gaming Power 50 with a black tie gala dinner.The Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner will see IAG count down this year’s “Big 50” while guests enjoy a fine five-course meal, lively entertainment and the company of many industry peers and influencers. The list will be announced in a variety of interesting ways by renowned VIPs and government officials.The event will be emceed by Hong Kong duo Yamilette M. Cano and Jose Chan Rodrigues, who earlier this year emceed the highly successful G2E Asia Awards, co-organized by IAG.Following the official announcements, attendees of the Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner will also receive a copy of this year’s December edition of IAG in which the final 50 will be listed alongside detailed explanations of their respective finishing positions, how those positions compared with last year as well as who narrowly missed out and IAG’s “ones to watch” in the future.For sponsorship or ticketing inquiries, please contact Jadeson Ho on +853 6331 5577 or at jh@asgam.com. Details of the sponsorship opportunities available can be found at www.iagpower50.com.last_img read more

Louises lowdown Will the Lifetime Isa encourage or distract from pension saving

first_imgOn 16 March Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget 2016 speech to Parliament. A storm of speculation around pensions tax relief had raged for months before beginning to subside in early March, when word spread that this Budget would not, as many had expected, herald in further radical reform to the pensions tax system.There had been “no consensus”, said the Chancellor, around potential changes; namely a move to a flat rate of pensions tax relief or to an individual savings account (Isa)-style system that follows a Taxed-Exempt-Exempt model rather than the existing Exempt-Exempt-Taxed model.Whatever the Chancellor’s reasoning, the pensions tax relief system is to remain in its current form, for the time being at least, providing some respite for employers, savers and industry as they continue to navigate a pensions landscape already much altered by April 2015’s freedoms.Osborne did, however, unveil a new savings mechanism in his Budget speech: the Lifetime Isa. Designed to encourage younger people to save, individuals will be able to save up to £4,000 a year into a Lifetime Isa and the government will make a 25% contribution. The Lifetime Isa can be opened by those under 40, although individual and government contributions can be made up until the age of 50. Savers will be able to put their savings and government bonus towards the purchase of a first home to a maximum value of £450,000, or withdraw these from the age of 60 for use in retirement. Although savings can be withdrawn for alternative purposes, they would be subject to a 5% charge and would forfeit the government’s 25% contribution.Some have expressed concern that the introduction of the Lifetime Isa will be to the detriment of pension saving, potentially driving employees to opt out of auto-enrolment or to contribute the bare minimum into their workplace pension scheme. Crucially, the Lifetime Isa will not see savers benefit from employer contributions as they do with workplace pension schemes. Employers may need to widen the scope of their pensions education offering to ensure staff are fully aware of this, while continuing their efforts to increase awareness about the importance of saving adequately for retirement.Yet, the Lifetime Isa does provide greater choice and a further incentive to save, particularly for those who are in a position to use it as an additional savings vehicle. According to research by Mercer, published in November 2015, a third (33%) of employee respondents are worried about getting on the property ladder and 48% are concerned about saving enough for retirement. Worryingly, the research also found that these concerns are contributing to stress levels (78%), lowering motivation (57%), negatively impacting employees’ energy levels (51%), and affecting their overall health (46%).Considering the significant impact financial worries can have on employees’ wellbeing and the knock-on effect these can have on a business, it is perhaps no surprise that employers’ financial education programmes are becoming increasingly holistic. Indeed, Nudge Global’s Financial education: the definitive guide 2016 report, published in March 2016, found that 77% of respondents would like to include employees’ personal finances in their financial education offering.So will the Lifetime Isa go some way to alleviating financial concerns, by encouraging employees to save and providing another way in which they can do so? Will it ultimately detract from pension saving or will it complement it? Or will it, as some have speculated, serve as a bridge to an Isa-style tax system for pensions? Only time (and perhaps the next Budget) will tell.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Deloitte UK enhances organisation culture to reduce gender pay gap

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Deloitte UK has implemented agile working and an unpaid leave programme in order to improve its organisation culture and gender diversity.The audit, financial and tax advisory organisation focussed on introducing work-life initiatives and enhancing its overall organisation culture after focus groups with their female staff discovered they were struggling to juggle home caring responsibilities with work, and also women who held senior positions were found to be disengaged with the organisation due to its corporate culture. This was reflected in the organisation’s recruitment statistics, which show that only 36% of new graduates entering the business are women, as well as in its gender pay gap data.Speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2017, Emma Codd (pictured), managing director for talent at Deloitte UK, said: “We had to actually do something to change. And we did loads of things already, so we had women’s networks, we had some programmes, but the reality was they hadn’t made a difference, they hadn’t moved the dial at all. We knew that we had to do something very, very focused. So we spoke to our women. We spoke to a lot of our women and we analysed and we asked.”To address culture within Deloitte, the organisation implemented a series of work-life balance related initiatives. This included an agile working policy that sought to trust both men and women to complete their work in a more flexible way, with employees judged on output. The organisation also introduced its Time Out policy, which enabled employees to take a month of unpaid leave whenever they wanted.The focus groups had also revealed that in some cases, banter and everyday comments among employees made female employees feel negatively about themselves, therefore Deloitte UK introduced respect and inclusion advisors that allowed employees to speak to someone on a one-to-one basis, where they could raise issues that they perhaps did not want to speak to HR about. Also, 6,000 senior leaders within the business underwent training around diversity and inclusion.“Culture was the one thing that underpinned everything. […] Diversity is principally an output of culture. If [employers] do not have an inclusive culture underpinned by respect, [they] can forget ever achieving diversity in my personal view,” Codd continued.Deloitte UK also changed its recruitment programme in order to include more gender neutral language and introduced a return-to-work programme that included transition coaching for employees who were returning to the workplace as new working parents.Codd noted that these initiatives have produced results over the last three years, with female partner levels increasing from 13% in 2014 to 19% in 2017. More female graduates are now being recruited into the business and its most recent engagement survey also showed that women were more engaged with the organisation than men.Deloitte UK’s gender pay gap data for 2017 revealed a mean gender pay gap of 17% and a mean gender bonus gap of 52.2%. Codd attributed this gap to two positive initiatives that were having an adverse impact on gender pay data. This included the fact that more women were taking up salary sacrifice benefits in order to purchase extra leave, which skewed salary figures, and the organisation’s agile working policy also impacted the bonus pay figures as more women were engaging with this way of working. Deloitte UK’s gender pay gap data was published on its staff intranet, alongside information that detailed what the organisation was doing to tackle the gap. Deloitte UK voluntarily reported its gender pay gap in 2015 and 2016, as Codd observed that tackling gender diversity within an organisation is a long-term project that can take between seven and 10 years to address.Codd said: “Changing this will rely on every organisation focussing on its pain points, but the one thing I would say is please do not assume this can only be fixed through a programmatic approach. To me, for most organisations I’ve spent time with, in fact all of them, it’s also around making sure that culture actually supports everybody to succeed.”last_img read more

American politician introduces threemonths paid parental leave for office employees

first_imgAmerican politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured) has introduced a new parental leave policy for expectant mothers and fathers who work at her office, providing three months of fully paid leave.Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, announced the new policy via her Twitter feed in May 2019, stating that all new parents, whether they are male, female, biological or adoptive, can take up to three months of leave at full pay.Employees also have flexibility to decide how they wish to take their parental leave; it is not compulsory to take the time off as a single, continuous block. For example, new parents could have a number of weeks off and then use the remainder of their leave to work on a part-time basis in order to transition back in to the workplace.Ocasio-Cortez said on her Twitter account: “Expecting a child has nothing to do with our hiring decisions and we do everything we can to accommodate. That’s supposed to be law, but there are small ways, including self-selection, where it can play a role. We work to be a pro-family workplace.“If [employers] give dads less paid parental leave that mums, [they are] contributing to the pay gap. If [organisations] see pregnancy or family as a workplace obstacle, [it is] contributing to the pay gap.”The politician is further working on making her office a family-friendly environment, for example providing her personal office for pumping milk or breastfeeding and allowing staff members to bring their babies to work.Ocasio-Cortez added: “We make an effort to make our office family-friendly. We talk about what play mats and cribs we need along with our legislative agenda.“This conversation is bigger than parental leave; it’s a larger conversation about how modern work has grown so hostile to family life. It doesn’t have to be that way. Work and family can go together, but we have to break down the barriers that force people to choose between them.”last_img read more

11yearold struck by hit and run driver in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver who struck a boy in Southwest Miami-Dade and drove off, Wednesday morning.According to police, an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while standing along Southwest 136th Street and 197th Avenue, at around 8 a.m.The boy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be OK.Police need the public’s assistance in identifying the driver involved.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police Hurricane provides cover in Pembroke Pines trailer theft

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after, they said, burglars stole several trailers in Pembroke Pines under the cover of stormy weather caused by Hurricane Matthew.According to Hollywood Police, the trailers were taken from the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage near University Drive and Sheridan Street, Thursday night, as the storm blew through the area.Sharon McQueen, the owner of one of the stolen trailers, is upset with the facility because, she said, the business left the gates open without telling anyone. “Instead of informing us that they opened the gates so we could move our stuff if we needed to, they just opened the gates and it became a free for all for the thieves to come and steal everything we owned,” she said.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Community donates equipment after church burglary

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida church has received an outpouring of support days after it was burglarized.Several people donated musical equipment to Miracles Through Prayer and Faith Ministries in Pembroke Pines, Friday, after they heard on 7News that thieves had stolen about $10,000 worth of equipment.“It’s an awesome day,” said Pastor Earl Richards. “God came through, and I knew he would have come through but not so speedily thanks to Channel 7.”The community came together to help install donated speaker boxes and amplifiers.A Miami pastor said he wanted to give hope to Richards and the church after he heard that thousands of dollars worth of equipment had been stolen Tuesday morning.“When you guys covered the story the first time … almost like he needed hope at that moment and we were able to provide that hope for him,” said Pastor AJ of Fushion Church. “We had this stuff that we updated a year ago, and we said, ‘You know what? My brother could use this stuff. We just have this laying around.’ And here we are.”The theft was a huge loss for this small Caribbean church because music is very important to their worship. “It’s very unfortunate, you know, that people would come into the church,” said Richards. “When you steal things anywhere it’s wrong, but coming to church to steal things in the church. You’re stealing from God.”Richards told 7News the burglars used a rock to shatter the glass on the front door and got in.“We have about four different kinds of amplifiers. We have a CD deck, we have a mixer, we have bass guitars, a bass amplifier, lead amplifier. They took about eight or nine different items, which amounts to close to $10,000,” said Richards.Though he was overwhelmed with gratitude from the generous donations, Richards still encourages the thieves to bring back the stolen instruments.“If you’re watching right now, just bring back what you have stolen,” he said. “Confess your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will forgive you.”If you have any information on this church burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Damaging winds knock over planes mobile homes in North Texas

first_imgOne weather forecaster in the area compared the winds to what is felt during a category one hurricane.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Residents in northern Texas woke up to storm damage as dangerous winds made their way through the city.More than 90,000 people are reportedly without power due to the storm damage, Wednesday.Emergency sirens were heard as a warning to the threat of the powerful winds.No tornado warnings were issued on Wednesday morning although winds reportedly reached 83 miles per hour in some parts of North Texas.Emergency officials reported damages to homes in Johnson County.Small planes could be seen flipped over and damaged at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport.Several mobile homes could be seen on their sides or severely damaged from the storm. last_img read more

All clear given after false threat made to The Galleria Mall in

first_imgBusinesses and their employees were advised and not forced to evacuate.After investigating, authorities deemed the threat to be false and the mall resumed normal operations. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The security threat that was identified by the Police has been resolved. The Galleria Mall is now open.— GalleriaFtLauderdale (@GalleriaFTL) July 25, 2019center_img FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear for The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale after a false threat was made by an anonymous caller.Fort Lauderdale Police responded to the shopping mall, located at 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard, just before 10 a.m., Thursday.Officials said the threatening call was made prior to the mall opening to customers for the day.last_img read more

Carvalho tours MiamiDade schools ahead of start of classes

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As summer vacation comes to an end for students in Miami-Dade County, administrators at local schools are putting the finishing touches as they brace for the start of the 2019-20 school year.Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spent the weekend visiting schools across the county.On Saturday, he stopped by several schools, including Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach. The school is one of several in the county to receive millions of dollars in renovations, as in influx of programs and initiatives sweep through the county’s schools.“I’ve been going around surveying new projects, new additions, new technology advancements, new educational programs,” said Carvalho, “anything from robotics to new music programs, visual art programs, STEAM and STEM programs for all students.”Schools in Miami-Dade are also updating security measures to be in compliance with new state orders, including putting at least one officer at every campus in the county.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more