PLAYBOY CLUB SET TO REOPEN IN LONDON

first_img PLAYBOY CLUB SET TO REOPEN IN LONDON whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp EXCITING news for fans of the good life – Playboy, the iconic brand set up by Hugh Hefner, is reopening its private members club in London, over two decades after the original closed its doors at 45 Park Lane back in the Eighties.This time around Hef’s relocating to swanky new premises at Mayfair, and has leased a 17,000 square foot property spread over two floors in partnership with London Clubs International (LCI), owners of the Empire casino at Leicester Square and the Rendezvous on Old Park Lane.The new club is being designed by savvy architects Jestico and Whiles, and will house an upmarket restaurant, cocktail bar, casino, lounge and gentlemen’s barber shop when it opens next year.Joining will certainly cost you – LCI chief executive Michael Silberling isn’t disclosing the exact fee, but he says it’ll definitely be in the “upper quartile” of London’s league of private members clubs. But for fun and games, it’s going to be worth it, with the membership committee hoping to pull together a diverse group of individuals from all industries – showbiz, entertainment, finance and more – to frequent the club. And then, of course, there’ll be the requisite Playboy Bunnies on hand at all times, working in every role from waitresses and hostesses to croupiers in the casino…GIVEN THE WILLIESPrompted by the recent news that BlueBay Asset Management founders Hugh Willis and Mark Poole are set to make £81m each from their stake in the firm if the £963m sale to Royal Bank of Canada goes ahead, a reader writes in to reminisce about working with the pair in the good old days at Kleinwort Benson.“So nice to see how well they’ve done,” writes our source, who describes Poole as a “very clever trader and thoroughly decent chap” and Willis as a “truly great salesman”. Such a great salesman, apparently, that his colleagues on the testosterone-fuelled trading desk awarded him the cheeky nickname Hugh “Huge Willy” Willis…CRACKING SEND OFFA fond farewell this week to Chris Stallard, a City veteran of very long standing, who’s leaving the Square Mile after 40 years of sales trading.Stallard, known as “Stan”, spent 23 years of that time at Panmure Gordon and finished up at Ambrian – where a mischievous colleague tells me he’s renowned for snatching a quick snooze at his desk when the markets get too hectic (see above). Friends are welcome to his retirement drinks tomorrow evening at his regular haunt, the Old Doctor Butlers Head on Masons Avenue.DRINKING BUDDYWine lovers usually pay good money for expert advice on which vintages to pair with different foods, so Mayer Brown corporate lawyer William Charnley deserves a mention for one of the most informative Twitter feeds The Capitalist has seen in a while. Charnley, tweeting as @WC7, is a fount of knowledge on vino, updating the feed regularly with suggestions for fellow wine lovers.“Fish pie with Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils 1998 Echezeaux, classy and balanced,” he tweeted this week, while previous entries read along the same lines. “Troplong Mondot 1988, excellent with chicken pie,” he advises, or “Lobster omelette with Krug 1995, fantastic…” Next time you’re hosting a dinner party, you know who to turn to. Tuesday 19 October 2010 7:57 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Enterprise Inns signals dividend return

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Enterprise Inns signals dividend return whatsapp John Dunne Share Britain’s biggest pubs group Enterprise Inns said it was confident of resuming dividend payments in the medium term after reporting full-year results in line with expectationsEnterprise, which has 6,820 pubs across Britain, made a pre-tax profit before exceptional items of £175M in the year to 30 September, down from £208m the year before.“We have delivered creditable results, hard won stability and genuine operational improvements in difficult circumstances,” said Chief Executive Ted Tuppen.“The economic environment is set to remain challenging and we do not underestimate the impact of the government’s austerity measures and fiscal tightening which will affect both our licensees and their customers,” he said. center_img 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 Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndoBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndo Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 16 November 2010 3:20 amlast_img read more

The UK will pay for US net neutrality rules

first_img KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Share Wednesday 22 December 2010 7:14 pm The UK will pay for US net neutrality rules THE US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Tuesday that it would enforce the controversial principle of net neutrality in the US. The issue of whether or not it has the legal mandate for this statement will no doubt bring on a multitude of lawsuits, as Republican federal communications commissioner Robert McDowell said over the weekend. But what, if anything, does this mean for the UK and the EU in general?Net neutrality is a confused term that means all internet traffic should be treated equally by internet service providers (ISP). That sounds like a good idea, but in practice ISPs use traffic management every day to ensure timely delivery of email to one customer and video streaming to another. Without traffic management, the internet as we know it today would suffer from greater congestion and issues with content delivery. Net neutrality attempts to regulate the internet, but by imposing limits on the way ISPs do business it risks making it harder to use.Both the EU and UK support a light touch approach to internet regulation. They believe transparency in both business offerings and practices will leave room for innovation and investment in next generation internet technology. That stance isn’t expected to change immediately, but the FCC’s announcement will inevitably influence decisions and discussions as the 2009 Telecom Directive is implemented next year for all EU member states.Meanwhile, US ISPs changing how they do business will impact the UK in a variety of ways. First, content creators like the BBC and ITV (which use many small production companies from London) won’t be able to strike deals with ISPs in the US because the FCC has banned ISPs from doing so to differentiate their content offerings. There is also now no guarantee that the BBC’s international iPlayer, due to launch next year, will not face programmes delivered with delays or severe buffering because all content will have to be treated the same.Major ISPs with an international presence in the UK and the EU will now have to invest in managing the FCC rules in the US. This will mean slower innovation, fewer jobs created and less investment in their international business, as ISPs review their internal processes and put more time and effort into achieving “neutrality”.Though this might sound grim, the good news is that the FCC hasn’t applied such strict measures to wireless broadband. So in the US we will see more investment in wireless broadband, the fruits of which will benefit their businesses in the UK and the EU as well.Dominique Lazanski is technology policy analyst for the Taxpayers’ Alliance Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tribunals cost firms £8,500 each, says BCC

first_img Tribunals cost firms £8,500 each, says BCC EMPLOYERS face costs of thousands of pounds from spurious employment claims, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) claimed yesterday.Tribunals are “overwhelmingly weighted in favour of the employee,” causing companies to pay large settlements even for claims with no substance, the BCC’s report said.The average cost for an employer to defend themselves at tribunal is £8,500. However, the average settlement is £5,400, often making it cheaper for employers to settle.Three in four employers that settle say they have done so to reduce costs or because it is more convenient than lengthy legal procedures.“Currently, tribunals are too slow,” said Dr Adam Marshall of the BCC. “Ministers must commit to reducing the wait time for a first hearing — and making the system less of a barrier to business growth.”Statutory disciplinary and grievance procedures have provoked a culture change, encouraging litigious behaviour, according to employment lawyer Pam Loch of Loch Associates.Filing a complaint is as easy as completing an online form, she said. Unrepresented or badly informed employees often demand their “day in court” and procedures drag on as judges guide claimants through legal complexities – increasing legal costs to defendants. And hardly any companies are able to reclaim costs, despite winning cases, the BCC reported. The amount of cases in which reimbursement is paid is close to 0.15 per cent, they said.Judges could weed out spurious claims to stop wasted time and expenditure, and require claimants to lay down a deposit, Loch suggests. KCS-content Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp whatsapp Wednesday 5 January 2011 8:52 pm CASE STUDY 1A claim was brought against a national facilities management company for equal pay, breach of contract and holiday pay. As the claimant was unrepresented a case management hearing had to take place in person, incurring additional costs. A hearing was set for breach of contract, holiday pay and victimisation claims, with a separate hearing to consider the equal pay claim, as it had to be heard by specialist employment judges.Due to the nature of the equal pay claim the company felt it had to be defended, as settlement would send out the wrong signal to the workforce. The company knew this would incur substantial costs, as the claimant was known for submitting unfounded grievances and taking up management time with emails and letters.The claims were dismissed at the first hearing, but further case management discussions on the claimant’s conduct and two further hearings on the equal pay claim were held. The company’s costs were £20,000.CASE STUDY 2A successful small business dismissed an employee for stealing alcohol and underperforming. The employee was a female reporting to a male manager. She went off sick while suspended pending her hearing and altered her medical sick note. During this period she continued to work for another employer. The company dismissed her after following the ACAS Code, but she lodged an unfair dismissal and a sex discrimination claim. She also lodged a personal injury claim, claiming she could not work due to an injury she sustained, and complained to HMRC that she had not received any sick pay. Despite HMRC knowing she had amended the certificate it determined that as she had a certificate she should be paid. The employment judge took a different approach and withdrew her sex discrimination claim.The personal injury claim is ongoing. Though the defence of the other claims incurred thousands of pounds, the business concluded that settling the claim for less than the costs would send out a negative motivational message to staff.Source: Loch Associates last_img read more

LBO loans up on last year

first_imgTuesday 11 January 2011 9:10 pm Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Tags: NULL LOANS issued for leveraged buyouts (LBOs) reached a global volume of $89.3bn (£57.4bn) in 2010, indicating the first annual increase since before the downturn.The rise in volume could indicate the return of debt-financed buyouts of firms by investors, as the volume reached nearly five times the amount recorded in 2009 of $18.2bn – the first time a year-on-year increase has been recorded since 2007.The increase was boosted by deals in the US, where 64 per cent of volume was recorded, the highest proportion since 1996.Deals included IMS Health’s $2.3bn facility and Fifth Third Processing Solutions’ $2.0bn LBO loan.The most recent LBO loan recorded was a $600m facility to support the buyout of HealthCare Partners by Summit Partners.Bank of America Merrill Lynch topped the global LBO loan bookrunner ranking last year, winning 12.2 per cent of the market. Barclays Capital had 10.1 per cent market share whilst Deutsche Bank had 7.7 per cent. In Europe, two loans to support LBOs have been announced in January so far; the Blackstone led buyout of Mivisa Envases and the 3i Group buyout of Amor GmbH. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldcenter_img KCS-content whatsapp LBO loans up on last year whatsapplast_img read more

A move back to houses aids Bellway sales

first_img A move back to houses aids Bellway sales Share Monday 7 February 2011 9:02 pm whatsapp KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBecenter_img whatsapp RENEWED demand for traditional two-storey homes helped housebuilder Bellway post a 7.6 per cent rise in its average sale price yesterday. Bellway said in an update that it sold 2,332 properties in the six months to the end of January, a rise of 3.8 per cent on last year. The FTSE 250-listed firm has shifted its property mix away from flats in the past year, which has helped push its average property sale price to £168,000 at a time when property values have dipped. Around 65 per cent of Bellway customers currently buy more traditional homes, though finance director Alistair Leitch said this is likely to stabilise as a swathe of flats in East London start to sell in the run-up to the Olympics. Leitch said the overall pick-up in sales had potential to continue in 2011. “The early signs that we’ve had in January are encouraging,” he said.“Can we keep that momentum going through to Easter? … As long as we don’t have anything untoward happening to the UK economy or to the world political situation, then we should be okay,” Leitch said.Bellway shares rose 2.8 per cent to close at 657.5p yesterday. Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULLlast_img read more

China trade surplus drops

first_imgMonday 14 February 2011 3:39 am Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap4 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from the New Orleans PelicansSportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’In the Heights’ Underwhelms at Box Office With $11.4 Million DebutThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap John Dunne Share whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp China trade surplus drops China’s trade surplus fell to its lowest in nine months in January after imports surged, supporting the government’s case ahead of a G20 meeting that it is doing enough to spur domestic demand without speeding up currency appreciation.The trade surplus shrank to $6.5bn (£4.05bn) from $13.1bn in December, well short of forecasts for a $10.7bn gap.Global stocks and commodity prices climbed higher, with the surprisingly strong imports highlighting China’s massive appetite for raw materials and its solid export growth hinting at solidifying recoveries in the U.S. and European economies.In the past, a weaker surplus would have caused concern for the Chinese government, but it has been trying to shift the economy towards greater reliance on consumption and less on exports, in part to address critics who say that its success has come at the expense of other countries.It was the third consecutive month of a declining trade surplus, and though not enough to mark a definitive change, that streak provides an important symbolic lift to China before a G20 meeting this week of finance ministers from the world’s biggest developed and developing economies.China’s imports rose 51 per cent in January from a year earlier, blowing past market forecasts for a 28 per cent rise. Exports rose 37.7 per cent in January, topping expectations for a 22.4 per cent rise, the customs administration said. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

EU bank stress tests set to begin

first_imgWednesday 2 March 2011 8:42 pm EU bank stress tests set to begin whatsapp Share KCS-content European Union banking regulators agreed to begin so-called stress tests on the region’s banks yesterday but said that details of how the tests will work are still being discussed. The results of the tests will be published in June, the European Banking Authority, the new pan-EU banking regulator, said in a statement after a board meeting. The tests will examine how well Europe’s banks could withstand sharply higher loan losses, falling securities prices and other potential results of a sharp macroeconomic slowdown. Details of scenarios and which banks are being tested will be published on 18 March. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more