Insurance crisis escalates as main leisure insurer pulls out

first_imgThe insurance crisis has escalated after one of the last firms covering the leisure sector pulled out of the market.According to the Irish Independent, the move puts thousands of jobs at risk.UK operator LeisureInsure said it will not quote for new business from this week, and from the end of the month will cease all renewals. It was one of the last few insurers covering event companies, bouncy castle operators, leisure centres, yoga classes, soccer teachers, drama classes, some play centres and a large number of leisure companies.Operators in the leisure sector largely rely on British insurers as Irish-based insurers are reluctant to provide cover in this area, citing large losses on what is called liability insurance.Some estimates put the number of jobs at risk as high as 4,500, although some cover is being provided to the sector by brokers with access to a specialist division of Allianz.Head of the Irish Inflatable Hirers’ Federation Gerry Frawley revealed the 220 members of the organisation were insured through LeisureInsure and now cannot get cover. Keith Gill, of leading insurance broker First Ireland, said the withdrawal of LeisureInsure has left a major gap in the market.He said: “The amount, frequency, severity and uncertainty around compensation is the issue.“There is no insurer in Ireland writing business for leisure centres or play centres or for the likes of paintballing,” Mr Gill added. Insurance crisis escalates as main leisure insurer pulls out was last modified: July 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Luongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told QPR’s website he believes Massimo Luongo could establish himself as a top midfielder if he can add goalscoring to his repertoire.The Australian has been in excellent form this season, having responded to boss Hasselbaink’s insistence that he work harder off the ball.Now Hasselbaink wants to see Luongo, who has yet to score for the R’s, start finding the net.“Massimo has got the lot. He has energy, desire and he is a box-to-box player,” Hasselbaink said,“If he could add goals to his game I believe you could compare him with some of the best midfielders. And that is something he needs to really try to add to his game.“He is providing goals at the moment, which is great, and he needs to keep that going while adding his own goals. But it’s important we don’t try to force that.“We need to get him more into the box, and then the ball will fall for him and the goals will come.”Hasselbaink’s side, currently two points away from the play-off places, are away to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:QPR v Bristol City player ratingsHasselbaink plays down play-off prospectsFriday’s QPR quiz – put your Rangers knowledge to the test  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA’s first grid-connected solar PV plant

first_img16 September 2013 Norway-based Scatec Solar announced on Monday that it had completed its 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kalkbult in the Northern Cape three months ahead of schedule, making it first project under South Africa’s renewable energy programme for private producers to be grid connected and operational. Scatec Solar was one of 28 independent power producers that signed contracts with the government late last year, in the first round of a programme that will see an initial 1 400 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country. The Department of Energy aims to bring 17 800 MW from renewable sources online by 2030. Scatec Solar has been awarded three projects with total capacity of 190 MW under the government’s programme. Construction of its next two projects, located in the Northern and Eastern Cape, has started and completion is expected by the middle of next year. The completed Kalkbult plant consists of more than 312 000 solar panels mounted on 156 kilometres of substructure, inverters, transformers and a sub-station. Kalkbult’s electricity will be sold to state company Eskom through a 20-year purchase agreement. According to Scatec Solar, the annual production of 135-million kWh will cover the electricity demand of 33 000 households, while reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by almost 115 000 tons per year. “The South African authorities are committed to implementing an ambitious renewable energy programme, and we find great satisfaction in being able to contribute to its success through our own projects, which we have actively been developing in South Africa over the last four years,” Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said in a statement on Monday. “This country boasts some of the best conditions for solar power in the world, and the annual output of 135-million kWh produced at the Kalkbult plant will benefit both the region and the local community in which we operate.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Submit Your Business to These Video Production Directories

first_imgWant to increase the visibility of your video production business? Here’s the top video/film directories you should be listed in.Having a website for your film or video production business is not only recommended, it’s a necessity. But don’t stop there. Expand your web presence by including your video production company in popular online film and video company directories.In this post, we’ve rounded up the most popular online directories for film, video and television – most of which you can be included in for free. Are there any that should have made our list but didn’t? Include suggestions for websites, as well as your own business marketing tips, in the comments below.In addition to potential clients/employers finding your business in these directories, including links to your own site in these listings has reciprocal visibility benefits. Google tends to reward websites that are linked from pages covering similar topics. For example, by including your business URL in a film directory, the search engines may greater associate your site with film and video. This can lead to better placement when someone looks for your business (or business type) in a search engine.Now, onto the directories and websites…Mandy.comMandy.com is the longest running film and video production job/project site on the Internet. Started in 1995, it’s a go-to site for production companies to post jobs and projects. Additionally, Mandy has a geographically searchable directory of professional video production companies.A basic company listing on Mandy is free, although they do offer a few paid options for better placement and visibility.ProductionHubLike Mandy, ProductionHub is an online directory of worldwide video and film production companies, equipment rental houses and post-production/video editing services. A basic profile on ProductionHub is free of charge, with paid options to access more features and gain great visibility.The ProductionHub profile interface allows you to include all contact information, video samples of your work, client list and a description of the work you do. The site makes it simple to create ‘contact lists’, so you can make lists of companies for different projects/locations.LinkedIn BusinessLinkedIn isn’t just for your individual professional profile…you should also make a LinkedIn page for your company. Many business professionals use LinkedIn as a source for finding vendors and partners.Once you’ve created a LinkedIn page for your business, add your latest content and projects. Use it as a sounding box to show the world what your company has been up to (you can add videos). Have your employees add your company profile to their own pages and encourage them to engage with your content (important for building your presence on the site).Get the details on creating a LinkedIn company page here.VimeoBy uploading  your company demo reel or sample work to Vimeo you’ll kill a few birds with one stone. Try these tips for marketing your video business on Vimeo:You can embed the Vimeo video on your company’s website – ad free. The embeds come with analytics, so you’ll easily be able to see how many times your video has been loaded or played.Use Vimeo to expose your work to other creative pros. When others see your work on Vimeo they may identify you as someone they’d like to work with – or vice versa.Vimeo is easily searchable. So, it’s important to include ‘keyword’ search terms in your video descriptions such as the type of project (corporate video, commercial, film trailer, etc), as well as the location of your video business (ex. “Los Angeles, California video production”). By including these terms there’s a greater chance your work will be found by those looking to hire. Additionally, include your company website in the video description.Include your contact information in your Vimeo profile – a link to your website, your phone number and email. Additionally it’s helpful to include something like “Available for freelance & contract work” in your profile so others know you’re interested in taking on outside projects.BehanceBehance is an online platform for showcasing creative work and inspiration. Although it’s primarily used by photographers, graphic designers and art directors, it shouldn’t be overlooked by video pros. There’s a section specifically dedicated to Motion Designers.As someone who’s personally employed talent I’ve found through Behance, I can attest that it’s a valuable resource for increasing the visibility of your professional work. Add your website and social network pages to your Behance profile so others can easily contact and follow you.Variety411Variety, the weekly entertainment trade magazine, also has a web directory of film and video production companies. The majority of Variety411 is geared toward the high-end film and TV business (not a lot of corporate video here) – with a bent toward LA and NYC markets. There is a cost associated with being listed.Every major company type in the US film/video/TV business is represented, including equipment and stage rentals.50GroveYou may be familiar with Wistia, an online video hosting and analytics company, but you may not know they also have an online database of professional video companies – 50Grove. The company listings can be sorted by types of video (testimonial, product, training, etc), as well as average production cost.Keep an eye on this one – 50Grove is invite only but at this time they don’t appear to be actively adding new listings.Local Film Commissions & DirectoriesThe ‘net is full of databases of geo-targeted film and video production company lists and resources. It’d be worthwhile to do a quick web search to see if there are any local company directories for your state/city. We’ve pulled a few and included them here…Reel Directory – Northern CaliforniaNW Production Index – Pacific NorthwestUtah Film CommissionTennessee Film, Entertainment and Music CommissionGeorgia Film and TV SourcebookNew York Production Guidelast_img read more

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