Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Ukraine Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Ukraine’s president has commissioned the country’s new government to pass laws to legalise gambling by the end of this year as part of a range of measures designed to stimulate the economy.Volodymyr Zelensky, in a meeting with leaders of the new parliament following July’s election, said gambling legislation must be drafted by 1 October this. The documents should be approved by 1 December, he added.A statement by the president’s office said the regulation of gambling is important to his strategy of “de-shadowing the economy”.Ukraine operators have not been able to offers any gambling or betting services since prohibition was introduced in 2009. The country is believed to be nurturing a thriving black market, with economists estimating in 2017 that potential tax revenues of $1.5bn could be raised through regulation.Several attempts have been made to regulate gambling in the years since, with a draft gambling bill that proposed opening the market to land-based casinos, sports betting and online gaming introduced in 2015.In 2017 the country’s government said it would reintroduce a legalised gambling system into the country by the end of 2018, but this failed to progress.President Zelensky said last month that he would move forward a plan for the legalisation of casino gambling at major hotels. The move aims to encourage development in the tourist-heavy Black Sea region.Image: Mykhaylo Markiv / The Presidential Administration of Ukraine Ukraine’s president has commissioned the country’s new government to pass laws to legalise gambling by the end of this year as part of a range of measures designed to stimulate the economy. Ukrainian president orders new gambling bill Email Address 3rd September 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance
27th September 2019 | By contenteditor Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Betting exchange operator Smarkets slipped to a pre-tax loss of £8.9m (€10.0m/$11.0m) in the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, despite recording a sharp increase in trading volume for the period. Betting exchange operator Smarkets slipped to a pre-tax loss of £8.9m (€10.0m/$11.0m) in the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, despite recording a sharp increase in trading volume for the period.Revenue for the year totalled £11.9m, down 42.0% on £20.6m in the previous 12 months. In comparison, trading volume, or the total amount of bets placed in the year, increased by 46.3% from £3.1m to £4.6m.Smarkets put this revenue decline down to a number of factors, including a drop in commission revenue, which slipped 20.3% from £9.2m to £7.4m. The operator also noted a negative impact of reduced spreads on quoted prices, which helped to increase volume but compressed margins.Betting revenue more than halved from £11.7m in 2017 to £5.5m last year, with Smarkets citing adverse outcomes from larger events in 2018. The operator said the Cheltenham Festival UK horse racing meeting and football’s FIFA World Cup in particular had a significant impact on betting revenue.In terms of spending, cost of sales climbed by 37% from £3.4m to £4.6m, which Smarkets said was in line with the rise in trading volume.The operator also saw administrative expenses increase from £10.6m to £16.2m, primarily as a result of it increasing its average headcount from 88 to 113. This included expansion of its Los Angeles office in the US, as well as higher costs to support the operation of the exchange, as well as advertising and marketing spending to drive user acquisition around key sports events such as the World Cup.Higher spending and lower revenue meant gross profit took a heavy hit, with this falling 57.6% year-on-year from £17.2m to £7.3m.The business loss before tax of £8.9m represented a substantial drop of 235.6% on a profit of £6.6m in the previous year. This left Smarkets with an overall loss of £9.2m, compared to a profit of £8.5m in 2017.Reflecting on the results, chief executive Jason Trost said the decline in revenue and increase in costs were expected, and were the result of major investment in market share and users. He said record trading volume in 2018 served as proof of this strategy in practice. “As part of the major investment in market share and users, we adopted a new commission structure and new strategy for our exchange liquidity provider, Hanson Applied Sciences Limited,” Trost said.“As expected, revenues decreased and costs increased during this campaign period resulting in a loss, when the previous two years had seen us post fantastic profits. We’ve now completed the changes and look forward to a recovery in profitability.“We on-boarded several new API users, a key part of our roadmap, and successfully introduced the first alterations to our commission structure in several years: selectively offering 0% commission to some customers, and introducing our Pro Tier, received far more favourably than the equivalent moves by competitors, and designed to protect revenue going forward.“These changes will allow us to further tweak the structure to find the right balance in the trading ecosystem.”Trost added: “Smarkets is now in the best shape it has ever been in and we can push ahead with expanding our activities, focusing on the more profit-generating areas of our business, and more efficiently monetising our growing trading volume, as well as taking the company out into the huge sportsbook sector and new international markets.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Topics: Finance Sports betting Smarkets posts pre-tax loss despite higher trading volume in 2018
Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileAcademy Press Plc is an established printing company in Nigeria offering services for the printing of labels, calendars, company annual reports, books, magazines and marketing material. The company offers additional printing related services which include supply of graphic material, layout design, typesetting, artwork, photography, colour separation and binding. The Commercial printing division produces calendars, annual reports, labels, insertions, posters, handbills, invoices, waybills, deposit/withdrawal forms, account opening forms, receipts and point of sales material. Periodicals printed by Academy Press include magazines, journals, reports and seminar papers. Publications printed include educational and religious books, biographies, maps and diaries. Computer stationary printed includes listing papers, customer statements, utility bills and pay slips. Academy Press has two major subsidiaries; Academy Press Specialised Print Services, which prints documents with high security risks such as tickets, coupons, vouchers, letterheads, receipts, invoices and continuous forms for computer usage as well as bank statements, pay-in slips and bank notes; West African Book Publishers (WABP) prints high-end publications for the discerning reader. The company has offices in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria and in Accra in Ghana. Academy Press Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileCement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells cement in Nigeria under the brand name Sokoto Cement. The company produces CEM II type cement which is used by the home building and construction sectors in Nigeria for making cement blocks as well as for plastering and concrete works. CEM II type cement is renowned for its high early strength, rapid setting and low heat of hydration which is ideal for major construction works. The cement brand name is taken from the founder of the company, the Premier of the then Northern Region, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto. It was incorporated in 1962 and started producing cement in 1967 to meet the demand for cement needed for the expansion of Kalambaina Plant. Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc was privatised and a member of Heidelberg Cement Group, Scancem International ANS of Norway, was elected core investor and technical partner in 2000. A Nigerian-based firm, Damnaz Cement Company Limited, became the new core investor in 2008 when Heidelberg divested its stake in the business. BUA International Limited acquired Damnaz Cement Company and became the majority shareholder in Cement Company of Nigeria plc and its technical partner. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAAAHurricane Season Previous articleSupporting programs that fight food insecurity in Central FloridaNext articleDistrict prepared for 2018 hurricane season Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A new AAA study finds more Floridians are making advanced preparations for hurricane seasonBack-to-back active hurricane seasons in 2016 and 2017 seem to have been a wakeup call for Florida residents. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, 81% of residents are making advanced preparations for hurricane season – a 23 percent increase from 2016.Hurricane Season 2018Hurricane season runs from June 1st – November 30th and experts are forecasting a very active year. Colorado State University Meteorology Project team is predicting:Named Storms: 14Hurricanes: 7Major Hurricanes (category 3 or higher): 3Based on AAA findings, if a named storm were to cause an evacuation, the majority of Floridians would heed official warnings and leave their homes. However, of those who would evacuate, more than half (62%) say they would only leave for a category three hurricane or greater.“Major hurricanes like Harvey and Irma seem to be making residents more aware of the dangers of hurricane season and the need to make advanced preparations,” said Bobby Futch, Vice-President of Insurance Claims, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Storm preparations should include having a storm kit, evacuation plan, and proper insurance coverage, which includes flood insurance.”Flood Disaster FactsFloods are the number one disaster in the United States. Homes in low-risk zones account for nearly 20 percent of flood claims every year. Just two inches of water in a 2,000 square foot home, can cause as much as $21,000 or more in damage. However, more than two in three (70%) Floridians do not have flood insurance, which is separate from homeowners insurance. A ‘preferred risk’ flood insurance policy costing less than a dollar a day will cover $100,000 in structural damage and $40,000 for damage to contents inside the home.View AAA Flood Facts“Nearly half of residents in Florida do not know there is normally a 30-day waiting period for a new flood policy to take effect,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If you wait until a named storm is moving in your direction, you will be too late. Now is the time to check with your insurance agent to ensure you are covered before the busy storm season begins.”Check the flood risk in your neighborhoodAAA’s Hurricane Preparation TipsSecure Your Home – Inspect your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, downspouts, etc. Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.Make a Plan – One-third of Floridians DO NOT have an emergency plan in place in the event of a natural disaster. Develop a Family Emergency Plan to include ways to contact each other, alternative meeting locations, and an out-of-town contact person. Identify a safe room or safest areas in your home. Research your evacuation route. Be sure and include plans for your pets.Take Inventory – Update your home inventory by walking through your home with a video camera or smartphone. Keep a record of large purchases including the cost of the item, when purchased and model and serial numbers as available.Stock Emergency Supplies – Plan for a week’s worth of non-perishable food and water. Be sure and have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, etc. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep in your car should you evacuate.Protect Your Property – Review your homeowner’s insurance with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate protection. Discuss your deductibles. Be aware that flood insurance is not typically covered under your Homeowners policy. Flooding to your automobile is available under the Physical Damage coverage. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Independent looks at how entrepreneurs have donated shares to charity which have subsequently plunged in value but which have still reaped major tax benefits for the donors.The Independent cites the example of Nick Leslau, a property specialist involved in the Knutsford company, who saved “saved £112,000 in tax by donating shares to a charity when they were suspended pending a deal.” The shares are now worth less than £10,000 to the recipient, the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation.Although entirely legal, the gift demonstrates, according to The Independent, the need for a tightening up of the government’s share-giving scheme entitled “Giving Shares and Securities to Charity” (IR178). Advertisement Donating shares can prove very profitable for the wealthy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Read “Tax break saves entrepreneurs £440,000” by Nigel Cope at The Independent. Howard Lake | 24 October 2002 | News
Tagged with: Charity Commission “I am delighted to join the Charity Commission, and look forward to leading a strong board and a committed and expert staff through the challenges ahead. I will place the public interest at the heart of everything I do as Chair to build the public’s trust in charities and the Commission as their regulator. To that end it is vital that we have a constructive, business-like relationship with all our stakeholders and I look forward to listening to a wide range of voices in the days and weeks ahead.”The appointment has apparently been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointment. Remuneration for this role is £62,500 for up to two and a half days per week and the term of appointment will last for three years. 167 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 168 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Melanie May | 2 March 2018 | News Baroness Stowell appointed as Charity Commission Chair despite formal rejection by MPs Matt Hancock MP, the the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Baroness Stowell as the new Chair of the Charity Commission, for three years as of 26 February 2018.Baroness Stowell takes over from William Shawcross in the role, and has been appointed despite the DCMS Committee formally rejecting her as the new Chair following her pre-appointment hearing In February.The Committee had raised major concerns over Baroness Stowell’s experience and impartiality, as well as over the appointment process.On appointing Baroness Stowell, Hancock said:“Tina Stowell will be a brilliant chair of the Charity Commission and I am delighted she is taking up this role. It is an important time for the Commission, and the sector, and I know that she will work tirelessly to protect and promote the great work that charities do and ensure they uphold the highest standards of integrity. I would also like to thank William Shawcross for his hard work over the past six years.”Baroness Stowell said: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Charity finance round up: Locality report calls for more support for community organisations, & other news Advertisement Three quarters of charities face extra financial strain from pension deficitsA further issue recently highlighted for charities is the risk of pension deficits.Increased pension deficits are putting additional financial strain on many charities already financially struggling in the midst of Covid-19, according to Hymans Robertson’s latest annual report on DB pension funding in the charitable sector.The report looked at the largest 40 charities in England & Wales. Three quarters of those surveyed had a deficit.Commenting, Alistair Russell Smith, Head of Corporate DB, Hymans Robertson, said:“The pandemic has placed many charities under significant financial strain with fundraising and retail income particularly badly hit and with a need to conserve cash. In many cases there is additional concern as DB pension deficits have also increased. On top of this, there is extra worry for pension schemes in the sector as forthcoming regulatory changes are putting pressure on charities to pay off pension deficits quicker.“A delicate balancing act is needed between ensuring the sustainability of the charities and funding higher pension deficits. In the short term it may be wise for some charities to use recent regulatory easements to suspend pension contributions for three months to conserve cash. However, this isn’t a free lunch and longer-term sustainable funding plans are needed for their DB schemes.“The Pension Regulator’s new funding regime will introduce ‘fast track’ and ‘bespoke’ options for DB funding. The fast track option ensures no regulatory intervention if minimum standards are met but could mean too big an increase in deficit contributions for some charities. For charities that are asset rich but cash poor, the bespoke route may be a better option. This enables investment returns rather than cash contributions to close the funding gap but needs to be underpinned by charging some of the charity’s assets to the pension scheme.” Tagged with: COVID-19 Finance 345 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Help to pay essential bills will be essential for recoveryAdditionally, a recent survey of Kent charities by grant maker Kent Community Foundation has revealed that help to pay core costs is the key to charities coming through the 2020 pandemic.During May 2020 Kent Community Foundation invited charities and community groups in Kent and Medway to complete a survey about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them.Respondents overwhelming said that their future was dependent on receiving financial support to help with their core costs.The survey asked charities and community groups nineteen questions about the effect of Covid-19 on their operation and the service they were offering to the community. Almost three quarters of respondents were from small organisations with an annual income of under £100k who make up more than 80% of the voluntary sector in Kent and Medway.When asked “What one thing would most help your organisation to recover and sustain during the coming months, 67.56% identified core funding to pay essential, running costs as the help they needed. A further 7% said, information, advice and guidance would help most, while, networking and collaboration opportunities, more volunteers and flexibility in commissioned projects were each identified by 14 of the 358 survey participants.Kent Community Foundation has already awarded £940,000 to 268 organisations from its Coronavirus Emergency Fund and following the results of the survey the team will assign £500,000 from the remaining balance to support priority organisations with grants of up to £20,000 to cover core costs such as salaries and regular bills.Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said:“Charities have had to survive three months relying on their reserves or emergency grants. Food-related provision has been under enormous pressure since the end of March and as the economic impact of lockdown continues to be felt with redundancies, reduced hours and extended furloughing, food poverty is expected to peak again. Add to this our prediction for a huge surge in demand during September and October for well-being, mental health, debt advice and money management services and we know many charities are now or will find themselves in an extremely difficult position.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 16 June 2020 | News Locality is calling for better government support for community organisations with the publication of a new report highlighting the essential role these organisations have played during the coronavirus outbreak.Locality would like to see the government expand the Community Ownership Fund to capitalise community organisation by leveraging Dormant Assets and other funding to establish a £1bn investment plan for community assets over the next five years.It is also recommending that the government provides £500m revenue funding to protect, strengthen, and grow existing community organisations, and provide a pathway for new mutual aid groups to become established.In addition, it says, the procurement flexibility introduced at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis should be spread across public sector contracting authorities, through further Cabinet Office guidance.Locality questioned over 100 organisations for its report, which examines how community organisations have reacted and adapted to the challenges of the coronavirus crisis.The responses reveal that when the crisis struck, community organisations were early responders, coordinating volunteers, delivering emergency supplies, supporting isolated groups and finding creative ways to keep communities together.And, in areas where the public, community and private sector already have strong collaborative relationships, support was made faster and has been more effective. Community organisations have also been able to harness the upsurge in community spirit, working with and coordinating grassroots groups and other local support.However, while they were quick to respond, the report highlights a need for support to enable them to continue to meet the challenges of the future.Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality commented:“We cannot overstate the role community organisations have played in providing and mobilising support during the coronavirus crisis.“The challenge we face now is ensuring that these groups are given the voice, power and resources they need to support their communities through the recovery from the pandemic.“Our recommendations for the devolution of power and resources to communities are radical but common sense. They would deliver much of the Prime Minister’s ambition to level up the country, build self-reliant and resilient communities and help us bounce back stronger from this crisis.”This is just one of the recent calls for support for a sector struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic whilst seeing an increase in demand for services. 344 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Virgin Money Giving data reveals impact on fundraising during lockdownData from Virgin Money Giving (VMG) has shown that many UK good causes on the platform, supporting cancer, mental health, the homeless and those with disabilities, have seen a significant impact on their fundraising income during the Covid-19 lockdown.In the month following the start of lockdown, total charity donations remained very strong with VMG processing a record-breaking 1.15m individual donations in the 4 weeks to 21 April, while the total donation value increased by 151% year-on-year to £19m.However, the vast majority of these donations were driven by NHS focused charity activity. The total charity sector donation value through VMG, excluding NHS donations, declined by 44% in the month following lockdown compared with the same period in 2019, from £12.5m to £7m.Some of the UK’s biggest charities have been particularly hard hit, it says, with the top 50 charities on VMG seeing fundraising income reduce by 93% in the month following lockdown compared with the same period in 2019.Pre-lockdown, cancer related VMG registered charities for example were performing at an equivalent level to 2019, but in the month following lockdown donation income declined 87% year-on-year. Similar numbers were seen for VMG registered charities supporting the mental health sector.From 21 April, aside from the NHS, all charity donation performance improved in the following month to 70% of 2019. Smaller charities have had a stronger recovery than the larger charities, which have been more greatly affected due to event cancellations.Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving said:“Many charities have been impacted hard with reduced income during COVID-19, and it remains critical that they have support as we move into the first phase of recovery. These are the charities that will be providing vital support to those people who have suffered most during lockdown, including those affected by cancer treatment delays and increases in mental health issues, domestic abuse and child poverty.
Facebook Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020 UL students with their self-published paper, the Limerick VoiceA record number of journalism students from the University of Limerick have been nominated for national media awards.Limerick Voice, the newspaper and website produced by the fourth year and MA in Journalism and New Media classes has received three separate nominations, for newspaper of the year, website of the year, layout and design of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Voice editor Michelle Hogan has also been nominated in the Editor of the Year category.The National Student Media Awards, or the Smedias as they are known, is the largest competition of its kind in Ireland dedicated to recognising and celebrating the next generation of media talent. Open to students from every college across Ireland the awards are judged by key media industry leaders including The Irish Times and The Irish Independent.Among the UL nominees is MA in Journalism and New Media student Daniel Keating who is in contention for the Young Journalist of the Year – National Press title.One of Daniel’s stories which highlighted the number of Limerick school children living in B&B accommodation in Limerick first appeared in Limerick Voice, which is distributed with the Limerick Leader newspaper.Limerick Voice is a core journalism module, which forms part of UL Engage projects, representing community collaboration between UL journalism students and Limerick City and County Council’s Regeneration project.UL Journalism lecturer Kathryn Hayes who oversaw Limerick Voice 2016 said it was wonderful to see so many journalism students recognised by leading industry figures.“Investigative journalism was to the fore of this year’s edition of Limerick Voice and these nominations vindicate the quality of work that was undertaken and the level of journalistic skills demonstrated in producing such high class worthy journalism,” she said.“The expanded digital and online presence of Limerick Voice enhances journalistic skills and increases students’ employability opportunities due to the real world experience gained during this project,” Ms Hayes added.UL Journalism subject leader Dr Fergal Quinn congratulated all of this year’s nominees.“We are thrilled to have seen our students do so well in the Smedia awards this year. For a small programme to have nominees in 10 categories is truly impressive. These nominations are testament to our student’s dedication and talent, and also to the brilliant edition of the Limerick Voice overseen by Kathryn Hayes this year. Well done to all involved,” he said.UL journalism students are represented in a number of other categories in the sMedias 2017 including:Journalist of the Year (Paul Saunders, Kilrush, Co. Clare)Sports Writer of the Year (John Keogh, Ballysimon Road, Limerick)Features Writer of the Year – News and Current Affairs (Jennifer Purcell, Rosbrien, Limerick)Film Script of the Year (Andrew Roberts, Melbourne, Australia)Short Story of the Year (Jennifer Purcell, Rosbrien, Limerick)The 17th edition of the sMedias takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, April 6. Previous article#WATCH LIT students break world record with ‘Scrum for Axel’Next articleBoland confirmed as Interim Manager of Limerick FC Editor University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university Breaching the gender barrier at UL TAGSLimerick VoiceUL Twitter Advertisement Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print NewsEducationRecord number of UL journalism students nominated for national awardsBy Editor – April 5, 2017 1229