Sedgefield acts; Six emergency measures to prevent another tragedy will be considered today.SEDGEFIELD racecourse Sedgefield Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, England. It is in the traditional county of County Durham. During the summer it holds a very popular and sucessful car boot sale in the car park. Entry fee is £10. today hopes to receive backing from the Jockey Club, trainers and riders for a raft of proposed emergency measures in the wake of the horrific pile-up pile·up or pile-up
1. Informal A serious collision usually involving several motor vehicles.
2. An accumulation: "the pile-up of unsold autos" that killed three horses at the course on Tuesday.
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intr.v. col·lid·ed, col·lid·ing, col·lides
1. To come together with violent, direct impact.
2. head-on with the remainder of the field during a novices' chase.
Sedgefield will present its proposed changes to an audience including Ron Barry, the Jockey Club's northern inspector of courses, and senior jockey Lorcan Wyer, who escaped serious injury when his horse was killed in the accident.
The professionals will give their opinion of the measures, which involve three new escape routes, comprising:
nA run-off chute sited past the winning post by an old exit gate on the stands' side, with a lip of plastic rail forming a 'catching pen' for horses running in the reverse direction.
nA similar chute on the opposite side of the running track.
nThe current exit on to the course from
THE owners of William Hill The name William Hill may refer to the following: People
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The shock move left parent company Nomura facing a hefty loss on its investment-and left the flotation teetering on the brink of failure.
Stockbrokers Warburg Dillon and Read, handling the float on behalf of giant Japanese investment bank Nomura, originally priced the new issue between 155p and 175p.
But yesterday it revealed that it was cutting the offer price to 135p-which means Nomura faces a loss of pounds 60million on its initial investment of pounds 700m in July 1997.
Even if taking the lower end of the indicative price range of 155p, the drop represents a dramatic fall of 17 per cent in Hills' market capitalisation Noun 1. market capitalisation - an estimation of the value of a business that is obtained by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current price of a share
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At the new price, the market capitalisation will be only pounds 405m compared to the forecast pounds 465m. Adding in debt of pounds 375m, Hills would then be valued at around pounds 775m, a sharp reduction on Nomura hopes of selling the betting- shop chain for up to pounds 900m.
And, looking at the wider spectrum, it must raise questions about the future health of the bookmaking bookmaking
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It may also weaken racing's case for an increased slice of layers' profits in the latest round of Levy negotiations.
In the contest of recently increased profits reported by the major bookmaking firms, the euphoria An interpreted programming language developed in 1993 by Robert Craig at Rapid Deployment Software that is noted for its execution speed, flexibility and simplicity. It can simulate any programming method including object-oriented constructs. of William Hill's initial announcement had been cited by the BHB BHB Bar Harbor, ME, USA (Airport Code)
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It could also affect the much-publicised post-flotation payouts of more than pounds 21m to top executives such as John Brown, who was set for pounds 3.25m.
It is understood that lack of interest form the major City financial institutions lays at the heart of the fall. Demand from the retail sector-small punters in relative terms-had been high, ever since Nomura announced the flotation early this year. But City institutions have increasingly turned their back on the offer and insiders suggest that fund managers are uncertain what William Hill will do with their money from the flotation other than repay debt.
Last week's move to double the share allocation to smaller private investors to 20 per cent can now be seen in a new light.
Although there have previously been several reports of immense interest in the flotation, it is possible that yesterday's news could bring about its abandonment if this latest news fails to flush out further investors.
"You can always stop something", said Phil Raper of Warburg Dillon Read Investment bank created by the 1997 merger of S.G. Warburg & Co. and Dillon, Read & Co. Subsequently renamed UBS Warburg and now part of UBS AG, where the Warburg name was eventually dropped. . "But that's not to say we've got anywhere near that stage".
He added: "The market is very slow on new issues and another company had to drop its offer price this week. The drop in offer price doesn't point to particular difficulties either in the betting industry or in Hills."