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  • Press release: Government considers society lotteries reform to benefit good causes

    first_imgThe consultation will recommend raising the maximum amount society lotteries can raise for good causes from £10 million to £100 million per year Consultation will recommend raising maximum draw prize Large society lotteries sales limits were last raised in 2009 A consultation has today been launched on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes.The Government recommends increasing the maximum draw prize from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000. The consultation will also ask for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.The move would allow charities and community groups to increase fundraising methods through society lotteries, while protecting the National Lottery’s ability to raise money for good causes.Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society said: Society lotteries make a vital difference to communities up and down the country. They raise hundreds of millions of pounds every year, supporting our veterans, lifeboats, hospices, air ambulances and many other great causes. They are an important fundraising tool for charities and we want to ensure that both society lotteries and the National Lottery are able to thrive now and in the future.center_img Society lotteries – such as those run by charities, The Health Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery – raised over £255 million for good causes in 2016/17.The individual draw limit for large society lotteries was last raised in 2009. The government’s decision to consult follows the sector’s calls for limits to be increased.The consultation will run for ten weeks and is open to members of the public.ENDSNOTES TO EDITORSSociety lotteries are lotteries run by charities and other non-commercial organisations such as sports clubs to allow them to raise money for the good causes they support.The Gambling Act sets the current limits for society lotteries as £4 million sales per draw, £10 million sales per year and a maximum draw prize of £400,000. The per draw sales limit was last changed in 2009.For further information, please call Hannah Thornley at the DCMS Press Office on: 0207 211 6276.Examples of society lotteries include:People’s Postcode Lottery has raised more than £310 million for UK charities since 2005. The money raised is awarded to good causes through a collection of themed charity trusts, and also directly supports a range of charities including Oxfam, Dogs Trust, Maggie’s and PDSA.The Health Lottery has raised over £100 million since its launch in September 2011. It supports local health causes in England, Scotland and Wales through 51 local community interest companies. Grants have supported charities like Carers Trust, Dementia UK, and Mencap.Macmillan Lottery raises funds to support different areas of Macmillan’s work for people affected by cancer.British Legion’s Poppy Lottery supports the vital work of The Royal British Legion helping serving and ex-Service men and women and their families across the UK.Royal National Lifeboat Institution runs a Lifeboat Lottery raising funds to support their vital work helping to save lives at sea.Air Ambulances across the UK raise money through lotteries to support local air ambulance services.last_img read more

  • Tesco cut trading profit

    first_imgTesco have cut its trading profit from £2.8bn to £2.4bn, following what it is calling ‘challenging trading conditions.’The company also said it had revised its outlook for the year after investment in customer offer. Trading profit for the six months ending 23 August 2014 is expected to be in the region of £1.1bn.It awaits the arrival of David Lewis and chief executive on Monday 1 September, where he will review the Groups plans to improve its market position.The supermarket giant also announced it had slashed half-year dividend by 75% compared with last year.Sir Richard Broadbent, chairman, said: “The Board’s priority is to improve the performance of the Group.  We have taken prudent and decisive action solely to that end. “Our new Chief Executive, Dave Lewis, will now be joining the business on Monday and will be reviewing every aspect of the Group’s operations.  This will include consideration of all options that create value for customers and shareholders.“The actions announced today regarding capital expenditure and, in particular, dividends have not been taken lightly.  They are considered steps which enable us to retain a strong financial position and strategic optionality.”Tesco interim results announcement is scheduled for release on 1 October.last_img read more

  • New editor for British Baker

    first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce that Vince Bamford will be joining the magazine as the new editor, effective 10 October.Bamford, who is currently editor of William Reed’s online publication has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and editor, many of them in the B2B food and drink publishing sector. These have included roles on The Grocer magazine as buying and supplying editor and, prior to that, FMCG editor.He said: “Bakery is a subject I have a deep interest in and I am relishing the opportunity to produce a title that will keep the industry informed in a timely and interesting manner.”British Baker publisher Sonia Young said: “We are delighted to welcome Vince as editor. He has a wealth of experience in print, digital and event delivery and positive and strong relationships already with many of the bakery companies active in the UK sector. There are exciting times ahead for British Baker. We have, in Vince, an editor who will be a passionate advocate for UK bakery and one who will also take a view on how global developments will impact. We look forward to him taking the helm.”Bamford will also be attending this year’s Baking Industry Awards on Wednesday 7 September, where he will have the opportunity to meet with delegates from across the UK’s baking industry.last_img read more

  • Watch The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Members Team Up For “The Rules” In New Video

    first_imgFresh off of an exciting debut weekend in Colorado and dates across Texas, The New Mastersounds and Turkuaz are really rocking their collaborative tour. Ahead of the groups’ next round of dates, The New Mastersounds and Turkuaz have debuted the music video for The New Mastersounds cover of Turkuaz’s “The Rules”, featuring members of Turkuaz joining the Mastersounds for a classic soul-style rendition of the song.The tune serves as one side of a split 7” EP that both groups collaborated on. The record features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Check out “The Rules” below.We also recently had the opportunity to premiere “On The Border” recently. Watch that here.The two tracks were recorded over two days at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, where all members of both groups shacked up before playing High Sierra Music Festival this past summer. The session made for exciting results, with each band putting a fresh take on each other’s songs. The music video, directed by Dani Brandwein, pulls back the blinds on the session that also served as the first time both bands had ever been in the same room together.Kicking off at the beginning of October with four nights throughout Colorado, the tour caravans all four corners of the country and blankets both East and West Coasts. Notable stops include Ogden Theatre in Denver, Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and The Fillmore in San Francisco. A full list of tour dates is below. This week, the tour will make stops in New Orleans, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, FL.To order the vinyl EP and catch the bands on the road, be sure to visit the New Mastersounds and Turkuaz’s websites. You can see the full schedule below.The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Fall 2016 Tour Dates10/18 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater10/19 Santa Rosa Beach, FL Hub 30A^10/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live10/21 Jacksonville, FL Mavericks Live10/22 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing10/27 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater*10/28 Buffalo, NY Iron Works*10/29 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*11/09 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up11/10 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom11/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore11/12 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre11/13 Tahoe, NV Crystal Bay Casino11/15 Bend, OR The Domino Room11/16 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall11/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom11/18 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre11/19 Sandpoint, ID The Hive11/20 Missoula, MT The Top Hat11/23 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze11/25 Chicago, IL Park West11/26 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre11/27 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery^11/28 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern^11/30 Burlington, VT Higher Ground12/01 Boston, MA Royale12/02 New York, NY Terminal 512/03 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall12/04 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall12/06 Saratoga Springs, NY Putnam Den12/07 Rochester , NY Anthology12/08 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theater12/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club12/10 Philadelphia, PA TLA12/11 State College, PA The State Theatre12/13 Richmond, VA The Broadberry12/14 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre12/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West12/16 Nashville, TN Exit/In12/17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel*Turkuaz only^The New Mastersounds only[Photo credit: Dani Brandwein]last_img read more

  • Will Harlan on the Vibram Five Finger Legal Settlement and Barefoot Running

    first_imgYesterday every outdoor news wire and most mainstream media as well announced that Vibram USA agreed to pay a total of $3.75 million to consumers who bought its FiveFingers shoes to settle a 2012 lawsuit — alleging it marketed the shoes with unsubstantiated claims that they “strengthened muscles and prevented injury,” and played a major role in a world-wide barefoot running fad. Vibram has denied any wrongdoing in the case.Blue Ridge Outdoors editor Will Harlan just happens to know a little bit about barefoot running and the history of Vibrams Five Fingers. And, according to Harlan, “It’s never been about the shoes.”“What the Tarahumara taught us — and Born to Run emphasized — is that running form matters,” Harlan explained to me. “Every sport has fundamentals, and so does running. Running may look easy, but to do it well – and stay injury-free – requires practicing basic elements, like landing lightly and quickly on your midfoot, leaning forward, and engaging your core. No shoe — whether a minimalist Vibram or an ultra-cushioned supportive boot for overpronators—can prevent injury. The best that a shoe can do is give your feet and body the flexibility and protection needed to maintain healthy form. Vibram tried to capitalize on the minimalist shoe hype that followed Born to Run’s success, and they made claims that they shouldn’t have.”“I’m glad they’re getting a well-deserved slapdown. But blaming injury on a shoe is like blaming a strikeout on the bat. The Tarahumara wear sandals with similar tread to Vibrams, but they don’t get injured often because they have superb running form, instilled at a very early age. They dance down the trail, light and lithe, on the balls of their feet. Instead of trying to mimic their shoes, we should follow in their footsteps by improving our form. Ultimately, it’s about how we run, not what we are wearing,” Harlan said.The class-action suit was brought against Vibram in March 2012 when Valerie Bezdek filed a suit in Massachusetts claiming that Vibram deceived customers by advertising that their shoes could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles. According to the settlement, the company will also cease claiming the shoes reduce injury or strengthen muscles, and agrees not to assist others in making any health benefit claims about FiveFingers footwear or similar products.The $3.75 million will be used to reimburse members of the class suit, pay the costs of administering claims, and the plaintiffs’ counsel attorney fees. In exchange for accepting the proposed settlement, plaintiffs would release Vibram USA from all future claims related to the purchase of the FiveFingers during the claims period.According to retail point-of-sale data collected by SportScanINFO, the settlement represents a fraction of Vibram FiveFinger retail sales, which neared $160 million in 2011 alone.Vibram said in the settlement filed with the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts: “Even though Vibram expressly denies any wrongdoing, Vibram considers it desirable for these cases to be settled and dismissed, because this Settlement will finally put Plaintiffs’ claims and the underlying matters to rest and will avoid the substantial expense, burdens, and uncertainties associated with the continued litigation of these claims and cases.”SportsOneSource reported that under the proposed settlement, consumers who purchased a pair of the shoes between March 21, 2009, and the date of the first dissemination of summary settlement, or class, notice, will be eligible for a refund of up to $94 per pair up to two pairs. The class action settlement manager can require consumers submit proof they purchased the shoes during the claim period. The proposed settlement filed with the court notes that that, based on similar settlements, it is reasonable for class members to expect to receive between $20 and $50 per pair. More than two dozen models of Vibram’s shoes qualify.Any money left over in the settlement fund after payment of all claims and expenses shall be distributed to the American Heart Association with an “earmark relating to research regarding health benefits associated with running or exercise or substantially similar research, or such other beneficiary as the Parties and the Court shall agree at the time of the Final Judgment and Final Order.” Vibram has pledged not to lower its own donations or contributions to any entity, charity, charitable foundation or trust, and / or non-profit organization to recover the costs of the settlement.Interestingly, the settlement also calls for Vibram to establish a website where consumers can make their claims, and must post banner ads with the settlement information on a number of websites — including and Facebook — until it makes approximately 300,000,000 impressions.last_img read more

  • LIRR Warns Riders of Possible Ticket Machine Card Scam

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York MTA police are investigating tiny cameras found on ticket machines.Long Island Rail Road customers who use ticket vending machines may have been victims of a credit and debit card scam at four stations in Nassau and Queens, MTA police warned.Investigators found tiny, hidden cameras attached to seven machines at LIRR stations in Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue and Greenvale, police said.Authorities urged any LIRR customer who bought a ticket from an LIRR machine at any LIRR station using a debit card or credit card to immediately check with their bank or credit card company to determine if their accounts have any unauthorized activity.Police and LIRR staff are now checking the machines at all LIRR stations as a precaution.The tiny cameras were found on the underside of a black metal strip that was placed across the top of the ticket machine with an adhesive that looked like it was part of the machine.Police did not say if they found skimming devices on the machines, which are typically used in tandem with tiny cameras in ATM scams. Skimmers allow crooks to steal victims’ card while tiny cameras are aimed at capturing victims’ PINs.MTA police ask anyone who may have witnessed individuals acting suspicious or tampering with the ticket machines to call them at 718-361-2247last_img read more

  • “I feel your pain” will help you feel success in 2018

    first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Details Some of you may remember a famous line that helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992: “I feel your pain”. (Better yet, many of you probably remember Darrell Hammond’s hilarious impersonation of Bill Clinton saying that line during skits on Saturday Night Live.) Today, we’ve coined a buzzword to capture the “I feel your pain” sentiment: empathy. You hear and read “empathy” a lot more in business circles than you did just a few years ago.Empathy can be challenging to understand and even harder to instill in your organizations. It can be seen as wimpy or wishy-washy or something that HR should worry about. Often, it’s confused with “sympathy”. But, think of the “I feel your pain” sentiment or put yourself in other’s shoes and see situations from their perspectives … in short, that’s feeling empathy.And in that respect, empathy is something your organization should understand and engrain throughout your culture. What does empathy have to do with your business, you ask? As someone who was slow to acknowledge it, I am now here to say it has a lot to do with the credit union business. In fact, it may have more to do with the future success of your credit union than any other single subject!Following is a six-pack of ways to introduce and incorporate empathy into your organizations:Put yourself in your members’ shoes: stop designing new delivery channels based on your processes and/or technology and start designing them based on how your members want to interact with you. By empathizing with them and truly understanding their positive and negative feelings about you, you will be able to feel their pain and deliver the types of experiences that will keep your members engaged and loyal for many years to come. That’s empathy.Don’t forget about your employees: walk in their shoes and listen to their ideas about improving the employee and member cultures at your credit union. Who sees it better or hears more from members than your employees? Yet, how often do you ask them for their input and perspective? Whether its surveys, focus groups, or the old-fashioned suggestion box, have a way to feel their pain and capture their perspectives.Instill it in all coaching efforts: the number one quality of effective coaches is empathy. That may be hard to believe but its true – when a coach empathizes with an employee and sees the experience from their point of view, they become a much better coach. Another way to put this is coaches need to truly personalize their coaching by understanding how each individual is feeling. What are their frustrations? Where do they feel confident? Don’t assume it … put yourself in their shoes and feel it.It’ll improve teamwork: teams that don’t play well together or departments that don’t support each other are often infected with little or no empathy for each other. When your back office and frontline don’t walk in each other’s shoes, they have a hard time delivering the type of support needed to substantiate your desired member experience. Getting all employees to feel each other’s pain goes a long way to minimizing this issue and helping establish the cross-functional alignment that will drive your future success.The executive team needs it, too: one of the primary reasons for dysfunction among executives is a lack of trust and lack of trust is rooted in a lack of empathy. When executives put themselves in each other’s’ shoes they begin to understand each other’s’ issues, challenges, and pains. This increased understanding leads to a much more empathetic partnership and greatly diminishes the competitiveness and territorialism that too often pervades executive teams.Hire for it/train for it: typically, financial institutions hire for previous banking experience and train on operations and procedures. Fortunately, that paradigm has shifted to now include hiring for personality and training on soft skills. But the shift needs to go further to incorporate empathy. Test for and select candidates that demonstrate the propensity for a high degree of empathy and include empathy skills in all training (for new-hires and existing employees). Getting empathetic employees will go a long way to establishing a culture rich in empathy.Hopefully, you’ve got the point by now that empathy is going to be the key to your success in 2018. Don’t believe me? Try improving the six areas above without a primary focus on empathy. You’ll quickly discover that your successes will be muted, at best, and fail miserably, at worse. Empathy will be the glue that holds your initiatives together so be prepared to invest in becoming much more empathetic.If your credit union is suffering from Empathy Deficit Disorder, my firm is here to help you walk in the shoes of others. We work with organizations just like yours that are implementing empathy into their strategic and tactical plans and feeling the right kinds of “pains”. We can be reached at or 636-578-3280.last_img read more

  • Condor introduces the line Zurich – Split, and TunisAir introduces the line Zagreb – Monastir

    first_imgGerman airline Condor is opening its first base outside Germany, for the 2021 summer flight schedule, from Zurich. So is one of the nine announced lines for next summer and the line Zurich – Split. Tunisia’s national airline Tunisair planned to launch a charter route Zagreb – Monastir at the end of May this year (once a week, on Wednesdays), and it was to operate until the beginning of October. Due to the outbreak of a global pandemic, the company gave up connecting the two cities, but now a plan for next year has been published, reports the portal Croatian Aviation. Source: Croatian Aviation However, the company has announced its flight schedule for the next summer season, in which it plans to launch a charter line between Zagreb and Monastir. Condor introduces the Zurich – Split line Zagreb and Monastir were last directly connected back in 2014, there have been no direct lines between Tunisia and Croatia for a long time. From April 30 to May 23, 2021, the line will operate twice a week, every Friday and Sunday. From May 25, the third flight of the week will be introduced, every Tuesday, and the Condor will operate with three flights a week until October 05, 2021. Condor Airlines will make its first flight on the Zurich – Split route on April 30, 2021, tickets are already on sale on the company’s official website. In the summer season of 2021, the line will operate once a week, on Wednesdays, with B737-600 aircraft with a capacity of 126 seats in the fleet of this carrier.last_img read more

  • Today’s high potency weed raises risk of anxiety and addiction, study says

    first_imgA study of first-episode psychosis in more than 400 patients in London found those who said they used higher-potency weed were twice as likely to have a psychotic disorder than those who didn’t use marijuana.A study that looked at more than 900 patients with psychosis in 11 clinics in Brazil and across Europe found daily use of weed to be associated with increased odds of psychotic disorder.However, there was more than four times the risk of psychotic disorder when high-potency weed was used daily. The study estimated that if high-potency cannabis were no longer available, between 12 and 50 cases of first-episode psychosis could have been prevented among the patients in the study.READ MORE: A new study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, surveyed more than 1,000 UK residents who reported marijuana use in the past year. The study found high-potency weed users appear to have a significant increase in the likelihood of developing generalized anxiety disorder than those who smoke less robust strains of marijuana.The study used data gathered by the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which asked questions about cannabis use when participants were 24 years of age. Most of the participants said they smoked less potent strains of marijuana (87%), and those who did use more powerful strains were more likely to be male and to have grown up in a lower socioeconomic status. High potency users were also more likely to have used weed an at earlier age, and more likely to have experienced some psychotic events associated with their habit.Prior studies have also seen associations between high-potency weed and mental health disorders. CNN Health 27 May 2020If you’re thinking of returning to the weed of your youth to ease the strain of the pandemic, you will soon discover a potent truth — today’s weed is nothing like yesterday’s.Just 20 years ago levels of tetrahydracannabinol, the compound in cannabis known as THC that makes you high, was between 2% and 4% in most marijuana. By 2013, common strains contained 25% THC, with some testing as high as 37%.center_img Use of weed of any strength has been linked to mental health disorders, and lab experiments have shown that higher does of THC can cause greater memory impairment and temporary psychotic-like symptoms. But few studies have examined how potency levels may affect behavior in real-world populations.last_img read more

  • DLP satisfied with its performance after two years

    first_img Share 6 Views   no discussions Hon. Petter Saint Jean. Photo credit: togetherwemust.netPresident of the Dominica Labour Party Petter Saint Jean says the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government is satisfied with its performance after two years since the 2009 general elections.He made the remarks during a church service on Sunday to observe the party’s second anniversary since its victory at the 2009 election polls.According to Saint Jean, “by all measures the DLP after two years has done a satisfactory job”. “We can rate ourselves as having done very well, notwithstanding the fact that we have had to operate within certain challenges. We have situations where we were faced with situations that we could not have predicted such as the natural occurrences. Despite all of criticisms leveled at the administration, we have done very well and everybody around the island even those who criticize us recognize that we have done a good job,” he said.The Dominica Labour Party also recognized three institutions in the community of Grand Bay for their contribution to society.They were the St Jerome’s Ministry which caters for the elderly people in the community, St Vincent de Paul Society which provides meals for the less fortunate in Grandbay and the Sword Pre-School.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews DLP satisfied with its performance after two years by: – December 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more