Gimmicks and spin won’t rescue UK

first_img Show Comments ▼ Gimmicks and spin won’t rescue UK Tags: NULL 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 HeraldHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical Geniusmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com whatsapp Share THERE is much that this government is doing that is good for growth. Its determination to cut public spending is the only reason we haven’t gone the way of Greece. Reducing corporation tax to 24 per cent is an excellent idea. The coalition’s Entrepreneurs Visa is a good thing – but its effect is partly cancelled out by other restrictions on migration. Some useful infrastructure projects are going ahead.But with a few other exceptions, the coalition’s growth policies remain lightweight, a host of incentive-destroying taxes are still going up, regulations are being added and its attitude towards business is still worryingly schizophrenic. Yesterday’s speech on growth by the Prime Minister was meant to show that there was more to the coalition’s economic plans than a focus on balancing the books. It merely exposed gaping holes at the heart of its vision and its continued determination to downplay the City’s role in creating wealth. Cameron’s primary strategy is to “actively get behind business.” That means “being clear about which are the growth industries and working strategically to strengthen them”. Only five industries are identified – pharma, green energy, tourism, advanced manufacturing and aerospace – and described as “the industries of the future.” It would be fantastic to see all those areas grow, though it will be tough to remain competitive in manufacturing. Yet Britain’s real powerhouses – the City, including financial, professional and business services – marketing, media, the creative industries, education and so on are not even mentioned. Technology only gets a small mention, with the gimmicky plan to set up a new Tech City near the Olympics. Out of an 11-page speech, banks (which pay more tax than any other industry) are given one short paragraph to inform them that the coalition doesn’t believe the industry should be shrunk. They should be thankful for small mercies, but the government is clearly more interested in spin and talking about trendy or politically-useful industries than dispassionately working out where growth is going to come from.The idea that we “are going to see real changes in the way local economies work” because of elected mayors, a “network of technology and innovation centres”, and “local enterprise partnerships – coalitions of business, council and communities” is laughable. These will, at most, have a tiny impact. What is really needed is a massive shift in incentives to set up new firms, hire people and sell products – as well as a drastic shift in incentives in the labour market. One option would be to turn whole regions into enterprise zones with zero corporation tax and a right to opt out of red tape. Instead, the latest hike in national insurance and the banking tax will destroy jobs. Yet the coalition understands the fundamental truth of supply-side economics and accepts that lower tax rates creates jobs: its Patent Box, which Cameron boasted about, offers a 10 per cent tax rate on patent income to encourage companies to experiment, innovate and invest in the UK. So if tax cuts work with patents, why not do the same in other areas to boost enterprise?And surely he cannot believe that he will “make the next decade the most dynamic and entrepreneurial in our history”? More so even than during the great industrial years of the 19th century? All in all, not a great [email protected] me on Twitter: @allisterheath Thursday 6 January 2011 9:14 pm whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

Manias and bubbles: putting cryptocurrency into context

first_imgBroadly, you could say the crypto gambling scene is healthy and growing steadily. Obviously it’s tiny compared with the fiat operators, but you don’t see a clear correlation between the descending price of Bitcoin and interest in crypto gambling.Just like the internet, I believe cryptocurrency is here to stay. It’s had its shakedown and now it’s quietly creating a revolution that will affect everybody in the most unpredictable ways in the future.Nick Garner is founder of Oshi Bitcoin casino on the Bgaming platform. Previously he was a marketing manager at Betfair (Paddy Power Betfair) and a senior marketing manager at Unibet (Kindred). Manias and bubbles: putting cryptocurrency into context Nick Garner says the recent volatility in cryptocurrency prices was not the beginning of the end but rather the start of a period of consolidation.What do Bitcoins, the internet and tulips have in common? They all triggered speculative bubbles.The Dutch tulip mania came to an end in February 1637 but at its height, some of the rarer tulip varieties were sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled crafts worker. If we equate that to a skilled worker today, that’s £400,000 for a single tulip bulb!Talking of bubbles… in 1998 one could have been forgiven for thinking the internet was just for watching porn, buying drugs and early forms of gambling.However, by the late 90s, it was clear the internet was here to stay and couldn’t be destroyed by any single entity. That’s when the dotcom bubble began.As I see it, there was fundamental utility with the internet but the speculators who got involved didn’t know what to put their money into. These investors poured cash into companies such as Webvan & Boo.com. There was a collapse and vast fortunes were lost. Thus followed consolidation and steady growth ever since.What about Cryptocurrency? I set up Oshi.io, my crypto casino, because I saw the beginnings of a huge change that is going to affect all of our futures and that change driver is blockchain. Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin is just one manifestation of blockchain.Cryptocurrency doesn’t belong to any one person. It’s open source and therefore in a sense it belongs to everyone. It’s easy to trust cryptocurrency because it’s founded on blockchain with its open ledger technology over which no single entity has control.Cryptocurrency is not regulated by governments, its price is the market price and it has rarity and trust, thus determining the value.In the following chart I have superimposed the BTC/USD exchange rate since 2013 (orange) over the Nasdaq index over all time (blue).There are uncanny parallels between the two charts. I also believe there are close parallels between the birth of the internet and cryptocurrency. My guess is that Bitcoin will follow the same path as the Nasdaq. Right now, we are in the consolidation phase of cryptocurrency and within a few years it will eclipse the values we saw in 2017.Since speculation in the price of Bitcoin is essentially gambling, it’s easy to draw comparisons with gambling at a casino.This next chart shows you interest over time on Google for the keyword ‘Bitcoin casino’ (blue), with the grey line representing the Bitcoin price in US dollars over the same time period. 20th July 2018 | By Joanne Christie Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Nick Garner says the recent volatility in cryptocurrency prices was not the beginning of the end but rather the start of a period of consolidation Regions: Europe US Notice the correlation between interest in cryptocurrency and gambling with cryptocurrency… In my experience, cryptocurrency gambling is directly correlated to the amount of interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices.As cryptocurrency gains more acceptance in years to come, I think cryptocurrency gambling will follow in parallel.The appeal of crypto gambling Players enjoy the privacy and freedom of choice cryptocurrency gives them. We have players from the most unlikely territories, Bangladesh for instance.Players can exercise their freedom of choice and gamble using cryptocurrency because there is no direct government control over Bitcoin and moving currency across borders is frictionless.However, it’s not all good. Bitcoin transaction costs have had a big effect on turnover. When the Bitcoin bubble got very frothy in the midwinter of 2017, so did transaction costs. At the peak, it cost US$55 equivalent to send Bitcoin somewhere. For perspective, a year earlier it cost $0.29 to make the same transaction. Today the same transaction is around $0.75.Whenever there was a big price move or transaction price hike, we would see players stay away for a couple of weeks and once volatility had settled, they would return.Generally, for my players, they see Bitcoin as a means of exchange so they can follow their interests without hindrance.The long-term future for cryptocurrency gambling In the long term I believe the utility of cryptocurrency will be accepted as the norm, i.e. cross-border, immediate, low transaction costs and no chargebacks. However, there will be more and more licensed jurisdictions, with an increased tax take from governments.When you combine the frictionless nature of cryptocurrency, along with emerging technology around smart contracts — agreements digitally encoded that are flexible, but 100% trustworthy for numerous reasons — you get some interesting possibilities.Smart contracts allow for disintermediation, i.e. getting rid of central banks and third parties which we trust to supervise contracts such as lawyers, corporate entities, etc. The lack of middle men means the process of value exchange becomes far more efficient.Gambling is essentially a value exchange between a player and an operator. If you take sportsbook gambling, it’s a value exchange either during or after an event. With smart contracts you can get very clever about the terms in which the value exchange is completed. You could have in-play betting (nothing new), but you could also have an open secondary exchange for bets that have not yet been settled, just like a stock market.These are just a couple of examples of what gambling can be. Ultimately gambling operators want to satisfy players and with this emerging technology, they’ll be able to offer better odds and be able to handle aggressive, smart players. In effect, you will get the benefits of exchange betting without the need for a huge pool of players. In other words, you don’t have to be the Betfair exchange to compete with Betfair exchange.I did some analysis of the crypto gambling scene and used a tool called Digimetr to look at the web traffic statistics from 47 different crypto casinos and sportsbooks. I then aggregated all of this data and created this chart, which covers the period January to June 2018.last_img read more

New DK marketing laws cause headache for sponsors, DBU warns

first_img New DK marketing laws cause headache for sponsors, DBU warns Legal & compliance Denmark’s Consumer Ombudsman (Forbrugerombudsmanden) has rejected criticism of new marketing laws that prohibit the display of gambling brands alongside the logos of banks, despite concerns the regulations will harm football clubs across the country.   Danish consumer ombudsman Forbrugerombudsmanden has rejected criticism of new marketing laws that prohibit the display of gambling brands alongside the logos of banks, despite concerns the regulations will harm football clubs across the country.  The amendments to the country’s marketing regulations came into effect from 1 July, and prevent products such as loans and credit cards being promoted alongside gambling products. This aims to avoid suggesting a link between short-term funding options being used to fund gambling.The issue was brought to light after the Danish Football Union (DBU) questioned the Forbrugerombudsmanden how this change would impact its existing sponsorship deals with financial services group Arbejdernes Landsbank and Oddset, a betting brand of majority state-owned lottery operator Danske Spil.The Ombudsman informed the DBU that logos for Arbejdernes Landsbank and Oddset can no longer appear together on any surfaces, including players’ and coaches’ clothes, and interview backdrops. Arbejdernes Landsbank does not offer short-term loans, but as a bank, it offers a range of lending services, meaning it falls in the scope of the law.The DBU warned that this interpretation could harm its relationship with both Arbejdernes Landsbank and Oddset, while the new law could also have negative implications on football clubs across Denmark that are sponsored by both gambling operators and banks.Oddset, for example, recently partnered Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF) which is also a partner of Arbejdernes Landsbank, adding to an existing deal with Aalborg BK, which is partnered with bank Spar Nord.However, Forbrugerombudsmanden stood by the law, saying that the display of banking-related and gambling logos within any vicinity would be classed as in breach of the law.The ombudsman said that if the logos appeared on different surfaces that were then pictured together – such as one logo on an interview backdrop, and the other on players’ kit – this would also be regarded as a violation of the law.“Forbrugerombudsmanden notes it is expressly stated in the draft legislation that the marketing of consumer loan companies’ names, logos or other characteristics is covered by the ban, regardless of where the marketing takes place,” the ombusdman said.In response, DBU director Jakob Jensen said while the governing body will abide by the law, he was “surprised” that legislation would impact two companies – Arbejdernes Landsbank and Danske Spill – that are part-owned either by the Danish state or by its population.“We are surprised that the legislation is formulated so broadly that it must affect the close cooperation we have, both for the Danish national football teams and for the clubs,” Jensen said. “At the same time, we note that several political commentators this summer have stated that this is not the intention of the legislation. “DBU has had Arbejdernes Landsbank Bank and Oddset/Danske Spil as partners for both the men’s national team and the women’s national team for several years,” he added. “That is why it concerns us that this [change in law] should suddenly have such a detrimental effect as the ombudsman’s response suggests.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img 18th August 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

Rugby stars of the future – Joe Robinson

first_imgOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit With such a diligent attitude Robinson deserves to go far.Bea AspreyThis article appeared in the June 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Something all young players learn quickly is that injury is a big part of the game. It can rule you out of playing at the most inconvenient of times. But one man’s cloud is another man’s silver lining, and when the England U18 squad suffered some injuries to their pack, Newcastle Academy second-row Joe Robinson was promptly called up to fill the gap.Studying for A Levels in his last year at Sedbergh School, Robinson has come through the Newcastle Academy and has played for England U18 Clubs and Schools, featuring in the team’s draw with Ireland in Dublin in which they came back from a 17-point deficit.He now hopes to go to university to study electrical engineering, but before then he had the matter of helping England U18 get through the FIRA tournament in France, and joined the squad ahead of their 38-34 victory over Wales in Auch, in which he came off the bench.A good lineout forward who can also play in the back row if required, it is Robinson’s determination and hard-working attitude that has impressed his coaches the most.John Fletcher, the England Academy coach and former Falcons director of rugby, has known Robinson since he was 12.“Joe’s personality is similar to his playing style, he just gets on with it,” he says. “He’s a hard worker and solid in the set-piece. He has all the attributes of a great forward and earned the right to be called up.”Rugby World Verdictlast_img read more

O2 Inside Line – Episode 13

first_imgFriday Aug 19, 2011 O2 Inside Line – Episode 13 After two tests between England and Wales, opinions are varied as to where each side stands in terms of Rugby World Cup preparations, and importantly, form. This week on O2 Inside Line Will Greenwood steps in for Austin Healey, and has a positive outlook on England’s chances. Greenwood usually has an optimistic outlook on life, and rugby, and his views on England are no different as he feels that despite losing to Wales in Cardiff, they created chances, which is something they can work with. “If England had not created any chances and lost then it would be time for panic stations. There were five or six proper chances that were not taken which is frustrating but the wheel does not need re-inventing,” he said. “So there are some questions that Martin Johnson still has to resolve. But not being one-eyed, not wearing rose-tinted spectacles, I still, still believe that this is a very, very good England side, a very powerful England side.” Abi Griffiths and Will were also able to have a chat to world cup winners Andy Gomarsall, Trevor Woodman, and Josh Lewsey, to get their views on where they see their time positioned going into the tournament in a few week’s time. Their opinions might surprise you. To get the inside scoop on the squad, as well as fun features, match analysis and up to the minute player interviews with presenters Austin Healey and Abi Griffiths, sign up for alerts and watch O2 Inside Line on RFU TV at O2InsideLine.com ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error O2 Inside Line Related Articles 377 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 9 – England… 378 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 8 379 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 7 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Wood Housing SEESTADT ASPERN / Berger+Parkkinen Architekten + …

first_img 2015 Projects Apartments CopyAbout this officeQuerkraftOfficeFollowBerger+Parkkinen ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsViennaOn FacebookAustriaPublished on March 15, 2021Cite: “Wood Housing SEESTADT ASPERN / Berger+Parkkinen Architekten + Querkraft” 15 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Wood Housing SEESTADT ASPERN / Berger+Parkkinen Architekten + QuerkraftSave this projectSaveWood Housing SEESTADT ASPERN / Berger+Parkkinen Architekten + Querkraft Wood Housing SEESTADT ASPERN / Berger+Parkkinen Architekten + Querkraft Photographs CopyApartments•Vienna, Austria Area:  19600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Hertha HurnausClient:EBG, ViennaTeam Berger+Parkkinen Architekten:Lucas Schuh (Project Manger), Matthias Bachl, Jurgis Gecys, Jure Kozin, Marijana Vjesticová, Stefanie SentTeam Querkraft Architekten:Robert Haranza (Project Manager), Dominique Dinies, Georg Falkenhahn, Sandor Guba, Bernhard Mayer, Tim StahlhutLandscape:idealiceStructural Consultant:Lackner + Raml Ziviltechniker-GmbHBuilding Services Planning:TB ObkircherConstruction Physics:Holzforschung AustriaFire Protection Consultants:BrandRat ZT GmbHTimber Structure:LC Buildings GmbHRainwater Management:ZT-SchattowitzCity:ViennaCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. A sequence of parallel building volumes differentiated in terms of scale utilises the large building plot D12 in the south-eastern part of the Seestadt Aspern. The complex with a total of 213 apartments and eight shops apparently consists of a group of clearly recognisable individual timber houses in the form of slender, compact individual volumes. The staggered layout creates different kinds of courtyard-like spaces and a variety of visual relationships.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe various parts are connected to each other by three rows of access decks that run in a north-south direction. These three circulation routes offer a varied spatial experience provided by a sequence of light-flooded staircases, internal corridors and open access decks onto which communal terraces are docked. The serial, linear basic structure offers great flexibility in laying out very different types of apartments and consequently allows a good mix of residents. The apartment floor plans are conceived flexibly. They can be altered later in a variety of ways. Although they have an excellent energy balance the buildings still open generously to the outside. Combined with the use of timber as a construction material this gives the entire complex both lightness and depth.Save this picture!Articulation. The housing complex is articulated into seven building parts ranging in height from four to seven floors above ground level and an underground garage. The strong articulation of the building volumes creates a lively, south-facing open space that offers a variety of spatial relationships. The inner courtyard is a semi-public zone that forms the common heart (canyon) of the complex, which is connected to the pedestrian zone and is surrounded at the ground floor level by the communal rooms.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausLandscape and Space. What is known as the canyon, an area with several changes of level and seating steps at the heart of the complex, offers all the residents an opportunity to meet there and experience community. It serves as an encounter space and a playing area for young people. At places, the wooden cladding lining the walls of the ramp grows out of the wall and forms sloping surfaces to lean against or clamber up. Large horizontal surfaces are connected with the wall and form areas to lie on or to use in different ways.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausSave this picture!Together with a number of grassy hillocks the green courtyards with wing-shaped terraces that deliberately project into the middle of the central courtyard form an organic landscape. Hills, trees and shrubs with small crowns screen the private terraces. The network of paths leading through the hilly landscape is deliberately restricted to prevent the development of corridor-like routes. Meeting places are formed at junctions in front of entrance areas, laundries and the playground for small children.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe articulation of the façade is continued in places as ground marking, at the entrance areas it becomes denser and articulates the zone in front of the shops and businesses with street furniture. This introduces life to the front area with, for example, outdoor seating for customers. Raised beds of shrubs not enclosed by fences together with strips of lawn form a buffer in front of the studio apartments. Generously sized areas are cut out of this buffer to provide access or to create spaces in which to spend time.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausStructure and Ecology. The highly insulated external walls are built of wood. These prefabricated wooden walls are produced in the factory at an ensured high level of quality using native wood and wood-based materials, with stone wool as insulation. In the façades wood is evident in the form of larch boarding. The party walls and internal partition walls were also produced in the factory, where they were prepared to accommodate the building services. Thanks to the high level of prefabrication and speedy assembly on site the impact on the environment as well as the amount of noise, dust and fumes can be minimised.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe concrete frame allows freedom in designing the façade and permanent flexibility in the floor plans. All the ducts are concentrated in a clearly defined zone of ancillary spaces beside the circulation. The central positioning of the services shaft allows the apartment types to be mirrored from floor to floor. The appearance of the façade is structured by projecting prefabricated loggias and balconies; the façade develops into a freely played game.Elements. The consistent use of an industrially prefabricated building and construction elements offers materials and surfaces of high quality while also enabling the construction period to be kept extremely short. The combination of structural precast reinforced concrete with timber construction elements as infill combines the demands of fire protection with an economical building method.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausProject gallerySee allShow lessHenri Dunant Place / Espace LibreSelected ProjectsRammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary ProjectsArticlesProject locationAddress:Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten, Querkraft Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  ArchDaily Austria “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958560/wood-housing-seestadt-aspern-berger-plus-parkkinen-architekten-plus-querkraft Clipboard Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 18Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958560/wood-housing-seestadt-aspern-berger-plus-parkkinen-architekten-plus-querkraft Clipboardlast_img read more

Oxfam site picked by Yahoo! marketing director

Howard Lake | 29 November 2000 | News Oxfam’s Web site has been selected by Oxfam’s marketing director in this week’s Revolution magazine.Every week Revolution magazine invites a mover and shaker in new media to pick his or her four favourite Web sites. The sites chosen are almost always company and for-profit Web sites. This week, Catherine Taylor, marketing director at Yahoo! UK & Ireland includes Oxfam’s site in her four.Such publicity is welcome, although the magazine fails to point out that Yahoo! UK & Ireland has a partnership with Oxfam by providing them with an affinity ISP and auction services. Still, the appearance of a charity’s Web site in a list of favourites is a welcome break. Advertisement Oxfam site picked by Yahoo! marketing director 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.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Thomas Pocklington Trust launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for sight loss sector

first_imgThomas Pocklington Trust launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for sight loss sector Advertisement Charles Colquhoun, the Trust’s CEO, said:“We recognise it is a particularly unsettling time for both the country’s blind and partially sighted population and the sight loss organisations who provide vital services and support to our community.“It is important to us that we are able to support people as widely as possible throughout the UK and we keep the application process as simple as possible for applicants. This is why we are capping grants at £10,000 per organisation and I am pleased to say that we will be working closely with our partners at Visionary and London Vision to ensure we can process requests as effectively and efficiently as possible.”Organisations wishing to submit an application should visit the Emergency Fund web page.   414 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding 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.center_img Melanie May | 2 April 2020 | News Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is supporting sight loss organisations providing services to blind and partially sighted people during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new emergency fund.£500,000 of support will be available to sight loss sector organisations to help them continue providing critical services for the physical and emotional wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people.The grants will be for up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months. They can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.To provide this support, Thomas Pocklington Trust has suspended its normal grant funding activities, postponed the launch of its revised grant programme and will use funds previously allocated to its normal grant programme.  413 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

Workers in Spain demand dignity

first_imgDemanding dignity and “food, a job and a roof over everyone’s head,” hundreds of thousands of people marched on Madrid on March 22.Organizers estimated that 2 million people took part in the protest. The government started off with a ridiculous estimate of 35,000-50,000 and then mumbled a vague retraction.The organizers rented four trains and hundreds of buses to bring people from all over Spain — from Catalonia in the east, Andalusia in the south, Asturias and the Basque Country in the north. Some people walked for weeks, which not only got them to Madrid inexpensively but raised awareness of their struggle in the many towns they passed through.The marchers gathered in eight spots on the outskirts of Madrid the night before, and then the columns converged for a giant rally in the center of the city.The large coalition that called the rally grew out of the “indignant” movement of 2011 and 2012, under the whip of an austerity program that has proclaimed it is going to make 150 billion euros (about $200 billion) in cuts during the next three years.Commenting on the government’s program, Sánchez Gordillo, mayor of Marinaleda and a deputy from the United Left coalition in Andalusia, told French television: “The real rate of unemployment is 37 percent and 42 percent of Spaniards are living under the poverty line. … Without a job, no one has dignity.” (TV5, March 22)Gordillo came to prominence in August 2012 during raids on supermarkets in Sevilla and Cádiz, in which he was among the people who stole food and handed it out to poor families.Spanish youth were a very prominent and angry section of the marchers. Unemployment among those under 25 is at more than 50 percent, in Andalusia it is near 75 percent.The Madrid authorities brought in 1,700 riot police. They attacked the demonstrators when, towards the conclusion of the rally, a large group of protesters attempted to “occupy” the square in front of the parliament. YouTube videos of the scene show cops attacking the protesters to break up the attempted “occupy” while at the same time preventing people from leaving the area.The main struggle between the cops and the protesters came after the rally was concluded and night fell. Crowds of mainly young people, carrying a banner reading “No pasarán” (“They shall not pass”) and iron bars to break up sidewalks and curbs, confronted the cops, who were firing rubber bullets.When a squad of cops ran out of bullets, the youth rushed them. There was a toe-to-toe melee, the youth using their bars and the cops their batons, until the cops retreated. These skirmishes were documented on both French television (TV2 and TV5) as well as YouTube. A police patrol car with cops in it was completely trashed.Figures given by Le Monde on March 22, relying on Agence France Presse, indicate that the cops didn’t have enough forces present to deal with the size and militance of the protesters. Some 102 people were treated by emergency services, 67 of them cops. The movement argues that the cops’ brutality reflects the regime’s growing dictatorial attempts to repress protest.The German finance ministry released a statement at the end of February demanding that the European Union maintain its austerity policies. This is going to be difficult to do in Spain, where the anger of the youth over unemployment and a devastating economic future has reached the boiling point.One reason the French media covered the struggle in Spain intensely is that austerity is also a political issue in France, although it has not yet caused as much pain among the working class.Still, on March 18, tens of thousands of people took to the street throughout France to protest against the latest austerity pact. The program was created by French President François Hollande and ratified by the MEDEF — the association of French businesses — and the CFDT — a major labor confederation connected to Hollande’s “Socialist Party,” which is really a pro-imperialist and anti-worker party.There were 140 demonstrations throughout France, all involving at least partial one-day strikes, with major ones in Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux. The union confederations that called and supported these protests — Workers’ Force (FO), Solidaires and the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) — say that these cuts would destroy the public services used by a majority of the people in France.There will be more protests in France and other European countries as the imperialist banks increase their pressure for austerity — for the workers — and as the bosses cut wages to increase profits while the economy stagnates.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oil Industry Spends Millions to Lobby Against Renewable Fuels

first_imgHome Energy Oil Industry Spends Millions to Lobby Against Renewable Fuels Previous articleSign-Up Begins for USDA Disaster Assistance ProgramsNext articleFarm Bureau at Odds with EPA Clean Water Rule Comments Gary Truitt SHARE Americans United for Change Executive Director Caren Benjamin made the following statement as Americans face the tax deadline today: “In the last five years, the oil industry has invested $885 million on lobbying and campaign contributions, and been handsomely rewarded with a steady gravy train of tax breaks totaling more than $20 billion since 2009.  That’s better than a 2000 percent return on their investment.  Unfortunately, most Americans can’t afford to hire a lobbyist, so they are stuck paying more while the oil companies get a free ride.  To make matters worse, when companies like Exxon Mobil shelter tens of billions of dollars in profits in offshore tax havens, the average American taxpayer gets stuck with the tab. Facebook Twitter By the numbers: Since 2009, oil companies have spent: ·        $761,583,498 on lobbying ·         $123,854,250 on campaign contributions In return, oil companies have reaped: ·         $20 billion in tax breaks ·         Almost $500 billion in profits### Oil Industry Spends Millions to Lobby Against Renewable Fuels SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 15, 2014 Facebook Twitter U.S. PIRG released a new report today finding that the average American taxpayer in 2013 would have to shoulder an extra $1,259 in state and federal taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by wealthy individuals and corporations.  Corporations like Exxon Mobil which has booked $47 billion in profits offshore, putting it in the top ten of companies with the most cash offshore. The oil giant maintains subsidiaries in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.last_img read more