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People’s Postcode Lottery calls on Government to raise society lottery limits

first_img The People’s Postcode Lottery is calling on the Government to raise the limits placed on society lotteries under UK Gambling Law.The call comes ahead of tomorrow’s (Tuesday 12 December) parliamentary debate on society lotteries in Westminster Hall.Fundraising by each society lottery is capped under the Gambling Act – with a £10 million limit on ticket sales each year and a £4 million limit on the value of tickets in a single draw. People Postcode Lottery, which manages 37 society lotteries for a range of causes, is calling on Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP to change the law by raising the annual sales limit to £100 million and the draw limit to £10 million.It states that not only do the current limits cap charity fundraising at a time when charitable need is growing, but that they also result in some funds being diverted to additional administration costs instead of to charity. The organisation is also concerned that the current limits are now also reducing the amount each of the individual society lotteries they manage can raise because as the number of ticket sales grow, the number of draws which can take place before breaching the £10 million limit reduces.  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. Tagged with: Lotteries lottery fundraising People’s Postcode Lottery People’s Postcode Lottery calls on Government to raise society lottery limits  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 Jo Bucci, People’s Postcode Lottery Managing Director, said:“ The policy changes we are requesting will raise more for charity at no cost to the taxpayer or the Government.  Society lotteries raise funds for thousands of charities and they could raise much more if these changes are brought in.” Current legislation is now also having the negative effect of reducing the amount of funds each individual charity lottery that People’s Postcode Lottery manage can raise. That surely was never the intention when the legislation was drafted. This will result in each of these lotteries losing hundreds of thousands of pounds over the next two years – impacting directly on the charities those lotteries support.“The simple changes we suggest will reduce administration costs, allow each society lottery to raise more for good causes and will simplify this charity fundraising model.  That is why we are now calling on Ministers to raise the limits on society lotteries to boost charity funding.”Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust, added:“We greatly value the income we receive from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery as it helps us care for many more dogs than would otherwise be the case. These funds have contributed towards running our rehoming centres and our education programme in schools, helping to make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of dogs.“ However we are concerned that the current limits are capping the amount a society lottery can raise for charity and are also going to have the unwelcome effect of reducing the funding we receive unless the Government raises the limits.”  Melanie May | 11 December 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25  147 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

A fight or a ‘fight’? In impeachment, a clash about context

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest A fight or a ‘fight’? In impeachment, a clash about context By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Twittercenter_img In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, speaks during the second impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Facebook TAGS  Facebook Local NewsUS News Previous articleBoston College-Georgia Tech game moved back a dayNext articleTrial highlights: Trump grievances, angry outbursts and more Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Rovco Executes Wave Hub Job

first_imgUK-based Rovco has completed a subsea cable survey and inspection for the offshore renewables test site, Wave Hub.The inspection programme included the first commercial trial of Rovco’s 3D visualisation technology to create scaled, high resolution models of subsea infrastructure with millimetre accuracy.Rovco also delivered a detailed bathymetric survey utilising a multibeam echosounder (MBES), alongside an ROV video inspection with ultra-short baseline tracking for Wave Hub’s entire offshore cable network, off the coast of Saint Ives Bay, Cornwall.The project was completed in ten days. The first phase utilised the MTS Xplorer vessel to carry out the MBES survey. The second stage saw the deployment of Rovco’s Sub-Atlantic Mojave ROV equipped with the Sonardyne Nano beacons, its own prototype hi-res camera system, and a fibre optic gyro to gather heading and point references.The final stage involved the Severn Sea vessel, which was used to complete the ROV visual and 3D survey.Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “With underwater 3D visualisation, we are improving the quality of subsea ROV inspections, identifying potential problem areas more effectively and providing a better means of communicating this information.“We were honoured to support Wave Hub on this project, utilising our now proven 3D modelling technology to provide accurate survey data and provide a clear picture of the subsea environment. There are many applications for ROV 3D visualisation however we expect it to be used most frequently for condition monitoring of subsea assets, as well as for damage, corrosion or decommissioning surveys.”Julius Besterman, head of engineering and operations at Wave Hub, stated: “Periodic subsea inspection is essential to ensuring that the cable system is well maintained to afford projects with a reliable offshore connection, and we were extremely pleased to allow Rovco to trial their 3D system on our site. The results obtained were superb and enabled a very detailed asset and seabed condition assessment as well as providing valuable information for projects intending to connect at Wave Hub. Rovco has set the benchmark very high for future surveys.”last_img read more

Mom Struggles to Love Twin Born With Half a Face

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Mom Struggles to Love Twin Born With Half a Face by: – February 21, 2013 119 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Twins Oliver, left, and Harry Machin pose at home in Stoke-On-Trent, England. After the birth of Oliver and Harry doctors discovered baby Harry had been born with a severe facial deformity. (Barcroft Media/Landov)The Machin boys are identical twins, but Harry was born with a rare disfigurement: his left eye, ear and nostril never fully developed.Now that they are 7, Harry’s face makes no difference to his twin Oliver, but their mother struggled for two years to love them equally.“When I cuddled him for the first time, waves of terror swept over me,” said Charlene Machin, 33, of Staffordshire in Britain. “How could I possibly love this little boy when he looked like this?”“People assume that maternal instinct kicks in as soon as you hold your child for the first time — but mine didn’t,” she told the Daily Mail newspaper. “I just couldn’t love my son when he looked like this. Instead I just felt grief — grief for a life that I felt had been taken from me, a normal life that should have been Harry’s.”ABCNews.com talked to Machin’s husband, Mark Machin, who did not want to participate in an interview. He said his wife was out of the country.Today, her bond with Harry is loving and strong. But Machin’s initial response, then her adjustment, illustrate the ways in which parents deal with the surprise of having a child who is disfigured. Advocates say that honest stories like theirs help others to accept the disabled.“Being surrounded or having contact with people with disabilities could have made the transition easier her,” said Lawrence Carter-Long, spokesman for the National Council on Disability. “Part of the problem is [the disabled] are segregated, if not by institutions, then by attitudes. We don’t see them in the work place or in school, so the fears and the worries are more pronounced. It’s not an issue of malice, but of proximity.”Disability can mean anything from a genetic disorder like Harry Machin’s to aging parents or injured soldiers who return from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And anyone, in an instant, can face paralysis after an accident, according to Carter-Long: “Superman falls off a horse and joins the club.”Both Kevin Irvine and his wife Karen Tamley, who live in Chicago, are disabled and have an adopted daughter with a severe facial disfigurement.“There is no typical way to respond when you discover that someone close to you has a disability, especially something significant,” said Irvine, 43.“People on the outside shouldn’t be judgmental,” he said. “Unless they are going through that, they can’t understand.”“The thing that is heartening, is to see that most people, at some point, realize that living with someone with a disability is different than the way you may have expected, but it’s rich and fulfilling,” said Irvine. “There’s love — ultimately, it is your child.Dominika has Apert syndrome, a genetic disease characterized by facial malformations, fused fingers and toes, and a skull whose plates bond prematurely so the brain has no room to grow.Tamley, 46, is commissioner of the mayor’s office for people with disabilities and Irvine, who previously worked in advocacy, is a stay-at-home father.He was born with hemophilia and in high school acquired HIV and Hepatitis C from blood transfusions. Tamley uses a wheelchair because she has a rare disorder of the lower spine.Because of their disabilities, the couple decided to adopt. They worked with an American agency because they feared an international agency might not accept parents with health conditions or might “change the rules” mid-way through the process.“We weren’t looking to adopt a child with disabilities,” said Irvine. “But we had no preconditions. Just like anyone else, we wanted to be parents.”Dominika’s birth parents placed her for adoption at The Cradle in Evanston, Ill., where she stayed for five months before Irvine and Tamley were approved as adoptive parents.“We fell in love with her and brought her home,” he said. Still, parenting has not been easy. Besides facial disfigurements, Dominika has scoliosis, fused shoulders and mild hearing impairment. She’s had over a dozen surgeries and procedures.“It did take an adjustment for us to some extent,” he said. “We certainly didn’t know what our baby would be like. ”But the hardest part is watching Dominika cope with unwanted attention. “When she was younger, she was pretty oblivious,” he said. “But around 5, she started feeling it more. Kids make remarks or stare. Kids come and point and bring friends to look at her.”Just last week at an indoor playground, a child looked at her face and screamed, “Ewww!”“When I am on the scene, I make a comment,” said Irvine. “We told her that if she hears that, she should let them know it hurts her feelings — it’s an important way to disarm them. She can also introduce herself — when kids know someone’s name, it does help.”Irvine said it was “unrealistic” to expect people to be instantly comfortable with a severe facial disfigurement. “People feed off your attitude and how you act. If you are comfortable, they will feed off that.”In the case of the Charlene Machin, he said no one should judge her for not immediately loving her child, and he was inspired by her sharing the story.“We need to tell our stories,” said Irvine. “More of us are living openly out there and it is easier for families like the one in England to get to a place of acceptance when they are surprised by disability.”Today, Machin is unequivocal in her love for both Harry and Oliver, but it wasn’t’ easy.In the first stroller rides around town Harry faced unwelcome points and stares. Some even screamed after seeing the child, she said. Machin blamed herself.But things changed when the twins were about 18 months old. Machin was in a mother’s store when children surrounded her to look at the twins.“I felt like the Pied Piper as I walked through the store with them behind me, staring and pointing,” she said. “I’d had enough. It was time to help Harry face the world. I swung the buggy round and said, ‘This is Harry’.“The children asked what was wrong with him, so I told them. And afterwards I felt stronger. Instead of trying to hide my son away, I’d faced it head-on, and I felt better.”Harry has now had three successful surgeries to reposition his eye socket. Next year, doctors will stretch his eyelid and fit it with a prosthetic eye.His mother said she recently overheard Oliver say to one of Harry’s tormenters, “He’s my brother. It doesn’t matter what he looks like.”By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES/ABC News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Tubungan studes urged to shun NPA recruitment ploy

first_imgEmelyn Estando-Tano, officer-in-chargeof PESO-Tubungan, said 775 Grades 10 to 12 students of Tubungan National HighSchool and Lanag Norte National High School participated in the event. Aside from the military service, thestudents were guided on a career that matches their skills, and availabletraining provided by the Technical Education and Skills DevelopmentAuthority. (With a report from PNA/PN) “The Air Force unit also has theirexhibit of K9 dogs for the students to be given the idea of the opportunitiesin the government service,” Tano said. “We are guiding them (students) becausewe want them to become productive members of the society. If the other group(CPP-NPA) conducts recruitment among our youth, we are here to intensify alsoour recruitment for them to have a better future through having the rightcareer path,” she said in a phone interview on Monday. Students in Lanag Norte National HighSchool come from far-flung villages, which she said are most vulnerable torebel recruitment. 1st Lt. Ferdinand De Vera, CommandingOfficer of the 61st Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company, gave a lecture onleadership skills and career opportunities in the Philippine Army. This, after the municipality ofTubungan’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Municipal Task ForceTo End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) joined forces for the firstCareer Guidance Employment Coaching and Campus Peace and Development Forum inWestern Visayas held at Tubungan National High School Gymnasium on Friday. “The PESO is not only a bridge from theapplicant to the employer, but can also bridge peace and development to ouryouth. We are also strengthening our partnership with the Department ofEducation to prevent rebel recruitment among our youth,” Tano said. Tano said students were asked to wearattire that reflects their dream job, and noted that there was a number of themwho wore the uniform of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). ILOILO – Students in the municipality of Tubungan look forward to awide range of career choices, and being a member of the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is never an option. Also a member of Tubungan’s MTF-ELCAC,Tano said there were records of rebel recruitment of students as young as 13years old in the town.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgEric Ayala scored 19, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins added 15 points for the Terps. Cowan, a senior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and hit six free throws in the final minute.Maryland moved into a first-place tie with Wisconsin, and Michigan State had a chance to make it a three-way deadlock by defeating Ohio State later on Sunday. If two or more teams tie atop the standings at the end of the season, it is a shared championship.Immediately after the game, Maryland was presented a Big Ten championship trophy, its first since joining the league in 2014. However, Wisconsin is assured the top seed in the conference tournament this week by virtue of owing the best record in games involving the first-place teams.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Quentin Grimes added 17 points and No. 21 Houston defeated Memphis 64-57. Grimes had 15 second-half points, which led a 17-2 run for the Cougars. Nate Hinton had 13 points for Houston, which shot 34% overall including 48% in the second half. The Cougars will finish at least in a tie for second in the American Athletic Conference. Precious Achiuwa had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lester Quinones added 10 points for Memphis. March 8, 2020 Associated Press The Bahraini organizers’ decision comes as the wider sporting world battles turmoil caused by the new coronavirus. Soccer, golf, skiing, marathons and Olympic qualifying tournaments have all been disrupted.Japan’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament started Sunday without spectators, and with wrestlers arriving in face masks.One of Italian soccer’s biggest games was being played Sunday in an empty stadium.The Alpine skiing World Cup Finals, Italian cycling races and the women’s ice hockey world championships have all been canceled.WORLD CUP-MEN’S SUPER-G Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 9 Maryland tops No. 25 Michigan 83-70UNDATED (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, and the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 25 Michigan 83-70 to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. MLB-NEWSOrioles claim RHP Hector Velazquez on waivers from Red SoxUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez on waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The 31-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 89 games in the last three seasons with Boston, including 19 starts.Velazquez will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ staff. One candidate, right-hander Evan Phillips, will begin the season on the injured list due to right elbow soreness.In other MLB news: — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said his sore back is improving, but he’s still out of the lineup. Sanchez didn’t take batting practice Saturday or Sunday. He isn’t on the travel roster for Monday’s road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBahrain Grand Prix, world soccer among events hit by virusSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix on March 22 has been closed to spectators due to the global virus outbreak, but it won’t be postponed like the Chinese round of the championship.The F1 season is set to begin with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15. China was scheduled to hold the fourth race of the season on April 19, but that was postponed due to the virus outbreak and no new date has been set. Update on the latest sports Canceled ski race sets up 3-way fight for World Cup titleKVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — A tight, three-way fight for the men’s World Cup overall title was ensured Sunday when a super-G race was canceled due to weather conditions.Sunday’s cancellation in Norway handed the season-long super-G title to Mauro Caviezel, whose slender lead in the standings could not be challenged.Just two races — and a maximum 200 points to be won — remain in an early finish to the season next weekend in Slovenia. The scheduled March 18-22 finals meeting in northern Italy was cancelled Friday due to the spreading coronavirus.The giant slalom and slalom races in Kranjska Gora next weekend promise the closest finish since the now-retired Marcel Hirscher won the first of his eight straight overall titles in 2012.last_img read more