EasyJet in VisitBritain deal

first_img Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ BUDGET airline easyJet has launched an £18m licensing deal with VisitBritain to promote tourism into the UK over the Royal Wedding, the 2012 London Olympics and beyond.The four-year deal will see the government pay the airline £9m to bring in foreign passengers to the UK. EasyJet will provide the rest of the funding in cash or by marketing.The agreement is the second marketing deal Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall has cut since she ended the airline’s long-running dispute over the use of the “easy” brand name with founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou last October. The first was a deal to join Sainsbury’s Nectar card points programme last month.Speaking in Amman, where she was on the airline’s first flight to Jordan, McCall said: “We now have complete freedom to talk to anyone we want to about branding, where we feel our customer profiles match. We hope to cut another two or three deals like this before the end of the year.”McCall said she is looking at deals across Europe to raise revenues with retailers, mobile phone operators or other travel brands.She said: “These present opportunities where we can both make use of our databases to reach customers. And in terms of travel operators, we can bring people to great events.”Under the terms of the 50-year deal reached with the Haji-Ioannou family, which owns 38 per cent of EasyJet, the airline will pay Stelios an annual royalty of 0.25 per cent of revenues. Tags: NULL EasyJet in VisitBritain deal center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Monday 28 March 2011 7:56 pmlast_img read more

MPs group demands £2 online casino limit

first_img MPs group demands £2 online casino limit MPs have described the Gambling Commission as “not fit for purpose” and demanded a £2 stake limit to be imposed on some online casino games.The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) cast scorn on the regulator as it published its interim report on the UK online gambling sector following a six-month enquiry.The £2 limit would be placed on slot-machine style games, in line with the FOBT limit that was imposed earlier this year.The APPG said there is now a disparity in controls on stake and deposit limits between online and offline games, and said it is indefensible because the government’s FOBT change means it has accepted the principle that harm can be reduced by reducing stake levels.The report further takes aim at the Gambling Commission for failing to consider changes to rules on online stake and prizes despite looking at other aspects of regulation.“As such, the Parliamentarians have raised concerns that that the Gambling Commission is not fit for purpose,” the GRH APPG said in a statement.The group, created last year to investigate the impact of gambling-related harm, announced 11 key recommendations including the limit on online stakes and prizes. It also wants the government to “urgently” introduce new gambling legislation with a focus on harm prevention, and a ban on the use of credit cards to gamble online.In addition, the group said the Gambling Commission needs to “urgently improve its standards in the area of online gambling”.The APPG said the treatment of gambling addiction and support for gambling related harm should be part of the NHS remit, and called for a ‘smart statutory levy’ of 1% be introduced to fund research and that the commissioning of research be transferred from GambleAware and the Gambling Commission to independent UK research councils and a public health setting.“This report highlights the urgent need for a root and branch review of the regulation of online gambling,” said the GRH APPG’s chair, Carolyn Harris MP.“Stakes and prize limits online would be a major step forward in reducing the harm caused by the sector.“It is not at all clear why the Gambling Commission is not looking at this as a matter of urgency. It is an abdication of its responsibility as a regulator.“There must be consistent and appropriate regulation of all forms of gambling. I also urge the government to urgently review the provision of research, education and treatment in the sector. GambleAware are not effectively carrying out this function and it should immediately be brought into a public health setting.”The GRH APPG took evidence from, among others, academics, problem gamblers, banks, charities and online gambling operators. The group said a full report will be published in the future as it is yet to meet with the new Gambling Minister or any representative from the Gambling Commission.“It is clear from this inquiry that the powers of the Gambling Commission need to be significantly strengthened,” said Iain Duncan Smith MP, the vice-chair of GRH APPG.“For too long, online gambling operators have exploited vulnerable gamblers to little or no retribution from the regulator. We cannot continue to fail vulnerable gamblers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 4th November 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance MPs have described the Gambling Commission as “not fit for purpose” and demanded a £2 stake limit to be imposed on some online casino games. Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Legal & compliancelast_img read more

British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT) 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco (BAT) Zimbabwe Holdings Limited manufactures, distributes and sells tobacco products for local consumption through a network of independent retailers and distributors. Zimbabwe is the 6th largest tobacco grower in the world and the largest in Africa. Three types of tobacco are grown in the country; Virginia flue-cured, burley and oriental tobacco. Over 95% of Zimbabwe’s tobacco is flue-cured; and more than half of its production is exported to China. The company has recently adopted a mutually-beneficial contract system which is reaping rich rewards; the entire crop is bought from the farmer at the end of the season in return for a supply of seed and fertilizer, and expert training by an agronomist on agricultural techniques. Its head office is in Harare, Zimbabwe. British American Tobacco is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How I find the best shares to buy now to make £1m in my ISA

first_imgHow I find the best shares to buy now to make £1m in my ISA TomRodgers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. If you can find the best shares to buy now, holding undervalued companies could make you a fortune. Some of the world’s richest and best known investors rely on it.Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and Jim Slater. What do they have in common? Each made their fortune by picking cheap shares relative to their intrinsic value or their rate of growth.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Happily we don’t need to develop our own super-complex systems to find the best shares to buy now to make a million pounds.Figuring outI’m using simple value investing principles and calculations to help me make seven figures in my Stocks and Shares ISA.Remember, all we need is a return of 7% a year. From a standing start, £750 a month in an ISA with dividends reinvested will produce a million pounds over 32 years.To find which are the best shares to buy now, there are a couple of super-useful value investing tools that you need to know. In this article I’ll outline each one in turn, along with a suggested share.Price-to-earnings ratioFirst we need to consider the price-to-earnings ratio, often written as the P/E ratio.This is a measure of a company’s share price relative to its earnings. It’s an easy way of comparing businesses in wildly different industries and at different growth stages. That’s why it’s a useful tool to create a shortlist of the best shares to buy now.The average P/E ratio of the FTSE 100 in August 2020 is 13.4. So anything below that number we can reasonably call cheap. But this figures is never set in stone. If share prices fall, the P/E ratio drops too.For example, I bought Aviva at a P/E ratio of just 4.4 after the stock market crash in March. Why? Because I thought the company was solid and would recover. And I’ve gained 22% on my investment in the last couple of months. Four years ago, the Aviva P/E ratio was at 31.So which do I think are the best shares to buy in the FTSE 100 now? I’d pick British American Tobacco (P/E of 9.4). It pay a whopping 8% dividend with decent cover of 1.3 times earnings, making it a super share for me.Best shares to buy nowAnother helpful metric we can use to determine undervalued companies and find the best shares to buy now is by looking at the PEG ratio, or price-to-earnings-growth ratio. Just divide the P/E ratio by a share’s expected percentage growth rate.Jim Slater popularised the method in 1992’s The Zulu Principle. That was the first serious book I read about choosing undervalued shares and comes strongly recommended.Slater writes that the point of buying shares with low PEGs is that “they provide the element of safety normally association with low-risk investments without sacrificing the upside potential of growth stocks.”The best shares to buy now have a PEG ratio between 0 and 1. Not too fast, and not too slow. Just right.My recommendation? I like the £7.5bn long-term capex commitment at SSE. It’s trading at a PEG ratio of 0.4.The FTSE 100 renewable energy company recently agreed to reinstate its 6%-yielding dividend. And even better, the company has recommitted to its five-year plan to keep dividend growth improving faster than inflation. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Tom Rodgers | Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Tom Rodgerslast_img read more

DeSantis announces detailed recommendations to reopen Florida’s schools

first_imgExamples of recommendations include a cleansing room at school entrances, staggering student schedules, a separate clinic for students with symptoms of COVID-19, washing or wiping down all equipment, instruments, uniforms after each use, and more…From the Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced on Thursday recommendations for local communities to consider as they finalize plans to re-open safe and healthy schools that are set up for success. This plan outlines the nearly $475 million in state directed education financial assistance provided to Florida through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, more than $2 billion in education-related aid was provided through the CARES Act.“In Florida, we’re taking a smart, safe, step-by-step approach to re-opening, and this extensive data driven plan will ensure Florida students, educators, and families have the confidence and support needed to get students back to the classroom, which will in turn allow parents back into the workforce and allow Florida to hit its economic stride,” said Governor DeSantis.After, receiving feedback from thousands of Floridians, including medical experts, community stakeholders, education leaders, and parents, two constant themes became apparent and are pillars embedded throughout the plan – keeping our education community safe and ensuring all students receive a first class education.“It is critically important that we continue to show compassion and grace as we make decisions to safely get students back in the classroom,” said Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “We realize that to fully re-open Florida, we must do our due diligence and instill confidence in families which allows them to return to school campuses safely and ready to succeed. Data from across the nation and world clearly indicates it is safe to reopen schools in August. Additionally, we must and will attack the achievement gap by offering summer programs and engaging in significant academic interventions to ensure all children receive a world class education.”Recommendations for Re-OpeningStep-by-Step Approach: K-12 Campus Reopening Steps 1-2-3Step 1 – June – open up campuses for youth activities and summer camps.Step 2 – July – expand campus capacities further for summer recovery instruction.Step 3 – August – open up campuses at full capacity for traditional start of the academic year.Step-by-Step Approach: Postsecondary Campus ReopeningSummer A and C Semesters – state colleges, technical colleges and universities are generally virtual, with the exception of first responder and some CTE programs.Summer B Semester – open state colleges and technical colleges for in-person summer learning.  State universities continue to remain virtual as they have already decided for Summer B.Fall Semester – open state colleges, technical colleges and universities at full capacity for traditional start of the academic year.Reopening StrategiesReopening is a locally driven decisionEducation institutions should create a local safe schools plan to maintain in-person learning, which is the best method of education delivery for students.Create a framework for local planning by creating a Crisis Response Team.Establish partnerships and support in communities to make local decisions.Promote risk reduction through a great culture of teaching.Protect students, staff, and families with medical vulnerabilities.Recommendations to Reduce Risks at the Front DoorCreate a crisis response team at the district, school or program level, as applicable.Post a crisis plan and response check list where they are easily accessible.Consider screening students, employees and visitors through visual signage, verbal questions or visual assessments.As feasible and while maintaining the goal of getting students on campus every day, explore staggered schedules, start and end times to limit crowds.Monitor student and employee absenteeism closely, as absenteeism may be an early warning system of larger health concerns.Regularly update employees, parents and students with emails on best practices for at-home preventative care.Locally determine what constitutes an adequate prevention inventory that includes extra supplies of PPE, cloth face coverings, gloves, sanitizer, soap, etc.Consider creating a protocol for incoming and outgoing mail and deliveries and consider creating a “timeout” or cleansing room.Post signage about hygiene and social distancing in many very accessible areas.Conduct employee trainings for all of the above and regular employee meetings on COVID-19 updates.Recommendations to Redesign the School Day to Reduce RisksAs feasible, keep groups of students together throughout the day to minimize the number of people in close contact with each person.As feasible, convert cafeterias, libraries, gymnasiums, auditoriums, outdoor areas into classroom space.Explore allowing students to eat meals in traditional classroom space or outdoors.Move nonessential furniture and equipment out of classrooms to increase distance between students and turn desks the same direction.Maintain a maximum distance between desks as possible, even if not able to achieve 6 feet, and avoid sharing of textbooks, supplies and toys.Consider setting up a secondary clinic in schools, exclusively for students showing symptoms of COVID-19.Establish procedures in consultation with school health staff to quickly separate students and staff who become sick from others.Create a disinfection protocol for cleaning door knobs, counters and other surfaces throughout the day.Consider limiting nonessential visitors to campuses and programs.Consider alternative meeting options for nonessential volunteer activities, clubs and other elective meetings that require in-person contact.Explore limiting nonessential mass gatherings or reschedule as virtual gatherings.Recommendations to Plan for Graduations, Sports, Band, Arts, Other Extracurriculars and Co-curricularsConsult with the local department of health and the crisis response team.At events, consider non-contact temperature testing of adults who will be direct participants and have close contact with students.Monitor students who participate in extracurriculars for symptoms throughout the day.All equipment, instruments, uniforms, etc. should be washed or wiped down after each use.Explore an increased presence of law enforcement or staff at events to maintain adherence to social distancing.Consider limited seating at events while allowing families to sit together and marking off seating for social distancing.Consider having attendees arrive at events earlier, stagger exits and allow for multiple entry and exit points.Explore options to maintain social distancing at event facilities: public restrooms, concessions, etc.Consider ways to limit close contact between participants and attendees until an event concludes.Identify a space that can be used to isolate staff or participants if one becomes ill at an event.Determine what are adequate prevention supplies to have at an event for participants and attendees, including hand sanitizing stations.Recommendations also include student drop-off and pick-up, consider contact tracing protocol, testing protocol, best practices, and considerations for buses.The Governor and Commissioner’s goal for the education-related CARES Act funding is to encourage high quality investments for recovery and to close achievement gaps, which have likely been exacerbated by this crisis. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund portion, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant represents 23% of the total CARES Act education-related funding, and combined is nearly $475 million that prioritizes flexibility at a local level, encourages high quality investments for closing achievement gaps, supports critical education transitions, and provides safety nets for students and educators.To read the full re-opening of Florida’s schools and CARES ACT plan, visit: www.fldoe.org/em-response.center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCOVID-19Florida SchoolsGovernor DeSantisRecommendations for SafetyReopening Previous articleByrd distinguishes herself among statewide school board membersNext articleHow Theo Harvey got ahead in the health wearables game Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Age not a factor as Boks show depth with powerful new XV to take on Argentina

first_imgWednesday Aug 14, 2019 Age not a factor as Boks show depth with powerful new XV to take on Argentina The Springboks have been challenged by Rassie Erasmus to make a resounding statement about the health of South African rugby in the team’s Farewell Test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.Following a 46-13 win over Argentina in Salta, Erasmus, the SA Rugby director of rugby, unleashed a new-look team to take on the Pumas on Wednesday, packed with players looking to secure a place in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad.Eighteen of the team featured in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship-winning campaign but also included are five “newcomers” in the returning Siya Kolisi, Thomas du Toit and Wilco Louw (prop), Marco van Staden (looseforward) and potential debutant Scarra Ntubeni (hooker).Kolisi has been named in the starting XV for a cameo role as he continues his carefully managed rehabilitation from a knee injury while the team is captained for the first time by the experienced Schalk Brits (hooker), who becomes the second oldest Springbok captain at 38 years and three months, and makes his first start in the green and gold since 2008.https://twitter.com/Springboks/status/1161578614485397506The backline that helped overwhelm Australia at Emirates Airline Park a month ago has been re-united with the exception of scrumhalf, where Cobus Reinach gets an opportunity to start; while the pack features a new front row, a mighty Vodacom Bulls locking combination and a first start of the season for Marcell Coetzee alongside Kolisi and Rynhardt Elstadt.The Springboks have lost only once in their past six Tests, gathering the momentum and consistency requested of them by Erasmus, and he has charged Saturday’s Boks to up the ante. “No matter what has happened before this weekend, the momentum we will go to the World Cup with will depend on what happens on Saturday,” Erasmus said.“Some of these players will know they are on the plane but for others it is make or break – and even if they don’t make the plane there will be six standby roles to be identified. “We’ve picked a formidable pack and we saw what the backline did against Australia so I am really excited to see what they can do on Saturday to prove their own case and also show just how strong South African rugby is.”Erasmus said Brits had temporarily taken the captaincy as Kolisi’s role was likely to be a short one.“I’ve asked Siya to empty his tank and go as hard for as long as he can,” said Erasmus.“I’ve told him he might even come off in the first half. He has played less than 50 minutes of Currie Cup rugby in the last 12 weeks but I needed him to have a taste of Test rugby again before we leave for Japan.”ADVERTISEMENTSPRINGBOK TEAM:15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Sbu Nkosi, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. André Esterhuizen, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Elton Jantjies (vice-captain), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Marcell Coetzee, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Schalk Brits (captain), 1. Thomas du ToitReplacements:16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Marvin Orie, 20. Marco van Staden, 21. Kwagga Smith, 22. Faf de Klerk, 23. Frans SteynVice-captain Elton Jantjies will take over the leadership role in the event of Brits being replaced – opening the way for a debut by Ntubeni. The DHL Stormers hooker toured with the Springboks in 2013 and 2014 but has had a long wait to pull on the jersey for the first time in a Test.Erasmus said the split between six forwards and two backs on the bench was to provide extra looseforward cover for Kolisi’s cameo return.Frans Steyn would cover all of flyhalf, centre and fullback with Faf de Klerk the only other back replacement.Season sensation Herschel Jantjies was slated to provide scrumhalf cover but he was withdrawn on Tuesday following a blow to his head in training. It is not expected to affect his potential inclusion in the Rugby World Cup squad.“This is a massive Test for us against a fired-up Argentina team that will looking to end their Test campaign on a high,” said Erasmus.“We’ve gained momentum over the Castle Lager Rugby Championship – the last thing we want to do is lose it.”Saturday’s match against Argentina kicks off at 17h05 and tickets are available from www.ticketpro.co.za and the Loftus Versfeld ticket office. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Weekly fundraising book reviews

Weekly fundraising book reviews AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 January 1999 | News From January onwards, American Philanthropy Review will be publishing a weekly review of a fundraising book.From January onwards, American Philanthropy Review will be publishing a weekly review of a fundraising book. Find out more at We Review. There are already 83 titles on their “recommended reading” list. Alternatively, visit the UK Fundraising Bookshop for information on fundraising books. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. read more

Merlin have their best retention after introducing new acquisition stream

first_img  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Merlin have their best retention after introducing new acquisition stream 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. Merlin are getting their best retention to date due to excellent fundraising and supporter care on all their income streams. One of the newer income streams and donor recruitment campaigns that has been tested has shown over 90% retention in the first year.The donor investment programme focuses on the Merlin hero, the health worker in thee world’s toughest places who are saving people everyday in emergency situations. The campaign asks supporters to become Merlin heroes too, giving the supporter a real connection with the work in country and showing how their money is having a real impact. This works along side their other recruitment such as online, on street, where they are also asked to be a Merlin ‘hero’.Danielle Atkinson, Head of Digital & Individual Giving said “The donor investment programme, is a 2 stage recruitment programme that uses a home money collection box. It has now been through two tests, and consistently in both, we have seen the retention much higher than in any other activity. We have worked hard to make sure all the supporters we bring on board through this method hear from us regularly through mail and phone, and this is what has made it so successful. Sounds simple but it really works.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 26 March 2013 | News Tagged with: Donor acquisition Individual giving Merlin The money they have raised from this campaign means that Merlin can continue to send medical experts to the frontline of emergencies like the crisis in Syria.The campaign was run and managed by R Fundraising and the individual giving team at Merlin.ENDSlast_img read more

No holiday respite for Azerbaijani journalists

first_img News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment News Receive email alerts to go further Released conditionally in 2016 after 18 months in prison, Ismayilova is still under judicial control and is banned from travelling abroad. She recently said she had been warned that she could be re-arrested. The authorities froze her bank account after transferring into it the sum of money that the European Court of Human Rights had ordered them to pay as compensation for one of the frequent arbitrary arrests to which she had been subjected. Due to be released in March, Huseynov is now facing the possibility of an additional seven-year sentence on a charge of “using violence to resist a person in authority.” The prison authorities claim that he attacked a prison guard in an attempt to avoid a routine check on 26 December. After they ordered him placed in isolation for ten days without letting him see his lawyer, he began a hunger strike in protest against what he says is a trumped-up charge. Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The leading critical media outlets have been silenced or forced into exile, the main independent websites are blocked, at least ten journalists are currently in prison, and the activities of NGOs that support the media have been criminalized. Follow the news on Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information The two journalists are being prosecuted for accusing the authorities of “culpable negligence” in connection with an attempt to murder the mayor of the western city of Ganja in July. Both websites were immediately blocked and several of their employees were briefly detained. While the world has been preparing to celebrate the New Year, the Azerbaijani authorities have launched a new offensive against the country’s few remaining critical journalists. Reporters Without Borders calls on the international community to end the impunity enjoyed by President Ilham Aliyev’s regime. Mehman Huseynov / Khadija Ismayilova / Anar Mammadov / Mustafa Hajibeyli In a trial that began today in Baku, Criminalaz.сom editor Anar Mammadov is facing a possible 12-year jail term on charges of “calling for the government’s overthrow,” “abuse of authority” and “spreading false information.” Mustafa Hajibeyli, the editor of the Bastainfo.com news website, is due to be tried on similar charges shortly. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en center_img December 28, 2018 No holiday respite for Azerbaijani journalists AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation Repeatedly harassed by the authorities for blogging about corruption, Huseynov was jailed in March 2017 for allegedly “defaming” the policeman he said had tortured him while he was previously detained. He is the brother of Emin Huseynov, the head of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a media defence NGO, who now lives in exile. News “This new offensive shows yet again that the Aliyev regime will never stop persecuting its media critics as long as it feels free to do so,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and central Asia desk. “When will the international community finally decide to set it some limits? It is time to hold the regime to account for its actions and to consider targeted sanctions if it does not stop.” June 8, 2021 Find out more The claim is patently absurd. Ismayilova was never financially responsible for the RFE/RL bureau, and RFE/RL is a non-profit entity that has never made any taxable profits. But this does not seem to bother the authorities. Their priority is to apply more pressure on Ismayilova, who continues to do her investigative reporting on corruption at the highest level. Did the Azerbaijani authorities think the rest of the world would be too distracted to notice? Just days after ordering the well-known investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova to pay an astronomical sum in bogus overdue taxes, they have brought new charges against the jailed blogger Mehman Huseynov and have put website editor Anar Mammadov on trial. President Aliyev, who is on RSF’s list of “press freedom predators”, no longer hesitates to pursue his media critics even when they are outside the country. This was seen, for example, when the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly was abducted in Georgia and when the regime brought a defamation suit against two French TV journalists in Paris because they had dared to call it a dictatorship. The persecution to which the journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been subjected for years was revived on 21 December, when a Baku court ordered her to pay 45,143 manat (around 23,000 euros) in taxes that the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty bureau in Baku allegedly failed to pay when she was the bureau chief from 2008 to 2010. News June 4, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews“I’m not a racist, but…” – Campaign aims to quash migrant rumoursBy John Keogh – August 28, 2014 1745 Pictured at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick were two families who did not want to be identified. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22 Pictured at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick were two families who did not want to be identified. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22 “I’m not a racist, but..” A LIMERICK migrant rights group is working on a campaign to dispel some of the more common myths surrounding asylum seekers and immigrants. Kathy Masterson speaks to Doras Luimní to find out the truth behind the rumours.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I’m not a racist, but…” This seemingly innocuous statement is one most Irish people will have heard countless times in the pub, at work or even at home.It tends to be followed up with something like: “I’m fed up with East Europeans coming here taking our jobs/asylum seekers being given free houses/foreigners taking our social welfare”.Casual racism such as this, carried out in general conversation, is the focus of a current campaign run by migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní.The anti-rumours campaign in Limerick, run in conjunction with ten other cities under the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities programme, seeks to identify and dispel some of the more common misconceptions about migrants.“Basically the anti-rumours campaign was born out of the idea that stereotypes and prejudices really affect migrant integration. It’s seen as a preventative measure against racism, with the idea being that these stereotypes and rumours are so deeply rooted in people’s minds that we really need to utilise social networks and viral information campaigns in order to counter those messages,” explained integration intern Aideen Roche.“The things that kept coming up over and over again were migrants and social welfare. So things like ‘migrants are only here to claim social welfare’, welfare tourism, ‘migrants are overly-reliant on social welfare’. Then that fed in to things like ‘migrants are taking our jobs’, ‘migrants are making a negative contribution to the economy’, and over-reliance on healthcare. Mainly what we were finding was that the rumours were really concentrating on the impact on the economy.”The campaign seeks to challenge these rumours by providing evidence-based answers to the most common misconceptions, using social networks and viral information channels to get the message out.“We’re trying to dispel myths by looking at the facts and statistics. So we looked at the number of people in Limerick and in Ireland that are actually claiming social welfare. We know that 15 per cent of the people on the live register in Limerick are of a migrant background. Of course there are a proportion of migrants on social welfare, but it’s proportionate to their population in Limerick,” revealed Ms Roche.“People had this idea that all migrants were claiming social welfare, so first of all we’re trying to explain that migrants are not just all one group; there are asylum seekers, there are economic migrants from the European Union, and from outside the European Union, and they all have different rights and entitlements.”According to Doras Luimní, attitudes towards migrants in Ireland are generally liberal, in comparison to some of our European neighbours, but the economic crisis has led to increasing negativity towards immigration.Ms Roche says that Doras Luimní hopes to use the campaign to generate “a more open discussion on the issues around immigration”.She concluded: “What we’ve found is a lot of Irish people are harbouring a lot of these thoughts and negative prejudices about migrants but they’re not looking into the real issues facing migrants. They don’t get to integrate with migrants to discuss the issues.”Pictured at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick was this five-year-old girl born in Ireland whose mum is Nigerian. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22.Myth 1: Asylum seekers get free housesTHERE are a multitude of widely circulated myths focusing on the supposed entitlements of asylum seekers and the general perception of the numbers seeking asylum here tend to be grossly inflated.The reality is that Ireland receives a much smaller proportion of asylum seekers than most EU countries, and the asylum-seeking population represents just 0.01 per cent of the country’s population.Until the late 1990s, Ireland was a country of emigration rather than immigration. In 1992 for example, Ireland received just 39 asylum applications. A decade later Ireland reached its peak with almost 12,000 applications in 2002, bringing it in line with the application rate in other European countries. Since then, the number of asylum applications received by Ireland has radically decreased and the annual average number is now approximately 1,000.Unfortunately, many asylum seekers who came to Ireland during the peak years for applications are still awaiting a final decision while living in direct provision centres nationwide.Another common misconception about asylum seekers is that they are favourably treated by the State and have a long list of entitlements ranging from free mobile phones to car insurance, and even plasma TVs.Doras Luimní found that there is a perception among some Irish people that asylum seekers are entitled to “everything they could possibly dream of” and that “the State does more for asylum seekers than the native Irish population who are struggling to make ends meet”.Asylum seekers actually receive €19.10 per week and live in residential institutions under the system known as direct provision. The system provides basic accommodation, which may consist of sharing a small room with fellow residents of different cultural backgrounds with very little privacy and personal space. All meals are provided at set times each day and residents are not permitted to cook for themselves.An asylum seeker is a person who is awaiting a decision on an application for refugee status. In order to be recognised as a refugee, it must be proven that the individual has a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of former residence.Asylum seekers are not entitled to social welfare payments and, unlike most EU countries, asylum seekers in Ireland are not permitted to work while their applications for refugee status are being processed.Direct provision was introduced by the State in 2000 to accommodate asylum seekers in residential institutions. It was originally envisaged as a temporary measure for a process that would to take six months.Today, 25 per cent of asylum seekers have been waiting for over six years. Ireland has also been heavily criticised by the United Nations and other international human rights bodies for its treatment of asylum seekers. Email Linkedin Advertisement Free Céilí Afro Dabke workshops and performance Pictured at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick were Vietnamese friends Phung Nguyen and Nghia Thien. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22. Myth 2: Migrants get free buggies/phones/carsOF ALL the misinformation surrounding migrants, the myth that asylum seekers and immigrants get free buggies and other goods on demand is probably the most prevalent, and one that seems to be particular to Ireland.The myth is now so common that it has become something of an urban legend that usually goes something like this: “A migrant woman got out of the taxi with her two children at the bus station. She didn’t bother taking the buggy with her because she knew she could just pick up another one on arrival”.This urban legend sometimes specifies the nationality of the family and it sometimes specifies at what bus stop or train station they were spotted.According to Doras Luimní: “This myth centres on the understanding that certain vulnerable groups are entitled to more than the general population and that they abuse these entitlements. It is born out of suspicion, frustration at the inability to make ends meet and resentment for those who seemingly can.”The social welfare system in Ireland provides emergency and once-off payments for vulnerable low-income families known as Exceptional Needs Payments (ENPs), under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.Asylum seekers and migrants may avail of this payment if they are approved by a Community Welfare Officer.If an individual is deemed to have an exceptional need for a buggy, they may purchase a buggy or pram up to the maximum value of €100, or €150 in the case of twins.In 2012, the total figure of €867,000 spent on prams or buggies nationwide to people of all nationalities represented just 0.0004 per cent of the total social welfare budget.“The total births recorded in 2012 were 72,000, with almost 25 per cent of mothers being of non-Irish nationality. If we take 25 per cent of the total figure spent on prams/buggies in 2012, we could estimate that approximately 2,000 non-Irish nationals benefitted from the ENP scheme, totalling approximately €200,000,” explained Doras Luimní.The organisation also says it is “hugely unlikely” that anyone would be approved for a second pram or buggy within five years of receiving the initial payment. Facebook Twitter Concern over migrant families being accommodated in hotels Jonathan Muhwezi (36) from Uganda at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22. Myth 3: Migrants don’t want to integrate into Irish societyTHE main myths surrounding migrants and integration are that migrants do not want to learn English and that they only want to associate with people from their own communities.While Doras Luimní acknowledges that there are certain barriers that may make it difficult for migrants to integrate, the group also points out Ireland has a relatively short history of immigration, and that integration is a process that takes time.“Language is often a significant obstacle to migrant integration and one that is evident in Limerick and nationwide. However, there is huge demand for English language classes among the migrant community in Limerick.“There are a number of English language providers in Limerick providing language tuition, operating on a voluntary basis and/or funded by the local authority. Despite the abundance of English language providers in the city, the supply simply cannot meet the demand,” research conducted by Doras Luimní revealed.The experience of other countries with longer histories of immigration shows that the pattern of integration in relation to language skills is that first-generation migrants face difficulties with learning the English language; the second generation are mostly bilingual, while the third generation can’t speak to their grandparents.Another possible barrier facing migrants in Limerick is that the non-Irish population here is largely concentrated in the city centre, with approximately 50 per cent of all residents in certain areas being of migrant background.Reasons for this may include relatively cheaper rent and the availability of single or smaller units of accommodation for single persons.In other areas, such as the suburbs located north and south of the city, migrants account for less than five per cent of the population.A Doras Luimní study states: “Though this shows a certain level of segregation between the native and migrant populations, research points to an emerging trend of suburbanisation among some migrant groups in recent years.“For example the Polish, the largest migrant group in Limerick and Ireland, it would seem have recently started moving to the suburbs, the reasons for which may include because they are starting families and settling in Ireland. This shows that integration between migrants and the native population is happening and that migrants in Ireland are becoming more settled here.” Previous articleMan further detained over €450,000 drugs findNext articleWater works to be completed in three months John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Doras concerns about ongoing safety and wellbeing of residents in Direct Provision during Covid-19 Pandemic Child numbers in Direction Provision ‘dangerously high’ TAGSAsylum seekersDirect provisionDoras Luimníimmigrationintegration A six-year-old boy from Ghana pictured at the recent asylum seekers’ protest in Limerick. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22. Myth 4: Migrants are a drain on the economySOME of the most prevalent misconceptions around migrants and the economy are that migrants abuse the social welfare system, send all their money home and generally are a drain on the economy.Almost 80 per cent of migrants in Limerick are of working age (15 to 65 years) and have a high level of education – 60 per cent of non-Irish nationals have completed third-level education.Migrant workers are only entitled to claim jobseekers benefit if they have paid sufficient PRSI contributions through employment in Ireland in the preceding years.They are only entitled to claim jobseekers allowance if they can satisfy the habitual residence condition, by proving that they have lived in Ireland for some time and that they intend to stay for the foreseeable future.Asylum seekers do not receive social welfare and they are not permitted to work throughout the duration of their stay in Ireland while their applications for refugee status are being processed.Migrants contribute to the economy and social welfare system in the same way that Irish nationals do: by paying taxes, PRSI, pension contributions and other state-imposed charges.In May 2014 there were close to 17,000 people on the live register in Limerick, 85 per cent were Irish nationals, almost four per cent were from outside the EU and 11 per cent were from within the EU.Nationwide, non-Irish nationals accounting for 14.7 per cent of those in receipt of jobseekers benefit, which is less than the 15.4 per cent of the workforce they represent.With regard to migrants sending money back to their countries of origin, the World Bank estimates that non-Irish nationals sent €1.8 billion in remittances from Ireland in 2011.The same year, Irish nationals sent €540 million to Ireland from overseas, accounting for approximately 0.5 per cent of Ireland’s GNP.“While migrants in Ireland send approximately €1.8 billion in remittances, the money that is spent in Ireland is considerably higher. With approximately 300,000 non-Irish nationals working in Ireland, a substantial amount of income is generated for the State through taxes and PRSI alone,” says Doras Luimní.The immigration system does cost the State a certain amount of money, however migrants are required to pay substantial fees in order to comply with the system’s financial conditions, such as registration fees, visa fees, nationality and citizenship fees, and work permit fees.In 2012, these immigration-related fees amounted to a total of €33 million.In relation to personal consumption – the most significant portion of spending that individuals contribute to the economy – Doras Luimní estimates that approximately €4.5 billion is spent by non-Irish nationals in Ireland annually on costs such as rent, food, travel and utilities.Taking Limerick’s migrant population as a percentage of the national figure, the organisation estimates that the migrant population here contributes approximately €150 million annually in personal expenditure. 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