16 Jun

Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks raise £100,000 for BHF

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 9 September 2005 | News Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks raise £100,000 for BHF Tagged with: Research / statistics Employees at Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank have raised over £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation in just eight months.In January this year, Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank launched their first ever Charity Partnership by each making a £20,000 donation. Since then, all funds raised by employees have been matched £1 for £1 by the banks, encouraging the continued commitment from their 10,000 staff.The banks reached their £100,000 fundraising milestone by holding a host of fundraising events, including a ‘wear something red’ day on Valentine’s Day and a ‘wear something red on your head’ day during the BHF’s Help a Heart Week in June. Also among the activities that week was a ‘Departmental Triathlon’ where competitors cycled, swam and ran (or walked) a total of 874 miles – equivalent to the distance between John o’Groats to Land’s End, raising £5,000. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

28 Oct

10 months ago​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Ham

first_img​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Hamby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are hoping to make it five straight Premier League wins for the first time since 2006.”The most important thing is to be in the top six at the end of the season,” said boss Manuel Pellegrini.”There are still 21 games to go. We are in a good moment now so we must try to take it game by game and add points.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 Oct

9 months agoOkazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Okazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveShinji Okazaki says he is waiting on Leicester City to decide his future.The 32-year-old has expressed his displeasure at his lack of playing time this season and believes it might be time to part ways with the club.”It’s up to Leicester. Right now, I don’t know whether they need me or not,” Okazaki told Japanese press after the 2-1 loss to the Saints. “Of course, (playing for) a team that wants me would be ideal.”I can’t feel satisfied as a player. After three-and-a-half years, maybe it’s time to move on. I have no intention of quarrelling with the team, but I will make my feelings known.”Huddersfield have reportedly had a bid rejected for the forward. last_img read more

24 Oct

Minister Upbeat about Consultations on Public Health Financing

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is confident that the ongoing national consultations on financing Jamaica’s public health system will yield tangible solutions, redounding to the country’s benefit.This position, he says, is based on the outcome of Friday’s staging (June 7) of the first of four scheduled consultations, at the Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville, Manchester, describing it as “successful”.Speaking with JIS News, following the meeting with a wide cross section of stakeholders in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Dr. Ferguson said a number of salient points for financing the sector were proposed by the participants. Several of these, he noted, complemented, in detail, similar ideas suggested during previous consultations with Ministry representatives.These, the Minister informed, include: the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) contributing financing, especially to offset medical costs incurred in resort areas; as well as implementation of special health insurance coverage in this regard.He said participants also cited the National Health Fund (NHF), National Insurance Fund (NIF), and National Housing Trust (NHT), as potential options. Additionally, he said participants also suggested that the Ministry initiate discussions with stakeholders in the fast food industry to solicit their input.In his opening presentation, Dr. Ferguson, in outlining several financing options proposed by stakeholders within its agencies during consultations with those groups, indicated that the meetings are being held to compile a menu of tangible options “that will lead us forward”.Some of the proposals, which he shared during Friday’s meeting include: implementation of a national health insurance scheme; a levy on fast food; fees for selected secondary care; and the imposition of fees for all secondary care services while providing same cost-free at the secondary level,“Jamaica is working towards achieving developed country status by 2030 (and) one of the main planks to achieving this is through the improvement of the health of the population. We believe the provisions of quality and affordable health care services and improvements in access can help us to break the back of poverty and…achieve our national development objectives,” he told the participants.In noting the administration’s “solemn” commitment to providing universal access to primary, secondary, and tertiary health care, Dr. Ferguson lamented challenges arising in doing so, within the context of prevailing resource constraints.“We…need…to seek alternative and creative methods of financing health. We have to determine what we think is an essential basket of services that can be supported by our financing option(s),” he argued, hence the consultations.The Minister was quick to point out, however, that the suggestions “have nothing to do with government policy.”“What we are doing is a national consultation to get ideas and to look at the feasibility and, where necessary, to have a conversation, even with the entities that persons have (suggested) to say that they should be part of the process of health financing. We want to hear from the people,” he affirmed.In highlighting the success of the initial public consultation, Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry will seek to “fine-tune” the suggestions from stakeholders attending all four meetings.“The ideas that have come (thus far) are very worthwhile…and it is my view that they will get better as we go along. I believe (that) at the conclusion of (the consultations) we will have a significant body of information that will assist the (decision making process) going forward,” he stated.The Minister told JIS News that he is scheduled to make his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25, “and I will speak further…to health financing (then).”.“(The matter) does not (however) end on the 25th of June. It is a work in progress, and what we want to do, in the final analysis, is to come up with what is best for Jamaica,” Dr. Ferguson stated.The remaining consultations are scheduled for Monday, June 10, Carter Hall, Holy Cross Church, Half Way Tree, St. Andrew, for the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA); Wednesday, June 12, Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St. Ann, for the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA); and Sunday, June 23, Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James, for the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA).By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

13 Oct

US newsprint duties will accelerate shift to digital says industry

first_imgMONTREAL – The imposition of duties on U.S. imports of Canadian newsprint will accelerate the transition from print to digital and threaten thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, say industry players including North America’s largest newsprint producer.“There are 600,000 workers in the newspaper publishing sector as well as the commercial printing sector who are at risk,” said Resolute Forest Products spokesman Seth Kursman.Newsprint demand has decreased by 75 per cent since 2000 and is falling by about 10 per cent a year.Anything that further reduces demand is a blow to the newspaper industry, say trade associations in Canada and the U.S.“We’ve seen papers like La Presse move to full digital and if the cost of newsprint goes up it’s one of those factors that’s going to accelerate a move to digital,” said John Hinds, CEO of News Media Canada.Paul Boyle of News Media Alliance said higher newsprint costs will be devastating for the industry.“There’s some really attractive options for readers to just go online and this is going to facilitate that. The problem is that in many small communities, local towns, newspapers still rely on print subscriptions and distribution,” he said in an interview.Boyle said he’s hopeful that duties will eventually be overturned because they would result in “massive job losses” in the tens of thousands.“If there’s one message I do want to get to our friends in Canada is that the U.S. newspaper publishing industry is going to fight this.”The U.S. Department of Commerce slapped an overall preliminary countervailing tariff of 6.53 per cent on about 25 Canadian plants, mostly in Quebec and Ontario, following an investigation that began in August 2017.Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world, exporting product valued at $1.6 billion in 2016. It is a market dominated by Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP), Kruger and Catalyst Paper Corp. of British Columbia.Resolute faces a preliminary duty of 4.42 per cent while the Catalyst Paper duty is 6.09 per cent. The duty against Kruger is 9.93 per cent and the preliminary penalty against White Birch is 0.65 per cent.It’s the third time the U.S. has slapped duties on Resolute. The Montreal-based company expects to pay a total of US$190 million in duty deposits by the end of 2018 from trade disputes over softwood lumber, supercalendered paper and newsprint.The U.S. Department of Commerce will make another decision on anti-dumping duties in March and the U.S. International Trade Commission will be asked to rule on the two measures in August.The U.S. government began investigating Canada’s newsprint industry after Washington-based North Pacific Paper Co., complained Canada was dumping newsprint into the American market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home.It is the same argument made regarding Canada’s softwood industry, which led to the imposition of both countervailing and anti-dumping duties on most Canadian softwood exports to the United States.“What the U.S. uncoated groundwood papers industry wants is a level playing field, and this decision is an important step forward for American producers, workers and their families that have been the victims of unfair Canadian trade practices for too long,” stated Norpac chief executive Craig Anneberg.The company estimates the ruling will raise production costs by less than five cents per newspaper.Anneberg said that’s a “small price to pay to preserve American manufacturing jobs” in Washington, Mississippi and Georgia.However, Kursman said Norpac is referring to three states where Resolute operates paper mills.By contrast, Norpac has just one mill and is owned by a New York private equity firm.“Now they are perversely manipulating trade law in an effort to satisfy their own personal greed. This is about lining their own pockets with cash at the expense of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.”Boyle called Norpac’s move a “Hail Mary pass” designed to help the mill. But he can’t understand how a small producer with just 260 employees and little market share can damage an entire industry.Quad Graphics, the largest commercial printer in North America, said higher prices caused by duties would be doubly painful since it would raise the price of advertising inserts that account for 20 per cent of its business, while hurting newspapers where these inserts are placed.In a joint statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr called the duty rates “unjustified.”“Any duties will have a direct and negative impact on U.S. newspapers, especially those in small cities and towns, and result in job losses in the American printing sector,” the ministers said in a statement.The government said it has launched a wide-ranging complaint against the United States over its trade practices. It has asked the World Trade Organization to examine the American use of punitive duties, alleging that they violate international law.The complaint was filed last month, but was released Wednesday. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer blasted the move as a “broad and ill-advised attack” on the American trade remedies system.Joel Neuheimer, vice-president of international trade and transportation for the Forest Products Association of Canada, labelled that system a politically-motivated mess.“This is not really based on sound objective methods,” said Neuheimer. “This is political.”The union representing workers at Resolute, White Birch and Kruger said jobs will be hurt because producers won’t likely be able to turn to other foreign markets.“We will be very lucky if we maintain the status quo with regard to layoffs,” said Renaud Gagne, the Quebec director of Unifor. “Maybe we are going to experience plant shutdowns for a few weeks.”— With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa and Julien Arsenault in MontrealNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the impact of the duties on Resolute Forest Products.last_img read more

13 Oct

Contract ratified Wage gains benefits protected for Manitoba Safeway workers

first_imgWINNIPEG – Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have ratified a four-year contract that provides pay increases in the third and fourth years and preserves benefits and seniority.The union that represents about 2,200 employees in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Neepawa and Dauphin says 98 per cent of those who voted on Sunday supported the deal.A tentative agreement with Sobeys had been reached earlier this month, just hours before members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 were in a legal strike position.The union says on its website that the bargaining committee was able to preserve rights and benefits for workers and to avoid major concessions.Jacquelin Weatherbee, director of external communications for Sobeys, had said during negotiations that the company was committed to working toward a deal that worked for everyone.It was the first full round of negotiations since Sobeys took over ownership of the Safeway brand in Western Canada in 2013.“I couldn’t be more proud of our bargaining committee and our members for giving us such a strong strike mandate that made this deal possible,” Jeff Traeger, president of Local 832, said in a statement.“They (Sobeys) were pushing hard for major concessions since day one. It wasn’t until the final hours of bargaining that we were able to make serious movement and come up with a tentative agreement that works for both sides.”No details of the contract were immediately released.“Knowing the realities that the company faces, our bargaining committee got the best contract possible,” said Traeger.The union said during negotiations that Sobeys was planning to shut down 10 stores in Manitoba.(Companies in this story: TSX:SBY)last_img read more

12 Oct

Agri growth rate fell under Modi govt says Congs Surjewala

first_imgBhopal: The Congress Sunday claimed agricultural growth rate had gone down from 4.2 per cent during the UPA regime to 2.5 per cent under the Narendra Modi government. Addressing a press conference here, the Congress’ communications in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government would need “20 years” to double the income of farmers, as against the Centre’s promise of achieving the feat by 2022. “As per data shared by the Modi government in the Lok Sabha, agricultural growth rate between 2014 and 2018 has gone down to 2.5 per cent. This rate was 4.2 per cent between 2009-14 under the UPA government,” Surjewala said. Also Read – Cong slams govt on economy, says move beyond ‘piecemeal approach’ “Going by this pace, it would take 20 years for the Modi government to double the income of farmers,” he added. He said the Centre had not been able to provide Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers despite promising to give them support price at 50 per cent higher than production cost. While the MSP for paddy was fixed at Rs 1750 per quintal, it was being sold at Rs 1600 while other crops were getting still lower prices, he said, quoting what he claimed was government data. Also Read – India’s green cover up by 15k sq km: Min He alleged the NDA government deceived farmers by reducing import duty on agricultural produce to zero just before the arrival of crops in the market. “The NDA government imported produce just before the seasons of different crops by reducing duty to zero. This has resulted in heavy loss to farmers and brought profits to middlemen,” he alleged. “Agricultural import was worth USD 18,779 million in 2014-15, which rose to USD 32,830 million in 2017-18,” Surjewala said. He claimed Food Corporation of India, under pressure from the Centre and the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit, has written to the Congress-led state government that it would purchase only that much grains on MSP as is required for the public distribution system (PDS) in the state. “The farmers of Madhya Pradesh produce 90 lakh metric tonnes of grains while the FCI would purchase only 30 lakh metric tonnes at MSP as required under PDS. What would happen to the remaining grain stock,” he asked. Replying to a query on an EVM having only BJP’s name under its symbol during a mock poll in West Bengal’s Barrackpore constituency, Surjewala said it was the Election Commission’s duty to ensure free and fair polls. He further claimed that the Modi government had asked fuel companies to increase prices of diesel and petrol by Rs 10 per litre on May 23, the day Lok Sabha polls results are announced. “But the UPA would reduce the prices after forming a government at the Centre in the first week of June,” Surjewala asserted.last_img read more

28 Sep

Ohio State mens lacrosse loses in exhibition to Navy 1511 after late

Junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens (1) protects the net during a game against Navy Jan. 25 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU lost, 15-11.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has been living on the edge early in 2014.In both of its exhibition matches, OSU fell behind early, and even though the comeback was completed against Hill Academy Jan. 18, it was a different story Saturday against Navy.The Midshipmen, who finished 3-10 last season, took down the Buckeyes 15-11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Navy got off to a flying start when senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan scooped up a ground ball on the opening face-off and scored 10 seconds into the game.Junior midfielder Jesse King tallied the first goal for OSU to tie the game, but the Midshipmen scored the next four to find themselves leading, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter.After extending their lead to 8-2 in the second quarter, King and the Buckeyes took advantage of Navy penalties to get back in the game.“We all move the ball really well,” King said. “We have a lot of the same guys from last year … I think it is just everyone being a threat and working together that makes our man-up really good.”OSU was able to cut the Midshipmen’s lead to 11-10 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter after senior defenseman Darius Bowling registered an unassisted goal.But that was as close as the Buckeyes got as Navy went on to score four of the last five goals in the game to preserve the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers gave Navy credit for coming out of the gates quickly and putting pressure on the Buckeyes.“They got off to a great start on the very first face off,” Myers said. “We had five turnovers in the first quarter which really dug us into a hole.”The Buckeyes were led offensively by King, who totaled seven points on two goals and five assists, as well as senior attackman Adam Trombley and sophomore midfielder Charlie Schnider who both netted hat tricks in the contest.Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who was third on the team last year in points with 43, has yet to dress for the Buckeyes in their exhibition games as he is recovering from an injury.Myers did not give specifics about Brown’s injury, but said the team will wait and see if Brown can play next week and has no doubt that he will make an impact offensively when he returns.“He is a little nicked up, so it is up to our medical staff,” Myers said. “Certainly, he will give us a little bit of a boost when he does get back in the lineup.”Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the team has to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid a second consecutive loss when OSU takes on Robert Morris Saturday.“It’s just about continuing to work hard,” Meurer said. “We need to get in the film room and see what we are doing wrong in order to not make the same mistakes week after week.”The game against Robert Morris is set to start at noon Saturday and is the final time the Buckeyes take the field prior to starting regular season play at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9. read more

28 Sep

Ohio State offensive slobs trying to carry over culture left by former

Members of the OSU offense huddle together to discuss a play during a game against Penn State Oct. 25 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. OSU won 31-24 in double-overtime.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State offense did not perform up to par in Saturday’s 31-24 double-overtime win over Penn State, and the stat book shows it.After four straight weeks of posting 50 or more points, the Buckeyes scored just 17 points in regulation against the Nittany Lions, something sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said is disappointing.“(We were) very below average. We could have played a lot better. We maybe took a step back from the couple weeks we had before,” he said Monday.Elliott ran for 109 yards on 26 carries and a score in the OSU win.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein echoed Elliott’s comments, adding the Buckeyes must improve.“We didn’t play like we should have. They were throwing a lot of stuff at us,” Elflein said. “It was hard to communicate, but definitely we didn’t play like we should have and we need to get better.”Elflein added that the performance against Penn State was unsatisfying.“We know we can run the ball. We know we can execute well on the offensive line,” Elflein said. “It’s just a matter of going out and doing it. It was kind of frustrating all game, knowing how well we can play and we weren’t doing it.”Heading into a matchup with Illinois on Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said there is one area where the offense remains inconsistent.“Concern is the offensive line. We just faced a very good defensive line at Penn State and we didn’t play very well,” Meyer said. “It (the offensive line) has made great strides, but the standard was set the last two years with the offensive line play at Ohio State and we are not there.”The core of the offensive line the last two years included three players currently on NFL rosters — Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell — who all started last week for their respective teams.The combination of Mewhort, Linsley and Norwell started each game in the 2012 and 2013 with the exeception of the Michigan game (Mewhort did not start) seasons, driving the Buckeyes to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.Elflein said despite the struggles against Penn State, the standard set by the departed core group still remains. That standard however, is not always as strict as some may think.“Our room is awesome. I love it. Especially last year. Those guys started the culture,” Elflein said Monday. “Norwell, Corey and Jack (are) just really goofy. We have our own terms and lingo.”One of those terms, while not necessarily flattering, is something Elflein said still remains.“We’re the slobs, everyone on the team calls us the slobs. Norwell is king slob. He is the one who made that up last year,” Elflein said. “It’s fun to play with that, because it can get stressful around here sometimes.“It’s an awesome culture, I love going there (the offensive line room) every day.”While Mewhort now plays with the Indianapolis Colts, Linsley with the Green Bay Packers and Norwell with the Carolina Panthers, Elflein said he remains in contact with the former Buckeyes.“I stay in touch with all those guys, that’s a big part of all of our lives in the O-line room was that culture that was set last year,” Elflein said.Elflein added that Linsley is planning on being in Columbus on Saturday for OSU’s game against Illinois, which is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium, as the Green Bay Packers are on a bye this week. read more

18 Sep

Watch Ronaldo does bicyclekick again

first_imgPrior to Real Madrid’s encounter against local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo repeated his famous goal against Juventus last week in a training sessionThe Portuguese star proved that the famous goal in Turin was no fluke by replicating the stunning strike in a club training session, just days later.Ronaldo continued with his fine-scoring streak on Sunday by netting the opening goal in Real’s 1-1 draw against local rivals Atletico in the Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has now scored an incredible 24 goals in his past 13 matches for Real and appears to still be in red-hot form with the club having shared a clip of the star in action on Twitter.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.OTRA VEZ ? @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/NsiFmhcXN0— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) 7 April 2018Following their draw against Atletico, both Ronaldo and Real will now be returning their focus to the second leg of their quarter-final clash against Juventus in the Champions League with the title-holders holding a comfortable 3-0 aggregate lead over the Serie A leaders.last_img read more