Community Channel launches interactive TV donation service

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Community Channel launches interactive TV donation service  84 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.center_img Sinéad Hughes, the Community Channel’s Interactive TV Editor, responsible for setting up the service, said: “We soft-launched the service in the weeks leading up to September 1st 2004, putting up red buttons on-air asking people to donate, request a fact sheet or have their say on a programme and we got a fantastic response from viewers. “This is the first time that there has been a 24 hour service dedicated to raising money for charities on TV and we intend to grow the service over the coming year by adding in other fundraising opportunities for charities like mobile ringtones and charity shopping.“We want to make this kind of opportunity available to all charity organisations, regardless of size or resources. The Home Office’s Active Communities Unit has funded the project and Sky has donated the capacity to broadcast it, thus enabling us to cut the cost of providing an interactive TV fundraising campaign down to a tiny fraction of regular commercial costs.” There are two fee levels. Bespoke campaigns are charged at £500 per month, which includes a branded donation section, interactive TV promos made by and broadcast on the Channel; charities using this option receive 90% of the donated amounts. For generic campaigns there is no charge for inclusion on the service, although the branding and promos are not included. Charities with generic campaigns receive 85% of the donated amounts.Both options have an opt-in for Gift Aid and the option to use either credit card or bank account for one-off or regular donations. The Community Channel will also red-button-enable existing programmes, films or adverts of participating charities and broadcast these to further promote their fundraising campaigns, at no extra cost to the charities. The donation system was designed and built by Sky Interactive. en Stimson, Head of Corporate Responsibility for BSkyB, said: “Interactive TV fundraising will revolutionise donating to charity and provide access to a wider audience of givers. It is an exciting development for the charity sector and allows them to make the most out of the new, innovative technology from Sky. We are always looking at ways to extend our offering to charities – interactive fundraising is another example of Sky leading the way.” You can now press the red button to give to charity via your TV set, now that the Community Channel has today launched what it says is the UK’s first 24-hour interactive television donation service.The Community Channel’s interactive TV giving service is available on Sky 585, and provides a round-the-clock on-air presence for selected charities to encourage donations from viewers.The eight charities involved at launch are British Red Cross, Barnardo’s, Dogs Trust, Youth Music, National Trust, Wildlife Aid, Spinal Research and Save The Children. Advertisement Howard Lake | 31 August 2004 | Newslast_img read more

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Green Berets fight proxy war against Yemen

first_imgU.S. special operations forces in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016.The New York Times published an explosive report May 3 that the Pentagon has stationed a unit of Green Berets in Saudi Arabia on the Yemen border. Their mission is to “locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels in Yemen are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.”Since the missile launchers are small and mobile, it is likely that the U.S. Special Forces unit will enter Yemen to battle Houthi units if they have not already done so, despite Pentagon denials. A May 1 report in IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly states: “The United States Transportation Command issued a request for information on 30 April for third parties that are capable of undertaking aircraft- and helicopter-based personnel recovery, casualty evacuation, and medical evacuation duties within the Central Command area of responsibility in general, and within Yemen in particular.”Why would the Pentagon contract with corporations to evacuate troops from Yemen if it did not plan to send forces into that embattled country?The Houthis are a Shiite Muslim grouping in Yemen that took over the government center in the city of Sanaa in 2014. They ousted pro-U.S. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia.This new escalation, states the Times report, appears “to contradict Pentagon statements that American military assistance to the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen is limited to aircraft refueling, logistics and general intelligence sharing.” Once again the Pentagon and the White House have launched a secret illegal war without congressional approval.Saudi Arabia began a devastating air war against the people of Yemen in 2015 after the U.S. gave its support, according to the Times: “Officials said American support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, a campaign that includes the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt, was initially outlined in a 2015 document known as the Rice memo, named after Susan E. Rice, who was then Mr. Obama’s national security adviser.”Lasting more than three years, that bombing campaign has killed at least 10,000 people and injured more than 50,000. The Saudi regime, with its Gulf State allies, has prevented vital food and medical supplies from reaching Yemen’s 28 million people by blockading or capturing that country’s ports.Reuters corporate news agency opines: “Winning and keeping control of Yemen’s ports in the Red Sea, no matter how small, is of paramount importance to the UAE, a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition that has overseen the effort to wrest the coast from the Iran-aligned Houthis as part of a strategy to box them in around the capital, Sana.“Dotted along one of the most important trade routes for oil tankers heading from the Middle East to Europe, the ports — also vital entry points for Yemen’s food imports and aid — are too strategic to lose.” (reuters.com, April 9)In December 2017 the Saudi regime promised to ease the blockade of Yemen, but that has proved to be a lie. “Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeidah, a lifeline for the war-ravaged country dependent on food imports, remains ‘a wasteland’ three months after a Saudi-led coalition alleged to have lifted its long-running blockade.” (alarby.co.uk, March 25)This war has caused unbelievable suffering for the people of Yemen, one of the poorest countries on the planet. According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are 17.8 million food-insecure people in Yemen and around 7 million people on the brink of famine.OCHA’s Humanitarian Needs Overview found that an average of 65 people have been killed or injured daily since the escalation of the conflict, with children making up 13 percent of the Yemeni casualties. According to the agency, 16 million Yemenis lack access to “safe water and sanitation” resulting in an estimated 1 million cases of cholera. There are 2 million internally displaced people. (axios.com, Jan. 23)Yemen’s Houthi President Salah al Samad was assassinated April 21 by a Saudi air strike. Since the U.S. refuses to recognize the Houthi government, corporate media gave this little attention, even though Pentagon complicity with this attack would violate U.S. and international law.Increase in secret deployments of U.S. Special ForcesStationing Green Berets at the Saudi border is the latest in an increase in secret deployments of U.S. Special Forces. These are now stationed in 149 countries, 75 percent of the world’s nations. “General Raymond Thomas, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, offered some clues about the planetwide reach of America’s most elite troops. ‘We operate and fight in every corner of the world,’ he boasted. ‘Rather than a mere “break-glass-in-case-of-war” force, we are now proactively engaged across the “battle space” of the Geographic Combatant Commands providing key integrating and enabling capabilities to support their campaigns and operations.’” (truthdig.com, Dec. 18, 2017)In May 2017, while visiting Saudi Arabia, Trump signed a whopping $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudi regime. This March, the Pentagon added a $670 million sale in anti-tank missiles and spare parts for aircraft and helicopters. (presstv.com, May 3)When analyzing this new escalation by U.S. imperialism, it should be remembered that the purpose stated by al-Qaida for its 9/11 attacks was to remove U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia.U.S. out of the Middle East!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Frustration Mounts Over Farm Bill Inaction

first_img Frustration-mounts-over-farm-bill-inactionA September farm bill in time to replace expiring law appears less likely as the House-Senate conference committee resumes negotiations next week, the final week of the month. Committee member Iowa Senator Joni Ernst indicates there are some issues working out differences in areas like farm subsidies, conservation support, and food stamp work requirements. But the new CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, Jon Doggett says an on-time farm bill is needed this month.“We are very, very concerned about the seeming inability for the congress to get a farm bill done before the end of the month,” Doggett said. “It’s important. The current farm bill expires then and there will be certain programs that lose their budget baseline, and that’s a big problem, particularly for the FMD program which funds a lot of trade promotion overseas. We need to move a lot of corn overseas, so we’re very concerned. There’s no reason for us to not have a farm bill done by the expiration date. This is just another example of the congress being unable to do the business of the people.”The conference committee has only four days next week coming out of the current recess. But, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says that talking about a current farm bill extension now is not a good idea.“No, they wouldn’t dare talk about that,” he said. “That would slow down negotiations at this point. I’d say they would start talking about that the middle of October.”But that’s two weeks after current law expires, during which only mandatory spending, like farm payments and food stamps, would continue. The very frustrated Doggett from NCGA suggests House negotiators are unwilling to compromise on their tougher SNAP work requirements.Ernst is calling for “reasonable compromises,” and Chairman Pat Roberts stresses the need for “certainty and predictability” amid years of low crop prices and an escalating tariff war with China.Source: NAFB News By Andy Eubank – Sep 20, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Frustration Mounts Over Farm Bill Inaction SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Frustration Mounts Over Farm Bill Inaction Previous articleBayer Says Dicamba Decision Likely Coming SoonNext articleRains Move Through Indiana Next Week Before Extended Dry Period Comes in October Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment Deadline Extended to Sept. 27

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter The Department of Agriculture is giving dairy producers an extra week to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage program.USDA’s Bill Northey told lawmakers Thursday the deadline will extend to September 27. Northey made the comment during a House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing.The Farm Service Agency later announced the deadline extension.More than 21,000 dairy farmers have signed up for the program. Authorized by the 2018 farm bill, the program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, known as the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.Margin payments have triggered for each month from January through July. Dairy producers who elect higher coverage levels could be eligible for payments for all seven months.Under certain levels, the amount paid to dairy farmers will exceed the cost of the premium. USDA encourages dairy producers to visit their Farm Service Agency office to learn more and enroll. Home Indiana Agriculture News Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment Deadline Extended to Sept. 27 Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment Deadline Extended to Sept. 27 SHARE Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Sep 19, 2019 Previous articleStudy Confirms ASF Survives in Animal FeedNext articleAgriculture Production One of Indiana’s Most Hazardous Occupations NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Indiana Farm Bureau Highlights 2020 Legislative Successes

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau Highlights 2020 Legislative Successes Indiana Farm Bureau Highlights 2020 Legislative Successes SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana Farm Bureau celebrates successful advocacy efforts toward passing legislation that positively impacts farmers, agribusiness professionals and rural communities. At the close of the 2020 legislative session, several of INFB’s priority positions were passed into law.INFB’s top priority this session was achieved with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 184. SEA 184 allows Indiana Farm Bureau to offer more affordable, high quality health benefit plans to its members. The bill passed out of the Senate by a vote of 49-0 and out of the House by a vote of 94-2.“Senate Enrolled Act 184 is an important piece of legislation that will help many farmers and others in rural communities gain access to more affordable health benefits,” said Randy Kron, INFB president. “Since many Indiana Farm Bureau members go without health coverage, this innovation solution creates a new, more affordable option that doesn’t exist today. Farm Bureau will begin working on developing the health plans, and has set an ambitious goal of benefits being available in the fourth quarter of 2020.”Another INFB priority this session was the continued expansion of rural broadband. Senate Enrolled Act 177 transfers the authority of the Broadband Ready Program to the Office of Rural and Community Affairs, which aligns with the agency’s focus to improve communities around the state. In addition, Senate Enrolled Act 343 changes the Rural Telephone Cooperative Act to the Rural Communications Cooperative Act, which will expand service offerings for rural Hoosiers.“For the past several years, Indiana Farm Bureau has focused on the rollout and implementation of rural broadband,” said Katrina Hall, INFB’s director of public policy. “Rural broadband is important for these communities as it fosters economic growth, educational opportunities and connectivity. Moving forward, INFB will continue to support any effort that increases speeds, creates more efficiency and expands internet access to rural Hoosiers.”Indiana Farm Bureau also worked on legislation to clarify the state’s pesticide statutes. Senate Enrolled Act 438 makes some technical clarifications concerning pesticide registration, use and application. The bill also creates a working group of affected industry organizations, with a recommendation due to the Indiana General Assembly before December 1, 2020.“Indiana Farm Bureau supported the effort to help the Office of Indiana State Chemist modernize the civil penalty portion of the Indiana pesticide statute,” said Jeff Cummins, INFB’s associate director for policy engagement. “SEA 438 is an important first step in developing a well-rounded approach to creating a more objective and transparent process of assessing civil penalties to deter bad actors. INFB looks forward to participating in the working group this year.”Other important bills INFB worked on this session include:SEA 20 – requires that an agricultural extension educator must be a resident in that county in order to serve on the county’s advisory plan commission. The bill also provides that an educator who is not a resident of the county can serve in a nonvoting advisory capacity.SEA 229 – provides that a wetland permit is not required from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for the reconstruction or maintenance of a regulated drain if the work is being completed in the existing drainage easement.SEA 340 – revises the statute allowing a municipality to condemn property for economic development to require a three-fourths vote of the local legislative body before exercising the power of eminent domain. The bill requires a municipality to provide notice to affected owners, both residents and nonresidents, when the city is considering taking over private property and creates a new right of appeal in eminent domain proceedings.“The 2020 legislative session was successful because of Indiana Farm Bureau’s grassroots,” said Hall. “More than 270 members made sure their voices were heard by engaging with legislators at the Statehouse or third house meetings as well as the countless phone calls and emails. Thanks to the members who participated this session, they truly made a difference.” Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA Stands Up New Team to Better Serve Beginning Farmers and RanchersNext articleHow Coronavirus in China is Impacting the Phase One Trade Agreement Indiana Farm Bureau By Indiana Farm Bureau – Mar 16, 2020 last_img read more

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Enjoy Life! Savor a Langham Lifestyles Staycation Package

first_img Langham Hotels & Resorts, a leader in luxury hospitality worldwide, has announced a brand-new way to to enjoy life: the Langham Lifestyles package.This package, which is offered at all twenty Langham Hotels & Resorts worldwide including the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, is an extension of each hotel’s Langham Lifestyles website section, which features concierge tips to enable guests to experience the best of each destination.The four Langham Hotels & Resorts locations in the United States – The Langham, Boston; The Langham, Chicago; The Langham Huntington, Pasadena; and Langham Place, New York — have gone all out with their versions of Langham Lifestyles, incorporating the most unique elements of Boston, Chicago, New York and Pasadena.Each Langham Lifestyles package includes luxurious accommodations and activities and amenities chosen specifically to reflect each city.Langham Lifestyles Pasadena at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena features breakfast at The Terrace restaurant, which serves California bistro-style fare in a light and airy setting; complimentary valet parking; all the fixings for a movie night in the comfort of your room, including popcorn and refreshments as well as two in-room movies; and a map for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Rates for Langham Lifestyles Pasadena start at $324.For more information, visit www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena/. Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Subscribe Community News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Cover Story Enjoy Life! Savor a Langham Lifestyles Staycation Package Langham Hotels and Resorts Present Langham Lifestyles From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 5:16 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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ECSO identifies suspected gunman; victim remains in good condition

first_img Twitter Facebook Local NewsLaw Enforcement TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Melissa Sierra A woman who was shot twice in the back of the head Wednesday in south Odessa remained in good condition Thursday. The shooting happened at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday at 3820 Einstein Avenue. When deputies arrived, they located a vehicle at the scene with the windows shot out. Maria Calzadillas, 53, reportedly had two gunshot wounds to the back of her head and she was transported to Medical Center Hospital, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office affidavit stated. Sheriff Mike Griffis said on Wednesday the shooting victim was able to positively identify the gunman who was arrested on scene. Melissa Sierra, 52, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Sierra admitted to firing at least one shot from a 12-gauge shotgun in the direction of Calzadillas, the affidavit detailed. The sheriff’s office stated in a news release the 9-1-1 call was received by ECSO dispatch from the shooting victim’s daughter. When Calzadillas was transported to the hospital Wednesday, officials said she was in stable condition. Susan Thornton, community relations coordinator for MCH, said over the phone Thursday morning Calzadillas was listed in good condition. Sierra has one bond totaling $50,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday morning, jail records show.center_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp ECSO identifies suspected gunman; victim remains in good condition Previous articleBoy’s Basketball: Permian vs TascosaNext article012619_PBVE_Tourney_TV_03 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Nurturing talent: building the workforce of the future

first_img In 2008, learndirect published Nurturing Talent in conjunction with Cranfield School of Management.It showed that, despite the worsening economic context at the time, organisations still believed in investing in their employees’ development and in “growing their own” talent, as well as recruiting skills from the external labour market.The report demonstrated that, not only was the internal development of talent perceived to be cheaper than the recruitment of the required skills and experience, but also this approach had allowed some organisations to survive previous economic downturns by creating a skilled, committed and motivated workforce.Nurturing Talent: building the workforce of the future takes a look at how things have changed five years on. In particular it looks at the current issue of youth unemployment and discusses the barriers to employing younger workers, skills development amongst young people and how apprenticeships can help tackle these issues.The report draws on the results of a recent survey amongst UK businesses and outlines a number of recommendations for ensuring we reach the ambitious goals set out in the Leitch report by 2020.Download your copy of Nurturing talent: building the workforce of the future Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Nurturing talent: building the workforce of the futureBy learndirect on 28 Apr 2013 in learndirect research, Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Latest Your Move and Reeds Rains branch closures are in North East, reveals LSL

first_imgLSL’s latest branch closures programme for its Your Move and Reeds brands has been revealed, this time including six branches in the North East of England.Four of these have already closed and are covered with the signature door and window glass whitewash while a further two, and possibly more in Cumbria, are due to close.The branches affected so far include those in Gosforth (pictured), Heaton, Prudhoe, Alnwick, Stockton and Yarm.But LSL says that although the redundancies are to be kept to a minimum, it is not able yet to put an exact figure on how many roles will go in the North East.The company has also revealed the 11 ‘keystone’ branches in the region. These are to be in Carlisle, Crawcrook, Darlington, Durham City, Sunderland, Wallsend, Whickham, Whitehaven, Whitley Bay, Wigton and Winlaton.Larger teams“Whilst a number of branches in the North East have been merged or closed as part of the creation of our keystone branches, [these] will generally have larger teams of dedicated experts in residential sales, lettings and financial services roles than previous Your Move and Reeds Rains branches had in place,” a spokesperson told local media.“Our ambition for the keystone branches is to be centres of excellent customer service, great places to work and efficiently run and supported.”The latest closures are part of LSL’s £15 million restructure of its two leading estate agency brands revealed on 9th February which will see 43 branches closed across the UK as well as many sold off to franchisees or merged.LSL Reeds Rains north east Your Move February 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Latest Your Move and Reeds Rains branch closures are in North East, reveals LSL previous nextAgencies & PeopleLatest Your Move and Reeds Rains branch closures are in North East, reveals LSLCompany says that although half a dozen branches are closing, 11 enlarged ‘keystone’ branches are to be established.Nigel Lewis27th February 201903,126 Viewslast_img read more

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Club creates a better biscuit

first_imgUnited Biscuits (UBUK) has reformulated its Jacob’s Club biscuit range, which now has a significant increase in chocolate content, as well as a new packaging design.The biscuit bars, available in orange, mint and fruit versions, will also highlight the fact they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated vegetable oil on-pack.The biscuits, snacks and cakes manufacturer has also launched a new on-pack promotion for its McCoy’s brand crisps. It has teamed up with the British Curry Club to offer consumers two main curry dishes for the price of one with each pack of McCoy’s purchased. UBUK has also added two limited edition packs to support the promotion: Mighty Madras and Rogan Oh-My-Josh.last_img read more

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