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Playtech expands win2day partnership with bingo launch

first_imgUnder the agreement, win2day will open several standard bingo rooms, as well as standalone versions of popular Playtech Bingo Network brands, including Age of the Gods Bingo, Housey Bingo and Lucky Numbers Bingo. In addition to the bespoke bingo offering, win2day will also roll out a range of side games, which will now be available as standalone products, including titles such as Dynamite Digger, Fruity Burst and George and the Dragon. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Juergen Smutek, head of bingo at win2day, added: “Bringing Bingo to the Austrian market has involved unique challenges, but Playtech has ensured we have the right set-up to offer the best standalone Bingo offering to our players – one that is both profitable and satisfies the requirements of our regulator.”  Industry giant Playtech has expanded its partnership with win2day, the online gaming brand operated by Casinos Austria subsidiary Austrian Lotteries, to offer a new online bingo proposition to customers in the country. Tags: Casinos Austria win2day The agreement builds on a long-standing relationship between the supplier and win2day, which has operated a Playtech-powered poker offering since February 2016. Later that year, the win2day network was also connected to Finnish operator Raha-automaattiyhdistys – now part of Veikkaus – in what was described at the time as an industry first. Topics: Casino & games Lottery Bingo Sazka, which jointly controls Casinos Austria alongside state investment arm Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG), said in April it aimed to mitigate the loss of revenue caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic through government support, and by migrating players to the win2day online portal. Playtech expands win2day partnership with bingo launch 17th November 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sazka said there had been a limited impact on Austrian Lotteries’ sales network. However, all of Casinos Austria’s casinos were closed from 16 March, as were Austrian Lotteries’ gaming halls, and casinos in other territories. Regions: Austria “Working with a supplier as experienced as Playtech, which has built up a leading network in key markets such as the UK, has been a major boost. We look forward to bringing our players a fantastic range of new Bingo content and establishing it as an exciting vertical for our players.” Bingo “Partnering with Austrian Lotteries to bring online Bingo to win2day players is a fantastic opportunity,” Playtech director of digital bingo Angus Nisbet said. “We’re very excited about the potential of the new Bingo offering in the Austrian market, and look forward to building a long, successful relationship with the win2day brand.” Email Addresslast_img read more

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City Council completes budget workshops

first_img August 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Consensus vote of 5-0 to increase millage rate 0.5The Apopka City Council concluded its series of workshops yesterday by keeping the 0.5 millage increase that was proposed in an earlier workshop.The Council cancelled the scheduled budget workshop for today. The proposed $102,264,752 budget for fiscal year 2017 moves to the public hearings stage next month.The Council voted 5-0 and gave consensus to raise the property tax rate by a half-mill, which would equal $50 in additional annual taxes for every $100,000 in taxable property value. It was the first of three votes needed to set the rate.“I think it’s a modest increase that sets Apopka up for future success,” said Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “That’s my goal – to set Apopka up for success. I want to make Apopka the best metropolitan community in Central Florida.”“I’m pleased we are putting reserves back,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson. “Putting back reserves was my sticking point. Had we not done that, I would not have been for it.”Commissioner Kyle Becker summarized the workshops as a process, and looked forward to future discussions on the budget.“As we went through the budget process and workshops over the last month, it became apparent we would not be positioned to address short term infrastructure, facility and fleet needs; as well as address resource deficiencies to ensure quality service and safety to our residents. In lieu of pulling more dollars from reserves, it was a unanimous decision to increase the rate by half a millage point. Apopka will still benefit from a millage rate lower than most in our area, but be better positioned for future budget needs. I also look forward to having conversations about new or revised impact fees to mitigate the burden on current residents for growth needs brought on by new development.” Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom If I had of put on my black dress, and got ready, and drove to the budget workshop scheduled for today, I would have been mad since you all, the city council, cancelled. However, I have learned how undependable your scheduled meeting plans are, so I was not taken aback. I will voice my concerns about the property tax millage rate increase at the Sept. 7th, 2016 council meeting ( that is, if you all don’t change the meeting date or time again) ! Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka City CouncilBudget WorkshopsMayor Joe Kilsheimer Previous articleStanding Desks reduce childhood obesityNext articleTropical System targets Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Victoria Residence / NatureHumaine

first_img Houses CopyAbout this officeNatureHumaineOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationMontrealOn FacebookCanadaPublished on February 17, 2020Cite: “Victoria Residence / NatureHumaine” 17 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Canada ArchDaily Victoria Residence / NatureHumaine “COPY” City:MontrealCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. The project consists of the expansion and complete renovation of a single-family house located in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie (Montreal, Qc, Canada), to welcome a happy and unexpected arrival of a third child into the family, named Victoria.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe design concept is defined by the transformation of the house by integrating three structural architectural elements. First, the addition of Victoria’s bedroom on the back facade forms a cantilevered box attached to the facade, secondly by creating a new balcony on the front facade and finally, in the heart of the house, a new staircase articulates and organizes the functions of the house. These three elements are distinguished by the use of a unique colour, in a sage green shade, which, depending on the light intensity and the changing exposure during the day, presents a wide variation in contrasts and shades.Save this picture!AxoSave this picture!Ground floor planIn the heart of the house, this touch of colour on the stairs attracts the attention and becomes a playful and geometric element. The monochrome staircase is designed as a lightweight structural work, composed of steel blades and painted cabinetry panels.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsIt defines the playground area in double height by extending the colour applied to the floor. Also, this central space is surmounted by a large skylight that brings light to the heart of the house as well as to all the surrounding service rooms, particularly the bathrooms, which are equipped with large glass imposts.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsIn the children’s bathroom, a bright yellow tone reinforces the playful function of this space, which is also seen as a space for play, learning and well-being dedicated to children.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsAround this, the palette of materials is deliberately sober and raw in order to contrast with the monochrome and smooth aspect of sage green. Thus, the fibrocement panels of the exterior façade are preserved naturally and extend into the dining-room. The galvanized steel of balconies and concrete foundations are expressed in their raw aesthetics. The ancestral wood structure of the interior wall ”piece on piece” is exposed and painted white in the double height space, while the structural beams of the living room are left exposed and stained in the same shade as the wooden floor.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe result of this transformation is a house that expresses both a singularity through its strong and omnipresent colour while revealing an intervention that leaves a large part to the expression of a simple and minimalist materiality.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsProject gallerySee allShow lessPossum Shoot Shed / DFJ ArchitectsSelected ProjectsLoft on 72nd Street / Nauzet RodríguezSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933922/victoria-residence-naturehumaine Clipboard Manufacturers: Alumilex, Caesarstone, Daltile, DuPont, Solū Custom Hardwood, Alphabet, Finex Inc, Rubi, Tungstene CopyHouses, Renovation•Montreal, Canada Architects: NatureHumaine Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Adrien Williams+ 22Curated by Paula Pintos Share Construction N. Deslauriers 2019 Year:  Area:  193 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Adrien Williams Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Victoria Residence / NatureHumaineSave this projectSaveVictoria Residence / NatureHumaine “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933922/victoria-residence-naturehumaine Clipboard Projects General Contractor: last_img read more

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Exigimos la renuncia de Pedro Pierluisi y la junta dictatorial

first_img4 de agosto de 2019. El colectivo A Call to Action on Puerto Rico / Un Llamado a la Acción por Puerto Rico, desde la diáspora rebelde, celebramos la renuncia de Ricardo Roselló. Es el triunfo de un pueblo ya harto de los abusos políticos, económicos y sociales perpetuados por los estados unidos y sus lacayos de patio en contra del pueblo puertorriqueño. Nuestro pueblo exige el fin del coloniaje y la destitución de todos los representantes del imperio colonial. Entendemos que la rápida sustitución de Pedro Pierluisi como gobernador colonial es un atento de la metrópoli por medio de su Junta Dictatorial de Control Fiscal de tratar de reestablecer su control, apaciguar la justa indignación del pueblo y mantener el orden colonial. Puertorriqueños en el archipiélago y la diáspora, de todos los sectores del pueblo, dejaron sus reclamos claros en las calles. Dijeron claramente que no aceptarán ningún gobierno de blanquitos, corruptos e inescrupulosos, junto con la junta dictatorial impuesta por los Estados Unidos. No habrá paz para el imperio ni para sus lacayos. Es hora para la descolonización. ¡Es hora para un Puerto Rico Libre!#Rossellórenuncia # Telegramgate #IndependenciaparaPuerto Rico #esadeudanoesnuestra #cancelthedebt #ACalltoActiononPuertoRicoContact us: [email protected] Page: A Call to Action on Puerto RicoInstagram: prcalltoactionprcalltoactionFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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RSF calls for more Facebook transparency on Myanmar

first_imgAfter a 15-fold increase in the number of users in the space of three years, Facebook had 30 million users in Myanmar in 2017 and had become the main source of news for the country’s population. “Beast” Welcoming Facebook’s announcement that it has finally closed the accounts of senior military officers in Myanmar who had been blamed for the ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the social networking giant to act transparently in future. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the armed forces commander-in-chief, made extensive use of Facebook to circulate the military’s anti-Rohingya propaganda until his account was finally closed at the start of this week (photocredit: Ye Aung Thu / AFP – Daniel Bastard / RSF). Myanmar is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedoms Armed conflictsInternet It took Facebook a year to take concrete measures to rein in the appalling online hate machine that contributed to the systematic of massacre of Rohingyas initiated by Myanmar’s armed forces on 25 August 2017. News In April, a coalition of six Myanmar NGOs wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemning his social networking platform’s culpable negligence in Myanmar, the flimsiness of its hate message detection system, the lack of any response mechanism and the complete absence of transparency. In his reply, Zuckerberg said he was taking steps to address the problem and had “increased the number of people across the company on Myanmar-related issues.” Help by sharing this information August 31, 2018 RSF calls for more Facebook transparency on Myanmar The social networking platform has finally said it is closing 20 Myanmar-based Facebook accounts, including the account of Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the armed forces commander-in-chief. It made the announcement four days ago, the same day that the UN accused him and five other officers of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. May 31, 2021 Find out more News Lack of transparency Follow the news on Myanmar “For months and even years, civil society representatives in Myanmar and abroad had been criticizing Facebook for its part in disseminating unverified reports that helped trigger ethnic violence, but its responses were never satisfactory and, until now, everything was done in an utterly opaque manner. It is high time for Facebook to demonstrate responsibility and transparency.” Such grossly pejorative terms, which clearly violated Facebook’s “community standards,” were used on a massive scale and at least 700,000 Rohingyas had to flee the bloodshed that resulted from the hate speech and incitements to violence. But a Reuters story a few days ago showed that nothing has really changed and that unverified reports and posts inciting racial hatred are still circulating on Facebook in Myanmar. The situation is such that, on 29 August, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, said Facebook should not wait until there was another Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, two Reuters reporters who defied a de facto military ban by investigating a massacre carried by soldiers, have meanwhile spent the past nine months in prison and are facing the possibility of 14-year jail terms under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act. A verdict is expected in their trial on 3 September.center_img Main source of news Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Widely accused of negligence, the tech giant recently hired the San Francisco-based firm Business for Social Responsibility to carry out an audit of its practices. Facebook told RSF it wanted a “human rights impact assessment in Myanmar” and expected the results “this fall.” In March of this year, the UN accused Facebook of playing a “determining role” in the spread of false information and hate speech in Myanmar. Facebook “turned into a beast,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en “We welcome Facebook’s willingness to examine its own role in exacerbating the hatred that led to these genocidal events, but the results of this audit, and its methodology, must be made public in their entirety as soon as they are known,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Receive email alerts News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Although Facebook has become the main source of news in Myanmar, the accuracy and nature of the content posted on its platform are clearly not verified in the same way as the news stories produced by traditional journalists, whose work is heavily restricted in Myanmar. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedoms Armed conflictsInternet Journalists who try to cover fundamentalist Buddhist groups are subjected to prosecutions and online harassment. The victims have included Swe Win, the editor of the Myanmar Now news website, who was prosecuted for writing about the hate speech used by Ashin Wirathu, the monk described as “The Face of Buddhist Terror” in a Time Magazine cover story in 2013. “full-blown crisis” and “should be thinking proactively about what steps they will take.” Senior military officers used it to circulate their propaganda, while Buddhist fundamentalists used it to circulate their lies and calls for the extermination of “Muslim dogs”, “Bengali maggots” and “kalars” (“ကုလား”, a slang word in Burmese) – terms used to refer to Rohingyas living in northern Rakhine state until they were driven out by massacres committed by both soldiers and civilians. May 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Breaking: Kerala High Court Grants Bail To Suspended IAS Officer M Sivasankar In Money Laundering Case

first_imgNews UpdatesBreaking: Kerala High Court Grants Bail To Suspended IAS Officer M Sivasankar In Money Laundering Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Jan 2021 1:29 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate in relation to the gold smuggling case.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon passed the order.”There is no doubt about the complicity of the applicant and there are no reasonable grounds to believe…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court on Monday granted  bail to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate in relation to the gold smuggling case.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon passed the order.”There is no doubt about the complicity of the applicant and there are no reasonable grounds to believe that he is not guilty. However, it should also be considered whether there is a likelihood of the applicant committing any offence while on bail. I am afraid that the prosecution has not been able to establish this fact. Going by the allegations made by the ED, the applicant was indulged in laundering of 64 lakhs which was seized from the SBI locker. ₹ There is no indication that the applicant had anything to do with the locker belonging to A2 in Federal Bank. Thus the proviso to Section 45 (1) of the PMLA would operate in view of the fact that the money allegedly laundered is less than rupees one crore. The fact that the applicant is suffering from various illness would also come to his benefit as the proviso to Section 45 exempts a sick person from the rigours of the Section.”, the court observed.The court observed that embargo under Section 45 (1) of the PMLA would continue to stand in the way of granting bail to the applicant except under the conditions mentioned therein.The court also noted that he has been in custody since 28/10/2020 and was subjected to interrogation including custodial interrogation in a number of times. “The present pandemic times also does not encourage incarceration of an accused indefinitely. I find no rationale for continuing the applicant’s judicial custody as an under trial in this case The applicant is therefore, entitled to be released on regular bail on stringent condition.”, Justice Ashok Menon said while directed his release on bail on execution of bond for 5,00,000/-with two solvent ₹ sureties for like amount each to the satisfaction of the Jurisdictional court.Earlier today he got default bail in a case registered by Customs in relation to Kerala Gold Smuggling case. But he is in custody in a case related to alleged dollar smuggling, in which the Customs arrested him last week.On October 28, the High Court had dismissed Sivasankar’s anticipatory bail plea in the ED case observing that there were circumstances suggesting that he might be involved in money laundering with Swapna Suresh. The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of 24 carat gold worth ₹14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, which was sought to be brought through the diplomatic consignment sent to UAE consulate at the State capital.Sivasankar came under the cloud of suspicion on account of his connections with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and P R Sarith. After the reports about gold smuggling surfaced in media, the state government suspended him from service last July for alleged violations of conduct rules.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Comment: Unfair Stereotypes for Idea Idols

first_imgIt saddened me to read the recent editorial, ‘Idea Idle’, as I feel entrepreneurship needs to be encouraged and not belittled.The Delboy model of enterprise is an unfair stereotype. Entrepreneurship is a rewarding though challenging career. The entrepreneurs I know are fixing real world problems, not ‘scamming pensioners and dodging taxes.’ Moreover, entrepreneurship has been shown to be an incredibly powerful way to institute social change and not a ‘blissful western, capitalist belief that good can be achieved by seeking a profit.’ Our two most recent speakers, John Bird and Sir Tom Hunter, show two very different and incredibly successful models of change. John Bird created the revolutionary social enterprise, The Big Issue, which has enabled and supported homeless people in getting themselves out of poverty. Sir Tom Hunter, on the other hand, made his fortune through retail, and plans to invest £1 billion in venture philanthropy. By using the rigorous methods of venture capitalists to ensure progress, Sir Tom hopes to improve education and aid third world development.Entrepreneurs care more about making a difference than making a profit. Yes, money is a huge motivation to work, both in large corporations where shareholders demand returns, and in start-ups where lack of money spells death of the project. But the difference for entrepreneurs is that the project is all important: the entrepreneurs I’ve met are driven by the desire to see their idea or vision actualised, whilst profit is seen more as a way of keeping tally of success.So why do we run Idea Idol? I believe that it is really important that students at Oxford ask themselves, ‘Could I be an entrepreneur?’ Far too many graduates are lured by the money and lifestyle associated with comfortable graduate jobs such as banking and consultancy. The pay is good, but a banker is not going to fix the problems they themselves see as facing society or consumers, whereas entrepreneurs go out and do something about it. Oxford Entrepreneurs (OE) exists to support and encourage emerging entrepreneurs from Oxford. Our successes include five fully-funded start-ups, from Bright Green, who work in ethical recruiting, to Groupspaces, who help clubs and societies manage their members. The steps in setting up an enterprise are relatively straight-forward, but such steps can be incredibly difficult to take. OE tries to make the process a little easier, helping its members build up the momentum they need to run their ventures after graduation, and that was our motivation to run Idea Idol.Yes, there is a male dominance in entrepreneurship and this was reflected in the competition: over 75% of entrants were male. Encouraging women to become entrepreneurs, and the need to level out the numbers, is something of which I am very aware. It is not for want of role models.One need only look to one judge, Reshma Sohni, (Seedcamp) and one of last year’s winner, Jessica Mather-Hillon (Matoke Matoke) for inspiration. We are looking at ways to improve this situation, but are always open to proposals. If you have one yourself, please send it to [email protected] final point. One of the winning ‘idle’ ideas you lambast as ‘milking the NHS for profit’, Altitude Medical, estimate they can save over 2,500 lives a year and tens of millions of pounds of NHS spending. In my opinion that makes them true Idea Idols.Alasdair Bell is the President of Oxford Entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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Press release: New Year, new lick of paint for local charity

first_imgGeneral enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England Mental Health First Aiders at OakleafTom Briggs, from Highways England, said: We are thrilled to have the support of Highways England. Bringing our charity and businesses together is a fantastic way of connecting corporate organisations with the local community whilst raising awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma that is connected to this invisible illness. We strive to work with businesses who take a genuine interest in the mental well-being of their staff – Highways England are a fantastic example of a company doing just that, with a wonderful, proactive team of MHFA trained employees based in the Guildford office. Both the staff and clients here at Oakleaf are so grateful to Highways England for all their fundraising efforts so far and for coming down to help redecorate our slightly tired looking room! We look forward to growing this partnership with Highways England as we continue to support some of the most vulnerable adults in our local community live well with a mental illness. We wanted to do something practical and had originally thought about offering to do some gardening – recognising the positive link between physical exercise and well-being. But we found that the art room at Oakleaf was a tad uninspiring and clearly in need of a re-vamp. It has been a real learning curve for those of us with no DIY skills and a great opportunity for us to build links with Oakleaf, a hidden gem whose staff and volunteers do such a fantastic job. We hope to continue to support them. Eli Beckett at Oakleaf Enterprise said: Highways England staff painting the art roomTom said: In the weeks leading up to D-Day (day of decorating) the team met regularly to organise a rota, delegate tasks and buy supplies. They also gained the support of the local B&Q at Ladymeade Retail Centre who kindly donated some paint and brushes. With Christmas around the corner and it being the season of goodwill the group, who between them work in a variety of roles at Highways England in Guildford, wanted to help a local organisation which supports people with mental health issues.The group of volunteers approached Oakleaf Enterprise, which is located nearby to their workplace, with an offer of help. With 1 in 4 people in the UK suffering from a mental illness every single year, Oakleaf’s services have never been more vital.The December timing was perfect as over Christmas one in ten people feel unable to cope, rising to a third of people with a mental health problem. And over a quarter of people feel the pressure to have the ‘perfect Christmas’, increasing to half of those with a mental health problem (48%). Many of the individuals Oakleaf support don’t have loved ones to celebrate with at this time of year and the charity needs donations to give as presents to their clients at their Christmas party. So we also collected donations from our colleagues for Oakleaf to give to their clients at their Christmas party. Our volunteering is mutually beneficial as we are able to raise the profile of volunteer Mental Health First Aiders both within our organisation and the wider community. In the same way first aiders are called to help people with physical injuries we are here to offer initial support and guidance to those going through a difficult time or may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, especially at times like Christmas when there is social pressure to be seen as having a good time.last_img read more

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Speech: Social media, young people and mental health

first_imgEveryday magic, but it is not automatic. Resilience isn’t a fixed attribute. It’s something we can teach. It’s something that can be learned, it’s something that must be nurtured.It’s an essential life skill that we should equip every child and young person with, so they can meet challenges head-on, face adversity, learn and grow, and improve as a person.I’m delighted we’re working with our colleagues at the Department for Education to equip and empower children, from a young age, with this essential life skill.Teaching resilience, along with self-respect and self-worth, learning about the importance of honesty, courage, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and justice.Values to live by, and vital to our mental health.We’re also teaching children about the dangers of fake news and why truth matters – whether it’s falsehoods about vaccines or falsehoods about people.As a parent, I want to protect my children from the dangers in this world, but I know I can’t be with them every minute of the day – I don’t think they’d like it very much if I tried.But I hope that what I’ve taught them will help prepare them for the challenges they will face in the future.As parents, as a society, we can’t remove every challenge, but we can teach young people how to overcome them, how to cope with adversity, and how to become more resilient.So it comes down to this:Responsibility: everybody playing their part – social media companies, government, parents and carers.Research: building the evidence base to improve our understanding, and improve the new technology.Resilience: teaching the right way to respond to challenges.That’s how we protect our children. And that’s how we build a safer, healthier world for them to grow up in.And it is an area in which we can succeed – we are leading the world and we must not fail if we’re going to ensure the next generation grows up to live the happy and fulfilling lives that we all want to see. An Irishman, a Barbadian and a Kiwi…Sorry, there’s no punchline – I just wanted to talk about our England cricket team, who I met on the way over here at Downing Street.And our brilliant England captain, star bowler and star batsman, and this entire generation of England cricketers, who come from so many different backgrounds to play for our country.Because these guys – like the England Women’s World Cup team – are role models to so many boys and girls in this country.And it’s a sign of how far we’ve come since Norman Tebbit’s infamous ‘cricket test’ that nobody cares where you come from, only where you want to call home. And I hope that we call it a new cricket test that we are a meritocracy as a country wherever you come from.I thought it was worth starting with the England cricket team, not only to cheer everybody up but also because we have to make sure that we remember what the recent past was like when we decide on the future.Our sporting role models now reflect what our country looks like – and this itself is a huge sign of progress. I think we can take that analysis into the space we’re talking about tonight.Because things weren’t always better for children and teenagers before smartphones and social media. We often discuss the impact of social media and the challenges it brings but as mentioned in the introduction we must also remember the great advances it brings.By most metrics it’s never been better: smoking is down, alcohol misuse is down, drug abuse is down. More young people are staying in school and going to university than ever before.You see the thing is, no matter how much we care about improving our country, we’ve always got to base those improvements on an honest assessment of where we are. An honest assessment means also reflecting that each age brings new challenges and our task is to rise to those new challenges and harness those for the benefit of our society.This afternoon some of the biggest social media companies in the world – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and Snapchat – all came together at the Department for Health and Social Care……the Matt Hancock app was also represented.And what we discussed is exactly what we’re talking about tonight – young people, social media and the impact on mental health. And the word that kept coming up in the meeting – and not just from me – was responsibility.It was clear: the penny has now dropped – social media companies get that they have a social responsibility, and that we all have a shared responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our children.This was the third social media summit I’ve called this year, and so far we’ve managed to get the big tech firms – which includes Twitter – to agree to remove suicide and self-harm content, and start addressing the spread of anti-vax misinformation, Instagram have introduced a new anti-bullying tool, and they’ve all repeated to me that they recognise they have a duty of care to their users, particularly children and young people.The next step from the work we’ve been doing is research. Today, we agreed that we must build a scientifically-rigorous evidence base so we can better understand the health impact of social media, and so we can better identify what more we need to do to keep our children safe online.We will use the data that social media companies hold for social good. Because, while we’ve made significant progress in these past few months, there is still much more to do.And ultimately we need to ensure we allow those who express themselves on social media as a cry for help to make that cry while not subjecting others to the damaging impact of viewing material that promotes self-harm or suicide.And I have made it crystal-clear that if they don’t collaborate, we will legislate.So today, we agreed to start a new strategic partnership between the Samaritans and ‘the big 6’: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, YouTube and Twitter.We want the social media companies to contribute at least £1 million to get this partnership off the ground. The government is playing a leading role in bringing this partnership together, and has also contributing funding.Our mission will be to follow the evidence: develop a scientifically based understanding of what the challenge is, and what resources, support and guidelines we need to establish and better protect children and young people online.And the key will be to ensure we have a clinically credible analysis of what should and shouldn’t be online and ensure when social media companies want to take down content that is harmful, or are required to take down content that is harmful, the boundary of what should and shouldn’t be online is defined by clinical standards. There’s a clear need for a partnership here to make sure we get that line right.Ultimately technology isn’t the problem: cars don’t kill people because of a design flaw. People die in car crashes, most of the time, due to human error.The challenge with social media is also a human challenge.I’m well known for caring about driving technological upgrades through the NHS and before that across the economy as culture secretary. The reason I care about technology is because I care about people.Ultimately, harnessing people to harness technology – that is the challenge that we face. The challenge we face online is to ask the question: are humans going to do the right thing?Are social media companies going to play their part by making their services safer?Are governments going to hold these companies to account?And how are we going to support parents and carers to keep their children safe and healthy online?Essentially, how are we all going to live up to our responsibilities?And I believe we will. For 2 reasons.First: history shows us that new technologies sometimes develop faster than our ability to fully understand their impact, but when we do catch up, we act successfully.It took a century of speed limits, vehicle inspections, traffic lights, drink-driving laws, seatbelt legislation, to make driving as safe as it is now. And now, per mile driven, cars have never been safer.And we’re still not done, because driver-less cars will be the next step – proof that progress is driven both by advances in understanding and improvements in the technology itself.And of course that progress, itself, is never complete.I take inspiration from the first modern labour law in this country, introduced by a Conservative: Robert Peel, father to Sir Robert Peel, one of our greatest prime ministers.The 1802 Health and Morals of Apprentices Act recognised that cotton mill owners needed to better protect the children working with this new-fangled machinery.Now, it took a few more decades, and a few more factory acts, before child labour was outlawed altogether, but that first Factory Act, introduced by a Conservative mill owner, started the course of gradual improvements to make the world of work safer for children, women and men.This task of harnessing new technology for the benefit of society does not take one act of parliament – it is a constant effort to make sure our rulebook is up to date, to allow for the great innovations of our age but to also ensure the benefit of that innovation is brought to the whole of society.The history of technology, the history of humanity itself, is one of constant and gradual improvements. Now, gradual does not mean slow – that’s not to say we need to wait decades for change to happen.The pace of technological transformation is faster now than at any point in history so we must pick up the pace of progress to make this technology safer, sooner.Look at it this way: Facebook is 15 years old now, which in tech years is about… 46. They’ve even appointed Nick Clegg – and you don’t get more of a grown-up than Sir Nick.So this technology is maturing, there’s more middle-aged people now using Facebook than teenagers, and through improving our understanding and improving the technology, we can make it safer for everyone. That’s the first reason I have confidence that we will get this right, but it requires constant effort to upgrade the laws by which we live.Second: Mental health, thanks to the actions of this Prime Minister, and her predecessor, is finally being talked about, and taken as seriously as physical health.[Political content withdrawn]We’ve started a fundamental shift in how we think about mental health in this country, and the approach the NHS is taking to preventing, treating and supporting good mental health in the future.This fundamental shift is important but it is by no means complete. We’ve put a record amount of funding into mental health services but there is so much more to do.And I think it’s very important that we talk about the impact of social media, and the wellbeing of young people, in this wider context of good mental health: how do we promote and encourage good mental health?So the third, and final thing, I’d like to touch on tonight is resilience, which is really another way of saying prevention: the guiding principle of the NHS over the next decade.How can we help people, particularly children and young people, to become more resilient in the first place?This isn’t about telling people to toughen up – it’s about teaching people the cognitive and emotional skills they need to deal with adversity.It’s about promoting positive mental health and preventing problems from causing illness.Because life will throw at you challenges, times of stress and adversity – losing a job, divorce, bereavement. It’s how we respond, how resilient we are, that ultimately determines the impact on our mental health.The child development expert, Professor Ann Masten, puts it brilliantly: Resilience does not come from rare and special qualities, but from the everyday magic of ordinary, normative human resources in the minds, brains, and bodies of children.last_img read more

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32nd Annual Tibet House US Benefit Brings Patti Smith, Jason Isbell, Jon Batiste, Angelique Kidjo, & More To Carnegie Hall [Photos]

first_imgThe 32nd annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was held on February 7th to a sold-out audience.The event, which has been captivating audiences for over three decades, was created to support the Tibet House US. Founded in 1987, the nonprofit institution was created at the request of the Dalai Lama to provide the continued preservation of Tibet’s rich cultural history. Amidst the opulence and cultural heritage of Carnegie Hall, the event played host to a diverse range of celebrated artists. Composer Philip Glass, who once again served as the artistic director for the event, explained to the crowd that “everyone who plays here is a gift.” A gift, indeed, with a stellar lineup that included the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Jon Batiste, and Nathanial Rateliff, to name a few.A group of Tibetan monks opened the show with a traditional chant, and as their six voices became one, a profound resonance was created, one powerful enough to raise the consciousness of the room and set the stage for a night of memorable performances. The first artist to take the stage was avant-pop artist Laurie Anderson, accompanied by celebrated cellist Rubin Kodheli. Anderson dedicated her composition to her teacher, Tibetan Buddhist lama Mingyur Rinpoche, who taught her that “everything is love.” A highlight of her set was her leading the audience in a collective scream, inspired by Yoko Ono‘s social media reaction to Trump’s 2017 election.Tibetan musician Tenzin Choeyal lightened the mood with a melodic and enchanting rendition of his song, “Heartstrings”, backed exquisitely by The Scorchio Quartet (who also joined Debbie Harry, New Order and Jon Batiste later performances). Chris Robinson and Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood added a little swagger to the event with “California Hymn”, invoking the roots-rock majesty of The Band.Jason Isbell followed with a striking departure from his typical repertoire, trading in his typical folksy ballads for an experimental instrumental guitar set. Debbie Harry, sporting a cape that read “Stop Fucking the Planet,” performed a haunting deconstruction of her hit, “Heart of Glass”, with support by Philip Glass on piano. The Patti Smith Band performed The Rolling Stones’ “I’m Free”, featuring teases of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. Members of New Order, including Bernard Sumner, roused the audience with “Ceremony,” “Love Vigilantes” and a cover of David Bowie’sBe My Wife”.Standouts of the evening included Nathaniel Rateliff and Jon Batiste‘s rollicking cover of Sam & Dave‘s ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’”, Patti Smith’s spoken-word “Prophecy’s Lullaby” into Midnight Oil‘s“Beds Are Burning” (which had the audience dancing in their seats), a stunning two-song piano set by the ever-adroit Jon Batiste, and Stephen Colbert‘s surprisingly sober reading of Allen Ginsberg‘s poem, “Birdbrain”, accompanied by Glass on piano. African artist Angelique Kidjo, dubbed by TIME magazine as “Africa’s premier diva,” ended the night with her stunning vocal range, leading a boisterous group finale of Talking Heads‘ “Once in a Lifetime”.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from the event courtesy of photographer Jeremy Gordon.For more information about Tibet House, head here.32nd Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert w/ Jason Isbell, Patti Smith, Nathaniel Rateliff, & More | Carnegie Hall | New York, NY | 2/7/18 | Photos: Jeremy Gordon Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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