Institute of Fundraising aims to protect charities’ revenue from lotteries

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Institute of Fundraising aims to protect charities’ revenue from lotteries  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 September 2002 | News The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Law Association are working to secure revenue from charity lotteries and lottery-type promotions.The organisations have submitted a joint response to the Government Consultation on the law on prize competitions. They believe that the current and longstanding public policy that lotteries must benefit good causes is in jeopardy because of proposed changes to prize competition laws.The submission calls calls for the definitions of ‘lotteries’ (games determined by chance) and ‘prize competitions’ (games involving skill) to be amplified to deal with twenty-first century developments such as premium-rate lines, text messages and the Internet and to ensure that charities continue to benefit from the proceeds of lotteries. Advertisement Andrew Watt, Head of Policy at the Institute of Fundraising said, “Any distinction between the two activities must be effectively regulated and enforced and there must be parity in regulation.” 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.last_img read more

Health Minister committed to developing cross-border health

first_img 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Health Minister committed to developing cross-border health RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The Health Minister has said that he is committed to developing more co-operation with the North when it comes to the health service.Planning permission has been granted for the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, which is being funded by the Irish Government and the Stormont Executive.The location of the unit at Altnagelvin will save patients from Derry, Donegal and Strabane having to travel hundreds of miles for what is often a short period of treatment.And Health Minister James Reilly says he wants to see more cross-border initiatives when it comes to health…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/cborder.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Twittercenter_img Google+ News Previous articleUpdate – Spokesperson refuses to comment on number of turbine collapses after turbine comes down in DonegalNext articleSinn Fein to launch draft repeal Bill to have property tax removed News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also By News Highland – March 25, 2013 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

Vermont ski resorts boast vast upgrades to the 2011-2012 season

first_imgAmong the variety of new construction and improvements at Vermont’s resorts, one theme unifies. These snow-centric businesses listen to their guests and year after year, strive to create the best possible experience for their extended family of skiers and riders.Here is the latest update from the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Ski Vermont:BOLTON VALLEY RESORTAccording to Bolton Valley Resort President George Potter, skier visits, which included lift ticket and season pass sales, were up more than nine percent last year from the previous season. Ski and snowboard school participation also increased from the previous year, an indication that Vermonters still turn to their local mountains to either learn to ski or ride or to improve their skills. Headed into 2011-2012, Potter and his team continue to run full steam ahead preparing for a December opening with an increase to the resort’s snowmaking efficiency and the addition of a new groomer. The resort will continue to expand its retail inventory.BROMLEY MOUNTAIN RESORTIn advance of the new KidsRule Mountain Camps program, Bromley plunked close to $1 million into a brand new, 3,000 square foot kids facility and gave the Learning Area a top-to-bottom makeover. The resort added a ‘Kids’ Cabin’ for bathroom breaks and warming up and installed a fully enclosed carpet lift.To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Bromley has also added a new trail named ‘Orion,’ a black diamond glade located between Havoc and Pushover on the East Side. Developed in close coordination with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Green Mountain National Forest, the goal of the new trail is to not only provide great new terrain, but to ensure a sustainable forest both in and around the expanded terrain.BURKE MOUNTAINAs the home mountain to more than 50 Olympians, Burke has had its share of exciting winters, but this season may top them all. After much anticipation, a new high-speed quad will carry guests to the summit in one-third the time of the Willoughby Chair. Skiers and riders will enjoy more time on Burke’s winding trails or deep in the 100+ acres of glades. Burke also added five trails at the summit and a new wind turbine to help offset the energy consumption of the new lift and other resort services. At Mid Burke, the resort is breaking ground on some of the East’s most energy efficient and affordable ski-in/ski-out single family homes; this new construction represents Burke Mountain’s first mountain-run real estate. There’s plenty happening up north this season and it’s just the beginning.JAY PEAK RESORTWhat happens when you give a group of delightfully insane resort marketers a quarter of a billion dollars and ask them to invent a weather-proof ski vacation? Well, you get Jay Peak’s Pump House waterpark. This season Jay Peak will open the Pump House, a 50,000-square foot indoor waterpark ensconced in glass that guarantees happy memories, no matter what the weather. The park features a 50-seat bar overlooking the rides, a slide that drops its passenger into a free-fall and then shoots him or her upside down, and the Double Barrel Flowrider’a standing-wave ride that will allow visitors to ‘surf’ in Vermont. And when the sun shines and the mercury heads out of the chill zone, the Pump House’s retractable roof will bring the outside in. Should folks be having so much fun they want to spend the night, the attached new Hotel Jay has space for more than 700 guests.KILLINGTON RESORTThe 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour returns to Killington Resort, January 19-22, 2012.The removal of the existing Peak Lodge with the new Peak Facility anticipated to open Christmas 2012.A new lift served Tubing Park.Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht joins Killington Resort this winter to teach women’s clinics and mogul clinics.Snowmaking upgrades across the six mountains with the purchase of several hundred new low energy snow guns along with new hydrants, valves and thousands of feet of snowmaking pipe.Four Prinoth snowgroomers will join the resort’s fleet arrive this fall.In the spring of 2012, The K-1 Express Gondola guest drop off area is being renovated and the loading area will be upgraded with a heated walkway and an overhead cover.Additionally, Tropical Storm Irene updates include a new deck and Meissl Umbrella Bar, named the ‘Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar,’ new carpeting in all five of Killington’s base lodges and new landscaping around all five base lodges.Full capital improvements details can be viewed at: www.killington.com/company/media/pressrelease.html?pressrelease=pressrel…(link is external).MAD RIVER GLENOver its 15 years of co-op ownership, Mad River Glen has invested more than $4 million in capital improvements, in keeping with Mad River’s goal to maintain and preserve the mountain experience. Both the skier-owners and the management understand that skiers come to Mad River for the unique combination of legendary terrain, sense of community, low skier density and intimate atmosphere. ‘We don’t want to mess with a winning combination,’ President Jamey Wimble explains. The ability of Mad River Glen to consistently reinvest in the mountain’s infrastructure is a testament to the success of the cooperative. Co-op share sales are always important. New shareholders will know that their support will enable the co-op to fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving Mad River Glen’s unique ski experience for future generations.MAGIC MOUNTAINMagic Mountain continues to invest in what it is known for and defined by; its exciting and challenging terrain, situated in a southern Vermont ski community. For the 2011-12 season, Magic will feature expanded off-piste tree-skiing, enhanced snowmaking on the legendary expert-only west-side; the addition of a new Bombardier snow cat to lay down consistent ‘corduroy,’ a fresh-look for the ‘no wind holds’ Red Chair, and expanded après ski offerings at Goniff’s Den, the social hub for ski-lovers since the 1960s. Magic was important in creating the Vermont ski culture in its earliest days and is celebrating 50 years since the first skiers descended the peak of Magic. This skier-first community is dedicated to keeping that legend alive for enthusiasts to enjoy for another 50 years.MOUNT SNOWSince Peak Resorts purchased Mount Snow in 2007, the company has invested more than $18 million in capital improvements, including the installation of America’s only high speed detachable six-passenger bubble chair lift, the Bluebird Express, expected to be on-line for the start of the 2011-2012 winter season.  The Bluebird Express provides base to summit access in seven minutes. The bubbles provide similar weather protection as a gondola cabin with the comfort and convenience of keeping skis and boards on guest’s feet.  Every night the bubble chairs will be stored in a climate controlled barn, increasing the efficiency of getting chairs back on the line after inclement weather. Other major lift improvements like new chairs with footrests and restraining bars can be enjoyed on a handful of the resort’s lifts.In an effort to relay real-time information to guests on trail and lift status, many large LCD monitors will be installed throughout the resort. These monitors eliminate the need to distribute paper snow reports throughout the day. 1900’ Burger is Mount Snow’s newest eating and drinking establishment with a menu of gourmet Certified Angus Beef burgers, hand-cut fries, unique grilled cheese sandwiches and some of your favorite beers.  Located in the former Timber House, 1900’ Burger is expected to be an instant favorite.OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORTIt was a busy summer for Okemo Mountain Resort operations staff. Okemo’s new Adventure Zone was the primary focus as crews built an 18-hole miniature golf course, a four-station bungee trampoline attraction, a new snack bar, picnic area and other summertime enhancements around Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, a four season roller coaster ride that winds through trees and follows the contours of the mountain for a thrilling alpine experience.Winter visitors will also see a number of improvements around the resort. Upgrades to Okemo’s snowmaking system will include 15 new HKD Genesis guns, rebuilt pumps and motors, plus miles of new pipe. Okemo is investing $125,000 in new alpine and Nordic equipment for its rental fleet. The Clock Tower ticket plaza has received a makeover with some repairs and the creation of additional green space. New technology upgrades around the resort include: equipment upgrades for Ski Patrol, new computers, an improved ticketing system, plus integrated services to create efficiencies in Okemo’s existing technology systems. Visit Okemo’s Online Press Kit for more information.SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORTSmugglers’ has been working with Vermont’s Burton Snowboards to develop the next generation of the Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area on the resort’s Sir Henry’s Learning Hill with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding. The park’s focal point is a ‘treehouse,’ an elevated platform with ramps that children can ride down, a balance area inside the treehouse and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. Playing in the park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allow children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain.Smugglers’ Notch Resort is expanding its group lesson experience to two hours, increasing the value for skiers and riders of all levels by allotting additional time for learning, feedback and practice with the resort’s Snow Sport University teaching staff. Daily two hour group lessons are included in the resort’s classic and summit vacation packages. For more details, visit www.smuggs.com(link is external).STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORTStowe Mountain Resort has replaced the FourRunner chairlift on Mount Mansfield with a new high-speed detachable quad. Originally installed in the ‘80s, the FourRunner has been Stowe’s most popular lift, uploading more skiers and riders than any other lift in the resort’s history. Now, amidst its premiere winter experience, access to some of the greatest terrain variety east of the Rockies will become even more seamless with a new state-of-the-art quad on Vermont’s highest peak. The new lift will debut this ski and ride season.‘Our goal is to provide the very best experience possible for all of our guests,’ states Robert McEleney, CEO and President of Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘The terrain on Mount Mansfield is the heart and soul of the resort. This brand new detachable quad lift will provide superlative lift service to the very best alpine terrain in the East.’Visit http:/stowe.com/media/flash/1112/ for more media info.STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORTThis year, Stratton Mountain Resort honors its 50th birthday with a season-long celebration of its heritage, tradition and progression reflected through five decades of innovation. As Stratton commemorates its Golden Anniversary, every step taken towards the future builds on its pedigree. The 2011-2012 season will add new energy efficient snowguns and equip the gold medal grooming team with an expanded fleet that includes two new snowcats, together bolstering Stratton’s ‘Great Snow Guarantee.’ As the resort and Burton celebrate the 30th anniversary of the US Open, a Vermont Chamber Top 10 Vermont Winter Event, Stratton is excited to announce the launch of Burton’s pilot Experience Snowboarding program, a 360 degree approach to learning snowboarding ‘ the sport and lifestyle. Stratton will also be expanding its terrain this season, cutting four new trails in the Sun Bowl and adding an additional terrain park to Big Ben.SUGARBUSH RESORTSugarbush starts the new season with a complete Lincoln Peak base area. Designed in the Vermont vernacular, the space provides guests with an ultra-convenient and memorable winter vacation experience: slopeside lodging, shopping, specialty dining, instruction for skiers and riders of all abilities and ‘ of course ‘ access to some of the best terrain on the East Coast. The Schoolhouse, designed to resemble a traditional Vermont schoolhouse and decorated with murals and play spaces by celebrated local artists, serves as an all-inclusive home for children’s ski and ride programs.Visitors to Sugarbush will notice a foods menu crafted under the guidance of new Food & Beverage Director Gerry Nooney, who moves on up from his role as executive chef. Nooney’s keen on making local foods a cornerstone of the Sugarbush experience ‘ from cheeses and beef to beers and desserts.TRAPP FAMILY LODGETrapp Family Lodge is proud to announce that on our 2,500 acres we’ve identified 40 km of perfect back country territory for laying tracks on un-groomed snow. The lodge offers a selection of back country equipment along with lessons and guided tours. Head for the back country! www.trappfamily.com/activities/backcountry(link is external).last_img read more

Dreamers Uneasy, But Hopeful, About DACA

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK — President Donald Trump’s action last week, laying the groundwork for the possible repeal of what is commonly called DACA, has its supporters. But it has others fearful for their future.“We’re not a whole load of bad people,” said 19-year-old Red Bank resident Javier Veliz, a self-described “dreamer” who now faces an uncertain future given the president’s move. “We’re here like everybody else, to acquire the American Dream.”Veliz has been living in the United States for 18 years, since his family entered the country without documentation from their native Guatemala. Because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order, Veliz was able to get a valid driver’s license, work a job on the books paying state and federal taxes, and begin studying mechanical engineering at Brookdale Community College. “All these things that people take for granted,” he said.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the president would be rescinding President Obama’s executive order within six months if Congress fails to act upon it. Should Trump carry through on his repeal, these young people could face the loss of employment and educational opportunities and possibly deportation for them and family members, since federal officials have access to their personal information from their initial DACA applications.No one who is not currently participating can enroll, and for existing participants everything is now on hold.Faced with congressional inaction on the long-languishing DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, Obama in 2012 signed his executive order creating DACA. The order allowed those who came as minors (younger than 16) to the U.S. illegally with their families, to legally work, pursue higher education and apply for financial aid, and serve in the military, giving them access to the “American Dream,” hence the name “dreamers.” Proponents saw this as a humane way to help those who really had no part in violating immigration law lead productive lives.Opponents, such as Sessions when he was a U.S. senator, and Trump, called it a violation of the rule of law. Trump who, when he was on the campaign trail, criticized it as unconstitutional and an attempt to usurp Congress’ role in the immigration debate.Trump was facing pushback for not fulfilling his campaign pledge to repeal DACA, resulting in nine Republican state attorneys general bringing suit against the president. And Trump’s decision to repeal the Obama-era order met with approval from stalwart Trump supporters.Barbara Gonzalez, co-founder of the Bayshore Tea Party Group, a conservative grassroots organization operating in the Bayshore area, voiced support last week for the president’s action. In an email message Gonzalez said, “What President Trump is doing, by giving it to Congress to come up with a better plan, is the way it should be done and should have been done in the first place.”Gonzalez went on to say: “We must take care of our own country in order to be helpful to anyone else. We must fix the immigration system so it works better, but we cannot just allow people to come to our country illegally and act like it never happened…”But there was loud and substantial criticism for Trump’s move. It came from some fellow Republicans and political opponents, civil rights and advocacy groups from around the country, from the Catholic Church and other religious groups. “I don’t believe this decision represents the best of our national spirit or the consensus of the American people. This decision reflects only the polarization of our political moment,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Los Angeles, chair of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, in a released statement.Steve Bannon, former Trump chief strategist, criticized the Catholic groups for their criticism on the Sept. 10 episode of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” alleging the Church has “an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.”Frank Argote-Freyre, director of the Latino Coalition of New Jersey, a Freehold-based advocacy group, said this measure has the potential to disrupt the lives of approximately 22,000 in New Jersey who are participating in the DACA program. According to some sources, as many as 800,000 are registered nationally with the program.Argote-Freyre called DACA, “A lifeline, a thread of hope,” for many. Looking to repeal it, he added, “It just feels like a betrayal of American values…It’s heartbreaking, really.”Jocelyn Rojas is a 21-year-old Red Bank resident, a “dreamer” who, along with other area students from immigrant families, started the Del Otro Lado Club in the borough, which seeks to offer support and facilitate resources for the Latino community, hoping to build a bridge between Hispanics and the established community. Rojas said she knows of approximately 100 dreamers in Red Bank alone. “We’re all definitely worried about what could happen,” she said.“It’s improved my quality of life all around,” said Monica Urena, 21, a Red Bank resident, of DACA. She’s been able to get her driver’s license, which allowed her family to have a car and transportation; it’s allowed her to get a work permit and get a job; and as a Rutgers University student, majoring in international business, she was able to obtain an internship with a New York City financial firm. “I wouldn’t have been able to do any of that without it,” she said.Urena said a lot of her friends are worried the administration will repeal DACA. Urena’s concerns sometimes lead her to ask herself, “Why am I getting a degree if I’m not going to be able to get employed?”This is a work in progress and the last chapter is far from written. Trump himself, despite the strong rhetoric during his campaign, has lately moderated his words and tone on the Dreamers. “I have a great heart for the people we’re talking about, a great love for them,” he said last week during a White House meeting on tax reform. The president also maintained he would revisit the issue should Congress fail to address it legislatively.Argote-Freyre doesn’t hold out much hope for congressional action, given the lack of movement on the issue during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.  “Given that paralysis,” he said, “I don’t see what magically will change now.”For those young people in the Two River area who fear for their future, the strategy now is to make their voices heard and force Congress’ hand in finally addressing immigration issues.“I see these kids. They tell me they want a life, they want a future,” said Alvaro Aguilar, speaking of the younger generation he comes in contact with as he coaches soccer in his hometown of Red Bank. “And that’s why I will fight for this.”Alvaro Aguilar of Red Bank, right, and other members of the immigrant advocacy group Movimiento Cosecha demonstrated outside Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue last week and were arrested for failing to disperse.Aguilar, 29, has taken advantage of DACA to work and is involved with Movimiento Cosecha, a loose-knit, nationwide immigrant advocacy group. Aguilar and other members demonstrated out side Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue last week and were arrested for failing to disperse. “I wanted to do this for them, to let them know they’re not alone,” he said. “We’ve got to do this together.”The thought of DACA ending is upsetting to Urena. “DACA is an amazing program and it’s given me so much. But the reality is it’s a Band-Aid on a really big issue that needs to be addressed,” she said. “I’m hoping instead of this being a negative thing, it’s actually going to be the push we need for Congress to finally change and reform the immigration system.”On the legal front, Democratic state attorneys general from 16 states, led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman, have filed a lawsuit looking to block the reversal of Obama’s executive order establishing DACA. As part of their legal argument, the attorneys general allege, among other assertions, Trump has displayed in his public comments a racial animus toward some ethnic groups that have relied on the program, Schneiderman has told media outlets.They expect to make their initial arguments before a federal judge within the coming weeks, Schneiderman added.This article was first published in the Sept. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more