Government announces intention to expand dormant assets scheme

first_img  462 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The Government is seeking views on its intention to expand the dormant assets scheme from bank and building society accounts to also cover insurance, investment and wealth management, and securities products.Since its 2011 launch, over £600 million has been redistributed to good causes, with 30 organisations, including all major high street banks, voluntarily transferring dormant funds into the scheme. Over £400 million has been used to establish Big Society Capital, while in March 2019, Fair4All Finance was established with an allocation of £55 million to support the financial wellbeing of vulnerable people. The Youth Futures Foundation was also allocated £90 million to help unemployed, disadvantaged young people across the country into jobs.The Government is now launching a consultation on its plans to expand the scheme. The public consultation follows an industry-led report that made a series of recommendations on how to broaden the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts.The Government is consulting on expanding the scheme to the following sectors:Insurance and pensionsInvestment and wealth managementSecuritiesAssets proposed to be within the scope of the expansion include:Dormant insurance policy proceedsDormant share proceedsDormant unit proceedsDormant distributions and proceeds from investment assetsOther dormant security distributionsCustomers will always be able to reclaim the same amount they would have had if their assets were never transferred, as they do in the current scheme, and companies would continue to participate on a voluntary basis.Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 “The dormant assets scheme is making a real difference to people across the nation. This includes helping to tackle youth unemployment, addressing financial exclusion and growing the social investment market. That’s why we are now seeking views on expanding the scheme to include even more unclaimed assets, in a way that continues to protect customers whilst potentially unlocking millions more pounds for good causes.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Government announces intention to expand dormant assets scheme  461 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 21 February 2020 | News Tagged with: dormant accounts Financelast_img read more

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Road Safety Group PARC has first formal meeting with Transport Minister

first_img By News Highland – January 6, 2015 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest News The Road Safety Group PARC has had its first formal meeting with Transport Minister Pascal Donaghue.The meeting took place yesterday, with the minister promising to come back to the group with the answers to a number of their questions.Just before Christmas, Mr Donaghue rushed through legislation to plug a loophole in the penalty points regieme, and he told PARC yesterday that money would be made available to gardai to upgrade their IT system.PARC founder Susan Grey says that’s a very necessary move…Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/susan830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Road Safety Group PARC has first formal meeting with Transport Minister Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleGardai continue to question man about shooting in Churchill areaNext articleDerry Trades Council say they’ll represent suspended First Source workers News Highland Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Mother found dead, five-year-old missing

first_imgAuthorities in Sumter, South Carolina are currently searching for a five-year-old girl after her mother was discovered dead inside of their apartment Monday.The victim identified as 29-year-old Sharee Bradley, was found dead inside of the Lantana Apartments on Gamecock Village Court off Carolina Avenue by a relative around 6:00 pm. The relative also reported that Bradley’s five-year-old daughter Nevaha Lashy Adams was no where to be found.Authorities have since arrested 28-year-old Daunte Maurice Johnson, who was seen running away from the residence.It is unclear what role, if any, Johnson played in Adams’ disappearance.Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in finding five-year-old Nevaha. She is described as a 4-foot-3, 50-pound girl. She was last seen with braided black hair and colored beads.last_img read more

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Local Wrestlers Set to Compete at State Meet

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Boys 1A152 lb.Lucas Eastman, Rochester, 11th gradeJuan Jimenez, Rochester, 11th grade195 lb.Taylor Rupe, Montesano, 9th gradeDom Nakano, Tenino, 12th grade220 lb.Matt Shields, Rochester, 11th grade 4A Boys106 lb.Mason Harrison, Yelm, 9th grade113 lb.Thomas Munoz, Yelm, 10th grade120 lb.Darren Harris, Yelm, 11th grade126 lb.Dakota Benson, Yelm, 11th grade132 lb.Jacob Rash, Yelm, 11th gradeBrian Rochester, Yelm, 10th grade138 lb.Tanner Page, Yelm, 11th gradeLogan Pine, Olympia, 10th grade152 lb.Brandon Rochester, Yelm, 12th grade160 lb. James Rodeman, Yelm, 11th grade170 lb.Bo Campbell, Yelm, 10th grade220 lb.Alex Grant, Olympia, 12th grade 3A Boys106 lb.Parker Risk, Timberline, 9th grade113 lb.Riley Riffe, Shelton, 10th gradeMiles Hart, Timberline, 10th grade120 lb.Nico Laiuppa, Timberline, 11th gradeGage George, Timberline, 12th grade220 lb.Dan Coulter, Timberline, 12th gradeJake Grantham, North Thurston, 12th gradecenter_img 2A Boys106 lb.Coulter Jacobsen, Tumwater, 9th grade113 lb.Logan Greenwell, Tumwater, 10th gradeChandler Rosalin, Black Hills, 10th grade132 lb.Daniel Montesa, River Ridge, 12th gradeGage Keesee, Black Hills, 10th grade138 lb.Nick Knittle, Black Hills, 12th grade145 lb.Jacob Zocco, River Ridge, 11th grade160 lb.Elijah Camacho, River Ridge, 12th gradeColton Barrett, Tumwater, 12th grade170 lb.Clark Smith, Tumwater, 12th grade195 lb.Sam Richards, Tumwater, 11th grade220 lb.Dylan Smith, Tumwater, 12th gradeBrin Hanson, Tumwater, 10th grade Girls112 lb.Hailey Meyers, Yelm, 10th grade124 lb.Kaitlin Woods, Shelton, 12th grade130 lb.Kendra Dickson, Tumwater, 12th grade145 lb.Kyla Cambell, Yelm, 12th grade155 lb.Megan Johnson, Tumwater, 12th grade170 lb.Keanna Vermillion, Rainier, 10th grade190 lb.Tonie Edwards, Yelm, 12th grade235 lb.Shanelle Berry, Yelm, 12thlast_img read more

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Doctors’ Prescription: A Dose of Music for Charity

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauRED BANK – It’s common for kids to take music lessons and dream of becoming a rock star. Then reality sets in and most of those kids become adults with so-called “real jobs.” Most abandon their instruments because of time and family constraints. But some continue to play and sharpen their skills.That is the case with Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D., the former headmaster at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls. When he was young, Sykoff used to practice his guitar every day after school, before he did his homework.“I used to follow The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other artists of the time,” he said. “I thought I was going to grow up and become a great folk singer.”Instead, Sykoff earned a doctorate in education and spent 20 years at Ranney before retiring in 2013 to start a management consultant practice. But he never gave up the guitar, and even sat in at times with Ranney’s jazz band.“It’s great for a school leader to be musical,” said the Freehold resident. “We developed an outstanding performing arts program. We even brought the school orchestra and chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall. I love music, but I never had that kind of opportunity. These kids were so inspired by being there. It was something they will remember forever.”Sykoff found his own opportunity about five years ago during a Ranney School trip to Paris, where he met a parent chaperone named David Lessing. He discovered that Lessing, an orthopedic surgeon, was a bass player. The men realized they had a friend in common, dermatologist Kenneth Grossman, who played drums.“We decided to get together and jam,” Sykoff said. “It was great fun.”This went on for about a year. One day, interventional pain management specialist Scott Woska sat in on keyboards, and that was the tipping point.“He was a professionally trained musician and he was excellent,” Sykoff said. “He had even written a symphony. With his guidance and direction, we really had the makings of a band.”They brought in a friend, vocalist Erin Patrick, and named themselves the Docs of Rock. When veterinarian Kristin Scott joined in on vocals, they realized they had all the components they needed. Their first gig was at a friend’s house, and not only did they get a huge turnout, but they gained enough confidence to book a show at The Downtown in Red Bank. Inspired by the charitable works of Tim McLoone and his Holiday Express band, they decided the proceeds would be given to a local organizations that help the needy.“From the very beginning, we have approached our music with a benevolent spirit,” Sykoff said. “Our primary objective is to give back to the community, and to have fun while we’re doing it.”Brian Incremona, M.D., an internist, is the latest doc to join the band, which plays a variety of music including the Four Seasons, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, One Republic and a Motown medley.“There’s something for everyone,” Sykoff said. “We want to get people out on the dance floor.”To date, the Docs of Rock have raised more than $50,000 for area charities such as Lunch Break and the Parker Family Health Center.“I feel like we’re making a difference,” Sykoff said. “There are a lot of charities with limited budgets and they need as much help as they can get. If we can combine our passion for music and help the community at the same time, it’s a win-win. I feel like my dream has been fulfilled because I’m a musician and I’m also helping others.”The Docs of Rock will play a benefit performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at The Downtown in Red Bank to raise money for Family & Children’s Service (FCS), the oldest nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County. Vocalist Nicole Cocco will join in for this performance.“I used to be on the Board of Trustees (at FCS) and I got a close look at the services they provide, particularly in counseling families and isolated seniors,” Sykoff said. “It’s an organization that has a broad reach. They help people of all ages. I really admire the work they do.”In its 106-year history, FCS has provided support to multiple at-risk populations, including Adult Protective Services, Statewide Respite Care, Home Care Services and Homecare Grant Assistance.“FCS has been around for more than a century, but some people may not be aware of the types of programs and services we offer,” said FCS Board Member Debbie O’Donoghue. “This is a great way for people to get to know us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We invite the community to join us for what promises to be a fun and entertaining night.”Funds raised at this performance will benefit Operation Sleighbells, FCS’s holiday gift-giving program, which last year served more than 1,600 area children and their families.A $20 donation is suggested at the door. The evening will also include a 50/50 raffle and a live auction. For more information, call Diane Gribbon at 732-222-9111 ext. 134 or visit www.fcsmonmouth.org.Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

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Saving more lives from TB, faster

first_imgStandard sputum tests for drug-resistant tuberculosis can take months to come back from the laboratory. (Image: World Lung Foundation)In April 2009 the South African government will start rolling out a new test to diagnose multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), of which 16,000 cases were reported in 2007 alone. Doctors are hoping that the new rapid tests will get more patients on treatment and faster.The new test, called a line probe assay (LiPA), will allow diagnosis of drug-resistant TB in as little as one day, whereas standard sputum tests can take anywhere from weeks to months to come back from the laboratory.A new report on global TB control, released on Tuesday 24 March by the World Health Organisation (WHO), again put South Africa fourth in the world for the annual number of MDR cases reported. However, the country has boasted above-target case detection rates since 2003 – although there are still high rates of treatment default and patient death.Currently, the molecular test was only available via referral to a handful of laboratories and most of the major MDR centres, said Gerrit Coetzee, head of the TB referral laboratory at South Africa’s National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).Linda Erasmus, deputy head of the NHLS TB referral centre, said the government would begin rolling out the test to labs across the country, starting in Northern Cape.Many doctors expect the increased availability and sensitivity of the rapid test to improve MDR-TB patient outcomes, because faster test results would allow doctors to place more patients on appropriate treatment sooner, and reduce the risk of infecting others.“It is going to make huge difference, depending on how it’s used. It could mean we’d be able to identify patients with MDR immediately after their smear-positive results,” said Dr Gilles van Cutsem, coordinator of a TB and HIV project run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Cape Town.“We’ve used it in Khayelitsha [township near the city] and it has allowed us to put patients on treatment one to two months earlier.” Van Cutsem said the sensitivity of LiPA might also detect MDR cases that had escaped current tests.Drug-resistant TB shot onto the public health agenda in 2006, when 53 people died of extensively drug-resistant TB just over two weeks after they had been diagnosed with the disease at a small hospital in the town of Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu-Natal.The how and the how muchThe line probe assay detects the presence of strains of mycobacterium tuberculosis indirectly by amplifying DNA present in sputum with a polymerase chain reaction.The treated material is then visualised on a membrane strip by a colour reaction rather like a pregnancy test, with bands corresponding to different TB strains. LiPAs also detect resistance to rifampicin (a first-line drug used to treat TB), which often indicates multidrug-resistant TB.Prices negotiated between the manufacturers and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, a Swiss NGO, mean that LiPAs will be at least US$30 (R280) cheaper than conventional tests, said Dr Marti van der Walt, interim director of the Medical Research Council’s Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit.Most costs associated with rolling out the tests are likely to be once-off in the form of upgrades to laboratory infrastructure and equipment.Erasmus of the NHLS said implementing the new test would not be easy, and the technical skills of some laboratory staff would also have to be upgraded. Access to the test is still likely to evade almost 50% of those living with HIV.The sputum tests most commonly used to detect TB often fail to recognise the disease in HIV-infected patients, so a LiPA would have to be carried out on a culture, in which samples are cultivated in a special liquid and the test can take at least two weeks.Erasmus noted that 99% of South Africa’s laboratories did not have adequate infrastructure to conduct the test, which could make it difficult to implement in rural areas and was one of the reasons that doctors still needed more ways to test for TB and its drug-resistant strains.“With the test, you need to be absolutely certain there is no other contamination from other DNA … and the test is very prone to contamination, so you have to have a setting you can control,” said MSF’s Dr Gilles van Cutsem.“This test is good but it’s going to be very difficult to roll out in rural areas and in poorer countries,” he said. “We still need tests that are simpler and can be used at the primary care level.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin PlusNewsRelated articlesSA, US join to fight tuberculosis Incentive scheme for the poor Mobile HIV testing in KZN Big medicine from a little plant TB diagnosis breakthrough Useful linksNational Health Laboratory ServiceWorld Health OrganisationMédecins Sans Frontières South AfricaFoundation for Innovative New DiagnosticsMedical Research Councillast_img read more

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Ajay gets grungy look for Golmaal 3

first_imgAjay Devgn has gone for a complete makeover in Golmaal 3, which will see the actor sporting tattoos and a diamond ear studs.Devgn’s new looks has been conceptualised by none other than director Rohit Shetty, who wanted to bring out an edgy and rugged look of the 43-year-old actor.Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd produced comic caper is currently been shot in Goa and will see Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi making a comeback.Shetty has also styled the look of other cast members of the movie. Kareena has a tomboy look while Tusshar is in tapori.”I wanted all the characters to have different looks in G3. For Ajay (who plays Gopal again), I wanted a character that looked different from everything he has done. He has been working hard on his body a lot, so we will have him flaunting his body. He plays a hyper character who loses his temper very quickly, because of which everyone is scared of him. People never know what he will laugh about or get angry about,” Shetty said.Ajay’s tattoos have been designed by Aalim’s studio.”The tattoo is of a Celtic or tribal trishul. It’s a daring to have a tattoo on the neck, even if it’s temporary. No actor in India has done it on the neck. We have given Ajay the buzz cut, a stubble ans overall, a more macho, masculine and grungy look than he normally sports,” Aalim said.last_img read more

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Sport to combat homophobia

first_imgToday marks International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Speaking about silence – homophobia in the sports world’.ASC Sports Performance and Development Assistant Director Nadine Cohen said that a recent national survey of same-sex attracted young people identified that the second-most threatening environment for abuse was within sport.‘To address these concerns, the ASC and the VEOHRC are trialling a 12 month anti-homophobia project to reduce the experience and impact of homophobia in a national sporting code, which will form the benchmark strategy for other sporting codes and their governing bodies,’ Cohen said.‘We are working with the VEOHRC to effect cultural and behavioural change in sport across many areas including bullying and harassment, player well-being and discrimination, with a focus on addressing homophobia.’VEOHRC’s Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke said the project will aim to saturate one sporting code with a range of resources and information and capacity-building materials to address the issue of homophobia in sport.‘The pilot program sport will be announced in June 2010,’ Szoke said.‘In the general sense, we understand sport is a very powerful vehicle to reach the population, to educate and empower, to enable people’s voices to be heard.’The project will determine effective ways to create safe and welcoming sporting environments through the prevention of homophobic behaviour.  It will also establish how these strategies can be adapted to reduce the occurrence of other discriminatory barriers to sport participation.‘The ASC is committed to partnering with the sport industry to uphold the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety.  Being a part of promoting IDAHO and working with the VEOHRC are some of the initiatives the ASC is focusing on to maximise participation of all Australians in sport, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender,’ Cohen said.Sexuality Discrimination & Homophobia ASC LinkVisit the Play By the Rules Website, for interactive scenarios, role specific information (athletes, coaches and administrators) and additional resources.last_img read more

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Mixed Success

first_img@Eden_RichardsAustralia have made the perfect start to their Mixed Open campaign, downing New Zealand 9-6 in an exciting contest at Sunshine Coast Stadium.The win puts the Aussies up 1-0 in their best of three Trans Tasman Series, but they did not have it all their own way as the Kiwis mounted a late second-half comeback.The match may have opened up in the second stanza, but it was a tight low-scoring affair in the first half as both teams put up huge defensive efforts.Adam Pryde opened the scoring for Australia in the 4th minute, giving his side the perfect start to the match after an even first few minutes.The Aussies doubled their lead just a minute later, with Elin Mortimer crossing after being left unmarked on the left wing to make it 2-0.New Zealand had the better field position for the next 10 minutes, but resolute defence from Australia turned back raid after raid from the Kiwis.It looked as if New Zealand wouldn’t be able to take advantage of their dominant field position heading into half-time, but that all changed when they crossed for a touchdown one minute from the break.Danyon Morgan-Puterangi took advantage of an overlap to dive over, giving New Zealand some reward for their time in Australia’s half.But Australia hit back on the half-time hooter, with Leah Opie-Lukins scoring courtesy of an excellent cut-out ball from Michael Singh.It left the score sitting at 3-1 at the break and the Aussies extended their lead two minutes into the second half when Opie-Lukins crossed for her second.But New Zealand soon replied, scoring a touchdown on the right through Rahera Rauwhero to make the score 4-2 with 15 minutes to play.New Zealand’s Tina Ashworth crossed in the 28th minute to cut the scoreline to 4-3 and make Australia nervous, but seconds later Australian Jayden Benbow scored to restore the two-touchdown lead.With 10 minutes to play James Blackwood crossed for his first, giving Australia a 6-3 lead and some breathing room.Benbow then added another touchdown to his name and it was becoming clear that it would be the Aussies’ night as they jumped to a 7-3 lead.But the Kiwis would not lie down without a fight, crossing in the 34th minute through Mackenzie Haugh to keep his side alive.Yet it seemed whatever New Zealand could do, the Australians could do better, with Zara Nicholas replying in the 35th minute to give her side an 8-4 lead.But the Kiwis soon got a reply of their own, with Morgan-Puterangi crossing for his second touchdown of the night as the game began to open up.New Zealand made it two touchdowns in a row late in the match when Nicole Drummond crossed, but the Kiwis left their run too late and their hopes of securing a come from behind win were all but gone when Justin Costello scored for Australia to make it 9-6 to the home side.That’s how it stayed as Australia secured a vital win over their biggest rivals.Australia 9 (Opie-Lukins 2, Benbow 2, Blackwood, Costello, Nicholas, Mortimer, Pryde touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Morgan-Puterangi 2, Rauwhero, Ashworth, Drummond, Haugh touchdowns)Related LinksMixed Successlast_img read more

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