Lottery manager pledges 35 per cent donation for good causes

first_img Tagged with: Gaming Howard Lake | 28 April 2004 | News Million-2-1, the licensed lottery manager responsible for the NSPCC mobile phone lottery, today pledged that all its charitable lotteries will donate 35 per cent to good causes in future –15 per cent more than the legal requirement adhered to by most lottery operators.Million-2-1’s CEO, Chris Sheffield explains: “The forthcoming Gambling Bill will present consumers with many more choices of who to play with. If we really want to be seen as the people’s choice in the soft gaming market, just providing the most fun games will not be sufficient. We must also be the most responsible.”The announcement comes in the wake of government research that shows high levels of gambling disapproval amongst the British Public. Just one in 20 Britons are favourable towards harder forms of gambling.Million-2-1’s groundbreaking NSPCC mobile lottery – the first of its kind – is offering a full 35% of all proceeds to good causes.The ‘attitudes to gambling’ report, conducted by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, which found that although 71% of people have gambled in the last year, attitudes to the industry remain poor.The government’s own research shows that just one in 20 British people are favourable towards what they currently perceive as hard gambling – such as betting exchanges and on-course betting.Chris Sheffield, CEO comments: “It seems the image of the wider gaming market is still tainted by the scandals of match-fixing and the misleading activities of seedy consumer competitions and timeshare sellers. As a responsible operators have to be ready to go the extra yard. Our customer service line is open 12 hours a day. We age-check all our winners for official ID. We set clear limits on play levels. We work closely with the gaming board and Gamcare, and also comply to the letter with ICSTIS telephone regulations. We will do whatever it takes to be trusted by our customers.”ENDS –Notes to editors:Million-2-1’s statement follows the little noticed consumer survey ‘Attitudes to Gambling’ from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.The report shows a clear divide in opinion between perceptions of soft and hard gambling:most of us say we are against gambling.and only soft gaming actually receives public approval.lotteries are viewed favourably by 48 per cent of the population.bingo is favourably viewed by 31 per cent.betting exchanges are viewed favourably by just 4 per cent of the population.just 13 per cent are favourable toward casinos, with 37 per cent unfavourable47 per cent of people are unfavourable towards fruit machines, and just 14 centFor more information and/or an interview with million-2-1 please contact:Lynn Butterworth Tel. 020 7231 1509 or Tim Kitchin Tel 020 7255 0273, Glasshouse Partnership,For the full Government findings, please see:www.culture.gov.uk/global/publications/archive_2004/research_survey_NOP_gambling.htm Lottery manager pledges 35 per cent donation for good causes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Warrenball tag won’t fool O’Connell

first_img The Ireland captain has warned his team-mates to beware Wales’ savvy dummy lines off the ball behind the scrum in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown in Dublin. The Munster totem will be embroiled in an all-out tussle with Wales’ own talismanic lock Alun-Wyn Jones for the majority of this intriguing round-two contest. Wales boast far more attacking subtlety than their bulldozing ‘Warrenball’ typecasting, according to Paul O’Connell. “And you saw that last weekend with the try that Jamie Roberts created for Scott Williams in their win over Italy. “I think they have incredibly skilful players, incredibly talented players all across the pitch, and I suppose the fact they’re all big men just adds to that. “Warrenball made an interesting headline during the summer, but there’s a lot more to their game than that.” Wales laboured to an opening-weekend 23-15 victory over Italy in Cardiff, while Ireland saw off Scotland 28-6 in Dublin. Skipper O’Connell was forced to withdraw at the last minute with a chest infection last weekend, but has since made a full recovery. Wing Andrew Trimble scored against Scotland in his first Ireland start since last summer, and has retained his place for the visit of Wales. The Ulster flyer knows full well Wales’ monster backline almost dwarfs the Ireland contingent, admitting Joe Schmidt’s men have steeled themselves for a severe physical test. “The likes of Cuthbert and North are the boys being talked about,” said Trimble. “But Jamie Roberts, Scott Williams: apart from Halfpenny all of them are massive. “They are largely, because of their size, used to get over the gainline, to generate quick ball. “They are good athletes but they are good with the ball in hand as well. “So I think there’s a lot of strength there. “The likes of North are producing offloads and neat passes, and these guys can play a bit as well. “So they are certainly not just there because they get over the gainline. “We’ve got to be organised in defence, it’s about backing each other up, work-rate, getting our shape right in the back-field, to make sure we close them off in the corners, and then just really go at them. “If you go in half-cooked against Cuthbert or North you’re going to get bounced. “And that’s similar enough to last week in a lot of respects, with the Scottish wings. “They always play direct, and I think they get quite a good balance as well to be honest.” But the 34-year-old will still have one eye on events behind the set-piece and has challenged Ireland not to fall for any short-sighted views on Warren Gatland’s attacking blueprint. The Australian press coined the term Warrenball to account for Gatland’s bruising, straight-running rugby on the summer’s British and Irish Lions tour. O’Connell laughed it off as Aussie kidology back in June, and said Ireland must do likewise this weekend. “I think it’s a bit of an unfair tag, obviously because they’re big men you just think their game’s all about physicality,” said O’Connell. “But there’s an incredible amount of subtlety to what they do as well. “I remember seeing that in the last two tours. “Everyone just thinks they launch big men into midfield as the first phase for every play. “It is something they do, but they do it with a lot of subtlety, they have a lot of animation out the back, pulling defenders away. Press Associationlast_img read more

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New CAF President Ahmad Ahmad offers hope for African football

first_imgAfrican football federations are banking on newly elected President of Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad to develop the continent’s football infrastructure after he ended Issa Hayatou’s29 year reign with a humiliating victory. Ahmad plans to introduce more ex footballers in the Technical committee of the Confederation as well as propose a new process of deciding the host for CAF Competitions. His other action plan will be to improve the image of CAF as a corruption tainted body. Hayatou was closely associated with former FIFA President Sepp Blatter who was forced out after a series of corruption related cases haunted his administration. New FIFA President Gianni Infantino was reportedly not on good terms with Hayatou. African football observers are optimistic that Ahmad will work closely with Infantino to develop football academies, vouch for better pay for African footballers and improve conditions of stadiums in African countries. ****[email protected] on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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TS Melissa Fading in Atlantic, as South FL Deals with Rough Ocean Conditions

first_imgTropical Storm Melissa, which has been causing rough conditions along our coast during the weekend, is about to fade away.According to the National Hurricane Center, the 45-mph storm is weakening and is now expected to become a post-tropical remnant low by Sunday night or Monday.Melissa formed off New England as a subtropical storm on Friday, as thunderstorms surrounded the nor’easter that has been affecting people from New York to Boston.After becoming a tropical storm on Saturday, Melissa was moving east in the Atlantic Ocean, and away from North America.Northwest swells from the storm have combined with onshore winds to kick up our seas as high as nine feet during Sunday.According to our news partner, CBS12, large breaking waves, strong rip currents and beach erosion remain likely, and a small craft advisory is still in effect for boaters.In related news, the NHC says in its 2 p.m. Sunday advisory that a “vigorous” tropical wave with a 70 percent chance of development is moving off the African coast. The advisory states, “Showers and thunderstorms are beginning to show signs of organization, and environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the development of a tropical depression during the next few days while the disturbance moves west-northwestward to northwestward over or just east of the Cabo Verde Islands.”Strong winds in the upper atmosphere are expected to prevent any further development of the system.Two other disturbances, one over the southwestern Caribbean Sea and the other in the central Atlantic, have a 20 percent chance of development.Upper-level high pressure will continue to bring South Florida mainly dry weather through the middle of the week. A slow-moving front and higher moisture will begin to increase our shower and storm chances by the end of the week.last_img read more

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