iGB Diary: Turning the tables, deja vu and So Solid Carew

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter iGB Diary Companies: Yggdrasil 15th November 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Happy Friday igamers! The Diary is back after a short absence, and this week has cast its bleary eyes over some lottery betting machinations, was struck by deja vu when reading about a “lottery savings scheme”, and has been terrified by a footballing legend’s digital incarnation. Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Nordics Norway iGB Diary: Turning the tables, deja vu and So Solid Carew Happy Friday igamers! The Diary is back after a short absence, and this week has cast its bleary eyes over some lottery betting machinations, was struck by deja vu when reading about a “lottery savings scheme”, and has been terrified by a footballing legend’s digital incarnation.Turning the tables Monopoly lottery operators frequently claim betting on lottery firms are taking funds away from good causes, usually with the aim of convincing politicians they should be banned so they can keep the market all to themselves. Typically, they offer up scant evidence to back up their claims, which then prompts a response from Lottoland et al that points out they’ve offered no evidence. Presumably tired of the defensive approach, this week the European Lottery Betting Association (eLBA) adopted a rather punchy offensive stance.The trade association, of which Lottoland, Multilotto and Lottogo are members, released a report that essentially accused Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), Ireland’s National Lottery operator, of itself taking funds away from good causes. Crucially, it backed up these claims with research carried out by Dublin City University economist Tony Foley, who suggested the business approach of PLI was far more harmful to good causes funding in Ireland than betting on lottery companies.Last year alone €19m was lost due to PLI’s licence conditions allowing it to retain unclaimed prizes, unlike the system in the UK where they are returned to good causes. In total, Foley said up to €43m could be lost to good causes each year. According to the Irish Examiner, PLI rejected the criticism and pointed out that both prizes and good causes funding were higher last year than they were in 2014. It also said that eLBA members make no contribution to good causes. While both these things may be true, neither takes us any further towards understanding why that €43m going astray is justifiable.A familiar concept Speaking of lotteries and reports, Diary was a little confused by a proposal put out by think tank the Social Market Foundation this week. In a report entitled, ‘Win and Save: Exploring the potential of a lottery savings scheme in the UK’, it proposes a “hybrid savings and lottery product” that offers people a chance to win money but also save, with calls for the government to fund, at least partially, the savings portion. The report cited the success of such schemes in other countries, but one has to wonder why such a concept warrants a 37-page report and oodles of press coverage when we already have Premium Bonds i.e., a product that since the 50s has allowed people the chance to win money and also save.The author hasn’t completely overlooked the fact they are proposing something that already exists, however, but rather pointed out that this product will appeal more to lower socio-economic groups than Premium Bonds.It’s difficult to understand why a marketing campaign for Premium Bonds aimed at lower socio-economic groups couldn’t be more effective in addressing the problem of their lack of enthusiasm for the product. Rather hilariously considering the perception of the gambling industry in the UK right now, the report extols the virtues of it “being branded as a ‘gambling’ rather than a ‘savings’ product”, explaining that lower-income consumers “find the formal concept and label of ‘saving’ as disempowering” and have a “mistrust of financial services and banks”. It continues: “A product marketed as a gambling product may also help overcome loss aversion. Evidence suggests that individuals may view savings as a loss.” Hmmm… Maybe all the gambling industry needs to do to solve its image problem is start offering products with a savings element. So Solid Carew Today’s editions of Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer use sophisticated technical doohickeys to make players look as realistic as possible, creating sense of realism unparalleled in video gaming. Back in the day, however, things were… different. England international Kyle Walker’s PES 14 avatar, with its orb-like cranium springs to mind.But what happens when a long-retired player comes to the virtual world? Well, thanks to Yggdrasil’s new blackjack game, we need wonder no longer. The new title developed for ComeOn, John Carew Blackjack, features the Norway international, who retired back in 2012. Perhaps mindful of this, the studio has created something that wouldn’t look out of place in that year’s edition of Fifa. Virtual Carew glowers up from the uncanny valley in the title, going straight from players’ screens into their nightmares.Its eyes follow you around the room, expression unchanging, and if you look away for a second you’ll always be wondering if it’s moved slightly when you didn’t have eyes on it. If there’s any justice this game will be a smash hit.If that’s not a good place to stop, we don’t know what is. See you next week! Topics: iGB Diary Email Addresslast_img read more

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Craig Gillies signs new Worcester deal

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Worcester Warriors are today delighted to announce that vastly experienced lineout king Craig Gillies has signed a new two-year deal at Sixways Stadium.Lock star Gilles, the record appearance maker for Warriors in the modern era after playing over 220 games, has been a massive presence at Sixways since arriving at the club in 2002.The Glasgow-born giant second row remains one of the finest lineout operators in the English game and has now agreed a new contract that will keep him at Warriors until 2013 and mean he has played over a decade at the club.Gillies has excelled for Worcester this season in the RFU Championship to cement a key role in the pack and Head Coach Richard Hill believes the lock is now playing some of the best rugby of his entire career.Hill also hailed his outstanding attitude, leadership skills and unwavering professionalism as crucial elements at Warriors.“Craig is playing as well now as he has ever done and remains a real force in the game,” said Hill. “He also keeps himself in fantastic shape, which is underlined by the huge number of games he has already played for Warriors.“This season he has been dominating the lineout for us, controlling restarts, making big tackles and really carrying strongly as he continues to show his talent. TAGS: Worcester Warriors “He truly is an outstanding professional and a wonderful example for all younger players to follow in their rugby career. He is a delightful man to work with and I could not wish for a more motivated, helpful and mature player in the squad.“Craig brings vast experience to the team and his attitude is perfect for this club – ultimately, he is Worcester through and through. He will always put his body on the line for Warriors every week and wants the club to be a success this season and also to build for the future.”Gilles, who has also had playing spells at Richmond and Llanelli, is delighted to have agreed the new contract at Warriors.“I have been at Worcester a long time and at this stage of my career I really wanted to stay here and show I could still do a big job for the team,” said the 34-year-old forward.“I very much feel part of the club and have a great deal of loyalty to Worcester. The club has been very good to me and the Chairman Cecil Duckworth, in particular, has always supported me. It was an easy decision to stay, my family are also settled in Worcester and we love it here.“The deal will take me through a decade at the club and there have certainly been some highs and lows. But, crucially, I really feel we are on the up under Richard Hill and I’m now very excited about being a part of the future of Worcester Warriors as we look to make a return to the Premiership.” Click here to see 10 top Worcester Warriors trieslast_img read more

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Protecting Your Car Against Theft

first_img TAGSCar Theft Previous articleBest-selling book becomes a movieNext articleOrange County sponsors hazardous waste disposal event Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 6 tips to keep your car and valuables safe Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! In the warmer months, thefts involving cars tend to increase. As people begin to spend more time outdoors, many leave belongings in their car while they are visiting parks or even leave their cars unlocked or windows rolled down.The most important thing you can do to protect your car is to not make it a target.Most importantly, lock your car and take the keys. Approximately 50 percent of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked and nearly 13 percent of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them. Also, don’t keep a second set of keys on or in your car.Second, park in well-lit, attended lots. Over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night, and thieves don’t like the spotlight or witnesses. Having your vehicle in these areas means less of a chance, because thieves are likely avoiding them all together.Third, never leave your car unattended.  Not even just to run into a store for a minute or even run to across a parking lot to a Redbox. Leaving your car just for a second makes your vehicle a prime target. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations and ATMs.Next, completely close all car windows and keep valuables out of view. An open window makes your car easy to access and if a potential thief can see the valuables in your car, it becomes a desirable target.If you can, park in a garage and lock both the car and the garage. Parking your vehicle inside protects it from thieves as well as from Mother Nature. By locking both the garage and vehicle doors, you greatly improve the chances of deterring a thief.For a look at the latest burglary report, go here.Did you know that many car thieves use tow trucks to steal vehicles? You can make your car hard to tow away by parking your vehicle with the wheels turned toward the curb, if you are parked on the street. Wheels should also be turned to the side in driveways and parking lots so the vehicle can only be towed from the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, back into the driveway. Rear wheels lock on four-wheel drive vehicles, making them difficult to tow. Front-wheel drive vehicles should be parked front-end first. In all instances, whether in the garage, in a driveway, or in a lot, use your emergency brake, as this too makes it harder to tow.Finally, break the habit of leaving registration and other identification papers in the car. Titles should be in your home files, preferably in a locked safe of some sort, and the registration to your vehicle should be in a safe place in your purse or wallet. If a thief was to get a hold of your vehicle, they then won’t have the documentation to sell your vehicle. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Grödians / Richard Gibson Architects

first_imgArchDaily Photographs:  Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson ArchitectsText description provided by the architects. Grödians, , is a new-build social housing development comprising a mix of 1, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings in flatted, semi detached and detached housing. It is the most recent of a staged housing development in the outskirts of Lerwick. Save this picture!© Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson ArchitectsDESIGN – The quality and principles of the design, as well as the high standard of the finish have set new benchmarks for the provision of housing in Shetland. As can be seen from distant and close contextual observation, Grödians has a strong identity within itself but also relates well and respects its neighbouring scale and boundaries. It provides a large part of the civic centre of Quoys and the neighbouring areas. Houses are orientated towards the street for improved access and security observation. Large windows to living areas provide good morning and afternoon light & sun. The houses were positioned closely to create shelter for habitants and to encourage tree and shrub growth for added shelter, reducing wind chill of houses and heating demand. A gavel frontage approach brings visual interest within the streets and makes reference to Lerwick’s distinct town centre gavel frontages. A distinct external colour palette was used to maintain a cheerful vibrancy from within and outwith the scheme particularly during the dark winter months, while complimenting Shetland’s natural colours. Save this picture!site plan and sectionACCESSIBILITY & SPACE STANDARDS – All but six dwellings have fully compliant access throughout. Street gradients are virtually level with the link road being slightly steeper. The entire development is connected by foot path access on three corners of the site with wheel chair access to the majority of the development. Children can play in the street or the central green space with good overlooking provision from most kitchen or living rooms. Houses fully comply with Varying Needs, Secure By Design and Building Standards requirements for space, security and accessibility as required by the Client. Save this picture!sections and plansENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY – Grödians exceeded P.A.N. 84 requirement to be 15% above the Building Standards’ baseline in terms of Energy and Carbon use. Air tightness testing has proved the houses are well above the housing standard. The development is served by the Lerwick district heating scheme, providing heat from incinerating rubbish. Open plan living areas provide flexibility in layout and can adapt as families grow. Ground level WCs can easily be adapted to form level access showers without reducing the WC size. People can live in these houses for the longer term, without having to move to/ build a new larger house. Although car use is prevalent on our island, parking is minimised by use of communal parking but will be sufficient should private ownership take over, negating the need for construction of extra spaces. The site is well serviced with a bus lay-by, local church, community facilities and a children’s play area with two grassed open play spaces on site. Three specially constructed recycle areas are situated within Grödians allowing residents to dispose of glass, tins, paper and plastic in separate containers. Excavated rock was reused extensively to construct stone retaining walls within the scheme. Timber kit construction was used as a sustainable, fast and familiar method in the harsh Shetland climate. Four of the five design consultants, contractor and sub contractors were local to Shetland which sustains local employment and maintains the high standard of the local skill base. It also minimises transportation and travel e.g. Carbon emissions to within the isles. Save this picture!colour studyROADS & UTILITIES – Based on the Homezone streets concept: makes for safer, more accessible environment for pedestrians to use with 15mph speed limit. Considered planter designs incorporated into road layout as visual & physical obstacles. Varied use of surface materials also bring visual richness and interest. All roads and utilities designed to higher adoptable standards of local authorities and utility providers. Save this picture!© Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson ArchitectsOTHER COMMENTS – Initial tenant feedback to the Client has been very positive in terms of the design, layout and finish. Local councillors and MSP Tavish Scott have also commented on the high quality of Grödians. By providing over 100 local people with a home in their own area, it reduces unwanted relocation outwith Shetland. The Homezone aspect of Grödians is intended to cultivate more community interaction between residents. It has also allowed the local authority to provide a new children’s accommodation building in a “normal” setting within Grödians. Predominantly detached housing is favoured by residents and the client due to increased sense of ownership and reduced noise pollution between dwellings. The connection to, and support of the local district heating scheme benefits the residents of Grödians and the wider community of Shetland both economically and environmentally. Communal recycling points encourage environmental awareness and responsibility. By incorporating features such as heat recovery systems, underfloor heating, air tight & well designed and constructed houses, economic and environmental benefits are brought to the residents at Grödians, Hjaltland Housing Association and the wider community of Shetland on many levels.Richard Gibson Architects Ltd retain copyright on all photo images, drawings and text forming part of this submission.Save this picture!© Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessXinao Concrete Research Plant / SynarchitectsArticlesCLC & MSFL Towers / REXArticlesProject locationAddress:Lerwick, Shetland Islands, ScotlandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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More clarity needed in social investment market, says Venturesome

first_imgMore clarity needed in social investment market, says Venturesome Howard Lake | 5 September 2008 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance Trading Charities Aid Foundation’s social investment fund Venturesome has published a report that calls for more co-operation and greater clarity in the social investment market if charities are to be helped to achieve their social aims.‘Financing Civil Society: A practitioner’s view of the social investment market’ reports on the recent rapid growth of the market and suggests ways in which this could be enhanced.It also identifies barriers that contribute to social investment not always being applied to the organisations and places where it is most needed. These barriers include financial risk aversion, a lack of understanding of charities’ financial needs and “inefficiency in the marketplace”.Venturesome’s report recommends more co-investment by funders, more collaboration on producing research data on investments, greater information sharing, and developing “a common language” to help all parties understand each other.John Kingston, Director of Venturesome, said: “Social investment in the UK has come a long way in five years. In suggesting solutions to the barriers, this report is our contribution to increased clarity and development of this new and important area.”www.cafonline.org/Default.aspx?page=16070 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.last_img read more

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Pennies announces new commercial partners

first_imgChairman of NCVO Martyn Lewis, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP and TV presenter Fiona Phillips were amongst the speakers addressing the auditorium of senior retail and charity staff at at BAFTA.Alison Hutchinson, CEO of The Pennies Foundation, said: “It has been inspiring to see how quickly millions of UK consumers have chosen to donate their electronic pennies, adding together to make a significant difference to so many UK charities. We’ve always known that the British public is generous and thanks to the many partners announcing their support for the Pennies movement today there will be even more opportunities to join in.”www.pennies.org.uk  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Pennies announces new commercial partners 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. Tagged with: Individual giving microdonations Pennies Foundation Technologycenter_img Howard Lake | 6 December 2012 | News  89 total views,  1 views today More charity shop partnersMore than 20 charities have signed up with Pennies to collect donations from more than 180 of their own shops. This includes two new partners, CLIC Sargent and Tenovus.Payment provider partnershipsPennies already works with payment providers including Barclaycard, Ingenico and Verifone, but it has also extended its partnership with some, including CardSave and YESpay International, both of whom are soon to offer Pennies both online and in store.Growth in microdonationsAt its second anniversary event in London the Pennies Foundation announced that it had doubled the amount it raised for charity the previous year. So far consumers have topped up their payments with donations 3.5 million times, and Pennies is on target to have raised £1 million by the end of this month.Pennies unveiled a new video featuring actor Robson Green explaining Pennies: Microdonations service Pennies, “the electronic charity box”, is expanding the number of partners whose customers can top up their payments with a donation to charity.New retailersAdnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores – raising funds for Prostate Cancer UKDFS – raising funds for Macmillan Cancer SupportDrake & Morgan – raising funds for Kids CompanyEvans Cycles – raising funds for Special Olympics GBGieves & Hawkes – raising funds for QEST and Walking With The WoundedMonarch Airlines – currently supporting a group of ten charities covering a range of causes.The Fragrance Shop – raising funds for Rays of SunshineIncreases at existing retailersSome existing partners are reporting increased donations. For example, Domino’s Pizza has seen an 18% increase in donations now that Pennies is available with its mobile app, giving customers the opportunity to round up for charity both online and via their smartphones. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shifting baselines in Antarctic ecosystems; ecophysiological response to warming in Lissarca miliaris at Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe Antarctic Peninsula has experienced a rapid increase in atmospheric temperature over the last 50 years. Whether or not marine organisms thriving in this cold stenothermal environment are able to cope with warming is of concern. Here, we present changes to the growth and shell characteristics of the ecologically important, small and short lived brooding bivalve Lissarca miliaris from Signy Island, Antarctica. Using material collected from the 1970’s to the present day, we show an increase in growth rate and adult shell deterioration accompanied by a decrease in offspring size, associated with an increase in annual average temperatures. Critical changes to the bivalve’s ecology seen today evidence the problem of a shift in baseline since the onset of warming recorded in Antarctica. These small bivalves are demonstrating ecophysiological responses to subtle warming that, provided warming continues, could soon surpass a physiological tipping point, adding to warming associated threats such as increased predatory pressure and ocean acidification.last_img read more

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Refitted Italian Harrier returns home aboard USS Kearsarge

first_img View post tag: USS Kearsarge View post tag: US Navy An Italian AV-8B Harrier hitched a ride home aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) after six months of maintenance in the US.The Italian aircraft, along with its flight crew, returned to Grottaglie Naval Base, Italy, on January 3, after the six months of scheduled maintenance at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and two weeks of final checks and training aboard Kearsarge.Italian navy Lt. Domenico Iovino, the designated pilot, carefully tracked the maintenance from Italy and flew to Cherry Point a month prior to finish the renovations and safely return the Harrier home.“This wasn’t my first time completing this mission,” Iovino said. “I’ve sailed on Kearsarge before, as well as Bataan and Iwo Jima. It’s a nice experience, with some learning points.”Iovino explained it was critical to complete all of the maintenance before the aircraft was loaded onto the ship due to Kearsarge’s scheduled deployment.“This particular maintenance must be completed prior to our preflight checks,” Iovino said. “The timeline is tight and we can’t leave the ship waiting, so we have to make sure the jet is ready.”US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Jerett Fazendine, assistant maintenance aircraft officer assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, was the liaison between the Italian Navy and the US Navy and Marine Corps team.“We stored their aircraft on our flight line prior to departure,” said Fazendine. “Our maintainers assisted in getting their aircraft fueled and loaded with ordnance. Once the aircraft came out of Fleet Readiness Center, Cherry Point, it was our job to get it safely to the ship.”The work done beforehand was a complete remodel of the Harrier.The Harrier was brought in for a periodic maintenance inspection. First, the maintainers wrote up any discrepancies that may have occurred since its previous overhaul. Then the airframe was taken apart, to include removing the motor and wings. The entire aircraft was then updated with new hardware and software, to fit the Italians’ specifications.“They basically break it down and rebuild it,” Fazendine said.“They [the Italian crew] are subject matter experts on the entire aircraft,” Fazendine said. “They assisted us in avionics issues with our aircraft. It’s a good integration, seeing how other organizations operate since we don’t all operate the same. Working hand in hand you see different ways to conduct business. That’s the biggest take away for me.”Kearsarge is deployed to the US 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The group got underway from Norfolk on December 17, 2018. View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: AV-8B Harrier Photo: An Italian Navy AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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OUSU divided over OxHub partnership

first_imgA war of words has erupted between senior officials of the Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) over a controversial partnership with another student society.The row came ahead of a motion that will be considered today at OUSU Council, which if passed would cement the student union’s relationship with The Oxford Hub (OxHub); a student-run organisation focused on the promotion of charitable activity and social enterprise.The “Memorandum of Understanding” would give OxHub a range of benefits, including advertising space in The Oxford Student, three stalls at the Freshers’ Fair and various other promotional opportunities, all free of charge. In return, the OUSU logo would be placed on OxHub publications.The terms of the deal have been condemned by members of the OUSU Executive.Among the critics was Common Room Liaison Officer, Jack Matthews, who claimed the Student Union would be giving up funding and influence for little in return.“One of the most glaring faults with the memorandum is the inequality between what OUSU gets, and what it is giving away,” he said.Matthews added that he was also concerned by the future implications of the proposal, which could lead to the Student Union supporting OxHub financially. “OUSU will be giving all of this away for free, at a time of national financial concern, and when we are one of the poorest student unions in the country.“We should be supporting students directly – not hiring in others to do it instead.”There were also concerns that the new link-up could overlap with existing OUSU services. The Student Union already has a charities campaign in Oxford RAG, but although it carries out similar activities to OxHub, it will not be involved in the new plans.Further doubts were expressed by OUSU Environment and Ethics officer, Daniel Lowe, who admitted he had “strong reservations” that common rooms would be angered by the costs involved.He said, “In a joint common room meeting two weeks ago at Lincoln College, concerns were expressed about the amount that OUSU spends in its charities portfolio, and to be adding to this expenditure may be unwise.”Others were keen to defend the proposed partnership however, with OxHub President Jake Leeper eager to stress that the link would see benefits for both parties.He said, “The aim of this partnership is to formalise our productive relationship and ensure we are making the most efficient use of our resources in providing a service to students and raising the charitable profile at Oxford University.“OUSU is the political voice on charitable activity, whilst Oxford Hub facilitates charitable activity.”His thoughts were echoed by Jack Wellby, OUSU Vice-President (Charities and Communities), who said the criticism from his colleagues was completely unwarranted.“The Oxford Hub is precisely the sort of thing the Student Union should be supporting,” he said. “I know of no student union that makes money from encouraging students to volunteer – this is a service to offer not a revenue stream.“The argument about lost revenue goes both ways – The Oxford Hub are supporting OUSU in spaces where a commercial logo could be placed as they recognise the benefits of being supported by the Student Union.”last_img read more

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