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Another house raffle firm taken to task by advertising watchdog

first_imgHome » News » Another house raffle firm taken to task by advertising watchdog previous nextRegulation & LawAnother house raffle firm taken to task by advertising watchdogCompany selling luxury apartments via property raffles has complaints about its ad upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.Nigel Lewis26th June 201901,096 Views Another home raffle firm has been banned from using an advert for an online promotion that promised  ‘A £5 ticket to your dream home’.Raffle House Ltd was initially reported to the Advertising Standards Authority last year by complainants who challenged whether a promotion seen on Facebook was fairly administered because the method of entry was changed mid-way through.Raffle House hoped to sell 150,000 tickets for a luxury property similar to the £650,000 London apartment it is currently marketing via its website and Facebook page.House raffles such as the one featured in the promotion are becoming an increasingly popular way to sell houses as companies try to cash-in on the slow property market.Popular sales routeThey are also hoping to emulate Australia’s booming house raffles industry, where it’s a serious challenger to the traditional estate agency sector.As well as two complaints about the ad, the ASA also challenged Raffle House over the promotion’s lack of a clear end date.Despite the company claiming it had informed its customers about the payment method changes via email, and that the promotion was fair and equitable, the ASA has upheld the complaints.It says the way the promotion was changed including the method of entry and the use of promotional vouchers was unfair to those taking part.The ASA also says the ad broke its code by not displaying a clear end date for the promotion, something the company has promised to include in future ads.House Raffle Ltd Advertising Standards Agency ASA June 26, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Three Goats Heads

first_imgThe Three Goat’s Heads is the kind of pub that you only get in city centres. First impressions are that it is a joyless, characterless pub, staffed by disinterested graduate students and other ingrates, with bizarrely obscure (but not in a good way) range of beers.It’s a poky little venue on two floors, right next to the Union’s St Michael’s Street entrance, but it isn’t pokey in a charming way. The decor is unpleasant and the music is usually the esoteric taste of whoever is behind the bar (get there on a Friday afternoon for driller bass and techno).Why bother going then? George Street and its environs are riddled with similar pointless boozers. But it does have several redeeming features that saw it rocket from, “F**king awful, worse than the Cock and Camel,” to a coveted, “Ten pints out of ten!” rating during one night on the sauce.First, it’s tiny and there are two bars, so getting served takes about fifteen seconds. Second, it’s miraculously free of twats. With it being so close to some of Oxford’s worst pubs and, more worryingly, the Union, we feared a particularly noxious clientele, but we were greeted by cheery locals and inoffensive students.And crucially, they sell Ayingerbrau Pils, aka Magic Beer. Magic Beer is called Magic Beer because it has magical powers. Nominally it’s a strong pilsner, but we started to feel strangely pissed after the first pint. We were headed for a party at the naval mess, and after three pints we were sufficiently armed to make one hell of a mess. Rumours that people have drunk over five pints of this stuff are nothing short of lies.“That’s got some funky shit in it,” said Pat, swearing needlessly. “It’s petrol and mescaline,” explained Texas.Pat T Cake and The Boy TexasARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more


first_imgSWAT Team Challenge Race in Downtown EvansvilleAreas of downtown Evansville were closed earlier today for the Evansville Police Department’s SWAT Challenge obstacle course. The race is a 5K run with challenges like walls, tires and climbing up a parking structure with a sandbag. The race…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Western Electric Retirees Bowling League

first_imgWeek 9Linda Politowski – 134, 157Clare Morrison – 123, 138Diane Mangan – 153, 123Pete Krol – 134, 124John Vida – 155, 172 (466)Cathy Metzendorf – 136, 132Karen Tansey – 150Maryann McGrath – 90, 104Week 10Diane Mangan – 123, 149, 123Pete Krol – 143John Vida – 175, 182 (481)Cathy Mertzendorf – 123, 134, 121Toni Roake – 136Karen Tansey – 162, 144Pat Sullivan – 150Maryanne McGrath – 137, 97Linda Hoshal – 126, 130Clare Morrison – 144Nick Musica – 157, 169Week 11Cathy Metzendorf – 135, 120Toni Roake – 147, 113Karen Tansey – 143, 157Nick  Musica – 161, 161, 186 (508)Pete Krol – 129, 138, 136 (411)John Vida – 183, 190 (506)Pat Sullivan – 124, 126Maryanne McGrath – 123, 112 (313)Linda Hoshal – 133Barbara Rec – 147, 156 (426)Week 12Diane Mangan – 128, 131Pete Krol – 155John Vida – 163, 154Linda Politowski – 132, 125Clare Morrison – 135, 122Marge Weeks – 137Nick Musica – 169, 195 (508)Maryanne McGrath – 156Linda Hashall – 148, 137 (408)Barbara Rec – 140, 159, 148 (447)Cathy Metzendorf – 141, 132Tone Roake – 143, 130Karen Tansey – 155, 138last_img read more

Download Ocean City Vacation App for Chance to Win Free Vacation

first_imgBy Tim KellyThe first big weekend of the Ocean City vacation season is in the books, and despite inconsistent weather, the Memorial Day holiday was a big success.More than 80,000 visitors descended on OC, according to Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Those who were on hand received a preview of what should be another great summer in America’s Greatest Family Resort.What could make it even better?The Ocean City Vacation App, that’s what. The app, available on the Apple App Store and Google play, puts Ocean City in the palm of the user’s hand.And for one lucky person or family, downloading the app will win a free Ocean City vacation getaway. The winning downloader will win a stay in a state of the art beach house from August 25 to September 1, as well as additional perks and prizes worth a total of $2,500.To be eligible for the grand prize, entrants must download the Ocean City Vacation App. And while just one lucky person or family will walk away with the free vacation, everyone who downloads the app is a winner.  The app’s capabilities make it simple to find Ocean City events and activities, pay for goods and services, and learn about dozens of local businesses.Users can purchase beach tags, concert and events tickets, find descriptions, locations and contact information for local businesses and attractions, learn which beaches are guarded and when, and much more – all on their phone, tablet or other devices.Use this link to enter the contest.“We are excited about the Vacation App, and we think the contest is going to help (raise awareness and the number of downloads), said Gillian.The winning entrant will claim use of a house provided by Ocean City realtors. The luxurious fully furnished house is located near beach and boardwalk, has four bedrooms and two baths and sleeps 10 people.The winner will enjoy Ocean City’s beach – voted America’s best; its boardwalk, restaurants, special events and attractions, all from a centrally-located beach house.Contest entrants who do not win will still have an advantage. The new Vacation App on their phones allows visitors to locate and research things to do, places to go and everything else that makes Ocean City such a hit with vacationers, she said.“With ‘geofencing’ – a new capability of the app – “visitors will up to the minute information on special events, sales at our businesses,” while they are driving or walking around town, Gillian said. Imagine getting an “e-coupon” for a store on Asbury Avenue while you are strolling downtown. With the Vacation App it is a reality.  Those without the app won’t have that.Enhancements to the app are underway which will allow users to pay for parking, purchase goods and services, and virtually eliminate the need to carry cash in Ocean City.This could mean that a family might enjoy an entire vacation without ever opening a wallet or pocketbook.The app enhancements are being developed by WebiMax, a leading digital marketing firm, whose founder and CEO is Ken Wisnefski, an OC resident and an owner of said the app is user-friendly and appeals to different demographic groups. Millennials and tech-savvy individuals are not the only ones who will use and benefit from the app.  She said most people, even those not so well-versed in technology, carry smartphones nowadays, and app usage is gaining in popularity.With this app, Gillian said users will have beach reports, a directory of local businesses, updates and alerts. “All kinds of great information right at (the user’s) fingertips.”“It’s going to make am Ocean City vacation even more of a pleasure,” she said.And for one lucky app-downloader, our Grand Prize winner, that pleasure will be absolutely free.last_img read more

Organic cake for kids

first_imgOrganic bakery Honeyrose launched two new ranges at Caffè Culture last week – Honeyrose Kids and Honeyrose Minis. MD Lisa Rose said the bakery saw a gap in the market for the ranges. “It is the first organic cake range developed specifically for kids, that we are aware of in the market. We tried them on our kids and got a big thumbs-up.”The Minis range caters to customer demand for the company’s existing range in smaller formats. Rose says they are suited to the foodservice and catering markets, as well as retail. Both ranges are launching initially with eight products, including 25g cupcakes for children. The Kids range also features gingerbread men, jammy dodgers and chocolate meringue bears, whereas the Minis range includes muffins, flapjacks, cookies and cakes. The products will feature the new Honeyrose branding, which is to be rolled out across its entire portfolio later this summer.www.honeyrosebakery.comlast_img read more

Press release: International Trade Secretary meets US Commerce Secretary

first_imgThe International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, met US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in London on Monday (2 July). They had a constructive conversation ahead of the next meeting of the UK-US trade and investment working group later this summer.They discussed the importance of long-term, stable, reciprocal economic investment and how this underpins broader stability.They also discussed areas where trade between the 2 countries could be strengthened ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU. The International Trade Secretary reiterated the need for a global response to issues like production and demand, and highlighted the importance of UK exports to US businesses and security.The International Trade Secretary and US Commerce Secretary discussed the recent US decision to impose tariffs and Dr Fox expressed a need for a swift resolution to securing product exemptions for UK businesses affected by the recent US tariffs.Media enquiries Contact the DIT Media Team on 020 7215 2000 or email [email protected] Follow us on Twitterlast_img read more

Tiny donors

first_imgThere are currently more than 200,000 individuals in the United States on a waiting list for an organ transplant, and nearly 100 are under 1 year of age. In the first study to look at the potential for organ donation from dying infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting, Harvard researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Children’s Hospital Boston, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center demonstrated that an estimated 8 percent of NICU mortalities would be eligible for organ donation after cardiac death.“A key motivation behind this study was our inability to act, under current guidelines, on the direct requests from parents faced with the loss of their newborn, who turned to us wanting their child to be an organ donor,” said Richard Parad, a neonatologist in the Newborn Medicine Department at BWH and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Parad explained that some parents want their child to be an organ donor to help create at least one positive outcome from their tragic loss.Currently, infants and young children in need of an organ transplant may only receive an organ from an older child, or part of an organ from an adult. In addition to the challenge of making a larger organ fit in a smaller infant body, demand is currently in excess of supply for these adult organs.The researchers conducted a retrospective study, looking at all infant deaths at three academic medical center Neonatal Intensive Care Units between 2005 and 2007. They determined eligible donors based on criteria developed with transplantation surgeons and the New England Organ Bank. Out of 192 deaths, based on time of death after being taken off life support, they estimated that 14 livers, 18 kidneys, and 10 hearts might have been made available for transplantation.“As the first study to address this sensitive subject, our main objective was to provide data regarding the availability of infant donors. Further investigation into this potential falls to those in the fields of transplant medicine and ethics. We feel we owe it to the families who request organ donation to be part of the conversation by investigating the size of the potential donor population,” said study co-author Anne Hansen of Children’s Hospital Boston. Hansen is an assistant professor of pediatrics at HMS.Study authors also include Michelle Labrecque of Children’s Hospital Boston and Munish Gupta of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS.last_img read more

He wrote the book of love

first_imgLove is hard, and Edison Miyawaki knows it. He wrote the book on it.The insomniac neurologist, who practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and teaches at Harvard Medical School, stayed awake many late nights pondering love and its complexities for his latest book, “What to Read on Love, Not Sex: Freud, Fiction, and the Articulation of Truth in Modern Psychological Science.”Don’t be fooled by the winding title, or the presence of Sigmund Freud, says Miyawaki. This is a book for anyone “trying to find the right language to frame very complicated emotion.”An English major while studying at Yale, Miyawaki, a Honolulu native, eventually migrated toward the sciences, but not without falling head over heels for literature. Literature “never leaves you,” said Miyawaki. “One might say it haunts you.”It’s literature — not science — that informs his outlook on love, as with Freud. “The problem I have with Freud as a theory is that it doesn’t suffice to say that we harbor these incestuous wishes about our mother and father. I understand that’s part of the Freudian project, but it’s the 21st century and things are moving on,” said Miyawaki, who argues instead that Freud’s contemporary value lies in his deep reading of the canon.“As fancy as we get in our science, there’s something about the language of imaginative writing that speaks, and resounds more clearly, and is true in a human way,” he said. “My indebtedness is to Freud as a thinker, not a person whose theories are going to apply in patients.”But love is hard — even Freud said so — and Miyawaki says he’s spot-on about that.“One of the big issues in the book is a concept of love as difficulty,” explained Miyawaki. “If we go through our lives thinking that love needs to be a swept-off-your-feet kind of love, like Romeo and Juliet in the first springs of passion, that’s slightly delusional. Love doesn’t always persist that way. And ask anybody what’s the secret in a marriage that’s lasted for a while, and the secret is the work involved in it.”Beneficial insight into the pains and pleasures of love, and life, comes as a result of personal introspection, contends Miyawaki, which in turn arrives, in part, with well-roundedness in literature and the arts.Freud believed love to be a recapitulation of one’s childhood, a memory that unfolds in how our relationships unfold. He was fascinated by Sophocles’ “Oedipus,” Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and “King Lear,” and reveled in these works’ coupling of love with tragedy — tragedy, defined not by bad outcomes, “but tragedy in the Sophoclean sense — the idea that a person has some characteristic that plays itself out inexorably,” Miyawaki said.“Why do we end up dating or marrying a rock singer, as opposed to a classical musician, as opposed to God knows what? There are reasons for that, and those reasons can be revealed, one hopes, through introspection.“Understanding yourself is the task of love, because it’s incredibly hard, impossibly impossible, to truly understand another person. The nature of that impossibility isn’t couched in any kind of pessimism, it’s just one of the beauties of interaction. In love, we almost move from one misunderstanding to another, but at the end of the day, one of the great things about the emotion of love is that it’s OK. It’s OK to have mixed feelings.”At the end of “What to Read on Love, Not Sex,” Miyawaki calls upon the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who said that “there is scarcely anything more difficult than to love one another … it is work, day labor, day labor, God knows there is no other word for it.”Miyawaki agrees. “Rilke’s not being pessimistic. He’s not being dour. He’s being realistic. It would make your love life and my love life easier if we didn’t entertain notions that love should be a certain way. Life should be a certain way, but it’s not. How do we deal with that difficulty? That’s the essence of the book. Love as difficulty, as memory, as a human innovation, that we learn by what we read most deeply, in a lifelong exercise.”last_img read more

Editorial: ‘We All Breathe the Same Air’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Missoulian (Montana):Montana is home to one of the top 10 emitters of greenhouse gases in the nation. The coal-fired power plant at Colstrip is by far the largest industrial source of greenhouse gases in Montana, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Nevertheless, thanks to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Montana was finally on its way to charting a course for cleaner energy. In the past few years the state had put together a blueprint of sorts for complying with the plan, and earlier this year Gov. Steve Bullock announced the members of a 27-member advisory council charged with making recommendations on how to cut carbon pollution in the most environmentally effective, least economically damaging way possible.Then the Clean Power Plan got tangled up in the courts, coal began a steady global collapse and Montana’s leaders seemingly abandoned efforts to help mitigate climate change in order to focus their attention on saving the Colstrip power plant.Montana’s state and federal leaders have been spending a great deal of time talking about how to keep Colstrip viable. Bullock is even taking steps to put together a working group addressing Colstrip’s future.They are taking this train in the wrong direction. Regardless of how the Clean Power Plan plays out in court, Montana must get back on track. It must not commit public resources to propping up an industry that damages public health. Montanans must remind our governor and congressional delegates that the state still needs to plan for a future that includes a strong, diversified energy industry, good-paying jobs and most of all, clean air.There’s no reason to delay, and every reason to move forward with urgency. Montanans’ health depends on it.Just this month, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a new report that links the effects of climate change with public health, and noted that if things don’t change, Montana can expect to see more drought, soil erosion and dust activity, for instance. The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” connects these outcomes to human activities including agriculture, livestock grazing, irrigation and the like.It also, of course, notes that Montana can expect more wildfires and more smoke – and therefore, poorer air quality.In Missoula and Ravalli counties, poor air quality is particularly concerning. Although Missoula has made some headway thanks to local standards, it is still losing ground and its air quality continues to receive the poorest possible grade from the American Lung Association.The American Lung Association will be releasing its annual State of the Air report later this month. Last year’s report, which studied the years 2011-2013, showed that hotter, drier summers – with their more frequent, more intense wildfires – were responsible for increased particle pollution in places like Missoula and Ravalli counties. In Missoula County, for example, 86 percent of the poor air quality days were directly attributed to wildfire smoke.Consequently, Missoulians can expect to see more cases of chronic illness and respiratory disease. Children and the elderly, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung disease are especially vulnerable. Climate change is even extending the allergy season, including more – and more potent – airborne allergens.County-level air quality standards are effective, but they can only go so far. Montana must join the national push to mitigate wildfires by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and it can accomplish this by dramatically reducing the use of coal as an energy source.And then what? Montana must continue to hold a statewide discussion that focuses on replacing polluting energy sources with cleaner ones, making use of new energy technologies and training a workforce equipped to overcome the inevitable challenges of such a massive transition.Recent polling data shows Montana residents want to do something about climate change, but are skeptical of the Clean Power Plan. A poll released last month by the University of Montana and Stanford University found that 54 percent of Montanans agree that climate change’s effect “pose a serious problem for the state.” And a whopping 71 percent would prefer to see the state “develop its own plan to reduce emissions” instead of allowing the federal government to call the shots.Montanans can already see that climate change is costing us immensely, and we shouldn’t wait to begin taking steps to reduce that threat by implementing our own standards. Bullock ought to reconvene the Clean Power Plan advisory council, and direct the group to continue working on this issue.The council should be given the support to continue to develop state-level solutions to the global problem of climate change.Montanans may remain divided on the Clean Power Plan, whether to lend public support to propping up Colstrip and, if so, how far to go. Regardless of those divisions, it would be wise to keep in mind that we all breathe the same air.Missoulian Editorial: Return focus to clean energy, healthy air Editorial: ‘We All Breathe the Same Air’last_img read more