SHOPPING ON WEB HITS £3K A SECOND

first_img KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Share ONLINE sales of £3,000 per second will be made on Visa cards today, totalling £265m, according to the company.Visa has coined today Mega Monday, as internet shoppers click through their Christmas shopping lists. Many will have received their November pay packages and be looking for cheap deals online.Sales are expected to peak at lunchtime and in the early evening as workers return home.Visa cards account for £1 in every £4 spent in the UK, reflecting an overall increase in internet sales. Research by Deloitte suggests 23 per cent of December purchases will be made online, totalling £8bn.And government data for October showed an increase in “non-store” sales (mostly internet or mail-order purchases) of 12 per cent on the previous year. Visa expects today’s online sales to be 5.5 per cent up on the equivalent Monday last year.Internet sales are far from their peak, according to Ian Geddes, UK Head of Retail at Deloitte. “Online sales could account for close to 20 per cent of total retail spend by the end of the next decade,” he said.UK consumers are keener on internet shopping than their counterparts in mainland Europe, the research showed. A recent survey showed over half (54 per cent) of British respondents willing to buy Christmas gifts online, compared to only a third (33 per cent) elsewhere in Europe.A phenomenon sparked by the growth in online sales is Christmas Day shopping, which has become one of the busiest days of the year as people seek out early bargains.“People can now sit on the sofa enjoying Christmas with the family whilst surfing the sales on their iPad. We expect Christmas Day spending to continue to increase,” said Geddes. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proofcenter_img SHOPPING ON WEB HITS £3K A SECOND Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndo Sunday 28 November 2010 9:33 pmlast_img read more

BESI opts to buy Execution

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Susan Ball steps down as Playtech director

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGaming solutions giant Playtech has confirmed that Susan Ball is to step down from her role as a non-executive director. Ball only joined the board in August of last year, but will depart Playtech at the end of the month. iGaming solutions giant Playtech has confirmed that Susan Ball is to step down from her role as a non-executive director.Ball only joined the board in August of last year, but will depart Playtech at the end of the month in order to pursue new opportunities.In addition to serving as a non-executive director, Ball has chaired the Audit Committee at Playtech and has sat on its Risk & Compliance Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.“On behalf of everyone at the company I would like to thank Susan for her valuable contribution to the board; we wish her every success in her future roles,” Playtech chairman, Alan Jackson, said.Prior to taking on the role at Playtech, Ball was a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at Kambi Group between 2014 and 2018.Earlier in her career, Ball also had a spell as chief financial officer of Unibet. 11th July 2019 | By contenteditorcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Susan Ball steps down as Playtech director Email Addresslast_img read more

Epiphany 2021: Presiding Bishop issues a call to prayer for…

first_imgEpiphany 2021: A Call to Prayer for our Nation from Presiding Bishop Curry Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Curate Diocese of Nebraska Back to Press Releases Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Jan 6, 2021 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL [January 6, 2021] On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation.Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s statement here.A transcript of the statement follows:Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our nation’s capital is being endangered and assaulted, we pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that God, in his Way of Love, might prevail in all of our hearts.The events at our Capitol today are deeply disturbing. We believe the actions of armed protesters represent a coup attempt. We are a democracy, with long-standing institutional norms that must be honored, foremost among them, following the processes laid out in the Constitution and Federal statute to facilitate the peaceful and orderly transition of power.Today’s protesters pushed through police barricades and forced their way into Congressional chambers, and the Capitol building are now threatened, and threatening the safety of lawmakers, their staff, and others who work in the Capitol complex.  This threatens the integrity of our democracy. The national security of our nation, the continuity of government, and the lives and safety of our legislators, their staffs, law enforcement, and all who work in the Capitol.I, therefore, ask you now to join me in prayer for our nation, praying first from the prayers that accompany Morning Prayer:Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;Govern and uphold us now and always.Day by day we bless you;We praise your name forever.Lord, keep us from sin today;Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. Lord, show us your love and mercy;For we put our trust in you. In you, Lord, is our hope;And we shall never hope in vain.-Morning Prayer II, Book of Common Prayer, p. 98Let us pray:Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered together under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one God and Creator of us all; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever.For Peace, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815On this day and at this moment, we pray for our nation. We ask God to heal us, to show us the way to healing, to show us the way to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.Now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be thy Name,thy kingdom come,thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily breadAnd forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For thine is the kingdom,and the power and the glory,forever and ever.Amen.And now, may the peace of God which passeth all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.The blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be on you and on this nation and on the entire human family and all of creation this moment and forevermore.Amen.[7 de enero de 2021] En este día de la Fiesta de la Epifanía, el obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal, Michael Curry, invita a los episcopales y a personas de todas las religiones a volverse [a Dios] y orar por nuestra nación.Pueden ver el video con la declaración del Obispo Primado aquí.A continuación se encuentra una transcripción de su mensaje:Hoy es 6 de enero de 2021. Es la Fiesta de la Epifanía. Y en este día en particular, en este momento en particular, incluso mientras la capital de nuestra nación está en peligro y es atacada, oramos para que el Señor Jesucristo, oramos para que Dios, en su Camino de Amor, prevalezca en todos nuestros corazones.Los sucesos ocurridos hoy en nuestro Capitolio son profundamente inquietantes. Creemos que las acciones de los manifestantes armados representan un intento de golpe de Estado. Somos una democracia, con normas institucionales de larga data que deben ser respetadas, siendo la principal de ellas seguir los procesos establecidos en la Constitución y el estatuto federal para facilitar la transición pacífica y ordenada del poder.Los manifestantes de hoy se abrieron paso a través de las barricadas policiales y entraron a la fuerza en las cámaras del Congreso, y el edificio del Capitolio ahora está amenazado así como la seguridad de los legisladores, su personal y otras personas que trabajan en el complejo del Capitolio. Esto atenta contra la integridad de nuestra democracia, la seguridad nacional, la continuidad del gobierno y la vida y seguridad de nuestros legisladores, su personal, las fuerzas del orden y todos los que trabajan en el Capitolio.Por tanto, les pido ahora que se unan a mí para orar por nuestra nación, rezando primero una de las plegarias que aparecen en la Oración Matutina:Señor, salva a tu pueblo y bendice a tu heredad;Gobiérnalos y susténtalos para siempre. De día en día te bendecimos; Alabamos tu nombre perpetuamente. Guárdanos, Señor, sin pecado en este día;Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, ten piedad. Señor, muéstranos tu amor y misericordia;Porque sólo en ti confiamos. En ti, Señor, está nuestra esperanza;Que nuestra esperanza nunca sea en vano.     – Oración Matutina, Libro de Oración Común, p. 61Oremos:Eterno Dios, en cuyo reino perfecto no se esgrime más espada que la de la justiciar, ni se conoce otra fuerza que la del amor: Derrama poderosamente tu Espíritu sobre todos los pueblos, a fin de que sean reunidos bajo el estandarte del Príncipe de Paz, como hijos de un solo Padre; a quien sea el dominio y la gloria, por los siglos de los siglos.     – Por la Paz, Libro de Oración Común, p. 705Oh Dios, tú nos hiciste a tu propia imagen, y nos redimiste por Jesús tu Hijo: mira en tu compasión a toda la familia humana; y en particular esta parte de la familia, en Estados Unidos, y los que se encuentran en la capital de nuestra nación; quita el odio y la arrogancia que nos corrompen el corazón; derrumba las barreras que nos separan; únenos en vínculos de amor y actúa a través de nuestra lucha y confusión a fin de cumplir tus propósitos en la tierra; para que, a su debido tiempo, todas las naciones y razas te sirvan en armonía alrededor de tu trono celestial; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.     – Por la familia humana, Libro de Oración Común, p. 705En este día y en este momento, oramos por nuestra nación. Le pedimos a Dios que nos restaure, para mostrarnos el camino de la restauración, para mostrarnos la manera de llegar a ser una nación sujeta a [la voluntad de] Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos.Ahora, como nuestro Salvador Cristo nos ha enseñado, nos atrevemos a decir:Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo,santificado sea tu Nombre,venga tu reino,Hágase tu voluntad, en la tierra como en el cielo.Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada díaPerdona nuestras ofensas,Como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.Y no nos dejes caer en tentación, mas líbranos del mal.Porque tuyo es el reino,y el poder y la gloria,ahora y por siempre.Amén.Y ahora, que la paz de Dios que excede a todo entendimiento guarde sus corazones y mentes en el conocimiento y amor de Dios y de su Hijo Jesucristo, nuestro Señor.La bendición de Dios todopoderoso, el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo, sea con ustedes y con esta nación y con toda la familia humana y con toda la creación, ahora y por siempre.Amén. 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Smith draws on a diverse background in service to Apopka

first_img March 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm Decision Apopka 2018Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of features on the 10 candidates running for office in the Apopka municipal elections.Apopka City Commission Candidate Feature: Seat #1 Alexander SmithAlexander Smith is a product of Apopka. In many ways, he embodies its history, its struggle, and its growth like no other. Smith was born in poverty and raised in South Apopka. “We had an outhouse in the backyard,” said Smith, describing his childhood home. “If we wanted to feed the chickens, we just dropped the feed through the floorboards. We didn’t even have to go outside.”Alexander SmithAt an early age, Smith began his career in the farming industry picking oranges, firing orange groves at night, working in the citrus packing house, on the muck farm in Zellwood pulling corn, picking cucumbers and cutting cabbage. His days began at 5 AM on the job, followed by a long walk to school. After school ended for the day, he walked back to his job and worked until evening.It was this back-breaking work as a youth that Smith believes built his character, and spring-boarded him into the next chapter of his life. “I grew up in South Apopka,” he said. “I know their plight. Because of my diverse background which has always involved working with people from my early childhood until the present I have learned to appreciate all professions.”Smith is running for the Apopka City Commission Seat #1 currently held by six-term incumbent Commissioner Billie Dean. The two men have quite a history together.In 1970, Smith, a ninth grader, went to his first Apopka City Council meeting. Dean, Smith’s teacher at the time, took him to see Alonzo Williams Jr., the first black Commissioner in Apopka history. It was his first year on the City Council. Williams held that seat for 24 years until Dean succeeded him as the second black commissioner in Apopka history in 1994.Smith was in awe of Williams and decided he would follow in his footsteps one day.“That visit made a lasting impression and one of my lifelong goals has been to become one of Apopka’s City Commissioners,” he said.Smith, 61, graduated from Apopka High School, and then went to Florida A&M University, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Horticultural Science. He returned to Apopka after college and worked in the Orange County Public School system for 39 years before his retirement.But even after a career in education that spanned four decades, Smith still has a passion for improving the lives of children.“I want to bring more opportunities to the youth in Apopka,” Smith said. “Recreational activities, internship programs, and mentor programs. We need more parks evenly distributed throughout the city, not in just one place. Youth is my passion. Young people are our future. But if we don’t prepare them for the future, we won’t have a future.”If elected as a city commissioner, Smith would also like to revisit three other amenities for the youth of this community that seem to have been forgotten.“Years ago, several businesses committed to bringing a YMCA, Boy’s Club, and a swimming pool to Apopka,” he said. “They were going to contribute to the costs of bringing those here, and I’m not sure why it failed or what happened, but I would go back to those businesses and ask them to invest in our city. We can always also seek grants from the federal and state level to supplement what we cannot raise on our own.”Of all the issues facing Apopka, Smith believes managing its impending population boom, and economic development is the most important to Apopka’s future. “Growth is something we can’t stop. It’s coming. And that’s a good thing. But I just think it needs to be managed. And if managed properly, growth can be good. We don’t want to destroy the environment and atmosphere that attracted people to make Apopka their home. We need to balance what we’re doing when it comes to growth.”He has also listened closely to the budget debates and believes the general fund reserves need to be dramatically increased in the coming years. “The reserve should be enough to cover at least six months of actual expenses in case there’s a disaster or if something drastic happens… or in case an unexpected opportunity becomes available that we can profit from and there are funds in the reserve not allocated. We as a city could benefit from that opportunity.” Although Smith did not specify any specific budget cuts or tax increases to build the reserves to the level he desires, he does believe that if the City staff were given a directive, they could accomplish it within five years.“It could be incrementally put into place over time,” he said. “But it’s something the City Council should instruct the staff to do.”He also wants to see the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) balance its plan from a heavy economic development strategy to a more proportionate approach that includes a mix of residential projects. “I think there needs to be a balance as to how the CRA dollars are spent. I can understand the economic development part, but I think some of those funds should be spent in residential areas as well because it says slum and blight… so I think they are addressing the blighted part, but not the slum.” Annexation of South Apopka was referenced in the mayoral debate, and it’s a topic Smith knows well. Although he is a resident of Rock Springs Ridge, he hasn’t forgotten his roots, and he remembers a time when Apopka tried to annex South Apopka but failed. Smith, however, believes that if annexation came up again, things could be different. And he, for one, would like to try. “I’m in favor of annexing South Apopka. It’s the humane thing to do. I was there 40 years ago when it was placed on the ballot, but no one visited that community and presented them with the advantages of being a part of the city. I think if they did, they would have seen the advantages far outweighed the disadvantages. The city didn’t do a very good job of educating South Apopka about the benefits of being in the city. Orange County did an outstanding job of why they should stay in the county, therefore it failed.” Despite the setback, Smith believes the climate for annexation may be advantageous. “Since that time, a lot of people have been educated as to the benefits of being a part of the city. The government that’s closer to you is better able to serve you. South Apopka is closer to the city of Apopka. So, therefore, it’s better able to serve those residents. We realize there’s going to be economic challenges providing those services to South Apopka. The county collects taxes from them, but they don’t provide a lot of services. It’s like free money. I feel annexing South Apopka into the city would be a benefit to both the residence and Apopka. We already provide water. I don’t think the cost is going to be so drastic like some are saying. I know the property values are a little lower there, but when you look at the map of Apopka, they have gone all around South Apopka and so I think it’s  unfair to cast them adrift. It seems like they’re saying ‘you’re not worth being a part of our city… your second-class citizens. We’ve gone around you and sucked everything else up and left you on this little island.’ Despite his clear passion for South Apopka, Smith insists that if elected he will be a commissioner for all of Apopka.“It’s not about me,” he said. “Everyone has their agenda. I hear people in the audience at City Council meetings whispering to each other ‘what about what the people think?’ I want to be the people’s voice on City Council. My goal is to represent all of Apopka.”And Smith, the product of Apopka that was refined in the muck farms of Zellwood, seasoned in the classrooms of Orange County, and rooted in the community that he loves is still living by the golden rule he learned as a child.“It is my belief that all men and women are created equal and regardless of our backgrounds or our walk in life that it takes those blended experiences to improve the quality of life for every individual. I have not forgotten where I came from and what it took to get to the crossroads of my life.” Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. 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Loneliness is bad for your health

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 What a timely article. Never in this earth’s history has loneliness reached such epidemic proportions. People of all levels of the social strata are quite literally dying for want of a kind word. We were created by God to be social creatures. The scriptures tell us, “It is not good for man, (or woman) to be alone.” Those residents of nursing homes are seemingly abandoned by the very ones that condemn them to a life of isolation and loneliness. As much as I hate to say it, the native peoples that abandoned the elderly to die in the wilderness were likely more merciful that we are at present because those thus abandoned died relatively quickly, unlike those that we abandon to uncaring and unloving long care facilities to ultimately die after a long, lonely, and lingering existence just awaiting that death to overtake them. What an uncaring society we have turned into, all in the name of convenience! Chaz Please enter your comment! March 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT charles towne The Anatomy of Fear center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The VOICE of HealthBy Jed Magen, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University and first published on theconversation.comImagine a 65-year-old woman who sees her physician frequently for a variety of aches and pains. She might complain of back pain on one visit, headaches another time, and feeling weak on the next. Each time, her physician does a physical exam and runs the appropriate tests, without finding anything to account for her symptoms. Each time, she leaves the office feeling frustrated that “nothing can be done” for what ails her.However, if we looked more closely, we’d find out that this patient lost her husband five years earlier and has been living alone since. Her three children all live in other states. Although she dotes on her grandchildren, she sees them only about once a year. She has a few friends that she only sees occasionally. If asked, she would probably tell you that, yes, she is lonely.This is a common picture in a family physician’s office. These ill-defined symptoms without any clear cause might well be the result of social isolation and boredom. Research shows that people who feel lonely have more health problems, feel worse and perhaps die at an earlier age.Psychiatry, my specialty, has long known that feelings of all kinds can affect our physical health in profound ways. It seems officials are starting to take that seriously – the United Kingdom now even has a minister for loneliness. And for good reason.Negative effectsIn 2015, researchers from Brigham Young University looked at multiple studies on loneliness and isolation. Their results from several hundred thousand people showed that social isolation resulted in a 50 percent increase in premature death.Loneliness and social isolation are also associated with increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels, depression and, if that weren’t bad enough, decreases in cognitive abilities and Alzheimer’s disease.Humans evolved to be around others. Long ago, we hunted in small hunter-gather groups, where social cohesion could help protect from predators. Being alone without support in the wild is dangerous – and stressful. You’d have to be constantly vigilant for dangers, ready to go into “fight or flight” mode at any time.Over the short term, stress can be healthy. But in the long term, uncontrolled stress becomes a problem. There’s good evidence that chronic stress elevates levels of a hormone called cortisol in the brain. Cortisol can decrease immune system responses to infections. It might even make neurons in the brain less active and even lead to cell death. It contributes to inflammation, which is connected to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hypertension and is probably a cause of depression.Just like the person long ago in the wild, someone who’s lonely over the long term can experience these cortisol responses. Lonely people are stressed much of the time.Loneliness is more common in older adults.surowa/shutterstock.comAnother hormone named oxytocin seems to play a role in social isolation. In popular media, oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone.” This is an overstatement, but oxytocin is involved in relationships and pair bonding. For example, after birth, high oxytocin levels are associated with better mother-infant bonding.Oxytocin also seems to be linked to reduced stress. For instance, it’s associated with decreases in levels of norepinephrine, the “fight or flight” hormone, as well as decreases in blood pressure and heart rate, much the opposite of chronic cortisol. Oxytocin also seems to decrease activity in the amygdala, a part of the brain that activates whenever there’s a perceived threat.A little less lonelySo what can we do about all this? There are no real medications to treat loneliness unless one is also depressed or has high levels of anxiety.Issues with loneliness seem to be more prevalent in older adults. The AARP found that about 17 percent of older Americans are lonely and or isolated.CNN reporter and physician Sanjay Gupta suggests that society should start to view loneliness as another chronic disease. If so, then patients need long-term strategies to manage this problem.Not surprisingly, the currently recommended treatment revolves around establishing social relationships. For older adults, joining the local senior center is a wonderful way to get involved in activities and meet people. What about volunteering? Senior volunteer programs are always looking for older adults who will deliver meals, do mailings and a variety of other activities. It is surprising how small things can also be helpful.A simple phone call once a day from an adult child is an opportunity to share things from the day or about grandchildren. Even better, video conferencing via computer is easy and cheap. You can actually talk to and see your children and grandchildren who might be on the other side of the country. Studies in long-term care facilities found that pets can also reduce loneliness.Because people have to be followed for years in order to determine if these or other interventions actually counteract the effects of loneliness, little work of this kind has been done as of yet. It seems reasonable, though, to think that psychosocial interventions are powerful since healthy adults have these kinds of coping skills.From a medical perspective, the wise physician will schedule people who seem to primarily be lonely for periodic visits just to talk. In my opinion, this could prevent more unnecessary testing and costly care.Finally, even if you have a rich set of social contacts, maybe your neighbor who walks by alone on occasion doesn’t. Say hello. Reply TAGSthe conversation.comThe VOICE of Health Previous articleThe Apopka Voice Townhall Seat #1 tonight; Seat #2 Thursday nightNext articleThe Apopka Voice Townhall Seat #2 tonight Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

New email virus masquerades as tsunami fundraising appeal

first_img W32/VBSun-A is a new email virus with the subject line “Tsunami Donation! Please help!” which sets off a mass-mailing from the infected PC.The body of the message reads: “Please help us with your donation and view the attachment below! We need you!”.If opened, the tsunami.exe attachment that comes with the email creates a worm which searches for email address on the infected PC and then forwards itself on to them. It also attempts to launch a denial of service attack on an anti-spam website. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 26 January 2005 | Newscenter_img 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. New email virus masquerades as tsunami fundraising appeal This is the second email virus that attempts to exploit the tsunami disaster. Given the proliferation of phishing and other online scams against financial institutions, it is not surprising that virus writers are turning their attentions to running fake charity fundraising appeals. It can only be hoped that this does not escalate and make genuine email-based fundraising appeals less trusted by the public.last_img read more

£3.6 million for organisations helping deprived people in London find work

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis · Ethnic minorities· Lone parents· People recovering from addiction· Refugees and asylum seekers with permission to work· Homeless people· 13-17 year-olds· Women returning to work· Women entering traditionally male dominated occupations· Women from BME communities with low rates of participation in the labour marketThe money is made up of £2 million from London Councils’ grant programme and £1.6 million from the European Social FundThe deadline for applications is 12 midday on 5 February 2007. London Councils and the European Social Fund are offering grants totaling £3.6 million to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations that are helping the capital’s most deprived people develop the skills needed to help them find work.The grants are for schemes running between April 2007 and March 2008 that help enhance the job prospects of:· Disabled people Advertisement  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 January 2007 | News 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. £3.6 million for organisations helping deprived people in London find worklast_img read more

Duncan Bannatyne appointed first President of No Smoking Day

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  40 total views,  1 views today 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. Duncan Bannatyne appointed first President of No Smoking Day Tagged with: Celebrity Events Entrepreneur and anti-tobacco campaigner Duncan Bannatyne OBE has become the first President of the charity No Smoking Day.He will support the charity by encouraging businesses to support the campaign as well as acting as spokesperson for No Smoking Day.No Smoking Day 2009 takes place on 11 March and is the 26th annual campaign.Bannatyne, who has a clause in his will disinheriting any of his children who take up smoking, said: “The campaign message is ‘take the first step’. If, by supporting No Smoking Day, I can help one person to take a step towards quitting then I believe that my role as President will have been worthwhile”.No Smoking Day is organised by a charity of the same name run by four full-time staff. The charity says that last year 1.2 million smokers gave up smoking on No Smoking Day.www.nosmokingday.org.uk Howard Lake | 7 November 2008 | Newslast_img read more

Oil Ends Week Higher

first_imgHome Energy Oil Ends Week Higher By Gary Truitt – Sep 22, 2012 Facebook Twitter SHARE Oil has rallied from lows under $80 a barrel in June on hopes Europe’s crisis is abating. The Federal Reserve’s decision to provide a new round of stimulus also buoyed crude oil’s price. More recently, as prices approached $100 a barrel, many investors became nervous futures had risen too high and were set for a decline. Futures fell 6.2% this week after the October contract settled at a one-month low Thursday. Oil Ends Week Higher A weaker dollar typically helps raise oil prices by making crude oil cheaper for buyers using other currencies. “Bailouts are bullish,” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. He added the sharp fall in crude-oil prices over the past week likely prompted the rebound as well. “Because of the precipitous price drop, maybe we were too low.” Europe’s debt crisis has kept oil traders’ attention for months, and aided the latest rally this summer after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to do whatever it takes to save the euro. Facebook Twitter Previous articlePresident Mentions Farm Bill in Weekly AddressNext articleCorn Growers Question Biotech Study Gary Truitt SHARE Crude-oil futures settled higher Friday, rebounding from four straight losing sessions as the dollar weakened against the euro and broader markets rose. The gains came as the front-month contract switched to November futures. Light, sweet crude oil for November delivery rose 47 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $92.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude oil on the ICE futures exchange for November delivery rose $1.50 to $111.53 a barrel. Oil gained in tandem with stock markets and other commodities such as copper and wheat, pushed by a stronger euro over the U.S. dollar. The Financial Times reported the European Commission and Spain are moving toward changes that would meet the demand of lenders.last_img read more