New look for NLCB

 20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 June 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement The National Lottery Charities Board is to spend £100,000 to raise its profile and improve its image. Apparently the word “board” is unfriendly and puts some people off from applying. The board’s title is also seen as “a bit of a mouthful.”The re-branding will be unveiled in the Autumn. New look for NLCB 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. read more

Understanding Antarctic Peninsula precipitation distribution and variability using a numerical weather prediction model

first_imgDaily precipitation fields and annual means from the European Centrefor Medium-range Weather Forecasts re-analysis exercise are used to examine the distributionand variability of precipitation across the Antarctic Peninsula. The annual meanprecipitation field from the model agrees well with the available ice-core data and suggeststhat the maximum accumulation for the area is on the western side of the barrierat about the 200 m level where the annual total is close to 1.3 m w.e. The Peninsula is shownto be a very effective barrier to the zonal movement of precipitati ng weather systems,which results in quite different atmospheric flow regimes being responsible [or significantprecipitation events on either side of the divide. Frontal depressions are the primarysource of large daily snowfall totals on both sides of the Peninsula. On the southern coastof the Bellingshausen Sea, major snowfall events are often linked to strong northerly flowwhen the atmospheric circulation is blocked. Predominantly northerly flow is also responsiblefor significant snowfall on the Ronne Ice Shelf, which often occurs in associationwith lee cyclogenesis events to the east of the Peninsula.last_img read more

Study of Oregon health insurance experiment wins award

first_imgA study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers that used for the first time a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes, has received a Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award from Academy Health. The award recognizes outstanding research that has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice.Researchers including Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at HSPH and co-principal investigator of the study, looked at a 2008 plan by the state of Oregon to expand its Medicaid coverage by choosing recipients through a lottery.They mailed questionnaires to more than 70,000 applicants to the Oregon program, targeting 35,000 who were selected in the lottery for access to Medicaid and 35,000 who were not. Using these surveys, along with hospital admissions data and credit reports, they were able to demonstrate that those who gained access to Medicaid utilized more health care, reported better physical and mental well-being, and were in better financial circumstances than those who didn’t—with fewer bills sent to collection, and a decline in the average amount of medical collections of about $400.“This was an unprecedented opportunity to provide the policy community with vital information about Medicaid’s effects at a time of major program changes,” Baicker said in a February 4, 2013 statement.Read Academy Health press release Read Full Storylast_img read more

Swedish firm enters Dutch market to enable ‘freedom of choice’

first_imgDutch consultant Montae is to adapt pension fund software from Swedish financial advice firm Söderberg & Partners for the Dutch market.As part of the arrangement, Söderberg is to take a stake in Montae.The consultancy firm said that the job involved adjusting software that enables freedom of choice for members of collective pension plans.Söderberg, which employs 1,600 staff, is already active in Denmark, Norway and Finland. In Sweden, participants have much more freedom of choice for their pension and can, for example, select their own investment funds for part of their pension assets.Planned reforms in the Netherlands could mean similar flexibilities are introduced under a new pensions contract.Mike van Engelen, Montae’s founder, said this meant Söderberg had significant experience developing and providing tools for employers and pension funds to assist participants making choices digitally.“They have developed standard tools with the correct communication and education for participants,” he added.According to Van Engelen, using Söderberg’s software would be cheaper than developing programs for individual employers.He said: “Medium-sized and larger companies in particular are interested in this software, for example, if they intend to switch from defined benefit [DB] to defined contribution, and if they want to offer more choice within a DB plan.”Montae, which has offices in Rijswijk and Eindhoven, is to open a new branch in Utrecht next year.Montae focuses on pensions advice and board support. It serves approximately 20 pension funds.Earlier this year, Söderberg took a stake in Dutch pensions advisor and communication company Floreijn Group .At the time, Floreijn said it expected to benefit from Söderberg’s experience in robo-advice for individual workers in defined contribution plans.last_img read more