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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Green Mountain expands Starbucks partnership

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Green Mountain announced that it will keep producing Starbucks-branded single serve pods for the firm’s popular Keurig brewing machines. Shares soared on the news.

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Socially Conscious Non-Profit, Weartiable, Secures Three New Board Members

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FORT COLLINS, CO–(Marketwire – Mar 26, 2013) – Wearitable, a not-for-profit organization, has secured three new members for its Board of Directors. Wearitable sells clothing and other branded items for the benefit of non-profit organizations. Instead of taking a percentage of total goods sold to run its operations, Wearitable is separately funded through charitable donations and its own branded clothing and merchandise. This model makes it possible to run a non-profit where 100% of customers’ money goes to the charity or charities of their choice.

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Welfare-to-work scheme ‘is failing’

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The government’s multi-billion-pound programme to help the long-term unemployed back into work is branded “extremely poor” by MPs.

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Ryder Cup plan ‘unacceptable’

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Plans to recruit 1,800 volunteers to work at the Ryder Cup are branded “unacceptable” by the Scottish TUC.

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Ticket price cuts ‘unrealistic’

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Calls for a reduction in Premier League ticket prices are branded as unrealistic by a football finance expert.

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Free banking claim ‘ridiculous’

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A claim that mis-selling at UK banks might have been avoided if fees were charged for accounts is branded as “ridiculous”.

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2012 brand ban for ‘large groups’

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Only large groups of spectators wearing “visibly branded” clothing are at risk of being banned from Olympic venues, 2012 organisers say.

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Only large groups of spectators wearing “visibly branded” clothing are at risk of being banned from Olympic venues, 2012 organisers say.

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Supermarket to sell blocks of ‘hope’ in charity promotion

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Budgens chain in London pilot scheme offering shoppers ‘hope-branded’ wooden blocks for £1 to raise cash for Alzheimer’s Society

A supermarket will this week start selling “hope” alongside its baked beans and bananas, in the latest initiative aimed at persuading the cash-strapped public to give more money to charity.

Wooden blocks roughly the size of box of Maltesers branded with the single word “hope” will be interspersed with groceries at branches of Budgens in Crouch End and Belsize Park in London in a pilot scheme. Shoppers will be urged to take them to the till where they will be charged £1 per block which the retailer will forward to the Alzheimer’s Society – the block is returned to the shelf.

The tactic is aimed at countering a national slump in charity donations. During the economic downturn from 2007, voluntary income received by the 1,000 biggest charities has fallen more than a fifth from £11.2bn to £8.7bn according to the Charities Aid Foundation.

“We are putting charitable giving in the context of people’s everyday routines and it makes it more accessible,” said Simon Horton, part of the creative team at the advertising agency JWT which devised the “hope” idea. “Everyone goes shopping and while you are in the mindset of spending money it is easy to put £1 on your bill. You are not being bombarded by anybody on the street and it is on your terms. We are making hope a commodity. You are buying a bit of hope in the same way as you are buying your beans.”

Horton said that if the idea takes off, the blocks could be branded for different charities and distributed appropriately in store, for example those in aid of children’s charities could be stacked next to nappies and baby food.

“Customers are very focused when they come into the supermarket,” said Andrew Thornton, owner of the Budgens branches where the scheme will be tested. “So it makes sense that this method of donating is very quick.” He said they will try placing the blocks in different locations, starting with beside the impulse-buy chocolate bars at the till queue. Budgens will cover the administration cost of the scheme and the advertising agency will pay for the blocks.

The idea comes amid growing interest among fundraisers in how to piggyback on the public’s existing spending habits. Government ministers are reported to be encouraging a scheme that would allow supermarket shoppers to round up their bills to the nearest pound while Link, the cash machine network, has announced it is planning to programme its ATMs to ask users if they want to donate to selected charitable causes when they withdraw cash.

Meanwhile, other fundraising methods have encountered problems. On-street fundraising, known as “chugging”, has been restricted by some councils following complaints from members of the public that they find some canvassers aggressive and disruptive. There has also been a series of controversies over the amount of money that goes to charities from second-hand clothes collections, while private companies make substantial profits.

“More fundraisers are chasing less money and since the government’s statutory funding cuts were announced we have seen organisations in education, the arts and health enter the fundraising arena,” said Simon Morrison, director of marketing at the Institute of Fundraising. “It means established charities are having to be ever more innovative.”

He said the idea had the potential to allow charities to reach groups that traditionally give least – the young and the poor – who do not respond as well to traditional fundraising methods such as direct mail, advertising and social events.

“We’re always looking for innovative and quirky new ways to raise money and the ‘blocks of hope’ initiative does just that,” said Jennifer Moseley, community fundraising manager for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Opposition rubbishes Syrian vote pledge – ABC Online

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By Middle East correspondent Anne Barker Syrian opposition groups have dismissed a promise of parliamentary elections and a referendum on a draft constitution as a ploy to divert attention from the bloodshed on the ground. President Bashar al-Assad
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