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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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New Jersey Community Bank (NJCB: OTC Link) | Splits

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Wed, May 15, 2013 12:00 – New Jersey Community Bank (NJCB: OTC Link) – Splits – Effective Wed, May 15, 2013, NJCB: OTC Link engaged in a fwd split. As a result of the split, shs increased by 1.05 for 1 split. You may find a complete list of splits at otcmarkets.com.

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Greater Hudson Bank, NA (NY) (GHDS: OTCQB) | Greater Hudson Bank, N.A. Welcomes Damiane Doyle As Commercial Loan Officer

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Greater Hudson Bank, N.A. Welcomes Damiane Doyle As Commercial Loan Officer

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Google set to unveil subscriptions for specialist YouTube videos – CNN International

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Google set to unveil subscriptions for specialist YouTube videos
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(Financial Times) — Google is on the verge of unveiling an à la carte subscription service for some of YouTube's specialist video channels, to finance a broader range of content and add a second revenue stream to the digital video market leader. The move
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REPEAT-MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The More We Walk, the More They Can Talk in Ontario

Category : World News

- BMO employees in Ontario will be walking with community members in support of Kids Help Phone in the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO on Sunday, May 5

- Thousands of BMO employees participating in more than 30 community and virtual walks across Canada

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Energy Bill ‘should be amended to protect community energy schemes’

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Developed with large commercial operators in mind, the bill could stop wind farm projects from proceeding

Community owned renewable energy has received remarkable levels of vocal support from ministers and shadow ministers alike as the Energy Bill has progressed through parliament. However, it currently contains no supportive policy measures and, as it stands, represents a huge threat to this vibrant and rapidly growing sector.

Currently, the Energy Bill threatens to prevent larger community schemes over 5MW, such as the Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative in Oxfordshire and the Lochcarnan Community Wind Farm in Scotland, from ever happening again. The problem is that the Bill has been developed with large commercial generators in mind. Participating in the proposed “contracts for difference” system would require a high degree of technical knowledge, creating an excessive administrative burden for community projects largely dependent on passionate and dedicated volunteers. Also, with the end of the Renewables Obligation, electricity suppliers will have little incentive to purchase renewable energy from community generators, who have limited bargaining power.

To overcome these problems the Energy Bill urgently requires amendment. Together with 16 other co-operatives and civil society organisations, including the National Trust, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the Transition Network, we are calling for community schemes to be exempted from the new “contracts for difference” regime by allowing projects up to 20MW in size to access the fixed Feed-in Tariff scheme instead. We also want a duty to be placed on the secretary of state to promote new community energy generation and for a Green Power Auction Market to be introduced, where communities would receive a fair rate for their electricity.

Critics of these amendments suggest that few community projects are of the scale that would be affected. This misses the point, as community energy is an emerging sector with huge potential for growth, with conservative estimates of 3.5GW of generation capacity achievable in the UK by 2020, the equivalent of nearly four conventional coal-fired power stations. Those larger community projects mentioned above are potentially the first of a great many, not exceptions to the rule.

Policymakers need to recognise that the benefits of community energy extend far beyond helping the country to meet its stated energy goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security. It also keeps the profits generated within the community to be redistributed for its own benefit, improves energy awareness and influences personal behaviour, and perhaps most important of all, it increases public acceptance of vital renewable energy projects. Recent research commissioned by the Co-operative found that 22% of people would oppose a wind farm near their home. This opposition drops to just 7% if the project is owned by and benefits the community.

When planning opposition is the main barrier to many larger renewable energy projects being realised, this cannot easily be ignored.

There is very strong political support for community energy with Liberal Democrat secretary of state, Ed Davey, stating “I want nothing less than a community energy revolution” and the Conservative minister, Greg Barker, stating it to be “vital to our vision of the development of energy in the UK”.

DECC is also in the process of drafting a Community Energy Strategy, which is a very welcome step forwards. However, the Energy Bill remains a missed opportunity and grave threat with the only positive news being that Greg Barker has stated in parliament that raising the fixed Feed-in Tariff threshold is “under active consideration”.

We must keep up the pressure to turn this vocal government support into solid policy measures. You can help by contacting your MP to ask that they sign Early Day Motion 684 (Community Energy) and support our recommended amendments to the Energy Bill. So far the EDM has attracted support from across the political spectrum, with MPs from nine political parties having signed, including influential figures from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. These include the Lib Dem president Tim Farron, former Conservative energy minister Charles Hendry and chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee Tim Yeo.

With such a broad base of support and such enormous potential, community energy must be given the opportunity to thrive. We hope this opportunity will be taken when the Energy Bill reaches its report stage in the House of Commons in coming days.

Colin Baines is campaigns manager at the Co-operative Group

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Verengo Solar Receives City of Torrance Advantage Award for "Enriching the Community"

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TORRANCE, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 24, 2013) – Verengo Inc. helped celebrate Earth Day this weekend by winning the 6th Annual Torrance Advantage Award for “Enriching the Community.”

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Monarch Announces Winners of School Competition

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – April 22, 2013) - After launching a nationwide appeal, asking for head teachers to help them in their quest to make flying fun, Monarch Airlines has today announced the three winning schools that have been selected for the day trip of their lives.

  • Fulbrook Middle School in Milton Keynes
  • Icknield Community College in Watlington
  • Harris Academy Beckenham in Kent

A total of six hundred children – two hundred from each school – will have exclusive use of a Monarch aircraft on 24th April 2013, with a range of fun activities in the air and on the ground.

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Small businesses should innovate the way they use social media

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With so much noise in the social media space, it can be hard for smaller brands to get their message across. Here are some top tips to make your presence count

Social media platforms have huge potential to foster innovation in businesses of any size. They offer a space in which companies and individuals can benefit from having access to creative clusters of professionals who are willing to share their ideas.

However, this creative stock of ideas is very difficult to properly exploit, because there is also a huge level of fragmentation: the conversations are going on everywhere, all the time, and it can seem that you need significant resources to explore these virtual spaces properly.

However, small businesses can adopt some strategies learned from large corporations, in order to benefit from social media innovation.

Be in the right places

Big companies have the resources to invest in having a broad presence in the social media sphere. SMEs start from the opposite perspective, of working with fewer resources.

The best strategy in this case is to focus your attention on the social media spaces in which interesting content is more likely to appear, either from current and potential customers, or from other conversations. Instead of trying to be everywhere, an SME should start with cultivating a community in one or two social media channels at the most.

The company should investigate where its current and potential customers are, and design a strategy to reach them. A company which sell services to other companies, or small consultancies and professional firms, for instance, may find it is easier to connect using LinkedIn as the main social network.

The company should focus on matters that interest audiences. Big companies have realised social media is a space for marketing, but people become very tired of marketing-only interactions. Time is a scarce resource on social media: there are so many things to be seen and read, so people become selective about the conversations they wish to engage in. The only way of really engaging people is to start conversations which are in their interest. High quality, relevant content, from the perspective of a particular audience, is necessary to attract people to the virtual space, in order then to encourage their participation and for innovative ideas to emerge. People need to perceive a direct benefit of being connected to that particular space.

Cultivate customer communities

In addition to sharing interesting content, it is necessary to go a step further to benefit from the innovative ideas given by customers and potential customers.

Ideas come organically in any healthy community. In addition, companies may encourage the generation of ideas, for instance, by posting questions about the areas they believe it is possible to foster development. A simple question to the community may trigger an interesting discussion, bringing innovative ideas to the fore.

People give contributions when they believe their opinion matters, and when they believe their ideas will benefit themselves or others in some way. Translating these aspects into action, companies should keep up the dialogue with contributors. When a suggestion comes, the company always should give feedback, motivating the same people and others to participate.

Competitions and polls are also interesting ways of benefiting from the engagement with virtual communities. Polls are a more straightforward method for discovering particular opinions when the company already has an idea about the options to be tested with customers. In general, a poll offers a closed set of questions, thus it only works when the company wants to ask specific questions.

Competitions are more open, mostly starting from a problem to be solved, which allow contributors to bring a larger variety of ideas, from different perspectives. For instance, an SME may open a competition to choose a new logo or a new slogan for the company.

Additionally, companies should give a sort of reward to those customers who have given useful ideas. A straightforward gift (money, products or services) may be an easy solution, but is not always appropriate or possible. Especially in competitions, a gift reward may be the best option. In any case, the contributor should be praised publicly for the benefit the idea has brought to the company – and even better to the whole community – improving the quality of a product or a service. Some big companies even keep track of the best contributors, and regularly call them to networking gatherings. This is a good idea: invite the best contributors to an event, to share ideas and feedback with the company and other contributors.

Be prepared for the downside

Big companies know very well that social media can also damage their reputation. This may also happen with SMEs. Any space of interaction can bring great ideas for innovation, which may be utilised. It may also bring to light strong criticisms. Thus companies should be prepared to cope with both, with a high level of professionalism. In addition, companies need to be very diplomatic in coping in a sensible and sensitive way with those vocal contributors who have not much to say.

Magda David Hercheui is senior lecturer in project management at Westminster Business School, editor of New Media Knowledge

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Arkansas to probe Exxon Mobile spill

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The US state of Arkansas launches an investigation into an Exxon Mobil pipeline that ruptured, spilling oil into a housing community last week.

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Hemp, Inc. (HEMP: OTC Pink Current) | Hemp, Inc.’s CEO, Bruce Perlowin, Announces Plan to Create a 500-Acre Kins Domain Community in Arizona

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Hemp, Inc.’s CEO, Bruce Perlowin, Announces Plan to Create a 500-Acre Kins Domain Community in Arizona

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LAS VEGAS, March 22, 2013

LAS VEGAS, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Spread Peace Radio featured renowned philanthropist and leader in the industrial hemp industry, Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP), on his plans to fund and build a 500-acre Kins Domain in Arizona.

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