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NZMA backs Govt plans to help Kiwis go smokefree

first_imgNZMA backs Govt plans to help Kiwis go smokefree Most people who smoke wish they didn’t – nowthe NZ Medical Association is endorsing the Government’s blueprint to help all New Zealanders, especially future generations, live free of tobacco and regrets.The NZMA has written to the Government strongly supporting the proposed Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan.NZMA Chair Dr Alistair Humphrey says the NZMA has for several years been at the forefront of advocacy for making Aotearoa an essentially smokefree nation by 2025.“Our 2017 position statement called on the Government to develop an action plan to achieve Smokefree 2025 with a strong emphasis on Māori-focussed outcomes,” Dr Humphrey says.“We are pleased to note that the proposals contain several of the measures that we have been calling for as well as some new measures. If implemented in full, we believe that the action plan offers a realistic chance of realising the 2025 goal.“More than eighty percent of smokers wish they never started – we want to save New Zealanders from that regret and instead lead healthy smokefree lives.”NZMA strongly supports all the proposed measures:· Making tobacco products less available· Licensing retailers of tobacco and vaping products· Reducing the number of smoked tobacco product retailers· Restricting sale of smoked tobacco products to a limited number of specific store types· Introducing a smokefree generation policy· Measures to make smoked tobacco products less addictive and appealing· Reducing nicotine in smoked tobacco products to very low levels· Prohibiting filters in cigarettes· Prohibiting innovations aimed at increasing the appeal and addictiveness of smoked tobacco products· Making tobacco products less affordable· Setting a minimum price for all tobacco products to complement existing excise tax measuresTo read our full submission, click here.· The NZMA is New Zealand’s largest medical organisation with about 5000 members from all areas of medicine. The NZMA aims to provide leadership of the medical profession, and to promote professional unity and values, and the health of all New Zealanders.‍ /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:future, future generation, Government, health, healthcare, leadership, medicine, New Zealand, New Zealand Medical Association, NZ, NZMA, outcomes, Smoke, smoking, tax, vapinglast_img read more

UK start-ups aim to be future global giants

first_img Author Previous ArticleSprint faces $300M lawsuit in tax fraud claimNext ArticleUnlikely partners in payments? PayPal backs Tink to boost customer experience HomeMoneyBlogs UK start-ups aim to be future global giants Tags Richard Handford Newcomers to the UK payments industry hope to find the elusive formula for worldwide success, as Richard Handford discovers.Over the past decade, internet payment services, such as PayPal and more recently Square, have become familiar brands. And now there is a new crop of start-ups, predominately offering services for smartphones, and all in agreement that the world of online and offline payments are blurring for consumers. Many of these newcomers are based in the United States, but some of the contenders to be tomorrow’s payment giants are from the UK.Take Paddle for instance. Little more than a year ago, it was founded by Ed Lea in the spare room of his house in Highgate. The start-up now has £300,000 in backing, a figure which includes support from venture firm EC1 Capital, as well as friends and family.“I started looking at online payments, both on the web and mobile web. There had been no innovation in that space for 12 or 15 years since PayPal,” says Mr Lea.The result impressed Marks & Spencer sufficiently that this month Paddle is collaborating with the UK retailer whereby consumers can use their mobile phones to buy products from one of its websites.So how does it work? The consumer clicks on Pay with Paddle when they come to the website checkout. A QR code is then generated and the consumer opens the Paddle app on their phone and scans the code to process the payment. The first time they make a purchase, they add a debit or credit card to their Paddle account.The aim is to make the whole transaction process less onerous for users compared to other offerings.Mr Lea says Paddle can make transactions even smoother by linking the card and phone directly, so removing the need to scan the QR code.Another UK start-up, Ensygnia, based in London, is working in a similar area, but with a slightly different take on what matters in a transaction.Ensygnia also enables users to scan a QR code on a website to make a quicker transaction, but the firm is more interested in authenticating a user’s identity than processing their payments. “We do not want to create another wallet,” says chief executive and co-founder Richard Harris. “We enable payments, but we are not a payments company.”Despite not wanting to be a payments firm, Ensygnia is still interested in establishing its own consumer brand that stands for trust in consumer’s minds; think “intel inside”, says Mr Harris.The company closed a £2-million round in early-May. The financing, negotiations for which started in 2012, includes both services as well as cash. Backers include Wayra, the accelerator fund run by Spanish mobile operator Telefonica, as well as Jesus College, Cambridge and Rhoddy Swire, founder of Pantheon Ventures, a private equity fund.The company is currently running a number of trials with unnamed clients and is aiming to go live with some of them by the end of the year.Birmingham-based Droplet is going another route. It is more focused on using smartphones for making payments at a retailer’s point-of-sale or sending money to friends and family.This month it is launching with customers Chiltern Railways and Airparks. And things are changing dramatically for the company in other ways as it is in the process of negotiating £3 million in financing from undisclosed backers.In some ways, Droplet has the most ambitious aims. The company does not link consumers’ debit or credit cards to their accounts. Instead it gets consumers to pay cash into a pre-paid account from which they can make payments to merchants. Co-founder Steffan Aquarone says this approach means payments is just the start of something bigger.“We don’t want to be a payments firm; we want to offer people an alternative for what they can do with their money.” Bill payments and loans are two possibilities for the future, says Mr Aquarone.However, the company charges no fee to either consumer or merchant. Instead, it hopes to make money by offering additional, paid-for tools to merchants. Its platform will be open to outside developers to sell their apps to merchants too.“Are we doing anything revolutionary? I am not sure we are. Maybe we are just combining existing things in an unusual way,” says Mr Aquarone.Although hardly a conventional start-up – it’s owned by the three largest mobile operators in the country – Weve launched a service in the UK earlier this year that is sure to be followed with interest elsewhere.The m-commerce venture is offering a common platform for advertisers to reach all the operators’ subscribers in one go; operators normally act on their own, which makes it harder for brands.Weve says it will launch mobile wallet and payments later this year or early-2014. Mobile operators in other countries are keen to see if such a joint service can succeed.Although not a UK firm – it’s from Hong Kong – MPayMe is set to start a pilot of its mobile payments service in the UK, along with a number of other countries. The service, which launches in July, enables subscribers to scan QR codes to make point-of-sale payments, as well as pay bills and make online purchases.UK firm GoCardless, which launched in 2012, offers a service aimed at businesses which want to arrange regular payments, such as direct debits, from their customers, but do not accept card payments.The service is not primarily mobile, although some developers have come up with mobile apps for GoCardless that enable merchants to accept payments on the go. GoCardless raised $3.3 million in April following $1.5 million in seed capital in 2012.Finally, the UK has a number of services that enable small merchants to process payments on their smartphones using a card reader. One such example is German firm SumUp, which launched last year in the UK and other markets. And it has just announced an investment round with big-name backers, including American Express and Groupon. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JUL 2013 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Money UK green lights completed PayPal, iZettle deal Related PayPal chief eyes Venmo expansion This article was originally published in The Future of Payments report in The Sunday Times newspaper by Raconteur Media, in association with Mobile World Live. Download the full PDF report here. DropletEnsygniaPaypalSquareSumUpWevelast_img read more

Weisbrod named NJCAA All-American

first_img Next UpWeisbrod’s play helped LSCPA win the Region XIV South Zone with a 13-6 mark. The Seahawks finished 22-10 overall, having won 16 of 17 at home.Weisbrod ranked ninth nationally in defensive rebounds (224) and 10th in total rebounds (346). His 10.8-rebound per game ranked him 12th.It’s not the first national award Weisbrod has received this season. He was named NJCAA Division I Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 18-24 after averaging 28 points and 14.5 rebounds and shooting 18 for 31 from the floor combined in wins over Lee College and Jacksonville College. Other first-team honorees were Central Florida guard Kevin Maura, Connors State (Oklahoma) guard Deven Simms, Gillette (Wyoming) center Kavell Bigby-Williams, Hutchinson (Kansas) guard Bashir Ahmed, Motlow State (Tennessee) guard Jaylen Barford, North Dakota State College of Science guard Julian Walters, North Idaho guard Braian Angola Rodas, Odessa (Texas) forward Devin Davis and Seward County (Kansas) guard Niem Stevenson. Colton Weisbrod will have one more honor from his junior college career to take with him to Lamar, and it’s his biggest one yet.The NJCAA awarded Lamar State College Port Arthur’s standout sophomore freshman with a spot on its men’s basketball All-America first team, which was released Thursday. It was a much-deserved honor for Weisbrod, a 6-foot-5 guard from Nederland who ranked in the top 10 nationally in three categories and was the 11th-leading total scorer with 685 points (21.4 per game average, good for 14th).center_img Weisbrod was a standout at Nederland High before beginning his collegiate career at New Orleans for the 2014-15 season. He officially committed to Lamar in November and could have a fellow Seahawk join him in Beaumont for next season. Christian Albright, LSCPA’s sophomore forward, received an offer from the Cardinals earlier this week.last_img read more

UnitedHealthcare runs with IronKids at 2013 National US Race Series

first_imgUnitedHealthcare has announced it will once again team up with IronKids for the 2013 UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Race series across the US. Through the extended partnership, UnitedHealthcare and IronKids aim to inspire and motivate young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. UnitedHealthcare will sponsor 10 youth events – nine running races and a triathlon – in seven US states.Open to participants aged 3 to 15, the UnitedHealthcare IronKids 2013 Running Series features age-appropriate health activities such as the one-mile walk/run as well as music and health expos, and the opportunity to watch Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events along with hundreds of spectators.“We are thrilled to once again have UnitedHealthcare team-up with IronKids to sponsor the 2013 UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Race Series,” said Carola Ross, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ironman North America. “The opportunity that it affords thousands of youth in these communities is a fun way to get up and be active while educating on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.”UnitedHealthcare employees will also be on hand at the races to cheer youth participants and lead healthy, hands-on activities such as games and exercises, as well as distribute educational materials. The company will award each runner with water, healthy snacks, t-shirts and medals.This is the second year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IronKids races and is part of the company’s overall commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through healthy lifestyles. Obesity among children and adolescents in the US has almost tripled since 1980, with nearly one in three children being overweight or obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings, an annual comprehensive assessment of the US nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. Texas ranks 40th among all 50 states in obesity; more than 30% of Texans have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.The first event will kick off on 6 April in Galveston, the coastal city in Texas, at the UnitedHealthcare IronKids Galveston Fun Run. Here, hundreds of young people, aged 3 to 15, will participate in a one-mile race to raise awareness about obesity and living healthily. UnitedHealthcare mascot ‘Dr. Health E. Hound’ will participate in the event, helping kids and their parents with warm-up exercises and joining the kids at the starting line to officially kick-off the race.UnitedHealthcare and the Galveston Boys & Girls Club, which works with youth in underserved communities, will sponsor more than 50 runners. The company will provide complimentary entry fees for the race and weekend-long activities, enabling youth who often face barriers to good health, such as the cost of participating in athletic events, to compete in a running event.“These IronKids races are creating an inspirational environment where children, young adults and families can learn how healthier living can enhance their well-being and inspire the athlete in all of us,” said Steve Nelson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community & State.“Children can enjoy a lifetime of good health and wellness by learning about the benefits of healthy lifestyles at an early age, and how exercise can take them across finish lines they had never imagined.”The UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Race series schedule includes 10 events in seven states beginning on 6 April and ending on 16 November. Cities and dates include:Galveston, Texas, 6 AprilHaines City, Florida, 18 MaySyracuse, New York, 22 JuneLake Stevens, Washington, 20 JulyLake Placid, New York, 26 JulyLas Vegas, Nevada, 7 SeptemberMadison, Wisconsin, 7 SeptemberPanama City Beach, Florida, 1 NovemberTempe, Arizona, 16 NovemberAll the events are one-mile ‘fun runs’ with the exception of Haines City, Florida, which will include a triathlon.IronKids is owned by Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC). After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IronKids relaunched in 2009 with nine events in the IronKids National Triathlon Series. Since the inaugural year, IronKids has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to over 40 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.The brand represents ‘a multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families and communities as, as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem.’ The IronKids mission is to inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle.www.ironkids.comwww.uhc.comwww.ironman.com Relatedlast_img read more

Baseball’s Doubleheader at Lee Washed Out

first_imgWest Florida finishes the regular season at 33-13 with a 24-7 Gulf South Conference record. The Argos clinched the GSC Regular Season Championship last night by defeating the Flames, 7-5. — GoArgos.com — April 30, 2016 To stay updated on the UWF baseball team, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit GoArgos.com. CLEVELAND, Tenn.  – The University of West Florida baseball team sees its regular season conclude after inclement weather forced Saturday’s doubleheader to be canceled.center_img UWF baseball will host the 2016 GSC Tournament next weekend, beginning Saturday May 7th at 11:00 a.m. with a contest between the No. 1 seed Argos and the No. 6-seeded Flames. West Florida concludes its 2016 season with a .774 winning percentage in conference play, its best percentage since posting an .850 winning percentage during the 2011 campaign.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more