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New Report: $1 cigarette tax increase would raise $6.7 million for Vermont and cut youth smoking

first_imgRaising Vermont’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring in $6.7 million in new annual revenue to help close the state’s budget shortfall, while also reducing smoking and saving lives, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.The report comes as states grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls and face devastating cuts to education, health care and other essential public services. The report details the revenue and health benefits to each state of a $1 cigarette tax increase.In Vermont, a $1 cigarette tax increase would also:Prevent 3,600 kids from becoming smokers;Spur 1,900 current adult smokers to quit;Save 1,600 residents from premature, smoking-caused deaths; andSave $81.1 million in health care costs.A nationwide poll released along with the report found that 67 percent of voters support a $1 tobacco tax increase, with backing from large majorities of Republicans (68 percent), Democrats (70 percent) and Independents (64 percent).  The poll found that voters far prefer raising the state tobacco tax to other options for addressing state budget deficits. While 60 percent favored increasing the tobacco tax for this purpose, more than 70 percent opposed every other option presented, including higher state income, gasoline and sales taxes and cuts to education, health care, transportation and law enforcement programs.”This report shows that raising tobacco taxes is truly a win-win-win for Vermont. It is a budget win that will help protect vital programs like health care and education, a health win that will prevent kids from smoking and save lives, and a political win with the voters,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.The report was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is titled Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States.Currently, Vermont’s cigarette tax is $2.24 per pack, which ranks 9th in the nation. The national average is $1.34 per pack.  The scientific evidence is clear that increasing cigarette prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, especially among kids. States will achieve even greater revenue and health gains if they also increase tax rates on other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco and cigars, and if they dedicate a portion of their new tobacco tax revenue to fund programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.Opposition to raising the cigarette tax further typically has come from Vermont retailers, who fear they would lose more business to New Hampshire, where the tax is already lower ($1.78, rank 16th). On the other hand, retailers have been concerned they would lose the advantage on its other borders, particularly losing consumers from New York, where the tax is $2.75 (rank 3rd), or more than 50 cents a pack higher, and consumers from Quebec, where the total cost of cigarettes is also higher than in Vermont.Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. In Vermont, tobacco use claims 800 lives and costs the state $233 million in health care bills each year.  Currently, 18.2 percent of the state’s high school students smoke, and 2,700 kids try cigarettes for the first time each year.The national survey of 847 registered voters was conducted from January 20-24, 2010, by International Communications Research and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.  More information, including the full report, state-specific information and detailed poll results, can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org/winwinwin(link is external).SOURCE: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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New internet domain available for U.S. credit unions

first_imgThe Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is now making the .creditunion top-level domain to eligible credit unions based in the U.S.The web addresses will not be automatically granted to those who apply. Each application will be subjected to a fairly rigorous evaluation and approval process, managed by CUNA. Domain names must correspond to a credit union’s name or brand in order to be obtained.U.S.-based credit unions with federally-registered trademarks can begin the application process immediately. Everyone else will have to wait until after June 6, 2017.Credit unions interested in registering a domain can get started at CUNA’s website. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Huddlestone loses his locks

first_img The former Tottenham player has been growing out his afro in aid of Cancer Research UK, having vowed not to have it clipped until he next scored a goal. Frustratingly, his drought lasted from his last Spurs goal in April 2011 until his first Hull strike against Fulham on December 28. He celebrated with an impromptu snip on the sidelines, courtesy of Tigers physio Rob Price, but headed to the KC Stadium on Thursday to complete the job. Waiting for him there was stylist Lance Lowe, Huddlestone’s favourite London hairdresser who travelled north specifically for the job. Speaking before turning his elaborate afro into a sleeker mohican cut, Huddlestone said: “It’s been a long time coming but thankfully I managed to hit the target at the weekend and I’m finally getting the barnet chopped. “A few of the lads suggested I go for a ‘Mr T’ look. I’m not going quite that bad but I am going for a mohican, it’s the only thing I could think of that wouldn’t make me look as stupid as I did before.” Amongst all the follicular fun, Huddlestone was keen to underline the serious issue underpinning his efforts. “We’ve raised over £35,000 now and that’s nearly trebled since the final whistle against Fulham,” he said. “Fair play to the public, I’d like to thank them for raising the awareness and pledging their money. “Hopefully my next cut won’t be as long coming now and I hope someone else will do the same now because it’s a good cause.” Lowe, who cut Huddlestone’s hair during his Tottenham days and also counts Didier Drogba among his former clients, said: “I’ve been texting Tom for the best part of the three years asking ‘when are we doing this?’ “I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that hair.” Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone is ready for a new start in 2014 after getting his first haircut in more than two-and-a-half years.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Toon accounts reveal £34m war-chest

first_img Press Association The club announced record profits last month of £18.7million for the 2013/14 season, but the full accounts registered with Companies House on Monday show that £38.6million was transferred into Newcastle’s bank account as a cash-flow sum – paying off a £4.5million overdraft and leaving £34.1million available. The revelation has infuriated Newcastle fans who claim owner Mike Ashley has little ambition beyond remaining in the top flight and benefiting from the lucrative Premier League TV deals. The accounts say owner Mike Ashley still has £129million in interest-free loans outstanding but the money in the bank means the club’s net debt is down to £94.8million. The accounts also reveal that £29.8million was spent on signings after June 30, with £12.6million coming in player sales – mainly from Mathieu Debuchy’s move to Arsenal. The reported income from player sales does not appear to cover the January departures of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon, whose sales brought in around a further £8million. Newcastle’s salary bill rose to £78.3million from £61.7million, a 27 per cent increase, but that was more than covered by the increase in income from the new Premier League television deal and sponsorship income – the ratio of wages to turnover dropped from 64 per cent to 60 per cent. A club spokesman declined to comment. Newcastle had more than £34million sitting in the bank at the end of the last financial year, the club’s full accounts have revealed. A protest, backed by the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust, is planned for Sunday with fans being urged to boycott the home match against Tottenham. The protest comes with the Magpies having lost their last five Premier League matches, including a painful 1-0 defeat at north-east rivals Sunderland. Mark Jensen, editor of online Newcastle fanzine themag.co.uk, said: “The accounts show that all this cash was generated and the question a lot of fans would ask (is) why was a significant portion of that not spent on team strengthening? “The idea of a boycott has been building for a long time and you can’t blame the fans, and I’m all in favour of it. It’s a starting point where fans may feel empowered and make their feelings known. “The frustrating thing for them is the money is there but the club won’t spend it. “Newcastle United are a club that should be in the top eight every season – that’s the size of the club with the support base it has and the benefit of being a city with one club. “We are going to fall well short of that this season and that equals failure in lots of fans’ eyes. “It seems that every transfer window the squad keeps weakening. People talk about Newcastle being a well-run business – that may be so in the short term but in the long term we have a squad which needs massive investment.” last_img read more

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Moviesta shines at the Curragh

first_imgMoviesta sprouted wings to get up in the dying strides of the Gerrardstown House Stud Supporting Breast Cancer Research Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh. Toscanini dictated terms to suit himself and was still on the bridle when his rivals were working much harder as they approached the furlong pole in the Group Three dash. Gordon Lord Byron tried valiantly to get to him but it was 8-1 chance Moviesta, part-owned by Harry Redknapp and on his fourth outing for Edward Lynam, who came with a wet sail on the stands rail to collar the leader and oblige by three-quarters of a length. “I fancied him in Goodwood, but it all went pear-shaped,” said Lynam. “When I got him initially, myself and Wayne Lordan, who usually rides him work, were of the strong opinion that he was a six-furlong Group horse. “When he ran at Ascot there was a change of opinion and we thought he was a five-furlong horse. Now I’m inclined to believe he’s a six-furlong horse. He bled in Goodwood and has had a few issues, but he’s a very good horse. “They are nice lads to train for and I’m delighted to train a winner for Harry. I wish he was managing my team (Man Utd) at the minute – they might have done a bit better! ” We’ll try and find a nice race for him now.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Concerns raised about state of pitches ahead of Leagues

first_imgPhoto: Tipp FM Concerns have been raised about the state of pitches heading into the hurling and football leagues.It follows a weekend of postponed fixtures across the country after weeks of bad weather.The National Leagues in both codes start 3 weeks earlier this year than in previous years – with Tipp travelling to Cusack Park in Ennis in the hurling, and travelling to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to take on Cork in the football tie this weekend. Following Tipp’s game against the rebels, Kilkenny’s hurlers take on Cork at the same venue.The condition of the pitch Leeside has been known to deteriorate in bad weather, and Tipp FM Analyst Tom McGrath says he wouldn’t be surprised if one of the games were moved…last_img read more

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The data dashboards that help LaLiga clubs evolve

first_imgAdvertisement 3lmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7thirWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2hu3i9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) crWould you ever consider trying this?😱a2Can your students do this? 🌚s2kRoller skating! Powered by Firework LaLiga is providing clubs with detailed breakdowns of their data to identify new market opportunities. Global audience metrics, digital engagement and macroeconomic data are just some of the new services being provided.Advertisement  Advertisement Data analysis is driving new business opportunities across the world and football is no exception. LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department has been working for the past two years to ensure the clubs in Spanish professional football have as much information as possible for analyzing the marketplace and making strategic business decisions. This initiative is set to expand thanks to a new range of club dashboards.Released to clubs this season, the dashboards give club employees a world of data at their fingertips. Produced alongside the league’s international development department, they provide up-to-date information on various important metrics, from stadium attendances to TV audiences to social media stats to macroeconomic data from around the world.Advertisement “Thanks to these tools, clubs have a live snapshot of their market position and that of LaLiga in all countries,” said Óscar Mayo, head of LaLiga’s international development department. “This allows them to see their key performance indicators (KPIs) in each market and calculate where new growth opportunities may be found.”The dashboards are a continuation of the digital ecosystem that LaLiga has created in recent years. All of the league’s digital assets (including websites, apps, social networks and the LaLigaSportsTV OTT platform) are combined with other sources of information (such as TV audiences and stadium attendance) in a centralized data lake where they are analyzed by LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department. Club dashboards have been built from this information, offering clubs simple ways to view and analyses the data. Club by club analysisTo improve analysis, clubs can compare important data with averages from across the league. José Carlos Franco, director of technology and data at LaLiga, added: “The dashboards make it easier for clubs to analyse and compare their data using simple filters. This is helping clubs to improve their engagement on social networks and other campaigns in target markets.”To help fine-tune campaigns, the dashboards offer demographic data of each club’s fans. Based on the users who have chosen a favorite club when accessing LaLiga’s digital platforms, clubs are provided with aggregate data on the age ranges, genders and countries of their fanbase and of the average fanbases of the other clubs in the league. Another example looks at social media followers per network, via a connection to the Blinkfire tool.As Mayo detailed: “If a club has, for example, one or two players from Mexico and a major stake in that market then, thanks to this tool, they can check in real time if their growth in audience is significant, if their increase in social media followers from that country is above the average for the league’s clubs and if the market is one of interest or one with the possibility for growth.”Using this data, clubs will be able to see the real impact of decisions they make and can better inform new investment decisions by showing more clearly where results are being generated. Relevant data for all departmentsAs the dashboards are introduced to the clubs, all departments will have the opportunity to benefit. Stadium attendance data can help ticketing teams by working out their historical attendance data for a certain day of the week or kick-off time or opponent, TV audience data can show marketing where the club has the most fans tuning in to help them plan internationalization strategies and the detailed data on app usage can assist digital or IT departments to improve the service and cater to users’ needs.“Already we are helping clubs to build personalized digital channels and start joint campaigns that apply data-driven marketing techniques,” Franco added.LaLiga is now focused on ensuring the clubs know how to make the most of this wealth of information and has provided staff from its international development department and business intelligence and analytics department to help with this. “There is a general email address and people behind it who can help clubs with interpretation of data and any technical or business questions they might have,” Mayo stated.In addition to the data on the activities of the clubs and the league, there is also lots of external information that can be very helpful. Macroeconomic data from around the world, on metrics such as population, GDP and homes with a TV set, can help clubs to work out which countries and regions provide the best market opportunities. There is local consumer and business data provided by Ampere, with useful details such as average revenue per user and OTT popularity just a couple of clicks away.While the clubs explore the new dashboards, LaLiga is already working on new ways to evolve them. “We need to keep adding data to this,” Mayo said. “The key is being able to provide as much information and market context as possible, whether external or based on the clubs themselves.” Advertisementlast_img read more