The Essex Lottery is celebrating four years of helping local charities access funding from residents who want to support their county community.
The Essex Lottery is an online lottery created by Essex County Council to support local causes across the county.
Since the Essex Lottery launched four years ago in 2017, more than £340,000 has been donated to charities in the county. This is thanks to the thousands of players who buy a £1 ticket every week, with 60 cents of every ticket they buy going to charity.
Currently, more than 314 charities and charities have signed up to benefit from The Essex Lottery – supporting a variety of causes in Essex, from animal welfare, education and arts groups to organizations that support children, disadvantaged groups and the elderly. Local charities include community groups, sports clubs, brownies or scouts, and school PTAs. Players can select the charities they want to support.
Now is the time to support these charities and charities by buying tickets for the Essex Lottery.
One such charity supported by the Essex Lottery is the Lexden Springs Residential Special School in Colchester. This school is suitable for students from 3 to 19 years old with complex or severe learning difficulties.
A spokeswoman for Lexden Springs said: “We were delighted to have another £250 winner in the Essex raffle, this is our third since joining in February 2020.
“One of our winners generously donated the entire amount to us, which allowed us to purchase a wheelchair accessible minibus for our special education school in addition to our other fundraiser.
“The raffle helps us in between our major events to complement our fundraising efforts that we use to give our students opportunities, experiences and equipment that cannot be funded from the limited school budget. We really appreciate everyone purchasing tickets in support of our Lexden Springs appeals fund.”
Cllr Louise McKinlay, deputy leader of Essex County Council and cabinet minister for community, equality, partnerships and performance, said: “For four years, the Essex Lottery has grown – more residents than ever are choosing to buy a weekly ticket and get good charities and charities within Essex. Many thanks to all the players who have supported the lottery from the start.”
To play the Essex Lottery, learn more or apply for Essex Lottery funding, visit: essexlottery.co.uk or call the Essex Lottery support team on 0300 302 32 32
Government ignored 2013 warnings over national lottery sale
The Fine Gael-Labour government ignored warnings in 2013 that the sale of the then National Lottery for €500 million could have serious consequences.
The National Lottery, which is under heavy pressure due to the difficulty of winning the jackpot, was sold to fund the National Children’s Hospital.
The deal was opposed in the Seanad by independent Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, who warned it would net a €500 million bonus for “the swagmen, the looters and bootymen.”
She said An Post would be “replaced by private sector companies and consortia, gaming and gambling organizations…who only make big bids on assets if they think they can make more money later on.”
She said the losers would be the public, noting that the lottery was “the people’s money.” It comes from the bottom of their pockets. It’s their lottery. It’s not yours.’
The senator was supported by Thomas Byrne of Fianna Fáil, who said: “It is generally the case with lotteries around the world that they remain in their own territory and are seen as a sign of nationality.”
There are now problems on two fronts as the National Lottery faces a pre-Christmas grilling by the mighty Joint Committee on Finance, Public Spending and Reform. Committee chair John McGuinness said the plan is to bring in the National Lottery before Christmas to answer questions.
‘We’re going to grill them on the numbers. What is the current level of profitability, what is the revenue, how much does the treasury get and what is the wages of those who run it? They have to explain how they turned the Lotto into a casino, falsifying the odds against the gambler.”
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Growing battle with TikTok, Facebook to test ‘Facebook Reels’ in US – TechCrunch
Reels Coming to Facebook in the US The company announced this morning that it will be testing a new feature, Facebook Reels, that will allow Facebook users to create and share short video content directly in the news feed or in Facebook groups. The addition is an extension of tests launched earlier this year in India, Mexico and Canada that focused on bringing short videos to Facebook users, including by sharing existing Instagram roles on Facebook, as was reported.
In addition, Facebook today says it will also test a new feature that will give Instagram creators in the US the ability to feature their Instagram roles as featured content on Facebook. When the creators sign up, their videos will appear in the “Reels” section of users’ news feed, alongside other roles created on Facebook.
There will be many places for users to create roles from Facebook when the new feature launches.
Initially, you can tap the “Create” button in the “Reels” section that appears when browsing the News Feed while looking at reels, or tap “Reels” at the top of your News Feed. From here, users gain access to a standard set of creation tools, including those for video recording, music selection, film roll import, timed text, and more — just like you would access on Instagram.
For audio, you can pick a song from Facebook’s music library, record your own original audio, or even use someone else’s audio, if their roles are set to “public.” There’s also a variety of effects and editing tools to choose from, including a timer for hands-free reel recording, tools to speed up or slow down a portion of the video or your original audio, and some augmented reality effects created. by Facebook or third-party developers.
Facebook told us that for now “most” features of Instagram Reels will also be available on Facebook Reels. But other features — like Remix (it’s a take on TikTok’s side-by-side videos called Duets) — will be added over time as the test scales to more people. The UI for Reels may also evolve over time to look slightly different from Reels on Instagram, depending on user feedback.
After a reel is created, you can choose who to share it with, such as “Friends”, a specific audience such as “Friends except…” or the general audience. The latter is the default setting.
The feature will be made available within Facebook groups, where roles can be created and then shared with members of the community with similar interests.
Users can also choose to tap “My Roles” to view past creations. And you can browse those created by others in the News Feed and in certain groups and pages – where you can like, comment on, or share them, just like any other type of post. Roles will now also appear in search results, Facebook told us.
Like much of what appears on Facebook, Reels is recommended to users based on what people are interested in, what they are up to, and what is generally popular. This applies to both the shared Instagram roles and the Facebook roles.
The company explained that the decision to replicate the Reels product within Facebook is the result of growing consumer interest in video, especially short video. Today, video accounts for nearly half of all time spent on Facebook. on Facebook’s latest revenue call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that Reels was “already the biggest contributor to Instagram engagement growth,” given the popularity of short video.
“We’re very focused on making it easy for everyone to create videos and then watch those videos across all our different services, starting with Facebook and Instagram,” he had told investors.
But Facebook also understands that people have different communities and audiences on Instagram and Facebook, so offering a cross-posting option may not have been enough.
For existing Reels creators who still want to tap into Facebook’s general audience, a new option will allow them to ensure their Reels are shared on Facebook. This can be useful for those who have more general interest Reels content.
These shared roles also display the creator’s Instagram username, which could help them build a following. The creators’ roles can also be remixed, with the creator’s permission, and their original audio can be reused in other people’s roles, just like on TikTok.
This feature will also be introduced as a “test,” Facebook said.
While Instagram is already starting to monetize through ads, Facebook told us that Reels on Facebook doesn’t currently have ads. But “we plan to roll out ads in the future,” a Facebook spokesperson added.
Reels, Facebook’s Answer to the Growing Threat of TikTok, First launched a year ago to a worldwide audience. This launch alone wasn’t enough to put Instagram in the top spot as the world’s most downloaded mobile app. in 2020, that victory went to TikTok, after years of Facebook apps dominating the top lists. And TikTok continues to top the App Store charts today, both in terms of app installs and consumer spending, according to multiple third-party reports.
For Facebook, TikTok poses an existential threat to its business. If users’ time and attention is diverted elsewhere, Facebook’s advertisers can follow, impacting Facebook’s bottom line. So instead of competing with TikTok in just one app, Facebook now uses two. And it takes advantage of the interoperability of its apps to ensure that the best content can flow to both places with ease.
The company also invests directly in the maker community in hopes of tipping the scales back in the right direction.
In July, the company announced a plan to invest more than $1 billion in creators on both Facebook and Instagram through 2022. This fund will reward more than just the creators of Reels, to be clear, as it will also pay out bonuses for videos with in-stream ads enabled or for enabling IGTV ads among others. It will also reward the best creators who have invited fans to send them tips in the form of a virtual currency, “stars”. But Instagram Reels, and now Facebook Reels, will be included in that initiative.
Today, Facebook said it will announce additional bonus programs and seed funding in the coming months that will pay out bonuses for Reels on Facebook. These will be funded from that $1 billion commitment. The company declined to share details on this front, but this news alone indicates that Facebook Reels is much more than just “a test” in Facebook’s eyes.
The new features of Facebook Reels will start rolling out in the US starting today, August 19. It will be available first to a “small percentage” of US users on iOS and Android.
The feature will also remain active in India, Mexico and Canada.
“Christmas Every Day – The Wonderful Life of Eddie Greene” now available on Youtube
In June, an audience alone in the permanent space called for an encore at the preview screening of “Christmas Everyday – The Wonderful Life of Eddie Greene” at Dare County Arts Council.
That was followed by a screening of the final cut at The Pioneer Theater in Downtown Manteo in September with new interviews and changes based on audience response.
This story of a man who fell in love with the Outer Banks, and the community that loved him in return, is now available to watch in full on YouTube.
The documentary appeared on Small Business Saturday, a perfect date as Greene is perhaps best known to millions of visitors and Outer Banks residents for co-founding The Island Gallery and Christmas Shop in Manteo in 1967 with Richard Lacerre.
Greene retired after 48 “sparkling” years. But The Christmas Shop is alive today with new owners who continue to honor that legacy.
Whether dancing on a national Broadway Tour, serving in the Navy in World War II, or starting multiple companies, Edward Greene has always worked hard and worked with vision. And when he saw needs in his beloved Outer Banks, he stepped forward.
From the Outer Banks Community Foundation to the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, it’s hard to find a place where Edward hasn’t given back to the people who gave him a lot.
This feature film is directed by filmmaker Bryan Jones.
“The Outer Banks loves Eddie because he loved them too, with all his heart. The size of a Christmas tree,” Jones said.
“I made it because one day while I was working in the Christmas store, I realized that Edward was a New York Yankee, and a Jewish man with a Christmas store,” Jones said. “And locals and tourists alike loved him, not him, loved him. And so did I,” Jones said.
“And one of the things on his list of 90 things to do was ‘Make a documentary.’ And that’s what I do. And it became “Tuesday with Eddie,” Jones said.
The documentary moves from New Rochelle, New York to the Outer Banks of today. In addition to stops at the San Francisco School of Ballet, Broadway, The Lost Colony, The Outer Banks Community Foundation and of course the many businesses Edward started and the many, many people he helped along the way. Edward is a man who made a difference.
“I can’t imagine my life without the Outer Banks,” Greene said.
And it’s hard to imagine the Outer Banks without Eddie Greene.
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