Question I run the office lottery syndicate for my workmates. We pool all our prizes, which are held as cash. We are now considering putting the prize money into Premium Bonds, which will be held in my name. What are the tax implications in the very unlikely event that we win the £1 million jackpot? There are eight of us in the syndicate and the prize would be shared equally. From SC/Rugby Premium Bonds can only be held by an individual, and any prize money only goes to the bond holder – in this case, yourself. There is no tax
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We look into how making a car or home insurance claim can send premiums sky-high, and what you can do to cut costs Having to make an insurance claim usually means something bad has happened – perhaps a car accident or a home break-in. We rely on our insurance at times like these but, to add insult to, sometimes literal, injury, making a claim can see subsequent renewal premiums shoot up by hundreds of pounds. Sometimes you can even be penalised for an accident that wasn’t your fault. The cost of claiming Insurers are notoriously cagey about revealing details of
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GLADBROOK, Iowa-This week the phone has been ringing off the hook at the Matchstick Marvels Museum. After the Notre Dame Fire in Paris, artist Patrick Acton, has been getting calls and emails from people asking if he still has his model of Notre Dame.
The answer is yes, he does. He built this model, from 300,000 match sticks.
I’ve always had a love for architecture and the high cathedrals with the flying buttresses and the beautiful architecture involved, it was always a wish of mine to make a model of Notre Dame,” said Acton, at his Matchstick Marvels Museum here. “I originally looked at building the cathedral back in the 1980s or early 90s, and I couldn’t get enough information to make a scale model of the cathedral.
Once the internet came along, he found plenty of information, and photos to help him plan to construct this model, over seven feet in length.
“The scale model was based on simply the fact they can make it big enough so that I can get plenty of the detail and the architecture to show,” said Acton. “The thing about these high gothic cathedrals is there isn’t a piece of stone it seems like that isn’t carved or has detail and that’s another thing that makes this structure so beautiful.”
The day of the fire, was hard for Acton.
“My stomach flipped in my heart sank, I invested two years of research and I invested two years of my life building this model,” said Acton. “That’s the irony, this one is made out of matchsticks.”
Acton finished this model in 2010, but interest in the work has been way up this week.
“Some people know that the cathedral is here had seen it on the webpage that kind of thing, the phone I just been ringing off the wall here and the number of emails has been phenomenal,” said Acton. “With the burning of the cathedral people, wanting to know is the model still here and so I think we’re gonna be busy for the next few days.”
Matchstick Marvels is now open for the season seven days a week, however it is closed Easter Sunday. For information on admission and hours, check their website here.
Acton said he’s had offers to sell his Notre Dame, but he is committed to retaining ownership and keeping it in Gladbrook.
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At some time in the near future, every active investor in America is going to ask him or herself: “What the heck is CBD and why is everyone so hyped about it?”
Here’s a fun fact for you. The legal cannabis market, expanding at its current rate, will grow 350% in the 10 years from 2017 to 2026. It should be at $15 billion next year and $20.9 billion by 2022.
That’s big, right? Well, the CBD market is growing EVEN FASTER.
According to an estimate from analysts the Brightfield Group, the hemp-CBD market alone could hit $22 billion by 2022.
So, as an investor, yeah, I’m interested. Hell yeah.
Again, investors should be asking: “What is CBD?”
CBD is shorthand for Cannabidiol, one of over 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is closely related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. But unlike THC, CBD doesn’t make people feel “stoned.”
So, its use is medical. And it’s been proven to treat epileptic seizures and other ailments in some patients.
In fact, Uncle Sam and other governments have sponsored extensive research that focuses on CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of maladies, including:
- Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
- Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, ADHD, PTSD)
- Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s disease)
- Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
There are even physicians who are experimenting with CBD in treating some forms of cancer.
I DO NOT believe CBD is the cure-all that some hype would have you believe. But for some things, it works.
And like many new things that can cure what ails you, it’s getting a lot of attention. Heck, my massage therapist is going to start giving massages with CBD oil. Does that make any difference? Will it soothe anxiety?
I guess I’ll find out, because I’m scheduling a CBD-based treatment when she has them available. Like many people who trade the markets, I get stressed out. A lot. Maybe CBD will help with that stress. Maybe it won’t.
In the meantime, I’m researching CBD like crazy. Here’s a chart from Vital Leaf showing the most popular reasons to use CBD …
Americans are getting more stressed all the time. So, that tells me that CBD is going to become a lot more popular.
So what’s the best way to invest in CBD? I have some ideas, but I’m still doing more research. That’s one of the reasons I’m at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Toronto right now. I’ll be talking to movers and shakers in the industry — cannabis, hemp, CBD and more.
It’s quite an exciting time to be investing in this industry. I’ll come back from Toronto with some ideas for my subscribers. If you’re doing this on your own, be careful and do plenty of due diligence.
All the best,
P.S. I’m putting the finishing touches on a new project on this topic. If you want to find out about it before anyone else — a project that aims to make fortunes in cannabis, CBD, hemp and more — start keeping a close eye on your inbox as soon as next week.
Chrome 73 added a small new feature whereby the media keys on your laptop’s keyboard, or your external keyboard can play/pause media that’s playing in the browser. What this means is that if you have a video playing on YouTube, or you’re watching Netflix in Chrome, the play/pause keys will be able to play/pause the video. This is a good feature but may not be something you find useful. Fortunately, it’s really easy to disable media key control in Chrome.
Disable media key control
This new feature was added in Chroem 73 and will likely be included in all foreseeable updates. The feature is enabled by default. To disable media key control in Chrome, you have to modify a flag.
Open Chrome and paste the following in the URL bar. Tap Enter.
On the Chrome Flags page, look for a flag called Hardware Media Key Handling. You can use the search bar on the Flags page to find it. Open the dropdown next to it and select Disabled from the menu. After changing the value of the flag, you’re going to have to relaunch Chrome to apply the change.
Use the Relaunch button on the Flags page. When Chrome relaunches, the media keys will no longer be intercepted by Chrome.
The media keys will then control other apps on your OS. Their behavior will differ based on the OS you’re using. If you’re running Windows 10, the volume keys will change the system volume which, even with the flag enabled, were intercepted by the OS. The play/pause button will work with media players that have added support for it e.g., Groove, Movies & TV, Spotify, Netflix, etc.
If you’re looking for a way to get Chrome to intercept the media keys and allow you to control media via your keyboard and enabling the flag isn’t doing the trick, you need to check and make sure a certain service is running on your OS. This service is the “MediaSessionService” as described in the flag’s description. By default, this service should be running but you might have stopped it and forgotten, or a problem might have occurred resulting in the service not running.
On macOs, you can check the services that are running from the Activity Monitor or, if you’re comfortable with it, the Terminal. On Windows 10, you can search for services.msc or use the Run box to open it, and look for the “MediaSessionService” service.
If you’re trying to play/pause media in Chrome via a Bluetooth headset, there’s an extension that will allow you to do just that.
Few things compare to hearing your name as you cross an Ironman finish line, except perhaps, hosting an Ironman race.
“This is huge,” says Trina Flack, Vice President of Des Moines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “This would be a game changing event for our community.”
The CVB estimates an Ironman race would generate $10 million for the area’s economy.
“That’s them staying in our hotels rooms, eating at our restaurants, shopping at our stores and spending time and money in our community.”
Ironman representatives picked the final four potential host cities – Des Moines, Fayettville, Memphis and Tulsa – after scouting more than a dozen communities.
“I had a fantastic visit to Des Moines,” says Beth Atnip, Ironman’s Vice President of Global Operations. “I spent the day with the team there and got to see various venue options and look at the different lakes and potential bike courses and the downtown area. So, a fantastic trip with the team and really excited Des Moines is part of this process.”
The 2.4-mile swim would likely take place at Gray’s Lake in Des Moines. From there, an estimated 3,000 competitors would bike 112-miles through Polk, Madison and possibly Dallas counties. The 26.2-mile run would wind through Des Moines with the finish along Court Avenue or Western Gateway Park.
“It would draw people from all over the world,” says Flack, who likens the Ironman race to hosting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – only better.
“More people stay for longer periods of time. So, It would have a bigger impact than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.”
If Des Moines is chosen, it will host the Ironman competition at least three years, beginning in 2020.
“This isn’t just a one time event,” says Flack. “We will sign a three-year agreement with them but they would not look to leave our city after three years. They would be here for years and years to come.”
Ironman will announce the new host city in mid-June.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two Des Moines schools were evacuated because of an odor detected in a science classroom Thursday morning, but students are now back in the classroom.
The school district says Hoyt Middle School and Brubaker Elementary were evacuated Thursday around 11:45 a.m. The district says the odor “caused some mild irritation to students.”
Hazmat crews and environmental specialists from the school district are on scene to investigate the source of the odor.
Students were able to return to classrooms by 12:15 p.m. There’s no word yet on what caused the smell.
The two schools are connected.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Shares of Las Vegas Sands jumped more than 4% in extended trading Wednesday following the release of the company’s first-quarter earnings. Beating on the top and bottom lines, the casino company posted earnings per share of 91 cents on revenue of $3.65 billion. Wall Street estimated earnings per share of 87 cents on revenue of $3.49 billion, according to Refinitv consensus estimates. Alcoa shares fell 2% after hours Wednesday after reporting disappointing first-quarter earnings. The aluminum producer earned $2.72 billion in revenue, missing Refinitiv estimates of $2.81 billion. Alcoa reported a
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