When Ord first started Giving What We Can, he assumed that the altruism part of his message would be harder to push than the effective part: he thought it would be difficult to convince people to give more money, because that involved sacrifice, but easy to convince them to redirect their money to better charities, because who would not want to do more good with their money? It turned out that people were not so rational, and in fact the reverse was true: it was quite easy to persuade people to give more money if you moved them emotionally, but persuading them to abandon causes that they had believed in for years was very hard. It was easier for him to convert logical types who had never thought much about charity than it was to change the minds of longtime do-gooders. When Ord talked about his ideas in public, he tried to avoid imposing guilt – he believed that making people feel guilty did not get you anywhere. He told people instead that giving away money was an exciting … [Read more...] about Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family?
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More than half of all households have a mobile phone (households, not individuals – that would be crazy), and the introduction of the short message service or SMS has seen an explosion in the rate of use, particularly among young people. They're turning out in their droves to buy Alcatel One Touch Easy DBs or Nokia 5110s. … [Read more...] about A snapshot of New Zealand life on the day Stuff launched
Tracy Jebbett, 50, a child protection worker from West Knighton in Leicester, had been due to visit Pentewan Sands holiday park, near St Austell in Cornwall, on July 11 for her two-week annual holiday with her husband Martin, an NHS maintenance controller, and their 17-year-old daughter Jessica. … [Read more...] about Nottingham pubs will demand customers show council tax bills to prove they’re not from nearby locked-down Leicester
Individuals are asked to choose their own rate of deduction, and most tend to choose percentages of nice, round numbers like 20 per cent, however tax rates aren’t that simple – so at the end of the year you’ll almost certainly have either overpaid or underpaid your income tax. … [Read more...] about How do you know if you need to file a tax return?
With the takeover, Banijay, will diversifying its revenue streams by expanding its scripted business —currently the French group has only a handful of big drama productions in its slate, including Versailles— and boosting its global reach. The merged firm will have nearly 200 production banners in 23 territories across Europe, the U.S., Asia and Latin America and a catalog of nearly 100,000 hours of content. Production subsidiaries include Kudos (Broadchurch), Fifty Fathoms (Netflix's The Eddy), Rubicon (Beforeigners) and Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up With the Kardashians). … [Read more...] about Banijay Closes Endemol Shine Acquisition, Forming Global Production Giant