The Gambling Commission has issued warnings to home owners amid the renewed trend of house raffles. The regulator is warning that there are instances where organisers are breaking the law as their scheme has been set up in a way that means it is an illegal lottery. Unlike a raffle or lottery, which is regulated by the Gambling Commission, the outcome of a genuine prize competition must depend on the exercise of skill, knowledge or judgment by the participant.
Property group Lomond Capital has continued its expansion, snapping up agents and portfolios throughout England and Scotland. Its latest purchase is that of the lettings business from Aberdeen and north-east Scotland law firm Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace. The portfolio has been added to that of Lomond Capital’s Stonehouse Lettings business. The 300 properties, worth around £45m, bring the total number of properties that Stonehouse manages to 2,300.
London estate agent Portico is giving one person the chance to sell their home for free. To enter, sellers must score 80% or more in a property quiz and will then be entered into a prize draw to have their house sold for free as well as receiving a £100 John Lewis voucher. Entries must be made before 9am on September 4.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".