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  • BHP Billiton in £39bn expansion plan

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  • Nagasaki selects trio to progress in IR tender process

    first_img Nagasaki selects trio to progress in IR tender process Land-based casino Nagasaki has narrowed the candidates vying to become the Japanese prefecture’s integrated resorts partner, with three moving forward to the next stage of interviews. The trio that move forward will now be required to complete a second set of questions about their plans for the venue, which will be located on the site of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo.  Niki Chyau Fwu Group comprises Japenese commercial real estate developer The Niki Group and Taiwanese construction business Chyau Fwu Group, also known as Parkview Group. They will also have to undergo an audit by an independent investigator to ensure the business is fit to run an integrated resort, with a view to selecting the final partner by August this year.  Regions: Asia Japan The initial invitation to interested parties saw five companies put themselves forward, with this quintet all invited to submit initial questionnaires.  Legislation states that the resorts can dedicate no more than 3% of their floorspace to gambling, while local citizens will be required to pay an entry fee. The Japanese government’s selection process to choose three integrated resorts sites is also still to run, though the Nagasaki prefectural government expects that to be finalised in summer or autumn this year.  19th March 2021 | By Robin Harrison The two that have failed to progress are One Kyushu, a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Pixel Companyz and featuring France’s Groupe Partouche, and Current Group. center_img Construction on the property would then be subject to consent from the citizens of Sasebo, with construction unlikely to begin before 2023, and the venue not expected to open for years after.  Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter There are currently a number of cities in contention for one of the three IR sites alongside Sasebo. The capital Tokyo, Yokohama, Okinawa, Osaka and Wakayama could also host one of the facilities.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter With two of the five now cut, the three to move forward are Casinos Austria International, Oshidori International Development and its partner Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, and Niki Chyau Fwu Group.  The project was greenlit by the government in July 2018, and aims to encourage tourism with sites featuring multiple commercial and cultural attractions.  Current Group comprised junket operator Guangdong Group, Japan’s Current Corporation, Get Nice Holdings, property investor Success Universe Group and Hong Kong-listed ITC Properties.  Tags: Casinos Austria Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Land-based casino Licensing Regulationlast_img read more

  • England squad agree equal pay for Six Nations

    first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Before opting for equal pay, England players would receive £17,000 as part of a full match fee. Any players outside of the 23-man squad wouldn’t earn anything, even if they participate in squad training throughout the seven-week long tournament. Now though, the five-player committee’s decision includes all members of the squad, not just the match day 23.The restructure of payment within England’s Six Nations squad comes after taking a year-long 25% pay cut in September. With RFU revenue reduced through the impact of Covid-19, players agreed to lower pay. Assisting the logistics of elite rugby in England, the squad still includes some of the world’s best paid players. England squad agree equal pay for Six NationsA five player committee of senior squad members have agreed on a new pay structure for the 2021 Six Nations, with equal pay throughout the England squad. Splitting the £2.1 million pot evenly between the 28-man squad, each player will receive around £75,000 for the five games.Generally, only players a part of the 23-man matchday squad entitles them to full match fees, equating to roughly £15,000. However, with a smaller-than-usual 28-man squad, the pay structure now includes all players, regardless of appearances.The five player committee, including captain Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs, therefore decided their pay would match uncapped members of the squad, such as Alex Mitchell. Ensuring everyone’s effort in the squad is recognised, Youngs described it as an “easy decision” to BBC Sport.“Only 23 get to take the field but that doesn’t mean that only 23 are training hard and doing everything they can to prep the team. Everyone is pulling their weight to make this team as good as they can.” Each player in the 28-man squad will earn around £75,000 for the 2021 Six Nations, regardless of their playing time.center_img The England squad will receive equal pay for the 2021 Six Nations, regardless of playing time (Getty Images) Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. And check out the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

  • Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher

    first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Horizontal FlyerVertical FlyerEditable Flyer (.docx) Editable Certificates More Ways to Get InvolvedHere are a few more ways you can get involved:Have your school principal, PTA/PTSA President or student sign and present our ready-made appreciation certificates to the teachers in your life.Share photos and your activities during the week by using the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media!On Thursday, upload a #TBT of you and your favorite teacher and thank them for using the official hashtag #ThankATeacher.Read about more ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week on the One Voice blog and How You Can #ThankATeacherTake the time to show your appreciation this week. To help you thank the teachers in your lives for delivering so much, we’ve created certificates and flyers! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear From the National PTATeachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, we would like to show our thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. – VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER.Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extend far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Cut & Fold Thank You Card (from HarperCollins)center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSTeacher Appreciation Week Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleWho will have the most impact on the midterm elections? Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR About Teacher Appreciation WeekSMSince 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.PTA events at the national, state and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make.National PTA also serves on the selection committees for the National Teacher of the Year Program. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Dress up your social media profiles with these graphics:Facebook CoverTwitter CoverInstagram You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

  • Staff Recruitment (Quickguides)

    first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Staff Recruitment (Quickguides)  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

  • U.S. Ethanol Production Near Capacity, but Constraints Limit Growth

    first_img SHARE As demand for ethanol has increased, the number of ethanol plants in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1999. A USDA report says the growth in the number of ethanol plants has been driven by the Renewable Fuels Standard, which was first enacted in 2005. The initial increase in plant numbers after 2005 led to some plants not producing at their full potential because supply grew faster than demand. However, since 2011, the number of plants has remained steady, allowing production numbers to increase as plants utilize their maximum production capacity. As of last year, the USDA report says plants have been operating at 97 percent capacity. That translates into more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol production.Such a high number would normally mean demand for more new plants. However, the limitation on the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline in existing vehicles is basically 10 percent. When you add in lower gasoline consumption because of greater vehicle efficiency and fewer miles driven, domestic demand for ethanol is further limited in expansion ability. Thanks to these limitations, additional domestic production is intended for export markets.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter U.S. Ethanol Production Near Capacity, but Constraints Limit Growth By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 8, 2018 SHARE Home Energy U.S. Ethanol Production Near Capacity, but Constraints Limit Growth Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleKettler Begins Work at ISDA Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

  • Garda divisions to double in size as part of big shake up

    first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Most local Garda divisions are set to double in size as part of a massive shake up of the organisation.The Irish Examiner reports that the new proposed policing model would see the number of garda divisions cut from 28 to 19.While the number of garda regions will be reduced from 6 to 4.A new northern region will stretch from Mayo to Louth and a new eastern region will run from Meath down to Waterford. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsAppcenter_img Garda divisions to double in size as part of big shake up RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 31, 2019 Previous articleWarning over job losses & food shortages in no deal scenarioNext articleDonegal man charged with dangerous driving over Sydney crash News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

  • Singing kicks off ‘Farmer Free Saturdays’ at museum

    first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 6:16 am Friday, February 10, 2012 You Might Like Doctor shares health tips with women While women are very aware and concerned about breast cancer, they are 10 times more likely to suffer from heart… read more Print Article Skip Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Doctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Singing kicks off ‘Farmer Free Saturdays’ at museum The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will host a Sacred Harp All-Day singing from 10 until 3 p.m. on Saturday.The all-day Sacred Harp Singing will be the first in a series of monthly Farmers’ Free Saturdays hosted by the museum.Rachael Greve, museum director, said the Farmers’ Free Saturdays will be held in memory and in honor of Curren Farmer, museum founder, and his wife, Margaret Pace Farmer, Pike County historian. Admission to the museum is free on the Farmers’ Saturdays. Email the author There are different Sacred Harp songbooks but The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition or the Cooper Book will be used on Saturday.“The Cooper Book is widely used in this area where there is a lot of interest in and participation in Sacred Harp Singing,” Greve said.Sacred Harp singing originated in the South in the early 1800s mainly Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. It is called shape note singing because the notes are four geometrical shapes and the shapes indicate their position and musical syllable.“This made reading music possible for those who had no musical training,” Greve said. “Sacred Harp singing is a kind of folk music and it’s a dying art form. It’s unique, too, in that there is no audience. The singers sit in a hollow square. The four sections are the tenors, basses, altos and trebles. You find the section that best suits your voice and join in.” The singers take turns leading. The leader stands in the center of the square and that’s the best seat in the house because the leader can hear all four sections, Greve said.Although there is no audience, as such, Greve said there will be room for those who just want to come and listen and, if they want to jump in, they are encouraged to do so.“Scared Harp singing has a unique and distinctive sound and the music is made by the instrument given by God, the human voice,” Greve said.Around 70 singers are expected to attend the Sacred Harp Singing, which is being organized by Ken Sundberg of Troy.“Dinner-on-the ground will be in the main building but visitors to the museum will be invited to explore the other museum buildings,” Greve said.  “Sacred Harp Singing is quite moving and, for those who have never heard it, Sacred Harp Singing is a unique experience. There will be materials available for those who want to know more about this form of folk music. If you enjoy music and learning more about old time music, then the Pioneer Museum is the place to be on Saturday.” By Health Videos Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Farmers Free Saturdays are opportunities to participate in museum events and activities free of charge and to learn more about the museum and all that it has to offer.Greve said that a Sacred Harp Singing was selected to be the first in the series of Farmers’ Free Saturdays because that “shape note singing” has deep roots in the South.“Sacred Harp is a haunting form of a cappella hymn singing,” Greve said. “These songs are sung without accompaniment.”last_img read more

  • COVID-19 updates: US sees first day since early November with fewer than 100,000 new cases

    first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, EMILY SHAPIRO and JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 105 million people worldwide and killed over 2.3 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed over the weekend. All times Eastern:Feb 07, 8:33 pmUS sees first day since early November with fewer than 100,000 new casesStates reported 96,003 new coronavirus cases Sunday, the first day the U.S. has seen under 100,000 new cases since Nov. 2, according to the COVID Tracking Project.Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized continues to decrease. States reported 81,439 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the lowest number since Nov. 19. There were 1,474 deaths reported.However, the data is missing updates from a handful of states, some of which regularly do not report on the weekend and some of which are having technical difficulties.According to the COVID Tracking Project, 41 states and Washington, D.C., have seen a decline in the seven-day average of cases, while the rate in nine states is staying relatively the same.Since the pandemic began, there have been 26,996,534 confirmed coronavirus cases and 463,339 deaths in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.Feb 07, 3:18 pmChicago, San Francisco school districts strike tentative deals with teachers unions over in-person learningThe battles over in-person learning between teachers and the school districts in Chicago and San Francisco may temporarily be over.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in a press conference Sunday that “at long last” a tentative agreement has been reached. Students will return to the classroom in stages, with pre-K students starting on Feb. 11, kindergarten through fifth grades on March 1 and sixth through eighth grades on March 8.It is unclear when high school students will be slated to return to in-person learning. Public schools in Chicago had been fully remote since the pandemic began last spring.In San Francisco, teachers unions have agreed to return to in-person learning when the city progresses to the red tier, California’s second-least most restrictive level. The city is currently in the purple tier, the state’s most restrictive mode in the reopening plan.ABC News’ Meredith Deliso, Joshua Hoyos and Matthew Fuhrman contributed to this report.Feb 07, 12:46 pmReported cases down 50% in US, but ICU occupancy remains high in several states, report findsThe number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are continuing to decline nationwide, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.There has been a four-week downward trend of reported COVID-19 cases – resulting in a 50% decline since the peak on Jan. 8.However, the rates of adult occupancy in intensive care units remain high in several states, the report found.So far, 39,037,964 vaccine doses have been administered, with 9% of the population (30.3 million people) having received one or more doses and 3% of the population (8.3 million people) having received two doses.Since President Joe Biden was sworn in on Jan. 20, 22,512,683 doses have been administered toward his 100 million goal.ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Feb 07, 12:11 pmCases of UK variant could be doubling every 10 days in the US, study findsCases of the more contagious U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly through the U.S., as much as doubling every 10 days, a new study suggests.The study has not peer reviewed, so it has not been scrutinized for inaccuracies or context by specialists.It is still not known whether the U.K. variant is more virulent or deadly, but it is more transmissible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned last month that the U.K. variant could become predominant in the U.S. by March if spread the way it did in the U.K.Vaccines don’t seem to be strongly impacted by the U.K. variant, but scientists are concerned about the efficacy of the vaccines against the South African variant.-ABC News’ Eric StraussFeb 07, 11:03 amWinter storm shuts down vaccination sites in NY, NJA second storm bringing heavy snow to the Northeast has shut down vaccination sites in at least two states.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy both announced that appointments for Sunday would be rescheduled due to the inclement weather.Mass vaccination sites located indoors, such as the newly opened Yankee Stadium, will continue as scheduled as they have the infrastructure and equipment in place to ensure people can safely enter and exit the location, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV.Feb 06, 10:40 am9% of Americans have received 1 or more vaccine dosesNine percent of Americans — 28.9 million people – have received one or more vaccine doses, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.Two percent of Americans — 7.5 million people — have received two doses, the report said.Deaths are down 4% since the peak on Jan. 13, while hospital admissions have decreased 37% since the Jan. 9 peak, the report said.ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Brian Hartman contributed to this report.Feb 06, 10:36 amNew York’s 7-day average positivity rate at lowest in 2 monthsNew York state’s seven-day average positivity rate has fallen to 4.58% — the lowest since Dec. 2, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.New York has 7,804 COVID-19 patients in hospitals — the lowest since Dec. 27, he added.Cuomo called these numbers “a reflection of the discipline New Yorkers have shown to defeat the virus.”People wearing facemasks walk in the Chinatown area of New York City, Feb. 5, 2021.“Super Bowl weekend is here and while the instinct may be to celebrate together, we cannot get cocky — we must continue doing the things we know are effective at taming the virus: wear a mask, adhere to social distancing, and avoid gatherings,” he said.ABC News’ Josh Hoyos contributed to this report.Feb 06, 7:09 amChina approves Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for general public useChina has given approval for the domestic-made Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to the general public — not just high-risk individuals and front-line workers.The National Medical Products Administration shared the news in a statement Saturday.The vaccine — which was given emergency approval in China last July — has already been sold to at least 10 other countries and is being given to people in at least five other countries.China previously said shots will be given without cost to citizens.Feb 05, 6:32 pmIowa to lift mask mandate starting SundayIowa will roll back several COVID-19 restrictions starting Sunday, including a requirement that masks be worn indoors.Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation Friday that does not include any requirements around facial coverings.Under a previous proclamation, set to expire Saturday, masks were required in indoor public spaces when social distancing for at least 15 minutes was not possible.The new proclamation also does not impose any restrictions on public gatherings, which previously had to follow social distancing and other guidelines.Regarding gatherings, the new proclamation states, “I strongly encourage that all businesses or other employers remaining open with in-person operations take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure the health of employees, patrons and members of the public, including social distancing practices, increased hygiene practices and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.”The governor has been loosening restrictions in recent weeks around public gatherings for sports, restaurants and bars as new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have trended downward from peaks in November.Iowa, which initially issued its mask requirement in mid-November, will be one of 15 states that doesn’t have a statewide mask mandate, according to a tally by Masks4All.Feb 05, 5:36 pmDelta to offer vaccines to Atlanta workersDelta will offer vaccinations to Georgia employees who are 65 and older starting on Monday, a company spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.A health care provider will administer the vaccines in a section of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Concourse C) and space at the Delta Flight Museum from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14. Delta’s headquarters are located in Atlanta.Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo last week that 690 Delta employees had received at least one vaccination shot.“We continue to work with federal and state authorities to prioritize immunizations for frontline Delta people,” Bastian wrote in the memo. “While healthcare workers and our most vulnerable are already getting their shots, I strongly encourage each of you to get vaccinated when your time comes.”ABC News’ Mina Kaji contributed to this report.Feb 05, 4:36 pmGlobal vaccinations surpass COVID-19 infections: WHOThe number of COVID-19 vaccinations around the world now surpasses infections, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said during a Friday news briefing. “In one sense, that is good news and a remarkable achievement in such a short time frame.”On the other hand, he noted, those vaccinations have not been distributed equally.“More than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for almost 60% of global GDP,” Tedros said. “Almost 130 countries with 2.5 billion people [have] yet to administer a single dose. Some countries have already vaccinated large proportions of their population who are at lower risk of severe disease or death.”Tedros urged drug companies to share their technology and data to ensure more equitable access.“The longer it takes to vaccinate those most at risk everywhere, the more opportunity we give the virus to mutate and evade vaccines,” Tedros said. “Unless we suppress the virus everywhere we could end up back at square one.”ABC News’ Kirit Radia contributed to this report.Feb 05, 3:44 pmIn New York, people with certain chronic conditions eligible for vaccines starting Feb. 15People with certain chronic conditions will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on Feb. 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a Friday press conference. Underlying conditions are a key risk factor for severe COVID-19 illness and death. Cuomo posted the full list of conditions on Twitter Friday afternoon, which included people with cancer, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, severe obesity and those who are pregnant.Feb 05, 11:33 am8% of US population has received 1 or more vaccine doses: HHSSo far, 8% of the U.S. population has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, according to official figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.In total, 35,203,710 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide. About 27.9 million people — 8% of the population — have received one or more doses, while 6.9 million people — 2% of the population — have received two doses.Feb 05, 11:17 amUS announces deployment of over 1,000 troops to help with vaccinationsU.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Friday that more than 1,000 active-duty military personnel will be deployed across the country to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations.The announcement was made during a press briefing held by members of the White House COVID-19 response team in Washington, D.C.Feb 05, 10:51 amUS Senate approves budget resolution to pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief packageThe U.S. Senate approved a budget resolution early Friday morning that would allow for the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package without the threat of a filibuster from Republican lawmakers who oppose it.Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate by casting a vote in favor of the Democratic measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The resolution now goes back to the House for final approval.Biden has said he hopes to garner Republicans’ support for his sweeping COVID-19 relief package, billed as the American Rescue Plan, though Democrats are working to push it through Congress with or without the GOP.Feb 05, 9:41 amOxford/AstraZeneca vaccine effective against UK variant, researchers sayUniversity of Oxford researchers said Friday that the COVID-19 vaccine they developed with British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca remains effective against a new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus currently circulating in the United Kingdom.A preprint of ongoing work to assess effectiveness of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine shows that the existing version has similar efficacy against the so-called B117 variant to previously circulating variants. The preprint also describes recent analysis showing that the vaccination “results in a reduction in the duration of shedding and viral load, which may translate into a reduced transmission of the disease,” according to a press release from the university.“Data from our trials of the ChAdOx1 vaccine in the United Kingdom indicate that the vaccine not only protects against the original pandemic virus, but also protects against the novel variant, B117, which caused the surge in disease from the end of 2020 across the UK,” Andrew Pollard, professor of pediatric infection and immunity at the University of Oxford and chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said in a statement.The B117 variant was first identified last September in Kent, England, and has since spread to dozens of other countries.“We are working with AstraZeneca to optimize the pipeline required for a strain change should one become necessary,” Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford and chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said in a statement. “This is the same issue that is faced by all of the vaccine developers, and we will continue to monitor the emergence of new variants that arise in readiness for a future strain change.”Feb 05, 8:11 amGhana’s Parliament reduces sessions amid COVID-19 outbreakThe Parliament of Ghana will reduce its sessions to twice a week after dozens of lawmakers and legislative staff tested positive for COVID-19.Addressing lawmakers on the floor Thursday, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin said at least 15 members of Parliament and 56 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. They have been asked to self-isolate while steps are being taken to have members of their household tested as well.There are still 48 members of Parliament who have yet to be tested, according to Bagbin.Starting next week, Ghana’s Parliament will only sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays in an effort to control the spread of the virus. Only the lawmakers and staffers who are needed on those days will be allowed inside the building, Bagbin said.Schools reopened across the West African nation in January, following a 10-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as COVID-19 infections rise again, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday reimposed a ban on social gatherings.Ghana has confirmed at least 63,883 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 390 deaths, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Feb 05, 7:24 amNew vaccine helpline in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County gets over 15,000 calls per secondThe Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania said 750 residents made appointments to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday through a new phone registration offered by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 211 helpline.The call center began receiving calls well before the official start time at noon on Thursday. In the first five minutes following the announcement of the phone registration, there were 653 calls into the helpline. More than 15,000 calls were coming in per second throughout the day, attempting to reach the center, according to a press release from the Allegheny County Health Department.“We have known for a while that the demand for vaccines far outweighs the supply, and today’s phone registration only underscores that,” Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said in a statement Thursday. “While we realize that there were many, many people who were frustrated because they did not receive an appointment, we also were able to serve 750 individuals who may not have had the opportunity to schedule otherwise.”The 211 helpline is for only scheduling vaccination appointments for Allegheny County residents who are 65 and older. Appointments are for the Allegheny County Health Department’s Point of Dispensing inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroevile, about 10 miles east of Pittsburgh. Other vaccine providers in the county have separate registration systems, the health department said.Feb 05, 5:49 amUS reports over 5,000 new deaths for first timeA staggering 5,078 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered in the United States on Thursday, marking a new single-day record, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that the U.S. has recorded more than 5,000 deaths from the disease in a single day. Thursday’s tally far exceeds the country’s previous all-time high of 4,466 new deaths registered on Jan. 12, Johns Hopkins data shows.There were also 122,473 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed nationwide on Thursday, down from a peak of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend last month.A total of 26,679,554 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began and at least 455,869 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 35 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Buying into CSR boosts profits and recruitment

    first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article CSR is often regarded as the new buzzword for ‘community involvement’. ButEd Williams, head of CSR at Marks & Spencer, believes it has a strongbusiness case, maximising investment and encouraging innovation. Ross WighamreportsEmployers that can prove they are socially responsible organisations willbenefit from increased investment, and find it easier to attract new employeesand customers. This is the message from Ed Williams, head of corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) at Marks & Spencer, who is convinced the issue willprove increasingly central to the competitive advantage of organisations. CSR’s profile has significantly increased since the Enron and WorldCom accountingscandals prompted President Bush to call for CEOs to ensure business operatesmore responsibly. If proposals to make directors responsible for corporate behaviour areintroduced in next year’s Company Law Review as expec-ted, then UK employers willalso be forced to take the issue more seriously. But Williams stressed the main driver for CSR should be an understanding ofthe impact it has on the bottom line. “The business case for CSR is very strong,” he said. “Inretail, for example, media coverage of unethical products would cost a lot ofmoney. Ultimately, we are here to make money – but we want to do that in aresponsible and ethical way. “CSR can give you a competitive advantage because it enables you toretain and attract staff and bring in new customers.” Two years ago, M&S set up a department dedicated to promoting CSR withinthe business, to ensure it is embedded in the company’s culture. It has alsoproduced a CSR framework (see box) to make sure all staff are aware of thecompany’s values. “Much of what we are doing was already in the company’s bloodstream. Itis essentially about trust, and that is so important because consumers aremaking more informed ethical choices on what they buy,” Williamsexplained. He said that as well as being vital for M&S’s brand image that itsproducts and services are ethical, the firm has a moral obligation to putsomething back into the community. “When you take a profit from a business, you have to accept a certainresponsibility with that. Some firms think it is just a trendy new word forcommunity involvement, but we think it runs through everything a companydoes,” he said. Williams said new research shows that an organisation’s CSR record isbecoming increasingly important to investors, with 80 per cent of privateshareholders wanting information on the non-financial performance of a company.”Good CSR can really maximise investment because it lets investors knowthat a company is responsible,” he said. It can also encourage innovation by increasing shareholder discussion andparticipation, which forces companies to continually look at new ways of doingthings. Williams is supportive of the Business in the Community initiative toproduce a CSR index. It is due to be published next month, and will benchmarkthe UK’s biggest companies on CSR. He thinks this is a better way of providing information on a company’sapproach to corporate responsibility than forcing them to include details oftheir non-financial performance in the organisation’s annual report. “The annual report is already a big document, so I’m not sure companiescould add CSR to that. However, investors should be able to see what a companydoes in terms of CSR,” he said. Last year, the EU considered introducing legislation to force companies tomeet certain standards, but Williams said regulation would hamper innovationand lead to a tick-box approach. “If the EU regulates further, it will stifle innovation and we’d losethe momentum. It’s not reinventing the wheel – good companies should be doingthese things already,” he said. M&S has launched a range of recent initiatives to meet its own CSRobjectives. It also has a CSR forum made up of managers from all M&Sbusiness units to ensure they are embedded throughout the entire business, andWilliams reports directly to the chairman. This year, the retailer will offer 600 work placements to homeless people.This follows a successful pilot scheme which saw 37 per cent of the placementindividuals securing jobs with M&S or another employer. Under the scheme, candidates are given training, work experience, advice onCVs and a reference. Williams is currently looking to expand the model toinclude disabled people, the long-term unemployed and ex-offenders. M&S has just extended its CSR remit overseas, giving free literacyclasses to staff at a supplier in Morocco. “It’s not a philanthropicthing. It’s aligned to the business values as well as being a good thing todo,” he said. People management forms a crucial part of any overall CSR policy, andWilliams himself has an HR background as a training and development managerwith the retailer. The way a company deals with its people is the first strand ofresponsibility and can often be the defining factor in a tight labour market,he explained. “Employees are making more informed choices about where they want towork. That is often based on how much they see us as a responsibleorganisation.” Williams believes HR is key in driving the CSR initiative and said peopleprocesses are essential in making it work. His next project is setting up an academy with the DTI to improve the skillsof CSR professionals. He hopes this will set an example and offer inspirationto other organisations. CSR – What does it mean to M&S?M&S has developed an overall framework for what CSR meansand how it relates to its business: Product– To take care and act responsibly in business– Add quality and value– Animal welfare– Environmental awareness– Social awarenessPeople– Creating great places to work– Engaging staff– Diversity– Work-life balancePlaces– Become a good corporate neighbour– Investing in the local community– Making the community a good place to live and workSource: Marks &Spencer Buying into CSR boosts profits and recruitmentOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more