Lux Island Resorts Limited ( 2014 Presentation

first_imgLux Island Resorts Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2014 presentation For more information about Lux Island Resorts Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lux Island Resorts Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lux Island Resorts Limited (  2014 presentation Company ProfileLux Island Resorts Limited, formerly known as Naïade Resorts Limited, is a collection of premium hotels in the Indian Ocean with running operations in Mauritius, the Réunion Island, the Maldives, China, Vietnam, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The company however, operates as a subsidiary of IBL Ltd as of May 18, 2018. Lux Island Resorts Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Apopka Rotarian of 60 years honors great grandson

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Congratulations Mr. Earl Nelson…..58 years of perfect attendance……wow, is that great, or what?!!! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 1 COMMENT Mama Mia April 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Rotary Club Previous articleConsumer appetite increases for electric vehiclesNext article15 driving and travel hacks for the summer trips to come Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here From the Apopka Rotary ClubWay back on December 23, 1957, in Bradenton, FL, Earl Nelson joined the Rotary Club at the urging of his boss at the Manatee County Extension Office. Nearly 60 years later and after 58 years perfect attendance at the Rotary Club of Apopka, Nelson gave a Paul Harris Fellowship in honor of his great-grandson Reed Arnold Knudsen. Paul Harris Fellowships fund Rotary International work around the world and are part of the funding of the 100-year-old The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Nelson, one of the family members that operated Nelson’s Roses in Apopka for decades, even facilitated the gathering and delivery of over 10,000 pounds of books to Ghana, Africa in 1995 after he discovered the lack of educational opportunities there. He worked over a decade at the club’s Apopka Fair and flipped thousands of pancakes at the club fundraiser held at football games. He initiated an auction at the club. Nelson has emulated Rotary’s motto Service Above Self as he participated in every club service project physically possible. In 1997, he was named Rotarian of the Year for the entire five-county district and of the club in 1995. At the Apopka meeting April 13, 2017, young Reed was named a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF). His great grandmother Floride C. Nelson pinned Reed while his mother Linda Knudsen, Nelson’s Insurance, held him. His certificate was presented by club president and PHF Deborah Perez, a club member since 20 October 20, 2011.Earl’s son and Reed’s proud grandfather, PHF Bryan Nelson, former Florida State Representative and current Orange County Commissioner, has been a Rotarian since November 1, 1982. Bryan Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Insurance in Apopka, proudly watched the presentation. Of course, the toddler thought the box the pin came in was the best part of the luncheon.Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.22 million plus members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 205 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit to make donations to Rotary International’s global efforts. Rotary International clubs focus their efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.Rotary District 6980 of Florida consists of 49 Rotary clubs in five Central Florida counties; Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, and Sumter of approximately 2,000 business and community leaders. Inquiries may be made to [email protected],, and Reply Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Sir Andrew Large unites charity and business world for Kilimanjaro trek

first_imgSir Andrew Large unites charity and business world for Kilimanjaro trek AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Events This Friday (October 19), Sir Andrew Large, Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England, and currently Chairman of the Hedge Fund Working Group will lead a team of six who will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on a nine day trek raising an amazing amount for charity.The team, which includes Dr Stephen Large, Vice-Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability, and Geoffrey Barnett, Chair of Trustees for Barnardo’s, will embark on the Lemosho route – the longest and most remote route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.Each team member has an individual reason for taking on this challenge but they all share a common goal in making a meaningful contribution to the charities they really care about. The donations currently stand at £264,280., of which Marie Curie Cancer Care will receive approximately £218,000.The intrepid team also includes Jamie Large, Sir Andrew’s younger son, Robin Beale, and his son Marcus Beale. Marcus and Robin have particularly strong reasons for supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care.Marcus said: “My mother, Diana, died from cancer in September 2005. She spent the last three months of her life at home thanks to an incredible support team of nurses, doctors and carers. One crucial part of this team was Marie Curie Cancer Care.””This October I am joining this small team climbing Kilimanjaro. My goal is to raise money for Marie Curie and to show by this effort my admiration of and gratitude to Marie Curie Cancer Care and the entire support team who afforded Mum her fervent wish to spend the last few months in her own home with her family and beloved garden.”For more information on Marie Curie Cancer Care please go to To find out more about the challenge or to donate please go to www.climbkiliwithus.comNotes to editorsFor more information please contact Michelle Lauder, PR Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care, [email protected], 020 7599 7712Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it provides care to around27,000 terminally ill patients in the community and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.FundingAround 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.Marie Curie NursesThe charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.ResearchThe charity has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Unit in London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool it also runs the world-renowned Marie Curie Research Institute, which investigates the causes and treatments of cancer.Campaigning: Supporting the choice to die at homeResearch shows around 70 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care. However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be. Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die at home.Delivering Choice ProgrammeIn 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care launched its first major palliative care service improvement plan, the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme, to provide greater choice for patients in end of life care.The programme has five projects underway across the UK – in Lincolnshire, Leeds, Tayside (Scotland), Barnet (north London) and south-east LondonLeonard Cheshire Disability campaigns to change attitudes to disability and supports disabled people all over the world.Visit www.LCDisability.orgMichelle LauderPR ExecutiveMarie Curie Cancer Care89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TPTel: 020 7599 7712 Fax: 020 7599 7708 Howard Lake | 17 October 2007 | News  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

New Commission to reclaim dormant assets for charity

first_img The Cabinet Office has announced the launch of the Dormant Assets Commission to unlock unclaimed assets and redirect them into funding good causes.Over the next year, the independent Commission, chaired by Nick O’Donohoe, outgoing chief executive of Big Society Capital, will work to identify unclaimed assets, such as stocks, shares, pensions and bonds, that have been untouched for more than 15 years. The funds collected will go to a number of good causes although owners can reclaim their lost assets at any time.According to Government estimates, more than £1 billion of dormant assets exist that could be reclaimed.The new scheme will run in a similar way to the existing Dormant Accounts Scheme, which has seen more than £750 million worth of dormant accounts volunteered by banks and building societies since the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act was launched in 2008.Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said:“More than a billion pounds of assets, that might otherwise sit gathering dust, will go into funding for charities that make a real difference to people’s lives across the country. To build an even more caring and compassionate country we need to transform dormant resources and give the funds to those who need it.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 7 January 2016 | News Tagged with: Funding statutorycenter_img Advertisement New Commission to reclaim dormant assets for charity About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Venezuelan economy: more complex than you think

first_imgInterview by Marco Teruggi with Venezuelan economic analyst Luis Salas Rodríguez published July 16 in Translation by Michael Otto.“In order to understand the Venezuelan economic situation, it is necessary to get out of this black-and-white movie about good and evil,” says Luis Salas Rodríguez, master of sociology, researcher and editor of the economic portal The screenplay boils down to two narratives which argue that the difficulties are due either to the U.S. blockade or to the Venezuelan government’s incompetence.Salas explains: “The economic decline began before the blockade, not later, but I need to clarify two things. In the first place the blockade is an escalation in the process of [U.S.] attacks against the Venezuelan economy that have been occurring since 2013, and even since the days of [late President] Hugo Chávez. Not in the ways that began with Barack Obama’s Executive Order against the country in 2015, and the sanctions that he started to apply then, but through attacks on the currency, which were part of a strategy of economic attacks.”[In 2015 Obama declared “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.” — WW] In the second place, Salas emphasizes the fall in oil prices caused by fracking, largely driven by the U.S.: “Fracking was a direct attack on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, by way of flooding the market with an oversupply of U.S. oil, lowering prices which OPEC in particular had achieved after obtaining hegemony in the world market since 2000, when Chavez reunified OPEC.” The blockade, which was openly declared after 2017, was the biggest escalation in the years of continuing attacks on Venezuela. Faced with this, the government implemented a series of economic measures that Salas describes as contradictory.Salas points out three major problematic areas: First, the policy of “paying off debt to lower the country’s risk and satisfy international markets,” which amounted to a $80 billion disbursement between 2013 and 2017. The objectives were not reached, which then “put the government in a much more complicated negotiating position.” Second, the fall in oil production, “partly because of the blockade, but also because of internal problems.” Third, a shift in the government’s economic strategy beginning in 2018: “The government proposed changing the fundamental pillars, and has been moving in a tenuous direction that has not yielded results.”Economic impact shown in dataThe Central Bank of Venezuela recently published data on some of the main economic indicators that show the impact of the combination of external attacks and internal problems. Salas stresses that the most relevant data concern the fall of the gross domestic product from 2014 to the third quarter of 2018. Numbers from that period had not been published [until May 28]. Salas highlighted the following: “From 2014 to 2018 the Venezuelan economy shrank to half of what it was in 2012-2013. It’s a fall in GDP equivalent to that of countries embroiled in a full-scale war, such as Sudan, Libya and Syria. We are talking about the Venezuelan economy regressing to the GDP of 20 years ago, but with 8 million more people. That explains many of the things that are happening, such as emigration, because reducing the country’s capacity to produce a surplus is also driving a surplus population out.”The CBV also published figures for inflation, one of the most hotly debated issues in Venezuela. The data show the evolution of price increases, the appearance of hyperinflation beginning in late 2017, and the repercussions of the plan announced by the government in August 2018. One consequence has been the decline in inflation in the most recent months of this year.“The plan has been successful in discouraging the pace of price growth, but the problem has been the cost of that policy. In general, the anti-inflationary strategy has been a therapy of monetary contraction and very strong economic activity. Workers’ purchasing power has been deflated and state spending has been reduced in nominal and real terms,” analyzes Salas.Perspective on the economyThe debate on the outlook for the Venezuelan economy cannot occur apart from the political conflict and its main variables: the economic and financial blockade led by the United States in an attempt at strangulation and social breakdown; the ongoing attempt to overthrow the government through a combination of attacks; and the current negotiation process in which the government’s demands include the withdrawal of the blockade.“The main effects of the blockade will begin to be felt in the second half of this year. For example, there is the prohibition of flights from the U.S. to Venezuela, not only of people but also of cargo, which could make some supplies impossible to get or force them to be triangulated via other countries, which increases costs,” explains Salas.Another example is the July 27 deadline for the waiver that allows the Chevron oil company to operate in Venezuela. It’s not known whether the U.S. will deny the permit in a bid to redouble the push for economic collapse, or whether, on the contrary, Washington will choose to leave the company in the country in order to avoid allowing its strategic competitors, China and Russia, to advance any further.Oil is the key to thinking about the prospects for improving the national economy. “I believe that the only real possibility of reversing the trend is to reactivate the oil industry, the only Venezuelan sector with a competitive edge that can produce results in the short term with a multiplier effect,” explains Salas.“Supposing that the Asian market is presented as an alternative to exports to North America. What’s certain is that — with current production levels — if that market is opened up, there is no possibility of supplying it because, according to the latest OPEC report, the [oil] industry is producing 700,000 barrels a day.” Increasing production levels is crucial, particularly considering that oil [exports] contribute 95 percent of the foreign currency that enters the country. That means [it is necessary] to circumvent the blockades and correct internal errors.The research Salas carried out rules out the possibility of a recovery based on the productive and export capacity of the private sector, which, as he explains, has received government assistance in recent years: “There is a fundamental, political problem in directing a process of economic recovery that depends upon who finances it.“Nowhere does the opposition say that the private sector is going to finance development in Venezuela, even assuming that, according to the International Monetary Fund, the private sector in Venezuela has about $400 billion deposited in foreign accounts. There is talk about international organizations, whether private banking or the IMF, which involves privatization processes, particularly of the oil industry,” says Salas.Within the Venezuelan economy sits the condensed strategic kernel of the conflict between the U.S. and the Bolivarian government of President Nicolás Maduro. It applies as much to the viability of the Bolivarian project as it does to the strategy of overthrow, retaliation and destruction of the country. This is a strategy that the U.S. has designed with its local allies.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick panto star supports domestic abuse service

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Suffering in silence Facebook Email Limerick Post Show | Metis Music for Mental Health Print Alice in Wonder(fun)land at Lime Tree Theatre Launch of 1 Million Stars to End Violence: Limerick Project Previous articleFatal burglary sentences ‘unduly lenient’Next articleCommunity in fear over brutality of city murder Editor NewsLocal NewsLimerick panto star supports domestic abuse serviceBy Editor – December 20, 2017 2542 Aladdin pantomime star Emma O’Driscoll with Limerick artist Sandra Sheehan’s drawing of the ADAPT Christmas bear.Photo: Don MoloneyIt was a case of the panto star meeting the teddy when Limerick entertainer Emma O’Driscoll gave her support to a Christmas fundraising campaign for a local charity.Emma, who plays the princess in the Limerick Panto Society’s production of Aladdin in the Lime Tree Theatre, was presented with a special piece of artwork by Lorraine Gallagher, ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services.The drawing of a teddy bear by Limerick artist Sandra Sheehan appears on ADAPT’s charity Christmas cards this year and represents the home comforts that ADAPT aims to bring to children forced to leave their family home due to domestic abuse.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Lorraine Gallagher of ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services presenting Emma O’Driscoll with Sandra Sheehan’s drawing of the ADAPT Christmas bear.Photo: Don MoloneyAll funds raised from the sale of ADAPT’s cards go to supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse in Limerick. See The cards are available from ADAPT Shop, Sarsfield Street, Delish Raheen, Eats of Eden, Hunt Museum and Limerick Council.Aladdin runs at the Lime Tree from December 28 to January 7 January. See  Lorraine Gallagher of ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services presenting Emma O’Driscoll with Sandra Sheehan’s drawing of the ADAPT Christmas bear with Shawna O’Halloran, who playes the Genie in the Limerick Panto Society’s production of Aladdin.Photo: Don MoloneyMore local news here Warehouse date for Metis Music for Mental Health 2020 Twitter Limerick Post Show | The launch of the UCH Panto TAGSADAPTADAPT Domestic Abuse ServicesAladdinEmma O’DriscollentertainerLime Tree TheatrelimerickLorraine GallagherpantomimeSandra Sheehan last_img read more

3 former officers charged in George Floyd’s death make 1st court appearance

first_imgiStock/AndreyPopov(MINNEAPOLIS) — BY: IVAN PEREIRAA Minneapolis judge remanded three of the four former officers involved in George Floyd’s death on a million dollars bail during their first court appearance Thursday afternoon.Kiernan Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were all charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder and second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of the 46-year-old man. Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested last week and initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder Wednesday. He is currently in jail on a $500,000 bond.Judge Paul Scoggin ordered the defendants could be released on a lower bail amount of $750,000 if they followed specific conditions: Work in no law enforcement capacity, surrender firearms, void firearm permits, no contact with the victim’s family and agree to waive extradition should they leave the state.The former officers didn’t enter pleas, but their attorneys each made a case for a lighter bail sentence, citing their ties to the community and cooperation with the investigation. Kueng’s attorney offered his condolences to Floyd’s family.Their next court appearance is June 29.The cops arrested Floyd outside a convenience store on Memorial Day, which was captured on several cameras.Chauvin, 44, placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” before he was killed, according to the criminal complaint.Lane, 37, allegedly held Floyd’s legs down while Kueng, 26 allegedly held Floyd’s back as Chauvin placed his knee, the criminal complaint said. Thao, 34, allegedly watched the entire incident with his hands in his pockets, according to the complaint.Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, said his client was a rookie officer on his fourth day on the force while Chauvin was a training officer. Kueng was also a rookie officer, according to Minneapolis police department records.Gray said his client asked Chuavin if it was OK to roll Floyd over. Chauvin, allegedly, refused to do so, according to the criminal complaint.“What is my client supposed to do other than follow what the training officer said?” Gray asked the judge.Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, however, contended that Lane held down Floyd during the arrest.“That is the role of an aider and abettor,” he said. ABC News’ Whitney T. Lloyd contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: US surgeon general resigns, saying, ‘I wasn’t always right’

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 96.3 million people worldwide and killed over 2 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 Wednesday. All times Eastern:Jan 20, 7:43 pmUS reports daily death recordThe U.S. reported 4,409 deaths Wednesday, the highest number of daily COVID-19 fatalities on record, according to the COVID Tracking Project.“With 11 days remaining in the month, January 2021 is now the 2nd-most deadly month for COVID-19 in the US,” the tracking project tweeted.The seven-day average of daily deaths is 3,043, according to the health data.The tracking project found that daily hospitalizations have seen a slight decrease over the last few days and is now at 122,700.“A hopeful trend: In the last week, no states have reported an increase in hospitalizations by 10% or more,” the tracking project tweeted.Jan 20, 6:24 pmTexas saw record 450 deaths in 1 dayTexas saw a record number of new daily coronavirus deaths, according to the Texas Department of Health.The state reported 450 new COVID-19 fatalities Wednesday. Texas has had over 32,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.There were 25,512 new cases and 5,017 probable cases recorded Wednesday, the state Health Department said. Texas has over 2.1 million cases confirmed so far, according to the COVID Tracking Project.-ABC News’ Gina SunseriJan 20, 4:39 pm‘Better, healthier days lie ahead’: 1st message from new CDC directorDr. Rochelle Walensky, the nation’s new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called for optimism and adherence to science in her first message to the American people Wednesday.“Better, healthier days lie ahead. But to get there, COVID-19 testing, surveillance, and vaccination must accelerate rapidly,” Walensky said in a statement. “We must also confront the longstanding public health challenges of social and racial injustice and inequity that have demanded action for far too long.”Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, will be conducting a comprehensive review of the agency’s existing COVID-19 guidance and will update those recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence, so that Americans can make informed decisions about their lives, Walensky added.-ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Jan 20, 2:43 pmUS may be ’rounding a corner,’ PolicyLab researchers sayThe U.S. has experienced “a second week of encouraging data trends and projections” which “lends greater confidence that the country may, as a whole, be rounding a corner,” according to researchers with PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.In its weekly report based on an analysis of COVID-19 data, PolicyLab said much of the country appears “to be in a transition period during a winter surge.”Current positivity rates are down nationally and “projections from Southern California to Arizona suggest while overall case incidence may continue over the next four weeks, these areas might expect declines in overall transmission rates in many counties,” the report stated.Researchers noted caution “not to overstate … optimism,” citing evidence for possible increased transmission in winter vacation destinations such as Vail, Colorado, as well as Park City, Utah, and Sun Valley, Idaho.Despite some positive outlook, the report said incidence in coastal areas of the Southeast may continue to worsen into February as people attempt to escape the winter weather.Variants of the coronavirus could also be a factor in the “potential to increase case incidence again,” the report stated.-ABC News’ Brian Hartman contributed to this reportJan 20, 12:14 pmUS marks 1 year since confirming its 1st caseWednesday marks one year since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the United States.It wouldn’t be until several months later that scientists identified the virus that caused COVID-19 in blood samples from people in various U.S. states as early as December 2019.Since the first confirmed case 365 days ago, more than 24.2 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19, which means that approximately one in every 13 Americans have contracted the disease, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.At least 402,400 lives in the U.S. have been lost to COVID-19, representing approximately 19.5% of the worldwide death toll from the disease. That means one in every 823 Americans have now died from COVID-19.New York remains the worst-hit U.S. state in terms of COVID-19 deaths — with more than 37,000 confirmed fatalities — followed by Texas, California and Florida.Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 763,000 people in the U.S. have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Just under 124,000 people nationwide are currently hospitalized with the disease. In the last two weeks, that number has declined by 5.6%, according to data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the U.S. outbreak.January has already proven to be one of the worst months on record for the U.S. outbreak. In the first 19 days of 2021, the country has confirmed more than 4.15 million cases and over 55,000 deaths from the disease.Although the numbers are currently impacted by the holiday weekend, the U.S. continues to see a drop in new infections, now averaging approximately 197,000 newly confirmed cases per day, according to The COVID Tracking Project.Jan 20, 11:20 amUS surgeon general resigns at Biden’s requestU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams resigned from his post Wednesday at the request of President-elect Joe Biden.“I’ve been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General,” Adams wrote on his official Twitter account.In a lengthy statement that was posted on Facebook, Adams reflected on his role in the COVID-19 response.“In the face of a once in a century pandemic, I sought to communicate the rapidly evolving science on this deadly adversary, and arm people with the knowledge and tools they needed to stay safe,” he said. “I wasn’t always right — because no one was, and this virus continues to humble all of us — but I was always sincere in my efforts to speak to every day Americans, and address the terrible health inequities this virus exposed.”Biden has nominated former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy back to the position and as a senior adviser in the COVID-19 response. Murthy’s nomination will need to be confirmed by the Senate.Jan 20, 10:23 amBiden to sign executive order that will require masks on federal propertyJoe Biden plans to sign more than a dozen executive actions after he is sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, including one that will impose a mask mandate in federal buildings and on federal land.The new requirement will be part of Biden’s “100 Days Mask Challenge,” which asks Americans to wear face masks for that time period.Biden plans to sign another executive order that will create the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator and restore the National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which is responsible for pandemic preparedness and was dissolved by the Trump administration in 2018.Biden also plans to reverse President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization.Jan 20, 9:51 amVatican begins vaccinating Rome’s homeless against COVID-19Vatican City began offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to Rome’s homeless community on Wednesday, according to Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.The vaccinations took place in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall, the massive auditorium where the Pope holds his weekly general audiences. An initial group of around 25 homeless individuals, who are all looked after in facilities run by the Office of Papal Charities, received their first doses of the vaccine Wednesday morning, according to Bruni.“Further groups are to follow in the coming days,” Bruni said in a statement.Vatican City, an independent enclave surrounded by Rome that serves as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, launched a COVID-19 immunization campaign last week, administering doses of a vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The tiny city-state has a population of only around 800 people but employs more than 4,000.Both Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, have received their first doses of the vaccine.The vaccination campaign is voluntary and people under the age of 18 are being excluded for the time being, according to Bruni.Since the start of the pandemic, Vatican City has reported at least 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 20, 8:49 amSome UK hospitals are ‘like a war zone,’ government’s top scientific adviser saysSome hospitals in the United Kingdom look “like a war zone” as doctors and nurses workers grapple with an influx of COVID-19 patients, according to Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser.“It may not look like it when you go for a walk in the park, but when you go into a hospital, this is very, very bad at the moment with enormous pressure and in some cases it looks like a war zone in terms of the things that people are having to deal with,” Vallance told Sky News in an interview Wednesday.He said there have been “huge numbers” of COVID-19 cases in recent days and that the country’s health care system “is under enormous pressure at the moment.” Official figures show nearly 38,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.K.Vallance’s comments come after the U.K. reported a record 1,610 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the cumulative total approaches 100,000. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has confirmed more than 3.4 million cases of the disease, including more than 91,000 fatalities, according to the latest data published on the British government’s website.The U.K. — an island nation of 66 million people made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — has the fifth-highest number of diagnosed cases worldwide and the fourth-highest death toll, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 20, 7:56 amZimbabwe’s foreign minister dies from COVID-19Zimbabwe’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade, Sibusiso Moyo, has died from COVID-19, officials said. He was 61.Moyo “succumbed to COVID-19 at a local hospital” early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from presidential spokesman George Charamba.Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa took to Twitter to confirm the news and post a photo of Moyo.“Zimbabwe has lost a devoted public servant and a true hero, and I have lost a friend. He fought his entire life so that Zimbabwe could be free,” Mnangagwa tweeted. “May he rest in peace.”Moyo gained recognition in November 2017 as the army general who announced on national television that the Zimbabwean military had placed then-President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, while insisting it was not a coup. The move ended Mugabe’s 37-year rule and Moyo was appointed to Mnangagwa’s cabinet when he took power with military backing.Zimbabwe has recently seen a surge in COVID-19 infections amid fears of a new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that emerged in neighboring South Africa. Zimbabwe has confirmed more than 28,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 825 deaths, according to the latest data from the Africas Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 20, 6:41 amOver 15.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in US so farMore than 15.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States to date, according to data published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.Over 13.5 million people have received one or more doses of the vaccine, while more than two million have received two doses, according to the CDC data, which was updated Tuesday.Jan 20, 5:39 amUS reports over 168,000 new casesThere were 168,058 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 2,550 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Tuesday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 24,253,368 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 401,730 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 nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img What is your staff turnover?The industry average is 25-30 per cent so if your staff are leaving quicker than that, you should investigate. The best companies keep staff turnover down to half that.Are all your staff performing?With the skills shortage in IT and the speed at which many dotcoms are growing – and hiring – it’s easy to forget that some of your staff may not be performing. A Silicon Valley company such as Cisco Systems has a policy of monitoring the worst performers, typically the bottom 5 per cent of the workforce, with a view to intervening to help them improve or letting them go.Are you recruiting wisely?Most dotcoms recruit through their own web site, through employee referrals and advertisements in newspapers and sites such as Monster. But in Silicon Valley there’s a growing trend to appoint company mentors to help candidates through the recruitment process. Remember also that most line managers will recruit people like them regardless of whether their skills are suitable for the job in hand.Do your managers have the right skills?The Internet, and indeed the entire IT industry, is often seen as the revenge of the nerd. The grain of the truth in that cliché is that in 1998 one US survey found that executives in technical positions at high-tech firms were 50 per cent more likely to be struggling in their jobs because of poor people skills. Some Silicon Valley companies even send IT managers to acting classes.Respect the speed limitAt many dotcoms, speed is a virtual religion. Managers read business bestsellers with titles such as Blur, which preach that being first is everything, pore over magazines with titles such as Fast Company, and say things like, “Our staff like to work hard”. But the drive to do everything fast can lead to burn-out or, as projects get delayed, continuous over- working. There is almost a cult around famous Net entrepreneurs who have slept in their office. For example, co-founder of Yahoo David Filo famously spent one night a week sleeping in his cubicle even when he was worth $800m. But such behaviour helps define the company culture in ways that may not be healthy. Other Internet innovations, such as hot desking, may contribute to stress at work.Has your management got its eye on the ball?Research suggests that managers of successful fast growing start-ups can get ideas above their station. You often need a sizeable ego to start a new company but that ego needs to be managed if the company is not to lose its way. Military historians call this “victory disease”. The classic example is the squabbling among German generals in the autumn of 1941 after they, wrongly, assumed they had beaten the Soviet Union. Instead of focusing on their earlier target of capturing Moscow, resources were fragmented and the momentum lost. In the US corporate arena, circuit board maker Jabil was so successful in the early 1990s that it diversified into computer manufacture with almost fatal results. Since then, it has set up a formal process to evaluate every new project against a realistic assessment of the company’s strengths and weaknesses. Staff mattersOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_imgLettersOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s lettersLetter of the Week Why is it so hard to get an HR job? In response to recent letters printed in Personnel Today I would like toreiterate how difficult it is becoming to enter the HR profession. I am a recent graduate CIPD member with an MA in human resource management.I regularly write for a recruitment publication and have varied experience inHR, mainly at administration level. I gained my CIPD because I was finding it impossible to get into theprofession without it. Now that I have this hallowed qualification it wouldseem that it is even more impossible to enter this seemingly sacrosanctprofession. When applying for a graduate HR position I was told I had too much workexperience. When applying for an HR officer role I was told I did not haveenough work experience. When applying for an HR administration role I was toldby one agency that it would put my CV forward, but that I should not hold mybreath as I would probably be seen as a threat because of my qualifications. So the struggle goes on to find that elusive company which values myqualifications and experience. That crazy, risk-taking company which realisesthat although I may not hit the ground running, with some support and understandingI could be that model employee it has always been looking for. Anne O’Neill Chorlton, Manchester Shortcomings of personality quiz My work as a consultant brings me into contact with senior managers acrossindustry sectors. The challenges they face are varied and complex, withincreasing pressure to become “supermanagers” who will excel in allareas of business management. The latest aid to assisting them in this quest appears to be for them toexplore and develop their emotional intelligence. I completed your article onemotional intelligence (Features, 10 April) with a wry smile, following thewarning to HR professionals from Dr Higgs that “Épeople are re-badgingstuff as emotional intelligence.” As an occupational psychologist I have little argument with the concept thatthere are key indicators that can be assessed and used either to predict futureperformance or serve as a framework for personal development. My doubts lie inthe value of taking an “emotionally intelligent” approach to do this.When further examining what practitioners consider to be EI it raises thequestion of whether this is merely personality repackaged – or should I sayre-badged. The area offers little clarity and much confusion, however it ispresented. EI merges personality and competency frameworks detracting from thebenefits of either. A credible assessment tool used to contribute to selection or developmentprocesses, such as a personality questionnaire, serves no other purpose otherthan to predict how individuals are likely to perform beyond the assessmentsession. When used for development the prediction is related to work style withskilled practitioners able to discuss likely strengths and weaknesses based onpreferred behaviours. So in selecting such a tool the concern of us all should be its predictivepower or validity. Managers would be far better advised to draw on the wealthof research evidence available on personality and performance than leaping onto the next bandwagon. Louise Polednik, CPsychol Consultant occupational psychologist Ramsey Hall – The Occupational Psychology Group Three-year limit on leave records With all the publicity surrounding the data protection draft code ofpractice in relation to the keeping of employee sickness records, has anyonenoticed that Elizabeth France’s extra “helpful” guidelines include arecommendation that ‘unpaid leave/special leave records’ should be kept foronly three years? This is despite the fact that an employer may be required to demonstrate toan employment tribunal that an employee has been allowed the 13 weeksentitlement to unpaid parental leave over a five-year period or, if the childis disabled, an 18-year period. David J Hewitt Personnel consultancy manager Via e-mail Progress made on age-diversity The Government is making some progress in highlighting the benefits of anage-diverse workforce, but it is really up to others to start plugging the gap.Features such as last week’s analysis (“Anti-ageism code needs apromotional helping hand”, Analysis, 10 April) do an admirable job inhelping to encourage employers to think about age diversity when they arerecruiting, and companies such as my own,, are also active indemonstrating the business case for employing older workers. Independent research which we commissioned revealed that 83 per cent ofpeople think that employing older people is good for a company’s image, a factwhich business is slowly starting to respond to. Progress is not as rapid as it ought to be and not all employers haverecognised a potential solution to skills shortages and demographic shifts, butI am encouraged that things appear to be moving in the right direction. 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