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Q&A: Warren Steven, Golden Nugget

first_img Golden Nugget’s senior director of product and operations Warren Steven speaks to iGB about the slots strategy that has helped it establish an unassailable lead in New Jersey’s igaming market Q&A: Warren Steven, Golden Nugget Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New Jersey Topics: Casino & games 11th June 2019 | By Stephen Carter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Golden Nugget’s senior director of product and operations Warren Steven speaks to iGB about the slots strategy that has helped it establish an unassailable lead in New Jersey’s online gaming marketWhat marks out the Golden Nugget iGaming offering as being particularly attractive to players? Do you feel this is largely down to the games on offer, or the way in which they are presented to players? The Golden Nugget product and games offering go hand in hand in the attractiveness to the player. You cannot have one without the other and if the balance shifts vs the market then it will negatively affect the overall player satisfaction. You cannot offer the largest portfolio of games without quality UX that allows players to effectively navigate, find, highlight and filter content.How important is discoverability – do players tend to focus on games they know from the casino floor, or are they looking for something they have never played before? We see that new players will initially gravitate to what is familiar to them and those will be recognisable casino floor games. Many of the long tail games, which stick around the top rankings, are familiar casino floor games. However, we do have many outliers from online only games that gather a strong number of supportive players in the early days of the launch due sticky math models and rich bonus features. How does this influence the placement of titles on your site? Do you look to simply populate the pages with the best-performing games, or do you tailor this to promote certain titles? We let the performance of the games control the positioning on our site, but more importantly, we give the games enough time in the key sections to gather enough data to determine its ranking. We use a combination of figures to determine a ranking scale, which then determines the positioning. What games have proved particularly successful for you in New Jersey? Are there any surprises, or are certain games just a hit wherever they are offered? Quality land-based and local jackpot games stick around our top rankings, but there are certainly a few surprise performers. The Golden Nugget Casino team seldom openly make bold predictions on games being top performers. Seasoned casino operators will likely tell you that they may have expected a new game to crush it, and it underperformed, and some games were set to be poor and have crushed it. How has the growing diversity of the slot development space affected you? Do you feel there’s a risk of 90% of games being buried, considering the sheer numbers most operators now offer? There is certainly a risk of games being buried due to the volume of content. However, the onus is on the operator to ensure the players have the website tools available to explore, discover and experiment. We see games drop off the rankings all the time and then suddenly pop back up in the top positions due to the ease of use of our site. We also feel strongly about making it easy to allow players to ‘try before you buy’, which is demo mode. This allows the player to quickly, and without restriction, get a feel for any game before they make a real money wager. This is an exclusive extract of an interview available as part of the iGB subscriber offering. You can read the full version here Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

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What works in workplace giving

first_img Please enter your comment! By Genevieve Shaker, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Robert Christensen, Brigham Young UniversityEditor’s Note: This article is republished from The Conversation.Has your boss ever asked you to donate to the United Way? Has a co-worker approached you about giving to the Red Cross? Does your employer encourage giving to nonprofits, or does it match your charitable donations?Whether they’re responding to emergency requests for disaster relief or making contributions to the local food bank, millions of Americans make charitable contributions through workplace campaigns every year. Despite being commonplace, little is known about these arrangements, and some information suggests that this philanthropic tradition is on the decline.As scholars who study workplace giving, we wanted to know whether matching programs, employer endorsements and other strategies inspire more employees to support particular causes and what might increase giving overall.A United Way workplace giving form used in a campaign at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.Liz Kaye/IU Communications, CC BY-SARaising lessAmericans give an estimated US$4 billion annually through workplace fundraising drives, according to America’s Charities, a nonprofit that collects these donations and distributes them to its member nonprofits.Although no one comprehensively tracks workplace giving, some available data suggest it’s losing ground.The Chronicle of Philanthropy estimated in 2015 that 82 percent of the $3.87 billion the United Way raised the prior year had flowed through workplace campaigns. And the United Way, an international nonprofit that redistributes donations to other organizations, was raising about one-third less money today, adjusted for inflation, than 25 years earlier, according to the Chronicle.The United Way’s fundraising has dipped further since then, to $3.26 billion in 2017.Likewise, the Combined Federal Campaign, which helps federal employees based in the U.S. and overseas donate to charity, is experiencing a long-term decline. It raised $101 million in 2017. That was down sharply from $167 million a year earlier as the share of federal employees taking part plummeted to 4 percent from 25 percent in 2009.To be sure, this downturn isn’t happening across the board.Some local United Way campaigns and regional Combined Federal Campaign efforts, such as those in Atlanta and St. Louis, are still growing.Still a priorityDespite the overall decline in workplace giving, companies like Microsoft say employee philanthropy is a high priority for them and corporate giving is on the rise.Some 86 percent of the 120 companies America’s Charities surveyed said their employees expect them to offer ways to get involved in the community, such as workplace giving.Companies increasingly say they see workplace volunteerism and giving programs as a valuable way to strengthen their relationships with their own employees and local communities.Leadership and volunteers from the 51st Fighter Wing shown during the Combined Federal Campaign 2016 kickoff at Osan Air Base in South Korea.U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian BammanWhat employees sayTo learn about the dynamics of giving on the job, such as which fundraising strategies work best, we studied and compared employee donation behaviors and perceptions about workplace campaigns.Our statistical analysis drew from survey data regarding 6,000 people who were asked about their giving at and outside of work. Approximately 1,850 of them told Knowledge Networks, which conducted the nationally representative survey in 2008 on behalf of the United Way, that their employers had organized drives featuring the fundraising strategies we were interested in.Nearly two out of three of those surveyed whose employers encouraged giving made donations through workplace charitable campaigns. As we explained in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, an academic publication, they reported channeling an average of $227 of the $1,340 they gave overall through their workplaces.We found that people who earned more said they gave more. Those with more education reported making larger donations. Workplace donors tended to be between 48 and 66 years old. People this age also gave more than others. Men and women said they gave at similar rates and in similar amounts.These patterns are consistent with what we know about giving generally; for example, older adults are more likely to give. Unlike general giving, however, where women are more likely to give, we found no gender effects in the workplace.The U.S. Department of Agriculture held a coin wars challenge in 2013.USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.Which strategies workWe also determined that some employer campaign strategies appear more successful than others.Employees said they were more likely to participate when employers encouraged it. But employer asks didn’t lead employees to give more money through their workplaces than they would have donated otherwise.Employees said they were not motivated to give when they heard about their co-workers’ support for the campaigns. In fact, they felt less inclined to give.Whether employers announced the names of in-house donors didn’t make a difference in terms of persuading co-workers to give at all or to give more.When employers matched donations, workers appeared more likely to give and to give more money to a cause. About 8 percent more people said they donated when they worked for companies that offered this benefit, compared to employees of companies that didn’t.In addition, when employees could choose which nonprofit to support, they said they gave more. Workplace donors with choices reported giving $58 more than those without that flexibility.Donor choice, in fact, overshadowed the importance of matching programs and requests from co-workers, making them both less relevant in terms of the amounts given.Giving as a group on the job can help strengthen ties among colleagues and with employers.Shutterstock/Michal BednarekGuidance for employersBased on our research and other scholarship, we believe employers that encourage workplace giving should consider these five guidelines:Make a big deal out of the campaign, and make sure people know it is an institutional priority.Ensure that employees know about matching programs and find them user-friendly.Let employees choose from a range of charities.Don’t make a fuss over the people who give on the job. They don’t do it for the attention.Know that counting on co-workers ask to ask each other for donations could be a mistake.And as end-of-year workplace giving campaigns gear up, employers should know that when they do more to encourage philanthropy, it can make a big difference. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleApopka Tractor Supply hosting pet photos with SantaNext articleBlue Darter football coach Rick Darlington leaving Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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Award-winning young people’s champion joins forces with disability charity

first_imgAward-winning young people’s champion joins forces with disability charity Howard Lake | 14 September 2010 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Inspirational figure, Phil Packer, who has received the Pride of Britain and BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, has raised millions of pounds for charity. Today it was announced that he will become an Envoy for leading disability charity Papworth Trust.Phil Packer said: “It’s an honour to become an Envoy for Papworth Trust. They carry out some tremendous work and I feel privileged to have met some service-users and the dedicated staff who are clearly devoted and committed to making a significance difference to others. I look forward to a close relationship with Papworth Trust in the future.”Phil’s role will range from taking part in fundraising events to celebrating the achievements of the Trust’s service-users.As part of the relationship, Papworth Trust CEO Adrian Bagg will also act as an advisor on disability-related issues in the development of Phil’s new £15m Centre. Named the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), the Centre will inspire young people facing adversity between the ages of 16 and 25.Adrian Bagg said: “Phil has achieved so much including the Channel Row, London Marathon and El Capitan Climb. His focus now is on supporting disabled people and it’s clear that he shares our passion. Working in partnership will help us to achieve even more.”If you would like to support Papworth Trust to achieve its mission, visit www.papworth.org.uk/supportus.-Ends-About Papworth Trust:Papworth Trust is passionate about supporting disabled people. Each year the Trust helps over 17,000 people from the East of England and beyond through a wide range of services covering Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Housing, Personal support, and Learning for Life and Work.The Trust also works with the Government, employers, service providers and commissioners to promote disability equality and good practice.For further information and media opportunities around Papworth Trust, please contact:Kerry Atkinson, E-Communications Executive, Papworth TrustT: 01480 357263 (direct)E: [email protected] BRITNamed the British Inspiration Trust, the Centre will inspire young people facing adversity between the ages of 16 and 25. It is intended that the Centre will be based in Sussex and will open its doors on the day the London 2012 Paralympic Games concludes.For further information and media opportunities around BRIT, please contact:Sally Arnold, Ketchum PleonE: [email protected] Tagged with: Celebrity East Anglia  24 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

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New York Times bureau chief ordered to leave on eve of elections

first_img News May 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New York Times bureau chief ordered to leave on eve of elections PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders deplores New York Times Islamabad bureau chief Declan Walsh’s expulsion from Pakistan on 12 May. Walsh was handed an interior ministry note on 9 May, two days before key parliamentary elections, giving him 72 hours to leave.The note said his visa had been cancelled because of “undesirable activities” but gave no other explanation.“Deporting a foreign journalist at the very moment when historic elections are taking place is a complete contradiction of the democratic hopes raised by the elections,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This decision can only be regarded as a deliberate attempt by senior government officials to prevent impartial coverage.Walsh is a leading Pakistan specialist, whose expulsion is deeply regrettable. It suggests that this kind of practice could recur whenever the electoral interests of senior officials are at stake. They must nonetheless realize that democracy is not going to take hold in Pakistan without respect for freedom of information.”“Here I go. Hard to believe this is happening,” Walsh tweeted as he headed for the airport early on the morning of 12 May, accompanied by Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida and a convoy of security officials, ending his nine years in Pakistan.The expulsion order, which police officers handed to him outside his home, consisted of two sentences: “It is informed that your visa is hereby cancelled in view of your undesirable activities. You are, therefore, advised to leave the country within 72 hours.” The interior ministry refused to give him any additional information.In a protest letter to the interior minister, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said the charge of undesirable activities was “vague and unsupported” and described Walsh as a “reporter of integrity who has at all times offered balanced, nuanced and factual reporting on Pakistan.”Aged 39, Walsh had been based in Pakistan since 2004, initially reporting for the London-based Guardian newspaper. He joined the New York Times in January 2012. His reporting focused on Pakistan’s political upheavals, Islamist insurrection and tension with the United States over its drone strikes.Photo : Declan Walsh PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Skies to Clear Up, Heading into Bright, Sunny 90s for the Weekend

first_imgtop box 6 Skies to Clear Up, Heading into Bright, Sunny 90s for the Weekend Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 3:32 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS After a sweltering weekend, temperatures in Pasadena will go comfortably into the 80s during the week before heating up again toward Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast.Though the rest of this week will see slight fog patches, gusts of wind between 5 to 10 miles per hour and temperatures between 80 and 85, the weekend will be sunny, clear and hot asSaturday and Sunday will reach up to 94 and 97 degrees respectively.Nighttime weather will be cool as every night during the week starting Wednesday will see temperatures dip well into the 60s — including Saturday and Sunday, according to the forecast.Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 63. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84.Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 59.Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 94.Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 62.Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 62.Monday: Sunny, with a high near 94 Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Business Newscenter_img Herbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

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Searches ongoing for male in and around River Foyle

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – April 18, 2018 Pinterest Searches ongoing for male in and around River Foyle Searches are currently ongoing in and around the River Foyle in Derry for a missing male.At approximately 10am this morning, Foyle Search and Rescue were tasked to the scene following reports that a person had entered the water.The Foyle Bridge was closed for a time this morning to city bound traffic as the Fire Service Water Unit, PSNI, Air Ambulance and PSNI Helicopter responded to an incident. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Previous articleFunding allocated for new Cleary Centre building in Donegal TownNext articleGovernment would support papal visit to Northern Ireland – Taoiseach News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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first_imgABC News(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Hurricane Florence pummeled North Carolina, making landfall Friday morning with storm surges and wind gusts before contributing to at least four deaths.Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.The child’s father was transported to a hospital with injuries, according to Wilmington police.A third person died nearby in coastal Pender County, North Carolina, where an official called it a medical fatality but did not elaborate. The fourth person died in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, authorities said.Flood conditions will worsen through the relentless rainfall over the next couple days, officials warned. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.“The sun rose this morning on an extremely dangerous situation and it’s getting worse,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, calling Florence a “thousand-year rain event.”Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling ABC News’ David Muir, “I see a biblical proportion flood event that’s going to occur. I see the beach communities’ being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic.”Here’s the latest:As the rough winds toppled trees and power lines Friday, power was knocked out to more than 600,000 North Carolina customers.More than 30 inches of rain have fallen in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, that would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.In Bayboro, North Carolina, one of the areas under evacuation, resident Kim Dunn stayed behind. She was trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water Friday as her boyfriend and his cousin were stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.The water was as high as street signs, and “we have no way to get to them,” Dunn told ABC News Friday morning.“They’ve been out there for about six hours now just screaming for help,” she said. “Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they’re flickering back to us.”Dunn, the mother of a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, said she made a decision to stay behind while others fled.“We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home. So we made a decision to stay,” she said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to be before the water actually starts to come into the apartment.”In nearby New Bern, where water levels reached at least 10 feet overnight, 150 people requested a rescue. Volunteers are using private boats to pitch in and help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.New Bern resident George Zaytoun chose not to evacuate and is trapped inside his home.“It’s like a bomb has gone off,” Zaytoun told “Good Morning America” Friday. “Everything around us is underwater.”Zaytoun now regrets his decision, he said.“I think we kind of let our guards down,” he said of his community’s response to the storm’s being downgraded to Category 2 from 4.Florence “is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo,” which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told “GMA.”Gov. Cooper said Friday, “As soon as it is safe, first responders will make sure they go and rescue people who need to be saved from this storm.”Some people were arrested for breaking into cars as Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina Thursday night, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told ABC Wilmington affiliate WWAY-TV.“If you seek to prey upon the citizens of Brunswick County, we’re going to do everything we can to lock you up,” Ingram warned. “I made sure ahead of time that we had adequate space for anybody that wanted to try that.”The rainfall is forecast to reach up to 40 inches in some areas over the next several days.Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.“We are expecting several more days of rain and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger and then we will shift to putting our communities back together,” Cooper said Friday.“I know North Carolinians. We’re going to make it through this because we’re going to stick together and we’re going to work together.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: Chris Christie speaks out after contracting COVID-19

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.Over 38.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 217,700 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 868,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 837,000 cases and over 744,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 16, 11:11 amGovernor surges state resources for COVID-19 responseGov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Division of Emergency Management surge in resources to support the COVID-19 response in Texas.Resources include medical personnel, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment for the Panhandle and South Plains areas.DSHS has deployed 171 medical personnel to these communities, and an additional 100 personnel will arrive by Sunday. DSHS has also deployed 100 IV pumps, 56 ventilators, and 25 oxygen concentrators to the region.“As the Amarillo and Lubbock communities see a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the State of Texas is providing support to hospitals throughout these two regions,” said Governor Abbott. “The additional medical personnel, supplies, and PPE surged to the Panhandle and South Plains will help these communities care for patients and contain the spread of this virus.”ABC News’ Matthews Furhman contributed to this report.Oct 16, 9:32 amCzech Republic reports nearly 10,000 new cases, setting another recordThe Czech Republic confirmed 9,721 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, its highest single-day rise yet.The previous record of 9,544 new cases was set a day earlier, meaning it’s the second straight day that the country has reported its highest increase in infections.The cumulative total now stands at 149,010 cases with 1,230 deaths, according to the Czech health ministry. Almost 50,000 of those cases were registered last week.More than 84,000 cases were active Friday, including 2,920 patients who remained hospitalized for COVID-19, while over 63,000 have recovered from the disease, according to the health ministry data.The Czech Republic has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Europe. Over the past two weeks, the country of 10.7 million people has reported 701.9 cases per 100,000 population, according to data published Friday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.The Czech government said hospitals could reach full capacity around the end of the month due to growing number of COVID-19 patients. Over the weekend, the Czech military will start building a field hospital in Prague that will be able to house 500 patients.Oct 16, 9:06 amNew cases and deaths are both on the rise in US, HHS memo saysThe number of new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the United States increased by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of deaths is also on the rise, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Thursday night.The memo, which is circulated among the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on a COVID-19 response, said 38 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while eight jurisdictions are at a plateau and 10 others are in a downward trend.There were 366,455 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 8-Oct. 14, a 16.4% increase from the previous week. There were also 4,893 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 3.1% increase compared with the week prior, according to the memo.The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests dropped from 6% to 5% in week-to-week comparisons. Meanwhile, 24% of hospitals nationwide have more than 80% of beds full in their intensive care units. That figure was 17%-18% during the summertime peak, the memo said.Arkansas saw its death toll from COVID-19 increase by 25% during the week ending Oct. 11. Case rates continue to rise in rural parts of the state, according to the memo.A review of death certificates in Georgia revealed that while Black residents make up 30% of the state’s population, they account for 48% of the 7,416 deaths from COVID-19 to date. Just over 82.4% of ICU beds and 81.3% of inpatient beds were occupied in Georgia during the period of Oct. 5-11, the memo said.In Iowa, 7% of new cases are being reported in the 18-40 age group. COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state reached an all-time high on Oct. 7, with 449 reported admissions, according to the memo.Kentucky broke its record for weekly case count on Oct. 1 for the third straight week, the memo said.New Mexico saw its number of new cases increase 53.3% in the week ending Oct. 11, compared to the week prior. The Albuquerque area experienced a relative increase of 89.5% in new cases between Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, according to the memo.Oct 16, 8:46 amAfter contracting COVID-19, Chris Christie admits he ‘made a mistake’ not wearing a maskFormer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke exclusively to ABC News on Friday morning for the first time since he tested positive for COVID-19 and was released from the hospital.“It hits you like a freight train.” Christie told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America. “It all happened very, very quickly. Within 24 hours, I went from feeling absolutely fine to being in the intensive care unit.”Christie, who has asthma, spent seven days in the ICU while battling COVID-19. He said he received an antibody treatment in combination with the antiviral medication remdesivir early on in the course of his illness.“The last two or three days, I’ve really kind of turned around in terms of being able to recover and getting a lot of my energy back,” he said. “So I’m not yet 100%, but I’m about a fighting 80%.”Christie admitted he “was wrong” and “made a mistake” in not wearing a face mask while recently helping President Donald Trump prepare for the debate.“I was led to believe that all the people that I was interacting with at the White House had been tested and it gave you a false sense of security, and it was a mistake,” he said. “I was doing it right for seven months and avoided the virus. I let my guard down for a couple days inside the White House grounds and it cost me unfortunately in a significant way.”Christie urged the public to wear masks, saying, “there is no downside to you wearing masks and, in fact, there can be a great deal of upside.”“I think no matter what you’re doing, whether you’re at a rally for your preferred candidate, whether you’re out at the supermarket, whether you’re at a protest, no matter what you’re doing, you should have a mask on and you should try to remain socially distant from folks,” he said. “I did it for seven months, George, and I stayed healthy. I didn’t do it for four days and I wound up in the ICU.”Oct 16, 7:23 amRussia’s daily case count tops 15,000 for first timeRussia confirmed another 15,150 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, its highest daily tally yet.It’s the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that Russia has registered more than 15,000 cases in a single day. The latest daily case count is nearly 1,400 more than the previous day.More than 33% of the newly confirmed cases were reported in the capital, Moscow, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.An additional 232 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered in the past 24 hours, down from the national record of 286 set the previous day. The cumulative totals now stand at 1,369,313 cases and 23,723 deaths, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has been breaking its own records for daily case counts and deaths almost every day since Oct. 9. The country of 145 million people has the fourth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India and Brazil.Oct 16, 6:37 amGermany sees highest single-day increase in infectionsGermany confirmed 7,334 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, its highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.It’s the first time Germany has surpassed 7,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, and it marks the second straight day that the country has broken its own record for the daily tallies.An additional 24 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered Thursday. The cumulative totals now stands at 348,557 cases and 9,734 deaths, according to the latest data from the country’s public health institute.Until this week, Germany’s highest recorded figure was nearly 6,300 cases on March 28, according to data published by the Robert Koch Institute. While testing has increased since then, the country is among several in Europe that have seen a sharp uptick in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.Earlier this week, Germany’s federal and state governments agreed to toughen rules on wearing face masks and to have bars close early in areas where infections are high.Oct 16, 5:47 amUS reports over 63,000 new cases in highest daily count since AugustThere were 63,610 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Thursday, the country’s highest daily tally since Aug. 14, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by more than 4,000 from the previous day but still under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 904 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Thursday, slightly less than the previous day and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,980,461 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 217,700 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.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 and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States continued to increase by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease continued to tick downward slightly, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Online admin takes off as BA staff flock to use intranet site

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has beaten its target of getting more than 80 per centof staff to carry out administrative tasks online. More than 40,000 of them now book training courses or check pensionscontributions online through a company intranet site, which has personalisedinformation for each employee. The portal’s development is part of a two-year business plan to reduce BA’spaper-based processes and prevent duplication. By March 2005, it expects tohave saved £50m by carrying out administration online. It has already started replacing paper payslips with online forms accessedvia the portal. So far, 400 senior managers have opted for electronic payslips,and the company hopes to introduce the online system for thousands of staff. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Online admin takes off as BA staff flock to use intranet siteOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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first_imgThis paper presents Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) reconstructions of krill distribution and estimates of mean krill density within two survey boxes (dimensions 80 km x 100 km) north of South Georgia. The reconstructions were generated from line-transect acoustic survey data gathered in the boxes during austral summers from 1996 to 2000. Krill densities had previously been determined at approximately 0.5 km intervals along each of the ten 80 km transects in each box, providing about 1600 density estimates per box. The MaxEnt technique uses an iterative Bayesian approach to infer the most probable krill density for each of the 32 000 0.5 x 0.5 km cells in each box, taking explicit account of the spatial relationship between densities in the observed data. Despite some very large interannual and regional differences in mean krill density, the MaxEnt approach works well, providing plausible maps of krill distribution. The maps reveal some consistent ‘hot spots’ of krill distribution, knowledge of which could aid the understanding of mechanisms influencing krill distribution, and hence krill/predator interactions. The MaxEnt technique also yields mean krill densities for each survey, for which the confidence limits are often narrower than those determined from conventional statistical analyses.last_img read more

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