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Barnardo's & coronavirus

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 22:00 EDT

Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan is available for interviews this weekend to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic will destroy the charity sector unless the Government takes decisive action quickly. - At Barnardo's we have lost a third of our monthly income overnight - that's £8m, and worse is to come - The sector is estimated to take a £4.3bn loss in 12 weeks - Barnardo's has had to furlough c. 2,500 staff; National Trust has furloughed 11,000; Cancer Research UK has furloughed 1,800 - Charities of all sizes are facing imminent collapse; St John's Ambulance who are helping with the response have until August until they run out of money. - There is already evidence of increased demand eg. for residential care for disabled children, of more children experiencing domestic abuse, and the risk of sexual abuse and exploitation at home and online. Children are isolated from school and support networks, leaving them more vulnerable. Hunger and homelessness loom as parents are pushed into poverty - 1m families claimed for social security in the last two weeks - Charities are a vital part of the safety net for these children. That's why we're calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to set aside funding to support the charity sector, as well as automatically deferring or cancelling PAYE and National Insurance for three months. If this is of interest please call the Barnardo's media line on 020 8498 7555 or email dara.mulholland@barnardos.org.uk.

Unite Scotland Press Release: Unite welcomes Conntrak joining the offshore caterers' agreement

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 21:44 EDT

Unite Scotland has today (3 April) welcomed Conntrak joining the offshore caterers' agreement which covers around 2,750 workers. The new company will be part of the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) alongside six other offshore catering companies including ESS, Entier, Trinity, Aramark, Sodexo and Foss. COTA members deliver catering and ancillary services across installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said : " Unite would like to take this opportunity to welcome Conntrak Catering into the COTA agreement and look forward to working with them in the future. The COTA agreement now covers seven companies in the offshore catering services section within the North Sea. This is good news during this difficult time and this announcement is welcomed by our offshore members. It's hoped that it will increase career opportunities in this sector and increase demand for this skill set." Craig Ogden, Conntrack Managing Director, commented: "Conntrak has formally joined COTA the Catering Offshore Trade Association as part of the commitment to enter UKCS. We believe that the North Sea and in particular UKCS remains one of the key offshore oil & gas hubs, it is a centre of technical expertise and as such it was important to us that we establish ourselves here and demonstrate our capability in this market." Ronnie Kelman, Chairman of COTA added: "We are delighted to welcome Conntrak Catering Services to "The Caterers Offshore Trade Association" and look forward to developing a positive working relationship with Craig, David and colleagues across the UKCS."

Columbus-based Companies Step Up to 3D Print PPE Face Shields

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 16:46 EDT

Call for More Companies to Partner for Immediate Additive Manufacturing of Critical Equipment Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems ( CAMS ) is partnering with its customer, Rogue Fitness , in rapid production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is reusable. The Rogue Fitness design team created an approved prototype in days and are in production of face shields. Now we are recruiting others to join the effort. "The need for more PPE to assist healthcare workers, first responders, is critical," said Jeff Trevorrow, CEO of Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems (CAMS). "Additive manufacturing can supply the immediate need until longer-term solutions are established. But we need more companies to join the 3D printing effort." Rogue Fitness, a manufacturer of fitness equipment, pivoted rapidly to developing 3D printable, reusable face shields as the crisis deepened. Working with a local hospital, it designed and printed an approved prototype within two days and immediately started 24/7 production using its single Markforged 3D printer. Last week, Rogue Fitness ordered five additional 3D printers for this effort, which were delivered the next day. "People are stepping up all over the country," Trevorrow said. "The trucker who delivered the additional printers drove all night when he heard that the printers were going to be used in immediate production of face shields." Additive manufacturing is ideal for addressing crises such as this because it enables direct CAD-to-print production of parts without the time spent creating tooling. In this specific case, the initial face shield design was created, manufactured and shared with the hospital team within a 24-hour timeframe. Feedback from the medical teams identified some needed changes to meet their requirements. These changes were then implemented into a design iteration that resulted in final approved face shields being delivered to the hospital the next day. Although additive manufacturing cannot compare in speed to mass-production of injection molded parts, it enables production to start during the weeks it takes to set up a traditional production line. With that in mind, the teams are developing tooling for injection molding of these parts where up to 4,000 per day can be produced. But while that is underway, additive manufacturing is filling the gap. Calling 3D Printing Partners "If you have a 3D printer, with a build plate at least 5-3/4" (5.75") x 7-5/8" (7.625"), you can print a face shield brim," Trevorrow said. "Please consider joining the effort and visit the web page below for further information, CAD data and more." The face shield design consists of three components: 3D printed brim, clear shield and an elastic strap. The brim is reusable after sterilization. The clear shield and strap are replaced after each use. Visit https://www.cutmetalfast.com/covid for the details. Also, on this page you will find more information on how CAMS is supporting manufacturing companies during this difficult time with free and discounted remote training for SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, Markforged 3D Printers and others. "At CAMS, we are 'all in' for the Rogue Fitness vision," Trevorrow said. "Our printers are also busy 24/7, and we focused on getting the word out for other companies to participate. If you have a 3D printer, please step up and join the cause." All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Former Lehman Brothers Chairman Discusses the Economic Impact of Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 12:28 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Lehman Brothers Chairman Discusses the Economic Impact of Coronavirus Author and Former Chairman of Lehman Brothers joins Bloomberg and Palm Beach County Business Development Board to talk economic solutions AUSTIN, TEXAS [April 3, 2020] - As more people hunker down in their homes and await the coronavirus pandemic to subside, Michael Ainslie, former Chairman at Lehman Brothers and author of the business memoir " A Nose for Trouble ," joined Carol Massar and Jason Kelly to discuss the economic impact and market challenges from the coronavirus outbreak. This interview comes ahead of Ainslie's speaking engagement on Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m. EST with the Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach, Fla. During the BDB Econic Forecast teleconference, Ainslie will talk with other community leaders about solutions for the local fiscal and health crisis. "The loss of jobs and the loss of income being experienced all over this country is staggering ... We have to take government and local action which includes extending unemployment insurance and rescuing businesses," suggested Ainslie. "From a fiscal point of view, the government's response is similar to that of the 2008 financial crisis. There were many mistakes in how the government responded to the market crash," continued Ainslie. "However, this time, the impact on individuals is so much greater and happening more quickly. We all have to act fast." Ainslie will be joining Former United States Senator George LeMieux at the BDB Economic Forecast to discuss economic and healthcare solutions. Ainslie will also speak about his lessons learned as a business leader during the 2008 financial crisis -an experience he shared with Massar and Kelly of Bloomberg news. Palm Beach County residents can RSVP to the free BDB Economic Forecast teleconference here . To hear the full Bloomberg podcast interview with Ainslie, visit Bloomberg's website . # # # More about Greenleaf Book Group Greenleaf Book Group is an independent publisher and distributor located in Austin, Texas, dedicated to empowering authors. Greenleaf's hybrid publishing model is uniquely positioned to offer the benefits of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. To learn more about Greenleaf, visit www.greenleafbookgroup.com .

Whitby Care Home Protects Residents with Staff Lock-in

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 12:26 EDT

Independent residential care home Peregrine House in Whitby is one of the first in the country to implement a plan to enable their vulnerable residents and staff to be provided increased protection against the danger of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Owner Dr Kevin O'Sullivan, Registered Manager Alison Bedford and Deputy Manager Megan Collis spearheaded the 'lock-in' initiative which means staff will isolate themselves from all but colleagues and residents. The stringent precautions have been made possible with the co-operation of a local hotel proprietor, Richard Newton of The Saxonville. As the hotel is currently closed to the public, along with all other hospitality businesses, Mr Newton has contracted rooms to Peregrine House at a concessionary rate during the crisis in order to safely accommodate staff from the care home, removing the need for them to travel to and from their own homes and families each day. Alison Bedford will lead the team of 30 staff who have agreed to work alternating 12-hour day and night shifts, week on and week off, to care for the 35 elderly and convalescing residents at the home. She explains "The arrangement will cut down by 90% the comings and goings at Peregrine House which carry risk of exposure. It shows enormous commitment, as these staff members will not be able to see their own family and friends during the time they are working the lock-in." Alison and Deputy Manager Megan Collis will oversee the initial 14-day stretch. Peregrine House has also made available four places for patients from the local hospital in order to free up NHS beds. In recent years it was the first residential home in the country to receive a 5-star rating in all categories by the regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission and Alison Bedford is a former winner of Registered Manager of the Year at the Great British Care Awards.


Fri, Apr 03, 2020 12:04 EDT

NATIONAL PET MONTH PRESS RELEASE BECOME A YOUNG AMBASSADOR FOR OUR PETS: NATIONAL PET MONTH LAUNCHES SEARCH National Pet Month - April 1 - May 10, 2020: Help UK Pet Charities And Rescues with the #NPMOnline Challenge National Pet Month launches this week (April 1-May 10) and is on the look-out for young UK pet fans to become Young Ambassadors for this year's #NPMOnline campaign. As we spend more time in our own homes, NPM is rallying our nation's youngsters to show their love for our animal companions and help raise awareness and cash to help the nation's pets. Coronavirus restrictions impact our pets too, as we find ways to look after the animals in our care and those yet to find their forever homes. The #NPMOnline Challenge for young pet fans, with support from their families and friends, could hold the key to success to spreading the word on caring for the pets we love, and raising funds to help them. All young pet fans need to do to become a Young Ambassador and make a difference is to raise funds for National Pet Month - or another animal charity of their choice - online, from the comfort of their own home. How to get started: Start following NPM on social channels right now and say 'hello' using the hashtag #NPMOnline Facebook fb.com/NationalPetMonth Twitter Twitter.com/NatPetMonthUK LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/11668521 Instagram @nationalpetmonth For those aged 16 and under (and with your parents' permission), go online and declare yourself an NPM Young Ambassador using our hashtags #NPMOnline and #NPMYA. Tell the world why you love your pets! Raise funds for National Pet Month, or if you have another favourite UK pet charity or rescue you'd like to support during NPM, tag them and NPM with your plans using #NPMOnline and #NPMYA Stage your mini fundraiser and tell us all about it on our social channels, including how much you raised. Even a fiver can make a real difference so don't be shy, give it a try! Here are some ideas to try:Hold a virtual pet party, for example via Zoom, where you can meet with your friends, family and your pets for a donation towards National Pet Month or another chosen charity. Organise a Netflix pet movie marathon and ask people to sponsor you as you watch all your favourite pet/animal films via https://www.netflixparty.com/ Create images of your pets and send them to us online using our hashtag #NPMOnline. Why not also display them in your window so people can spot them from their homes or on their daily walk? There are so many other ideas you could try - we would love to hear your suggestions. "National Pet Month is an amazing community of pet lovers and as we're all spending more time at home with our pets right now, we have a great opportunity to celebrate our pets with #NPMOnline," says NPM Chairman Michael Bellingham. "By becoming a Young Ambassador for National Pet Month and staging fun, online mini fundraising events, you'll be helping to make a real difference to the lives of pets in need, and all from the comfort of your own home. What a great way to beat the lockdown blues!" He adds: "Please remember that National Pet Month is also a charity and you can donate directly to us on our website. For more than 30 years we've been supporting fellow UK pet charities and educating the nation on the importance of responsible pet care. So, if you'd like to raise much needed funds for us that would be amazing too. Whatever you do this #NationalPetMonth, above all, have fun, stay safe, stay home and let's all make a positive difference for UK pets." ENDS For further information contact Asha Clearwater at asha@turquoisetiger.co.uk or call 07920 461040 or 01406 380737. Editor's Notes: National Pet Month is a registered charity, unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers. Find out more at www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk. The trustees are National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA). The charity's key aims are to:Promote responsible pet ownership Make people aware of the mutual benefits of living with pets Increase public awareness of the role of pet care specialists Raise awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals National Pet Month's Top 10 Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership 1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements. 2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained. 3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet. 4. Provide suitable housing and bedding. 5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly. 6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice. 7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate. 8. Groom your pet regularly. 9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified. 10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.

Purina Institute and WSAVA Build on Successful Partnership with Joint Award

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 11:29 EDT

The Purina Institute has renewed its partnership with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and become the sponsor of its annual award recognizing the contribution of a veterinarian graduated within the last ten years. The WSAVA Future Leader Award , supported by Purina Institute, will be presented during WSAVA World Congress which takes place from 23-26 September in Warsaw, Poland. The recipient will have contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large. They are also likely to be active in continuing education, to have a strong record in community service and in bridging the gap between their generation and others. Full details are here . The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2020. The Purina Institute serves as the global voice of Purina's science, representing more than 500 scientists and pet care experts and is responsible for sharing groundbreaking research and providing objective, fact-based information sourced from the wider scientific domain. Through partnerships and collaboration with global thought leaders such as WSAVA, the Purina Institute helps facilitate the exchange of knowledge through events and programs, with the goal of putting nutrition at the forefront of pet health discussions. Now entering its second year as a Diamond Partner of the WSAVA, its support will also continue to underpin the running of some of the WSAVA's key clinical committees and initiatives. These include: The Global Nutrition Committee, which produces research and resources to help the veterinary healthcare team and owners to understand the importance of nutrition in companion animal health The Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee, which promotes advances in companion animal wellness and welfare around the world. The Hereditary Disease Committee, which raises awareness and understanding of hereditary disease and genetic predispositions in dogs and cats The One Health Committee, which works to highlight the importance of the companion animal-human interface on the global One Health agenda and is leading the WSAVA's response to the implications of COVID-19 for companion animals. Commenting, Dr Lizzie Parker, Head of the Purina Institute, said: "We are really happy to be able to partner with WSAVA to recognize an outstanding individual who is changing the lives of pets and ultimately the people who love them."

Health and Safety Executive Told to Up its Game in Coronavirus Battle

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 11:21 EDT

Len McCluskey the general secretary, of Unite the UK and Ireland's largest union, has written to the government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) demanding the safety regulator ups its game, to ensure that workplaces remain safe and enforce social distancing rules during the coronavirus crisis. Workers from a large number of sectors have expressed increasing concerns that employers are failing to respect the government's advice in all sectors but particularly health and social care, construction, food production, road haulage and logistics. The concern about the HSE's lack of action has been highlighted in the construction sector, where government ministers have directly said that the industry should continue to operate, yet HSE inspections are not making proactive (unannounced inspections) to sites as they are considered to be non-essential activities. Unite is particularly concerned that the HSE has merely said that it will "consider taking a range of actions" if employers do not follow government guidelines during the coronavirus crisis. As a minimum Unite believes the HSE must tell employers "that it will take a range of actions and will enforce the Public Health England guidance in all workplaces". The weak response from the HSE in ensuring that employers follow the guidelines during the pandemic is further highlighted by the failure of the organisation's website to set out the full details of the enforcement consequences that employers who fail to adhere to the guidelines face. Unite has written to Michael Gove the cabinet office minister who has been co-ordinating the government's response to the crisis and Sarah Albon the chief executive of the HSE to demand that urgent action is taken to rectify these failings. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Workers in frontline roles and those who are continuing to go to work need to know that the HSE has got their backs more than ever at this time. "The HSE must up its game and be shown to be actively enforcing the government and PHE's guidelines. The apparent failure to do so risks the long-term credibility of the regulator. "Workers will rightly ask if it is too dangerous for HSE inspectors to visit their workplaces, why on earth are they still being told to go to work? "Since the coronavirus crisis began Unite has been at the forefront of ensuring that social distancing occurs in the workplace. In many cases it has forced employers to radically improve their procedures." Unite has also written to Therese Coffey the secretary of state at the Department Work and Pensions who has responsibility for the HSE.

Kia Partners with Rogue's League of Legends Championship Series Team

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 11:12 EDT

Rogue's LEC Team Gains a Powerful Partner in Kia for European Championships Kia has signed a groundbreaking partnership deal with Rogue's League of Legends European Championship team in Berlin, Germany. Now when they are battling in lanes and the jungle the team will be arriving in futuristic style with Kia's latest technologically advanced vehicles. Finn, Inspired, Larssen, Vander, and Hans sama will now have the speed and efficiency of Kia on their side. Kia + Rogue Team Trailer: https://youtu.be/vq62jnQiKik "Thanks to the brilliant work of our parent company ReKTGlobal, we at Rogue couldn't be more excited about our partnership with Kia. Kia with its history of supporting competitive League of Legends at the highest level as sponsor of the LEC is a fantastic fit for our brand. We look forward to presenting uniquely creative content for Kia utilizing what our brand stands for: connecting music icons with League of Legends superstars." - Anna Baumann, Managing Director, Rogue Sports Europe GmbH Kia has had a unique relationship with esports in the past. With a huge passion for League of Legends, the carmaker is now a direct partner with Rogue's top team. In addition Rogue will leverage their friendship with Grammy-Award-Winning partners Imagine Dragons as well as Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero for some musical talent and dedicated video content around the agreement with Kia .

THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE - Charity Launches FREE Variety Show for Care Homes and the Vulnerable

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 10:57 EDT

The Not Forgotten launch FREE entertainment show for care homes and the vulnerable across the UK.

David Domoney Takes on Role of Patron for Greenfingers Charity

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 10:34 EDT

TV gardening personality, David Domoney, has recently been confirmed as the Greenfingers Charity's newest Patron. The role will see David support the charity's work in building magical and therapeutic gardens for life-limited children in hospices across the country. David has been a great supporter of Greenfingers for many years, giving his time to support for the charity's and initiatives, including Garden Re-Leaf Day, where he has raised awareness through social media, given gardening talks and hosted children's workshops at garden centres to raise vital funds for the charity.

IoD East of England announces business support initiatives

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 10:14 EDT

Institute of Directors Launches Initiatives to Help Businesses Navigate Coronavirus New resources offer business leaders information and guidance throughout pandemic. The Institute of Directors (IoD) East of England has launched a range of initiatives to help businesses leaders throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the key initiatives is the launch of the IoD Coronavirus Support Hub which provides members with advice on accessing government support, IAS guidance on relevant issues such as remote working and other materials such as mental wellbeing resources. Simone Robinson , regional director, IoD East of England said: "During these challenging times, we have a commitment to our members to provide them with all the help and resources that they could possibly need. We are working as close to real-time as we can to get concise, timely information and support to our members. "As well as our Coronavirus Support Hub, the IoD's information and advisory service acts as a helpline covering UK and European law and UK tax. The service provides business information, advice for directors and provides a channel through which to talk through ideas to drive business forward after the Coronavirus pandemic. "We are also hosting a series of expert-led online learning events and virtual lunches where members can continue to connect with one another and discuss any challenges, ideas or simply to have a chat. We hope that introducing this pool of additional online resources will help professionals and businesses navigate their way through these uncertain times." The IoD East of England is surveying members so that comments and concerns regarding the impact of coronavirus upon businesses can be heard and relayed direct to government representatives through its policy team. The IoD policy team is lobbying the government to underwrite a percentage of wages in the most affected sectors, to introduce an immediate three-month suspension for all forms of taxes and to introduce a percentage income guarantee for the self-employed. It has already been successful in lobbying the government to reduce the Bank of England interest rate and to delay IR35 changes to help the self-employed. The IoD supports, represents and sets standards for business leaders nationwide. For more information, visit: www.iod.com/east Press contact: Kate Everett kate@twi.agency Pictured: 2019 IoD East of England Director of the Year Award Winners Pictured: Simone Robinson, Regional Director, IoD East of England

Four Fast Fords Add To the Fun & Interest of the H&H Classics April 29th Online Only Auction

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 10:07 EDT

For all Ford fans the next H&H Classics sale on April 29th offers a feast with no fewer than four Fast Fords to choose from.

Cyber Tech Company Develops Corona Virus Digital Health Passport with Vcode® Game Changer 'V-Covid™' Passport Will Allow Healthcare Trusts & Blue Light Emergency Key Workers Rapid Return To The Frontline

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 07:50 EDT

VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) the British cyber security company founded by tech entrepreneur Louis-James Davis (31) has today announced that it has developed a unique digital health care passport in the fight against CoronaVirus (COVID19). 'V-COVID™' ( powered by VCode®) will not only help rapidly speed up the process of getting key critical care workers within the NHS and Health Care trusts and blue light emergency services returning to the frontline, but also ensure that they do so safely and securely. VST E are in talks with several leading medical equipment and service providers and are hoping to accelerate discussions with the NHS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health care trusts around the world. VSTE which is based in Manchester are also in discussions to form a joint venture with international medical equipment company, Prometheus Medical - the UK's leading supplier of pre hospital medical equipment and medical training courses- to provide its VCode® and VPlatform® technology. Kevin Gallagher Group Chief Executive Officer for Prometheus Medical said; "We are extremely excited to be working with Louis-James Davis and VST Enterprises developing the VCode® and VPlatform® technology and how it could improve the life-changing medical equipment that Prometheus Medical provides worldwide." The groundbreaking VCode® and VPlatform® technology works as a secure digital passport within a scannable app. The technology can be integrated into existing healthcare apps using the development kit, but is looking to be rolled out alongside Corona Virus (Covid-19) testing kits. The VCode® technology can support test result reporting back to the NHS or the Healthcare Trust where the key worker is employed. The 'V-COVID™' digital health passport can then be used on a regular basis for ongoing monitoring and reporting. A key worker can present their smart phone with the displaying the 'V-COVID™' app with their latest test result - which can be scanned outside the 2 metre safe distancing zone - to any official to confirm and authenticate their current health status based on a traffic light system. VCode® and VPlatform® represents the gold standard and next generation of code scanning technology - an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. Using military grade encryption it has over 2.2 Quintillion variations of codes. The codes become ultra-secure as user login, time, facial recognition, touch ID, geo-fences, handset brand and number of scans are just some of the factors that change what information the VCode® links to at the point of scanning. VCode® has an infinite range of applications and capabilities from secure identification and ID, to geo location and geo fencing, asset tracking, authentication and permission based authorisations. VSTE is currently using the same technology to work with the UNITED NATIONS as part of their SDG Collaboratory (Sustainable Development Goals) program - to provide a wide range of technology services to 9 Billion people by 2030 and which will be announced in the coming weeks. Commenting on the technology and development of 'V-COVID™', VST Enterprises founder and CEO Louis-James Davis said; 'V-COVID™' is a game changer in rapidly speeding up the process of getting critical care key workers and frontline staff back into the NHS and in our hospitals. As a digital healthcare passport it will also be a critically important asset in getting our other key workers in the blue light emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance services and the military returning back to operational duties quickly and effectively. At the same time this will also help to alleviate the pressure off the NHS and emergency services. Fundamentally once 'V-COVID™" has been used to get the critical care health workers back to work , then it can be used under strict guidelines to gradually bring back other essential workers and the rest of the UK workforce whilst continuing to observe the safety guidelines of social distancing. This will help the Government organise a gradual "back to work" campaign and staged relaxing of the current lockdown restrictions. In doing so this will also help to minimise any secondary wave of the virus occurring and the lockdown measures being reintroduced which could cripple the UK's fledgling economy with further stringent measures put back in place." It's unique technology means that 'V-COVID™' can also be used for the same validation and authentication process to be used in tests for other viruses such as Ebola, Sars and Mers. '"V-COVID™" can also be used to authenticate vaccinations given to the frontline key worker and confirm other key information such as their underlying health issues, ICE details, medication and PPE authorised to the key worker. Most importantly 'V-COVID™' can be used as a health passport for regular screening and testing of all viruses. It will also help strategically to ensure that with regular updates and testing there is a reduced chance of a second wave of Corona Virus infections. Louis-James Davis continued; "Working in tandem with the testing kits 'V-COVID™' will not only give the Government a unique digital health passport for key workers and the public, but will also help assist with knowing how many people have tested negative and positive in key regions. It will also help to deploy resources into hotspots with a heat map in areas where tests have recorded positively. This will also assist the Government, the NHS and Health Care Trusts to manage and deploy their resources and assets in a more effective way." Critically 'V-COVID™' will also help with a staged re integration of the lockdown being lifted with key infrastructure staff in financial services, banking, transport, travel and supply chain services returning to work. Eventually all UK citizens would take the corona virus test with 'V-COVID™' and then either remain in self isolation or return to work. The metric data would also help the Government to ascertain precisely how many people were still presenting symptoms, remaining in isolation and how many had tested negative and returned to work. For information on how to integrate the software into your existing system visit www.vcode.it/developers .

Inferior CITB Coronavirus Construction Advice Should be Ditched to Avoid Dangerous Working Practices

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 06:55 EDT

Unite, the UK and Ireland's largest union, is calling on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to withdraw its ' toolbox talk advice on social distancing due to the coronavirus , as it is inferior to other more comprehensive advice. Unite believes that competing advice is causing dangerous confusion for both employers and workers. The CITB advice is a greatly reduced version of the Site Operating Procedures that have been drawn up by the Construction Leadership Council, which are being regularly updated and have cross industry support and Public Health England input. Unite has many concerns about the CITB advice, as it is a very condensed version of the Site Operating Procedures. For example the CLC operating procedures clearly state: "If a site is not consistently implementing the measures set out below, it may be required to shut down." The CITB tool box talk does not contain such a warning. The CITB advice is only aimed at what workers should do, while the CLC procedures cover both workers and employers' responsibilities. The CITB tool box is deficient in a number of areas including: Issues about access points or site entry requirements, such as removing fingerprint entry No explanation of how to safely conduct an induction process No clarity on the provision of appropriate welfare facilities and making available welfare and cleaning equipment No advice on dealing with deliveries on site No advice on how to appropriately organise with canteen areas. Unite national officer Jerry Swain said: "Confusing and differing advice is potentially putting workers in danger. "The CITB tool box talk is inferior to the CLC advice and Unite would urge that it is taken down so that confusion is removed and that workers and all contractors follow the Site Operating Procedures. "The CLC advice has been drawn up in conjunction with Public Health England and is being regularly updated. There should be no confusion that this is what must be applied on construction sites. "It is imperative that if sites remain open that workers can socially distance at all times."

How Coronavirus Is Changing the Art & Collectables Auction Market

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 06:41 EDT

The art market will be judged in future by - BC & AC - Before Coronavirus & After Coronavirus Barnebys , the biggest online search engine for art and collectables for sale at auction is logging daily changes imposed by the impact of the Coronavirus. Pontus Silfverstolpe, one of the two Swedish founders of the business, says that it is clear that the impact of the Covid 19 virus is having a transforming, and speeding up effect on the online art auction industry. He says: "If this virus had hit us 20 years ago it would have been game over for the industry which relied absolutely on traditional face to face auctions with a small amount of telephone bidding. But thanks to the arrival of the internet and online technology and many agile auction houses who saw early on the opportunities provided in the online sphere, the industry will both survive and thrive." Just before the virus struck information about online bidding activity from across the auction house sector was that on average some 50% of bidding was now coming from internet bidders working from either their mobile phone or their laptops.

Saratoga Scottish Celebration April 6 - Send a Wee Cuddle Care Package

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 05:52 EDT

National Tartan Day Campaign by Local Designer Sends "Wee Cuddles" To Loved Ones During Crisis, portion of proceeds to benefit Wesley Healthcare Center Special video greetings feat. bagpipes, tartan weaving, Scottish cooking Signature Scottish take-out dish & drink by Morrissey's at The Adelphi Date marks 700th Anniversary of Scottish Declaration of Independence & Five Centuries of Scots in America On Monday April 6, the Spa City will once again embrace Scottish-American culture with its second annual celebration of National Tartan Day. This year, organizers are asking people to celebrate together in spirit, while socially distancing at home. "There are so many ways to come together, virtually, this April," said Tartan Day organizer Deborah DePasquale, owner of TOGA Heritage. "And you better believe we have a few surprises under our tams!" Last week, dozens of festive flags bearing the TOGA Heritage logo and tartan began flying on Broadway and will remain through April. Originally, the flags were meant to kick off a week of bag pipes, scotch tastings, weaving demonstrations and, of course, lots of people sporting tartan caps, scarves, kilts and "trews." For DePasquale, the flags have taken on new meaning. "Now that most of us are socially distancing at home, we have more time to really focus on what matters most," she said. "What matters to me most is community and keeping up traditions that embody the best of what Saratoga has to offer." As the global health crisis has deepened, DePasquale's efforts have migrated online and have taken on even more symbolic weight.

Schaeffler attracts technicians to award-winning workshop for double clutch and thermal management training

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 02:29 EDT

Schaeffler attracts technicians to award-winning workshop for double clutch and thermal management training Avia Sports Cars invites Schaeffler to train fellow technicians at its Bridgend premises Schaeffler Technical Manager and REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, provides overview of double clutch and thermal management systems Hayley Pells, owner of Avia Sports Cars, named guest speaker for forthcoming REPXPERT Academy LIVE in Blackpool More than a dozen technicians recently gathered at Avia Sports Cars, as Technical Manager and REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, delivered a training seminar on Schaeffler's dry double clutch and thermal management systems, including the latest 'intelligent' water pumps. Held at the Automechanika Garage of the Year in Bridgend, Hayley Pells welcomed a network of technicians, all committing a day away from the workshop to learn more about innovative Schaeffler technology, diagnosis and best practice, so they can add new servicing opportunities to their own workshop menu to help futureproof their business. Hayley praised the individuals that had closed their business for the day: "With high turnover and low profit particularly prevalent at the moment, it is difficult for workshop owners to commit themselves and their staff to training, so it's fantastic that a lot of them have grouped together to attend. "There is a real need for these kind of events and they should be normalised in our industry. I also think it's great to have these type of sessions within a workshop environment, as gaining access to further education facilities is not always possible; for example, I recently had to travel to Chester - as there isn't always somewhere on my doorstep! - plus I have to fit in my clients' need as well. "I was speaking to one workshop owner, who, following his double clutch training, said he would now feel confident in taking work on as opposed to turning it away." REPXPERT Academy LIVE Hayley recently attended Basingstoke College of Technology for the second REPXPERT Academy LIVE. The quality of the training offered by the REPXPERTs impressed her on the day, so she was keen to invite them back for an intimate training session at her own workshop. Once again, Hayley was delighted with Alistair's delivery: "Working with Schaeffler and the REPXPERT team is particularly helpful to us because they really are the experts in our industry. They possess a blend of product knowledge and hands-on experience of what it's like to fit products. "I believe there can be a disconnect between people with product and training knowledge, because fitting something on a bench is very different to fitting something in situ, so when working alongside someone like Alistair, there's always more empathy and understanding of the challenges we face." The relationship between Avia Sports Cars and Schaeffler is evolving even further, with the news that Hayley will be a guest speaker at the forthcoming REPXPERT Academy LIVE event at Blackpool and The Fylde College on June 20th. Hayley will give a presentation about operating an electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid workshop, along with EV best practice and safety. She explained what inspired her to take up the invitiation from Schaeffler: "Regardless of how they are powered, vehicles will still steer, stop and stick to the road, and components will be even more critical to the efficiency of the vehicle. "They will also become more integrated into other systems, such as thermal management, which will, in turn, become more sophisticated. The future of our industry will include collaboration and integration, so I am delighted to explore this concept further with REPXPERT and the Academy LIVE program."

Cheatham County Partners with bioPURE to Protect Their Workers and Community

Fri, Apr 03, 2020 02:16 EDT

Cheatham County has partnered with bioPURE, a new disinfection treatment service provider in the area, to treat their facilities to help improve safety and health for all their residents and staff. As many of the duties that the Cheatham County government provides must continue so that vital community services are not disrupted, it is important to create a healthy environment for everyone within their facilities.

Free Online Career Development Resources from Kuder

Thu, Apr 02, 2020 16:08 EDT

KUDER MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Sherrod 800-314-8972 communications@kuder.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Free Online Career Development Resources from Kuder for School Counselors, Teachers, Parents, and Students, in Response to COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic With the school closures caused by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, school counselors, teachers, parents, and students are looking for online resources. But they're also looking for ways to stay inspired - and to feel a sense of optimism - about the future. For a limited time, Kuder is offering access to its career development systems for students in grades pre-K to 12, as well as a 10-hour professional development course for career advisors, free of charge. Adel, Iowa - March 23, 2020 - Kuder, Inc. , a worldwide leader in evidenced-based career assessment and advisement tools and resources for all ages, announced that it is now offering two of its award-winning products for school counselors, teachers, families, and students, as well as a professional development course free of charge during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Free access to online early career awareness and career readiness systems for grades pre-K to 12: For students in grades pre-K through five: Kuder Galaxy® is an online career awareness system that makes learning about the world of work fun by igniting the playful spirit of young learners through a series of engaging games, activities, and experiences. To register for access to Galaxy, visit galaxy.kuder.com/register . For students in grades 6-12: Kuder Navigator® is an online career and education planning system that helps secondary students visualize their futures and make the plans to get there. To register for access to Navigator, visit navigatorathome.kuder.com . The registration period for new users to receive free access to both systems runs through May 31, 2020. Free online professional development course:  The 10-hour, self-paced online professional development course Kuder Career Advisor Training®: Essentials™ is free for a limited time for teachers, administrators, parents, and others who are new to career development. Essentials course modules include career guidance theory, best practices for career guidance delivery, and career guidance planning tools. To register, visit Kuder's Essentials Eventbrite page . The registration period for the free Essentials course runs through May 31, 2020. The company is also offering a 25% discount on its 30-hour online professional development course, Kuder Career Advisor Training®: Advanced™ . To register, email info@kuder.com . The discount runs through May 31, 2020, and course sessions will take place in April, July, and September 2020. Kuder has also launched Success at Home - a remote toolbox that includes lesson plans, system access, login instructions, webinars, videos, and more. Links to the free system access and free course registration can be found on Success at Home as well. "With the school closures caused by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, school counselors, teachers, parents, and students are looking for online resources," said Kuder Chairman & CEO Phil Harrington. "But they're also looking for ways to stay inspired - and to feel a sense of optimism - about the future. Part of our mission is to provide resources to help raise aspirations to last a lifetime. Providing free access to our early career awareness and career planning system, and our Essentials professional development course, is one way we can fulfill that mission - by helping students, parents, counselors, and teachers discover new directions, create rewarding plans, and gain hope for the future." About Kuder, Inc. : More than 165 million people have used Kuder's research-based career assessment, education planning, and advisement resources to help visualize which industry or career, field of study, or school to pursue next in life. Kuder helps ensure that people of all ages can unlock the power of their own potential and create a bright future. The Kuder Career Planning System® (KCPS) was named Ed Tech Breakthrough's 2019 Career Readiness Solution of the Year, and the Kuder Blog received the 2019 APEX Award for Publication Excellence . Learn more at Kuder.com .