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JAFZA, The Federation of Israeli Chambers Of Commerce Sign MoU to Accelerate Economic and Trade Relations

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 20:01 EDT

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), DP World's flagship Free Zone and the leading business and logistics hub in the UAE, has entered into a strategic agreement with The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC), in a concentrated effort to support businesses and encourage economic cooperation. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Uriel Lynn, President, FICC signed the agreement virtually. The MoU follows the normalisation of relations between UAE and Israel. As part of the MOU, both sides will deploy all efforts to boost the expansion of contacts and foster new ties between partners of the UAE and Israel with an aim to promote trade. Both Jafza and the FICC will also share crucial information about new developments regarding economic relations between the countries, including regulations and plans and possibilities in terms of economic planning in the two countries. أبرمت المنطقة الحرة لجبل علي (جافزا)، المنشأة الرائدة في محفظة موانئ دبي العالمية، والمركز الرائد للأعمال والخدمات اللوجستية في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، واتحاد غرف التجارة الإسرائيلية اتفاقية استراتيجية ضمن جهودهما لدعم قطاع الأعمال وتشجيع التعاون الاقتصادي. ووقّع الاتفاقية سلطان أحمد بن سليم، رئيس مجلس الإدارة الرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة موانئ دبي العالمية، وأوريل لين، رئيس اتحاد غرف التجارة الإسرائيلية. ووفقاً لمذكرة التفاهم بين جافزا واتحاد غرف التجارة الإسرائيلية، والتي تأتي في أعقاب بدء العلاقات بين دولة الإمارات وإسرائيل، سيبذل الجانبان جهوداً حثيثة لتأسيس التواصل وبناء شراكات جديدة لتعزيز العلاقات التجارية. كما سيتبادل الجانبان البيانات التي من شأنها أن تخدم العلاقات الاقتصادية، بما في ذلك المعلومات حول اللوائح والقوانين وخطط الأعمال والفرص المتعلقة بالتخطيط الاقتصادي.

PSA: CARP Invites Seniors in Saskatchewan to Join Virtual Meeting on Long-term Care

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 13:30 EDT

PSA: Fearful about long-term care for yourself or a loved one? Tune into this online panel discussion this Monday. This Monday, September 28th at 1:00 PM Central Time, CARP Regina/Saskatchewan is hosting a virtual meeting on the critical changes needed to end the fear and neglect in long-term care and home care. It's a nation-wide issue, and Saskatchewan is no exception. Hear from a panel of experts from the National Institute on Ageing, CARP, and a former Saskatchewan Special Care Home Executive and ask your questions. For information on how to attend this free online event, go to www.CARP.ca/JoinSK CARP (formerly the Canadian Association for Retired Persons) is Canada's largest advocacy association for older adults. Our mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. Please share with your audience in support of CARP's work to make positive aging a reality for us all.

NCRP Expands Its Diverse Board to 18 Members

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 13:15 EDT

Washington, D.C. (9/24/2020) - The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) Board of Directors announced yesterday the election of three new members, expanding total number of philanthropic leaders serving the organization's steering body from 15 to 18. Crystal Hayling, Executive Director at the Libra Foundation; Rajasvini (Vini) Bhansali, Executive Director of the Solidaire Network and Dáaiyah Bilal-Threats, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the National Education Association, will begin their three-year term starting October 1st. "We are so excited to welcome Crystal, Vini and Dáaiyah as collaborative partners to our board family," said the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and chair of NCRP's board. "We look forward to leaning on their insights and their creative leadership as we all look to making this world not just better, but also more equitable." Current Board Members Kate Villers, Sharon Alpert, Jocelyn Sargent, Joe Scantlebury and Pamela Shifman were also elected to new three-year terms. Sargeant currently serves on the organization's Executive Committee as an At-Large Representative. "We're really blessed to continue to have a diverse board of influential philanthropic leaders that mirror the strengths of our communities and the organization's commitment to helping foundations and nonprofits fully realize their missions and potential," said Aaron Dorfman, NCRP president and CEO. In addition to expanding the number of serving members from 15 to 18, NCRP also announced additional entry-level positions in Marketing, Membership and Communications. Job listings will be posted soon on NCRP's website . "Our communities are asking all parts of philanthropy to renew and deepen their commitments to addressing systematic issues and obstacles that hold our nation back," added Dorfman. "We see this week's announcement as one of many ways we are enhancing our efforts to help foundations and non-profits build the equitable practices and the resources they need to do the important work of pushing us all forward. MORE ABOUT THE NEW MEMBERS Rajasvini (Vini) Bhansali Executive Director Solidaire Network Rajasvini Bhansali is a passionate advocate for participatory grassroots‐led social change and movement building. In a wide‐ranging career devoted to social and economic justice, Bhansali has led a national social enterprise, managed a public telecommunications infrastructure fund addressing digital divide issues and worked as a researcher, planner, policy analyst, management and strategy consultant. She has also worked alongside community leaders as a capacity builder for youth polytechnics in rural Kenya for over two years. Bhansali has been involved in community organizing and volunteer board roles for the last two decades. She is currently active on the Board of Directors for Voice of Witness, an organization that works to illuminate human rights injustices through oral history projects; and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Inspired by the potential of social justice philanthropy to support movements and community-based organizations, Bhansali also serves on the steering committee for the Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) and on the advisory board for the Agroecology Fund. She has spoken at various fora and universities and is also a published poet, essayist, storyteller and popular educator. Born and raised in India, Bhansali has a Master's in Public Affairs (MPA) with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor's degrees in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley. Daaiyah Bilal‐Threats Special Assistant to the Executive Director and Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, National Education Association & NEA Foundation Daaiyah Bilal‐Threats began her career in conservation and health advocacy with the World Wildlife Fund, American Red Cross, and NEA Health Information Network. She joined NEA in 2000 and enjoyed a long career in nonprofit management, labor and education policy. She also serves on the board of the NEA Foundation. Bilal‐Threats holds a master's degree in public policy from the American University and serves NEA as a cabinet‐level advisor on policy issues, as well as organizational strategy and priority initiatives. She also oversees NEA's donor, philanthropic and international relations work. In her prior NEA role, Bilal‐Threats was responsible for designing and overseeing NEA's leadership development programming as well as directing NEA's international relations division. In this capacity, Bilal‐Threats has directed the work of 30 professional staff providing direct support to high‐level leaders in the areas of speechwriting; scheduling and advance; good governance; leadership; as well as policy development and implementation. She lives in Washington, DC. Crystal Hayling Executive Director Libra Foundation Crystal Hayling brings to the NCRP board a wealth of domestic and international experience across a broad spectrum of equity‐focused issues. Before joining the Libra Foundation, she lived in Singapore for six years, where she built bridges between civil society and emerging donors in Southeast Asia to address income inequality and climate change. She has also lived and worked in China and Mexico. As managing director of the Aspen Institute's Environmental Fellowship, Hayling designed a global leadership program focused on the food system's impact on the environment. Feeding her interest in equitable health care, Hayling was CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation where she spearheaded work to achieve universal health coverage. She was also part of the founding team at The California Wellness Foundation, where she led a groundbreaking initiative to shift youth violence prevention from a criminal justice issue to a public health effort. Hayling has served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Grantmakers in Health and Community Change. She was also Governor Jerry Brown's appointee on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Born and raised in Florida, Crystal is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She and her husband live in the Bay Area with their two teenage sons. -------------------------------- Complete List of NCRP's Board of Directors Executive Committee - Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson (Chair), Deaconess Foundation - Daniel Lee (Vice-Chair), Levi Strauss Foundation - Vivek Malhotra (Treasurer), Strategy and Organizational Development Consultant - Cristina Jiménez (Secretary), United We Dream Network - Jocelyn Sargent (At-Large) Directors - Sharon Alpert, Nathan Cummings Foundation - Rajasvini (Vini) Bhansali, Solidaire Foundation - Bill Dempsey, MoveOn.org - Crystal Hayling, Libra Foundation - Mary Lassen, Community Change - Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service - Donald M. Ragona, Native American Rights Fund - Michael E. Roberts, First Nations Development Institute - Joseph Scantlebury, W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Molly Schultz Hafid, TCC Group - Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation - Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation - Daaiyah Bilal‐Threats, NEA - Katherine S. Villers, Community Catalyst

The CNT Success Story Begins, IDTechEx Forecasts Significant Growth

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 13:09 EDT

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been known for many decades, but the moment of significant commercial growth is just approaching. Through expansions, partnerships, acquisitions, and greater market adoption there are clear indicators that now is the time for true market success to be realized. In the report " Carbon Nanotubes 2021-2031: Market, Technology, Players ", IDTechEx has forecast the market for CNTs to grow from under $150m in 2019-20 to over $500m within the next decade. This report gives granular 10-year forecasts, player analysis, technology benchmarking, and a deep-dive in core application areas. This detailed technical analysis is built on a long history in the field of nanocarbons and is based on primary-interviews with key and emerging players. For MWCNTs there are 3 key news stories: the funding raised and planned expansion of Jiansgu Cnano Technology, the new LG Chem capacity, and the acquisition of SUSN by Cabot Corporation. Most of this market movement is linked with the energy storage industry; the demand for lithium-ion batteries will boom over the next decade and CNTs are well-positioned to benefit from this. The nanotubes act as a conductive additive for either electrode in both current and next-generation lithium-ion battery designs, incorporation of a relatively small weight % can have a significant boost to energy density. The enhanced conductivity is obvious, but the mechanical properties are also very important in providing anchorage that enables thicker electrodes, wider temperature range, or materials that give a higher capacity. How they are dispersed, used with or without a binder, and combined with other additives are all examined in extensive detail within the report. This is not the first time this expansion has been planned, as seen in the figure below. In the build-up to 2011, there were several expansions that ultimately proved premature; as a result some players left the field and a subsequent period of capacity stagnation was observed. However, during this period utilization grew and end-users continued to experiment and find application areas where there is genuine added value. Beyond 2020, we are entering into a new age of expansions; the demand from LiBs and other applications suggest there is good reason to expect the timing to be right this time.

After Six-Year Hiatus, JibJab Explores Its Political Roots Again With Launch of Free "Go Vote" Digital Content and Partnership with Rock the Vote

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 11:09 EDT

Not since 2014 has JibJab made a concerted effort to put a comical spin on politics or rouse U.S. consumers around a presidential election, and now, for the first time since then, JibJab is going back to its roots with the release of its 2020 " Go Vote " personalized music video, and the announcement of a partnership with Rock the Vote . As Millennials and Gen Z are expected to comprise nearly 40% of American voters in 2020, the partnership perfectly marries the power of JibJab's personalized media tech platform with the most reputable brand behind empowering America's youth to vote. JibJab made a conscious decision in 2016 to pause the development and release of all political satire as the landscape had changed dramatically. The direct-to-consumer brand instead focused on their core mission to make billions of people happy every day and further innovate and grow its product with novel music and other industry partnerships, videos and more. The Los Angeles-based digital entertainment brand, founded in 1999, was one of the first companies to let people insert selfies into e-cards, videos and GIFs and skyrocketed to fame in 2004 when it released " This Land ," a political parody featuring President George W. Bush and opponent Senator John Kerry. "We fondly remember when politics were funny as our roots are firmly planted in political satire, and as we move forward in this current election year, we are honored to be able to partner with such a reputable brand as Rock the Vote," said JibJab CEO Paul Hanges. "I am proud of what JibJab has created and the efforts we've undertaken to bring awareness to the importance of voting when it comes to the future of our democracy. We hope our content can help bridge the gap between 'red' and 'blue' while also once again offering Americans the opportunity to share a laugh at the expense of our politicians." "Creativity can inspire and mobilize people, start a productive dialogue and deliver a message, and this video has all the classic JibJab ingredients - fun, cheerful music and a fast pace - but it also encourages our audience to look beyond the current noise and vote for a positive future," added JibJab Chief Creative Officer Mauro Gatti. To broaden their efforts this year and celebrate its re-entry into the development and creation of political satire, JibJab decided to partner with Rock the Vote, the most trusted nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young voters. As Rock the Vote marks 30 years of activism and the US is celebrating National Voter Registration Day, JibJab will work with the nonprofit to promote awareness and increase engagement among the millions of subscribers who create content through its platform every day. Rock the Vote, founded in 1990, is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. "We are excited to partner with JibJab to reach and inspire its community to participate in our democracy," said Rock the Vote President and Executive Director Carolyn DeWitt. "The beauty of JibJab is to connect and share with family and friends, which is one of the most powerful things we can do this election - encourage those in our social networks and make sure they have the resources they need to vote."

Media Availability: US Travel Data, Summer 2020 vs. 2019

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 11:02 EDT

Summer is officially over and fall has crept in nicely to many different US locations. But what did summer travel look like as the US dealt with the pandemic? According to UberMedia , a mobile location data and analytics company, Glacier National Park saw a massive increase in out-of-state visitors this summer, but due to stricter regulations, the average visit spanned only 12 hours in 2020, compared to 27 hours in 2019. And overall, US park visitation seems to be back up to the same levels it was during the winter - even though summer visitation should far outpace winter visitation. These insights were presented during a "Summer 2020 vs. 2019" travel webinar yesterday where highlights included points on travel to urban downtown areas, hotel occupancy trends in places like the Outer Banks and more . Here's the recording of the video presentation (slides start around 1:50, total audio is 28 minutes) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aBxIpxHV9Xe44WOnDNQhsnEIrrDu3-q8/view?usp=sharing Here are a few more highlights discussed during the call: Visitation to urban environments is still down from pre-pandemic . Boston is down 64.3% since foot traffic levels in January Los Angeles down over 73.5% on average since January Due to strict regulation, out of state visitation to Yosemite dropped 45% and visitors spent 3 hours less on average within the park. This contrast with Yellowstone which saw a 7% increase in out of state visitation and an average increase of 5 hours per visit, meaning the average visitor spent 18.7 hours in Yellowstone in 2020 vs 13.7 hours in 2019 Glacier National Park saw a massive increase in out of state visitors of 60% year over year, however, due to stricter regulation, the average visit spanned only 12 hours in 2020, compared to 27 hours in 2019. Both Laguna Beach and Outer Banks NC saw increase in occupancy for hotels and airbnbs Median household income of Airbnb guests in Outer Banks grew 11%, while in Laguna Beach it grew 13%, year over year, painting a picture that more affluent people are traveling domestically during a time they may have originally gone abroad Thank you for your time, and please let us know if you have any questions or would like to connect! UberMedia is a provider of the highest-quality mobile data solutions and trusted partner for businesses around the world. Recognized as a pioneer in targeted mobile location intelligence, UberMedia was listed as Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies," The Wall Street Journal's Top "50 Startups," Entrepreneur Magazine's "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America," and as one of Ad Age's "Best Places to Work." Connect with and contact Kathy Grannis to speak with Gladys Kong and/or receive more information and data insights, kathy@salientmg.com.

Timeshare Resort Club la Costa World Gets Greedy for 2021 Maintenance Fees

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 10:25 EDT

Covid-19 has thrown the world into chaos, financial markets have crashed, millions have lost their jobs, towns, cities and countries have been locked down and travel quarantines have been enforced. Many of those who had holidays booked in 2020 have had them cancelled with hotels and flights refunded. Many timeshare owners were not so lucky being told that their 2020 maintenance fees that they paid in advance would not be refunded! Another blow to thousands of timeshare owners wanting to travel to hotspots such as mainland Spain and the Canary Islands was the announcement of the 14-day quarantine on their return to the UK. This has had such a devastating effect that Jet2 have cancelled their schedule to Spain until November and alternative airlines have cut back on their flight schedules. For those determined to travel the current restrictions make for an unpleasant holiday experience. There doesn't seem to be any end to the pandemic with more lockdowns and restrictions imposed and figures on the rise. It therefore came as a surprise when we heard that Club la Costa World have just informed their members that their 2021 maintenance fees are now uploaded onto their client membership area ready to pay. Even if you have been unable to book this year's allocation, you still are required to pay your 2021 maintenance bill and who knows if the travel restrictions will still apply in 2021? There is a strong possibility they will! Furthermore, Club La Costa in the same notification has informed owners that missed out on 2020 usage that they can roll this over to 2021. Assuming that travel restrictions are lifted in 2021, where will all this availability come from to fulfill two years of accommodation requirements in 2021? So again, you are being asked to pay 2021 maintenance fees with no certainty that you will be able to travel, and even if you can travel there is no guarantee on availability. So will you be paying your 2021 maintenance fees? Club la Costa receives tens of millions of pounds in yearly management fees. Tour Operators have been forced to pay back funds to consumers yet timeshare resorts have pocketed all the funds and put their staff on furlough apart from some gardeners and security staff. On the 23rd September, an email was circulated to all members from CLC Chairman Roy Peires with an update in which he informed owners of more options to use their membership to travel within the UK given the restrictions on overseas travel. Whilst some owners may appreciate that CLC are expanding their inventory options within the UK, most owners who purchased their ownerships in Spain did so to enjoy holidays in Spain and not the UK. This could be seen as a tactic to give relief from the impossible task of accommodating members with not near enough capacity in their resorts overseas, however a UK based Canal boat is not a like for like alternative for a 2 bed apartment in Spain overlooking the sea. More and more owners of Spanish timeshares are looking to find out if they qualify to claim their money back. News of the exponential numbers of positive judgements and awards in the £millions are resulting in more and more owners finally believing this is a viable route to get out of their ownerships and claim money back!

Costa Cruises Announces Its New 2021 Itineraries

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 10:15 EDT

The Italian company continues its program for the gradual and responsible resumption of cruising, redesigning its itineraries from April through November 2021. Further expansion of Costa's Mediterranean offer plus the reintroduction of Northern European cruises. Costa Cruises is continuing its program for the gradual and responsible reintroduction of cruise holidays. Following the presentation of its cruises for the 2020-21 winter season, the Italian company has now also reshaped its itineraries for the rest of 2021, with the same common objective of offering its guests the best possible cruise experience with enhanced health protocols. From April through November 2021 Costa Cruises will be further extending its Mediterranean offer, with a large variety of options and the convenience of many different ports of departure. Also, summer 2021 will see the return of cruising in Northern Europe, one of the most popular destinations among Costa's guests. Details of the new itineraries and how to book them will be available shortly both at Costa's website and at travel agencies. Costa is working with national and local authorities in the countries on its itineraries so as to offer guests a safe and enjoyable vacation experience, through implementation of the Costa Safety Protocol in all the destinations included in the new program for 2021. From March until fall 2021, three ships will be deployed on a regular basis in the western Mediterranean: Costa Smeralda, the first ship in the fleet powered by LNG; Costa Firenze, the new ship under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera (Venice, Italy) yard; and Costa Pacifica, which will be offering seven-day cruises calling in Italy, France and Spain. Three additional ships will be operating in the eastern Mediterranean, all on one-week itineraries. Costa Deliziosa will head for the Greek islands, Costa Luminosa will visit Greece and Croatia, while Costa Magica will be going to Greece and Malta. During the 2021 summer season, Costa will have four ships cruising in Northern Europe. Costa Fortuna and Costa Diadema will be sailing one-week cruises to the Baltic capitals and the Norwegian fjords, respectively. Costa Favolosa will be offering spectacular 14-day holidays in Iceland, nine days in the Norwegian fjords and a fortnight Ireland, Scotland and England. Meanwhile, Costa Fascinosa will be operating a 12-day cruise sailing all the way to the North Cape and a nine-day itinerary in the Baltic Sea. During spring and fall 2021, Costa Fortuna, Costa Diadema, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa will all be operating in the Mediterranean. Costa Diadema will visit Israel and Turkey on two separate alternating two-week cruises. Costa Fortuna will offer Western Mediterranean mini-cruises, while Costa Favolosa will be deployed on mini-cruises in spring and 10-day cruises to Morocco in the fall. Last but not least, Costa Fascinosa will sail 10-day holidays bound for Lisbon. The other cruises previously scheduled between March and November 2021 and not included in the new program will be canceled. Costa is making the necessary arrangements to inform travel agents and the customers concerned, who will be guaranteed the option of rebooking in accordance with the applicable requirements of consumer protection law.

Autonomous Shuttles: IDTechEx Report Reveals the Future of Last-mile Mobility

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 06:58 EDT

The autonomous mobility industry is tackling part of the last-mile problem that many commuters encounter when using public transportation by replacing large, diesel buses with a fleet of electric, self-driving shuttle buses that transport small groups of people along defined and planned routes. Autonomous shuttles could be a key element that connects the public transportation systems to reduce private car ownership in the future. The autonomous shuttle total market size will be over $18 billion by 2040, according to IDTechEx's report " Robot Shuttles and Autonomous Buses 2020-2040 ". Autonomous shuttles are upright, boxy, 8-20 person vehicles that are symmetrical so they never do a U-turn. Small footprint, all-round vision, large doors, quiet, zero-emission, they can go indoors and over piazzas and roads and are able to perform many different tasks even in one day. Primarily intended for intensive urban use, they are gated to never exceed a determined speed, typically in the range 50kmph - 60kmph. It all adds up to a new form of transport backed by both huge companies like Toyota and Baidu and start-ups alike. Their trials explore many possible applications, from empowering the poor and disabled, to viably filling in gaps in the transportation network and replacing very underutilized vehicles such as school buses and private cars, reducing congestion and cost. In IDTechEx's new report " Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Buses 2021-2040 " the major players developing autonomous shuttles are profiled. We summarise a selection of these companies below. While true level 4 autonomy does not currently exist, most companies discussed are at 'level 4' in geofenced or controlled areas.

Cancer United Crowned the Winner of Sussex Charity Campaign

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 06:57 EDT

Sussex property lettings and management specialist PS&B is delighted to announce that Cancer United has been crowned the first winner of their new community charity campaign. The campaign, launched last month to support Sussex charities, not-for-profit groups and services that have felt the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, received an incredible response from the public who nominated local charities and then voted for the winner. The finalists were Cancer United, the West Sussex North branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) and Chichester Information Shop for Young People. With close to 500 votes from the public, and while every charity was a worthy winner, it was Cancer United that pipped the others to the winning post. Cancer United is a support charity for Sussex residents whose lives have been affected by cancer. The charity aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of those with cancer from diagnosis onwards, inspiring them to embrace the things they can do and to refuse to be defined by what they can't, whilst also giving support to those close to them. Since being established in 2012 the charity already offers: use of a cancer specific gym and pop up gyms across Sussex, two minibuses so members can go on social outings or travel to events together, two community choirs, a walking, jogging and running club, a walking football initiative, a support bus and much, much more. Jan Sheward, founder of Cancer United, was presented with a cheque for £500 by PS&B's Director Michael Barber. On winning, Jan said: "We are a cancer support charity with a difference - in fact I believe that we are rather unique in the support that we offer. Everything we do revolves around social interaction in many different environments which offer sport, physical activity and music. We bring together those whose lives have been affected by cancer, whether it is the patient or those close to them, as they too will have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. "As soon as lockdown was enforced, we quickly diversified onto Zoom for all exercise sessions and choir rehearsals so that we could keep the members fit, happy and socially engaged. What we couldn't continue with, was all of our fund-raising events. In addition, the donations we have always received from many different individuals and/or organisations ceased overnight, causing the loss of about 65% to the charity's income. "We are continually seeking any funding opportunities which not only help our sustainability - but just as crucially, raise awareness of the important work that we do. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate us for this award and then voted for us to win. We are currently working on an OUTCYCLECANCER project, and this very welcome grant from PS&B will be used to help us launch the project and in addition help spread the word about Cancer United." PS&B is now calling out to the public to nominate further causes for round two of their charity community campaign to win the next £500 donation. Each nomination must be for a Sussex based cause and should highlight the type of project, charity, group or service, details on what the £500 would be used for, and contact details for both the nominee and the nominator. Nominations should be submitted to psandb@pmwcom.co.uk by midnight on 25.10.20. As before, details of the top three nominations (as chosen by PS&B's management team) will be announced via PS&B's Facebook page, giving the public the chance to vote for the project or cause they feel deserves the donation the most. The winner will be announced in November 2020. "We are thrilled to present Cancer United with our first donation from our community charity campaign," explained Michael Barber. "They offer a wonderful service to the people of Sussex and provide support to so many in need - congratulations! "PS&B has been serving the South East for nearly 200 years as a business, and this campaign is an opportunity for us to give something back to the areas we live and work in. So many wonderful causes were nominated for round one of our campaign and we can't wait to see who comes forward for the next donation." For more information on PS&B please visit www.psandb.co.uk .

520 Jaar Werkervaring Gevierd bij Marel Boxmeer

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 06:12 EDT

12 jubilarissen werkzaam sinds 1970 en 1980 520 jaar trouw aan Marel Boxmeer Augustus 2020 was een bijzondere maand voor Marel in Boxmeer. Liefst 8 medewerkers vierden hun 40-jarig werkjubileum en 4 medewerkers zijn zelfs al 50 jaar in dienst bij hetzelfde bedrijf, dat toen onder de naam Stork PMT bekend stond. Normaal pakt Marel flink uit tijdens zulke jubilea, maar vanwege de beperkende maatregelen was dat in augustus niet mogelijk. Dat werd echter op 24 september dubbel en dwars goedgemaakt met een gezamenlijke, corona-proof ceremonie. Het is tegenwoordig al hoogst uitzonderlijk als een medewerker 40 jaar lang bij één bedrijf werkt, laat staan als er dat 8 stuks zijn. Maar het wordt pas helemaal uniek als op hetzelfde moment vier collega's maar liefst 50 jaar werkzaam zijn bij ditzelfde bedrijf. Dat tekent de trouwe relatie tussen Marel en zijn medewerkers. Er zijn weinig bedrijven in Nederland die zulke statistieken kunnen overleggen. 520 jaren werkervaring samengebald in 12 personen! Bedrijfscultuur In augustus 1970 maakte de pluimveemachine-afdeling van Stork in Boxmeer een flinke groeispurt door, waardoor er flink wat nieuw personeel nodig was. Precies hetzelfde gebeurde tien jaar later in 1980. Twaalf van de destijds aangenomen medewerkers zijn tot op de dag van vandaag actief gebleven in het bedrijf, tot volle tevredenheid van beide partijen. Dat geeft aan hoezeer de bedrijfscultuur van Marel past bij het personeel. "Waarom er zoveel mensen zo lang bij Marel blijven werken? Ik denk dat het komt omdat al vanaf die tijd de medewerkers zich konden ontwikkelen in en met het bedrijf. En die ontwikkeling van Stork en Marel, samen met de medewerkers is altijd voortreffelijk gegaan," zegt Anton de Weerd, die tot voor kort jarenlang leiding gaf aan Stork/Marel in Boxmeer. "In de jaren 70 en 80 stond Stork PMT al bekend om het sociale beleid. Iedereen wist dat het goed toeven was bij Stork. En dat is zo gebleven!" Limousines Marel zette de 12 jubilarissen op 24 september op een aangepaste, corona-proof manier in het zonnetje. Een ware vloot van luxe limousines haalde de jubilarissen en hun gezinsleden thuis op en zette hen af bij de hoofdingang. Op de parkeerplaats was een podium opgesteld met een groot beeldscherm. De genodigden konden plaatsnemen op de stoelen die allemaal 2 meter van elkaar waren opgesteld. Op het scherm richtten enkele officials op afstand het woord tot de jubilarissen , zoals burgemeester Van Soest van Boxmeer, Jaap Schipper en Anton de Weerd als voormalige directeuren en vanzelfsprekend CEO Arni Oddur Thordarson vanuit IJsland. Diverse 'live' sprekers verrichtten de ceremoniële handelingen, onder wie Marel Poultry EVP Roger Claessens en Manufacturing Director Jeroen van Oers.

Heathrow Urged to Halt Brutal Plans to Fire and Rehire Thousands in Light of New Jobs Scheme

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 04:59 EDT

Following the chancellor's announcement yesterday (Thursday 24 September) of the creation of the Job Support Scheme , Unite, the UK's leading aviation union, is calling on Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) to halt its 'brutal' plans to fire and re-hire thousands of workers. Earlier this month HAL issued a section 188 notice beginning a process which could result in over 4,000 workers directly employed by the airport being fired and then rehired on vastly inferior contracts. The workers, including security officers, engineers and firefighters, face losing over £8,000 per annum and up to 24 per cent of their incomes. Many workers fear that they will be forced to sell their homes and cars or move to cheaper areas. HAL, which boasted that it had the resources to make it through the pandemic and whose chief executive was paid £2.6 million in pay and pensions last year, says that the cuts to the wages of workers will be of a permanent rather than a temporary nature. Unite has put forward its own proposals of how money can be saved at the airport without swingeing permanent cuts to workers' pay. Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said : "Heathrow airport has a moral duty to halt its plans to fire and rehire thousands of loyal and dedicated workers. "With the announcement of the chancellor's job support scheme, the cliff edge of the ending of the job retention scheme has been avoided. "The section 188 notices should be immediately withdrawn. "If HAL presses ahead with its brutal proposals then it will demonstrate that management is using the Covid-19 pandemic as cover to achieve long-held ambitions to force workers onto inferior contracts. "Highly paid senior management are forcing workers to pay for this pandemic, impoverishing families and the surrounding communities. "Our fear is that these moves are all about greed not need. "The ball is now firmly in Heathrow's court and their actions in the coming days will speak volumes." Notes: Unite says Heathrow airport plans to fire and rehire workers further undermines a vulnerable industry During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes.

RefleXion and Sofinnova Partners recognized with Salus Excellence Award at the Convergence in Oncology Summit

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 04:45 EDT

RefleXion and Sofinnova Partners received the "Salus Partner Excellence in HealthTech Award" at the Convergence in Oncology Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. The prize recognizes RefleXion and Sofinnova Partner's vision and excellence in developing the disruptive biology-guided radiotherapy (BgRT)* for treatment of cancer patients. RefleXion is a growth-stage medical technology company with a disruptive radiotherapy solution for cancer patients. Recently the FDA cleared the company's X1 machine for conventional radiotherapy for early stage cancers. The company's next milestone centers on regulatory clearance for BgRT, which aims to open the path for more efficient and effective treatment of late stage cancer or metastatic disease. "Thanks to the bold vision of RefleXion's founding team and the experience of its early investors, millions of cancer patients will benefit from this disruptive solution for years to come," says Dr. Brian Hashemi, Co-Founder of the Convergence in Oncology Summit and Managing Partner of the investment firm Salus Partners SA in Lausanne, Switzerland. "Today we celebrate the ambitious achievements of this team, which was fueled by the deep expertise of its seed investor in nurturing the early stage startup to success." "I first began to think about this idea at a lecture on radiation physics at Stanford; to use positron emission tomography or PET emissions - produced by the tumor itself - to guide delivery of radiation directly to the tumor," said Sam Mazin, Ph.D., Founder and CTO of RefleXion. "We believe that our biology-guided radiotherapy or BgRT will expand treatment options for patients in all stages of cancer, but particularly those with metastatic disease. We would like to thank our clinical consortium and early adopter clinicians for their guidance and dedication to developing the clinical premise, data and workflow for BgRT. It is an honor to have this important body of work recognized by the 2020 Salus Excellence in HealthTech Award." Upon receiving the award Antoine Papiernik, Chairman and Managing Partner of Sofinnova Partners said "We are honored to be recognized alongside RefleXion for their pioneering work in radiation oncology. As the first institutional investor in the company, we were immediately captivated by the vision and determination of the co-founders, Sam Mazin and Akshay Nanduri. Over the past decade we have helped nurture the potential of RefleXion's ground-breaking innovation and it is incredibly rewarding to see the results of this work becoming a reality." Previous winners of the award have experienced tremendous momentum: 2019 winner ADC Therapeutics is making progress in clinical development of its pipeline and was listed on the NASDAQ in May 2020 with a current market cap of USD 3bn. 2018 winner Sophia Genetics has become the global leader in accelerating the democratization of Data-Driven Medicine with over 850 hospitals across 77 countries leveraging SOPHiA AI to support the diagnosis of over 300,000 patients. Other winners of the award include Endosense, acquired by St. Jude for $330mm, Sapiens acquired by Medtronic for USD200mm, and the 2016 award winner, Molecular Partners on the Swiss Stock Exchange with a market cap of CHF 430mm. *The RefleXion BgRT requires 510(k) clearance; this feature is not available for sale.

UI, SCG and CNG Warn of 'Imposter' Scams

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 15:58 EDT

UI, SCG and CNG Warn of 'Imposter' Scams As the companies prepare to resume collections activities, customers are advised to beware of bogus disconnection threats and take action to maintain service United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG) and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) remind customers to be alert for utility imposters using fake threats of service disconnection to scam customers. Typically, a scammer posing as a UI, SCG or CNG representative calls a customer and claims a crew is on the way to disconnect service unless an immediate payment is made, usually via hard-to-trace prepaid debit or gift cards. The imposter may use "spoofing" technology to make it seem like the call is coming from the company, and will provide a separate call-back number so the customer can complete the transaction after obtaining the card. UI, SCG and CNG are not currently disconnecting customers for nonpayment due to the pandemic. As they begin to resume regular collections activities after Oct. 1, they will follow a process that includes advance notification and direct outreach ahead of a scheduled service disconnection. They accept multiple forms of payment and will never insist on payment via a gift card or prepaid debit card. The companies' representatives work with customers and can help them avoid service disconnection, even when there is a significant balance due. Through Nov. 1, any residential or business customer can enroll in a COVID Payment Program plan that allows them to pay off outstanding balances over a period of up to 24 months without penalty, interest or down-payment. Enrolled customers are protected from service disconnection for the duration of the plan if they stay current on payments. Residential customers with qualifying financial or medical hardships may also be eligible for seasonal service protection, as well as energy assistance that can help them reduce the total balance due. Customers struggling to manage their bills or who have medical concerns should call the company to learn about available options. Any UI, SCG or CNG customer who suspects a scam should hang up and call the company at the number listed on their bill or on the company's website to determine whether there is a payment issue. (The companies never perform service disconnections when the Customer Care Center is closed.) If the scammer provided a call-back number, the customer should relay that to the Customer Care representative so the company can attempt to have the phone line shut down and disrupt the scam. Customers can also report phone scams to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, at www.ic3.gov .

Rishi Sunak - 3 is the Magic Number

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 12:09 EDT

Rishi Sunak appears to be taking a continental approach to the extended job scheme, requiring an employee to work 33% of their hours (minimum) and with the employer and government sharing the pay for remaining hours not worked a third each, at a capped amount, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg. Robert Pullen, a partner at the firm said: " Whilst this is of course good news, here are the three areas Rishi has missed out on: Supporting the thousands of business owners who operate through a company and draw dividends - they largely missed out in the first round of support, and remain side lined now. Setting out a longer-term vision - what will happen in 6 months? Is the Government committed to support jobs and businesses well into next year? Rishi should have committed to stopping the U-turns and instead provide an environment that will enable businesses and individuals to plan not just for the next 6 months, but for the next 2 years. Although the VAT "lump sum" payment in March has been recognised as being a massive hurdle (and rightly it is now being spread out), no thought has been given to individuals who face a similar problem in January when both their delayed payment on account from July 2020, the balance due for the 2019/20 tax year, plus the first payment on account towards 2020/21 will be due at the same time. A pay-monthly option should be available for those individuals affected We hope these issues can be addressed as soon as possible."

'Extending AGM Flexibility Will Help Companies to Prepare Properly,' ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute Advises

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:46 EDT

ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute is delighted that the government has extended the flexibilities around the arrangement of company meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic included in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) to 30 December 2020. Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at the Institute, comments: "The flexibilities for companies and other organisations arranging their general meetings that were granted in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 were very helpful in enabling those organisations to balance their obligation to hold a meeting against their responsibility to give due consideration to the health and safety of colleagues, customers, shareholders and the communities in which they operate, and gave them a firm legal foundation to plan and hold meetings in a COVID-compliant manner. These flexibilities only applied until 30 September, however, which was problematic in that company secretaries and governance professionals - our core membership - spend months preparing for their general meeting as these are a key element of governance. Balancing those months of preparation against the rapidly-changing measures that the government is introducing to manage the pandemic is an extremely difficult task. "We have therefore written twice to the government, with the support of a number of other bodies, asking for an extension to the 'relevant period' defined in the Act and we are delighted that they will be acting on this request. An extension to 30 December addresses the immediate need and is the maximum extension that the government can give at this time but, given the approach of the main AGM season in Spring 2021 and the lengthy planning involved in these events, we hope that the government will give early consideration to a further extension."

RELEASE: Christmas is virtually around the corner, here's how to save your company Christmas party

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:27 EDT

Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Christmas is virtually around the corner, here's how to save your company Christmas party. [London, United Kingdom ] - Thursday, 24th of September 2020. This year has been difficult to describe. Had someone told us at the start of the year that what lies ahead would be a summer that mostly spent at home, our holidays cancelled and travel plans disrupted to the point of disbelief, we would not have believed it! The year has flown by, and while the future we once took for granted was pulled from our reach, we can't help but think... what about Christmas? The new normal we expected by summer is still yet to come. And with less than 100 days left until the 25 December, Christmas is virtually around the corner. It's time for people to start thinking about how they are going to throw this year's Christmas bash, online? With the persistence of the pandemic and an increasing number of local lock-downs putting a damper on our future festive spirit, it might be the right time to think about how important Christmas parties actually are? Brands that genuinely care about their people and their customers approach the end of the year celebration not just as an opportunity to throw a great party. This is a time to acknowledge their employees and customers for being integral to another successful year and that without a positive relationship with both, perhaps the festive budget might not be so flush. In the past, we took for granted the end of year free-flowing champagne, the nights out at fancy soirées, entertaining conversations with tipsy colleagues. The pleasure of meeting and greeting clients in person while wining and dining them was a reminder that companies do care. There is no shortage of advice from highly successful business leaders like Jean-Claude Biver talking about the importance of taking care of customers in times of crisis. Biver, LVMH Group Non-Executive President of the Watch Division recently said "you should never lose contact with your client because you have to recreate contact afterwards, people will remember..." . He went on to say "During a crisis, how can the crisis be our friend and not our enemy? Because if the crisis is the enemy, you are lost, you cannot win. So, when the crisis becomes your friend, then you have the synergy of the crisis and you can take market share." We are experiencing one of the most challenging phases of our lifetime, and we all need to look for ways of how we can help and support each other. We have been isolated for months, separated from colleagues, experiences and culture, reconditioned to work from the kitchen table and our positive approach to perseverance is wavering. "We are frazzled when we are exhausted, it's super hard to be empathetic. And it's very hard to be creative and deal with the growing stresses of living in this very uncertain time," said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, on the recent CNBC @Work livestream event, Leadership & Management Amid Crisis. Scientific evidence shows that when we are under stress, our brains are less productive and have less capacity to think creatively. December is actually the most stressful time of the year for 42 per cent of workers, while another survey found that 23 per cent of the British employees feel more stressed in the lead up to Christmas. This is partly due to the fact that December is one of the shortest working months, with as few as 20 working days due to Bank Holidays. This, coupled with the fact many workplaces are closed between Christmas and New Year, means employees are often under huge pressure to get all their work done and ensure targets are met before the end of the year. With travel off the cards this year, the usual escape for the holidays means that people are more likely to be more stressed over the holiday period. Winter is around the corner and companies have an opportunity to strengthen their leadership by shifting the energy of the crisis. Companies can create a positive movement by taking care of their people and customers this Christmas by coming up with creative and innovative ways to celebrate and acknowledge their loyal teams and customers. One company that is offering an alternative to the traditional Christmas party is Satopia, a travel company that typically offers travel experiences hosted by high-profile hosts such as Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann or Raymond Blanc from their Culinary series of trips. This year, however, they have launched the Virtual Christmas Experience for companies and brands to co-host an online event with one of their high profile hosts. With three themes to choose from, Rejuvenate, Celebrate or Appreciate, they will design a virtual experience with hosts such as their celebrity chefs for virtual masterclasses or inspirational talks and guided meditations by world-renowned wellness experts. If you are feeling bold, you can have a talk show host or famous comedian join your virtual office party and interact with employees. All virtual experiences are coupled with a box of luxury items related to the theme, from fluffy dressing gowns to cocktail making sets, delivered to your doorstep before the live event. Giving employees and your most valued customers something to look forward to at the end of the year can have a significant positive impact. Making people feel valued and appreciated for their hard work, the new challenges they have faced this year, and acknowledging loyal customers for the on-going support matters in times like these. These experiences are sure to give people something to talk about with a shared experience and a positive way to end the year. To find out more about the Virtual Christmas Experience from Satopia, visit their website here . Release ends About Satopia Travel Satopia Travel specialises in unique experiences led by world-class hosts. This virtual event is part of the Dare to Dream series of virtual experiences, free and open to the public events organised by Satopia Travel, with world thought-leaders as they talk about how travel helps to make a difference in the world and they remind us why we all must keep travelling and continue to dream. Website http://satopiatravel.com Instagram www.instagram.com/satopiatravel For enquiries please contact Clarissa Spada clarissa@satopiatravel.com Whatsapp: +31686169050

Weekly COVID-19 Insights from hc1

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:25 EDT

Positive Antibody Tests Decline Slightly as Overall Testing Volumes Drops Again The CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard™ powered by hc1 provides local lab testing insights that include state, county, and sub-county views of Local Risk Index, COVID-19 testing rates and results, and key demographic filters for those tested (age, gender). Data used in the dashboard comes from more than 20,000 lab ordering locations from a coalition of laboratories performing up to 40% of the nation's laboratory testing. Summary Viral PCR testing volumes increased slightly for the first time in six weeks, while antibody testing held steady again. Percent positivity rates held at ~5.0% for Viral PCR and increased to 12% for Antibody testing hc1 Local Risk Index trends show rising risk for infection in states including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Kentucky. Pennsylvania and Virginia were back again with counties among the hc1 Local Risk Index Top Counties . To access the hc1 CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard, register for free at www.CV19Dashboard.org . Viral PCR Testing As of September 24, 2020, the national percent positivity rate for COVID-19 testing remained steady for a sixth consecutive week at about 5%, while testing volume increased slightly for the week. This can be seen in the following chart showing the weekly national trend in SARS-CoV-2 Viral PCR testing volume and % detected rate among the hc1 CV19 Coalition of Laboratories, which represents approximately 40% of all CV19 testing nationwide.

Study Finds Councils in England Are Not Doing Enough to Combat Plastic Pollution

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 10:25 EDT

Hi there, I wondered if Bahari's recent findings on the topic of plastic recycling in England would be of interest to you? Plastic recycling: 'If local authorities were all doing the same thing, it would help people to do the right thing' Research carried out by the eco-friendly homeware company Bahari found that 50% of the country's worst councils for plastic recycling are in Greater Manchester, with other councils such as Barking and Dagenham, Slough, Southampton, West Berkshire and Winchester also falling below the mark. As you can see from the table below, Bury, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford councils only allow you to recycle three types of plastic waste: drinks bottles, cleaning bottles and plastic milk bottles. However, many other councils across the country allow you to recycle up to 8 different types of plastic. These include yoghurt pots, punnets (e.g. fruit punnets), drinks bottle tops and even plastic carrier bags! The study found that the average number of plastic items councils in England allow you to recycle is 6. Whereas amongst councils in Greater Manchester, the average is just 4, with many councils only allowing you to recycle 3 types of plastic items. Bahari's founder Jane Walkinshaw says; "This data really covers the provisions that councils have made for people to recycle at home. We know that not all plastic waste ends up in landfills, but we'll love to see more provision for recycling in the home both in Greater Manchester and across the country. In particular, this is a call for more visibility and transparency into what happens to our household waste after it leaves our homes. In turn, we'd hope that increased transparency would help encourage more people to recycle their single use plastics - or even better - replace them with eco-friendly alternatives". Bahari also contacted Dr. Rachael Rothman, the Academic Lead for Sustainability at Sheffield University, who commented "If local authorities were all doing the same thing, it would help people to do the right thing". Methodology: We compiled recycling information available on 342 different councils' websites across England. This allowed us to discover which councils allow you to recycle different types of plastic items in household recycling bins across the country. __________________________ If you'd like any more information or comment on this, please let me know and I'll get straight back to you. Kind regards, Elizabeth