Companies restrict travel to SARS-affected countries

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts: Previous Article Next Article Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…center_img SomeUK employers are quarantining staff in a bid to stop infection spreadingFirmsaround the world are erring on the side of caution when it comes to respondingto the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a study hasconcluded.UKemployers, such as UBS Warburg, Barclays and Asda, have been haltinginternational travel and quarantining staff as a precaution against passing oninfection.Astudy of 400 firms by New York-based consultancy Organization ResourcesCounselors (ORC) found most firms had restricted travel to affected areas or,at the very least, required high-level approval for such trips.Almosthalf had limited travel within affected regions by staff, and more than a fifthwere permitting early homecomings for employees on expatriate assignments.However, whether the quarantine period – usually 10 days – was treated as paidleave, or whether firms expected people to work from home, varied.Firmswere also trying to limit exposure for people working in affected areas byincreasing the use of telecommuting, teleconferencing, and flexible workinghours. Companiesfound getting information out to staff was one of the most effective means ofcombatting the spread of the disease. A total of 82 per cent of those polledsaid they had activated SARS education programmes for staff.Inaddition, 43 per cent were conducting active surveillance of staff withSARS-like symptoms, with some managers required to report suspected SARS. Somecompanies were even screening visitors and asking those who exhibited symptoms,such as coughing, to leave. Occupationalsafety and health managers polled by ORC were concerned that companies did notoverreact. Companies restrict travel to SARS-affected countriesOn 1 Jun 2003 in Coronavirus, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Show Us Your Paws Parade Adds Some “Bark” to the Boardwalk

first_imgThe “Golden Bee-trievers were a winning entry in the Show Us Your Paws Parade. The “Golden Bee-trievers were a winning entry in the Show Us Your Paws Parade.Exactly once a year, dogs are welcome on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Not only is that fact alone special, but the presence of the canines helped to benefit an outstanding cause, the Humane Society of Ocean City.The parade Grand Marshall Jay Jay, age 13 the fund-raising YorkieThe former “Barks on the Boards” parade was re-launched on Saturday as “Show Us Your Paws,” a play on the famous “show us your shoes” mantra of Atlantic City’s Miss America Parade and Ocean City’s own Miss New Jersey Pageant parade.Two contestants in the super hero dog/owner division of the parade. The Mummers entertained and provided a great musical backdrop for the event.More than 100 four-legged friends made the trip along with Martin Z. Mollusk, a Mummers string band and several pooch-filled “floats” or decorated wagons.Humans and dogs shared the spotlight Saturday during the Show us Your Paws ParadeThe mutts and purebreds of all sizes mingled freely with their two-legged fans and competed in such categories as “Super Hero dog/owner lookalike, best surfer dog, best bathing beauty and best shoobie dog.Judging by the happy barks and smiles of the spectators, the event certainly lived up to its advance billing.A variety of costumed canines strutted on the OC boards Saturday.last_img read more

New NESPAL Lab

first_imgGov. Zell Miller and others will officially open the Tifton, Ga., doorsof the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratoryon Dec. 12.The $6 million University of Georgialab is the only one of its type in the nation. Its goal is to enable scientiststo find better ways to grow food and fiber crops while protecting the environment.”This has been a vision we’ve all had for several years,” said CraigKvien, NESPAL coordinator and crop physiologist at the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Tifton campus. “This facilityis a prototype that we hope will be adapted to other regions across thenation.”NESPAL evolved from scientists’ conducting research across many disciplines.”This laboratory provides a way for scientists to get together to workon some ‘bigger-picture’ issues we face today,” Kvien said.For example, entomologists can find ways to control the insects devouringtomato plants. But they can also work with biotechnologists to make theplants resist the insects. That way, growers don’t have to use chemicalsthat may harm the environment.”So many problems facing agriculture today,” said CAES dean and directorGale Buchanan, “can’t be adequatelysolved by scientists working alone.”The cooperative work goes beyond even the scientist teams, Kvien said.”One of our strengths is our link with other academic and industry groups,”he said. “That brings together the talents of academics and the practicalityof industry to make the research not only faster, but more easily adaptedto production.”Kvien expects some of today’s NESPAL research to be in the field inless than five years. He’s understandably excited about NESPAL.”It’s not this unit alone that can accomplish anything,” he said. “It’sthis unit working with all the others and communicating results. That’swhat will get us to our food production and environmental protection goals.”Current NESPAL projects include:* Precision agriculture that allows farmers to better apply fertilizersor pesticides where needed.* Riparian zone management to control nonpoint pollution.* How pest-control methods affect marketing standards and consumer demandsfor produce.* Developing computer-based systems to make more effective pest-controldecisions.* Study of how pesticides and fertilizers move through the soil andother landscape features.* Using plant and animal processing byproducts as resources.* Developing pest-resistant crops with artificial and natural breedingprograms.* Finding better ways to produce native plants for landscape use.The lab has been operating since 1992. But cramped office and lab spacelimited scientists’ work. The new building has 40,000 square feet.Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,the Georgia Research Alliance and othershelped pay for the new building. It houses 14 offices, 12 labs and seminarand conference rooms.Architects designed the building with the environment in mind. It’snestled into a soil berm and topped by a reflective white roof. Solar collectorsheat water for the building, and motion- and light-sensitive switches controlthe lighting.last_img read more

Financing for global LNG projects becoming hard to find—report

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Prospects for nearly half of the world’s projects to build infrastructure for exporting liquefied natural gas have faltered in recent months, amid rising concerns about climate change, public protests and delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published Tuesday.Out of 45 major LNG export projects in pre-construction development globally, at least 20 – representing a capital outlay of some $292 billion – are now facing delays to their financing, researchers at Global Energy Monitor found.That marks a stark shift by investors away from what many had considered a promising fuel market, already buffeted by slower growth in demand, rising competition from renewable energy technologies and opposition over the industry’s climate-warming emissions.The vice president of the European Investment Bank said the report underlined the unacceptable risk of investing in LNG assets. “Investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure like liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals is increasingly an economically unsound decision,” Andrew McDowell told Reuters in an email.The bank had announced in November that it would stop financing fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021.In total, companies had announced plans to build $758 billion of projects that are as yet in the pre-construction phase. But with 20 projects now in jeopardy, including nine in the United States, that planned capital outlay could be reduced by $292 billion, or 38%, if the delays persist indefinitely, the researchers told Reuters. As for future projects, 12 companies had said at the start of this year that they planned to make final investment decisions in 2020 to build new LNG export plants in North America, according to a Reuters survey. That total is now down to four, and analysts only expect one project to move forward this year.[Matthew Green and Scott DiSavino]More: Global LNG projects jeopardized by climate concerns, pandemic delays – report Financing for global LNG projects becoming hard to find—reportlast_img read more

Be an engaged digital leader

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Charlene Li recalls talking to an executive who didn’t see the value of social media, citing the “silly stuff” that occurs there, such as people posting photos of what they’re eating.“I don’t want to share my lunch,” the executive told Li, founder/CEO of Altimeter Group and author of the best-selling books “Open Leadership” and “Groundswell.”Her reply: “I absolutely agree with you. I don’t care what you had for lunch. But what I would care about from you, as my leader, is what you talked about over lunch.”That, she says, is the value of using social media as a leadership tool: Sharing what’s important to you as a leader.“We care about what our leaders want because we want to be part of the success,” Li says. “So instead of trying to guess what they want, let’s hear from our leaders more often. One benefit of social media is that it makes it so easy to share.” continue reading »last_img read more

Požega residents invite to Aurea fest, festival festival, “Seven days and seven nights”

first_imgSince 2014, the people of Požega and their guests can enjoy the extremely rich program of Aurea Fest, which due to the multitude of festivals is also called the festival festival under the slogan “Seven Days and Seven Nights”, organized by Aurea Fest Požega and sponsored by the City of Požega.It should be reminded that since 1969, Požega has been organizing a festival known as the “Golden Strings of Slavonia”, which is today one of 10 festivals in the seven days and seven nights of the Aurea Fest. This year’s seven-day festival, which takes place in honor of the harvest of golden Slavonia, begins on August 27 and lasts until September 2, so this event in seven days in the center of Požega successfully combines dance, song and traditional values ​​of this part of Slavonia.The first day of the Aurea Fest begins with a procession from the Railway Station, which will feature about 10 folklore societies, horse associations from Požega and Pleternica, winemakers and fruit growers, city musicians and many others, and at 19 pm the official opening of the event has been announced. Then follows the selection of the most glamorous Šokica and the most beautiful costume of this year’s Aurea Fest. The second day is performed by street entertainers, the third is reserved for the Dance Festival, with performances by a dance group of contemporary dance and majorettes, and the festival includes a Fashion Show and a Hairstyle Show. On the fourth day there is a Jazz Festival with the performance of the Big Band Požega with attractive vocal and instrumental soloists, on the fifth there will be an art colony “Association Matko Peić”, the finals of Big and Small Voice Aurea fest, a concert by Mia Dimčić, and from midnight to 4 o’clock in in the morning, electronic music lovers will come to their senses. The sixth day is marked by a fisijada, followed by the Aurea Fest of popular music where 18 performers will perform.The last day of the Aurea Fest 2017 is reserved for the “Golden Strings of Slavonia” where 18 famous soloists and ensembles will also perform with new songs of tamburitza music. “Before announcing everything that will happen on the central stage, Holy Trinity Square, the people of Požega and all dear guests, I will first present what is new this year and what we are especially proud of. It is the transformation of the new, beautiful St. Theresa’s Square into the stage of the Children’s Aurea Fest. On Sunday, August 27, the program will start at 17 pm and will last for the entire duration of the “big festival” from 17 pm to 21.30 pm. In this place that is safe for children and interesting for tourists because there is no traffic, the first day will be a musical gathering of dancers, musicians, singers, musicians of all ages. The name of this Movement, which will try to enter the Guinness Book of Records, is Happy Valley, and everything happens in the organization of the Nota Association. This year we want to connect and bring together all the musicians to perform the song “We will rock you” by Queen. The goal is to make a large gathering of as many performers as possible in one place. We invite everyone who is interested to come with props, musical instruments of any kind to put Požega on the map of proud registrars in the most famous record book in the world. On the stage of the children’s Aurea Fest, the big and small voice of Aurea Fest awaits you. an interactive play by theater amateurs and professionals will open your child to a new, magical world of fun with a handful of workshops”, Does not hide his satisfaction with all that they have prepared for this year’s Aurea fest, the director of the Požega Tourist Board, Silvija Podoljak, adding that the Street Festival will be held every day in the Promenade Zone, and visitors can expect a series of events and concerts.”The promenade zone is conceived as an artery of the Aurea Fest that will knock every day in the rhythm of stands in Slavonian attire with handicrafts, street performers, music corners. Visitors will be able to taste local delicacies and other products of family farms. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning the festivals that will be held at the same time at different locations, namely: Aurea wine festival in Vino – grad and Aurea gastronomy fest in cooperation with the Museum in a pot. There is still a lot of content, and we will leave something for our guests and fellow citizens to discover for themselves with their arrival. After all, Aurea fest is the pride and result of the work of all of us, the citizens of Požega, because the festival can be as good as good people and our people are excellent ”, concluded Silvija Podoljak. The importance of Aurea fest for Požega is also shown by the fact that in the cellar of Kutjevo dd, the main sponsor of the upcoming Aurea fest, 1050 bottles of top quality Graševina vintage 2016 and 250 bottles of top quality red De Ghoto wine vintage 2015 with the label of this year’s Aurea fest were filled. on the occasion of the coined and appropriate motto “Seven days, seven nights, without Kutjevo it will not be possible”.The Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County, of which the Požega Tourist Board is a part, presents at Varaždin’s Špancirfest everything that this beautiful part of Slavonia can offer to its guests, more than 30 wineries, irresistible specialties, the unique Nature Park and Papuk Geopark, 111 hiking and biking trails, interesting stories and legends… everything that makes Požega-Slavonia County an unavoidable destination for wine lovers, gourmets, lovers of active holidays and nature.Sometimes it is necessary to go a little outside the classic framework in order to achieve visibility and good enough promotion, because the noise in communication is increasing day by day. That is why the move of the Tourist Board of Požega and the promotion of the Aurea Fest as part of Špancir Fest is an excellent example of how to get additional promotion and invite guests to Požega on the spot.last_img read more

Hotel gripped by family feud sold

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China’s imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

first_imgChina reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.In recent weeks China’s tally of infections has dwindled dramatically, with only a handful of domestic patients each day. But just as the country appears to bring the outbreak under control, nations around the globe have been battling to control soaring numbers of infections in new hotspots.There were another 55 new infections in China Friday, the National Health Commission said, with one local infection and 54 imported cases from overseas. Topics : Beijing has been racing to control the number of infections being brought into the country — mostly Chinese nationals returning home from overseas, including large numbers of students abroad.On Thursday Beijing announced dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country, including reducing the number of international flights, limiting the capacity on board to 75 percent, and imposing a ban on foreigners entering China.Non-nationals living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight on Friday night, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it was a “temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation.”center_img Diplomats and the crew of international airlines and vessels will still be permitted to enter.Flights in and out of China will also be capped at just one route a week to each country, including for international airlines.The tally of cases brought into China from abroad climbed to 595 on Friday, health officials said.A series of strict measures had already been put in place to try and stem the wave of infections coming in.All Beijing-bound international flights have been diverted to other urban centers, where passengers will first be screened for the virus.Many Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have also imposed a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from abroad. There were nearly 1,100 return international passenger flights scheduled to come to China this week.There were another five deaths on Friday, according to the National Health Commission — all in the province of Hubei where the virus first emerged late last year.In total 81,340 people have been infected in China, and the outbreak has claimed 3,292 lives.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures for domestic pilgrims

first_imgSaudi healthcare workers and security personnel who have recovered from the novel coronavirus will be given the rest of the slots, “in recognition of their role in caring for society at all stages of the pandemic,” the statement said.Touching the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will be banned during the haj this year, and a social distancing space of a meter and a half between each pilgrim during the rituals including mass prayers and while in the Kaaba circling area will be imposed, a statement by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said.Also, access to holy haj sites at Mona, Muzdalifah and Arafat will be limited to those with haj permits starting Sunday July 19 till Aug. 2 2020, and wearing masks at all times will be mandatory for both pilgrims and organizers. Topics : Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the 2020 haj season, banning gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, the state news agency said on Monday.Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the haj to around 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times.Priority will be given to non-Saudi pilgrims who will be allotted 70% of available slots, the ministry that oversees pilgrimages said in a statement. Those selected must test negative for the virus, must be first-time pilgrims between 20 and 50 years old and have no chronic medical conditions.last_img read more

UK looks to bring in new inflation measure

first_imgThe UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) intends to use a new measure of inflation in a move that could spark fresh debate about index-linked benefits.The measure, CPIH, was first introduced by the ONS in 2010 and designed to reflect housing costs better than the existing consumer prices index (CPI).John Pullinger, the national statistician, announced yesterday that CPIH would be the ONS’s preferred inflation measure effective from March next year.Consultancy firm LCP said the move could open the door for the government to adopt CPIH for social security and pension benefits in the Autumn Statement, to be delivered on 23 November. The older CPI measure of inflation forms part of the state pension’s ‘triple lock’, which ministers want reviewed.Public sector pension benefits are linked to inflation, so any change in government policy could be applied to these pensions.However, the effect on private sector funds is less clear.Lynda Whitney, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the implications would depend on individual scheme rules, and trustees would have to be sure to communicate clearly any changes to members’ benefits.The pension fund for children’s charity Barnardo’s last week lost an appeal to switch its inflation measure from the retail prices index (RPI) to CPI.RPI is typically higher than CPI, so a switch to the latter would reduce future liabilities.UK government index-linked bonds use RPI, but last year saw the issue of a handful of CPI-linked bonds.No bonds have yet been issued using CPIH.Richard Gibson, an associate at Barnett Waddingham, said: “If the government were to issue CPIH-linked debt, that would provide welcome relief to pension funds that are seeking assets that more closely match their liabilities and likely reduce buyout prices for most schemes. We hope they will put this question out to consultation in due course.”However, Aon Hewitt’s Whitney cast doubt on the government’s appetite for such issuance.“CPI has been around for quite some time, but there has been extreme reluctance to issue CPI-linked debt,” she said.“Also, politically, the fact RPI is higher than CPI means the government doesn’t want to change it.”In addition, while Whitney agreed pension funds would be likely to buy into longer-dated CPIH bonds, she questioned whether there would be sufficient demand for the short end of the yield curve.last_img read more