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first_img Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Sazka: End to Covid-19 disruption in sight 30th April 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Czech Republic Greece Italy Austria Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Strategy Sazka Group believes it is coming to the end of the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but says the rapidly evolving situation makes it difficult to determine the crisis’ economic impact on the business.While it said its online offerings had been able to continue without interruption, its physical retail networks had been hit by significant restrictions as a result of the pandemic.In its native Czech Republic, government social distancing measures have been in place since 16 March, which resulted in Sazka’s retail network operating at 70% of capacity. However, since certain businesses were allowed to reopen from 20 April, this has increased to 95%.Amid the shut-down, Sazka promoted its online lottery and igaming products to mitigate the land-based restrictions, supported by efforts to optimise its product portfolio, and to improve the sign-up process.Gross gaming revenue for the year to date – including the period of Covid-19 disruption – has been in line with budgeted figures, though has slightly increased in April, due to online growth.In Greece, meanwhile, all OPAP stores and Play-branded gaming halls in Greece, plus its Cyprus-based stores, have been closed since 14 March. As in the Czech Republic, this has shifted focus online, with the roll-out of virtual sports and a third weekly draw for the Joker game. However Sazka admitted the subsidiary’s online offering does not make a material contribution to revenue.OPAP revealed earlier this month that it expected GGR to decline by up to €140m (£121.6m/$152.2m), and earnings by up to €53m, as a result of the pandemic, with mitigating measures only likely to save a maximum of €6m per month.However, a gradual lifting of social distancing measures will begin on 4 May, with OPAP stores, excluding the Play gaming halls to reopen from 11 May, with precautions taken for staff and customers, and limits on the number of individuals in each venue.Austria, where Sazka jointly controls Casinos Austria alongside the state’s investment arm Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG), implemented measures that shut a majority of shops from 16 March. Smaller stores were allowed to reopen from 14 April, as controls were eased, with larger shops to follow from 1 May.Sazka said there had only been a limited impact on Casinos Austria subsidiary Austrian Lotteries’ sales network. However, all casinos were closed from 16 March, as were Austrian Lotteries’ gaming halls, and casinos in other territories. This resulted in efforts to shift customer activity online, while the land-based closures were mitigated in part by government support.However Italian regulator Agenzia Dogane Monopoli’s (ADM) decision to suspend retail sales of Lottoitalia’s Lotto, 10e Lotto and Millionday games from 31 March 2020 effectively shut down sales. However, 10e Lott and Millionday sales resumed from 27 April, with Lotto returning on 4 May.To mitigate these shut-downs, Sazka said it had been implementing savings and deferrals in operating expenditure, such as marketing costs, and capital expenses. With revenue and sales cut, variable costs such as gaming taxes and sales commissions had also been reduced, benefitting cash flow.Each operating subsidiary was also evaluating government schemes to support businesses, such as deferring tax payments and subsidising costs related to inactive staff.As of 31 March, Sazka and its subsidiaries had a cash balance of around €100m, complemented by a €49m dividend paid by Lottoitalia paid on 23 April.“I am very pleased by the resilience which our business has displayed during the Covid-19 epidemic,” Sazka chief executive Robert Chvatal said. “Different geographies and different products have been affected to differing degrees, with sales through online channels – already growing strongly prior to Covid-19 – helping to compensate for declines in sales through physical points of sale.“We have certainly benefited from our geographical and product diversification and prudent financial policies during these unprecedented times,” he said.Chvatal said there was a clear trend of restrictions being relaxed, with the operator now preparing to ramp up activity.“None of this would have been possible without the experience and dedication of my colleagues from across the group,” he added. Sazka Group believes it is coming to the end of the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but says the rapidly evolving situation makes it difficult to determine the crisis’ economic impact on the business. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgTATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileTanzania Tea Packers Limited (TATEPA) is an agricultural holding company involved in growing, processing, blending, packing and selling tea in Tanzania and for international export. The company also has interests in growing and distributing avocadoes and tropical fruit. Tatepa Limited holds a 75% stake in Wakulima Tea Company Limited which grows, processes and sells tea for local and export markets; a 74.3% stake in Rungwe Avocado Company Limited which grows, packs and exports avocadoes; and a 54.4% stake in Freshfields Investments Limited. Other subsidiary companies include Kibena Tea Limited which grows and processes tea and Chai Bora Limited which blends, packages and markets packed tea in Tanzania and for international export. TATEPA Limited is listed on the Dar es Salam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img JustGiving will once again provide the fundraising platform for next year’s Brighton Marathon Weekend, after the contract went to Virgin Money Giving in 2018.The Brighton Marathon Weekend launched in 2010 and consists of a series of events including a full marathon, children’s run, a 10km race and a cycling event. This year’s event, which took place last weekend, is aiming to raise in excess of £6 million, with 18,000 participants with over 150,000 spectators supporting their family and friends. Entry for the 2020 event opens this week.JustGiving previously worked with the event between 2012 and 2017.The announcement follows JustGiving’s recent changes to its fee model, which has seen it drop its platform fees for charities, giving users the option to give a voluntary donation to cover the cost of running the platform instead. Commenting, Keith Williams, General Manager and Head of UK at JustGiving said:“It’s fantastic news that Brighton Marathon have returned to JustGiving and chosen us as their preferred fundraising partner. We’re thrilled to be working with the Grounded Events team again and helping their participants to raise even more money for great causes in 2020 and beyond.“Brighton Marathon is known for being a destination event creating life changing experiences for people and making a big “for good” impact in the world whilst doing it, which makes this partnership even more aligned in combined missions. Brighton Marathon was also my first ever full marathon in 2011, so working together again as partners makes this very special indeed.”Tom Naylor, Director of Brighton Marathon Weekend said: Advertisement  291 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  290 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 17 April 2019 | News JustGiving to be exclusive fundraising partner for 2020 Brighton Marathon Weekend Tagged with: fundraising events Justgiving “We’re so excited to be partnering with JustGiving again for the 2020 Brighton Marathon Weekend – our event participants deserve the best fundraising experience and JustGiving is the platform to deliver this. Brighton Marathon’s goal is to continue to innovate and break fundraising records, working with the JustGiving team will help us achieve this.“The recent fee changes to JustGiving’s platform mean that our fundraisers are able to raise even more money for charities and good causes – this was an important factor in driving us to choose JustGiving to support next year’s event.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img to go further News Receive email alerts February 22, 2021 Find out more January 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Australia March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Australia RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the government wants to set up a filtering system never before seen in a democracy. The State of South Australia has passed a law prohibiting online anonymity in an electoral context.A draconian filtering systemAfter a year of testing conducted by the government in joint cooperation with Australian Internet service providers, Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy reaffirmed, on December 15, 2009, that the government plans to call for a vote on a bill that would impose mandatory filtering of what it considers “inappropriate” websites. The decision to block access to a website would not be made by a judge, but by a government agency, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Such a procedure, without a court decision, does not satisfy the requirements of the rule of law: the ACMA classifies content secretly, compiling a website blacklist by means of unilateral and arbitrary administrative decision-making. The filtering would target websites featuring “refused classification” (RC) content, a category already applied to the traditional media, and would therefore apply to content completely unrelated to government efforts to combat child pornography, defamation or copyright, thus creating an obvious potential for overblocking. Subjects such as aborigines, abortion, anorexia, or laws governing the sale of marijuana would all risk being filtered, as would media reports or medically related information on these subjects. Moreover, although the government has announced that filtering would be 100% effective – a claim highly disputed by experts – the Wikileaks website has revealed the blacklist of filtered sites that had nothing reprehensible in their content, such as YouTube links, poker games, gay networks, Wikipedia pages, Christian sites, etc.An unpopular billEven though a true national debate on the subject is needed, Stephen Conroy has made such a discussion very problematic by branding his critics as child pornography advocates. A poll of 20,000 Australians conducted by Fairfax Media in December 2009 showed that 96% of them are strongly opposed to this bill. The U.S. company Google has also voiced strong reservations, explaining that this filtering system is “heavy handed and can raise genuine questions about restrictions on access to information.” On January 28 and 29, hundreds of Australian Internet websites participated in a national “Internet Blackout” day to oppose this measure.The announcement of this bill’s approaching introduction came soon after the current administration terminated the program launched by the previous government, which procured free filtering systems for Australian families. In fact, child pornography content is already banned by the Broadcasting Services Act of 2000. The Australian Broadcasting Authority is empowered to require that access providers of the sites concerned to block access to them.Anti-terrorist legislation is already leading to serious breaches of private e-mail confidentiality. Since 2001, the ACMA is lawfully entitled to intercept any suspicious e-mail message and conduct investigations without prior judicial authorization.Online anonymity is threatened in the State of South AustraliaAt the federal level, Australian law guarantees Internet users the right to post anonymous comments, but this is not necessarily the case at the local level. By virtue of new amendments to the State of South Australia’s electoral law, any comments posted on news sites discussing the local elections to be held on March 20, 2010 must be signed by their author’s real name, or the latter may have to pay a fine ranging from AUD 1,250 to 5,000 (USD 1,114 to 4,456). These websites are required to retain, for a period of six months, all information that would permit an Internet user who has written any statement on the site to be identified. Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out more Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Help by sharing this information News AustraliaAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

first_img Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Collectors Universe (“Collectors Universe” or the “Company”), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of collectibles, today announced that the investor group led by entrepreneur and sports card collector Nat Turner, D1 Capital Partners L.P., and Cohen Private Ventures, LLC (the “Investor Group”) has completed its acquisition of the Company. As a result of the completion of the acquisition, shares of Collectors Universe common stock have ceased trading and are no longer listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Other members of the Investor Group include The Chernin Group (“TCG”), in addition to renowned athletes and collectors, including NFL offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, NBA player Kevin Durant, NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, card collector and owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks Ken Kendrick, former World #1 tennis player Andy Roddick, and NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson, among others. In conjunction with the completion of the transaction, Mr. Turner has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. Joseph J. Orlando continues to serve as President and CEO of Collectors Universe, which will retain its headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Mr. Turner said, “Today represents an exciting new chapter for Collectors Universe, its dedicated employees, and hobbyists worldwide. The collectibles markets require scalable, modern infrastructure to support the maturation of the industry, increasing value of collectibles, and substantial demand for grading and authentication services. As a private company, we will have the flexibility to further invest in infrastructure, technology and R&D to reduce turnaround times and increase operational capacity, while protecting and enhancing the integrity and consistency of Collectors Universe’s best-in-class services.” Mr. Orlando said, “As we enter the next phase of our growth, Collectors Universe’s mission to serve as the most trusted, go-to platform for collectors of all types of collectibles remains unwavering. I look forward to working closely with a passionate collector and experienced technology executive in Nat, as well as with our talented employees, to continue to strengthen our core business, develop new value-added products and services, and expand Collectors Universe’s presence both domestically and abroad.” “I am proud to be joined by a premier group of financial investors and some of the foremost athletes and collectors to build upon Collectors Universe’s market leadership,” said Mr. Turner. “Together, we look forward to bringing hobbyists a tech-enabled, customer-centric business that is delivered by the collecting community, for the collecting community.” About Collectors Universe Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added services to the collectibles markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia (“collectibles”). The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible trading cards and sports memorabilia and operates its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and its Expos trade show and conventions business. This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company’s website, http://www.collectorsuniverse.com, and is also published in print. About D1 Capital Partners D1 Capital Partners is a global investment firm that operates across public and private markets. The firm combines the talent and operational excellence of a large, premier asset management firm with the flexible mandate and long-term time horizon of a family office. Founded in 2018 by Dan Sundheim, D1 focuses on investing in the global internet, technology, telecom, media, consumer, healthcare, financial, industrial, and real estate sectors. About Cohen Private Ventures Cohen Private Ventures invests long-term capital, primarily in direct private investments and other opportunistic transactions, and manages family office activities, on behalf of Steven A. Cohen and his family. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005284/en/ CONTACT: Jonathan Gasthalter/Sam Fisher Gasthalter & Co. (212) 257-4170 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL SPECIALTY OTHER RETAIL SOURCE: Collectors Universe Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005284/enCopyright Business Wire 2021. WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 center_img Investor Group Led by Nat Turner Completes Acquisition of Collectors Universe Facebook Pinterest Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Share Save Alan Jaffa, CEO, Safeguard PropertiesBeginning Sunday, November 3, industry leaders converged on The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 National Property Preservation Conference (NPPC). Presented by Safeguard Properties, the event included collaborative discussions about topics including code violations, vendor management, hazard claims, and other challenges and hot topics facing the property preservation sector.After an opening night reception Sunday evening, NPPC kicked off in full Monday morning with a welcome speech from Safeguard Properties CEO Alan Jaffa. Continuing the legacy of Safeguard’s founder, the late Robert Klein, the National Property Preservation Conference brings together a cross-section of industry stakeholders to brainstorm on challenges such as natural disaster response, regulatory compliance, and more.”I’m always energized by this conference and what it provides for our MCS team as well as the industry,” said MCS CEO, Caroline Reaves. “It’s the one time each year when we all get together and focus solely on property preservation. The MCS team always looks forward to this conference, as it provides an opportunity for open, honest dialogue with our peers in the industry.”Delgado and MontgomeryMonday morning also featured a Q&A session with The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Speaking with Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global, Commissioner Montgomery discussed recent policy changes, including HUD’s increased role in oversight of the False Claims Act.Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced last week that HUD was implementing changes to annual eligibility certifications, loan limit certifications, and defect taxonomy under the Act, alterations which were designed to bring more depository lenders back to originating FHA loans.Commissioner Montgomery told the crowd that HUD had been engaged in an ongoing dialog with the Justice Department from “day one” of the Trump administration regarding how to better manage the False Claims Act. Montgomery added that HUD had felt strongly that the annual eligibility certifications, loan limit certifications, and defect taxonomy changes all needed to be addressed at the same time.Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star GlobalFacing hurdles such as a government shutdown in the midst of this process, Commissioner Montgomery said the work on the False Claims Act revisions gained a new head of steam under Attorney General William Barr. After revising an initial document of proposed changes down from “around 12 pages to around six or seven pages,” HUD and the DOJ were able to come to a consensus, Commissioner Montgomery said.Speaking of the changes and the revised procedure for handling False Claims Act cases, Commissioner Montgomery said, “It’s a good suite of products, because it speaks to when something has materiality, and it’s a very prescribed set of circumstances.”Delgado also hosted his annual “State of the Industry” panel. This year, he was joined by industry leaders including:Alan Jaffa, CEO, Safeguard PropertiesBrian Martin, COO, Dakota Asset ServicesCaroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting ServicesTim Rood, Chairman and Managing Director, SitusAMCShubha Shivapurkar, Senior Director, Non-Performing Loans, Single-Family Operations, Freddie MacJacob Williamson; VP, Single-Family Real Estate, Fannie MaeLeft to right: Delgado, Jaffa, Shivapurkar, Martin, Rood, Reaves, WilliamsonThe panelists discussed the most pressing challenges facing property preservation, including foreclosure rates, the fight against urban blight, technological innovations, and intervention practices.“We live in a cyclical business,” Delgado said. “As much as we keep saying foreclosures are at 20 to 30-year lows … we’re starting to see some stress fractures in the housing economy that suggest that there is another trending cycle coming in.”Jaffa explained how some government entities have taken an aggressive stance against mortgage servicers and lenders to remediate issues stemming from vacant properties. He suggested that the industry should be more proactive.Caroline Reaves then gave an overview on the strength of the property preservation industry heading into 2020, and why now is the time for companies to be innovating.“One of our clients said, ‘No one is innovative when you’re busy, because you don’t have time to be.’ We took that to heart,” Reaves said. “We’ve gone in and spent this time investing in technology.”“We’ve put a lot of control and technology in place to make sure, as an industry, that we’re stronger, because [the economy] will turn,” Reaves continued.The NPPC will continue through Tuesday, November 5, with more discussion and updates. Click here to learn more. 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first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Doubts Expertise Of Committee Formed To Protect ‘Great Indian Bustard’ Mustafa Plumber21 Jan 2021 9:03 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday expressed doubts about members appointed by the state government in the advisory committee formed for development and upliftment of Great Indian Bustard, (GIB) in the state, may not be experts in the field. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum orally said “Out of 6 member’s at least four members may not…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday expressed doubts about members appointed by the state government in the advisory committee formed for development and upliftment of Great Indian Bustard, (GIB) in the state, may not be experts in the field. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum orally said “Out of 6 member’s at least four members may not have expertise.” It added “Was there an application of mind before appointing these persons. You (State) must appoint people who are working in the field day in and day out.” The state government by order dated June 17, 2020 has formed the advisory committee. The committee consists of Deputy Conservator of Forest—Ballari as its Chairman. The members of the committee are Dr Manohar, Professor of Zoology, Veerashaiva College, Dr Arun, MBBS/MS Surgeon, Tashildar, Siruguppa Taluk, Range Forest Officer, Ballari Range and Samad Kottur, Lecturer, Government PU Colleges, Hospet. In its order, the bench directed the government to on January 25 produce details of the meeting of the committee constituted under order dated June 17 2020. “Place on record the minutes of the meeting of the committee. State government shall also produce files concerning appointment of members under the said order”, the HC said. The bench noted that the Supreme Court in its order passed on July 15, 2019 has constituted a committee of six persons, all of them have been specifically named they are all ex-officio members. The State government has appointed a six member committee, out of which 3 are official members who hold position in their official capacity. The direction was given during the hearing of a petition filed by conversationalist Edward Santosh Martin and others. The petition states the illegal actions of respondents, undertaking civil works such as construction of watch towers and anti-poaching camps, within the area of habitat of the species has pushed the species to the brink of extinction which is a blatant violation of Part III, Schedule I of the Wild Life(Protection) Act, 1972. It is stated that GIB is a bird with an average age of about 12-15 years. Studies have shown that it lays about one egg every one to two years. In case of a drought, the bird may lay no eggs at all. Under ideal circumstances, the bustard chicks hatched have a survival rate of 60-70%. Around the time of Independence, the GIB was found throughout Western India, spanning eleven states, including Rajasthan, (across the border shared with Pakistan), Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Today, however, the bird has disappeared from over 90% of its traditional habitat. It is now restricted to fragmented pockets with very low populations in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kamataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat. In 2006, after years of exploring, a team of wild life enthusiasts including the Petitioner No 1, discovered about ‘nine bustards’ in a remote corner of Ballari district, Siruguppa Karnataka. They had documented a few young ones as well, indicating that Karnataka had a breeding population. Since then, the NGO, along with local volunteers and Karnataka Forest Department (KFD), have been monitoring sightings of this species. The petition says that recently, as part of CAMPA, JSW Limited had purchased 250 acres of land in Ballari where the GIB was seen, and had handed it over to the KFD towards protection of the bustard. In 2016, a rapid assessment survey by the NGO found 12 GIBs here. Further, the plea says in May 2020, the KFD began digging hundreds of pits to plant saplings of tall trees in the very same area the GIBs were found. Converting grassland to a tree plantation is not conducive for the GIB. “The GIB is an open-country bird that avoids areas with dense and tall plants. In addition to this, anti-poaching camps and five watchtowers are being constructed in great haste. These buildings and tall trees will cause hindrance to the birds and cause them to fly away in search of favorable habitats,” the plea says. It is added “The presence of tall structures (such as the ones built now by the Karnataka Forest Department) will adversely impact these low flying birds which have poor frontal vision. GIBs prefer open grasslands without structures and tall trees. Many GIB deaths have been reported in India when these birds hit power lines, tall structures or tall wind power generators because of poor frontal vision. Great Indian Bustards stopped breeding in Karnataka’s only GIB Sanctuary, Ranebennur because the Forest Department built tall structures.” The petitioners highlight that the existing constructions will be removed by this winter at the latest so that the GIBs may perhaps breed again in the spring. If they miss the breeding season for the second year at a stretch, their extinction from Karnataka is definite as there are not more than 8 surviving species of GIB in Karnataka.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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first_imgABC News(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Hurricane Michael, a historic Category 4 storm, struck the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, unleashing heavy rain, high winds and a devastating storm surge.Here is a look at the dangerous storm by the numbers:155 mph: Wind speed — nearly the highest possible for a Category 4 hurricane — with which Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach and Panama City. A hurricane with 157 mph or higher is a Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.129 mph: Peak wind gust reported Wednesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is about 12 miles southeast of Panama City, Florida.6: Number of storm-related deaths attributed to Michael thus far, including an 11-year-old girl who local officials say was killed when part of a metal carport crashed into her family’s mobile home in Lake Seminole, Georgia. 14 feet: The maximum height forecast for the storm surge when Michael’s strong winds pushed the ocean water onto land.12 inches: The isolated maximum amount of rain that Michael was forecast to dump across the Florida Panhandle and the state’s Big Bend region, as well as in southeast Alabama and parts of southwest and central Georgia.9 inches: Maximum amount of rain that Michael could bring to isolated areas from Virginia to North Carolina.922,167: Number of homes and businesses without power in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina as of Thursday at 12:25 p.m. ET. The vast majority are in Florida and Georgia.30,000: Number of workers mobilized from across the country to help restore power.325,000: Estimated number of people in the storm’s path who were told to evacuate by local authorities.6,000: Approximate number of people who stayed in the roughly 80 shelters across Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on Wednesday night.3,000: Number of personnel the Federal Emergency Management Agency deployed ahead of landfall.35: Number of counties in Florida, of the state’s 67, where Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency prior to landfall.3,500: Number of Florida National Guard troops activated for pre-landfall coordination and planning, with an emphasis on high water and search-and-rescue operations.600: Number of Florida state troopers assigned to the Panhandle and Big Bend region to assist with response and recovery efforts.500: Number of disaster relief workers that the American Red Cross was sending to affected areas in the Sunshine State.200: Approximate number of patients who will be evacuated from Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart in Panama City, Florida, on Thursday morning and transferred to regional facilities, after the storm shattered windows and stripped down walls at the hospital. Thirty-nine of those patients are in critical care and will be transferred by emergency air services, the hospital said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgwsfurlan/iStock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — A man was arrested Monday for allegedly beating a 63-year-old woman to death with a motorized scooter in Southern California, police said.The woman, identified as Rosa Elena Hernandez, was attacked on a sidewalk in Long Beach in broad daylight. The assailant at one point used a motorized scooter to bludgeon her and then fled, according to the Long Beach Police Department.Hernandez, a local resident, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday afternoon, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is still determining the official cause of death.The suspect, who was described as a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and red shoes, was located a few hours later and taken into custody without incident. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2 million bail, police said.Police declined to identify the man until records can confirm his information.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img“A”writes: I have recently progressed from working as an admin clerk, to becominga customer services and call centre adviser. I am studying LCCI PublicRelations Level 3. I am 17, and desperately want to succeed within HR. Howeverit seems that to study personnel you have to be working in a personnelenvironment, and to work in personnel you have to have studied it! Is there anyway in – maybe as an HR clerk or assistant – at the stage I am now at? I wouldreally appreciate your help.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning writes:It’sreally great hearing that you have such a clear career direction to pursue! WhatI suggest is that you look at the CIPD programme called Certificate inPersonnel Practice. This is purpose designed for your situation, it takes aboutseven months and gives an introduction to all key areas withinpersonnel. With this you would be very well qualified to apply for posts as apersonnel assistant. Alternatively,you could apply for jobs as a personnel assistant and see if they will sponsoryou to do the CPP, which is quite a common practice.Goodluck with your career!PeterWilford, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group writes: Getting into HR can bedifficult but there are a number of approaches to take:Firstly, if youare happy with your current organisation contact the HR Department for advice.They may have vacancies, or give some pointers as to where to look in the localarea. If this does not bring success,use a combination of avenues for job seeking. This should include:Write to local employers, particularly those you see expanding. Contact your local college offering CIPD courses and ask them for advice on career opportunities and the names of local companies who might have suitable vacancies. Attend local CIPD meetings – a great way to network and to find out about local employers. Use your network to think about all the people you know who work in the area already. Ask their advice and any contacts that they might have. Remember you are not asking for a job but for advice and who to talk to! Look for clerical jobs in the local papers. Talk to employment agencies, locally, and national HR agencies. Perhaps help out with a local charity, within the HR field.Tobe serious about a career in HR a CIPD qualification is essential. Find outabout courses available before making the decision that HR is for you. Talkto your local college or contact the CIPD (web site: www.cipd.co.uk). Ask for alist of colleges locally who provide CIPD courses.Finally,send your CV with a good covering letter to companies. Sell your achievements.Employers will look at what you know about the reality of workingin HR and whether you have the commitment to do it. If you have done yourresearch well this will come across in your application and at interview.Fortips on networking and writinga CV, see our CareerGuides page How do I break into HR?On 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more