This week’s news in brief

first_imgThis week’s news in briefOn 17 May 2005 in Personnel Today NYC competition winnerThe winner of the PersonnelToday.com and Oracle competition is Catherine Hemmings, HR manager, customer solutions, at RAC Business Solutions. She won a weekend for two in New York, including a helicopter ride around Manhattan.Abbey to cut 4,000 jobsBanking group Abbey last week announced that it would cut 4,000 jobs this year, rather than the 3,000 expected at the time of its takeover by Banco Santander. The group blamed the cuts on the bank’s high cost-to-income ratio of 62% – some 20 percentage points higher than its high street rivals.www.abbey.comCampaign to beat stressNHS Employers has launched a national campaign to help combat stress in the workplace. Director Steve Barnett said work-related stress was responsible for 30% of sickness absence in the NHS, costing the service between £300m and £400m per year. www.nhsemployers.orgStressed staff gain weightOverworked and stressed employees are more likely to put on weight, according to a new study from academics in Finland. The paper, Psychosocial Working Conditions and Weight Gain Among Employees, published by the University of Helsinki Department of Public Health, found that workers with bad working conditions or experiencing ‘burnout’ were more likely to eat unhealthily and not take exercise. www.kttl.helsinki.fiPensions to stay in-houseOn 3 May, we incorrectly reported that the BBC was planning to outsource its pension administration function. The department will in fact stay in-house in a new service delivery function. We are happy to set the record straight. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Send your credit union to summer camp!

first_imgThere’s something about summertime that always reminds me of the carefree, playful, adventurous days of my youth. Whether my memories are triggered by catching a whiff of sunscreen mixed with chlorine or hearing classic rock through the car window or spitting out the seeds from a piece of ice cold watermelon, they send me back to a time when being a “happy camper” meant having three months of vacation stretching out endlessly before me.Camp CU Wants YOU!Remember what passed for monumental decisions in our lives on those long days at summer camp?—Top bunk or bottom bunk? Swimming or archery? Prank the next cabin or tell ghost stories by the fire? What if your credit union could find ways to channel and communicate the same spirit of discovery and fun to your members and community this summer? Here are six ways to put the timeless principles of summer camp fun to work to create some excellent adventures at your credit union in the months ahead:Make New Friends and Keep the Old OnesSummer is a great time to raise your credit union’s visibility by using your branches as a destination for members or prospects who are out and about looking for something to do on summer weekends. You can hold “block parties” where you serve lemonade or ice cream or set up a hot dog truck. Try hiring a bouncy castle or make your parking lot a destination by showing “drive-in” movies. Or simply bring everyone inside to enjoy your air conditioning while you give branch tours, possibly including a scavenger hunt or featuring treasure chest prizes or a raffle.Bring Similar Cabin Mates TogetherCreating targeted presentations for different demographic or behavioral groups is a great way to brand your credit union. Organize seminars or presentations at your branches where small groups of attendees receive financial advice in a low-key, entertaining setting. For example, you might organize a pizza night for Millennials or an evening where the parents of young children can drop them off for a supervised story hour while they move to a nearby room for a presentation on saving for college. Seniors might enjoy attending a coffee hour or light lunch that features a hands-on demonstration of new developments in online and mobile banking.Put on a Talent ShowSummer is a great time to tackle new projects that might get overlooked during the rest of the year and it’s a great time to give interns meaningful projects to complete. Your credit union may also have volunteers or temps who would love to bring their energies and fresh eyes to creating website improvements or doing data analysis. Regular employees can also be encouraged to work on pet projects or get involved in helping to brainstorm solutions to operational or workflow problems that have troubled them during the rest of the year.Organize a Field DaySummer is the ideal time to bring your credit union closer to the community by running a joint service project or fundraiser. Create teams to handle various functions such as making signs or creating a video that can compete for bragging rights in a good natured fashion. The feeling of achievement in making something happen will raise your credit union’s visibility, generate great PR and contribute to employee pride and morale.Get Your Credit Union in ShapeWho can’t use a little more focus on “fitness” during the summer months? In this case the “diet and exercise” your credit union may need in order to stay in fighting trim could come in the form of increased attention to optimizing finances and/or operations. For instance, summer is a great time to review operations in your call center when volume may be lower or to get your card portfolios ready for future growth campaigns by conducting thorough portfolio or risk and collections reviews.Plan Your “Back-to-School” StrategySummer may seem endless now, but it always draws to a close far sooner than you think. The time period from September through the holidays will offer outstanding opportunities for themed marketing growth campaigns, but only if you plan ahead. Build your calendar during the summer and your programs can be off and running when fall rolls around.Making Memories That LastIn the spirit of summer fun, these ideas should be approached as suggestions intended to jumpstart your credit union’s own sense of member and community service rather than a one-size-fits all checklist. Start small and learn from your experiences—good and maybe less good—as you go along. Above all, remember that the best way for your credit union to create experiences that make your members feel like happy campers is for your credit union staff to feel like happy campers when they provide them. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Arnie Goldberg Arnie Goldberg is Director of Business Development for Advisors Plus, with primary emphasis on practice expansion through service enhancement and the creation of individualized business and marketing solutions. Arnie draws … Web: www.advisorsplus.com Detailslast_img read more

VaxGen sells anthrax vaccine to rival firm

first_img Dec 3, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Newspaper says lobbying helped sink anthrax vaccine” Last September, Emergent won an HHS contract worth up to $448 million to supply 18.75 million doses of BioThrax to HHS for the national stockpile. The company said its acquisition of the VaxGen vaccine will have no effect on the existing contract. The Los Angeles Times reported last December that a lobbying campaign by Emergent had been a factor in the HHS decision to cancel the VaxGen contract. Emergent has a second-generation anthrax vaccine candidate of its own, called rPA 102. Like VaxGen’s vaccine, its active ingredient is a recombinant form of protective antigen (rPA), an anthrax protein. VaxGen’s contract was the first awarded under Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program to procure medical defenses against the effects of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. The aim of the contract was to provide a vaccine that requires fewer doses than the existing vaccine and has minimal side effects. May 5 VaxGen news release In a news release announcing the sale, VaxGen President James P. Panek said, “In Emergent, we believe we have identified a partner whose expertise in the field and track record in contracting with government agencies maximizes the chances of returns for our shareholders.” Apr 8 CIDRAP News story “DoD funds development of anthrax vaccine patch Emergent is unlikely to be the only company bidding for the new HHS anthrax vaccine contract. Last month, PharmAthene, an Annapolis, Md., company, announced it had acquired the biodefense business of the British firm Avecia, including the rights to an rPA anthrax vaccine that has gone through phase 2 clinical trials. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded VaxGen an $877 million contract in 2004 to produce 75 million doses of its second-generation anthrax vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile. But HHS canceled the contract in December 2006, after problems with the vaccine’s stability caused the company to miss a deadline for starting a clinical trial. VaxGen, of South San Francisco, Calif., said it sold the vaccine and related technology to Emergent, based in Rockville, Md., for $2 million. Emergent may be required to pay up to an additional $8 million in milestone payments, plus a percentage of any future sales revenues. ” Emergent, in a release announcing its purchase, said the VaxGen vaccine’s stability has been improved and that a phase 2 clinical trial has been completed. The vaccine could be a leading candidate for a new HHS contract to supply anthrax vaccine for the national stockpile, the company said. The firm said plans call for making the vaccine at Emergent’s new facility in Lansing, Mich. HHS issued a request in February for proposals to provide 25 million doses of anthrax rPA vaccine, according to previous reports. See also: May 5 Emergent news releasehttp://investors.emergentbiosolutions.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202582&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1139336 A May 5 report in the Washington Post said Emergent’s rPA 102 anthrax vaccine isn’t as far along in development as the VaxGen product. Facing a deadline to submit a proposal to HHS by the end of this month, Emergent decided to bet on the VaxGen vaccine, the story said. Dec 20, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS cancels VaxGen anthrax vaccine contract” May 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – VaxGen Inc. announced this week the sale of its experimental anthrax vaccine—which the US government pulled the plug on in 2006—to Emergent BioSolutions, maker of the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine. VaxGen spent more than $175 million to develop the vaccine, the Post reported. The story said the company laid off three quarters of its remaining 22 employees last month. Emergent produces BioThrax—also known as Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed—the licensed anthrax vaccine, developed in the 1950s. The product, which is required for US military personnel serving in high-risk areas such as the Middle East, is given in six doses over 18 months, followed by an annual booster. A number of service members have complained of serious side effects from the vaccine, and it was the subject of a long court battle after some sued to stop the program.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 10,000, businesses activating pandemic plans, vaccine news, military’s steps, NYC school closings

first_imgWorld’s novel H1N1 cases top 10,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases rose to 10,243 in 41 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 3,648 cases and 72 deaths from Mexico, 5,469 cases and 6 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, 496 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 9 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. Greece was the only new country added to the list, with a report of one case.[WHO update 34]US case and fatality totals riseThe count of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 cases in the United States grew to 5,710, of which 8 were fatal, from 48 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. No new states reported confirmed cases. The newly reported deaths of a 44-year-old St Louis man and a 57-year-old Arizona woman were included in the fatality total.[Current CDC numbers]Many global companies have activated pandemic plansMore than half (55%) of global companies in a survey by a business association said they have activated pandemic response plans because of the H1N1 epidemic, according to Medical News Today. The survey covered 121 members of the Conference Board, a global nonprofit association of businesses. Almost all the companies said they were making special efforts to provide pandemic information to employees, and 81% said they have encouraged workers who feel sick to stay home.[Medical News Today report]Novel flu may lead to earlier seasonal flu vaccination campaignIf US officials decide to launch an H1N1 immunization campaign later this year, seasonal flu vaccination efforts may start earlier than usual, a CDC flu expert said at a news briefing today. Dr. Dan Jernigan said the CDC estimates that an H1N1 vaccine will become available sometime in the fall. “If possible, we do want to have earlier rollout of seasonal vaccine simply for that reason, to make it easier for an additional vaccine if that is the ultimate policy,” he said.[May 20 CDC briefing transcript]Glaxo offers 50 million vaccine doses to the WHOAt a meeting of United Nations officials yesterday, GlaxoSmithKline offered to donate 50 million doses of a pandemic vaccine to the WHO for use in poor countries if needed, a company spokesman told the Chicago Tribune. However, the offer has not been finalized by Glaxo or the WHO. Vaccine makers have voiced a commitment to providing doses to poor countries but gave few specifics at yesterday’s meeting.[May 20 Chicago Tribune article]Flu outbreak tests military pandemic plansThe novel flu outbreak, which launched from North America, wasn’t the overseas threat that the US military envisioned when it prepared its pandemic plan, according to details that surfaced in briefing documents obtained by the Associated Press. According to the closely guarded plan, in catastrophic circumstances the military would help law enforcement enforce quarantines, limit travel, and protect government buildings. The six-phase plan also calls for measures to protect the armed services.Taiwan reports first H1N1 case; Australia has 4 moreTaiwan reported its first novel H1N1 case, in a 52-year-old foreign physician who had been in the United States several months and arrived in Taiwan via Hong Kong on May 18, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Meanwhile, Australia reported four more cases, all in people who had recently been in the United States, raising the country’s total to five. Three cases were in young brothers from Melbourne; the fourth was in a 28-year-old Sydney woman, AFP reported.Test is negative in NYC child’s death as more schools closeNew York City health officials said a 16-month-old boy who died May 18 of suspected H1N1 flu tested negative for the virus, according to the Associated Press (AP). But samples were sent to the CDC for further testing. Meanwhile, City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden recommended closing three more schools as of today because of high rates of flu-like illness, bringing the number of closed schools in the city to 21.last_img read more

Rotaract Club of Dominica celebrates World Rotaract Week

first_img Tweet 6 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Rotaract Club of Dominica celebrates World Rotaract Week by: – March 15, 2012center_img Share Share The Rotaract Club of Dominica joins several clubs around the world in observing World Rotaract Week and has organized several activities to mark this special occasion.The Rotaract Movement worldwide observers the week of March 12th to the 18th in celebration of the chartering of the very first Rotaract Club in North Charlotte, North Carolina 44 years ago. This movement is a voluntary community service organization of young professionals between the ages of 18 – 30.Dominica’s Rotaract Club however was chartered on September 16th, 1985 to engage young professionals in activities which will address the social and physical needs of its community, while building the personal and professional lives of its members through fellowship and service.Since its inception, the club has executed countless service projects in various communities across the island geared at improving the lives of the young, old and less fortunate.The following activities will be undertaken to mark this grand achievement of the Rotaract Movement; A Guest Night at Rotaract meeting this Thursday, where persons are invited to learn about Rotaract and to interact with members;  A visitation to the home of an elderly needy resident of Fond Cole on Saturday, Mr. Brumant. The Club will deliver groceries, clean Mr. Brumant’s home as well as the immediate surroundings and socialize with him; Attend a church service in Grand Bay on Sunday, where members and prospective members of the club will donate a gift basket to someone in the community identified by the church. The Club has undertaken several projects on island to date and these include; an annual Children’s Christmas Party (held in a different community each year), annual Rotaract/Haliborange Spelling Bee Competition, street feeding programs, beach and river cleanups, care of the elderly, donations to the less fortunate, donations to the HIV/AIDS unit, beautification projects and the organization of the annual Carnival Princess Show among many others.World Rotaract Week is a time for celebrating the success and importance of the Rotaract Movement. We embrace our motto: “Fellowship through Service”; giving back to our communities and embodying the ideals of Fellowship, Excellence and Humanity.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Married Couple Arrested in West Palm Beach Pawn Shop Burglary

first_imgPolice have arrested a married couple in connection with a attempted burglary at a West Palm Beach pawn shop.The attempted smash-and-grab took place at Queen of Palms on June 1, following protests in the area over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Out of the crowd of people who tried to break into the business using machetes, rocks, and hammers, police ultimately arrested 35-year-old Ivan Camacho and 27-year-old Jessica Lynn Camacho.Meet Ivan and Jessica. Remember them? The two were arrested overnight in connection with the Queen of Pawns June 1st burglary. We still need your help to capture all of those responsible. #seesomethingsaysomething #westpalmbeach #Community @CrimeStoppersPB @ATFMiami pic.twitter.com/Trlh0rk839— West Palm Beach PD (@WestPalmPD) June 11, 2020 Detectives are still hoping to obtain the names of the other individuals involved.The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information.Crowd Tries to Ransack Local Pawn Shop, ATF Offers $5,000 Rewardlast_img read more

Razer proposes buyout of e-payment company MOL Global

first_imgGaming peripheral company Razer has been invested in MOL Global since June 2017 and has now proposed to acquire the companies remaining shares to gain full ownership. The company has reportedly offered $61m for the remaining shares after investing $20m last year.Razer has been moving heavier and heavier into ecommerce lately with the release of their Steam-alternate Game Store earlier this month. It’s Game Store offers codes per purchase that can be used for exclusive peripheral offers and even game vouchers. They’ve also added their zGold and zSilver currency into the Game Store along with giving users more ways to earn them and exchange them for hardware.MOL Global operates payments through MOLPoints for games off and online in Southeast Asia as credit cards are rarely used. This allows for large developers like PlayStation and Facebook to monetize their games in that region which will in-turn boost Razer’s ecosystem.Razer co-founder Min-Liang Tan says the acquisition will allow the company to take over one of Southeast Asia’s largest e-payment networks, deepen its presence in Asia, and created one of the world’s largest virtual credit platforms specifically for gamers.Esports Insider says: This is an obvious move from Razer. As it’s Game Store recently launched along with the store currency it’s smart to gain full ownership of the largest virtual credit platform along with stretching its reach to Southeast Asia. The popularity of the Game Store will grow as Razer invests more into perks for using it.last_img read more

Avram Grant calls for Benitez to be given support

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told the BBC he believes the club should support under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez.Grant, who led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League Final, was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in the wake of Benitez’s poor start.The club subsequently denied reports that Grant was being considered for a role.Benitez is deeply unpopular among Blues fans from his time at Liverpool and the decision to install him in place of the sacked Roberto Di Matteo has caused anger.But Grant insisted: “The most important thing for them is that they have a manager who needs supporting.“What Rafa needs now is good victories and good football to convince the supporters that they need to support him.”Asked whether he would be willing to work alongside Benitez, he said: “I don’t think it’s the right idea for the moment.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kaepernick tweets Frederick Douglass speech: “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine”

first_imgColin Kaepernick has shown time and time again that he is not interested in a purely celebratory version of patriotism.On Thursday morning, the former 49ers quarterback shared a video on Twitter featuring quotes from Frederick Douglass’ famous July 5, 1852 speech delivered in Rochester, New York. Douglass, who was born into slavery, had been asked to speak on July 4 but declined, and his speech explains why.“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Douglass asked in his hour-plus …last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: UST turns back La Salle, heads to Final 4 with twice-to-beat edge

first_imgFILE – UST Tigresses vs La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas carried out a shock and awe-inducing victory over three-time defending champion La Salle, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, Wednesday to move just a win away from the UAAP women’s volleyball finals.Imposing the firepower which happens to be the most explosive in the league, the Tigresses employed a fast-paced, no let-up assault and hardly allowed the Lady Spikers a chance to gain their bearing at the full-packed FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Exciting times as Perlas Pilipinas welcomes influx of talents in biggest pool yet Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sisi Rondina fired 28 points for the Tigresses, who are now just one win away from clinching the final since Season 73, the same year they last enjoyed a twice-to-beat incentive.La Salle suffered second straight defeat and now slid to No. 3 in the Final Four. It will need to beat UST twice to nail a finals slot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis marks the first time in 10 years that the Lady Spikers will not have a twice-to-beat shield.RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more