UK business not prepared for war

first_img Comments are closed. UK business not prepared for warOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Nearly a quarter of UK companies are likely to close down parts of theirbusiness if the war against Iraq lasts more than six weeks, research finds. Asurvey by management consultancy Morgan Leith Partnership (MLP) finds thatthree-quarters of employers predict they could continue operating relativelynormally if the war lasts up to nine months before considering major changes.Four out of 10 companies polled have no crisis plan or contingency plan inplace to cope with possible terrorist action, or fundamental changes in tradingconditions created by the conflict. A quarter of the 54 UK employers polled donot have the right calibre leaders. last_img read more

Maple Grove Middle/High School Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow. 01/31/20.BEMUS POINT – A student who was last in class on Monday at Maple Grove Middle/High School has tested positive for COVID-19.Superintendent of Schools Joseph Reyda says the student has been isolated and the Health Department is now working to identify and contact those who may have come in close contact to the pupil.“Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes while they are infectious with COVID-19,” said Reyda. “It also means being in a standard classroom setting for 60 minutes or more with someone who is infectious with COVID-19.”He says the student will not return until they have completed quarantine procedures are and released by the Department of Health. Additionally, Reyda says areas used by the student were thoroughly cleaned and sanitized as part of the building’s daily cleaning procedure.According to the state’s COVID-19 report card, this is the sixth student at the school to test positive for the virus since September, the second in the last month.Four teachers have also previously tested positive for COVID-19 at the school. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soy Conference

first_imgPeople don’t often associate Georgia with soybeans, but for a time last week, the state became the epicenter for international soybean science.More than 300 plant breeders, molecular biologists and commercial researchers converged on Athens, Georgia, for the 17th Biennial Conference on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Soybean. The meeting showcased new research in gene characterization, genome editing, soybean engineering, and soybean biology and environmental interaction. Presenters came from around the globe and were hosted by University of Georgia soybean scientists and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professors Scott Jackson, Zenglu Li and Wayne Parrott. “We really had some of the most cutting-edge concepts and ideas in soybean biology presented this week,” said Jackson, of the UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. “From increasing yield to achieving insect and disease resistance, understanding the molecular biology of the soybean is going to help us build a more bountiful and sustainable food supply as the world’s population grows.”Farmers around the world grow about 250 million acres of soybeans, and the demand for the crop is growing. In 2018, soybean acreage planted in the U.S. overtook the nation’s planted corn acreage for the first time. Georgia farmers grow about 180,000 acres each year mainly to produce cooking oil.“The soybean is a key crop for meeting the nutritional needs of the increasing global population,” Parrott said. “A thorough understanding of soybean genetics is important for the development of new soybean varieties to meet the nutritional, environmental and industrial requirements that soybeans could fulfill over the coming decades.”In addition to the four-day molecular biology conference, UGA’s soybean scientists, led by Li, hosted the two-day 2018 Soybean Breeders Tour. The tour highlighted UGA’s soybean research and UGA Cooperative Extension work. It attracted about 160 soybean breeders and soybean specialists. “We wanted to share the work we’re doing with soybeans at UGA,” Li said. “Researchers at UGA are focused on both the basic and applied sides of soybean research, and the Soybean Breeders Tour allowed us to showcase how basic and applied soybean research come together to benefit our soybean growers and to improve the security of our food system.”For more information about soybean breeding and molecular biology at UGA, visit cropsoil.uga.edu.last_img read more

More and more incentives for “green” projects

first_imgThe Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, signed contracts in Rijeka on Monday for the projects of the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Visitor Center on Large Carnivores in Stara Sušica. The contracts have a total value of over HRK 24 million, of which HRK 16 million has been secured by grants from EU funds, reports the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.The signing at the Natural History Museum was attended by the County Prefect of Primorje-Gorski Kotar Zlatko Komadina, the Mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel, the Rector Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, the Director of the Public Institution Nature Sonja Šišić, representatives of CFCA and others.Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is one of the most diverse in the Republic of Croatia in terms of natural heritage and biodiversity, and it is extremely important that the County recognized the urgency of developing its institutions that care for protected parts of natural heritage. These projects strive to present the immense wealth of flora and fauna to citizens and tourists. Also, the establishment of large Agricultural Centers and a future Interpretation Center directly encourages the scientific, economic and tourist development of rural areas, as is the case with Stara Sušica. The story of the Interpretation Center for wolves, lynxes and bears in the near future is intended to expand with a mountain house, a real eco-ethno treat and a small zoo park where these predators would live.The project will regulate access to the protected geomorphological monument of nature, Zametska Cave, open it to the public and enrich Rijeka’s tourist story with new content. Also, speaking about green tourism, the arrangement of three Rijeka parks is planned below: Nikola Hosta Park, Mlaka and Trsat.The project of building the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was created in partnership with the City of Rijeka with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Public Institution Priroda and the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka. The University of Rijeka also provided support by providing the field within the University campus on which the mentioned Center will be established. The Interpretation Center is worth HRK 16.17 million, of which the share of grants is HRK 11.29 million. The County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, together with the Public Institution Priroda, is co-financing the project with almost HRK 3.5 million.The efforts of the County to strengthen and create preconditions for sustainable valorization of natural heritage throughout its territory should be commended. valorization of the entire Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. In addition to the mentioned Zametska cave in the City of Rijeka, this project also valorizes the areas of the strict reserve Bijele and Samarske stijene and Lopar on the island of Rab, while NATURA 11 includes Zebar, Lič polje, Obruč, Platak, Kupska dolina, Osor, the surroundings of Baška and the aforementioned parks of Rijeka.The Municipality of Ravna Gora and the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ravna Gora are participating in the project of building a Visitor Center on large carnivores in Stara Sušica, while the holder of the project is the Public Institution Nature. The project is worth HRK 8.18 million, of which HRK 5.006.600,96 are grants from EU funds. With this Center, the mountain area wants to be presented and promoted as a place of coexistence of people and beasts, as well as preserved landscapes and natural resources; all with the aim of encouraging the sustainable development of Gorski Kotar, preserving the natural heritage and sustainable valorization of the same, then creating green jobs, training locals and visitors, improving tourist attractiveness and attracting visitors.The completion of the project is scheduled for September 1, 2020, while the construction of the Center is planned to begin in 2019. This is a step closer to the promotion and development of sustainable tourism and branding of Gorski Kotar as a destination of preserved natural heritage, for which the involvement of local self-government and community was extremely important.”I would like to take this opportunity to praise the hosts, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the city of Rijeka, where as much as HRK 2.8 billion was contracted through 3.318 contracts and grants, of which a total of HRK 2.4 billion in grants was contracted during the mandate of this Government.”, Said the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, and pointed out that the signing of the contract is actually the result of dedicated work and partnership of all users and institutions.On the eve of the signing, the Ministry reports that Žalac held a meeting with Komadin and Obersnel in which they discussed the use of the domestic component fund in projects related to the European Capital of Culture.PHOTO: A native of Rijekalast_img read more

BetRegal diary – Moving past some of the early frustrations

first_img Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new sportsbook created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. In the fifth diary of this series, we are moving towards the present day. It’s the summer of 2017 and the product is live, but there are a still a few issues to iron out.The faithful diary readers amongst you will know that we chose EveryMatrix after meeting with a wide selection of software providers at last year’s ICE conference in London. We were immediately taken by the potential of the platform’s granular margin management and how quickly we could take our product to market.However, we knew that no one platform was ideal for our needs, and that all would require some form of compromise. For us, this was knowing that the iframe solution that we chose gave us less control over the betting experience as it was being shared by other operators, and that working with a third-party provider would, at least until we had the leverage of a huge customer base and/or significant volume, pit us against all other EveryMatrix clients for attention.Obviously when you operate all aspects of your sportsbook internally, you have greater control over your development priorities with a clear and visible finish line. It’s easy to say ‘this is priority #1’ when dealing with an internal team of developers. With a software provider, it is harder to gauge where your ‘priority #1’ stands in the queue with all the other operators’ priorities. As expected with any new software-based integration and launch, we are going to uncover technical issues that need to be addressed. We are definitely finding our fair share of bugs and issues, and it has been frustrating trying to get some of these issues solved expeditiously. Don’t get me wrong, things are getting crossed off the list, just not at the pace I would hope for.Knowing that all startups have problems in the first few months, we deliberately overstaffed on the support side to help us to execute a ‘killing them with kindness’ strategy. After all, we defined an over the top level of customer support as one of our brand differentiators. By having these extra support staff, we can ensure there is a warm body there to respond to any customers who have a problem within minutes by email, and seconds by live chat. Although the intent is there for us to be as responsive as humanly possible to our customers, we have to accept that there is a learning curve when it comes to managing customer service queries when dealing with a brand new software. There are some questions that we simply don’t know the answer to (or more likely don’t know where to find the answer yet). This creates a need for us to escalate to our software provider support, who in turn has to prioritize the query, investigate, respond to us and then we respond to the customer. Needless to say that’s not the most efficient communication chain. Sometimes that communication process can take hours or days depending on complexity. Making customers wait extended periods for seemingly simple queries can prove frustrating, for both the us and the customer. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As we build our knowledge of the backend system, and begin seeing repeat questions, it’s becoming easier to deal with customer support interactions quickly and compassionately.We have to keep in mind that this is a marathon not a sprint, and make long term decisions while learning as we go. It is for this reason that we have actually held off on larger marketing spend in target regions such as Latin America, because we understand the importance of first impressions. There are some fundamental UX issues that we need to address before I would feel comfortable engaging in any reasonable marketing spend. The positive here is that focusing on the product, and the quick resolution of player problems, has helped to refine elements of our own strategy moving forwards.A key part of this strategy is to give players the highest value prices we can in terms of our odds pricing. As I mentioned in the first diary of the series, building on the exclusivity and aspirational part of our ‘Regal’ branding, it’s key that our users are treated like royalty with the margins that we offer in the sportsbook. As someone with a marketing background, this is where EveryMatrix’s margin management provides an ‘arrow in the quiver’ for BetRegal’s marketing team.I said in the last diary that BetRegal was starting to make its mark, and I stand by that statement. Sure there are website UX issues that need to be addressed, but those are being constantly documented and reviewed by our team and we are working to prioritize and fix them as quickly as we can. We are getting very valuable feedback from customers and affiliates that let us know quickly and directly where we need to focus our efforts.We have had to reign in the expectations of early marketing spend, but we are growing the affiliate base, and player counts are growing as well. We have begun to define ourselves in terms of our pricing model, as we priced the ATP World Tour Finals at 98% last week, and promoted it heavily with a couple of key partners. We have also used this strategy for some key Premier League matches which have driven solid acquisition from our odds comparison affiliates.It’s exciting to be live and servicing customers. I’m sure these aren’t the last set of challenges we are going to face. Onwards and upwards. Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Historic WACA bids goodbye as Perth Stadium takes over international cricket games

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) has given its approval to the Perth Stadium and with that the historic WACA ground takes the backseat.The newly-built Perth Stadium has got the go-ahead to host all international formats and will soon be taking over the hosting duties from WACA, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.Perth Stadium will host its first match on January 28, which will be the fifth One-Day International between Australia and England.The 50,000 seater will also host games from the Big Bash League (BBL), Australian rules football and socccer.ALSO WATCH”The stadium is a magnificent asset for the state of WA and its sports fan,” said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.”We very much look forward to bringing this big Australia-England one-day match to Perth to the Stadium on 28 January.”The ICC match referee Richie Richardson inspected the stadium and said that it was “world class.””The new Perth Stadium is a wonderful, refreshing, world class stadium, and I have no hesitation in recommending that the venue is approved for staging all three formats of international cricket,” he added.After Australia’s crushing 4-0 Ashes Test series victory over England, the fans in Perth will witness the fifth and final ODI between the two teams on the new venue.The ODI series between the sides is set to begin on January 14.England captain Joe Root, who fell ill during the fifth and final Ashes Test, is expected to be fit for the first ODI in Melbourne.Root was taken to the hospital to recieve treatment for gastroenteritis during the fifth Test but since then has made ready progress to return to training on Wednesday.advertisementHe has been asked to take some rest and skip this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the home Test series against India and Pakistan by England coach Trevor Bayliss.The WACA, which has hosted cricket matches since the early 1890s, will be turned into a boutique ground with a capacity of 10,000-15,000 by the local board.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

All out diplomatic war India hits back

first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. “We have decided to suspend the Samjhuta train service,” Rasheed said while addressing a press conference here. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly defended his government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the provision has not given anything except separatism, corruption and family rule to the state, and Pakistan has used it as a tool to spread terrorism. In his televised address to the nation, Modi hailed his government’s decision to revoke the Article as “historic” and said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He also said over 1.5 crore people of J&K were being denied benefits of legislations meant for the entire country. Spelling out his government’s development plans for J&K, he said state government employees including police will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories and all vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities.last_img read more