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first_img Make a comment Business News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Community Unites to Feed Thousands in Need at Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Dinners-in-the-Park STAFF REPORTS | Photo courtesy UNION STATION HOMELESS SERVICES Published on Friday, November 28, 2014 | 12:43 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Subscribe Under clear blue skies, more than 850 volunteers of all ages – adorned with hair nets, aprons and plastic gloves – lovingly served turkey with stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pie to those less fortunate in Pasadena’s Central Park yesterday for Thanksgiving. Among those with ladle in hand included Pasadena’s Mayor Bogaard, Councilmember Gene Masuda, Eric McCormack (Will and Grace), and Mike White (Enlightenment).Union Station Homeless Services served more than 4,000 plates of food to homeless men, women, children, seniors, very low-income families, and those with no place to go during the holidays. The beloved community tradition known as Dinner-in-the-Park began in 1972 when a group of local volunteers organized a free holiday meal to feed homeless and poor people in the community. More than four decades later, Union Station Homeless Services continues to organize the annual meal as an expression of compassion and care for those who otherwise might not see such holiday fare.This year the traditional continued with the help of volunteers, and key community partners, including Goldstar, Home Street Bank, Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Charitable Foundation, Super King, Unified Grovers, Longo Toyoto-Scion-Lexus, Sprouts Famers Market, Sempra Energy Foundation, Smart and Final, Centerplate, and the Pasadena Convention Center.“We are so grateful to the caring volunteers who bring warmth and the true spirit of community to Central Park each year, said Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. “Their efforts to help us feed thousands of people is truly inspirational!”Volunteer registration for Christmas Dinner in the Park opens on Dec 1 at 8:00 a.m. on the agencies website: www.unionsttionhs.org. A Wish List of much needed items can be found at http://unionstationhs.org/?p=3570.The community is invited to drop off these supplies (in the indicated sizes) at 412 S. Raymond.Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. We are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We believe every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With 41 years of experience, we proudly offer a full continuum of eight programs in seven locations; services include street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services. 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community Newslast_img read more


first_imgNewsLocal NewsGrants that make a differenceBy admin – September 21, 2010 532 Print DESPITE the current economic climate of cutbacks, the department of the Environment should be thanked by Limerick City Council for the increased disability grants they allocated this year. Cllr Pat Kennedy told a meeting of the city council’s housing committee that people want to continue to live in their own homes and that with the assistance of a disability grant, this can frequently be achieved.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We should thank the Department and outline our case for the coming year – if we do this well, it will show we have a social sense and a bit of humanity“I know of a case where grandparents living in their house are in a situation where one of them cannot get up or down the stairs to see the other one – a chair lift will have to be installed,” he said.Grants that are equally welcome, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan said, are those that are allocated by the city council to community and voluntary groups that provide a wide range of services and facilities to people who otherwise would not be in a position to avail of them.New recipients this year, he said, are the Deaf Community Centre, Mid West, the Limerick district Anglers, St Mary’s Women’s Group in King Island and the Southill Powerlifting club, O’Malley Park. Linkedin Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleTwo to face trial for theft at fishmonger’sNext articleNews from the world of wine adminlast_img read more


first_imgNewsAnna-Victoria carries the message of Ethiopian povertyBy John Keogh – May 13, 2015 1274 WhatsApp Print TAGSChristian Aidlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisementcenter_img Email Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLough Derg eagles to soar again this summerNext articleThe Rubberbandits make Limerick theatrical debut John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Anna-Victoria Lynch, youth and community worker for Christ Church United Methodist and Presbyterian, Limerick, carried a load of firewood through the street to Thomond Park to highlight the plight of poor women in Ethiopia.ANNA-Victoria Lynch, a youth and community worker with the Christ Church United Methodist and Presbyterian community in Limerick, recently carried a load of firewood through the streets of Limerick to Thomond Park to highlight the plight of poor women in Ethiopia.Anna-Victoria, who also volunteers with migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní, is supporting the Christian Aid Week ‘Share Loko’s burden’ campaign to help Ethiopian women living in extreme poverty.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thomond Park is one of Limerick’s biggest tourist attractions: people flock to it to see exciting rugby matches, bringing thousands, if not millions, of Euro into the city each year. On the other hand, this woman has to spend hours searching for sticks, having to search further and further afield as she collects them, and carries a heavy load to make the tiniest amount of money. To me, this contrast further emphasises how hard and unfair Loko’s way of life is,” Anna-Victoria said.Loko, a woman from the Borena community in Ethopia, walks an eight-hour journey alone, carrying a load of up to 30kg on her back and depends on the wood she sells to feed her family of eight.Anna-Victoria is appealing to people help raise funds to help women like Loko find a way out of poverty.She said: “Christian Aid works very hard to help women like Loko, through education and relief, to make a better living for herself. I carried this bundle of sticks, which is a fraction of the weight of her bundle, only down the street and it was quite tiring, so I can only imagine how hard it is for her to carry a bundle many times the size of mine for a much, much longer distance! Their support will give her a better alternative.”In Ethiopia, Christian Aid partner HUNDEE works with both women and men in poor cattle-rearing Borena communities to challenge violence against women and harmful traditional practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).For more information on the campaign, go to www.caweek.ie. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more


first_imgPersonnel Today Awards 2020: L&D Supplier Award shortlistAs we continue our countdown to the Personnel Today Awards on 26 November, we showcase the organisations shortlisted for the… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Personnel Today Awards 2020: Health & Wellbeing Award shortlistBy Personnel Today on 11 Nov 2020 in Latest News, Personnel Today, PT Awards Related posts: Boohoo to investigate ‘unsafe’ conditions at Leicester factoryLow-cost fashion retailer Boohoo has promised to investigate workers’ pay and conditions at a Leicester factory.center_img Previous Article Next Article Diversity & Inclusion: Sign up to our free e-newsletter nowPersonnel Today’s fastest growing email newsletter focuses on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.Subscribe below to receive the latest… The South Western Railway team pick up their Health & Wellbeing award at the 2019 Personnel Today Awards ceremony As we prepare to celebrate the Personnel Today Awards this month, it’s time to showcase those organisations that made the shortlists for each category. Here we profile seven organisations that are up for the Health & Wellbeing Award.The Co-opWith stores open for up to 17 hours per day, the 5,650 staff that make up the Co-op’s logistics team play a vital role in providing a convenient shopping experience. Around a quarter of these staff work at night and many nightshift workers have trouble sleeping.It partnered with global health charity The Wellcome Trust and engagement consultancy The Liminal Space to create ‘Night Club’, which brings to together night shift workers with sleep researchers and aims improve the quality of their sleep.Personnel Today Awards 2020The Personnel Today Awards are going online this year! Register here and join us in celebrating the winners on 26 November.Staff are able to talk with sleep specialists from Oxford University and access sleep research to develop their understanding of the link between sleep and mental wellbeing. They are also educated about how improving their sleep and energy levels will make them feel happier and more productive.The touring programme has so far visited 1,680 staff. There are now over 40 trained sleep health champions across Co-op Logistics, whose remit is to promote the benefits of sleep health to their colleagues.Half who experienced Night Club completed a feedback survey. Of these, more than a third have committed to change their habits improve their sleep health and half agreed that taking part in Night Club has had a positive impact on their working life.Lloyds Banking GroupAfter an engagement survey identified that some members of its people and property team felt disconnected and that their wellbeing was not a priority to the company, Lloyds Banking Group launched an interactive wellbeing experience to bring staff together, provide health assessments and promote healthier lifestyles.The six-week programme included nutritional advice, called The Energy Plan, delivered by a top performance nutritionist; Bupa health assessments for all staff; blood pressure and cholesterol checks with immediate results; access to a health and wellbeing app; and team exercises.Some 462 people and property team colleagues attended an onsite health assessment, with 98% of available appointments utilised, while 75% of those who responded to a survey after the programme stated they had made lifestyle changes as a result.Feedback was extremely positive. One respondent said: “So great to have the time and opportunity to focus on me. Don’t have the time to look after me as always juggling work and kids so really welcomed the time.”Loughborough UniversityLoughborough University completely overhauled its occupational health service from one that was considered ineffective, to one that has seen a 300% increase in referrals due to its improved reputation.An occupational health and wellbeing manager was appointed to lead, stabilise and develop the service, while an external OH provider is on call to respond to demand when required.The team got better at managing its data, which allowed it to identify the top reasons for referral. This then enabled it to develop issue-specific solutions, including an on-site physiotherapy service to help reduce musculoskeletal-related absences and the ability to self-refer to its counselling service to support those with mental health concerns.The service was bolstered further when the Covid-19 pandemic hit: a mental health support book was produced in collaboration with a local charity, while an app centred round its ‘five pillars of wellbeing’ was launched in May.Engagement with the service has increased substantially and it is now regarded as an asset to the university, rather than a problem.NHS England and NHS ImprovementAs the Covid-19 pandemic began to unfold, NHS chief people officer Prerana Issar set up a workforce cell to help the wider NHS plan and respond to the physical, emotional and practical needs of staff, underpinned by the lessons it learnt while dealing with the London Bombings and the Ebola virus.Several workstreams were formed, looking at: practical and logistical needs such as food and accommodation; setting up national support helplines for staff; psychological support options; self-help options; behaviours to enhance wellbeing while under pressure; connections between regional colleagues; and communications about health and wellbeing offers.The usual organisational barriers were ignored and colleagues from Public Health England and Health Education England helped provide best practice in data capture, evaluation and support the development of screening tools for the next steps of recovery planning.To date the teams have seen over 3,000 calls to the helpline, 1,400 text conversations, 120,000 downloads of the app and 135,000 visitors to the website. Having access to this data has helped NHS England and NHS Improvement understand what staff need now, how they can tailor and adapt their model of support and what their next steps need to be.As one HR director noted: “This is like a pair of arms being put around me and I can see whether I am doing the right thing locally.”North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire CollegeEmploying over 600 people, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College found sickness absence was creeping up and a rising number of staff were reporting mental health concerns.The HR team developed the college’s first Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which is being continually improved and promoted via a formal communications plan.A key aspect of the strategy included raising awareness of mental health issues, with all staff expected to work towards a mental health qualification. This has so far been completed by approximately 20% of its workforce.Initiatives include menopause awareness sessions; ‘Treatment Tuesday’, which involves complementary beauty and holistic therapy treatments provided by students; diabetic health assessment clinics; healthy mind activities; physical activity campaigns; and a resilience training programme.Absence relating to mental health issues reduced by nearly 50%, while overall sickness absence has reduced by 3%, saving around £160,000. The college has also seen a 25% increase in occupational health referrals and an overall increase in early intervention.South Western RailwayWith a comprehensive physical health programme already in place, 2019 Health & Wellbeing Award winners South Western Railway made mental health the focus of 2019. This need was reiterated by its Investors in People accreditation report which advised it to do more to aid mental health.It set itself the target of reducing sickness absence by at least 0.5%, increasing engagement scores, reducing staff turnover and improving staff performance.A health and wellbeing team was formed, encompassing 11 experts, to shape its approach. Mental health first aid training was introduced and has been completed by 70 people across five business areas, and various events from tea and cake fundraisers to a Blue Monday awareness day were held.Physical health was also kept high on the agenda by the creation of alcohol awareness events; in-house physiotherapy sessions; and ‘pop-up’ health kiosks to provide general health checks.In future, the rail operator plans to produce bite-sized videos on topics including smoking and healthy eating; wellbeing checks for ‘high risk’ individuals and coffee ‘roulette’ as a way of connecting people.Long-term sickness absence has fallen by around 7% and short-term sickness absence is down by nearly 6%.University of BradfordWith 60% of its workforce over the age of 40 and women representing half of its staff, the University of Bradford felt supporting women through the menopause was key to retaining them. It was also important that its work was not only about supporting those going through the menopause transition, but also other staff who may experience similar hormonal changes due to medical treatments or gender reassignment.It designed a menopause and hormonal changes toolkit including guidance and helpful information for staff and line managers. The pack included a symptom checklist, conversation plan for employees, reasonable adjustment guide and more.The documents were launched under the strapline “Let’s talk about…”, which is now being used for all new wellbeing initiatives.It also arranged menopause awareness sessions with input from staff networks to ensure the content was appropriate and culturally sensitive for groups from Indian and Pakistani heritage.Almost 200 people attended one of the awareness sessions and staff overwhelming felt they had educated them and empowered them to have discussions with their line managers about the support they needed. Staff are now willing and keen to engage in discussions and are making an active contribution to conversations on how to improve the service.last_img read more


first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Bank of England to consult on buy-to-let ‘prudence’ Bank of England to consult on buy-to-let ‘prudence’31st March 20160633 Views The Bank of England has published a consultation paper (CP) which seeks views on its proposals which could result in strict limitations for buy-to-let mortgages.David Smith (left), the Residential Landlords Association’s Policy Director said, “The Bank needs to be careful that it does not over-react to the current surge in buy to let applications which are aiming to beat the tax increases coming in April.‘These include a three percentage points extra levy on stamp duty and abolition of mortgage interest relief. It is likely that the impact of these will significantly reduce the demand for borrowing.“We would urge the Bank to tread carefully and avoid any premature moves that could stifle the supply of the 1 million rental properties the country desperately needs.”The consultation paper says:Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts – CP11/16​BackgroundThis consultation paper (CP) seeks views on a supervisory statement which sets out the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA’s) proposals regarding its expectations of minimum standards that firms should meet when underwriting buy-to-let mortgage contracts. The proposals also include clarification regarding application of the small and medium enterprises (SME) supporting factor on buy-to-let mortgages.Summary of proposalsThe proposals seek to ensure that firms conduct their buy-to-let business in a prudent manner. They aim to prevent a marked loosening in buy-to-let underwriting standards and to curtail inappropriate lending and the potential for excessive credit losses.The proposals to clarify expectations in relation to application of the SME supporting factor are aimed at enhancing the transparency and consistency of the PRA’s regulatory approach.The proposals also support the Financial Policy Committee’s ability to act from a macroprudential perspective.The proposals are relevant to PRA-regulated firms that undertake buy-to-let lending that is not already subject to FCA regulation. The clarification regarding the SME supporting factor is relevant for firms bound by the Capital Requirements Regulation (575/2013) (CRR).The CP proposes:i) a set of expectations for firms that underwrite UK buy-to-let mortgage contracts where the land is intended to be occupied as a dwelling on the basis of a rental agreement, in pounds sterling, regardless of whether the borrower is an individual or limited company; andii) a clarification in relation to application of the SME supporting factor on buy-to-let mortgages.Chapter 2 outlines the PRA’s proposals. Chapter 3 considers the PRA’s statutory obligations in relation to the proposals. Appendix 1 details the draft supervisory statement.The supervisory statement follows a PRA review of underwriting standards in the buy-to-let sector which covered 31 firms (c.92% of the market). This review highlighted concerns about lenders’ growth plans and how they might meet them. In particular, there is a risk that firms relax underwriting standards, thus affecting their safety and soundness. The findings suggested a need for microprudential action.ResponsesThis consultation closes on Wednesday 29 June 2016. Please address any comments or enquiries to [email protected] can download the full paper here: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Pages/publications/cp/2016/cp1116.aspxBank of England buy-to-let buy-to-let mortgages consultation paper 2016-03-31The Negotiator Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


first_imgThe price tag for constructing a long-discussed north-south rail link between Boston’s North and South stations is now estimated at $4 billion to $6 billion, much less than prior estimates. That’s according to a group of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students and faculty who calculated current project costs from federal data on modern tunneling technologies.The study could bring fresh momentum to efforts to persuade state lawmakers to move forward with the project, which analysts say would greatly improve downtown traffic flow for those commuting through the city. A North-South Rail Connector for Boston A group of Harvard Kennedy School students and faculty calculated that a Downtown Boston rail link could be built more cheaply than previously thought. Video by Jacob BeizerAccording to the new research, the project could cost $6 billion for a “maximum build,” which would include four tracks, two tunnels, and three stations. The price tag drops to an estimated $3.8 billion for a “minimum build,” which consists of two tracks, one tunnel, and two stations. The figures are inflated to 2025 dollars, which is the assumed midpoint of construction.The estimates were calculated using a robust set of historical project data from the Federal Transit Administration. The figures were substantially lower than those calculated during the last major study of the link project, conducted by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in 2003.“The difference in the estimates may be due to advances in technology that have reduced the cost of tunnels in similar infrastructure projects,” the study authors write. “These estimates suggest that the economic case for the project might be significantly more attractive than earlier assumed.”The authors are Laura White, M.P.P. ’18; Jean-Louis Rochet, M.P.P. ’17; Pete Mathias, M.P.A. ’17; Kate O’Gorman, M.P.A. ’17; and Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS. The authors suggest that their findings could spur additional research to measure and confirm the potential costs and benefits associated with the link.“We also recommend further research into effective contract models, management structures, and comparable tunneling projects that have experienced favorable cost outcomes,” the authors say. “The experience of the Western European tunneling projects examined in the regression analysis suggest that there may be areas for cost savings that are not anticipated by this study. Incorporating best practices from these projects may further improve the cost and risk profile of the link proposal.”A north-south rail link was initially proposed more than a century ago, and it has received added political support in recent years, including from U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton ’01, M.B.A.-M.P.P. ’11, who represents Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District. The state Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation Planning recently awarded a $1.5 million contract for a new study of the link.The research project was conducted under the supervision of Bilmes and under the auspices of the Greater Boston Applied Field Lab. The lab is part of the Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, with funding from the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca1yTUf7mnc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Ca1yTUf7mnc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more


first_imgOne of the better known rules of marketing in our era of social media is to highlight lots of success stories and testimonials. It is easy to understand why. We believe in the work we do, and we want to highlight how our work has had an impact on the lives of those we serve. It is easier for people to connect with our brand when they read and see examples of how our products and services have helped others like them.  We live in a success driven culture that wants to see improvement, change, and growth. Your credit union probably has some other stories it doesn’t tell on social media. These are not necessarily stories of a failure at your organization, but difficult member stories that do not have easy answers.  My credit union, founded to combat predatory lending in the community and certified as a CDFI, has plenty of these stories. I have been thinking of some of them lately. One such story is that of the woman who had been a member for over ten years, and regularly and faithfully paid on numerous loans.  She finally defaulted when a job loss caused her income to disappear, and she became homeless. Even through this challenge, she wanted to maintain her relationship with the credit union and restructured her loan because her credit union relationship was important. In the end, she was still unable to maintain the payments. Another member that comes to mind is a man in his seventies who recently passed away. He came in faithfully every Thursday evening a few moments before close and was well known by everyone in member services. Before he died, he struggled with obvious health issues and housing instability. Although we never knew the details of his personal story it seemed like his inability to find quality affordable housing likely contributed to his poor health. His loan was charged off after he passed on. Sometimes the stories of people that come through our branch really are stories of financial hardship and struggle. There are people who struggle to find employment that pays a living wage, those that live in the cycle of poverty that requires hard choices, and those that sometimes have to carefully and strategically manage their cash flow by taking out small dollar loans. The end to these stories are not always happy. The point of this is not that we need to share these stories in our marketing campaigns, but that these still are important stories.  Mostly, they should serve as reminders that our work is important. Credit unions matter. Survey community development credit unions across the country, and you will find plenty of organizations doing innovative work to advance financial inclusion and provide economic mobility for underserved markets. The stories like the above put a face to the problem, and ground us in why we are doing what we are doing. Sometimes these stories are discouraging, because the problems of poverty and financial instability are complex.  However, discouragement is not where we should stay. Credit unions are an important piece of the puzzle. Without financial institutions willing to step in and address difficult challenges, there would be a lot fewer fair and affordable options for people with already limited options. Keep doing the good work, and remember the members who cause you to think a little more deeply about your organization’s why. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more


first_imgGermany declared regions in 11 European countries to be areas where there was an elevated risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, while existing warnings about parts of Belgium were extended to cover the entire country.In its list published late on Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases also declared the whole of France with the exception of the Grand Est region to be risk zones, the whole of Iceland, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland to be risk zones.Risk zones were also declared in Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. Such declarations, which result when the prevalence of coronavirus infections exceeds 50 per 100,000 population over a week, are typically followed by the Foreign Ministry issuing a travel warning. The latest warnings, a blow to hopes that a swift revival of tourism could give the continent’s pandemic-struck economies a boost, came as officials across Europe warned that a second wave of the virus was imminent.Germany, traditionally Europe’s largest source of tourists, has warned against travel to the rest of the world since March, when the pandemic first struck Europe in earnest, but the warnings were lifted for the European Union and countries with close ties to it in June.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgFacebook83Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia Parks, Arts & Recreation is now accepting applications for three calls for submission.Olympia’s Traffic Box Wrap ProjectDeadline: January 9, 2018Residents living within 30 miles of Olympia may submit one image to be considered for the Olympia Traffic Box Wrap Project. Submissions will be available online for public vote in the month of February 2018. Ten artists selected will receive a $500 honorarium and have their work displayed on a traffic box wrap in the City of Olympia.To apply, go here. Spring Arts Walk Venue RegistrationDeadline: January 31, 2018Early Bird Deadline: January 15, 2018Arts Walk Venues are invited to register online to be included in the April 27-28, 2018 event.New for 2018 – applications are now being accepted online or in person via The Olympia Center self-service kiosk, three registration options available. Non-profit organizations and studios receive $30 off Arts Walk registration with coupon code AWSP2018.To apply, go here. Percival Plinth ProjectDeadline: January 31, 2018Artists living in Washington or Oregon are able to submit up to 2 works to be considered for the Percival Plinth Project. Sixteen selected works will be installed on the Olympia Percival Landing waterfront from June 2018-June 2019, artists receive $700 honorarium for loan of work. One work selected by public vote will be awarded the People’s Prize and purchased and added to the City’s public art collection. Purchase price is not to exceed $10,000 inclusive of fees & taxes.To apply, go here.For more information visit the City of Olympia website or contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation, at 360-753-8380 or [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgThe Wildly Creative campaign calls for a collaborative effort in designing a vibrant new ad campaign for South Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon BarberUS country manager, Brand South Africa+1 202 276 5084 or +27 76 061 3295Skype: barber.simonRELATED ARTICLES • Brand SA unveils 2010 campaign• World Cup fever spreads abroad • World Cup fever hits the road • New board for Brand South AfricaSouth Africahas marked the start of the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 2 March with a variety of patriotic celebrations and flag- flying spectacles. The football spectacular kicks off on 11 June.The Get Wildly Creative About South Africa online advertising contest aims to inspire South Africans to get together as a nation, use their creativity, collaborate with the international community, and come up with ways to promote the country as a vibrant destination ahead of the World Cup.The eight-week, people-inspired, online ad contest, which starts on 15 March, is part of a major nation branding research project undertaken by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and Brand South Africa, the organisation responsible for defining and shaping the country’s image throughout the world.With social media networks hosting billions of monthly visitors, conversations and connections, the CMO Council’s new GeoBranding Centre is looking to evaluate the level of voice, influence and creative pull in these interactive online communities, particularly as it relates to shaping perceptions of countries, destinations, locations and origin of products.Community-driven advertisingThe Get Wildly Creative About South Africa ad contest will be hosted on the Zooppa.com people-inspired advertising platform and will use viral communications, online conversations, blogging and cyber chatter to talk up interest and participation in this inventive country branding program targeted at the world’s 1.7-billion Internet users.Current and aspiring creative professionals, digital media buffs, South African citizens and expatriates, and anyone with a lust for travel to Africa, are invited to come up with inventive ways to produce a fresh and evocative message about a country that has gone from tragedy to triumph in less than two decades.Contest entry information and a creative brief, giving background on the assignment and links to South African resources, are available at the Zooppa.com contest centre.Cash and prizes – donated by SA Tourism, in-country partners and creative technology solution providers – will be awarded to the top submissions within each category. These are Best Print Campaign, Best Online Banner Campaign, and Best Video Segment or Commercial.Winning entrants will have their work showcased globally to the CMO Council’s 5 000 members who control more than US$150 billion (R1.2-billion) in annual marketing spend and recognised at a special Brand South Africa-hosted reception in New York City, the world’s media centre and creative hub.They will also win trip packages courtesy of SA Tourism and other travel, hospitality, lodging and merchandise partners inSouth Africa.Inspired messaging“We’re looking for inspired messaging and out-of-the-box advertising executions that capture the essence, attributes and qualities of Brand South Africa,” noted CMO Council executive director Donovan Neale-May.“With the world’s eyes upon it as host of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa is seeking to establish itself as a competitive and relevant nation brand,” added Paul Bannister, CEO of Brand South Africa. “We’re excited about the potential for social media channels to generate greater discourse and narrative about our brand from people who have experienced or researched our special place in the world.”Separately, the CMO Council’s GeoBranding Centre will conduct monthly analytics on the tonality, sentiment and prevalence of conversations, commentary and news about Brand SouthAfricaleading up to the four-week World Cup.It will source PR Newswire’s Social Media Metrics service, which tracks the tonality and sentiment of global media coverage through 30 000 online news sources in 12 languages. The platform also intelligently and analyses 5-million forum posts a day, as well as conversations and commentaries in 20-million blogs, social media networks, news groups, bulletin boards, etc.“We’re thrilled to partner with the CMO Council on this very exciting initiative and provide the team with powerful and meaningful analytics to support the success of the new GeoBranding Centre, said Susan McPherson, vice president, business development at PR Newswire.With billions invested in the African sports spectacular, the CMO Council’s GeoBranding Centre will be looking at the host country’s effectiveness in shaping perceptions and using the global football spectacle to optimise its reputation and appeal worldwide.For more information contact:Simon Barber US Country Manager International Marketing Council of South Africa Phone: +1 202 642 4994 Cell: +1 202 276 5084 / +27 76 061 3295 Skype: barber.simon Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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