NZRB sees net loss grow despite improved TAB performance

first_img Country’s governing body hails significant progress in strategic initiatives despite full-year loss increasing to $15.9m Topics: Finance NZRB sees net loss grow despite improved TAB performance 12th December 2018 | By contenteditor Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Oceania New Zealand The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has hailed the success of efforts to revitalise its TAB betting brand, despite distributions to the country’s racing industry leading to the body’s net loss for the 2017-18 financial year widening.Turnover for the year ended July 31, 2018 was up 2.1% at NZ$2.7bn (£1.5m/€1.7bn), with a 5.0% decline in Tote turnover offset by growth across fixed odds sports and horse racing betting.Fixed-odds horse racing turnover climbed 5.7% year-on-year to $702.6m, complemented by a 5.1% rise in sports betting turnover to $608.6m. This was driven largely by an overhaul of the TAB brand, which offers sports and horse racing betting both online and over-the-counter, as well as operating gaming machines.Over the year the NZRB repositioned the brand to attract a wider audience, and ran a series of successful acquisition campaigns. This led to a strong increase in the number of active monthly account customers, which averaged 114,500 over the year, up 16.8% from the 2016-17 financial year.These efforts also helped drive a significant increase in the underlying active account customer base, which was up 20% year-on-year at 230,000. This contributed to a 3.6% year-on-year increase in net betting revenue, which rose to $287.6m.“When we started [the TAB brand revamp] in 2016 we had approximately 90,000 active customers and now average around 113,000 active customers per month,” NZRB chief executive John Allen said. “That is a phenomenal rate of growth for a wagering business and demonstrates real opportunity.”“Improvements to our digital channels have been extensive as we’ve worked to dramatically enhance the experience for customers,” Allen continued. “The TAB mobile app has had a complete redesign and has seen the total betcount reach 11.7m, up 56% or 4.2m bets on last year. The total number of unique users is 47,000, up 37%.”Gaming turnover, meanwhile, was up 9.1% at $476.0m, with net gaming revenue growing marginally to $27.0m. NZRB also generated $44.7m in additional income relating to New Zealand horse racing being broadcast overseas.Total expenses for the year grew to $213.3m, with a marginal increase in turnover-related expenses accompanied by growth in operating costs to $144.4m, largely as a result of increased communication and technology expenses. This was due in part to higher merchant fees resulting from an increase in customer account deposits, as well as higher costs relating to the Payment Credit Card Industry (PCI) compliance programme.This left the business with a net profit of $145.9m for the year. As a result of distributions to the New Zealand horse and greyhound racing industry of $150.8m, coupled with an $8.3m distribution of gaming profits and a $3.3m provision for undistributed gaming net profit, the NZRB posted a full-year loss of $16.4m. This was improved slightly by a $575,000 positive movement in the value of cash flow hedges, for a net loss of $15.9m.“In many regards it has been a challenging year for the Board, which makes it particularly pleasing to report an increase in net profit and distributions to the Codes driven by growth in customer numbers and disciplined cost management,” NZRB chair Glenda Hughes said.“There has also been significant progress in our strategic initiatives which will set us up well over the next decade or so,” Hughes continued. “Our customer focus is driving real value for our industry and better outcomes for our punters, racing product is looking great through our vision capture initiative and progress was made toward our fixed odd betting platform and our Anti-money-laundering requirements.” Email Addresslast_img read more

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Asia on the agenda as Scout seals Dafabet deal

first_img Asia on the agenda as Scout seals Dafabet deal Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Strategy DFS Regions: Asia Experience of working with start-up StarPick has given supplier encouragement for the market Scout Gaming has high hopes for its daily fantasy sports product in Asia after expanding its presence in the region through a multi-year licensing agreement with Dafabet.A launch as early as possible in the first half of 2019 has been earmarked, although discussions over the markets in which to launch are ongoing.However, the supplier has been buoyed by the experience of linking up with India-facing start-up StarPick, which launched in March with a fantasy cricket offering ahead of the 2018 Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.The new partnership is on a different scale to StarPick, but Scout Gaming is confident that its DFS product will also achieve encouraging cut-through with Dafabet, which is expected to be included in Scout Gaming’s global liquidity network.“StarPick in India has been a big driver in leading the way,” Scout Gaming’s commercial director Joakim Renman (pictured) told iGamingBusiness.com.“We really believe in our DFS product. That’s our prime product and that is what is working best elsewhere,” Renman continued. “We hear often that Asia is different, but we see no reason why DFS cannot also work there.“We know gaming is very big in Asia – and this is a competition game. There is big potential and a natural opportunity to acquire new user groups and target users in a different way.”Dafabet, which was established in 2004, already offers a range of iGaming products, including casino and poker games.“We have a history of successful growth across multiple product verticals and look forward to be able to introduce Scout Gaming’s fantasy sports platform to our player base,” Dafabet marketing director Nikos Diakoumopoulos said. “Fantasy Sports holds great potential and complements our existing portfolio perfectly.”Scout Gaming, which has its headquarters in Stockholm, as well as offices in Norway, Malta and Ukraine, is aiming to build on its partnership with Philippines-based Dafabet in Asia, and is in talks with other operators in the region.The company is expanding west, as well as east.In October, Scout raised an additional SEK42m (€4m/$4.6m) in capital from institutional investors, with the funds described as “essential” for executing the supplier’s growth plans in the US.The investment was announced just weeks after Scout Gaming signed a partnership with Metric Gaming to combine their sports betting and fantasy sports products, with an eye on the US market.Then last month the company set its sights on working with “high-profile” brands in the UK after obtaining a new licence to offer its B2B solutions to operators in the market. 14th December 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Fantasy Sports DFS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Sussex Tikvah merges into Norwood

first_imgSussex Tikvah merges into Norwood AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 25 March 2009 | News Tagged with: Law / policy  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Brighton care home Sussex Tikvah has merged with Norwood, following an Extraordinary General Meeting last Sunday.Jewish charity Norwood supports children, families and adults, coping with learning disabilities and social disadvantage.Sussex Tikvah operates a single registered care home, the Rachel Mazzier House, which is home to six adults with moderate learning disabilities.“We are pleased to expand our services into the South-East and welcome Sussex Tikvah to join Norwood’s high-quality residential services for adults with learning disabilities.” said Norma Brier, chief executive of Norwood. “We will continue to develop person-centred plans with the residents to ensure that they receive the services they need, and to help them achieve their full potential in life.”The Trustees of Sussex Tikvah have pledged their support to Norwood.www.norwood.org.uklast_img read more

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Venezuela mobilizes against imperialist attacks on its electrical grid

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this March 10 — Thousands of people filled the streets of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, in celebration of the Bolivarian Day of Anti-Imperialism on March 9. This date has been observed since 2015 when U.S. President Barack Obama declared Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to national security.(PHOTO CREDIT: Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela)The Bolivarian masses also marched in response to attacks against the country’s electrical grid. A series of sabotages and cybernetic attacks against the electrical plant in the Bolivar state at El Guri, which supplies electricity to most of the country, began on March 7.Speaking in front of the anti-imperialist march, the legitimate President Nicolás Maduro said that the opposition was responsible for the attacks against the electrical grid. The attacks came two weeks after the Venezuelan government declared that the coup attempt directed from Washington had failed.Meanwhile, on the other side of Caracas, Juan Guaidó, the self-appointed “interim president,” indirectly threatened new, broader sabotage. Speaking from a megaphone in front of an opposition rally, he said, “We must announce with responsibility that this will become a fuel crisis.”At the time of this writing, electricity is being gradually restored to the affected areas. According to government officials, there has been constant work to restore power and “normalize the situation” from the beginning of the attacks.The coordinated use of international new media has been key to imperialism’s strategy in Venezuela. Until now all the major media have repeated the lies fed to them by National Security Adviser John Bolton, Sen. Marco Rubio and Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams alleging that Maduro’s forces burned aid trucks at the border. On March 10, however, the New York Times released a report contradicting these claims and showing how the U.S. Agency for International Development truck had in fact been burned by opposition forces. (tinyurl.com/y5ykjd9e)There can be no doubt that those U.S. operators who planned the coup will make any claim in their frenzy to conquer Venezuela. It’s not clear why the New York Times chose to break with the U.S. government at this time. This break clearly demonstrates how imperialism has lied and then used the media as a weapon in its attacks against Venezuela.The new regime-change strategyA month and a half after Juan Guaidó declared himself president, an act propelled by the United States, Nicolás Maduro remains in the presidential palace at Miraflores and the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) have remained loyal to the constitution.On Feb. 23, the opposition attempted to bring trucks into the country from Colombia and Brazil, claiming that they contained “humanitarian aid.” Both the International Red Cross and the United Nations called the aid ploy a political move. Despite two days of violent attacks on the Colombian border, the trucks were unable to enter the country.It was popular power mobilized to resist imperialism that defended Venezuela. On the border, the FANB was fighting alongside pro-government “colectivos,” or collectives, and civilian militias. The high levels of political consciousness and organization prevented a split inside the FANB that the U.S. and its puppet Juan Guaidó were looking for.Feb. 23 was an important defeat for the Venezuelan opposition, even beyond their failure to get the trucks into the country, which was always a secondary objective. What the opposition truly needed was to create a pretext for invasion though violent provocations and media manipulation.Washington hoped to gather support among the NATO countries for intervention, just as it had for the attacks on the former Yugoslavia in 1999 or in Libya in 2011. Before Feb. 23, it seemed likely that several European countries such as Britain would join this intervention. The rest of the coalition would be the Lima Group, an organization of right-wing Latin American governments, some of which were recently targeted by U.S.-backed coups — Honduras in 2009 or Brazil in 2016.However, the heroic Bolivarian demonstration of strength and resistance caused both the European Union and the Lima Group to rule out endorsing military action. If the U.S. government wants to invade, it will have to do it without the approval of any international body.This makes it more difficult for the Trump administration to invade openly. The question now is what the new imperialist plan against Venezuela might be. The attack against the electrical grid suggests that the plan is to destabilize and wear down the country.The economic attacks from the U.S. will continue, and Washington has already threatened to apply sanctions to countries trading with Venezuela. The sabotage and digital attacks will continue as well, and are likely to be expanded to more critical sectors.Another possibility is a dirty war, fought through rebel groups created and armed by the U.S. to apply enough pressure to collapse the Bolivarian social programs. The opposition already has a base of “guarimberos,” or violent street fighters, that could serve as a starting point.In either case, the main battlefield is the economy. Imperialism’s plans to destabilize the country are based on “making the economy scream.” To defeat the new and desperate opposition attacks, it will be necessary to break the remaining power the oligarchy holds over the Venezuelan economy, while strengthening popular organization in the country.Divisions within the U.S. ruling classThe fact that it was Obama who first classified Venezuela as a national security threat is important. This declaration was the justification for unilateral sanctions against the country. The current efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government are a direct continuation of policies begun under Obama.Despite their differences domestically, the leaders of both mainstream U.S. parties are firmly united when it comes to protecting imperialism. To prove it, you only have to look at how quickly Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi fell into line with the Rubio and Bolton narrative about Venezuela.The unity of the two ruling-class parties serves to protect the imperialist system, ensuring the U.S. government will enforce the conditions imperialism requires. Pelosi had the opportunity to denounce the imperialist lies, and truly resist the Trump administration in the process, but Democratic Party leaders have always put imperialist interests first.Now, as a result of the huge defeat imperialism suffered on Feb. 23, cracks are beginning to show. The New York Times’ decision to break with the government line is just the most recent sign of tension within the ruling class.Some elected officials, such as Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, have rejected the coup attempt from the very beginning. Omar’s statements and her solidarity with Palestine have drawn fierce attacks from the Democratic leadership.Venezuela remains under serious threat by imperialism, now in the form of sabotage and economic attacks. The progressive movement in the U.S. must take advantage of these divisions in the ruling class in order to strengthen the anti-imperialist movement and demand an end to the sanctions.last_img read more

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Education Foundation awards teacher grants

first_img By admin – May 8, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Education Foundation Odessa. Pinterest The Education Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 to ECISD teachers for innovative projects in the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year.The Education Foundation hosted a dinner at The Barn Door South Forty for all grant recipients. The dinner on May 3 honored all grant recipients for their hard work and commitment to providing the students in ECISD with the best education possible, a news release said.“We are honored to be able to award ECISD teachers with funds to go above and beyond in their teaching for our students,” Education Foundation Executive Director Celeste Potter said in the release. “All of the applicants are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to enhancing the learning process for the students in ECISD.”Spring 2018 grant recipients include:Carver Early Education CenterTeacher(s): D’on PaquetteSing to Learn While Learning to Talk: $975.Unlocking the 5 Senses 1 Play at a Time: $997.Blackshear ElementaryTeacher(s): Ronda RodriguezSmall Scientists in the Making: $2,493.33Teacher(s): Valarie ShrevesFlex Your Math Muscles: $3,295.Cameron ElementaryTeacher(s): Michelle WhetstoneCashing in on Good Behavior 2: $1,500.Cavazos ElementaryTeacher(s): LaLonnie KingBeyond our Campus: $1,247.50.Teacher(s): Lindsey LeeSound All Around – $1,021.36.Teacher(s): Jennefer Hunt, Kimberly McCrury, Shanna SmithWorkstations Galore: $1,500.Teacher(s): Claudia Lopez and Sonia RochaProgramming Students’ Minds to Success: $4,560.Teacher(s): Rhonda TippitJust the Facts Jack: $3,295.Dowling ElementaryTeacher(s): Valerie RiveraKids Deserve It: $1,125.Teacher(s): Jo Ann SerranoA Virtual Field Trip: $3,650.Teacher(s): Nora GonzalezDream Big Project: $1,490.Teacher(s): Raquel IkerCount Me In: $1,160.Teacher(s): Kimberly Quiroz, Raquel Iker, Nora Gonzalez, Diana RichardsonChromeology: $1,937.40.Hays ElementaryTeacher(s): Deborah PinaOpening the Doors of the Mind: $559.80.Ireland ElementaryTeacher(s): Danna ChurchHelping Dyslexic Students Succeed: $2,188.37.What Happens Next?: $1,000.Building Up STEAM in the Library: $2,559.90.Judging a Book by Its Cover: $1,000.Bluebonnet Books for Everyone: $760.25.Teacher(s): Rebecca Owens and Kim DavisLet the World Talk to Me!: $1,199.88.Teacher(s): Sandra ElmsIt’s Newsworthy – $1,450.Noel ElementaryTeacher(s): Shayna MathewsReading is Essential to a Child’s Development: $3,050.Pease ElementaryTeacher(s): Lizbeth JimenezCentering Around Reading: $1,909.41.Teacher(s): Shelley CarrilloExtra! Extra! Read All About It!: $2,153.98.Teacher(s): Janie Granath“Hey, I Didn’t Know That!” — Exciting Discoveries: $4,075.50.Reagan ElementaryTeacher(s): Amy BarnesYoung Authors: $3,300.Teacher(s): Janice WilsonBiography Book Purchase: $5,000.Teacher(s): Tara BrowningRevolutionizing Learning with Technology: $9,407.20.Teacher(s): Deborah Carrasco, Anese Forsyth, Shelly Madrid, Jennifer Carrasco and Darlene CarrelliThink, iCreate, iCollaborate: $9,839.95Innovation Department and Hays ElementaryTeacher(s): Gabriela Granado, Deborah Johnson and Penny ArnoldRoach Research for the Real World: $3,032.14.LBJ Elementary and Buice ElementaryTeacher(s): Vanessa Brower and Johnna RossonGT Trained-Gained-Obtained: $2,000.Bowie Middle SchoolTeacher(s): Christopher BartlettThe Book Buddy Program: $3,500.Wilson & Young Middle SchoolTeacher(s): Whitney RutledgeBrass Overhaul: $2,940.Alternative Education CenterTeacher(s): Nancy Woodard, Shawn Oates, Michelle Boner, Rey Duran, James PorterTier 3 Remediation: $5,151.30.OC TECHSTeacher(s): Lorissa Bright and Shelley WagnerRube Goldberg Rocks: $216.81.Falcon ECHSTeacher(s): Elizabeth GrayStudents to Present Space Station Experiment in D.C.: $3,358.Odessa High SchoolTeacher(s): Cheryl SellarsWe Need to Pass!: $3,648.36.Teacher(s): Cheryl Sellars and Amy HerndonMake Us Mobile: $2,241.Teacher(s): Aide (Shelli) EmilianoPhenomenal Physics: $7,256.93.Teacher(s): Janet Weyant and Michelle PressPeek-A-Boo, I See You: $15,429.80.Teacher(s): Jimmy Olague and Steven DojahnAn Evening of Percussion: $2,000.Teacher(s): Steven DojahnSmartMusic for Smart Musicians: $2,399.Advanced Academics DepartmentTeacher(s): Heather BlandEverybody Has a Story — The Butterfly Effect: $4,516.65.Literacy DepartmentTeacher(s): Amy HarveyKeeping the Arts Alive: $8,660.Instructional Technology DepartmentTeacher(s): Wendy Boatright, Avery Hathorne, Lyn Domsten, Jessica Dominguez, Renee JonesTrain Us to Train Them!: $6,830.Education Foundation of OdessaMore Informationcenter_img Twitter Education Foundation awards teacher grants Twitter Local NewsEducation Pinterest Previous articleDonations to support Trans-Pecos firesNext articleLandgraf endorses plan for Ector Middle School adminlast_img read more

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“I can better serve Donegal from the back benches” – McHugh

first_img By News Highland – July 1, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh says he was offered a junior ministry by Taoiseach Michael Martin, but made it clear he was interested in specific roles which are of importance to the North West.When they were not forthcoming, he says he declined the ioffer, believing that he can serve his constituents from the back benches.He has asked to be made chair of a key European committee.In a wide ranging interview this evening, Deputy McHugh told Highland Radio News he believes Deputy Charlie McConalogue will be appointed as a junior minister this evening.Deputy McHugh began by outlining why he had rejected that offer that was made…….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/joerawj1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleMc Hugh turns down junior ministryNext articleEvening News, Sport, and Obituaries on Wednesday July 1st News Highland Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest “I can better serve Donegal from the back benches” – McHugh Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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‘You can only imagine the horror’: 8 bodies found, 26 people missing after California boat fire

first_imgTwitter/@VCFD_PIO(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — More than two dozen people remain missing after eight bodies were found in the water near a 75-foot commercial diving boat that caught fire early Monday morning off Santa Cruz Island, California, sending the crew diving overboard and kick-starting a desperate rescue effort, according to authorities.The only known survivors of the Conception, a vessel designed for extended diving trips, were five crew members rescued by a good Samaritan pleasure craft called The Grape Escape, sitting nearby. There were 39 people on board the ship at the time of the accident. Twenty-six people remain unaccounted for.“I could hear some voices, so I put on a pair of shorts, walked to the door, and I see this boat out there all on fire, totally engulfed,” said Bob Hansen, who owns The Grape Escape. “Thirty foot flames, at least — a 75-foot boat and it was on fire from one end to the other. It looked like it had port holes down below deck and you could see fire through the holes.”“You can only imagine the horror,” he added.Four bodies have been recovered, while four others have been located on the sea floor, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Two adult men and two adult women were recovered. They do not have identities of those bodies that were recovered and some may take DNA analysis to confirm.The instability of the boat, lying upside down on the bottom of the water, is making further recovery difficult, the sheriff said.Ventura County officials “fear numerous fatalities” as rescue operations continue, public information officer Bill Nash told ABC News.Crew members said that three groups celebrating birthdays — including that of a 17-year-old — were aboard the vessel.Capt. Monica Rochester, U.S. Coast Guard Los Angeles Long Beach Sector Commander, said the crew members were awake at the time of the fire and jumped off of the boat into the water.“One of the fellows had a broken leg; he was in extreme pain,” Hansen said.The Coast Guard said it will continue to search for survivors through the night, but were prepared for the worst outcome.Nash said officials are hoping people went over the side of the boat and made it to Santa Cruz. However, the fire happened overnight in pitch black, and the sleeping quarters were below deck. Nash said they “greatly fear loss of life here.”Emergency calls showed the desperation of those on board.“I can’t breathe,” one passenger aboard the boat engulfed in flames near Santa Cruz Island said while making a mayday call.Crews from the Coast Guard, Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Vessel Assist responded to a mayday call that was heard at about 3:15 a.m.“The fire department crews were fighting the fire when the vessel sank 20 yards off shore in 64 feet of water,” according to a statement from the Coast Guard.“The vessel was reported as being on fire,” the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted earlier Monday. They added that “a group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers.”Rochester said the vessel was in “full compliance.”The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but said there was no reason to suspect criminality.“We are working deliberately with the vessel owner/operator, who is with us at the time working on a plan to conduct further assistance for his vessel,” she said.The Ventura County Fire Department public information officers said in a tweet that their department responded to the fire at about 3:30 a.m. They said the Coast Guard is “helping support rescue operations for people aboard a dive boat.”The boat was drifting toward Santa Cruz Island, per the Santa Barbara Fire Department, and it was anchored when the fire started to burn. It currently has a portion of the bow sticking out of the water, per the Coast Guard.The three-day trip launched on Aug. 31 and was expected back Monday morning.A 16 member go-team from the National Transportation Safety Board will be traveling to the site, along with board member Jennifer Homendy.Some investigators will leave Washington, D.C., late Monday, arriving in California sometime around 1 a.m. local time at the latest. The rest will leave early Tuesday morning.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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COVID-19 variants put brakes on loosening restrictions in New Jersey, Murphy pauses reopening

first_img:Adonis page/iStockBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Just days after he loosened COVID-19 restrictions for businesses, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that an indefinite pause is being implemented on further measures to reopen the state because of the coronavirus variants circling the country.“I wouldn’t say it’s an alarm. There are a bunch of things coming together at the same time and we’re trying to balance all these sorts of megatrends,” Murphy said during his COVID-19 briefing. “Getting that balance right is not easy. So, we’re therefore using caution.”Murphy conceded that the state is “back to leading the nation in the spread of this virus.” He noted that the statewide positivity rate is 8.48% compared to neighboring New York’s 3.22%.“My guess is we won’t be opening capacity for some time now because of the caseload,” Murphy said on CNN Monday morning.On March 11, Murphy signed an executive order increasing indoor and outdoor capacity limits from 35% to 50% for certain businesses, including restaurants, food courts, bars, gyms, casinos, barbershops and nail salons. The order also allows indoor gatherings of 25 people (instead of the previous 10) and outdoor gatherings of 50 people (instead of the previous 25).The new limits, which Murphy described on Monday as “fairly modest,” went into effect on Friday. They do not apply to religious services, political events, funerals or memorial services.“I don’t think we have seen links specific to openings,” Murphy said at his public briefing. “I don’t think we’ve got any evidence of that.”Murphy said a notable increase in COVID-19 variants in the state in recent days prompted the decision to hold up on taking more steps to relax restrictions.Judy Persichilli, the commissioner of the state’s department of health, said on Monday that the state is grappling with 400 reported cases of COVID variants, including 389 cases of the U.K. variant, three cases of the Brazilian variant, one of the South African variant and seven of the California variant.“Variants of concern have been shown to be more transmissible and able to cause more severe disease,” Perschilli said.She said that overall, there are 1,192 people hospitalized in the state with COVID-19, including 428 in critical condition and 217 on ventilators.Murphy said at least 21,666 residents have died of COVID-19 complications since the pandemic began.Aside from the surge in infections from variants, Murphy said the latest COVID-19 data actually indicates the virus is “plateauing” in the state.Murphy said that more than 3.5 million people in the state have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and of those 3.5 million, 1.2 million are fully vaccinated.The governor started the Monday briefing by announcing that some restrictions on in-person visits at long-term care facilities are being lifted, particularly for residents who are fully vaccinated.“Our long-term care facilities should be working with families to allow for in-person in-door visitation with their loved ones. We know that some residents are suffering from the impact of social isolation,” Murphy said.Under the new guidelines being recommended by the state, indoor visits can be arranged at long-term care facilities in regions where COVID-19 activity is low to moderate.“In all cases, every resident and visitor must properly wear face masks, especially while indoors,” Murphy said.He said that with Passover and Easter coming up, “The overriding principle that we are working under is that we recognize that families need to be able to be together, especially when so many have been kept apart for so long.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USS Rodney M Davis Ends 28 Years of Naval Service

first_img The guided missile frigate USS Rodney M Davis (FFG 60) concluded 28 years of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony on Jan. 23 at Naval Station Everett, Washington.USS Rodney M Davis was assigned to Destroyer Squadron Nine and was commanded by Cmdr. Todd Whalen. The ship returned in December from her final deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans where she supported theater security cooperation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.The vessel is the 54th Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. She was commissioned on May 9, 1987 at Naval Station Long Beach. The ship is named after Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis, USMC, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life for his fellow Marines on the field of battle in Vietnam.USS Rodney M Davis will be transferred to Naval Inactive Ships on March 31.[mappress mapid=”14959″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Rodney M. Davis View post tag: 28 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Rodney M Davis Ends 28 Years of Naval Service View post tag: americas Authorities January 26, 2015 View post tag: Ends USS Rodney M Davis Ends 28 Years of Naval Service View post tag: Naval View post tag: Service View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: yearslast_img read more

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TODAYS CITY-COUNTY OBSERVER “ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON” IS SOLD OUT

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The United States Senator Mike Braun will be the City-County Observer keynote speaker for the “Annual Community Achievement Awards”  luncheon on October 25, 2019. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will introduce United Senator Mike BraunFormer Vanderburgh County Sheriff, past United States Congressmen and  Vectren Executive Brad Ellsworth, will be the Master Of Ceremonies for this event.The City-County Observer  “Outstanding Community Services Award” Winners For 2019.MARGARET KOCH Margaret is a very personable person that is involved in every aspect of our community.She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has her parents to thank for teaching her the importance of stewardship and working to make the world a better place.  She moved to Evansville in the spring of 2000 and worked as a registered nurse for Visiting Nurse Plus, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and most recently Deaconess Hospital.  She and her husband, Kevin, have two wonderful and busy daughters who are 11 and 9 years old.  They both attend St. Bens Catholic school. Due to the needs of her family, Margaret made the decision in 2013, to become a full-time house spouse and community volunteer.She is a Junior League of Evansville Sustainer, and it was with this amazing organization that she began honing her fundraising skills while working on several money-generating committees.  Since completing her seven-year stint with the Junior League, she has served on the boards of Ark Crisis Child Care Center and the Reitz Home Museum.  With both of these boards, she cultivated relationships within our community working to build partnerships with these wonderful organizations and our many individuals and corporate champions.Presently she serves on the stewardship committee and pastoral council at St. Ben’s Cathedral, and helps raise money for the Summer Social and Holiday Luncheon.  She also is very involved with St. Ben’s School Mardi Gras committee where she focuses on raising sponsorship dollars that go toward the ongoing upkeep of this outstanding school along with updating technology and educational tools.She also is a member of the Evansville Museum board, where she helps with the annual gala and serves on the art committee.  She has been a member of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Alliance Women’s Fund for the past two years and more recently joined 100+ Women Who Care.  She feels privileged to be a part of both of these groups of strong, giving women.Her passions for animals, conservation, and FUN have been fulfilled with her role as a board member of the Evansville Zoological Society, which is the non-profit arm of Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.  She perhaps a little too enthusiastically participated in a feasibility study and was subsequently asked to chair our zoo’s first-ever capital campaign in 2014.  She is so pleased with the outcome of the campaign so far when she and the family enjoy the Engelbrecht Carousel and walk among the spectacular parakeets in the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Budgie Walkabout.  She invites you to visit the zoo and see these spectacular additions, thanks to the generosity of so many individual and corporate donors.Margaret thrives on helping others and strives to make the world a better place.  She is so proud of the progress happening throughout Evansville and feels honored to be a part of it.Honorable Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judge Mary Margaret “Maggie” LloydJudge Lloyd is very well respected. In 2000, Judge Lloyd was elected the first female judge in Vanderburgh County.Judge Mary Margaret “Maggie” Lloyd was born in Evansville, Indiana and graduated from the McKinney School of Law in 1991.  After serving as a law clerk for then Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court, Judge Lloyd returned to Evansville to practice law in her hometown.  Her first position was as a law clerk for then Vanderburgh Circuit Court Judge, Richard L. Young.  Following her clerkship, she served nine (9) years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office litigating hundreds of felony cases.  In 2000, Judge Lloyd was elected the first female judge in Vanderburgh County.  Currently, Judge Lloyd has jurisdiction over Family Law matters and civil cases, and since 2001, has been the Supervising Judge of the Domestic Relations/Family Court for Superior Court.   In 2012, she was elected by her fellow judges to serve as Chief Judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court.During her nineteen (19) years of service as a judicial officer, Judge Lloyd was instrumental in the creation of the Vanderburgh County Family Court Project which assists divorcing parties without means to hire an attorney to resolve their cases, themselves.  She has served on the Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana which created a Domestic Relations Bench Book to be used by all judicial officers throughout the State and helped update the Child Support Guidelines.  Judge Lloyd served as an At-Large Member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association, and further serves or served as the Superior Court judicial representative to the Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center, Inc. Board, the Evansville Bar Association Board of Directors, the Vanderburgh County Community Corrections Board, and the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Commission on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.  Presently, Judge Lloyd has been appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the Protection Order Committee and has been selected along with two (2) other Courts in the State to initiate a Pilot Project for the electronic filing of Protective Orders for the State of Indiana.In 2017, Judge Lloyd led a collaborative effort which culminated in Vanderburgh County Superior Court being awarded $546,344.00 through a Justice for Families Grant from the Office on Violence against Women.  These funds have been used to supply free supervised visits and exchanges at the Parenting Time Center to benefit children affected by domestic violence, and to create a Protective Order Assistance Office which assists victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in seeking protective orders and teaches these parties about their available community resources.  The Grant further provides a free Guardian ad Litem to represent children in paternity and divorce cases where domestic violence has occurred between the parties, there parents.CHRISTINE H. KECK  With the February 2019 acquisition of Vectren Corporation by CenterPoint Energy (CNP) Christine leads Federal advocacy and policy engagement for CNP, enterprise-wide, covering the regulated gas and electric utility operations which now encompass 8 states as well as the company’s non- regulated subsidiaries which have a nation-wide footprint.  With the Vectren acquisition, CNP is now the 2nd largest natural gas utility in the United States, serving more than 7 million metered customers.This builds upon Christine’s efforts since 2008 leading public policy, strategy and external engagement initiatives for Vectren and its subsidiaries, advancing public policy critical to addressing and improving our Nation’s pipeline infrastructure, the nexus between domestic energy production and independence with defense and national security, energy efficiency, regulatory regimes, and tax policies.In 2015 Christine was recognized with the national “Energy Champion” award by the Energy Services Coalition, in recognition of her efforts to advance the use of performance-based contracting and for her efforts in successfully securing a 3-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy.Christine is active in energy industry associations, including the American Gas Association, the Edison Electric Institute,  the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition,  the National Association of Energy Services Companies and the Energy Services Coalition, for which she is the past board president.Prior to joining the company in 2008, Keck served as Senior Vice President, Southern Region Corporate Lending Executive for Evansville, Indiana based Old National Bank. Christine began her career with Old National as part of the Bank’s Management Training program, and worked in a variety of capacities, primarily in the Commercial and Corporate Lending groups.In October of 2018, Christine was elected as Chairman of the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving in this capacity to October 2020. In July 2019 Christine became the Chairman of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.In recognition of her community service and leadership, Christine was recently awarded the Sara B. Davies Award by Leadership Evansville. She has also been a finalist for the Athena award in 2018, 2014 and 2012. EDUCATIONChristine attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has received several professional certifications including the prestigious designation of “CRC”, Credit Risk Certified, by the Risk Management Association, a national organization dedicated to the use of sound credit and lending practices in the financial services industry. LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, AND RECOGNITIONSChairman, SW Indiana Chamber of Commerce of BoardTrustee, University of Southern IndianaChairman St Vincent’s Hospital (Ascension Health) Foundation BoardBoard Member, University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Advisory BoardEPD SERGEANT JASON CULLUM Jason Cullum is an extremely likable person and is involved in every aspect of our community.In 2013, Sgt. Cullum founded Cops Connecting with Kids. To date, this unique partnership between law enforcement, schools, and the community has provided all-expenses-paid trips to Walt Disney World for 166 underserved kids from Evansville.Sgt. Jason Cullum is a 20 year veteran of the Evansville Indiana Police Department. He has served in many assignments that include co-founding the first-ever EPD Bike Patrol Unit, SWAT team member, Filed Training Officer. He also served as the Crime Prevention Unit supervisor for 3 years.He is currently assigned as the agency’s Public Information Officer and also coordinates the department’s Speaker’s Bureau program.Sgt. Cullum is an Evansville native and returned home to serve his community after a 4-year enlistment in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Military Working Dog handler and a Korean National Police Liaison.In 2016, Sgt Cullum also served as a Fellow for the Office of Community Policing (COPS office) in Washington D.C. where he served as a subject matter expert for community policing development and law enforcement social media.STEVE HAMMER He is a  Principal Partner of the Ohio Valley Properties, LLC-Evansville, Indiana, also a  Principal Partner with Roca Bar North, LLC-Evansville, Indiana and is the  Evansville Region Representative the United States, Senator Mike BraunHe has a BBA-Management degree from the University of Kentucky-Lexington, Kentucky and is a graduate of Central High School-Evansville, Indiana.Mr. Hammer Community Involvement:Was a Community Emcee at various events & organizations including St. Ben’s Mardi Gras Gala, Multiple Sclerosis Gala, YWCA Legacy of Style and Wesselman Woods Wandering Owl.Former Candidate for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 2 in 2018.Weekly Volunteer at St. Anthony’s soup kitchen since 2017.Chef at A Hundred Men Who Cook annual charity event since 2014.Basketball Coach for St. Ben’s Catholic School 3rd Grade Girls team in 2018.Builder at Mickey’s Kingdom Community Construction Project in 2018.Member of A Hundred Guys Who Care charity group since 2017.Member of Evansville Country Club since 1999.Member of Ziemer Society of St. Vincent Hospital since 2017.Volunteers his service as the Chairmen of the CCO ‘Living Outside THe Box” speakers series.He is also a  supporter of numerous charity events to numerous to mention.He is married to Ashley, a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at St. Vincent Hospital and they have two wonderful children, William, 22 & Addison 9.COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEN SHOULDERSThree years ago Democrat Benjamin Shoulders ran for the Vanderburgh County Commissioner and was elected by a comfortable margin.Since his election, he has been extremely effective in promoting good public policy and has seemly been a voice of reason and compromise. Mr. Shoulders has demonstrated that he can face difficult governmental challenges with an open mind.Commissioner Shoulders is extremely outgoing and is from a well respected and prominent political family of this area.He is currently the Commercial Lender ll at Banterra Bank and has been in banking for 16 years.Ben received his college degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) – Bachelor of Arts ’02 CJUS (College of Arts and Sciences). He was graduated from Harrison High School–Magna Cum Laude (College Prep).He received his certification from Indiana Bankers Association – Bank Management Series in 2010 and the Indiana Bankers Association – Commercial Lending School (2011 Graduate).Ben is married to former Shannon Perrette of Evansville for 11 years and they have three (3) children.  Emma who is 9 years old and 6 years old twins Parker and Sadie and they reside in Evansville. Some of Bens’s favorite things he enjoys doing are coaching youth basketball and taking his family out to eat fish Tacos and drinking slushies.His Community Involvement Is Very Impressive.  Listed Below Are Some OF Them.Vanderburgh County Commissioner – District One (Elected – Nov 2016; took office – Jan 1, 2017). Elected President in -2019.GAGE (Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville) – Board Member (2018 – present)Commission on Homelessness – Board Member (2017 – present)Past Community Corrections – Board Member Old Courthouse – Board Member (2017 – present)Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission – Board Member (2017 – present)IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board (2014 – present)Boys and Girls Club of Evansville – Board President (2018 – present); Vice President (2016 – present)EVSC Foundation Board of Directors – Vice President (2013 – 2018)Darrell Ragland Foundation Board of Directors – Board Development Chair (2014 – present)United Way – Keel Club (2014 – 2018); Southern Indiana Campaign Cabinet Member (2016)Past “EVSC Hall of Fame” – Co-Chairman IU Alumni Association of Greater Evansville – Past President / Board member Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Commissioners – Board Treasurer (2014 – 2015)Past member of the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville – Development Committee Current Leadership Evansville Board of Directors – Recruitment ChairmanHarrison High School /Warrior Athletic Booster Club – Past President (2010 – 2013)Harrison High School Athletic Hall of Fame – Founder and Past ChairmanWNIN Channel 9 Auctioneer (2011 – 2015, 2017, 2018; ”Red Blue Hoops” radio co-host 2014-16) Past member of the Evansville African American Museum Gala – Auction Committee Commissioner Shoulders Current And Past Awards and Honors:Top Producer/President’s Award – First Federal Savings Bank (2010 and 2011)Community Service Award – Fifth Third Bank (January 2013)Most “Starz” Volunteer Hours in Evansville Market – Old National Bank (2014, 2015)Selected as a Top Performer for Old National Bank Chamber of Commerce Drive – “Big Dawg Award” (most memberships sold)Past Recipient of the President’s Award for Community Service – Boys and Girls Club Selected as  a “Top 20 Under 40” – Evansville Business Journal/Evansville Courier and Press in September 2011Selected as “Top 20 Under 40” – News 4U Magazine in 2015)Involved in 100 Men Who Cook — Chef -EvansvillePast Vanderburgh Medical Alliance Annual Style Show – Master of CeremoniesThis year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 25, 2019.This year’s event is a sellout.last_img read more

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