first_imgConstance Hotels Services Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Constance Hotels Services Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Constance Hotels Services Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Constance Hotels Services Limited (  2011 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileConstance Hotels Services Limited is a Mauritian company engaged in the management and ownership of hotels and resorts that include Ultimate hotels and Unique resorts in the Indian Ocean. The Ultimate hotels collection includes Constance Le Prince Maurice- Mauritius, Constance Lemuria- Seychelles and Constance Halaveli- Maldives whilst the company’s Unique resorts collection includes Constance Belle Mare Plage- Mauritius, Constance Ephelia- Seychelles, Constance Moofushi- Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina- Madagascar. Constance Hotels Services Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

first_imgIn 2006 the South Africans arrived in Sydney on the back of a 35-17 thrashing by the All Blacks in Wellington and the camp was not a happy one. Du Randt, usually the archetypal strong and silent type, addressed the team and the rejuvenated Boks were only beaten 20-18 thanks to Stirling Mortlock’s conversion of a Mat Rogers try at the death..Related content: South Africa’s preparations for 2021 Lions tour.Du Randt, who had 67 caps by then, wept in the dressing room and was too upset to join the post-match meeting. But his message hit home to the younger members of the squad and a year later they were World Cup winners for the first time and du Randt was a World Cup winner for the second time.. TAGS: The Greatest Players Double champion: du Randt with wife Hannelie after winning the 2007 World Cup (Getty)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Out of reach: du Randt eludes Samoa prop Census Johnston at RWC 2007 (AFP/Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Major teams: Free State CheetahsCountry: South AfricaTest span: 1994-2007Test caps: 80 (75 starts)Test points: 25 (5T) Rugby’s Greatest: Os du RandtOs du Randt thought his time in international rugby was finished after South Africa‘s 1999 November tour to Europe, but little did he know that eight years later he would become the first South African to win two global titles.After being the starting loosehead in the 1995 triumph (at the age of 22), he played in the 1999 tournament before suffering a spate of injuries that sidelined him for three years. It was a masterstroke from White, who admitted there was more to it than just wanting to reinstate a good old-fashioned loosehead to the Test team. White also wanted a man who was burning from being dropped in 1999 and had never had the chance to fight for his place, and someone who could tell his group of players just how lucky they were to be Springboks. Then the phone rang and it was his old mate and former Springbok flanker Rassie Erasmus on the end of the line, who asked him to turn out for Free State. One thing led to another and in 2004 du Randt was recalled to the Springboks by then national coach Jake White.last_img read more

first_img “COPY” Projects Lead Architect: Spain Rafael Iniesta Nowell Year:  Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta Nowell+ 17Curated by Clara Ott Share Area:  52 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House for a Writer / Iniesta Nowell ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse for a Writer / Iniesta Nowell Arquitectos 2016 CopyHouses•Jerez de la Frontera, Spaincenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily House for a Writer / Iniesta Nowell Arquitectos “COPY” Architects: Iniesta Nowell Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Technical Architect:Luis Gutiérrez SanchoConstructor:Fragou Construcciones SLUCity:Jerez de la FronteraCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. The project departs from the reconstruction of a small portion of the neighbourhood. A piece of city, hidden from all and existing only for a few neighbours. It can be described as the search for good cross ventilation, uniform natural lighting and as the fight for the last habitable centimetre, but we can also talk about the city.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellSave this picture!Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellThe client, an English writer and globetrotter, requested what in London is called a “Backland House” but an Andalusian version of it. These interventions are driven by the need to find urban land at an affordable price for building housing that is able to recover the forgotten past, densifying the urban fabric, transforming those hidden spaces and in this case the yard of an old neighbourhood house in San Miguel de Jerez de la Frontera.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellSave this picture!Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellThe “whys” of all the variables and conditions of this house have not been questioned, but the “hows”. How should the light enter, how should it be built, how will it be used, what situations will be generated in relation to the bordering courtyard or what will the succession of events be after someone exists the door and before they reach the street.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellQuestions that lead us to an investigation and to an improvement of the process and the project, as well as a much more adequate result.The house is built on a small scale, immediate, almost like a large piece of furniture made of bricks and concrete. We take any necessary means and gestures to let the light enter and to create ventilation.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellThe program was in short a room with a large kitchen and (as the ordinance allows) a small tower as a room. When it comes to organizing the space of 33m2 each centimetre counts; a small toilet set against the kitchen furniture, a skylight hidden in the terrace taking advantage of the rise of the staircase, an airy ground floor and a large window opening to the courtyard.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellThe position of the small bedroom that the regulations allow to build is played with on the first floor, placing it in the center, halfway between a terrace and “the jungle”, named so by its owner, a courtyard that houses a small pool and a large variety of exotic plants as souvenirs from travels in Asia.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellThe figures carved in exotic wood and the radios of the time when the owner distributed the newspaper on Fleet St in London are memories of travels to distant lands and of a whole lifetime. This is a house that never gets finished, one that is lived and that is given sense to by its owner, having an atmosphere of its own.We used natural and traditional materials from the area: ceramics, lime and wood. We faced the challenge of executing a low-cost architecture committed to the place which we think has served to solve problems and to discover a new corner in a neighbourhood as vivid as this one.Save this picture!Cortesía de Rafael Iniesta NowellProject gallerySee allShow lessFIELDWORKS Celebrates Design-Build in California’s High DesertArchitecture NewsVerona Penthouse / Bricolo FalsarellaSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeIniesta Nowell ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJerez de la FronteraSpainPublished on June 11, 2019Cite: “House for a Writer / Iniesta Nowell Arquitectos” [Casa para un escritor / Iniesta Nowell Arquitectos] 11 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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first_img  13 total views,  1 views today 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 Researching massive growth in giving. employees using the Payroll Giving scheme offered by their employer, the research also investigates the triggers or barriers that would influence individuals for and against participating in Payroll Giving.The survey showed that once individuals had been fully briefed on Payroll Giving, not surprisingly all thought it was an excellent way to support charity and would consider giving in this way. Low take-up rates for Payroll Giving were attributed to lack of awareness and communication of the scheme. Many respondents did not even know that their employer offered the scheme. Respondents also didn’t see Payroll Giving as an ‘easy’ way to give, or one that allowed them to opt out of communication with the charity of charities they were supporting.Feedback from charities was regarded as essential in order for donors to maintain the feel of a direct relationship with the cause(s) they are supporting.Amanda Delew, Director of The Giving Campaign, said: “The research is encouraging in showing how positive donors are about Payroll Giving. However, to boost take-up of the scheme, work needs to be done to improve communication between employers, charities and employees. For charities, it is a definite call to action to communicate with and further involve their Payroll Giving donors.”NOP’s research constituted four one and a half hour group discussions and 16 in-depth interviews, each 45-60 minutes long. A survey for The Giving Campaign confirms that wealthy donors are looking for stronger communication between themselves andthe charities that they support through Payroll Giving. NOP looked at the attitudes of high earners towards giving to charity through Payroll Giving. With only 3% of eligible Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 September 2002 | News Survey – wealthy payroll donors seek recognition from charitieslast_img read more

first_imgThe Charity AwardsCivil Society’s The Charity Awards take place on 7 June this year with entries having opened on 1 December. There are ten categories, which recognise exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity and include a Grantmaking & Funding category. The shortlist for this year’s awards will be announced on 9 May. Third Sector Excellence AwardsCategories for the Third Sector Excellence Awards include Charity of the Year, Fundraising Campaign, Fundraising Event, and Big Impact Award and Early bird deadline is 3 May with the final chance to enter Thursday 7 June. Winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on Thursday 20 September.  The entry fees vary according to the charity’s turnover. IoF Yorkshire and Humber Fundraising AwardsNominations for the IoF Yorkshire and Humber Fundraising Awards are now open, and ask charities to nominate a truly exceptional fundraiser or fundraising team working in the region. The deadline for nominations is 4 May, with the award ceremony taking place on the evening of the first day of the annual conference in York on 10 May.The awards are free to enter and nominations are sought for:Best NewcomerFundraiser of the YearFundraising Team of the YearFundraising Leader of the Year The IoF National Fundraising AwardsThe shortlist for the National Fundraising Awards was announced last week, with the award ceremony taking place during the National Fundraising Convention, on 2 July. The awards opened for entries in January this year, with the introduction of a new category: Best Donor Experience. Fundraising awards round up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Melanie May | 30 April 2018 | News  163 total views,  1 views today  164 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 IoF Insight in Fundraising AwardsThe Insight in Fundraising Awards celebrate excellence use of data and insight, and had an April closing date for entries. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in June. This year its awards categories were divided into three sections: Technical Expertise, Use of Insight in Fundraising Disciplines, and Insight at Work.center_img Charity Times AwardsThe Charity Times Awards celebrate best practice and close for entries on 7 June. They have a whopping 27 categories including Fundraising Team of the Year and Fundraising Technology. ONES TO WATCHNorth East Charity AwardsThe Newcastle Chronicle’s The Journal and The Gazette have just announced that they are launching the North East Charity Awards for fourth year in 2018. The Awards are designed to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by local charities and individual fundraisers, whilst also celebrating the local businesses and employees who support their work. Last year entries closed in August. Tagged with: Awards IMMINENTIoF Scottish Fundraising AwardsThe Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Scottish Fundraising Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and reward fundraising achievements across Scotland and the UK.The nomination categories for this year’s Scottish Fundraising Awards are:Fundraiser of the YearFundraising Excellence AwardBest Individual Giving CampaignBest Marketing and Communications CampaignBest Partner Relationship (Corporate, Trust or Major Donor)Best Use of Event or Community Fundraising InitiativeVoluntary Fundraising Group of the YearVolunteer Fundraiser of the YearThis year, the awards are particularly encouraging people in a senior position to consider nominating team members/colleagues for Fundraiser of the Year and the Fundraising Excellence Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5pm on the 29 June. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via The closing dates may have passed for this year’s IoF National Awards, the IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards, and The Charity Awards, among others, but there is still a plethora of awards coming up in the fundraising calendar. Here’s a round-up of opportunities available in the next two months, as well as other awards with fundraising categories to plan for. Hays NI Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland AwardsThe Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland is calling for nominations for its annual Fundraising Awards, taking place in Belfast on Tuesday 5 June 2018.Categories:Fundraising Event of the Year.Fundraising Campaign of the Year.Fundraising Partnership of the Year.Fundraising Team of the Year.The Bryan Walliker Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.Young Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.The Hays NI Institute of Fundraising Awards are open to all individuals and fundraising teams across Northern Ireland with deadline for nominations of Friday 18 May. Winners from each category will be announced at the Hays NI IoF Northern Ireland Awards luncheon, which is being held at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA symbol of Cuba’s Tarea Vida (LifeWork) initiative against climate change catastrophe.Workers and their allies throughout the world argue that it is possible to make climate, meaning the patterns of daily weather events, less violent, less dangerous, more comfortable, more human. Their bosses argue that come what may — come high heat, high water, frigid cold — workers have to get to work to make money for them and, in addition, bear most of the costs of violent weather.That’s the nub of the argument over climate change: Making profits by ignoring risks versus making a livable environment for human life.Global warming is one of the most significant factors in climate change. It is a major factor in events like wildfires and droughts.But Jennifer Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University, is one of the scientists who also feel that “rapid warming and wholesale melting of the Arctic may be playing a role in causing persistent cold spells.” ( winter of 2017-18 has been marked by violent and rapid changes in the weather. According to Francis, citing four of the last five years, December and the first few weeks of 2018 in the central and eastern parts of Canada and the United States were very cold. States like Louisiana, Texas and Florida, usually snow-free, received significant amounts of snow, along with record low temperatures.Though February in the U.S. Northeast was one of the warmest Februarys on record, most of Europe, from Madrid to Moscow, faced weeks of brutal cold, with temperatures unusually well below freezing. Snow and freezing rain made road and rail travel treacherous. Thousands of cars and trucks were trapped on highways in southern France, and snow actually coated Mediterranean beaches.In western Europe, prosperous and highly developed, the cold was mainly dangerous for the homeless, often immigrants and refugees, and the poor, whose shelters don’t have enough heat or insulation. Many workers, especially in Great Britain, demanded to be paid for the days they couldn’t get to work, with mixed success.In far less prosperous eastern Europe, the situation was graver. Polish authorities reported at least 58 deaths due to hypothermia in February. In Bosnia, 11,000 villagers were cut off by heavy snow and avalanches, with helicopters bringing in food and fuel. Romania, Ukraine, Macedonia and Albania all reported heavy snowfall and far-below-freezing conditions, making it hard for workers to get to jobs and threatening the poor, the homeless, the elders and the very young.Global warming and colder wintersFor a couple of days at the end of February, Cape Morris Jesup, the weather station at the northern tip of Greenland, was warmer than Zurich, Paris or Rome. Cape Morris Jesup is about 450 miles from the North Pole. The sun sets there in October and doesn’t rise again until the end of March.Temperatures in the Arctic in the last week of February soared to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit, 50 degrees higher than normal. Similar temperature anomalies were noted throughout the Arctic.Francis explained that arctic warming significantly reduces the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean. That reduces the difference in atmospheric pressure between the Arctic and mid-latitudes, weakening the jet stream, which normally keeps the most frigid cold in the Arctic, and causing lengthy cold snaps in North America and Europe.“This is what we’ve been talking about; it couldn’t be more classic,” Francis told the Associated Press March 10. “If you look at the whole picture, the whole jet stream around the Northern Hemisphere, it’s had these very large excursions north and south and that’s led to all of the wacky weather.”“The underlying disease that’s causing this is getting worse,” Francis said, referring to heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil and gas. “These are just the symptoms.”Climate change policies in U.S., Cuba and ChinaTrump has rolled back some regulations set up to combat climate change in the U.S. He questions the reality of climate change and promotes the fossil fuel industries, particularly coal. On June 1, 2017, he even withdrew the U.S. from the nonbinding and not really effective 2015 Paris Accords on climate change.The major European countries have not renounced the Paris Agreement, but they have not taken any significant steps to combat global warming. They don’t want to put limits on what their companies can do to make profits.China, the world’s second-largest economy, has installed about a third of the world’s current capacity to produce wind power, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. China already produces over half of the world’s energy by solar power and intends to achieve the goals set for it under the Paris Accords years ahead of schedule.Cuba spent 10 years developing Project Life (Tarea Vida), officially adopted in the spring of 2017, to address climate change issues. The major environmental problem Cuba faces as an island nation is sea-level rise.Tarea Vida is designed to prepare Cuba for environmental challenges for the next hundred years.“It’s impressive,” marine scientist David Guggenheim, president of Ocean Doctor, told the magazine Science. (Jan. 10) “Cuba is an unusual country in that they actually respect their scientists, and their climate change policy is science driven.” The Cuban plan stresses resilience and adaptation, rather than massive and costly infrastructure projects.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img SHARE Purdue Center for Commercial Ag Hosting Webinar Tuesday on USDA’s Acreage Report Facebook Twitter Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, July 2 at 12:30pm entitled, “Corn & Soybean Outlook Update: Following USDA’s Acreage Report”.There is more uncertainty about the corn and soybean outlook than we’ve had in years. Prevented planting and delayed planting of both corn and soybeans, combined with questions about the ag trade picture, are all affecting the corn and soybean price picture. During the webinar, Chris Hurt, Michael Langemeier and Jim Mintert will focus on the key factors shaping the ag outlook, including updated acreage estimates for 2019 following the release of the USDA’s Acreage report combined with an assessment of prevented planting of corn and soybeans and yield prospects. They’ll conclude with management strategies you can consider to position your operation for success this year and next.The webinar is free, but you need to register at the Center for Commercial Agriculture website to participate. The morning of the webinar, you’ll receive a link to join the webinar live. Please register in advance to ensure you receive the link on time. If you are unable to attend live, you can still register and an email with a link to the webinar recording will be sent as soon as it’s available. By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 26, 2019 Previous articleCrouch Flies Purdue Drones and Talks Ag Tech on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleHouse Passes Ag Appropriations in Minibus Spending Bill Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Center for Commercial Ag Hosting Webinar Tuesday on USDA’s Acreage Report Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to provide urgent medical assistance to Polad Aslanov, a journalist who has been jailed for the past 19 months and whose already poor health is now failing after eight days on hunger strike to press his demand for a fair trial and transfer to house arrest. RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 4, 2021 Find out more The editor of the Xeberman and Press-az news websites, Aslanov was arrested in June 2019 and was convicted on trumped-up charges of high treason in November 2020. He filed an appeal a few days after his conviction but had to wait until last week for a court to begin hearing his appeal – a delay for which there was no justification. He was expelled from the initial appeal hearing on 4 February for protesting against the illegal presence of four state security agents involved in bringing the original charges against him and he also objected to the judge’s decision to bar reporters from the hearing. This measure is usually only adopted in response to disorder in the courtroom. February 9, 2021 Azerbaijan: Inhuman treatment is putting imprisoned journalist’s life in danger Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more Credit : “The authorities continue to persecute Polad Aslanov, who was already convicted in a completely arbitrary manner,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We condemn this inhuman treatment that is putting a journalist’s life in danger and we call on the Azerbaijani authorities to provide him with medical care and to ensure that he gets a fair hearing when the court considers the substance of his appeal on 15 February.” Organisation Polad Aslanov, who weighed only 44 kilos when he began the hunger strike, is complaining of kidney and stomach pains while his wife says he is not receiving any medical care. For no apparent reason, he was tested for Covid-19 (with no result so far) and his wife fears he could be transferred to a cell for “tuberculosis patients” where conditions are unsanitary and conducive to the transmission of diseases. Follow the news on Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information center_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further News News June 8, 2021 Find out more Azerbaijan is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Most critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked, and at least three journalists are currently in prison. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Aslanov, who is critical of the Azerbaijani authorities, was working on a story allegedly implicating members of the State Security Service (DTX) in extortion when he was arrested on 14 June 2019 for allegedly betraying his country by providing information to Iran. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – December 15, 2020 Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Facebook Capacity ordinance could be lifted FridayMedical pros caution Odessans not to relaxcenter_img Pinterest TAGS  Facebook A controversial ordinance limiting Odessa businesses to 50 percent capacity and requiring all employees and customers to wear face coverings while inside businesses is expected to be lifted on Friday, Mayor David Turner said Tuesday. Turner said the ordinance will be discontinued if the number of coronavirus patients taking up bed space in Ector County remains under 15 percent for seven continuous days, which would be Thursday. The rates had soared as high as 23.95 percent when Turner signed the Nov. 24 ordinance. “The rates have been just under 15 percent for the past five days,” Turner said during a Tuesday press conference with local health officials. “The public listened and did what they were supposed to – that was the key. I’m very proud of our residents.” Odessa Dr. Timothy Benton, the associate dean for clinical affairs at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Medical School, applauded the city’s efforts, but cautioned residents not to become lax. “There are a lot of positives going on right now,” Benton said. “We’re seeing a plateau as far as hospital census. We’ve seen no (post-Thanksgiving) spike. “But our commitment to wearing masks and social distancing cannot go away. We must stay the course.” Local hospital officials say they are still expecting their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations on Dec. 21. Most Texas communities received their first shipments on Monday, but a state computer glitch caused a delay for Odessa. There is still some concern because some communities like Midland, were expecting their vaccine shipment to arrive Monday, but it hasn’t arrived yet, Medical Center Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Christin Timmons said. Timmons and Odessa Regional Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rohith Saravanan said when the vaccines arrive their hospitals will begin offering them in stages to all hospital employees. The vaccinations will be staggered over several weeks so that if there are any adverse reactions “it won’t wipe out all our staff,” Timmons said. Vaccinations for hospital employees are recommended, but won’t be required, Timmons and Saravanan said. “Even though vaccinations will start soon, I want to caution people that we’re not going to see any effects from them for a good amount of time – one to two months,” Saravanan said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, but we need to hold tight to what we’re doing.” ORMC reported that they had 29 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, 14 in critical condition and 6 on ventilators. MCHS reported 83 patients, with 23 in critical condition or on ventilators. Twitter Previous articleOAT121620_PBRCCarnivalNext articleHow to celebrate the holidays safely and on budget Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 1, 2021– Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Altria joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. This is the fourth year in a row Altria has received a score of 100. “We know that to be successful in our 10-year Vision to responsibly lead the transition of adult smokers to a non-combustible future we need to be a diverse, inclusive and welcoming place to work,” said Billy Gifford, Altria’s Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition is a testament to our employees and Mosaic, our LGBTQ employee resource group, who continuously work to ensure that our LGBTQ colleagues are included and have equal opportunity to grow and thrive.” The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:Non-discrimination policies across business entities;Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;Supporting an inclusive culture; and,Corporate social responsibility. Altria’s efforts in meeting all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” Altria is proud of its internal and external efforts to promote LGBTQ equality. In 2020 Altria signed on to America Competes, a pledge to oppose discrimination and to support comprehensive nondiscrimination laws that protect all Americans, including LGBTQ people, and supported the passage of the Virginia Values Act, the first comprehensive LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation to pass in the south. Altria was also recognized last year as one of the “Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion” by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Altria has also filed amicus briefs supporting important LGBTQ cases, including the Supreme Court’s review of federal non-discrimination laws ( Bostock v. Clayton County and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home v. EEOC ) and the Ninth Circuit’s review of Idaho’s law banning transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity ( Hecox v. Little ). The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s full report is available online at Altria’s Profile Altria’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc. (PM USA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (USSTC), John Middleton Co. (Middleton), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. (Ste. Michelle) and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (PMCC). Altria owns an 80% interest in Helix Innovations LLC (Helix). Altria holds equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI), JUUL Labs, Inc. (JUUL) and Cronos Group Inc. (Cronos). The brand portfolios of Altria’s tobacco operating companies include Marlboro ®, Black & Mild ®, Copenhagen ®, Skoal ® and on! ®. Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle ®, 14 Hands ® and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars ™, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatt e™ and Villa Maria Estate ™ products in the United States. Trademarks and service marks related to Altria referenced in this release are the property of Altria or its subsidiaries or are used with permission. More information about Altria is available at, or follow Altria on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Source: Altria Group, Inc. View source version on CONTACT: Altria Client Services Media Relations 804-484-8897 KEYWORD: VIRGINIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER CONSUMER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WOMEN TEENS PARENTING OTHER RETAIL CHILDREN WINE & SPIRITS MEN TOBACCO GAY & LESBIAN FAMILY CONSUMER SOURCE: Altria Group, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/01/2021 02:21 PM/DISC: 02/01/2021 02:21 PM Facebookcenter_img Twitter Altria Group Recognized for Its Commitment to LGBTQ Equality TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Previous articleTampa Bay makes best of Super Bowl week amid sour economyNext articleGoing virtual in a Shrimpfest shift Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more