The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector US$460 billion in lost revenue during the first six months of 2020 as the number of people traveling plunged, the United Nations said Tuesday.Revenue lost between January and June amounted to “around five times the loss in international tourism receipts recorded in 2009 amid the global economic and financial crisis,” the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization said in a statement.International tourist arrivals fell by 440 million during the period, or 65 percent, with Asia, the first region to feel the impact of Covid-19, seeing the steepest decline, it added. “This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic,” the Tourism Organization said.While tourism is slowly returning to some destinations, the UN body warned that “reduced travel demand and consumer confidence” would continue to hurt the sector for the rest of the year.It predicted international tourist arrivals will plunge by around 70 percent in 2020 owing to the coronavirus.International tourism arrivals rose by four percent in 2019 to 1.5 billion, with France the world’s most visited country, followed by Spain and the United States.The last time international tourist arrivals posted an annual decline was in 2009 when the global economic crisis led to a four percent drop.The UN body said it expects it will take two to four years for tourist arrivals to return to 2019 levels.Topics :
Wolf Administration Announces Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut, Further Lowering Cost of Doing Business in Pennsylvania
Press Release Boyertown, PA –Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries for the Insurance Department and Labor & Industry today announced Pennsylvania businesses will see another cut in workers’ compensation insurance rates while maintaining benefit levels for injured workers.Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino made the announcement at an event at Global Advanced Metals in Boyertown.Workers’ comp insurance rates will drop 6.21 percent, effective April 1, reducing a key expense for many companies and saving Pennsylvania businesses an estimated $150 million this year.“This significant rate cut comes on top of reductions during my administration’s first two years, which improved our state’s standing across the nation for this cost of doing business,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s reduction will further help business owners create jobs that pay in Pennsylvania and at the same time, maintain fair benefits for workers injured on the job, something that is vital for families’ financial well-being and peace of mind.”Today’s rate cut announcement comes following a national study released last November, showing Pennsylvania improved its standing among states in workers’ comp insurance costs under the Wolf Administration, dropping from 17th highest to 26th highest from 2014 to 2016. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services conducted the study comparing workers’ comp insurance rates for 50 selected employment classes based on methods that put states’ workers’ comp rates on a comparable basis with a constant set of state-specific risk classifications.Commissioner Miller said her department under Governor Wolf’s leadership is working to maintain a vibrant and competitive workers’ compensation insurance market, helping keep costs down.“More than 325 companies offer workers’ compensation insurance coverage in Pennsylvania,” Commissioner Miller said. “This means employers are able to find attractive, cost-efficient options for this vital insurance.”The rate reduction follows the Insurance Department’s approval of the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau’s annual loss cost filing. These loss costs are used to determine the premiums businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance. The premium savings for an individual employer will vary based on the employer’s risk classification, claims experience and other factors. Not all employers will see a decrease.This is the sixth consecutive workers’ compensation insurance cut in as many years, and brings the cumulative savings to $720 million for the past six years. Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of medical care and rehabilitation for injured workers, and lost wages and death benefits for the dependents of those killed in work-related accidents.The other important component of today’s announcement is that benefit levels have been maintained for injured workers. Labor & Industry Secretary Manderino said certified workplace safety committees, overseen by her department, are key for both cost and safety.“Certified workplace safety committees help employers and workers keep safety top-of-mind at all times,” Secretary Manderino said. “And those companies with a committee receive a five percent discount on their workers’ comp insurance premiums.”More than 11,220 state-certified workplace safety committees have been established since March 1994, protecting more than 1,463,000 workers. Additionally, employers with certified workplace safety committees have saved close to $604.2 million in workers’ compensation premiums. These savings in insurance costs are due solely to the five percent premium discount provided to businesses that have these committees.Global Advanced Metals has a long-standing certified workplace safety committee and won a Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence in 2016. Global is a leading manufacturer of high performance tantalum metallurgical and powder products to the electronics, aerospace, automotive, and chemical manufacturing industries.“Global Advanced Metals, Inc. is proud of our safety record, which is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our workforce to our safety process. This dedication to safety has been instrumental in our successful certification as an OSHA VPP Star site since 2008, as well as receiving the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence,” said Mark Lackey, Boyertown Facility General Manager. “We could not have achieved this level without the safety focus and effort from all of our employees and contractors. It is great to see that our efforts and the efforts of many companies in Pennsylvania have contributed to real cost reductions for current and future businesses in PA.”Secretary Manderino added her department’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Division provides employers with the most up-to-date and relevant safety information and benefits possible for employees. Employers should contact their insurance company or agent for more information about how their workers’ compensation premiums will be affected.More information on Pennsylvania insurance products is available at www.insurance.pa.gov.For more information on making Pennsylvania’s workplaces safer, visit www.dli.pa.gov, “Workers’ Compensation Services.” March 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut, Further Lowering Cost of Doing Business in Pennsylvania
Gov. Wolf: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Decreases Diversion, Fraud October 28, 2019 Healthcare, Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that health care providers prescribing controlled substances are required to do so electronically, unless they meet certain exceptions. This is set forth by Act 96, now in effect.“Electronic prescribing is a tremendous deterrent against prescription fraud and the latest effort of the state to decrease the effects of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have seen the number of opioid prescriptions decrease through education and other initiatives we have put in place. Electronic prescribing is a way to keep opioids out of the hands of those who may misuse them.”Recent data has shown that from 2016 through mid-2019, opioid prescribing is down 30 percent. In addition, the total number of patients who were prescribed high dosages of opioids decreased by 46 percent from mid-2016 through mid-2019. A high dosage is defined as a daily dose of opioids with a morphine-milligram equivalent greater than 90. Also, the total number of patients who were prescribed overlapping prescriptions of both benzodiazepines and opioids for more than 30 days decreased by 48 percent in the same time frame.“Electronic prescribing is the latest initiative to stop opioids and other controlled substances from getting into the wrong hands,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This technology allows health care providers to send prescriptions directly to the pharmacy, streamlining the process of getting a controlled substance prescribed. Electronic prescribing will also help to cut down on medication mistakes, which can occur with written prescriptions.”For individuals who have questions about this new law and how it affects them, the Department of Health has a website with information for patients, prescribers and dispensers. In addition, anyone with questions can contact the department by emailing RA-DHEPCS@pa.gov or calling 844-377-7367 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The Opioid Command Center, established in January 2018 when Gov. Wolf signed the first opioid disaster declaration, meets every week to discuss the opioid crisis. The command center is staffed by personnel from 17 state agencies, spearheaded by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs.Recent data shows that in 2018, more than 4,400 people died from a drug overdose. This represents an 18 percent decrease in drug overdose deaths from 2017.For more information about opioids and electronic prescribing, visit www.health.pa.gov.Find more information on the state’s response to the opioid crisis. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, discussed a unique dredging capability with Thad Pratt at U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory on Feb. 19, 2019.The new remote-operated Subdredge, which was built by EDDY Pump, was delivered to the Army Corps in late 2018.The Mini-Robotic Dredge’s capabilities were successfully tested for the first time on the ERDC campus in Vicksburg, Miss., Dec. 20, 2018.The MRD is being evaluated for its expeditionary dredging capability to support improved access to the shore and reduce deployment timelines during Anti-Access/Anti-Denial and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations.
“The situation in the past few weeks has put a lot of strain on all sides. The longstanding difficult economic situation due to the lack of freight traffic combined with the loss of a large number of passenger bookings as part of the corona pandemic left us with no other choice in order to secure our business in the long term,” Ron Gerlach, Trade Director and Managing Director Stena Line Germany, said. Stena Line to furlough 600, lay off 150 workers due to COVID-19 “Above all, it is sad for the employees who are affected, but also for the people on Rügen.” Stena Line continues to operate two RoPax ferry routes between Sweden and Germany. “With a heavy heart we have now made the decision to close the ferry route between Trelleborg and Sassnitz, one of the oldest ferry lines in Europe,” Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line, commented. Swedish ferry company Stena Line has reached an agreement with the German Works Council to permanently close the ferry route between Trelleborg and Sassnitz due to the lower freight traffic caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The move will affect 130 German workers. Posted: 5 months ago The ferry F/S Sassnitz, that was earlier operating the route, is currently laid up in the Port of Uddevalla, Sweden. The vessel will be handed over to Stena RoRo and either be sold or chartered, according to the company. Stena Line suspended the operation on the abovementioned route between Trelleborg and Sassnitz in March 2020. In April, the company announced plans for the permanent closure, including check-ins areas and bordership in Sassnitz. Human Capital Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in Europe, Stena Line has experienced a large decline in travel bookings and freight volumes. As a result of the significant reduction in revenue, the company had to implement cost-cutting measures. Photo: Stena Line Categories: Posted: 5 months ago
NZ Herald 28 February 2014A school trustee has quit and a family withdrawn their child in protest at an explicit sexual education programme at a West Coast primary.Blaketown School trustee Jo-Anne Sim resigned this month over the “unacceptable” and explicit class, delivered to Year 7 and 8 pupils in December.Ms Sim said the children were told about oral and anal sex, flavoured condoms, and pleasure points – despite parents being told in writing beforehand that pupils would be taught only the basics.“Eleven, 12 and 13-year-olds don’t need to know this stuff. That’s why we’re mad,” said mother-of-two Ms Sim.Her daughter told her some children had their hands over their ears because they were uncomfortable with the lesson.“They were too scared to say ‘we don’t want to hear this.”‘http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11211675
Loading… “I know that we have a tough customer coming our way in the last group game of the continentals but we have what it takes to come out with a win. The players understand what is at stake and are determined to make our supporters proud at the end of the match,” said the vastly travelled tactician. He further said, “Yes, even though the win will not push us above the Egyptians, we need to win for ourselves, supporters, management, financiers and above all to earn marks when CAF takes record of club’s performances ahead of next season’ competitions. Though, we did not start the group stage well but we hope to end well on Sunday and take that form into the NPFL.” Recall that Al-Masry S.C of Egypt have qualified for the quarter-final of this season’ CAF Confederation cup having amassed nine points from five matches played while Rangers International F.C are on five points from the same number of matches. Read Also:CCC: Enugu Rangers make history in Egypt, beat Pyramids CAF has fixed the match day 6, group A encounter for Sunday, February 2, 2020 inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu with kickoff slated for 8.00pm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’ Rangers International F.C will this weekend be trading tackles with Egyptian top side, Al-Masry F.C complete with two Nigerian exports, in the last game of Group A,CAF Confederation cup fixture slated for Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu. Though a dead rubber game, as the result will not affect the chances of the Egyptians progressing further in the competition, the coach Salisu Yusuf led side will be looking to turn the tide and pay back the visitors in their own coin after their first meeting ended 4-2 in favor of the Port Said side. With Ibrahim Olawoyin, Ifeanyi George and Kenechukwu Agu finding their ranges, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ look set to annex all three points at stake even while expecting a tough challenge from the visitors that have a former Rangers midfield maestro, Emeka Eze and Warri Wolves attacker, Austin Amutu in their ranks. After earning a well-deserved win over run-away group winners, Pyramids of Egypt few days back in Cairo, with two drawn games and two losses, Rangers is condemned to win and coach Yusuf has assured the teaming fans of the club of a win. Promoted Content10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWorld’s Most Delicious Foods5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeStunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe
Retired Kaizer Chiefs defender, Patrick Mayo, has thrown his support for under-pressure goalie Daniel Akpeyi, absolving him of any wrongdoing in the club’s loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday. Chiefs continued their poor run, losing 1-0 at home to their bitter rivals and title challengers Sundowns – the club’s second loss in their last three matches. That crushing defeat catapulted Sundowns to joint-top of the South African Premier Soccer League, increasing the pressure on Ernst Middendorp’s men who had led the table for the better part of the campaign. Many, including former Chiefs winger Junior Khanye, continue to call for Akpeyi to be replaced by long-time shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, but Mayo insists the Nigerian is not at fault for Kaizer Chiefs’ struggles. “Firstly, I cannot blame Akpeyi for their struggles because they don’t have a centre-back that will marshal that defence,” Mayo told Goal. “So, if the defence is leaking, that means the goalkeeper will eventually concede because he is the last line of defence. He saves them in so many games, and he can’t always be a saviour, he will save them up to a certain extent. “I won’t blame Akpeyi, and even if they can have Khune for the remaining three matches, if Chiefs is meant to lose, we are going to lose.” Loading… Promoted Content10 Largest Cities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMost Beloved First Ladies Of All TimePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Citing as an example the winning goal scored by Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium earlier in the week, Mayo believes Kaizer Chiefs’ defence needs to improve if the Amakhosi desires to finish the season as champions. “For instance, this goal scored by [Gaston] Sirino. How come do your centre-backs push at the same time? I think they needed someone that will press, [Erick] Mathoho was right to press but [Daniel] Cardoso should have stayed. read also:Sundowns strike down Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs in title race “The back heel by [Themba] Zwane allowed Sirino to have a clear sight at the goal and with Akpeyi forced to come out, it was easy to score that goal. “I think Cardoso could have cleared the ball had he stayed behind and wait for the pass. It was too late for him to tackle Sirino. In my opinion, Chiefs need a centre back that will marshal the last line of defence.” Kaizer Chiefs need to win their last three matches of the season to stand a chance of lifting the PSL trophy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
COMMONWEALTH Games selectee Mahendra Persaud has departed the shores of Guyana to participate in the annual Imperial Shoot at Bisley, England.His participation in the Imperial Championship, termed the mecca of shooting in the world, was made possible through the Guyana Olympic Association. The Championship is billed to run from July 7 to 22.The finals for the HM Queen’s Prize will see the final hundred shooters compete for the trophy, from a starting number of over one thousand.Mr Lennox Braithwaite, our other Commonwealth Games selectee, was unable to obtain his British visa in time to travel.He, however, along with Persaud will be attending the Canadian National Championship in August, followed by the Australian National Championship in October, immediately following the West Indies Championship being held in Guyana.The Championship in Australia will be held at the very range the Commonwealth Games shooting will take place.This will enable the shooters to acquaint themselves with the conditions of the range and to gauge their preparation so far with the other selectees who will all be attending the Championship.
The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance.___North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes. August 18, 2020 ___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks.The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season. The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.”___ Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus.He said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.”___ The Latest: Chiefs OK season tickets holders at 2 practices German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors.___ The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium.Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium. Associated Press Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.”South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24.___ The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.