Day: October 13, 2020

Unions demand extension to visa renewal scheme for international health workers

International healthcare workers should have their visas automatically renewed for free to ensure they can help tackle the UK’s second wave of coronavirus, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

Between the end of March and October 1, health and care staff with expiring visas had them automatically renewed for 12 months free-of-charge, allowing them to stay and work in the country.

Now, the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking for the system to be extended “as a matter of urgency”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The joint letter said: “It is clear we are now entering a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With daily cases reaching record highs we need to do as much as possible to retain the skills and experience of our talented overseas colleagues as we have an incredibly tough few months

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Winners of Disney, NBCUniversal’s media reorgs

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This week in advertising: Media giants reorg, ad reviews pick up, and Disrupter Media’s departure from traditional media.

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Bob Chapek announces a line-up of new attractions and experiences at D23 2017.

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Media reorgs

Disney and NBCUniversal made big leadership changes this week to adjust their business operations to the pandemic. A few thoughts about who the winners are of all this:

  • The content. With its theme park and cinema businesses tanking, Disney had to double down on its streaming business that includes Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. That puts the intellectual property that fuels it and the executives behind it center stage.
  • Data and commerce. One of NBCU ad boss Linda Yaccarino’s new tasks
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The 5 ‘Frontier CMO’ strategies to lead brands to economic recovery

With brands around the world disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and marketing budgets being squeezed, a major new study has identified a new group of Chief Marketing Officers who are pioneering the fight for recovery.

The study from Dentsu International, which incorporates data from 1,361 CMOs across 12 markets, concludes that the number one challenge for brands is to understand and respond to the ways the pandemic will have long-term effects on consumers’ behaviour.

This challenge is compounded by the fact that two-thirds, or 62%, of those surveyed say their budgets will be cut or flat over the next year; that figure increases to 82% for smaller brands. And despite the unparalleled challenges brands face, half of CMOs say they plan to employ recovery strategies taken in previous recessions, with only one in ten saying they expect to adopt entirely new strategies.

Six out of ten CMOs surveyed say their

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Motorsport Tickets acquires Travel Destinations as it broadens its tickets and experiences business

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Motorsport Tickets, which is part of Motorsport Network, the digital market leader in motorsport and automotive with a 56 million-strong monthly audience of global racing and automotive fans, has acquired Travel Destinations Ltd, the UK’s leading tour operator for sports car and historical motorsport events. The announcement broadens Motorsport Tickets’ reach in tickets and travel business, accelerating a defined specialism within the motorsport space.

 

 

Travel Destinations, established in 1996, is a specialist motorsport event accommodation solutions provider, including a breadth of historical races and club car tours. They provide the best accommodation solutions for their customers, delivering a variety of on-site camping and accommodation options. As an official ticket agent of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the only sports car tour operator to be a member of both ABTA and ATOL, they show their expertise in providing customers with unforgettable expert

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Industrial units to make report card on power outages in Noida





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NOIDA: The industrial bodies in Gautam Budh Nagar has said that the recent order of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority banning diesel generator (DG) sets in the national capital region will be a “body blow” to thousands of units in the district, citing the long power cuts that take place almost every day.

As a token protest against the power distribution companies (discoms), the business communities have decided to make a daily report card mentioning about the hours of power cut.

Kulmani Gupta, chairman of Noida chapter of Indian Industries Association (IIA), said that all the 1,000-odd members of IIA in GB Nagar have been asked to keep a daily record of power cuts in their respective areas. “They have to face long power cuts at least thrice a day. The recent order of banning the DG sets is like a body blow

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Baystate Business: Preparing for Winter (Radio)

Bloomberg Baystate Business for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

– Bloomberg News health care reporter Riley Griffin on the latest vaccine news, including Johnson & Johnson halting its trial (2:22)

– Greg Vasil, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, on the current state of the market and the impact of the stress on renters and landlords on the market (17:34)

– Boston Globe real estate reporter Tim Logan on Governor Baker’s proposal concerning housing and the expiration of the eviction moratorium (28:38)

– Bloomberg Law reporter Kimberly Robinson on the Barrett confirmation hearings (34:21)

– State House News Service senior reporter Matt Murphy on calls by business organizations for no tax increases to balance the budget (41:51)

– Kathy Abbott, CEO, Boston Harbor Now, on how her organization is dealing with the pandemic, and issues surrounding the harbor, the ferries, climate change (49:23)

– Bloomberg News gaming

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United States Online Gambling Market Report 2020: Live Casino Gaining Momentum Despite Stringent Regulations

DUBLIN, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “United States Online Gambling Market- Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020-2025)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The United States online gambling market is projected to register a CAGR of 15.41% during the forecast period (2020 – 2025)

The current legislation framework for online betting in the United States allows only bookmakers licensed in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey to operate legally, as these are the four states where online betting is regulated

New Jersey is currently the largest market for regulated online gambling in the United States. Over a dozen legal and licensed online casino sites and poker rooms compete for an overall market that is worth more than USD 225 million a year. There are a number of sportsbooks and online sports betting apps live in the state.

As per the data released by the

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What small business owners really need from the next president

Tim Burgess came up with creative ways to keep his Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurants running after reopening in May, following a nearly two-month shutdown during the pandemic.



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© Courtesy Tim Burgess


He expanded outdoor seating at his two full-service restaurants, Bizou and Bang, by taking over nearby parking spaces and an empty lot next door. As the weather cooled off, he installed heaters and tents with roll-up sides. While restaurants in Virginia can now serve limited numbers of customers indoors, Burgess’ restaurants will remain outdoors-only, out of concern for his staff and customers.

But as Burgess thinks about how to keep the business afloat in the coming months: “We keep thinking of Game of Thrones — winter is coming,” he said. “We’re staring at winter, and we’re scared.”

It’s a concern shared by business owners across the country, as colder weather and the possibility of converging flu and Covid-19 outbreaks

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HBCU students’ Detroit mobile grocery idea lands them Ally internships

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Alabama A&M University students won the Ally Financial Moguls in the Making competition, each winning a $10,000 scholarship and an internship at the company. (Photo: Ally Financial)

Several historically Black colleges and universities students walked away with internships and thousands of dollars in scholarships after creating business plans that would solve Detroit-based problems in a competition. 

The second annual HBCU business plan pitch competition, called Moguls in the Making, was hosted Sunday by Ally Financial Inc., which is based in Detroit. Ally Financial partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Big Sean’s the Sean Anderson Foundation to host the event. 

Excitement was shared virtually Sunday evening as teams from 11 HBCUs had the opportunity to

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Ku Klux Klan cards left at Biden supporters’ homes in TN

Residents of a Tennessee town are on edge after Ku Klux Klan propaganda was found scattered in the yards of homes with political signs expressing support for Joe Biden.

“I was really startled by it and also kind of scared,” Shelbyville resident Breana Green told WPLN News of the moment she noticed a neighbor’s yard littered with 20 “business cards” purporting to be from the white supremacist hate group.

The cards described a “social visit” from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and warned, “don’t make the next visit a business call.”

Green said her neighbor’s Biden-Harris yard sign was also destroyed and appeared to have been run over, WSMV reported.

”It’s scary knowing that just supporting a presidential candidate can incite this kind of vandalism,” she told the news station.

Another resident reported that the same cards were left behind after someone swiped a Biden-Harris sign from a

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