Tag: COVID19

Gift Card Bank Partners with Excella for Unique Philanthropy Supporting Families in Need During Covid-19

Partnership develops a platform to provide financial and food security for those in need

Gift Card Bank, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on utilizing gift cards to support those in need, is partnering with Excella—a pioneer for Agile technology solutions—to help support the well-being and financial security of people affected by Covid-19. Through this partnership, Excella has applied its Agile software development and product management expertise to create a state-of-the-art online platform that allows Gift Card Bank to identify, verify, and support families on a national scale.

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As part of its mission to support those struck by Covid-19, Gift Card Bank aggregates unused and donated gift cards from individuals, philanthropists, grocers, and retailers, and identifies people and families who need support through food banks and other fintech platforms. Once identified, Gift Card Bank securely distributes gift

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Biotech player turned Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk faces off against COVID-19



Eugene Melnyk looking at the camera: Of all people, Eugene Melnyk knows how difficult it can be to make a buck off hockey, even in Canada, even pre-COVID.


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Of all people, Eugene Melnyk knows how difficult it can be to make a buck off hockey, even in Canada, even pre-COVID.

Eugene Melnyk is leafing through a 112-page document at his home in Barbados, sipping on a caffeine-free, citrus-flavoured drink. The document, he said, was a plan, the master plan detailing how, position by position and player by player, the Ottawa Senators, of which he is the sole and oft-maligned owner, will be rapidly transformed into Stanley Cup champions from a non-playoff team.

“I truly believe that we are a Stanley Cup winner within four years,” he said. “It can happen any time, but within four years.”

Melnyk speaks with certainty and obvious enthusiasm for his subject, all but guaranteeing victory and boasting of his team’s bright young stars, Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk, the fistful of top prospects the Senators would snap up

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Fake COVID-19 news makes you want to treat yourself on the cheap

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People exposed to fake news during the already uncertain COVID-19 era are simultaneously compelled to treat themselves and to try to save money, according to new research from CU Boulder and the University of New Hampshire.


The findings are published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

Participants exposed to fake news said they felt more uncertainty about their lives. The researchers found this effect was compounded by the pandemic. It even occurred when researchers reminded participants that fake news exists.

The researchers then asked participants a series of questions about making hypothetical choices between premium or cost-effective food and grocery products.

“The finding that surprised us is that this uncertainty can cause people to feel a joint desire to save their money for a murky future and also to spend a little bit to make themselves feel better about

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Markets edgy as Covid-19 restrictions tighten – business live | Business

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

Covid-19 fears are weighing on the financial markets again today, as rising infections put governments under pressure to consider fresh, tougher restrictions to combat the pandemic.

Overnight, the number of infections worldwide has passed 38 million, with cases still rising sharply. In France, president Emmanuel Macron, is expected to make a significant announcement about additional national lockdown measures later today.

Yesterday, the Netherlands government ordered a partial lockdown after seeing cases surge, with PM Mark Rutte warning “That hurts, but it’s the only way.”

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Rutte’s plan includes the closure of bars and restaurants, and limit on the size of social gatherings.

We’re also expecting Northern Ireland to announce wide-ranging

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What the state’s new COVID-19 strategy means for Utahns

Utah’s leaders on Tuesday rolled out a new strategy for curbing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, announcing that county-level restrictions going forward will be tied to local data on how the virus is being transmitted.



(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Daniel Salas working at a COVID-19 testing station at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.


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(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Daniel Salas working at a COVID-19 testing station at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

The system is replacing the color-coded guidelines that state officials have previously used as they’ve imposed economic restrictions across Utah. Under this new framework, most of the state will fall under a mask mandate as a “jump start” for at least the next two weeks, while a swath of detailed industry guidelines will disappear.

And state officials made clear that their plan won’t work unless individuals and business owners take personal responsibility for stopping the spread of the disease.

“Our announcement of this

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Smart Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Market: COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan | Evolving Opportunities with Hunter Industries Inc and NxEco Inc | Technavio |

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

The global smart sprinkler irrigation systems market size is expected to grow by USD 442.81 million as per Technavio. This marks a significant market growth compared to the 2019 growth estimates due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. Moreover, healthy growth is expected to continue throughout the forecast period, and the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17%.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smart Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

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Read the 120-page report with TOC on “Smart Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Market Analysis Report by End-user (Commercial and Residential) and Geography (North America, APAC, Europe, MEA, and South America), and the Segment Forecasts,

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Corporate Executives Consider Large Urban Areas Less Attractive for Business Due to COVID-19

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey of U.S. business executives concludes corporate decision makers find large urban areas less attractive business locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference, which is being held virtually from Dallas, the study shows that nearly 50% of the executives surveyed reported that large urban areas – cities with a population of more than 1 million – are less attractive as business locations due to COVID-19. Respondents also reported that their perception of some state’s business climates has deteriorated due to the way some states have handled the pandemic.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. In light of COVID-19, this year’s survey also includes findings about how the

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Comcast Offers Thousands of Grants, Equipment, Marketing and Technology Resources to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Comcast RISE Initiative Provides Small Businesses with Free Marketing Insights and Opportunities to Apply for Media, Technology Upgrades and Grants Up To $10,000

Black-Owned Small Businesses, Those Impacted Most by the Pandemic, are the First Eligible Applicants for Comcast RISE Resources and Grants.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today launched Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years. The multi-faceted program offers grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants.

U.S. small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the number of U.S. active business owners dropped from 15 million to 11.7 million from February to April. The study

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FBD vows to hold more capital amid Covid-19 risks to business

Insurer FBD Holdings, currently locked in a high-profile court battle with a group of pubs over whether it should pay out on Covid-19 business interruption claims, has pledged to maintain higher capital reserves to take into account risks facing the business, including from the pandemic.

The move follows engagement between the company and the Central Bank “on a range of matters”, it said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

Shares in FBD dropped almost 2 per cent in late trading to close at €5.98 as investors reacted to the news.

FBD has now committed to hold a so-called solvency capital ratio of 150 per cent and 170 per cent. That equates to 1.5 and 1.7 times the amount of cash reserves it estimates it would need to withstand a one-in-200-year loss event over the space of just 12 months.

The company added that it it would not allow the ratio

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COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Attracts Ideas from Across U.S. to Address Health Pandemic Challenges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, announced 13 health-tech companies from across the nation will showcase solutions that address some of the major challenges of the current health pandemic today at the GuideWell COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Showcase. A virtual substance abuse support system and an AI-powered COVID-19 symptom attestation platform are among the concepts and prototypes that will be featured.

All of the ideas focus on increasing the scope and scale of resources to reduce the complex stress factors COVID-19 is having on our country’s health care system. 

“Overcoming the health care challenges associated with COVID-19 requires out-of-the-box thinking from some of the brightest minds,” said Camille Harrison, senior vice president and chief operating officer of GuideWell Commercial Markets and GuideWell Innovation. “It is more imperative than ever

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