Check in Tas app vital to help us keep on top of COVID

first_imgCheck in Tas app vital to help us keep on top of COVID Peter Gutwein,PremierTasmanians have done an amazing job of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the situation in Victoria continuing to develop, it is vital to keep doing all we can to lessen the risk of an outbreak occurring in Tasmania. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, covid-19, Government, Outbreak, pandemic, Premier, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Victorialast_img read more

ArvinMeritor Names Christopher Kete Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Products Business Unit

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  TROY, Mich. — ArvinMeritor has appointed Christopher Kete, vice president and general manager, Specialty Products.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this position, Kete will be responsible for ArvinMeritor’s growing Specialty Products business unit, serving the military and defense, off-highway, bus and coach, as well as fire and emergency markets. Kete will drive ArvinMeritor’s ambitious growth plans, which focus on product development and expansion into new market and customer segments. “Chris’ leadership skills and extensive experience in the commercial vehicle and off-highway business uniquely qualify him to lead this strategic segment of our company,” said Carsten Reinhardt, senior vice president and president, Commercial Vehicle Systems, ArvinMeritor. Kete has held positions of increasing responsibility within the motor vehicle industry, and also in the U.S. Navy. Most recently, Kete served as general manager, Cummins Komatsu Engine Co. Before joining Cummins, he was a Lieutenant in the Submarine Warfare Division of the U.S. Navy. Kete holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Cornell University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Chippy review

first_imgChippy is a new twin-stick bullet-hell shooter from Facepunch Studios (Rust). If you’re not sure what I mean by that then a quick look at the video or images below should give you a good idea of what to expect. The core gameplay is similar to titles such as Geometry Wars, Enter the Gungeon and Nex Machina.To stand out in this genre games really need to have their own gimmick. For Chippy the clue is in the title, as shooting at the enemies allows you to chip away at them and break huge chunks off. It’s a neat trick that adds a lot to the game and really makes you think about how to tackle each level.Watch the Chippy launch trailer below:You take control of a simple arrow shaped space ship that is moved and rotated using the left stick. The right stick is used to aim your guns which are fired by pressing or holding the right trigger. Movement is smooth and responsive which is exactly what you need in a game such as this.Each level features a large boss enemy that you need to destroy in order to progress to the next. To kill them you need to destroy their cores but before you can damage them you need to take out all their smaller guns. This is where things get interesting. You can focus your fire on the small guns or shoot through the main boss to chip bits away. Levels that at first seem impossible become easier as you work out the best way to chip away at the bosses.View some Chippy screenshots in our gallery: Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Destroying the guns rewards you with a choice of power-ups that come in pairs. Some of these are attack-focused allowing you to gain abilities like double shot, turrets or cannons. Other abilities are defence-focused and reward you with things like a shield or the ability to dash. When a pair of abilities appears you can only collect the first one you touch. It pays to choose the powerups that suit your playstyle or that will help you take down the current boss.To make things difficult for you the bosses flood the screen will all kinds of projectiles. This is the bullet-hell part of the game and you need to have quick reflexes and think fast about your position and movement at all times. Weaving through these can be tough and requires laser concentration but there’s a great sense of achievement each time you pull it off.Credit: Facepunch StudiosThe game is difficult right from the first level and only gets increasingly harder from there. Each attempt you make is scored based on how much of the level you beat and how quickly you did it. Your best times are ranked on the leaderboards allowing you to see how you did compared to friends and the rest of the world.If you like chasing leaderboards then Chippy is going to keep you coming back time and time again. There’s also a neat feature that lets you watch the replay of any other attempt by your fellow players. Watching how the top players clear the levels so quickly is a great way to learn how to improve yourself. Best of all is the option to hijack a replay and jump straight into the game at the point you choose to hijack.Overall I’ve really enjoyed my time with Chippy so far and can highly recommend it to anyone who loves twin-stick or bullet-hell shooters. Fans of chasing leaderboards are also going to love the game as they compete to be the best. If this sounds like your kind of game, as it did to me, then I’d urge you to check it out. I’ve found it so hard to put down I have the blisters on my hands to prove it.Chippy was reviewed using a digital code supplied by the publisher.Publisher: Facepunch Studios Developer: Facepunch Studios Release Date: 14th June, 2019 Reviewed On: PC/Steam Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studios Credit: Facepunch Studioslast_img read more

CAF U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles To Begin Preparations Early – Coach Amapakabo

first_imgNigeria will start immediately planning towards retaining their U23 AFCON trophy and have “great expectations” about sealing qualification to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo head coach of the Olympic Eagles Imama Amapakabo has said.The Olympic Eagles became the fourth team to qualify for the 2019 U23 AFCON behind hosts Egypt, Zambia and South Africa with a 5-0 trouncing of Sudan at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Wednesday.Trailing 1-0 from last Thursday’s first leg in Omdurman Nigeria took Sudan to the cleaners with Taiwo Awoniyi’s early goal setting the pace, before Ndifreke Effiong’s brace and a goal each from Sunday Faleye and Sunusi Ibrahim put an emphatic sheen to the scoreline.Replying to a question from Port Harcourt based journalistSammy Weijinya about the team’s readiness to pick an Olympic spot at the 2019U23 AFCON, Amapakabo said with qualification “done and dusted” the team wouldn’twait before the draws for the group stages before commencing preparations andhave “great expectations” about sealing an Olympics place.“This round of qualification is done and dusted; we arelooking forward to the group stage in Cairo,” he said. “We don’t know who ouropponents are but not until we get to know who they are [before we startpreparations].  I think we’re planningand I think the players are beginning to meet together and they are doing verywell, so Egypt here we come full of great expectations.”Amapakabo also suggested that his team had to deal with offthe field problems in the 1-0 loss to Sudan in Omdurman and said that the 5-0score line in the return fixture was a function of being able to spend moretime with the squad.“Sudan was an experience we would all want to forget interms of a whole lot, and as a coach, I said I don’t like to talk about off thefield incidents but then we got 1-0 we came back 5-0 a big score line becausewe’ve had the opportunity to work together to train together as a unit and as ateam.”The 2019 U23 AFCON is scheduled for 8-22 November in Egypt andthe top two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the 2020 Olympics inTokyo.Relatedlast_img read more

SA auto sector agrees to ‘pull together’

first_img21 October 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), vehicle manufacturers and organised labour have committed to work together to ensure the long-term stability of South Africa’s automotive industry. During a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Pretoria on Thursday, key stakeholders agreed to work together to ensure the sustainable competitiveness of the sector by deepening its value chain and taking steps to secure long-term stability of supply and productivity. According to the DTI, all parties at the meeting endorsed a new initiative by the department, the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI). In an industry-first for South Africa, a national strategy for competitiveness improvement will be led and implemented through a facilitated steering committee structure, with committed participation from the major national stakeholders. These include the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa), the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa). In a joint statement with the DTI, the parties agreed that state support – primarily through the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP) – had to be complemented “by continuous improvement and competitiveness gains in the domestic value chain”. The steering committee “has already designed a co-ordinating and implementation blueprint of activities to achieve this. This initial set of activities is intended to run from now until 2017”. Key focus areas include supplier operational capabilities, increase localisation and manufacturing value addition, and other strategic issues affecting local supply chain competitiveness. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

United continues ‘record’ expansion with 11 new routes

first_imgPhoto: O’Hare International Airport. It remains to be seen just how well the gambit will work, but United Airlines strategy is certainly putting the aviation industry on notice that bigger can be better.Consider this headline on a news release for the carrier: “The More the Merrier—United Airlines adds 11 New Routes.” Those new follow fast on the heels of a slew of other new UA routes announced this year—93 new routes across the U.S. alone and another 15 international routes.Read Police arrest two in connection with Gatwick drone Attacks.United claims the new flights constitute a record when it comes to network expansion.Ankit Gupta, the airline’s vice president of domestic planning and scheduling says: “With nearly 100 new routes announced this year, we continue to deliver on our commitment to build a global network with destinations sphere our customers want to fly.”Here’s a rundown of the latest new routes out of United’s Chicago O’Hare megahub. For specific launch dates contact United.Chicago O’Hare to Destin, Florida. The weekend service operates Saturdays and Sundays using a CRJ-200 regional jet;Chicago O’Hare to Durango, Colorado is a Saturday-only round-trip. The conveyance is a CR-700;Chicago O’Hare to Panama City Beach, Florida. This Saturday and Sunday flight uses a CRJ-200;Chicago O’Hare to Grand Junction, Colorado operates Saturday only and employs a CRJ-700;Chicago O’Hare to Eugene, Oregon is an Embraer-175 market. This larger regional jet offers 2×2 seating, even in coach. Flights are year-round and on a daily basis;Chicago ‘O’Hare to Halifax, Nova Scotia operates daily in the summer only. An EMB-175 flies the route;Chicago O’Hare to Redmond/Bend, Oregon, is daily summer and an EMB-175 is the aircraft;You can book a couple of new United flights from George Bush Houston Intercontinental hub.Houston to Durango operates only on Saturdays and an EMB-175 does the flying;Houston to Ontario, California is daily, and an EMB-175 makes the trip year-round.Los Angeles International gets into the picture August 20, 2019, with the start of twice-daily LAX to Stockton, California service. This is an EMB-175.Washington Dulles International will be launching summer service to Traverse City Michigan using an EMB-145. This is a summer-only affair.last_img read more

What to Look for in a Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits

first_imgThe Internet has emerged as a fantastic tool for nonprofit fundraising. There has never been an easier way to contact your supporters, share ideas, and — best of all — get them to promote your cause to their friends. It’s also very easy for donors to give money to your organization with just the click of a mouse button. No driving, searching for checkbooks, or mailing donations. They just have to tap in an amount, hit send, and they are done!The best crowdfunding sites make it easy for you to get your message out and for donors to make their contributions. So what should you look for in choosing a crowdfunding platform?Customizable – You must be able to display your brand and use your logo, colors, images, etc. You also need to be able to tell your story. Nonprofit crowdfunding isn’t going to garner online support if it is just a payment page. Your crowdfunding platform has to allow you to share your mission and engage donors.Simple Technology – There is no reason for you to have to employ an IT staff or programmers just to put up a nonprofit fundraising site. Platforms are available that let you easily copy and paste your text and drag and drop your images to make your page look good.Multiple Fundraising Pages – You want an unlimited project size for your nonprofit crowdfunding. You can link together multiple campaigns to reach a much broader audience, and you also want your crowdfunding platform to allow you to share your stories. It can’t be over-emphasized just how powerful stories are to make people feel connected to you.Built-In Social Media – Those little social media logo buttons are invaluable for getting donors to share your posts with their networks. Be sure they are easy to find and in an accessible part of your page.Security – Any time you are asking for money, you will be asking someone to trust your system with access to their financial information, such as credit card information, and possibly even passwords. Check that the crowdfunding platform you are considering is secure and that the individuals who are running it are experienced and known in the industry.Visual – A picture paints a thousand words, and video raises that exponentially. You want to engage people on an emotional level, and you’ve got to have pictures and video to reach them and to make your site more enticing than any others that are vying for your visitors’ attention.In addition to confirming the above, be sure that any crowdfunding sites you commit to are supported by live, knowledgeable support staff who can help with setup and who will also be available as time goes by and questions arise. Contact us at 1-855-229-1694 with all your questions and to get a demo of our powerful crowdfunding software, GiveCorps.last_img read more

5 Ways to Nurture Your Peer Fundraisers

first_imgYou have a plan for thanking and communicating impact to your donors, and you probably have a special program for training and recognizing your volunteers. But do you have a plan for celebrating peer-to-peer fundraisers who are spreading your message, attracting new donors, and inspiring donations for your cause?Your peer fundraisers are some of your strongest advocates, and continue to be a gateway to the donors you have acquired through their efforts as well as potential donors they may reach in future campaigns. As you think about how to thank and retain your donors of all types, make sure you also have a strategy for nurturing those who are fundraising on your behalf. Here are a few ideas to consider:Send a special thank you. Craft personalized messages for your fundraisers that will show your gratitude and grow the relationship. Since your peer fundraisers are key evangelists, they deserve a little something special—remember the cumulative impact of their efforts. Add them to your call list and treat them as you might treat a high dollar donor. (Need ideas? These examples would work equally well in your peer fundraising follow-up plan.)Report on their impact. Just as you would report impact to an individual donor, regularly keep your peer fundraisers updated on what’s happened as a result of their campaigns. Show them how their efforts have allowed you to do even more and equip them with stories and copy-and-paste social media updates for them to share.Put your fundraisers in the spotlight. Treat your fundraisers like the superstars they are. Celebrating their campaigns and achievements not only gives them a great feeling, but can be a strong piece of social proof that can inspire others to join in and create their own campaign. charity: water does this with their simple blog series called “Campaigns We Love“.Offer something unique. Do you have an exclusive perk you can offer your fundraisers? This could be a hand-written note from one of your beneficiaries, a tour of your office, or even special access to your next event. A small token of appreciation may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a powerful reminder of their involvement.Invite them in. Allow your fundraisers to continue to feel involved and appreciated by regularly asking for their feedback. Get their input on what seems to work to move their networks to act and invite them to share ideas for your next campaign. Set up regular conference calls, surveys, or Google Hangouts to form a unique advisory council. Building a two-way communication stream with these advocates will help you get smarter and gives them a sense of ownership—and pride—for your mission.Ultimately, investing in your fundraisers will help you get the most out of your peer fundraising strategy.last_img read more

Going Viral: A Small Nonprofit Gets National Attention

first_imgHow does a small nonprofit go viral and capture attention on the national stage? I set out to learn the answer from a Network for Good customer that has achieved the biggest exposure opportunity any business, organization, or individual could hope for: a commercial spot during the Super Bowl. At first, Estella was suspicious of the media. Local and national networks approached her several times after people in her community starting talking about Estella’s Brilliant Bus, but she turned them away. It wasn’t until she turned to some resources at a local college that things changed. Estella’s contact at the college told a friend about Estella’s work, who told her husband, who happened to be a producer for CNN. The producer got in touch with Estella right away. With the promise that she could review the story before its broadcast, Estella agreed to some media exposure. After the CNN spot, Estella was booked for more media appearances, and the passion and excitement around Estella’s Brilliant Bus grew. Small nonprofits like Estella’s can be hesitant to relinquish control over something that feels so personal out of fear of judgment or providing misinformation. But when we arm our supporters with the right to tell the story, that’s when “viral” happens. Estella’s Brilliant Bus was featured in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this year. And the Super Bowl was just one appearance from the past 18 months: Estella has appeared on Dr. Oz and Oprah and was named a CNN Hero of the Year. Be a business. Let’s focus on every part of our process to deliver programs. Are our programs easy to understand? Where are the risks? Let’s spend time making ourselves a well-organized and program-focused delivery machine. We owe it to our constituents and those telling our story to be the best we can be. Estella started with an idea, a bus, and her life savings. As she started researching how to make her organization operational, she found that she wasn’t the only one delivering technology or education to underserved communities—but her delivery mechanism was completely unique. Estella’s Brilliant Bus was the only self-sufficient mobile technology teaching facility in the world! It’s important for your staff, constituents, donors, and volunteers to understand what’s unique about what you do. To be noticed, your work must be noticeable. Continue to do good work. I talked with the organization’s founder and sole staff member, Estella Pyfrom, to understand the story behind the exposure. Going in, I thought I might find a replicable strategy around networking, PR, and elevator pitches, but after talking with Estella, I realized what I should have been expecting all along: It starts with mastering your nonprofit basics. Estella never stops moving or gets caught up in her own success. When we discussed how she feels about all the attention, Estella quickly responded, “I haven’t had a chance to be nervous or realize how big this has become. I’m too focused on achieving the vision I have for this business.” Her actions are true to her words: When presented with the 5,000 Points of Light award, she refused to fly cross-country to accept the award and drove her bus instead. Along the way, she stopped in cities to provide services to children. To date, Estella has served more than 61,000 children. She has no plans to slow down until Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a movement that puts a bus in every major U.S. city, and then worldwide. It’s a good reminder that landing big media attention is not the goal—it’s a means to touch more people and expand your reach.center_img After that, let’s encourage and empower everyone we know to tell our story far and wide. Tell your story to others. So, the next time your executive director asks you how to land that big media attention, reply: Finally, remember that big media attention isn’t the goal. It’s an opportunity to get more volunteers, donors, and supporters, and the by-product is awareness about our organization. When I asked Estella about the keys to success, her immediate answer was that planning has made all the difference. The past two to three years have been about refining the model for delivering technology in a mobile facility to children in underprivileged areas. She knows where the bus will drive each day and how many kids they’ll serve, and she has backup engagements if a school or community has a last-minute cancellation. Delivering unique services with flawless execution has ensured that Estella’s Brilliant Bus maintains its positive reputation. The message is clear: Over-deliver your mission’s promise. Find your special sauce. We need to find what’s unique about our organization and let our work, communication, and story revolve around that concept. Let’s make sure everyone understands why we’re different.last_img read more