Services online – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:36:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T194406.989-138x136.png Services online – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ 32 32 NJ Human Services Partners with GetSetUp to Offer Free Online Classes for Seniors https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nj-human-services-partners-with-getsetup-to-offer-free-online-classes-for-seniors/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:20:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nj-human-services-partners-with-getsetup-to-offer-free-online-classes-for-seniors/ NJ Human Services Partners with GetSetUp to Offer Free Online Classes for Seniors Older New Jerseyans will have access to hundreds of interactive virtual classes taught by older adults November 17, 2022 (TRENTON) – In an effort to address social isolation, Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced the Department’s partnership with GetSetUp, an interactive […]]]>

NJ Human Services Partners with GetSetUp to Offer Free Online Classes for Seniors

Older New Jerseyans will have access to hundreds of interactive virtual classes taught by older adults

November 17, 2022

(TRENTON) – In an effort to address social isolation, Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced the Department’s partnership with GetSetUp, an interactive online learning community, to provide free virtual courses in direct to New Jersey residents age 60 and older.

The GetSetUp platform offers live lessons taught by expert peers in their field, social hours hosted by community members, and special events with guest speakers who directly address areas of interest to seniors. Older New Jerseyans can choose from over 500 courses available on a range of topics such as aging in place, computers, budgeting, mental fitness, and more. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin. Classes are available 24 hours a day. To access the New Jersey GetSetUp site, visit getsetup.io/partner/NJ.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to older New Jersey residents who want to learn a new skill or just want to stay connected. Older people often face social isolation which can affect their physical, mental and emotional health. Exploring new activities, interacting and bonding with others can help improve their quality of life and help prevent health risks associated with isolation,” said Commissioner Adelman.

“We know that having social connections can help seniors live healthier lives. The GetSetUp portal offers virtual learning and social interaction that can help reduce the risk of social isolation. I encourage older New Jerseyans to sign up and take advantage of the free classes available,” said Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services.

Individuals can join GetSetUp courses from any computer, laptop or mobile device with an internet connection. To learn how to create a GetSetUp account, visit here

“One of our goals at the Division of Aging is to bridge the technology gap for seniors. GetSetUp offers technology and social media courses that can help older New Jerseyans become more comfortable with technology, so they can use it to their advantage. Senior New Jersey residents who do not have Internet access can check their eligibility for discounted Internet service with the federal government. Affordable Connectivity Program. Eligible individuals may also receive a one-time discount on the purchase of a tablet or laptop computer,” said Louise Rush, Aging Services Division Director.

“We hear feedback from learners daily about how technology helps connect older adults not only to friends and family, but also to opportunities to learn and age healthier,” said Lawrence Kosick. , president and co-founder of GetSetUp. “GetSetUp empowers seniors to learn about technology and how to use their smart devices in a safe environment that connects them with a vibrant community of peers passionate about similar topics. It’s great to partner with New Jersey’s Division of Aging Services to provide services that enable equity and diversity, enabling their aging population to live happy, healthy, and more connected lives. .

The GetSetUp partnership is the latest in a series of efforts by the Department as part of the Murphy administration’s support for New Jersey’s elderly residents.

Earlier this year, the state increased income limits for the Elderly and Disabled Pharmacy Assistance Programs and Senior Gold Discount Prescription Drug Assistance Programs, making more people eligible for the assistance with prescription drugs. Last year, the state joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which helps participating states and communities adopt practices such as safe and walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The Age-Friendly State Advisory Council, established by Executive Order No. 227, works to identify opportunities to create livable communities for people of all ages in New Jersey, recommend best practices for age-friendly work and promote community inclusion across the state. .

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NAR Amends Code of Ethics to Refer to ‘Disability’ Instead of ‘Disability’ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nar-amends-code-of-ethics-to-refer-to-disability-instead-of-disability/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 22:40:23 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nar-amends-code-of-ethics-to-refer-to-disability-instead-of-disability/ New markets require new approaches and tactics. Experts and industry leaders speak at Inman Connect New York in January to help navigate market change – and prepare for the next one. Meet the moment and join us. register here. The highest governing bodies of the 1.6 million members National Association of Realtors have modified the […]]]>

New markets require new approaches and tactics. Experts and industry leaders speak at Inman Connect New York in January to help navigate market change – and prepare for the next one. Meet the moment and join us. register here.

The highest governing bodies of the 1.6 million members National Association of Realtors have modified the Real estate agent’s code of ethics replace references to “handicap” with “handicap”.

NAR’s board of directors, which has 1,030 members, and NAR’s delegated body, which has 643 members, met in separate meetings on Monday, the last day of NAR Annual conference, NAR NXT, at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. The delegated body only meets when changes to the NAR constitution and/or estate agent code of ethics are under consideration.

Prior to the meetings, the NAR Professional Standards Committee proposed that Article 10 of the code and all corresponding references to protected classes in the NAR policy and resources be changed to the term “disability”. The committee interprets the code of ethics, recommends changes to it and recommends measures for its application.

“‘Disability’ is widely considered an outdated, if not offensive, term,” the committee said in its rationale for the proposal to the board and delegates.

“While the text of the Federal Fair Housing Act still contains ‘working disability’ due to the difficulties of changing the law, federal agencies have been using ‘disability’ in its place in their regulations, policies and documents since 1992.”

NAR’s board passed the proposal by an overwhelming majority, with 814 directors of less than 900 directors present voting in favour. The delegate body also overwhelmingly approved the change, with delegates representing 1,095,516 members voting in favor and delegates representing 31,417 members voting against.

There was no discussion of the proposal on the floor before either vote. The change takes effect on January 1, 2023.

Here’s what the Section 10 revisions look like:

“Realtors shall not deny equal professional services to any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability disability, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. Realtors shall not be party to any plan or agreement to discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability disabilityfamily status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Realtors, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability disabilityfamily status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity”.

A subsection of Article 10, Standard of Practice 10-5 (also referred to as NAR Hate Speech Policy) will become: “Realtors shall not use harassing speech, hate speech, epithets or insults based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, national origin nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The Professional Standards Committee also offered two other recommendations which the NAR Trustees approved overwhelmingly and without discussion.

The first removed the president of an association from the process of releasing an ethics complaint, response and appeal decision.

“These amendments strengthen the grievance process by removing any appearance of impropriety due to the ability of a Board Chairperson to review a complaint and response early in the grievance process while also serving on the Board. who hears an appeal or ratifies the decision of a hearing panel,” the panel stated as justification for the recommendation.

The proposal passed 843 to 19.

The second replaced the term “the listing broker” with “the seller” in Standard of Practice 3-9 of the Code of Ethics for Real Estate Agents. This section now reads:

“Estate agents must not provide access to listed properties on terms other than those established by the owner or the listing broker seller.”

The committee’s stated rationale for the change reads: “This amendment would simply clarify and reinforce the existing ethical obligation for the listing broker to follow the instructions of the owner or seller when establishing terms and conditions related to marketing and on the sale of the property.”

The proposal was adopted 814 against 43.

The NAR board and delegate body also overwhelmingly approved a minor amendment to the NAR constitution, both without discussion. The amendment changed the length of time a Trade Group Young Professionals Network representative sits on the NAR Finance Committee from three to two years.

The stated rationale for the change, which came from the NAR leadership team, reads: “All members of the Young Professionals Network Advisory Board receive two-year appointments, with the exception of the committee representative. Adjusting this term to match the terms of other advisory board members would create a consistent overall structure.

More than 99 percent of the members represented by the delegated body voted in favor of the change.

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Cyber ​​Defense: Is your IT team telling you the whole truth? https://www.charterbusconnect.com/cyber-defense-is-your-it-team-telling-you-the-whole-truth/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 09:02:55 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/cyber-defense-is-your-it-team-telling-you-the-whole-truth/ As a CEO or CTO, you rely on your IT team to keep your systems secure and while they always want to do the best job possible for you, are you sure they’re telling you the whole truth? Imagine living in a family house and some of the children knew that the father left the […]]]>

As a CEO or CTO, you rely on your IT team to keep your systems secure and while they always want to do the best job possible for you, are you sure they’re telling you the whole truth?

Imagine living in a family house and some of the children knew that the father left the back door unlocked every night, the mother always assumed it was locked but it never was, and for years nothing happened. ‘has passed. Then one night, they get robbed and their valuables go missing.

Imagine the questions;

Dad: “Well, that door has always been unlocked”

Mom: “why, and why was I never told?”

Kid 1: “I knew but I assumed you did it mom!”

Kid 2: »

This is the scenario in businesses around the world.

The mother (let’s say COO of a company) doesn’t think she needs help because she has a husband who locks all the doors.

The following is an illustration of the problem organizations are currently facing.

We are seeing a growing trend of attacks towards data backups. These are rarely targeted, but become a concern when ransomware is considered. Ransomware is a scary prospect at the best of times, when a computer virus is planted in internal systems, leaving criminals open to extort money from companies.

During a ransomware attack, the course of action may include preventing IT administrators from accessing systems, stealing customer data, or even wreaking havoc. If you’re ever worried about how your organization protects its backups, it’s for good reason. But there is worse to come.

Jim from accounts – the silent problem

Imagine a scenario where you, as a business leader, have assurances from your technology team that the live environment and internet-facing perimeter topology are secure. It has passed all recent tests and the measurements are all green. From a cybersecurity perspective, the recent red team exercises with the board went great, and the playbooks are all up to date. A position that many C-Suite executives find themselves in, and what a great place.

But, unbeknownst to anyone, good old Jim in the accounts yesterday ordered his girlfriend a cute pre-summer holiday gift from a well-known online retailer. Today Jim received an email from the same retailer saying his payment had been declined. After he unknowingly clicked on a link to find out why, new malware, containing an undetectable virus (called a zero-day attack), was downloaded to his laptop.

It was not a valid email, but a well crafted phishing email. An embarrassed Jim deleted the email, going about his day with no intention of reporting the incident for fear of being reprimanded.

At Cybercriminal Towers, an alert was quickly received that the malware was active, and an elite team of experts began working. It’s well-organized outfits, with desks, free fruit, and a view — plus a single, balaclava-wearing young chancellor punching keys into a keyboard in hopes of landing a big fish.

We need to evolve our understanding of how cybercriminals operate and act. Given the lucrative nature of the job, they sometimes compete for the same technological talent as the right side of the law, strange as that may seem.

This team of criminals, on this occasion, targets even more sinister malware against a specific target. They work quickly, undetected, and traverse the corporate network from Jim’s laptop. They have very quick access to the servers.

And after a short time, there it is, the backup system – in all its glory. Similar to a scene from lethal weapon, where Murtaugh and Riggs await instructions on which cable color to cut, a subtle click here and there and boom – a thorny set of files containing the most complicated ransomware are planted on the backup system. The consequences? None, nothing. Not yet. Now, we’re waiting, while the clock is ticking down.

Cybercriminal Towers – The Revisit

Over time, another risk review occurs and that is another healthy state. Happy days, until…

This time, the Cybercriminal Towers team aligned their next visit to Jim’s company with a goal. In the network they go again. This time the live environment looks too appetizing, and for good reason. This is where the crown jewels are. Another server, same effect, Boom! Ransomware landed again. Easy pickings.

This time, the malware is executed immediately, alerting the technical teams. At the same time, the executives are all receiving ransom emails from the company because their website, app, and entire back office are crippled. The email states: “Pay or lose your data and online presence”. A captivating and moving moment for everyone.

As the out-of-body experience fades, the inevitable playbook emerges and the tech team arrives, chests bulging ready for action. The prognosis is simple: don’t pay and we’ll follow the proven process. Shut down affected servers, delete data, experience some downtime, and ignore all requests, and in no time, backups will restore the business to where it was. Sanitation is then carried out and all the holes are plugged.

With smiles everywhere, the action plan is clear and the teams are springing into action. However, this time the plan does not go as planned. The now crowded office is hit with shock and numbness, one by one, and like a game of dominoes, everyone quickly realizes the problem. Backups are not available. They are locked by the same ransomware message seen minutes earlier on the live server.

Like an enlarged chessboard in many pub gardens, it feels like a very public call for checkmate has just been announced. As the inevitable scramble for a speedy bitcoin payment process is written, it’s the start of a very long day and night for everyone within the company. They have no choice but to pay but wish to do so discreetly, so as not to worry investors, customers and shareholders.

If you think your organization is too big, too shielded, and excluded from such scenarios, then great, I admire that stance. Just be sure to monitor the changing risk landscape on a daily basis. Because that’s what we’re all fighting against. The culture at Cybercriminal Towers is not to write articles, or to have committees or meetings, but to be determined to deliver their projects.

The ability to analyze data, perform security and penetration testing, and have good governance in place from management information, policies, and procedures is often seen as a boring or bureaucratic part of technology. As demonstrated here – it really isn’t.

In the end, your IT team may think they’ve got all your security needs covered, but in reality, that’s probably not the case. As a CEO or CTO, it’s wise to get an outside or third-party review to assess security vulnerabilities. Should you ask your IT team more questions about the coverage in place and challenge it?

About the Author: David Davisthe general manager of Navos Technologies, is an expert who helps financial services companies deal with online threats. As a former Chief Information Officer at Hargreaves Lansdown, where he oversaw a team of 400 people, he is well placed to understand the importance of a watertight cyber defense strategy.

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IT News Online – Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) 2022 will showcase Angola’s vast opportunities for oil and gas service providers https://www.charterbusconnect.com/it-news-online-angola-oil-and-gas-aog-2022-will-showcase-angolas-vast-opportunities-for-oil-and-gas-service-providers/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 14:40:38 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/it-news-online-angola-oil-and-gas-aog-2022-will-showcase-angolas-vast-opportunities-for-oil-and-gas-service-providers/ Africa Newsroom2022-11-09 Download logo The 2022 edition of the Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) Conference and Exhibition {http://bit.ly/3UyBCpP} – Angola’s premier oil and gas event – taking place November 29-December 1 in Luanda will showcase investment and partnership opportunities for service companies across the country’s booming hydrocarbon industry. Under the theme “Promoting an inclusive, attractive […]]]>
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The 2022 edition of the Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) Conference and Exhibition {http://bit.ly/3UyBCpP} – Angola’s premier oil and gas event – taking place November 29-December 1 in Luanda will showcase investment and partnership opportunities for service companies across the country’s booming hydrocarbon industry.

Under the theme “Promoting an inclusive, attractive and innovative oil and gas industry in Angola”, AOG 2022 – Angola’s largest gathering for energy policymakers, companies and investors – will organize high-level roundtables and networking sessions, showcasing the trends and growth potential of the country’s oil and gas services sector.

While factors such as poor infrastructure, inadequate technology and limited investment have disrupted Angola’s oil and gas industry, the services sector has played a crucial role in changing the Southern African country’s hydrocarbon landscape. Thanks to the competitiveness and innovative approaches of oil and gas service companies – including Saipem, Certex Angola, TechnipFMC, Sonangol Integrated Logistic Services, CABSHIP and ChampionX – present in the Angolan market, Angola has become the largest oil producer crude from Africa and an attractive country. destination of energy investments.

And now, as Angola seeks to maximize the exploitation of its vast untapped oil and gas reserves for energy security and to drive economic expansion – by launching a series of exploration and deployment activities midstream and downstream infrastructure while accelerating the development of new discoveries including Cameia from TotalEnergies – Golfinho, CLOV 3 and Chissonga, Palas, Astrea and Juno (PAJ) from bp, Agogo from Eni, Ndungu FFD and Quiluma/Maboqueiro, and Chevron’s Sanha Lean Gas – the service sector is vital and is expected to play a crucial and opportunity-rich role.

Saipem’s receipt of a $900 million contract from Angola’s New Gas Consortium for the development of the Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields and the Angola liquefied natural gas project; The selection of TechnipFMC by TotalEnergies for the construction of CLOV 3 and the continued expansion of local companies such as Certex Angola is a huge testament to the enormous opportunities in the Angolan oil and gas market.

AOG 2022, as the official platform where the entire oil and gas value chain of Angola is discussed – including present opportunities, challenges and best practices for dealing with industry disruptions – represents the best platform for existing companies to launch their services and for new entrants to start the market footprint.

Now in its third edition, AOG 2022 is the ideal place for service providers to network with future partners as well as to discuss, negotiate and sign agreements that will enable the overhaul, modernization and liberalization of the Angolan oil and gas sector. to enable the country to achieve energy self-sufficiency, become a regional energy power and a driver of socio-economic development while contributing to global energy security.

Are you a service provider looking to invest and grow alongside some of the world’s largest oil and gas players, including TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil, Chevron and bp? Get unparalleled access to key decision makers in the Angolan oil and gas industry during AOG 2022.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Energy Capital & Power.

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Online delivery driver detained by immigration authorities after road traffic stop in Swindon https://www.charterbusconnect.com/online-delivery-driver-detained-by-immigration-authorities-after-road-traffic-stop-in-swindon/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 14:56:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/online-delivery-driver-detained-by-immigration-authorities-after-road-traffic-stop-in-swindon/ A driver has been handed over to immigration after being arrested in Swindon over the weekend. Police arrested a delivery driver on County Road shortly after midnight on Saturday morning. When officers ran checks on the driver, they found he had no insurance or license. The vehicle was also found to have a faulty tire […]]]>

A driver has been handed over to immigration after being arrested in Swindon over the weekend.

Police arrested a delivery driver on County Road shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

When officers ran checks on the driver, they found he had no insurance or license.

The vehicle was also found to have a faulty tire despite being below the legal tread limit of 1.6 millimetres.

He was also wanted by the immigration services.

Writing on social media, Wiltshire Specialist Operations said: “Sorry to those who have not received their supper which was due to be delivered to Swindon via a well known food delivery app.

“Unfortunately the delivery driver had no licence, no valid insurance and a faulty tire. He was also wanted by immigration.”

Wiltshire Police have confirmed the motorist has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

A Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We have arrested a man in his 30s after his vehicle was stopped on County Road Swindon shortly after midnight (05/11).

“He was arrested on suspicion of driving without a licence, without valid insurance and with a faulty tyre.

“He was also found wanted by immigration authorities for violating his landing conditions and is currently in police custody.”

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UK Royal Mail suspends access to online service after problem https://www.charterbusconnect.com/uk-royal-mail-suspends-access-to-online-service-after-problem/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 15:48:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/uk-royal-mail-suspends-access-to-online-service-after-problem/ Customers could see order information from other users Click and drop website temporarily disabled Royal Mail says fix is ​​’highest priority’ Nov 1 (Reuters) – Royal Mail temporarily suspended access to its online postal and parcel tracking service on Tuesday after some customers were able to see information about other users’ orders, the British company […]]]>
  • Customers could see order information from other users
  • Click and drop website temporarily disabled
  • Royal Mail says fix is ​​’highest priority’

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Royal Mail temporarily suspended access to its online postal and parcel tracking service on Tuesday after some customers were able to see information about other users’ orders, the British company said .

The issue comes a day after Royal Mail’s biggest union rejected a new pay offer in a long-running dispute, and as the company works on a plan to focus on parcels and improve the efficiency in a declining volume of letters.

The problem seems to have started around 13:00 GMT, according to a development tracking websitebut Royal Mail, owned by International Distributions Services (IDSI.L)did not give details on how much customer data may have been compromised or how long it would take to get the website back online.

“We fully understand and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this. Our engineers are working as hard as possible to get the site back up and running as planned,” he said, adding that the company considers a fix “the most high priority”.

Royal Mail’s ‘click and drop’ service allows customers to pay postage online, print labels and track parcels and items once they have been posted, and is used by private individuals and businesses.

Sky News first reported the incident on Tuesday.

Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Mark Potter

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Mastercard launches Crypto Source for digital trading services https://www.charterbusconnect.com/mastercard-launches-crypto-source-for-digital-trading-services/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:20:03 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/mastercard-launches-crypto-source-for-digital-trading-services/ Photo by Mohamed Hassan/Pixabay. Mastercard has expanded its presence in the cryptocurrency space with the introduction of Crypto Source, a program designed for financial institutions looking to bring secure crypto trading capabilities and services to their customers. According to Buy-headquartered Mastercard, the new program will provide its partner financial institutions with a suite of buy, […]]]>
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Mastercard has expanded its presence in the cryptocurrency space with the introduction of Crypto Source, a program designed for financial institutions looking to bring secure crypto trading capabilities and services to their customers.

According to Buy-headquartered Mastercard, the new program will provide its partner financial institutions with a suite of buy, hold, and sell services designed for select crypto assets. Mastercard’s partner financial institutions will also have access to crypto spending and withdrawal capabilities through a range of products, including crypto cards, open banking and cross-border services, and they may also offer additional functionality to the using Mastercard’s technology, including digital receipts and loyalty solutions.

To ensure the security of the new program, Mastercard’s Crypto Source offering is complemented by the company’s proprietary Crypto Secure technology that will help card issuers comply with complex regulations while protecting transactions from outside interference.

Mastercard also provides crypto program management for banks, issuers, and fintechs that includes program design, product development, and technology implementation, as well as go-to-market and optimization services. marketing consulting.

“At Mastercard, trust is our business,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of cyber and intelligence at Mastercard, who called the new program a “connected approach to services that will help bring users securely into the world. ‘crypto ecosystem’. Our recent investments in this area, such as the acquisition of CipherTrace and Ekata, provide us with a unique set of capabilities to help provide our customers and consumers with the most technically advanced solutions available on the market.

To support this program, Mastercard has expanded its partnership with Paxos Trust Co., a blockchain infrastructure platform. With the new program, Paxos will provide crypto-asset trading and custody services on behalf of banks, while Mastercard will leverage its technology to integrate these capabilities into banks’ interfaces.

“Our commitment is simple – to explore crypto and the underlying technology of digital assets to support consumer choice in payments,” said Jorn Lambert, Chief Digital Officer at Mastercard, who added that the new program is “a step exciting journey in our crypto journey that builds on the strengths of our global businesses, from open banking and identity verification to fraud analytics and monitoring and settlement solutions.

Mastercard Crypto Source is being prepared for pilot programs, with a more detailed announcement coming at a later date.

Crypto Source is Mastercard’s latest development focused on digital assets. In April, the company partnered with Nexo and DiPocket on the Nexo Card, a one-of-a-kind crypto Mastercard that launched in several European markets. In January, the company partnered with Coinbase to allow consumers to use their Mastercards to make purchases on Coinbase’s NFT marketplace. And last December, Mastercard welcomed five startups – Ava Labs, Envel, Kash, LVL and NiftyKey to its Mastercard Start Path Crypto Engagement Program which aims to solve challenges for people and businesses using blockchain technology.

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Radiology services continue in Southland despite lack of accreditation https://www.charterbusconnect.com/radiology-services-continue-in-southland-despite-lack-of-accreditation/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 01:42:53 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/radiology-services-continue-in-southland-despite-lack-of-accreditation/ The radiology departments of two public hospitals are so understaffed that they have lost their accreditation – but still continue to scan. The Southland and Palmerston North services perform a full range of analyses, although they have too few doctors and technicians to meet international quality standards. Health authorities say it’s completely safe, but haven’t […]]]>
The radiology departments of two public hospitals are so understaffed that they have lost their accreditation – but still continue to scan.

The Southland and Palmerston North services perform a full range of analyses, although they have too few doctors and technicians to meet international quality standards.

Health authorities say it’s completely safe, but haven’t explained what checks they do to make sure.

“Accreditation has been suspended but radiology departments at Southland and Palmerston Hospitals continue to perform tests safely for patients,” Health NZ said.

Palmerston North has less than half the senior radiology doctors it needs.

Southland was suspended for eight years.

Accreditation body IANZ told RNZ it only suspends services when it identifies “high risk” issues that have not been mitigated within a short, defined timeframe.

But it does not have the power to shut down services.

“IANZ does not have the power to stop the provision of services, we can only withdraw accreditation if it does not meet the international standards against which it is assessed,” said its chief executive, Dr. Brian Young.

“We trust” – HNZ

Te Whatu Ora Health NZ said RNZ patients were continuing to have MRI, CT, ultrasound, X-ray and nuclear medicine scans at the two hospitals “as they always have”.

Asked how he checked wards remain safe, he said: ‘We recognize that both hospitals are operating with less than full complement of radiology staff.

“We have confidence in the dedication and skills of our healthcare staff to continue to provide safe and effective care to the public.”

Palmerston North lost its IANZ approval in June 2021.

It has just 4.8 radiologists when it needs 11 – but could be reaccredited with a minimum of six, HNZ said.

“Although the hospital does not have enough full-time radiologists, it continues to safely provide comprehensive radiology services to patients.”

Southland lost its accreditation in 2014 – its number of digitization technicians (MIT) had dropped to 15.

These are now almost 32, and 36 are needed.

It has 2.8 radiologists and needs four.

Accreditation is not mandatory, although IANZ is the sole assessor of a service’s “competence” and checks that it complies with the New Zealand Code of Radiology Management Practice based on the international standards (ISO) and other relevant governance and regulatory criteria. .

Organizations that failed to comply had to find “robust” ways to manage risk or face suspension, Young said yesterday.

IANZ did not say what, if anything, Southland and Palmerston North tried to avoid the suspension.

Health NZ said Southland could just about be reaccredited, after years of “tremendous financial effort” to rebuild, but was too busy.

“Due to understaffing and a busy department, it was difficult to get through the extensive document reviews required for a reassessment by IANZ.”

Hard pressed

Radiology is one of the most requested hospital services.

The national shortage of radiology doctors in public hospitals was 33% at the start of this year. Three districts were half short.

Doctors shared an investigation into the many problems shortages are causing, covering those on leave, finding time for training and trying to find replacements to fill the gaps, especially at regional hospitals, a said the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.

An HNZ report obtained by RNZ last month described life-threatening issues with radiology IT in the central region that covers Palmerston North that required “extremely laborious” workarounds, placing even more of a burden on staff.

HNZ was unable to give the history of accreditation issues at either hospital, or say whether other public radiology services were struggling.

“Te Whatu Ora does not collect this particular information,” he said.

“Public radiology services continue to operate across the country.

“No district is reporting the suspension of public radiology services.

“The public can continue to have confidence in public radiology services that continue to operate to the highest possible standards.”

The agency is about to release its draft national health plan.

Staff shortages are certain to figure.

The government had short-term and long-term initiatives to recruit more radiology staff in a competitive global environment, HNZ told RNZ.

“In a perfect situation, we would be able to easily recruit and fully staff these departments.”

Despite the pressure, 2.5million exams were being performed a year and nearly all were done ‘within the waiting times’, HNZ claimed – although DHB reports through 2022 show districts are frequently missing out common six-week goals for MRIs and CT scans.

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Germany expands its regulated market by awarding two online slot licenses https://www.charterbusconnect.com/germany-expands-its-regulated-market-by-awarding-two-online-slot-licenses/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 11:19:19 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/germany-expands-its-regulated-market-by-awarding-two-online-slot-licenses/ Two leading online slot operators received licenses to operate in Germany last week. Interwetten and Admiral receive license in Germany Last week, the Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt, the state administration office of Saxony-Anhalt, added Interwetten Gaming Limited to the whitelist of operators, authorized to offer their services in the country. This came after the operator received an […]]]>

Two leading online slot operators received licenses to operate in Germany last week.

Interwetten and Admiral receive license in Germany

Last week, the Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt, the state administration office of Saxony-Anhalt, added Interwetten Gaming Limited to the whitelist of operators, authorized to offer their services in the country. This came after the operator received an online slots license allowing it to introduce online slots games for customers in Germany. Under the new license, Interwetten will operate under two different domains, interwetten.de as well as lasmegas.de.

In addition to Interwetten, the administrative office of Saxony-Anhalt issued another license. This resulted in Novomatic’s subsidiary Admiral receiving an online slots license, allowing it to begin offering online gambling services for customers in Germany. While Interwetten will operate under two different domains, Admiral will offer its services via admiralbet.de.

Recently granted licenses have increased the number of whitelisted operators. In fact, last month another operator was granted a license to operate online slot games. At the end of September, the online casino operator Rootz has been licensed. This allowed the Malta-based operator to showcase its services to customers in the country. Prior to that, in August, gambling and sports betting brand BlueBet had also received authorization to offer online slot machine games for customers in the German regulated market. With the entry of BlueBet, German players have had access to a wide variety of slot games. With this in mind, the recent licensing approval for Interwetten and Admiral has further expanded the portfolio of games available to German customers.

Black market operators impact tax revenue

To launch their services in Germany, operators and brands must comply with the local regulatory framework for gambling activities. This regulation is facilitated by the State Gambling Treaty which aims to protect vulnerable people and children against online gambling. By launching their services in Germany, all these operators ensured their compliance with the regulatory framework.

However, like in any industry, there are also bad actors in the online gambling vertical. It was only recently that the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) called for action against black market gambling operators. In a report published late last month, the DSWV warned that there could be more than 400 online black market operators offering services to Germans.

Having a significant number of black markets, unlicensed gambling operators pose a risk to online users. At the same time, it deprives the country of tax revenue. With that in mind, in the third quarter of this year alone, Germany raised €596.1 million ($585.6 million) from gambling, representing a 15.5% increase. compared to the same period in 2021. Much of this increase in revenue was the result of an increase in taxes levied on online slot games.

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How Web Hosting Services Should Advertise Prices https://www.charterbusconnect.com/how-web-hosting-services-should-advertise-prices/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 11:00:35 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/how-web-hosting-services-should-advertise-prices/ Compare details of web hosting service plans can be stressful, even before you get to the price. Some services display their prices of $3, $4 or $5 per month like peacocks, but many make it too difficult to understand some key aspects of the price. While many web hosts show prices divided into monthly payments, […]]]>

Compare details of web hosting service plans can be stressful, even before you get to the price. Some services display their prices of $3, $4 or $5 per month like peacocks, but many make it too difficult to understand some key aspects of the price.

While many web hosts show prices divided into monthly payments, you’ll really be paying for an entire contract when you leave. Some services also fail to specify that in some cases the price will increase exponentially after your contract renews. Even the advertised savings can be misleading for people looking for long-term value.

I described these problems and what customers should look for beforehand, but what could these services do to better serve their customers? It’s easy to say that “services should clearly price their products,” but the details can be complicated. Additions can cause prices to grow exponentially, and the length of contracts plays a role in determining the final cost. However, services can take some clear steps to be more transparent about costs.

Here are four things these services should do to ensure customers aren’t blindsided by the price of their web hosting.

Show contract prices as annual, if applicable

Advertised prices are usually listed as monthly costs, but are ultimately tied to long, multi-year contracts that customers are expected to pay up front. Monthly contracts are available, but are rarely advertised as they are usually more expensive than annual contracts.

Services should make it clearer that customers are expected to pay for contracts in full upfront. Or they should actually charge monthly as their plans say.

Clearly explain renewal prices

If services insist on using the current model of offering discounted introductory prices and then moving to much higher standard prices later, customers need to have clearly presented information to fully understand the pricing model.

Some of the services mentioned above, like GreenGeeks, at least display their standard fares alongside their discounted fares, but there’s still plenty to do. Customers should see the total they will pay today and what they will pay upon renewal. A pop-up could also open at checkout to ensure customers understand that the price reverts to the standard rate later and explains what the standard rate is.

Show customers a scale of what they could pay today

Some services offer customizable plans to better meet the needs of their customers. AccuWeb Hosting VPS plans are highly configurable, allowing customers to choose things like what operating system their server will use, how much disk space and bandwidth their server will have, and how many additional IP addresses to include .

However, the initial price does not take into account any of these additions. Adding 5GB of disk space to AccuWeb’s basic VPS plan, called VPS Mercury, raises the payout price from around $95 to $155. Then choosing a managed server doubles the price to around $311. These two add-ons triple the initial price.

A scale would give customers an idea of ​​what they would pay for plans with no add-ons, plans with some add-ons, and plans with all add-ons included. These different pricing plans should also reflect what’s in them so people know what they’re paying for. Payment is no place for a guessing game.

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A price scale would give customers more realistic expectations of what they will pay today.

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Get rid of misleading numbers and language around transactions

Web hosting services regularly show savings figures close to advertised prices. bluehost, for example, shows that its basic web hosting plan with a 12 month contract is at 70% and the same plan with a 36 month contract is at 50%. It’s easy to see 70% off and think that’s the best deal, but you have to remember that it’s only for 12 months until the discount expires. Once you do the math, the 12-month plan plus two additional years at full price costs around $275, while the 36-month plan will only cost you around $178.

Some services also advertise offers and guarantees, but don’t explain in advance that these offers and guarantees only apply to a handful of plans. Mokahostfor example, has a Lifetime rebate guarantee. Although this guarantee is advertised on their homepage – which might lead some people to think that it applies to all plans – it only applies to about a third of all plans.

I understand these tactics are marketing 101, but that doesn’t make them any more palatable. When offers aren’t as good as they seem and warranties only apply to certain products, it damages the company’s reputation and can upset customers and cause them to lose confidence.

Satisfied customers are more likely to stay loyal to a business or service, and they are more likely to recommend that business or service to others, according to Forbes. By being upfront with customers about what they pay and not hiding prices until the last minute – or until their contract is renewed – services could retain customers and not potentially put their means at risk. of subsistence.

For more information on web hosting, see what to pay attention to when looking for a web hosting service, what you need to know before launching your own site and CNET’s Best Web Hosting Services.


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