Major winter storm moves from Midwest to the East Coast to start the week

first_imgABC NewsBY: BRITTANY BORER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Over 100 million Americans are under winter weather alerts this morning from Minnesota to Maine as the storm continues to track eastward.Heavy snow is coming down this morning across the Great Lakes and Midwest and moderate to heavy rain is falling across the Ohio Valley into the Southeast.Overnight in Chicago, there were reports of 1 inch of snow per hour snowfall rates and quarter-mile visibility.By Sunday evening, snow will spread across the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic reaching Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.Snow spreads through New York City overnight and continues along the I-95 corridor throughout the day on Monday with the heaviest snow falling during the afternoon hours.By Monday evening we could see a period of mixing and even a transition to a cold rain for coastal areas. Any freezing rain or sleet will make travel hazardous as hard surfaces will become icy.The heaviest snowfall totals of a foot or more will remain west of the coast and into higher elevations and New York and Philadelphia have a good chance of seeing 6 to 12 inches of snow with Washington, D.C. and Boston looking at totals in the 3 to 6 inch range.Elsewhere, a series of systems will move across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California over the next few days bringing heavy rain.There is a risk for flash flooding across southwest Oregon and Northern California where they could see as much as 5 inches of rain.Additional snowfall of 1 to 2 feet is expected along the Cascade mountain range through Monday evening with an avalanche warning having been issued for the region from Lake Chelan southward to I-90 through 6 p.m. on Sunday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Another human emergency looms

first_imgAnother human emergency loomsBy Green Commute Initiative on 29 Mar 2021 in PROMOTED CONTENT, Latest News, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website 8 top tips for bossing your PayrollPROMOTED | The first peak of the pandemic has shifted the priorities of large and small businesses alike, making payroll a top concern for UK companies with employee wellbeing a close second, according to new research by Payroll & HR services provider, SD Worx. Previous Article Next Article Make UK launches new Covid 19 HR & Legal Support Programme to protect businesses and safeguard jobsPROMOTED | Make UK has developed a new online suite of services to help manufacturers with the challenges of preparing…center_img Related posts: Picture courtesy of Fully Charged, stockists of premium E-bikes at fullycharged.com” Inactivity kills thousands of people EVERY single year.  And yet, no one is talking about it.  It’s the ignored health crisis that threatens the lives of those all around us.This is a human emergency and we need to act now.  Yet the cure is simple, free and staring at us in the face.  No need for research and vaccines.  It’s here now and ready to implement.Inactivity is a killerWhat is causing this emergency?  Inactivity.  Shockingly, four in ten adults don’t meet the minimum recommended levels for movement.  This puts them at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill.Being inactive can have devastating consequences for individual health.  It increases the likelihood of getting some serious life-limiting, long-term diseases including obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, and dementia, to name a few.For the last 50 years, the human population has steadily reduced its routine activity levels. In fact, it has declined so much that for many working adults, each day involves driving to work, sitting at a keyboard for eight hours and then driving home to sit in front of the TV.  Sedentary living now kills more people than obesity.Protect the NHSDuring the Covid-19 crisis, protecting the NHS was at the forefront of all government planning and messaging.  However, before Covid-19, the NHS was already struggling to meet the high demand for treatments for diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, brittle bones, mental health, and social care.   Demand for these services will be amplified by the inactivity during lockdown.  The financial cost of providing the healthcare and support will cripple the NHS unless we make positive changes to our lifestyles.  We must protect the NHS.Get up and MOVE!So, what is the cure?  Activity is the key to remaining healthy.; it’s time to get up and move.Research shows that being more active in our daily lives will reduce the likelihood of illness, slow down the ageing process and improve mental health.  Quite simply, being active is the vaccine, the magic pill, and its ready now.About a quarter of all journeys of less than 2 miles are done by car.  This equates to a 10 to 15 minute walk or an even shorter cycle ride.  Routine activity has disappeared from our daily lives and we need to start making choices based on what’s good for our health rather than what’s most convenient.Change the way we commuteIt’s time to make small but significant changes to our lives that will introduce more movement into daily routines so that it becomes a way of life.An easy way to incorporate exercise into everyday life is to change the way we commute. You won’t need to find time to exercise as you will be incorporating it into your daily schedule. Choosing active travel, such as walking and cycling, instead of driving or taking the bus to work, will make a huge difference.The Cycle to Work Scheme makes this an easier option by giving access to savings of at least 32% on a new bike.  Any bike in fact, including E-bikes which are perfect for those new to cycling or those with health issues meaning they are unable to ride a traditional bike.Switching from a passive driving commute to an active cycling commute has enormous benefits. Just getting our pulse rate up a bit and our muscles moving will extend our lives.Employers to get involved If nothing is done to combat inactivity, levels of employee sickness absence will rise as more employees suffer from the consequences.  Sick leave and time off for doctor’s appointments will take its toll on the workplace.Employers have an opportunity to help their employees make active travel choices through a variety of employee benefit options.  Green Commute Initiative is the UK’s industry-leading Cycle to Work Scheme provider with no spend limit and no end-of-scheme fees.  The scheme doesn’t cost the employer anything, in fact they will save money.  It’s also quick and easy to administer.  Instant GCI is a pay-as-you-go scheme which requires no registration or commitment.  Or larger organisations can use Corporate GCI which provides a portal for managing large numbers of employee applications.  As a UK-based not-for-profit social enterprise, GCI is committed to providing the best value scheme to both employees and employers.Small steps, big changesJust 30 minutes reasonable activity every day would help combat health problems resulting from inactivity.The amazing thing is that if we all get active; the gain is two-fold.  We’d benefit on an individual, almost selfish level, by being fit and healthy, but we’d also be doing something really positive to save the planet as emissions from cars and other dirty vehicles would fall.  And that’s the utopia; clean air to breathe whilst we are being active to stay healthy.Become a life saver and get in touch today. 2021: The key employee benefits challenges employers facePROMOTED | We take a look at the key trends highlighted in Aon’s 2021 UK Benefits and Trends survey – and the challenges they bring…last_img read more

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EMV trends on the horizon

first_imgAs 2016 progresses, there is much promise ahead for increased EMV chip card adoption. Already, merchants accepting EMV have noted a distinct shift in their usage among consumers. About 70 percent of Walmart’s and Target’s transactions per day are made with chip cards. The Home Depot has experienced similar growth with over 50 percent of its transactions made with chip cards. Other larger merchants, including Target, anticipate similar numbers down the line.Although more merchants are accepting EMV chip cards, many have not yet adapted to the new technology. A recent survey found only 41 percent of merchants are ready to accept EMV payments. Merchants resisting the change may be trying to avoid implementation costs. Others may be apprehensive about perceived implementation pains, or their acquiring vendors have not yet secured EMV solutions.While some merchants, like Walmart, are experiencing rapid success with their chip card transactions, others have noted a few hiccups. McDonald’s has begun testing EMV technology at the point-of-sale (POS) and noticed a perceived increase in the length of time it takes for EMV transactions to process. As a fast food operation that focuses on speed, McDonald’s values quick payment transactions. In 2016, McDonald’s will continue to revisit its transaction flow to minimize transaction times. As McDonald’s does this, it will be interesting to see how quick service restaurants will verify payments as time goes on.In the year ahead, merchants and financial institution (FI) issuers may also notice the following EMV trends:American Express and other national brands moving to dual-interface: Dual-interface cards are contact cards that also enable contactless payments. This gives cardholders the added security of EMV, while allowing them to make tap and go payments. Credit unions issuing these dual-interface cards have an extra arrow in their quiver, giving cardholders the ability to conduct transactions at any terminal. Merchant unification for POS activity: There has not yet been a standard established for how EMV chip cards are processed or how the transaction flows through each application. As a result, cardholders making a transaction at one merchant’s terminal may not have the same transaction experience somewhere else. Once a standard procedure is established across all EMV terminals, there will be a more consistent, efficient transaction flow for cardholders.EMV continues to gain momentum in the marketplace. FIs, merchants and cardholders alike may need to embrace the latest trends in EMV technology as they emerge. ATM and fuel dispenser migration in 2017: The next big step following the October 2015 liability shift is for ATMs and fuel dispensers to migrate to EMV. The migration process for these terminals will be slower than merchants as the implementation costs are much higher. Visa and MasterCard propose that credit unions, fuel retailers and other locations with ATMs should make the shift by 2017. Quick service restaurants migrating to EMV acceptance: As noted earlier, McDonald’s has already begun migrating to EMV. Once McDonald’s streamlines its transaction flow to align with its emphasis on speed, other restaurants may follow suit. EMV terminals may even be implemented right at dining tables, enabling fast and easy bill payments at sit-down restaurants.center_img The sun setting on MSD technology: MSD refers to magnetic strip data, an older method of reading contactless payment transactions. Merchants trying to read current contactless EMV transactions using MSD technology have experienced frequent card declines. Visa and MasterCard are pushing to complete a shift away from this technology by 2017. They are also currently looking for strategies to steer merchants away from MSD technology. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chole Casber Chole Casber is a product manager for TMG. In his role, Chole is responsible for various product lines from ideation through rollout, including EMV. Chole is also focused on identifying … Web: www.tmg.global Detailslast_img read more

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Tottenham target set for Roma switch

Davide Astori 1 Tottenham target Davide Astori is set to complete his move to Roma.The Cagliari defender was said to be close to a move to Lazio earlier in the summer, but Tottenham were still credited with an interest in the talented 27-year-old.But Astori caused a surprise when he signed a new contract with Cagliari – and now it seems he is still set for a switch away from the club.Roma have reportedly offered around £6m for his services and it is thought a deal will be completed before the end of the week, with Sky Sports Italia claiming the player is close to agreeing terms with the Stadio Olimpico based side.

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