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Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. hiring 2 more staff to boost in-person services

The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island is about to have full-time staff working in the eastern and western regions of the Island for the first time. 

Two first link navigator positions are currently being filled and the organization is hoping the workers will be in place and seeing clients next month. 

CEO Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw told Island Morning’s Laura Chapin in an interview that aired Friday that the new staff will fill a pressing need. 

“Handing out a package to you of information, or directing you to a website, is not enough,” she said.

“Care partners are living with this disease 15 to 20 years at home before [patients] … are placed in a long-term care facility, so we really need that support on the ground, in the community earlier. 

“Because we know research tells us when you receive education and support early, you do well with this journey.”

Staff levels to almost double

Hendricken-Eldershaw noted that the new hirings will almost double the society’s full-time staff. There are only three full-time staff working at the society at the moment, along with a few contract and summer staff. 

The society serves more than 660 clients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia across the Island. 

Hendricken-Eldershaw said the number of clients has increased more than 10-fold over the last decade.

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American Cancer Society’s 100+ Year Fight to Save Lives from Breast Cancer Gets Boost from Fashion Retailer, Buckle

ATLANTA, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fashion retailer, Buckle, is again sponsoring Denim Days to support the American Cancer Society (ACS). Denim Days began in 1986, when employees at a private company got together to ask coworkers for donations to “go casual” for the cause. The idea spread, and now companies, schools, and other organizations nationwide have participated. In the weeks leading up to Denim Days, friends and coworkers are asked to donate $5 or more to wear jeans to work one day in October.

In support of the campaign, Buckle will donate $1 to ACS Denim Days for every pair of regular-priced jeans purchased in-store and online from participating brands from October 4 – 25, 2020. Buckle will also contribute 20% from the sale of every t-shirt with a “Unite To Fight” sticker and give their guests the opportunity to support ACS by “Rounding Up” their in-store purchase to the nearest dollar during the same timeframe.

“Buckle has always believed that good business begins with great people doing good things, and we know our October campaign to support the fight against breast cancer is a great way to come together with our teammates, guests, and our great partners like ACS to do something impactful,” shared Dennis Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Buckle.

Buckle’s campaign will help the American Cancer Society provide much-needed resources and support  for the one in eight women who will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

“We could not be more appreciative of Buckle’s support for Denim Days,” said Gary Reedy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society. “Buckle is a great partner in our work to help save lives in the fight against breast cancer, and its team, leadership and guests continue to answer our calls for support.”

ACS is the number one trusted source of cancer information and provides 24/7 virtual and live response support via their cancer hotline; provides transportation and lodging assistance to those who must travel long distances to get care; and is the primary private nonprofit funder of cancer research, investing more than $4.9 billion over 75 years.

To find a participating Buckle location, please visit www.buckle.com.

About Buckle
Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company’s exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 446 retail stores in 42 states.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

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Government Probes Microsoft’s Effort to Boost Diversity | Business News

By MATT O’BRIEN and ALEXANDRA OLSON

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company.

Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company’s June pledge to double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025.

“The letter asked us to prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based decisions,” said Dev Stahlkopf, Microsoft’s general counsel. “Emphatically, they are not.”

CEO Satya Nadella made the June hiring commitment in response to Black Lives Matter protests around the country and as part of a broader message to employees about racial injustice and promoting a culture of inclusivity at the Redmond, Washington-based company.

It’s not uncommon for tech companies to publicly tout efforts to increase staff diversity, given the industry’s longstanding dearth of Black, Latino and female workers in technical and leadership positions. But this time they are running into scrutiny by a Trump administration that has sought to intervene with universities and other institutions over their approach to race and discrimination.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month “to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating” in the federal workforce and among federal contractors. Microsoft is a major federal contractor, supplying its Office workplace software and cloud computing services to multiple government agencies.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, the Labor Department said it “appreciates Microsoft’s assurance on its website that it is not engaging in racial preferences or quotas in seeking to reach its affirmative action and outreach goals.” The agency added that it “looks forward to working with Microsoft to complete its inquiry.”

The letter from the Labor Department gives Microsoft until Oct. 29 to explain how it plans to carry out its pledge regarding Black leadership.

The Labor Department did not respond to a question about whether it has started similar inquiries into other companies with federal contracts.

The Trump administration’s move contrasts with a flurry of efforts by private companies and institutions to increase racial diversity in the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests. There has been a particular emphasis on bringing more African Americans into leadership positions.

More than 40 private and publicly traded companies have joined a pledge to add at least one Black member to their board of directors by 2021. Target last month pledged to increase the representation of its Black employees by 20% over the next three years. Goldman Sachs announced an initiative to recruit more bankers and traders from historically Black colleges. Other firms that have announced similar hiring or promotion goals include Salesforce, Mastercard and Accenture.

Glassdoor, the jobs site that allows users to review their employers anonymously, added new feature to allow users to rate companies on their diversity and inclusion initiatives. The company said the feature was added partly in response to a

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Government probes Microsoft’s effort to boost diversity

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company.

Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company’s June pledge to double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025.

“The letter asked us to prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based decisions,” said Dev Stahlkopf, Microsoft’s general counsel. “Emphatically, they are not.”

CEO Satya Nadella made the June hiring commitment in response to Black Lives Matter protests around the country and as part of a broader message to employees about racial injustice and promoting a culture of inclusivity at the Redmond, Washington-based company.

It’s not uncommon for tech companies to publicly tout efforts to increase staff diversity, given the industry’s longstanding dearth of Black, Latino and female workers in technical and leadership positions. But this time they are running into scrutiny by a Trump administration that has sought to intervene with universities and other institutions over their approach to race and discrimination.

Labor Department representatives didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment Tuesday.

The Trump administration’s move contrasts a flurry of efforts by private companies and institutions to increase racial diversity in the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests. There has been a particular emphasis on bringing more African Americans into leadership positions.

More than 40 private and publicly traded companies have joined a pledge to add at least one Black member to their board of directors by 2021. Target last month pledged to increase the representation of its Black employees by 20% over the next three years. Goldman Sachs announced an initiative to recruit more bankers and traders from historically Black colleges. Other firms that have announced similar hiring or promotion goals include Salesforce, Mastercard and Accenture.

Glassdoor, the jobs site that allows users to review their employers anonymously, added new feature to allow users to rate companies on their diversity and inclusion initiatives. The company said the feature was added partly in response to a 63% spike in reviews mention diversity over the summer, following protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

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AP Business Writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this story.

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Budget 2020: Federal government backflips as R&D tax incentive receives AU$2b boost

In handing down its 2020-21 Budget, the Australian government has opened its wallet to provide a AU$2 billion boost in additional research and development tax incentives (RDTI), touting that the amount will help businesses manage the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Research and development, the adoption of digital technology, and affordable and reliable energy will be critical to Australia’s future economic prosperity,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said during his Budget speech.

The federal government detailed in its Budget documents that for small companies, with total annual turnovers of less than AU$20 million, the refundable R&D tax offset will be set at 18.5 percentage points above a company’s tax rate, and the AU$4 million cap on annual cash refunds will be canned.

Meanwhile, for larger firms, with annual turnovers of AU$20 million or more, the government said it will reduce the number of intensity tiers from three to two.

“This will provide greater certainty for R&D investment, while still rewarding those companies that commit a greater proportion of their business expenditure to R&D,” the government stated.

The changes will commence from 1 July 2021, with Frydenberg touting that the changes would help more than 11,400 companies that invest in research and development.

Read also: Australian tech unicorns say R&D scheme misses the mark

The government also confirmed all other aspects of the 2019-20 mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, including the increase to the R&D expenditure threshold from AU$100 million to AU$150 million per annum.

The announcement follows recent calls by the country’s startup ecosystem for government to amend the R&D tax incentive, as they are concerned with the proposed changes to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019.

In February last year, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee asked for the R&D Bill to be taken back to the drawing board, saying at the time it recognised the need for government to maintain public confidence in the integrity and financial sustainability of the R&D tax incentive, but that it was not confident the introduced measures would provide exactly that.

For other parts of the research community, the federal government has handed the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) an extra AU$459 million over four years as part of 2020-21 Budget. The government said this cash injection would help CSIRO “address the impacts of COVID-19 on its commercial activities and ensure it is able to continue essential scientific research”. 

The additional funding for CSIRO is timely, given its ON program wrapped up in the middle of this year, after funding for it dried up. The Australian government had previously handed it AU$20 million over four years under its AU$1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda to help commercialise the country’s research. 

See: Team Australia: CSIRO’s multimillion-dollar post-coronavirus plan

In this latest Budget, AU$1 billion has also been allocated to support universities’ costs of research.

Specifically, this will include AU$41.6 million over four years to together universities and local industries to partner on innovative reform projects; AU$20 million over

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Australia’s manufacturing sector to receive AU$1.5b boost from federal government

Six Industries — resources technology and critical minerals, food beverages, medical products, recycling and clean energy, space, and defence — have all been promised a piece of the Australian government’s AU$1.5 billion manufacturing revitalisation package over the next four years, starting in 2021.

“The objective is to build scale and capture income in high value areas of manufacturing where Australia either has established competitive strength or emerging priorities,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, during his pre-budget speech at the National Press Club on Thursday.

“This will require our manufacturing sector to be even more productive and highly skilled, to be more collaborative at the leading edge of R&D, commercialisation, and technology adoption, to be more outward-looking, and be searching relentlessly for footholds in global markets.”

Of the AU$1.5 billion, which is the latest pledge by the Morrison government ahead of the federal budget next Tuesday, AU$1.3 billion will be used to encourage businesses to collaborate with other businesses, commercialise ideas, and integrate with international markets and supply chains.

Morrison added, the government will target priority areas and invest in “cross-cutting technologies and processes that enhance production efficiencies, such as automation digitalisation data analytics, artificial intelligence, and other enabling technologies which make everything else work”.

Another AU$52.8 million will be distributed for the federal government’s existing manufacturing modernisation fund designed to support “transformational investment in technologies and processes”.

See also: 89% of manufacturing companies have reported business impacts due to COVID-19 (TechRepublic)

Morrison added the government will partner with industry before April next to draw up plans for the next two, five, and 10 years. These plans will also include benchmarks such as how many jobs are created, what are the levels of R&D, and how much investment has been made.

The modern manufacturing strategy also includes AU$50 million for the government’s industry growth centres initiative, aimed to support projects in the six priority areas until the end of June 2022.

There are also plans to refresh the Innovation and Science Australia board, which will continue to be led by Andrew Stevens, former head of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, as well as to conduct a “comprehensive review” of existing programs that fall under the Industry, Science, and Technology portfolio to ensure they align better with the strategy.

The federal government’s pledge to the manufacturing sector coincides with BHP’s plans to commit up to AU$450 million for contracts with Australia’s mining, equipment, technology, and services (METS) sector. The company said it will work directly and through its major technology providers to source more local products and services, and invest in technology pilots and emerging businesses.

Earlier this week, the federal government announced its AU$800 million Digital Business Package, which includes expanding its digital identity system, rolling out the Consumer Data Right, introducing a one-stop shop for business registry, and throwing money at blockchain trials.

Shadow Minister for Science Brendan O’Connor and Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing Louise Pratt have jointly accused the Morrison government’s latest announcement as “nothing more than a

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