SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Only 28% of participants in the air cargo industry feel they are well prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once available, according to a survey released on Wednesday, as the industry begins to gear up for a major logistical challenge.

Ground handlers and airports feel less prepared than freight forwarders and airlines, according to the survey conducted by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero which found 36% of participants planned to invest in additional physical or digital infrastructure.

TIACA Vice Chairman Sanjeev Gadhia, who heads Nairobi-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation, said the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine would be the toughest logistical challenge ever faced, with an estimated 10 billion doses requiring distribution in 2021 and 2022.

More than 40 vaccine candidates are already undergoing clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.

“We know that as from November the first

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By Timothy Aeppel

(Reuters) – Florida is one of the five best states in the nation in which to do business, according to a new survey. It’s also one of the five worst, according to the same survey, thanks to COVID-19.

Every three years, Development Counsellors International, an economic development marketing firm, surveys executives to rank business climates in the various U.S. states. For the first time since they began doing the survey in 1996, a single state landed in the top five in both categories: Florida. The DCI report was released on Tuesday.

“The rationale for Florida being on both the best and worst lists was entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice. “In our follow-up questions to corporate executives about the states they selected, the majority of the corporate executives who selected Florida said that the state’s handling of the

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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Nearly 900 residents participated in a survey or focus group, answering questions about what is most important to them when it comes to city recreation.

The questioning, which took place over the course of four months, comes in the wake of the springtime passage of Issue 9, the city’s .5 percent income tax increase. The city has earmarked 40 percent of the approximately $5 million the tax increase will generate by 2023 — or about $2 million per year — to recreation.

“I’m very, very thrilled,” said Krista Rodriguez, of The Impact Group, which performed the survey, in speaking about the 852 residents who completed a survey on paper or online. “That’s a high number for getting a response rate for a city of your size, and that was very good to see.”

Rodriguez shared results of the survey with City Council during a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting

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Hiring activity has improved by 24 per cent in September compared to August, this year, according to the Naukri JobSpeak Index monthly report released on Monday.

The 24 per cent month-on-month growth is being propelled by industries, including pharma (+44 per cent), fast moving consumer goods (+43 per cent), education/teaching (+41 per cent), and Information Technology (+32 per cent).

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The report noted that further opening up of the economy with unlocking measures and increased mobility have led to an improvement in hiring activities in industries. This includes real estate (+44 per cent), auto/ancillary (+29 per cent) and hospitality/travel (+48 per cent) versus August ’20. Key industries such as BPO/ITES (+29 per cent) and banking/financial services (+33 per cent) continue to post robust growth sequentially.

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Metros, which were reeling under various lockdown measures earlier, have posted strong double-digit

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the leading digital workflow company that makes work, work better for people, today released The Work Survey, one of the most comprehensive global surveys to date on COVID-19’s impact on work and the opportunities ahead for a wave of digital innovation in how people work and businesses operate.

Executives and employees surveyed in 11 countries across multiple industries agree: technology enabled them to pivot to new ways working faster than thought possible, and digital transformation will accelerate innovation.

The world’s dramatic pivot to working digitally is showing everyone what the future of work looks like,” said ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott. “Digital workflows are the way business gets done in the 21st century. There’s no going back. Digital transformation will accelerate. New ways of working will become the norm. We are on the cusp of an unprecedented wave of workflow

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The adjustments made to the clinical trials after the coronavirus outbreak, which has led to the simplification of the clinical research process, may benefit patients in the long run.

The trials have incorporated adjustments according to the ongoing pandemic. This includes utilising remote consents, conducting telehealth study visits, and shipping oral study treatment to patients’ homes.

A survey of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) clinical research professionals found that most clinical trial coordinators, managers, and nurses report positive experiences with these Covid-related adjustments. Most of them support the new protocols even after the pandemic ends.

According to the survey, 90 per cent of respondents, mostly associated with healthcare, had seen changes that had a positive impact on patient safety, treatment efficacy, patient and staff experience, and communication with patients, investigators, and sponsors.

They also believe that it was important to continue any positive Covid-19-related clinical research adjustments

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An August survey of 500 small-business owners found they’re instead focusing on digital sales.

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Despite the challenges of the past seven months, stories of resilience abound as business owners adapt to changing customer demands. Though surveys at the beginning of the pandemic indicated small-business owners thought things might be beyond hope, that’s slowly started to change. 

A survey by website and marketing solutions provider Bluehost released last week asked 500 business owners with fewer than 100 employees how they’ve transitioned online, adapted to ecommerce and adjusted their outlooks on future pain points, obstacles and potential opportunities. Not surprisingly, business owners cited their biggest concerns revolve around securing new customers, the continued economic impact of the pandemic and lower consumer demand. 

Related: Nearly Half of Business Owners Think the Changes They’ve

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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL, Oct 6 (Reuters)Business jet operators planning new aircraft purchases are largely undeterred by the battering the COVID-19 pandemic has done to the aviation sector, a Honeywell HON.N Aerospace outlook on corporate planes published on Tuesday says.

Private flights, which carry smaller groups and promise wealthy passengers less risk of exposure to the coronavirus, have generally fared better than those of commercial airlines, with operators like NetJets and VistaJet reporting improved demand this summer.

Corporate planemakers like Canada’s Bombardier BBDb.TO, U.S.-based General Dynamics Corp’s GD.N Gulfstream Aerospace and France’s Dassault Aviation SA AVMD.PA are closely watching to see if the summer rebound in corporate flights will last and translate into demand for new aircraft.

“We are seeing corporate customers expressing interest in growing their fleets so they can fly more executives and others privately, to safeguard employees’ health and prevent disruptions to their

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Hong Kong’s leader must include measures in the coming policy address that centre on ramping up construction of public housing, and impose rent controls to improve living conditions for low-income residents, a human rights advocacy group has said.

A survey conducted by the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) found that low-income residents renting 18 sq ft bed spaces were paying more than double the rent per square foot as those living in 160 sq ft private flats.

“As such a developed society, it is quite unreasonable that we do not have rent controls,” SoCO community organiser Sze Lai-shan said. “This means landlords can choose to raise rents to any amounts or kick their tenants out at any time, and we receive reports [of that] almost every week.”

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LocalCircles, a community social media platform, conducted a survey to get the pulse of parents of school-going children on the issue of school reopening. Schools in India have been shut since March this year following onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the related lockdowns.

The survey received over 14,500 responses from parents located in 217 districts of the country, with 61 per cent parents from Tier 1 districts, 21 per cent from Tier 2 districts and 18 per cent from Tier 3, Tier 4, and rural districts of India.

School reopening

The survey revealed that 71 per cent of the parents are not in favour of the reopening of schools; only 20 per cent want resumption of schools.

Also read: 41% of parents unable to afford education amidst Covid-19 crisis: Survey

LocalCircles had conducted a similar survey in August this year and the percentage of parents who said they wanted

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