Morocco’s king kicks off country’s virus vaccination drive

first_imgRABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has received a shot against the coronavirus to officially kick off his country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The monarch got jabbed in the arm on Thursday at his palace in Fez. ,Morocco received its first vaccine shipments in recent days from China’s Sinopharm and Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. The North African kingdom is first vaccinating health care workers, security forces, and people over age 75. Morocco has one of Africa’s most advanced vaccination programs, though the continent remains well behind richer countries in inoculating residents against the virus. Morocco has reported more than 468,383 confirmed cases, including 8,207 deaths.last_img read more

Leadership now requires humility, humanity and total employee focus

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details “Leadership is responsibility.” Today’s Covid-19 crisis makes Peter Drucker’s quote truer than ever. As the pandemic radically changes ways that companies do business, people are uncertain. Fear abounds. Leaders are responsible for even more now as their employees, including their senior managers, are facing unprecedented levels of change and stress. Massive unemployment has replaced a tight labor market in just months. Office settings and the related cultures are being threatened by working at home. For many employees, climbing the corporate ladder is replaced by a worry about continuing to be able to work, and to provide for the basic needs, safety, and the health of loved ones.Leadership’s consideration of “going back to work” is a strategic exercise concerning everyone’s health and safety and involves an added unprecedented regulatory dimension. Many companies do not see themselves back in offices for months or longer. A recent Gartner CFO survey indicated that about 75% of CFOs expect some of their employees to remain remote which helps with cost savings as well. 25% surveyed expect 10% to remain remote and 17% expect 20% to remain remote. Companies must prepare for more change in the coming months than they have seen over the last 20 years.With this unprecedented level of disruption, a leader’s values come into sharp relief. They send powerful messages through words and deeds about what is important for the organization. People look to leadership for guidance and comfort. Trust is paramount. Outstanding leaders in normal times are expected to exhibit vision, authenticity, confidence, and courage. Now their humanity, compassion, and humility are fully front and center. It’s these values that generate trust. Leaders need to connect on a personal level – checking in on their employees’ needs and understanding that suddenly working from home creates difficulty and uncertainty.Great leaders trust people with the truth and they appreciate collaborative results. Everyone likes good news and optimistic forecasts, but only if they are grounded in facts and data. They trust the decisions that result when they have helped to create the strategy to move forward based upon accurate data and information. This process inspires the trust that collaboration and co-creation require.Employees must adapt rapidly to changing times, and organizations must make rapid decisions to survive. Agility, adaptability, and resilience are indispensable and are dependent on the culture built by leadership. Leaders have a responsibility to provide learning and tools to stabilize and develop employees for the changing work environment and changing world. How the months ahead are handled by leadership will define each organization’s path going forward.last_img read more

Good news in Midtown as deals go through

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Leipzig send message to Arsenal over Dayot Upamecano transfer

first_imgAdvertisement 1 min. story Comment Dayot Upamecano is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Leipzig have dropped a huge hint that they have no intention of selling Dayot Upamecano in the January transfer window.Upamecano has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks and Calum Chambers’ serious knee injury has intensified the club’s search for a new centre-back this winter.Arsenal have reportedly promised Mikel Arteta that they will release the funds for two defensive additions and Upamecano is understood to be the Spaniard’s top target.However, Leipzig value Upamecano at around £80million which could rule out any potential deal with the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Advertisement Incredibly, Leipzig’s official account responded to the Arsenal fan’s tweet with a message of their own.And it appears the Gunners will have to look elsewhere… / Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 4:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares 1/1 Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Read More Top articles Skip Ad New Arsenal boss Arteta admits the club have been forced to reevaluate their January transfer plans in the wake of Calum Chambers’ injury.‘We will discuss in the next few days, internally, where we can improve the squad,’ he said.‘Because at the moment we have a lot of injuries like I said.‘Some of them might be long term as well, so we have to adapt the plan.’MORE: Frank Lampard says Wilfried Zaha is not in Chelsea’s January transfer plans by Metro Skip PLAY The 21-year-old Frenchman is regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and is refusing to put pen to paper on a contract at Leipzig for the time being as he strongly considers his future. Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Leipzig send message to Arsenal over Dayot Upamecano transfer Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED Arsenal v Man United: Mikel Arteta looks ahead to New Year’s Day clashTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:22FullscreenArsenal v Man United: Mikel Arteta looks ahead to New Year’s Day clashhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-united-mikel-arteta-looks-ahead-new-years-day-clash-2079076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal are in such dire need of a new defender that two fans took it upon themselves to approach Head of Football Raul Sanllehi over a bid for Upamecano earlier this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd another supporter posted the following message on Twitter…last_img read more

Dual living home finds auction buyer

first_imgMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The living area at 36 Carmela Cres, Morayfield.She said there were a number of potential buyers, but not all were able to bid at the event.“We had a bidder on the day, but the (other) interest I had was hoping it’d get passed in because they weren’t in a position to buy under auction conditions,” she said. “That didn’t happen and we sold under the hammer to a very happy buyer who’s a local investor.”Ms Jones said the sellers had lived there for years, and were a family with two children and an actual granny living in the flat. The home at 36 Carmela Cres, Morayfield.From the outside, 36 Carmela Cr, Morayfield, looks like a typical lowset brick suburban home — but you can’t judge a book by its cover.The property sold at auction for $290,000 on June 3, according to Shelley Jones from NVRE Agents.“It has a one-bedroom granny flat in the back yard, it’s in a great location, and the home is presented beautifully,” Ms Jones said.“I see a lot of people downsizing and wanting a granny flat for the elderly or a teenager.” The kitchen at 36 Carmela Cres, Morayfield.“They’d been there 19 years … and just thought it was time to sell and go on their next adventure,” she said. Ms Jones said while the sellers were looking forward to what lay ahead, saying goodbye to their beloved home was tough.“We were communicating by phone during the negotiation and the bidding, then when they came in to sign it (the contract) there were a few tears,” she said.Ms Jones said the Morayfield market had seen keen interest, particularly from investors looking for reasonable prices and strong rental returns.last_img read more

PLSA calls on UK pensions regulator as Gilt yields drop post-BoE

first_imgThe UK Pensions Regulator should exercise its powers “to take a proportionate and flexible approach” to scheme funding, the UK workplace pensions association said in the wake of the Bank of England’s easing action plan, which sent defined benefit (DB) deficits to fresh record highs.The central bank today cut interest rates for the first time in more than seven years, to 0.25%, and launched further quantitative easing.This includes purchasing up to £10bn (€11.9) of UK corporate bonds over the next 18 months and re-starting purchases of Gilts, of £60bn over the next six months.It also announced a new funding scheme for banks, the “Term Funding Scheme”. The rate cut had been fully priced in but not the asset purchases.The Bank of England’s announcement sent Gilt yields tumbling to fresh record lows, and UK DB pension scheme deficits soaring to record highs.According to consultancy Hymans Robertson, DB liabilities increased by £70bn to £2.4trn in the wake of the Bank of England revealing its action plan, with the pension schemes’ aggregate deficit standing at £945bn.Sterling fell, while equity markets have risen.The UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said the rate cut and further quantitative easing would put pension schemes under greater pressure. Commenting on the rate cut, Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said the association recognised the need to protect the UK economy but that “strong consideration needs to be given to the negative impact this will have on the 6,000 private defined benefit pension schemes helping some 11m savers”.He acknowledged that some of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme targeted corporate bonds, but he said the impact on Gilt yields would still be an additional burden for many pension schemes.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) needs to adapt its approach accordingly, according to the PLSA.“Given the current economic conditions, we are calling on the Pensions Regulator to use its existing powers to take a proportionate and flexible approach to scheme funding in these uncertain times,” said Vidler.“It should give particular consideration to schemes going through a valuation cycle at the moment.”Others also pointed to the negative effect on pension schemes’ funding, with implications for scheme sponsors in addition to the regulator.  Meanwhile, according to Toby Nangle, head of multi-asset allocation for the EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, some members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) had indicated that “they would be keeping in mind the impact of any move by the Bank of England on pensions, insurance and banks”.He said that while the Term Funding Scheme appears to be designed to mitigate the impact of the rate cut on commercial banks, the fact that the MPC “assessed the impact on pension funds of further yield declines as being relatively limited looks courageous”.He added: “Their assessment that the overall size of contributions to defined benefit pension schemes have been stable over 20 years despite fluctuations in the size of their deficits deserves further scrutiny.”last_img read more

APG chief: ‘Pension funds will become dinosaurs without change’

first_imgIf Dutch pension funds don’t conquer their fear of change and become more customer-friendly, they run the risk of becoming the “dinosaurs of the future”, according to Gerard van Olphen, CEO of the €470bn asset manager and pensions provider APG.Speaking at the annual conference of IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro yesterday in Amsterdam, Van Olphen said his biggest worry was the “sector’s inability to change”.In his opinion, pension funds must adopt the service level of, for example, Dutch national airline KLM or German online retailer Zalando.“Participants as well as employers must be treated like genuine customers as people are used to nowadays,” he said, adding that “mandatory saving for an occupational pension also comes with an obligation for the sector”. Gerard van Olphen, APGThe CEO referred explicitly to helping participants find information and making choices. “Currently, we only provide very limited support,” he said.“While participants are seeking assistance for making an informed choice, providers aren’t allowed to give any advice at the moment,” he added.An additional problem, Van Olphen said, was that members “don’t know their pension fund and don’t trust the sector”.APG was assessing the potential of big data and artificial intelligence for its processes, he explained, and was trying to deploy big data for predicting which questions web-surfing participants are to ask.“By being ahead of the question, for example through a pop up answer, we could increase our service and lower our costs,” he said.Van Olphen also made clear that APG had ceased an experiment aimed at picking up trends from social media traffic.“We have concluded that the potential benefits don’t outweigh the costs,” he said. Van Olphen argued that the sector had a long way to go: it was still awarding communication prizes, for example, which he said was customary in other sectors five or 10 years ago.last_img read more

Big brands take aim at Wicked Campers

first_imgNewsHub 29 March 2016Family First Comment: Our complaints to Coke, Pepsi and Disney are paying off! Tourists driving vans hired from Wicked Campers might want to take extra care on the roads from today, as any insurance they’ve paid for might now be void.The Australian company has been under fire lately for its vans’ offensive art and slogans, with a number of camping grounds banning them outright. But Wicked Campers has resisted making any changes, flat-out ignoring the controversy.“I wrote to them multiple times, wrote to the general manager, wrote to the owner, tried to speak to them, left voicemails — no response,” National MP Shane Reti said on the Paul Henry programme this morning.The Advertising Standards Authority has called the company’s van art “deliberately provocative and offensive”. Some bear slogans advocating rape, drug use, murder and racial hatred.After receiving several complaints from constituents in his Whangarei electorate and struggling to get in touch with Wicked Campers, Mr Reti decided to try another approach.“We had a number of constituents write to us saying, ‘You know, Snow White smoking crack? I think Disney is going to be upset with that. Maybe you should approach them.’ And so we did.”Disney was “very angry” with Wicked Campers’ use of their trademarks, as was Coca-Cola, whose logo is used in a reference to cocaine. Meanwhile, Pepsi was “furious”.“Pepsi basically said, and I quote, ‘Pepsi New Zealand can confirm that it is in no way associated with Wicked Campers, and we will be following up with the company about the inappropriate and offensive use of the Pepsi trademark.’ They are really angry,” says Mr Reti.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/big-brands-take-aim-at-wicked-campers-2016032908#axzz44EfMPAKAlast_img read more

Bulldogs Improve To 3-0 With Win Over Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Football team improved to 3-0 on the year with a 35-10 victory over The South Dearborn Knights.Bullgogs vs. South Dearborn Football Friday RecapThe Bulldogs travel to Rushville this Football Friday Night to battle The Lions in EIAC Play.  Kickoff will be at 7.  WRBI’s Coverage will start with our Countdown To Kickoff at 6.Courtesy of Bulldogs Assistant Coach Eric Feller.last_img

How pandemic ended Ogu’s Saudi Arabian club career

first_imgJohn Ogu has announced his departure from Saudi Arabian club Al-Adalah and sent a farewell message to the fans. The 32-year-old teamed up with the Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium outfit in January on a six-month deal after leaving Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, where he had spent four years. Ogu only featured in seven league games for Al-Adalah before the outbreak of the coronavirus which forced football activities to a hiatus. The midfielder returned to Nigeria but his failure to secure a plane ticket back to Saudi Arabia constrained him to end his stay with the club. “Crazy how things turned out to be due to the global pandemic all over the world but I just want to wish you guys all the very best in the future,” Ogu tweeted. “To my fans wanting to know, I signed a six-month contract with Al-Adalah which was going fine before the pandemic. Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?San-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging AroundWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… “I couldn’t get a flight back to join the team for the restart of the league. The other option I had was to fly from Cotonou which I got a ticket and I was told [there was] no aeroplane. “I’m grateful for all your support and prayers towards me and my career. It means a lot. Looking forward to what’s next for me.” Ogu featured for Akwa Starlets, Akwa United and the Flying Sports Academy youth teams before moving to Europe to continue his career. read also:Arsenal insist on £8million for Balogun amid Southampton interest The midfielder joined Slovenian club Drava Ptuj in 2006 and spent four years with the club and then moved to Portugal to team up with Atletico CP. Ogu also featured for Almeria B, Leiria and Academica before signing for Hapoel Be’er Sheva, where he featured in more than 150 games. The 32-year-old has 26 caps for the Super Eagles since he made his international debut against Kenya in 2013. The versatile midfielder will hope to secure a new club before the start of the 2020-21 campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more