Exceptional service in unprecedented times

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Amid the daily release of new information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the idea of business as usual has been turned upside down. In fact, there’s not much “as usual” going on anywhere these days.As you activate your business continuity plans and implement preparations to protect the health and physical safety of employees and account holders, concern among consumers about their financial well-being is on the rise. According to a recent survey conducted by Prudential, 54% of Americans indicated they’re not financially prepared to handle a situation like Coronavirus that could limit their ability to work for a few weeks or more. Well before the onset of the virus earlier this year, more than 74% of Americans were living paycheck-to-paycheck with about 40% of consumers unable to cover a $400 financial emergency. This additional uncertainty has many worried more about their financial well-being than their health.But there are things you can do to alleviate some of the stress your account holders are feeling regarding their financial stability as we all wait to see what the next few weeks and months have in store. continue reading »last_img read more

Trump administration raises duties on EU aircraft to 15 percent

first_imgThe US is deploying a trade tactic known as carousel retaliation, whereby governments periodically shift duties and tariff rates on different groups of goods in order to increase pain and uncertainty for exporters. On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10 percent duties on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives.The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircraft like the A320 by not hitting airplane parts. But the higher tariffs will hit wide body Airbus models not assembled in the US and mean higher prices for those models for US airlines that have orders on the books.Both Boeing and Airbus have pushed US and EU officials to try and reach a negotiated settlement.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said that is what it was aiming for as well. “In our view the focus now should be on finding a negotiated solution to the aircraft disputes on the basis of the concrete EU proposals for existing subsidies and future disciplines in this sector,” spokesman Daniel Rosario said in an emailed statement.Fifteen years ago, the US filed a dispute against the EU’s subsidies for Airbus, and the EU filed a counter-suit shortly thereafter. The WTO has subsequently ruled that both the US and EU were guilty.The dispute came to a head last fall when the WTO said the US could legally impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of European exports in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus. The award was the largest in WTO history — almost twice as large as the previous record of $4.04 billion set in 2002.At the time the US held off on penalizing certain luxury goods like cognac and handbags, with administration officials saying their goal in imposing the duties was to persuade the EU to negotiate a settlement.But a transatlantic trade peace has proved elusive and US officials say the EU’s overtures have been unacceptable.The US Trade Representative subsequently launched a review of its tariffs and sought input on whether it should remove some products from the October list of tariffs; increase duties on certain goods on that list up to 100 percent; or impose levies on additional products not included in the October list.“The longer these disputes are unresolved, the greater the threat of even more tariffs on our industry,” the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said in a statement Friday. “The EU has stated it may impose retaliatory tariffs this spring on US rum, vodka, and brandy in its parallel case at the WTO concerning Boeing.”Topics : The US said Friday it will increase the tariff rate imposed on aircraft imported from the European Union to 15 percent from 10 percent on March 18.The move is part of a long-running spat in which the US has sought to penalize the EU for offering illegal subsidies to Airbus that harmed American aircraft maker Boeing.The US Trade Representative said in the statement Friday that it is leaving duties on certain other European goods such as Scotch and French wine at 25 percent and will make minor changes to the previously released product list.last_img read more

Lampard full of praise for Abramovich after spending spree

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Previous Chelsea managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri were not shy in revealing frustrations with the club’s hierarchy over transfers. “But now the games have started it’s really important for myself, that I and the players focus on trying to finish the season well. “And then hopefully we can have the excitement of some new players that we know now are coming in to help us next year.” Chelsea are reportedly chasing Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz as Lampard eyes further revamping of the Blues’ squad. The Blues could stand to net £150million from Eden Hazard’s switch to Real Madrid last summer, and that big-money deal has handed Lampard a hefty recruitment budget. Lampard knows full well that Chelsea’s spending spree will only heap the pressure on him next season. “Yeah it probably does, and I get that,” he said. “There’s pressure in the Chelsea job whatever. There’s expectations to whatever degree, we’re a well-supported club, well-followed club and scrutiny is big as we know. read also:Lampard: We want to keep Willian, Pedro despite contract uncertainty “That’s why we love the Premier League and why we’re trying to do our best. So I don’t mind the idea, I get it. “We’re trying to improve here. So I don’t mind that pressure. I will have more pressure on myself. “We do know that there is a big gap going upwards when you look at the performance of Liverpool and City in the last couple of years. “So we need to really work to try and close that gap.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But former Blues and England midfielder Lampard hailed his relationship with technical adviser Petr Cech and director Marina Granovskaia, alongside his links to the west London club’s Russian owner. “I haven’t spoken to him (Abramovich) recently; I speak to Marina (Granovskaia) a lot and with Petr (Cech),” said Lampard. “We are very joined up and we talk a lot and communication is key in that. “When you say that I know the owner very well, in the workplace, to a degree, I do. “But I also understand what he wants for this club. I played under it, I felt it as a player when he first came here so I get that, and with my conversations with Marina that’s always relayed. “I want the same as him. In terms of his commitment, I think he has shown his commitment regularly to our football club. “We have done some business now that will hopefully improve us for next season and we want to keep moving forward. “One thing I really realised coming into this job, I was here a long time as a player, but as manager people will consistently ask you about your relationship with the board and the owner etc. “And I hope that this shows how we’ve worked together, all of us, with how we work, with recruitment, scouting and all playing our roles, in trying to bring the right players and being joined up. “So I think we have to be very positive. This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap. And signings like Timo and Ziyech are both nice statements. “There are other areas we might want to improve as we go along. But there have to be players available in the market that we can get, and we feel confident and comfortable that we can get them at the right place and to fill the right holes and improve us.last_img read more

Marist seeks revenge on Quinnipiac

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMarist (7-20, 6-12) vs. Quinnipiac (13-15, 8-10)People’s United Center, Hamden, Connecticut; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Quinnipiac goes for the season sweep over Marist after winning the previous matchup in Poughkeepsie. The teams last went at it on Jan. 3, when Marist made only five 3-pointers on 15 attempts while the Bobcats went 13 for 37 behind the arc on their way to a five-point victory. Associated Press Marist seeks revenge on Quinnipiac February 29, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SUPER SENIORS: Marist’s Michael Cubbage, Matt Herasme and Jordan Jones have collectively accounted for 44 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 44 percent of all Red Foxes points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Rich Kelly has been directly responsible for 48 percent of all Quinnipiac field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 24 field goals and 12 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: Quinnipiac is 0-9 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 13-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.STREAK STATS: Marist has lost its last three road games, scoring 63.7 points, while allowing 69.7 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Quinnipiac as a collective unit has made 10.2 3-pointers per game this season, which is fifth-best among Division I teams. The Bobcats have averaged 12.3 3-pointers per game over their last three games.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: C/O 2016 commit Noel Brouse discusses LSU game

first_imgBefore the LSU game, Brouse received a letter in the mail from head coach Scott Shafer inviting him to a game for the second week in a row. Shafer mentioned that he wanted to get as many recruits there as possible, Brouse said.While losing to LSU by just 10 points resonates with recruits, Brouse said it’s just one game and its ramifications shouldn’t be overblown.“I think it’s more of a gradual thing,” Brouse said. “… the more success they have, the more recruits will see that the program’s rising and it’ll be different from here on out.”With games scheduled against LSU, Notre Dame and Wisconsin over the next several years, Syracuse is continuing the strategy of having one big-time nonconference opponent each year.That means more opportunities to woo recruits.“I definitely noticed a difference with the intensity of all the fans as well as the intensity in all of the players,” Brouse said, comparing the Central Michigan and LSU games. “It was a (better) atmosphere.“It’s just so cool to have games where you’re the underdog going against top teams in the country.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img When Class of 2016 offensive tackle Noel Brouse visited Syracuse last week for SU’s game against Central Michigan, he was one of 27,949 in the crowd. The game didn’t have much juice as the Orange barely beat a team from a mid-major conference in overtime.Brouse enjoyed the visit, and his trip to Varsity Pizza, but the environment at the game was lackluster.So when he returned to SU for its game against Louisiana State one week later, that’s when Brouse felt “100 percent” comfortable with his verbal commitment to Syracuse.“It was a cool experience to see, like wow LSU is a powerhouse team out there and Syracuse hung with them,” Brouse said. “So I think it was definitely a good experience for recruits like me to see that we can compete with anyone out there.”Scheduling top-tier teams like Louisiana State has pros and cons. An easier nonconference game improves the Orange’s chances at bowl eligibility. But an energized crowd and national attention because of the opponent also has its benefits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was broadcast on ESPN to a national audience and recruits in Florida and Georgia were tweeting about the game. Inside the Carrier Dome, 43,101 fans accounted for what will likely be SU’s largest crowd of the season.last_img read more

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen set for another big move?

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is being tracked by Juventus ahead of a proposed summer move.The Barcelona defender has barely featured since he joined from the Gunners in 2014, having made only 11 La Liga appearances.The Belgian’s first season at the Nou Camp was scuppered by a long-term thigh strain and he has struggled to dislodge centre-back pairing Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique this term.And now, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are set to make contact with Barca over a summer move if they fail to land their No.1 target Mehdi Benatia from Bayern Munich.Vermaelen made 150 appearances in five season at Arsenal and was made club captain for his final two years following the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. 1 Thomas Vermaelen last_img read more

Compact maize mill to draw small players

first_img15 April 2013The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local arm of Swiss company Buhler Group have launched a compact mobile mill to help establish a commercially viable small-scale maize milling sector in South Africa.“This is a game-changer. It will introduce new technology to bring new players into the sector,” the DTI’s Garth Strachan said at the launch of the mill in Johannesburg on Friday.Designed by the Buhler Group, the two-ton per hour Isigayo Compact Mill comes pre-assembled in two containers, can be installed quickly and easily, requires minimal training to operate, and has a low start-up cost. It is targeted at small and medium millers as well as commercial maize farmers, small farming communities, entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs.The new mill is in line with the small-scale maize milling initiative which forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). The initiative aims to introduce competition into a highly concentrated sector, to promote industrialisation, and to improve food security in the country by reducing the cost of maize meal by at least 20%.In December, the government launched the small-scale Kuvusa Maize Mill outside Durban, and announced plans to open more small-scale mills in rural locations in 2013.Maize is the most important crop in South Africa, as it is both the major feed grain and staple food for the majority of the population.According to the DTI, up to 37% of the consumer price of maize meal is accounted for by transport and logistics costs, with maize being grown in rural areas and transported to urban and peri-urban areas for milling before being transported back to rural consumers.Speaking at Friday’s launch, Strachan expressed the government’s appreciation to Buhler for having expanded their operations in South Africa, saying this represented a vote of confidence in South Africa.“The production sector in the South African economy is a priority for this government,” Strachan said, adding that foreign direct investment into the country’s manufacturing sector was robust, while a large proportion of the R12.5-billion in tax incentives granted by the DTI over the last two years had gone to the agro-processing sector.Buhler Group CEO Calvin Griender said the Isigayo mill would not only create jobs, develop skills and provide affordable and improved nutrition, but would also empower and generate income for entrepreneurs and existing small-scale millers.During Friday’s launch, Buhler and the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (Fabcos) signed an agreement that will see Fabcos buying 24 of the new mills.Fabcos deputy president Phillip Usiba said after the singing that a new company, Homegrown, would provide start-up millers with a constant supply of maize while undertaking to buy their maize meal from them.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Skills ‘flowing back into South Africa’

first_img14 January 2014 The “brain drain” of highly skilled professionals from South Africa is showing signs of reversing, according to employment figures released on Monday by workforce management company Adcorp. Adcorp’s January employment report estimates that, since the global financial crisis of 2008-09, approximately 359 000 high-skilled South Africans have returned from foreign work assignments. “This is a sizeable number, representing 18% of the total pool of managers and professionals in South Africa and 12% of the total pool of graduates,” Adcorp said in a statement. Adcorp labour market economist Loane Sharp said this indicated that living standards in South Africa had remained relatively high compared to other English-speaking countries where emigrant South Africans had taken up residence, and that South Africans who had emigrated prior to the 2008 financial crisis “were possibly over-confident about the security of their jobs in foreign countries”. The South African economy’s demand for high-skilled workers has remained relatively stable over the past decade, according to Adcorp, with a consistent shortage of high-skilled workers amounting to around 829 000 unfilled vacancies. Over the same period, the country’s unemployment rate for high-skilled workers has remained roughly constant at around 0.4% – compared to an unemployment rate of 37% for the workforce as a whole – while the average real wages of high-skilled workers has increased from R265 680 per annum in 1997 to R423 730 per annum in 2013 – an above-inflation increase of 5.1% per annum. In money-of-the-day (i.e. pre-inflation) terms, Adcorp estimates that the wages of high-skilled workers in South Africa have increased from R112 966 per annum in 1997 to R423 730 per annum in 2013 – an increase of 11.2% per annum. “At the same time, the supply of high-skilled foreign workers has been negligible due to strict immigration measures adopted by the Department of Home Affairs in 2002, which were further tightened in 2008 and 2010,” the company said. Sharp said this clearly indicated that South Africa’s skills shortage “is substantial and is not being met by the local supply of high-skilled workers. Therefore the restrictions on foreigners living and working in South Africa should be relaxed.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African chemistry kit to inspire young scientists

first_imgA locally created chemistry experiment kit was created to ignite a love of science in learners. Developed by social entrepreneur Bathabile Mpofu, ChemStart is a fun and practical learning aid for high school science.Launched in 2016, the ChemStart chemistry kit offers high school learners the chance to gain much-needed hands-on experience with practical science experiments and enhance their STEM education. (Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)CD AndersonInspired by her own experiences of struggling with science and chemistry at high school and university, Bathabile Mpofu set about developing a locally manufactured chemistry kit, ChemStart.ChemStart is a product of Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, a company founded by creator Mpofu. It is packed with hands-on chemistry and applied science experiments that learners can use to enhance their understanding of the high school science syllabus.Consisting of 52 individual exercises, ChemStart is aimed at helping learners grasp various scientific concepts through self-motivation rather than traditional instruction alone.(Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)(Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)The idea is doing its part to develop much-needed skillsets for economic growth in South Africa and the rest of the continent.According to research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the demand for specialised skills in fields such as mining, engineering and agriculture is increasing. The building blocks for success begin with a dynamic and modern approach to developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at high school level.Mpofu says South Africa needs to boost STEM education to empower future generations, adding that while “the curriculum is fantastic… its implementation is facing challenges because most schools do not have adequate infrastructure in place. Learners watch their teachers demonstrate, but they usually don’t have an opportunity to be hands on.”In making chemistry and science fun and interesting rather than dull and intimidating, Mpofu says “science concepts [can] be linked to student’s daily lives to make it [more] relatable… everyone can be a scientist; it doesn’t matter what your economic background is.”Since launching in June 2016, more than 2,000 learners have been using the ChemStart kit in their science studies. The product is also sold commercially, with proceeds from sales used to subsidise learners in disadvantaged communities.The concept won Nkazimulo Applied Sciences a 2016 Total Startupper of the Year award sponsored by LifeCo Unlimited.Mpofu, however, has bigger plans to take the ChemStart idea nationwide, working closely with the Department of Basic Education, private science- and technology-related companies and communities to invest in making the concept a success. She says, though, that communicating the benefits of the idea remains a challenge.“Since we work with schools, it requires meticulous co-ordination because there are several stakeholders involved. Understanding the culture of the school you are dealing with is important. Sometimes when people are faced with a challenge, they are unwilling to see the value in the solution you are offering, so we have to go the extra mile,” says Mpofu.Ideas such as ChemStart are gradually beginning to inspire a new energy in science learning, making it fun, practical and a worthy investment in the future of the country.For more information on ChemStart and Bathabile Mpofu’s continued efforts to develop science education in South Africa, visit the Nkazimulo Applied Sciences website.Source: News24, Destiny MagazineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more