Lord Mayor, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.It gives me great pleasure to welcome our visitors to London, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.The biggest meeting of Heads of Government, of any kind, that the UK has ever hosted.From the Pacific Islands, to the British Isles, from the Caribbean to Central Africa, the Commonwealth is a community which spans the reach of global geography.And the entire breadth of the economic spectrum.A community united in its vast diversity, by a common heritage, and shared values of democracy and human rights.Tomorrow, I will chair a roundtable of heads of government and senior business leaders to reflect on key themes of this year’s summit.From boosting intra-Commonwealth trade, spreading inclusive growth, and how we can build upon our ‘Commonwealth Advantage’.That is, using our common language, institutions, trade ties, legal systems and values, for the common good of all our citizens.Because the fact is that together we have the capacity to do enormous good, and spread significant prosperity.We, the Commonwealth, represent a third of the global population.Half of the world’s top 20 emerging cities.And 60% of our population is under the age of 30.And the common-wealth is just that.Our commonalities mean as members we trade 20% more.Generate 10% more foreign direct investment.And enjoy costs of trade around 19% lower by comparison with non-Commonwealth relationships.And over seven decades we have used these deep ties to help newly independent countries develop their national institutions, make economic progress, and share common experiences with one another.But we cannot simply sit back and admire our achievements and past successes.We must look forward, and the Commonwealth must reform and change in an ever-changing world.We must continue to make the case for free trade as the best way to promote higher living standards amongst all of our citizens.And particularly we must look for opportunities to liberalise trade in services.We must ensure that our growth is inclusive.And at this Summit we have committed to increase opportunities for women to trade internationally.And to look at ways that we can tackle youth unemployment.And that it is sustainable.And we must prepare to embrace the changes of the technological revolution which is gathering pace around us.And ensure our economies, and our citizens, are ready to seize the opportunities that that revolution will bring.For example from FinTech – which has the potential to change the way in which our people and our businesses access financial services.Whether its cashless transactions between friends.Or sending remittances to family in other countries.I recently signed a FinTech Bridge between the UK and Australia.And we are exploring similar opportunities between the UK and India.And I hope we can encourage more of these agreements between Commonwealth countries in the years ahead.Because by working together in the Commonwealth we can be a force for good and for progress around the world.We can work together on the challenges that we face.Across the Commonwealth.Recognising our common values and needs.To grow our trade links.Unleash the talents of our populations.And strive to improve the lives of our 2.4 billion citizens, wherever in the world they live.We live in a time of extraordinary global change.The future offers incredible new opportunities, as well as immense new challenges to overcome.Our countries have dealt with the challenges of the past together.Now, as a Commonwealth of Nations, we shall win the future together.Thank you all for being here – and I wish you a productive and inspiring week.Thank you.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details I had the opportunity to spend the week at CUES Symposium 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I know, tough assignment for the first week of February. Some how we all manage through the 85 degrees heat and ocean breezes.CUES Symposium brought together some 220+ credit union CEOs and board chairs. This conference is different in that for the CEO to attend the must bring their board chair. Sessions and activities focus on building and improving on this key relationship and developing the roles of each in their credit union.Monday started with a welcome from CUES President/CEO, Chuck Fagan. You could see the discomfort of many CEOs and board chairs when Chuck presented the statistic that 50% of the workforce will be millennials by the year 2020. I may have even heard a “Kids these days” at my table. Chuck focused on the changing workplace and the need to modernize education in our credit unions. You can read more about how CUES is helping with this in Chuck’s latest Community article, “2020 Learning: Wherever, whenever and on the device you prefer.”Jay Baer, marketing strategist and best selling author held a rousing general session on Youtility. Jay spoke about Facebook and social media and how every single member and nonmember’s Facebook feed is a combination of personal and commercial relationships. The focus of Jay’s presentation was to get the credit unions to stop trying to be amazing and start being useful. Doing this is what he calls “Youtility,” marketing so useful that people would pay for it. Jay gave examples of companies doing it right, Hilton Hotels, Clorox and even mentioned a couple credit unions (Elevations Credit Union and Idaho Central Credit Union).The following three days had the attendees of CUES Symposium divided into three groups based on asset size of their credit union. The groups rotated by day through sessions presented by:Richard Powers a senior lecturer from the Rotman School of Management and the CUES Governance Leadership Institute. Mr. Powers facilitated the session entitled “The Tone at the Top: Strong Ethics Make Strong Credit Unions.”Sarah Robinson a business strategist, speaker and the author of Fierce Loyalty. Ms. Robinson led her session “Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Brand Communities.”Doug Nielsen, CSP, MSW, LCSW, an author, performance interventionist, coach and psychotherapist. Mr. Nielsen’s session was titled “The Core Connected Leader: Unleashing Your Inner Power.”All three sessions were interactive and involved many discussions between the CEOs and board chairs in attendance. There may have even been an guitar and singing that happened in one group.CUES Symposium 2016 will take place next year at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa in Maui, Hawaii (my personal favorite place on earth). So mark January 31 – February 4, 2016 off your calendar, grab your board chair and plan on being in Maui.
MASON CITY — The North Iowa Area Community College main campus and all NIACC centers are being closed to the general public as part of the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency declaration. A limited number of staff will continue to work on campus to maintain business and educational continuity, but the majority of the staff and faculty will begin working from home starting on Monday. Starting on Monday, all face-to-face classes, including labs and hands-on courses, will be suspended until April 13th, but those classes will be moved online as possible to allow students to complete those classes. All college buildings and locations will be closed starting Friday at 4 o’clock to everyone except those identified employees needed on-campus to perform specific in-person tasks required to maintain business and educational continuity from March 20th through April 13th. For more details on the NIACC campus closure,see below: =======FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 18, 2020NIACC Media AdvisoryNIACC CLOSING CAMPUS IN EFFORT TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY FROM CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC———————————————————–In light of the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency declaration by Governor Kim Reynolds, NIACC has decided to close the main campus and all NIACC centers to the general public. A limited number of staff will continue to work on campus to maintain business and educational continuity but the majority of staff and faculty will begin working at home effective Monday, March 23.The current plan, which is subject to change, includes:Beginning Monday, March 23, all face-to-face classes, including labs and hands-on courses, will be suspended until April 13. However, to the extent possible, those classes will be moved online to allow students will be able to complete their current classes. Instructors will be reaching out to current students with more information.Classes that have moved online, will remain online until at least April 13.Continuing Education classes are suspended until April 13.All college buildings and locations will close their doors on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:00p.m. to everyone except for those identified employees needed on-campus to perform specific in-person tasks required to maintain business and educational continuity, and the safety of the campus from March 20 through April 13.All events, including Performing Arts events, scheduled to be held at NIACC are cancelled until further notice.The Pappajohn Center will continue to serve as a resource for local businesses, however all contacts will occur online. Updates will be posted on their website and Facebook page. Although the majority of NIACC’s faculty and staff will not be on campus, they will be available to students, prospective students, businesses, and the wide variety of people that rely on NIACC for education and services. Phone lines have been rerouted, and staff are available via the phone, email, and Zoom calls.Students will have full access to their instructors via the telephone and email, as well as through their online class software. All offices, such as advising, financial aid, and the business office will be reachable via the telephone and email. It is important to reiterate the college is still operating and providing educational instruction via an online format and is serving NIACC students.The admissions office will be holding virtual office hours and virtual campus tours for prospective students.The health and safety of NIACC staff, faculty, students and the communities of North Iowa is an absolute priority. As always, NIACC strives to be an important resource to the community, especially at this difficult time. NIACC will continue to send updates and remain transparent for as long as the COVID-19 outbreak affects business-as-usual in our community.We want to emphasize there are no identified cases of COVID-19 at NIACC. These measures are being put into place to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. Ongoing updates will be posted online at: www.niacc.edu/coronavirus . Questions from the public can be directed to [email protected]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, an historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as the viral outbreak intensifies.The elevated level of applications for jobless aid is occurring as new confirmed cases of coronavirus are spiking across much of the Sunbelt, threatening to weaken the economic recovery. Case counts are rising in 40 states and 22 states have either paused or reversed their efforts to reopen their economies, according to Bank of America.Rising infections paralleled rising applications for aid in some states getting hit right now, and fell in states with declining infections. In Florida claims doubled to 129,000, and in Georgia they rose nearly one-third to 136,000, according to the Labor Department’s Thursday report. In California they increased 23,000 to nearly 288,000. Applications also rose in Arizona and South Carolina.Applications fell in Texas, which has seen infections spike, and in New Jersey and New York, where the virus is mostly under control.“Conditions in the labor market remain weak and the risk of mounting permanent job losses is high, especially If activity continues to be disrupted by repeated virus-related shutdowns,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.A separate government report showed that retail sales jumped 7.5% in June, a healthy gain that suggested the economy was healing just before the viral resurgence has weighed on hopes for a steady recovery.The Census Bureau reported Thursday that retail sales are 1.1% higher than their levels from a year ago, after a brutal plunge in March and April was offset by a decent rebound in May and June.While applications for jobless aid fell by about 10,000 from the previous week, the figure has now topped 1 million for 17 straight weeks. The record high for weekly unemployment applications before the pandemic, was nearly 700,000.Those figures are adjusted for seasonal variations, a practice intended to filter out trends that don’t reflect on the economy, such as the firing of seasonal workers after the winter holidays. Yet the impact of the coronavirus has made such adjustments less relevant, economists say, because claims are so far above normal levels.Before seasonal adjustment, applications actually rose 100,000 to 1.5 million, a sign that layoffs are worsening.The total number of people who are receiving jobless benefits dropped 400,000 to 17.3 million, the government said. That suggests that some companies are continuing to rehire workers, which could offset some of the job losses reflected in the still-high level of claims.An additional 928,000 people sought benefits last week under a separate program for self-employed and gig workers that has made them eligible for aid for the first time. These figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the government doesn’t include them in the official count.The economic recovery is also threatened by the pending expiration of many government support programs that have shored up household and business finances.The government’s small business loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, will finish taking applications Aug. 8. More than $500 billion has already been lent and more than half of small companies that got loans say they have spent all the money, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Nearly one-quarter say they have or expect they will lay off workers once the funds run out.And an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government on top of regular aid from the states is set to expire this month. Those funds, along with the $1,200 relief checks sent out in April, enabled millions of Americans to stay current on housing costs and bills.Meghan McGowan, 30, lost two jobs when the pandemic intensified in mid-March, one as a full-time librarian in Detroit and a second as a substitute at a different library system to help bring in some extra cash.She is currently making more from unemployment than she earned at her previous jobs, but is prepared to return to work even though she worries about the health risks. Detroit is a viral hot spot.The looming expiration of the $600 is nerve-wracking for her because the hiatus on her student loans will end this fall and she has an auto insurance bill due.“Before when I was working through grad school I worked in restaurants so that had always been my backup plan, but that’s not an option now,” she said.Companies continue to lay off people. American Airlines warned its workers Wednesday that it may have to cut up to 25,000 jobs in October because of sharply reduced air travel. Airlines are barred from layoffs until then as a condition of federal aid they have received. United Airlines has already told 36,000 workers they may lose their jobs.Air traffic began to slowly rebound in mid-April, but like other parts of the economy, the improvement plateaued in July as the viral outbreak worsens.
After watching the debacle, oops I meant game between the Steelers and Patriots Sunday evening, I am thoroughly convinced that New England is on a serious run toward the Lombardi Trophy. Why do I say that, you ask? Well, if they could thump the Steelers like they stole a pork chop before Sunday dinner, what makes you think that they can’t duplicate that feat against the rest of their NFL colleagues? But Watson wait; before we exit Scotland Yard, please, please as Judge Judy might say, “put on your listening ears” because I am about to offer up a few “incredible” if not “credible” theories.Hey, hey, are you sure the Patriots don’t have some sort of outer space “Hubble” satellite cam taping Steelers practices and shoplifting their defensive and offensive signals from outer space. Okay, I know that may seem a bit farfetched but it certainly appeared at least until just a little over 12 minutes were left in the fourth quarter as if Steelers offense was playing like space cadets.I truly believe, (you don’t have to sanction me because I just ran out of my meds) that Robert Kraft, the deep pockets owner of the “Pats” purchased a few military “drones” at the last garage sale held by the former vice-president Dick Cheney, immediately after he was forced to give up the second chair of our purple mountains majesty.The Patriots no longer need “Haterade” drinking snitches to do their dirty work. They now can use “unmanned” aircraft to fly over the Steelers practice facilities to extract all sorts of illicit information. When the Patriots were questioned as to why a “human-less” aircraft was flying over the Steelers south side site with the New England logo plastered all over it, an anonymous source informed me that the Patriots were scanning the south side as a precautionary measure against the local yuppie wine drinkers breaking into the Steelers trophy room at “high midnight” and making off with one or two of the prominently displayed “six pack.”Was it just my imagination, and no I am not talking about the old school ballad sung by the “Temptin” Temptations? Did it appear as if Bill Belichick was calling the defensive signals for the Black and Gold? If this was the case then those signals could only favor the “Brady Bunch? The Pats might not be cheating but they have gotten deep inside the Steelers heads. Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Arians usually appear perplexed and dazed at the sight of a Patriots uniform and they always appear to leave the offensive game plan on the blackboard.The Steelers appear to be totally afraid of the dark mystique created and maintained by the very devious Belichick and his “Krafty” organization. I am totally perplexed as to why this modern day “thug” is still roaming the sidelines?According to www.salary-money.com, Ben Roethlisberger allegedly lost $473,529.00 per game as a result of his four game suspension. That amounts to $1,894,116.00 for pre-meditated stupidity. On the other hand check out the penance for pre-meditated skullduggery by New England. Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 for cheating and the Pats were ordered to pay $250,000 as a result of those violations. Roethlisberger was fined more than a million dollars more than the Patriots as a result of conduct unbecoming off the field. Meanwhile, Belichick and his “Boston” cheating bootleggers were given the economic penalty equivalent to a mint julep and given the gr…..eeeeen light for conduct unbecoming to the nature of the game. Commissioner Roger Gooddell’s comments were as usual weak as heck. “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid long-standing rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.” The commissioner seems too worried about important things such as dog lovers and bathroom stalls. Hey something like the integrity of the game, that can wait.The Steelers defense was not all bad, at least not according to the post game victory speech by Tom “Terrific” Brady who said, “Troy (Polamalu) is one of the best in the game. Ike Taylor is a great player. We knew we had to come out and counter it. Everybody was up for the challenge.” Let’s get real. As long as the NFL has double or triple standards don’t be surprised by the “preferential” treatment that specific individuals or organizations receive. Athletes are fined and raked over hot coals just for trying to perform their duties on the field, while others in “power” openly violate the rules and they are rewarded by being raked over the hot sands of Honolulu.The NFL says players will not decide fines. Who decided the Patriots fines? Was it minimal because some of the tapes vanished? Aloha.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)
Image Courtesy: Instagram(@irfanpathan_official)/APAdvertisement 2gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfn79Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3rc2v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zxmWould you ever consider trying this?😱aflm8Can your students do this? 🌚4v1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus, originating from China, has spread its wings into other countries around the globe, and have caused serious havoc, especially in Italy and Iran. The COVID-19 has now finally made its way into India, and to counter the contamination of the virus in the humongous population, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already announced a ‘janata Curfew’ which is on today. WHO, and several celebrities on social media have come forward to advise the population on how to counter the spread of the virus, and the latest words come from none other than Irfan Pathan.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@irfanpathan_official)/APAccording to ICMR, there have seen 315 positive cases of Coronavirus in India as of today, and already there have been six deaths. In the worrying situation, the former Team India stalwart has gone hand in hand with several other sportspersons of the country.As the country is going into lockdown and people are self-isolated and quarantined in their own homes, Irfan Pathan uploaded a video on his official Instagram account yesterday, addressing the Indian public on some valuable counsel and guidelines on how to tackle further spread of the virus.Advertisement Irfan captioned the advisory clip with:“Don’t be scared of the #corona virus but be vigilant. Take care of the sanitation. But importantly have a right attitude towards yourself and others #care.”Check it out here-Advertisement “Hello, India. Everyone is currently in panic mode and afraid due to the novel coronavirus but you don’t need to be,” Irfan started the video off with a hopeful message.The former all rounder continued about personal hygiene and some necessary dietary changes, which can help in the long run.“Wash your hands properly and try to wash dirts under your nails with soap and running water, also drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits to help your body build a strong immune system which can fight the Coronavirus.”Although there have seen strict guidelines from WHO themselves and the Govt of India to avoid public gatherings, the irresponsible lot are still continuing with the ceremonies in the current state of emergency, and Irfan didn’t forget to empathise on that vary topic.“We need to slightly change our attitude. I was sitting at my home yesterday and I heard trumpets blowing in a marriage procession and when I looked many people have gathered to celebrate, I know that marriage dates might have been pre-decided but now that you know the severity of the situation don’t gather in public.” the 35 year old added.“Please follow government instructions now that you know coronavirus can spread, it depends on our attitude.” Irfan concluded.Also read-Another Juventus superstar and Cristiano Ronaldo teammate tests positive for Covid-19COVID-19: NBA Launches NBA Together Initiative in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic Advertisement
“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others.One after the other, in the charming St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead, where the Official Funeral Service was held, the leaders voiced their admiration and respect for the trailblazing politician, who served as Member of Parliament of 30 continuous years until her retirement in 1997, setting a record as a female legislator in the House of Representatives.They recalled her commitment to the people of Central St. Catherine and later St. Catherine West Central, whom she represented and hailed the foundation Ms. Bennett laid for females to enter politics as well as the wise counsel she provided.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his tribute, said Ms. Bennett did the very best for as many people as she could.“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” he said.He noted that while Ms. Bennett as one of short stature, she had a big heart for people as well as for principles, and was loyal and courageous.“She was caring, filled with good counsel. Personally, I would have benefitted from her counsel in difficult times and I am certain many in this church could attest to that,” he said.Minister of Health and current Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, spoke of Ms. Bennett’s love for her constituents, whom she described as “most beautiful, peaceful and hardworking”.He said she was a “quiet giant” and someone “not easily dispatched” in the face of formidable challenges.Dr. Tufton informed that Ms. Bennett was instrumental in securing funds to build schools such as Tacius Golding and Bog Walk High and Lucky Valley Primary.“She was instrumental in establishing community centres in Buxton Town and Point Hill, improving the West Central St. Catherine road network and bringing electricity to several communities in the constituency,” he noted further.National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague remembered Ms. Bennett as “stern, sweet and tender,” while Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, hailed her for paving the way for more women to enter politics, thereby shattering the proverbial glass ceiling.“It says to young women that Jamaica will see a brighter future when you get involved,” she said.Former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, said Ms. Bennett was a “noble lady, beautiful inside as she was outside…giving so much of her life to improving the life of others.”In her tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she had great admiration for the dignity and fortitude of Ms. Bennett, who was a “voice of the voiceless.”Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, in a tribute read by Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, remembered Ms. Bennett as committed and dedicated to people. Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others. Story Highlights Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989. Prev 1of2 Next Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness signs the condolence book opened in honour of the late former Minister of State and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Enid Maude Bennett, at the Official Funeral Service held on January 20, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead. Entering politics at a young age, the record-breaking Enid Bennett was elected as councillor for the Sligoville division in the St. Catherine Parish Council, before replacing Roy McNeill as Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central in 1967, when he moved to St. Catherine Eastern.She won seven consecutive general elections – two in St Catherine Central and five more in St Catherine West Central.In 1978, she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) replacing current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles. She was the only female Deputy Leader of the party.Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.She was awarded the country’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, in 2012.Ms. Bennett died on December 22 at age 86 after a brief illness.