Forget the elevator speech and tweet!

first_imgFor a while we’ve heard about the importance of developing an “elevator speech” for your bank or credit union. The thinking here is that, as a brand ambassador for your financial institution, you should be able at all times to describe who you are and what you do in a few brief moments to anyone. In other words, you should be able to give an eloquent brand statement to a stranger in the amount of time it takes to get between floors in a high-rise elevator.While there’s nothing wrong with elevator speeches, maybe it’s time to update our thinking. As an avid Twitter user, I can tell you that it is sometimes difficult to condense your thinking into a 140 – character tweet. The beauty of it is, though, the strict size limitation really requires you to pare-down your thinking to the essentials.Therefore, it’s time to ditch the elevator speech and think more in terms of Twitter when it comes to your financial institution brand.Using that 140 – character limit, how would you describe your bank or credit union to a complete stranger? With every character precious (including commas, spaces and punctuation) how would you choose to invest your space and words?When writing your financial institution Twitter manifesto, consider the following: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19 infected Pimentel draws flak for breaking quarantine rules

first_img “Hindi naman ako umuubo so hindi ako nakakalat ng droplets. Wag masyado matakot,” Pimentel said. “Understand ko ‘yong natatakot pero ‘wag masyadong mag-discriminate kasi ngayon ko nararamdaman ‘yong discrimination actually.” MMC Medical Director Dr. Saturnino Javier said, aside from breaking the quarantine protocols, Pimentel also breached the infection and containment protocols of the hospital against the virus as he “unduly exposed the hospital staff to possible infection.” Pimentel said on Wednesday morning that he had fever on March 18 and experienced slight sore throat, body pain and diarrhea. His coronavirus test was conducted on Friday with the result only coming out on Tuesday night. Pimentel III, for his part, asked for understanding after drawing flak from netizens as he adds that there was nothing to worry as he was not coughing or spreading droplets while in the hospital. Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. PHOTO BY EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO The Department of Health, meanwhile, said that it has yet to verify and study the chronology of the events regarding Pimentel’s case to determine if he violated any protocol on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Kathryna, who is expected to give birth in the next few days, also clarified online reports as she said that they never entered the hospital’s delivery room.center_img MANILA – Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who was tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), violated his home quarantine protocol when he accompanied his wife, who was supposed to give birth at the Makati Medical Center (MMC). “We denounce the irresponsible and reckless action of the senator. He added to the burden of a hospital trying to respond in its most competent and aggressive manner to cope with the daunting challenges of this COVID-19 outbreak,” Javier said in a statement last night. “I feel really sad they are insisting I was in the delivery room and Senator Koko… Never reached inside the delivery room. I took the stress test for the baby inside the examination room,” Kathryna said in a separate statement. Pimentel brought his pregnant wife Kathryna to the hospital on Tuesday evening for delivery via caesarean section, the same night the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine informed him that his COVID-19 test turned out to be positive. Pimentel is the second senator to test positive for the virus after Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri./PNlast_img read more

Coega gets peaking power plant

first_img24 April 2007South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy has identified the Coega Industrial Development Zone as one of two sites for constructing a peaking power plant.As part of its commitment to meeting the country’s increasing electricity capacity requirements, the department aims to procure about 1 000 megawatts of new peaking generation capacity for 2009 and 2010.According to a statement released by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Monday, the proposed peaking power plant within the zone would have an output of around 400 megawatts.“Such initiatives confirm the government’s confidence in the Coega IDZ and the Eastern Cape at large. Locating a project of this nature in the IDZ puts Coega on the map as a significant destination nationally for big infrastructure projects,” says CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika.Such plants operate mostly during peak electricity demand periods, though they may also be used during periods when other power plants are under maintenance, or when security of supply of the national grid is threatened.According to the CDC, the Coega plant will utilise open cycle gas turbines and be based on proven technology that is commonly used for similar applications worldwide.One of the fuel sources for the plant is expected to be the fuel depot located in the Port Elizabeth harbour.An environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed project is currently underway and has assessed the potential negative impacts as well as the benefits of the project. It has been released for public comment.The CDC states that between 500 and 800 people may be employed during the construction phase, with about 55 people employed during the operation of the plant.“About 25% of this number will be unskilled labour while the remainder will be semi-skilled and skilled individuals. A number of these people will be sourced through the Coega Human Capital Solutions unit,” the company says.Contractors involved in the project will have to source a certain percentage of their labour locally, use small, medium and micro enterprise and engage in training initiative to improve the skills of the local labour force.“This project should go a long way in alleviating fears that potential investors and electricity users have about power interruptions in the future,” said Qinga-Vika.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bikers gear up for Toy Run 2010

first_imgRay Maota A biker with a large teddy bear to bedonated to charity.(Image: City of Joburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Deidre BeylisTeresa Settas Communications+27 11 894 2767South Africa’s Toy Run is an annual motorcycle charity event that helps collect and distribute donations for underprivileged children – and, by doing so, boosts the reputation of the biking fraternity in the country.Organisers of the 2010 edition are appealing to participating bikers to donate educational play things to benefit a broader range of age groups and extend the longevity of toys.This year there will be runs in four provinces. Bikers will set off from various starting points with their donations strapped to their vehicles and converge later at a central point where their precious cargo will be collected and distributed to various charity organisations.The event has become a nationwide attraction that leaves bystanders in awe as toy-laden motorcycles roar through cities and towns on the way to their depot points.“Year on year the event shows consistent growth and this year we are expecting an average of 45 000 bikers to participate in the Gauteng leg of Toy Run 2010 alone,” said Graeme Cartwright, Toy Run 2010 organiser.Legs will also be held in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Limpopo. The event kicks off with the Limpopo run on 20 November, followed by the Gauteng one on 27 and 28 November, and then the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth ones, on 28 November. For more information, visit the Toy Run website.“The MTN Expo Centre in Nasrec, southern Johannesburg, is graciously donation their venue for Toy Run 2010 to accommodate the mass of people in Gauteng,” added Cartwright.Giving back to the communityThe Toy Run aims to give something back to destitute young South Africans, from babies through to adolescents of 18 years. Once the bikers arrive at the collection points, the toys are immediately sorted for distribution.The run also aims to improve and enhance the image of bikers in their communities.Cartwright said: “The biker fraternity is usually generalised as being full of big and scary men dressed in leather on noisy motorbikes. Toy Run effectively shatters the stereotypical perception by highlighting the big hearts behind the facade.”“They come from all walks of life across South Africa and donate in excess of 90 000 toys in one day. It is no small feat and there is no greater reward than to see the smile of a child holding his or her very own gift – be it a cuddly toy, colouring-in set or tooth brush – for the first time.”Various volunteers including Rotary and Lions clubs, Round Table and Ladies Circle assist the Toy Run by sorting the toys into appropriate age categories. Think Bike, an organisation that promotes motorbike safety on the roads, also helps out by street marshalling.“It is quite a sight to behold and an incredibly fulfilling experience to be a part of,” said Cartwright.Just in time for the festive seasonDisadvantaged children in orphanages, shelters, homes and hospitals throughout South Africa had a brighter festive season in 2009 after more than 65 000 motorcyclists participated in the run with toys of all descriptions adorning their bikes.Cartwright said: “This year we are shifting the focus again to educational toys as it serves a better purpose for the older children and aids their education.“We are hoping to make the 2010 rendition of Toy Run even bigger with each of the hosting cities making plans to include family-focused events in their line-up of entertainment. It is for a good cause, and we would like to invite as many people as we can to take the journey with us to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children across South Africa.”The Cape Town run will have two starting points at Ratanga Junction and Ottery Hypermarket, and end at Maynardville. At the finish there will be a beer garden, food stalls, motorcycle displays, comedian shows, live music and stalls selling bike-related accessories, jewellery and memorabilia.In Gauteng, the run will be extended to include bicycles and cars as well. On 27 November cyclists and car enthusiasts are encouraged to come to the MTN Expo Centre with their donations, while the traditional mass motorcycle ride will be held on 28 November from various starting points in the province. Again, the final destination will be the MTN Expo Centre.The starting points will be at: Centurion Lifestyle Centre on the corner of Old Johannesburg road and Lenchen road in Centurion; Steeldale Hypermarket in Linroy Street in Steeldale; Greenstone Shopping Centre on the corner Modderfontein road and Van Riebeeck Avenue in Edenvale; Carnival City on the corner Century and Elsburg road in Brakpan; the Brightwater Commons on Republic Road in Randburg; and,Westgate Shopping Centre on Ondekkers road on the West Rand.No entry fee will be charged to participate in the events provided each person brings along an educational pack or toy – educational packs are preferred, but toiletries will also be welcomed for the older children.Some of the beneficiaries of the Gauteng run have been the Aurora, Van Ryn and Benoni Rotary Clubs on the East Rand; the Brooklyn Methodist church and Danville Assistance Project in Pretoria; Immaculate House in Reiger Park; Jan Niemand Park in Pretoria; Primrose Squatter camp in Germiston; an organisation for abused women and children in Windsor, near the Cresta Shopping Centre; the SPCA in Edenvale; and the Jewish Women’s Institute.History of the Toy RunThe Toy Run was launched in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 1982 by the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club, and has over the years has become the largest biker charity event in South Africa.Runs, which take place from 19 centres across the four provinces, are hosted by local motorcycle clubs and other organisations, with the assistance of businesses.last_img read more

Is 2016 the year of the marketer and risk manager?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A year ago I suggested that 2015 might just turn out to be “The year of the grass manager?!” For those who had grass to manage, and converted it to lean muscle in the form of beef or perhaps lamb, indeed it has been a profitable year . . . especially for cattlemen who sold early! Will 2016 become the year of the marketer and risk manager?Despite the plunge in prices during the past few months, margins, particularly for those who utilize grass as the basis of their feeding program, remain good. Consider the comments offered by University of Tennessee economist Dr. Andrew P. Griffith in his weekly comments:. . . Prices are still higher than they were the first week of December 2013! Making that statement may seem like a stretch to some producers, but in the fall of 2013 producers considered calf and feeder cattle prices to be extremely strong. In actuality, market prices this week compared to December 2013 could be stated as steady to $2 per hundredweight higher. It is unlikely the sentiments of prices today being equivalent to prices two years ago makes anyone feel better about where the market is. . . . prices in December of 2013 and 2015 are essentially the same . . .Perhaps what is separating the average beef cattle farms from the most highly profitable ones has been the ability to manage risk and get cattle and calves marketed at times when income exceeded the cost of production.That being said, as this year winds down perhaps it’s time to offer two simple reminders about profitably marketing at a time when we are still seeing the second highest calf prices in history.The first suggestion would be to remember the key to effectively managing risk and remaining profitable is knowing the cost of production and accurately identifying breakeven prices. Second, consider the marketing alternatives beyond just cash sales. Explore forward contracts, futures/options hedging, contract feeding, livestock risk management insurance and perhaps some value added opportunities.During the first session of the Ohio Beef Cattle School webinar series on January 19, we’ll spend the evening focused on the markets as well as some of the tools available for sustaining profitability when opportunities are available. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, will kick off the evening with his insight into the beef cattle markets . . . where they’ve been, where they may be going, and how they could get there. Sam Roberts of Producers Livestock will also join the broadcast on the 19th and offer suggestions on market risk management.While the most astute grass and cattle managers remain positioned to capitalize at today’s prices, it’s important to maintain a plan that allows one to take the greatest advantage of profitable prices during the volatile times we’d expect to remain in the markets.Regardless what you might call the coming year, most importantly, prepare yourself to enjoy a great 2016.last_img read more

Kiwis beat Pakistan by 39 runs

first_imgSpinner Nathan McCullum took four wickets to bowl New Zealand to a 39-run win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international and to an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After New Zealand had made a competitive 185-7 having being sent in to bat in damp conditions, McCullum raced through the Pakistan middle order to finish with 4-16 from four overs.Pakistan were left 146-9 after their 20 overs, conceding the series ahead of the final match in Christchurch on Thursday.Earlier, Martin Guptill made 44 and James Franklin 40 to lead New Zealand’s recovery after it lost opener Jesse Ryder to the first ball of the match.McCullum dismissed Younis Khan for 3, Asad Shafiq for 6, Abdul Razzaq for 14 and Umar Gul for 0, then took two catches to provoke the collapse of the Pakistan innings after the tourists had been 68-1 in the eighth over.Swing bowler Tim Southee took two wickets with two balls at the end to finish with 2-26 and spinner Luke Woodcock bowled his four overs for 20 runs in a tidy debut to ensure Pakistan didn’t threaten the New Zealand total.Pakistan won a valuable toss and sent New Zealand in to bat on a ground on which a women’s Twenty20 international between Australia and New Zealand had been abandoned earlier in the day because of rain.The loss of Ryder to the first ball of the match seemed a major blow but Guptill and Franklin formed a productive partnership, putting on 91 runs for the second wicket, to set the foundation for the New Zealand innings.advertisementScott Styris made 34, captain Ross Taylor 30 not out and wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan hit 26, including 24 from one over from Umar Gul, to present Pakistan with a difficult run chase.”It was a good performance,” Taylor said. “The partnership between Guptill and Franklin after Jesse went early set a good platform for the other players to come out and express themselves.”Spinner Saeed Ajmal took 3-35 as the best of the Pakistan bowlers.Pakistan started its run chase strongly but when Younis Khan ran out Mohammad Hafeez for 26, the innings began to unravel.McCullum dashed through the middle order and the tourists slumped to 114-7 after 15.4 overs, with no hope of victory.”I’m disappointed from the bowling side,” captain Shahid Afridi said. “We didn’t bowl well, especially our experienced bowlers and put the ball in the right areas.”They played positively and we didn’t bowl to our strength which is the yorker.”last_img read more

2013 Super Trans Tasman Series Announcement

first_imgSeveral years ago TNZ and TFA formed a joint venture under the banner of Trans Tasman Test Series and committed to play Open grades each year and Youth and Masters grades every other year. For the first time all three will fall in the same year. There will be 24 international teams from the two countries delivering an exciting display of Touch at its best in the world to a lucky NZ crowd. The venue will again be at the spectacular Trusts Stadium in Henderson, Auckland and will be run from Tuesday, 5 February to Sunday, 10 February 2013.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Filessuper_trans_tasman_2013_media_release-pdflast_img

BC Government to introduce new legislation to strengthen the ALC

first_imgLana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, says this bill will better protect farmland and encourage farming for future generations.“The bill tabled today builds on the work we started over a year ago to better protect farmland and encourage farming and ranching in B.C. We are ensuring the commission has the tools and the governance model required to strengthen its independence and ability to act in the best interest of our farmland within the Agricultural Land Reserve, so that British Columbians are able to access safe, locally grown food for generations to come.”If passed, the legislation will strengthen ALC governance and independence, and further protect land within the ALR.The legislative changes are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the ALR and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is introducing new legislation to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission.The new legislation is to fulfill the mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve while encouraging farming and ranching within British Columbia.According to the Government, Bill 15, the agricultural land commission amendment act 2019, will continue the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to revitalize the ALR, the farmland within B.C. that’s protected for the province’s food security.last_img read more

British PM Mays Brexit deal rejected for third time

first_imgLONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc. Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc. The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.” “The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said. The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a percent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977. THIRD FAILURE It was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.last_img read more

750M Powerball Jackpot drawing today

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Will there finally be a winner tonight? Powerball winning number were just announced.Here are the drawing number for 03.27.2019: 16-20-27-44-62-(12)More on the Powerball: https://www.powerball.com/games/home $750M Powerball Jackpot drawing today KUSI Newsroom, March 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more