UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.N. chief also urged international action on Monday “to fight propaganda and disinformation.” And he called for stepped up education on Nazi actions during World War II, stressing that almost two-thirds of young Americans do not know that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Guterres spoke at a service marking Wednesday’s 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.last_img read more


There’s no second “1st” place

first_imgOnce the baton is dropped in the leadership race . . . your credit union is at risk. Strategic Succession Planning is a critical step to serving that purpose and mitigating unnecessary risk. If for any reason your CEO departs and you have not identified or groomed a “step in” or “drop in” candidate, your members are not being served. You have not adequately mitigated risk. This is not a gray area; but very black and white.There are many reasons why a CEO may no longer be available for work. Regardless of the reason; the board has a responsibility to have potential successors ready to serve. A strategic succession plan covers all the bases for CEO departure for any reason:Incapacitating illnessSudden demiseSurprise departureUnder performingNormal retirementOrganization restructureSuccession Planning is a process to ensure that the right people are in the right places at the right time. It is not a ‘Drive By’ event that leaves leadership to chance and risks the purpose of the credit union. The board of directors is responsible for hiring the CEO and, consequently, that future potential successors are identified and available when needed. The CEO is responsible for the development of potential successors. Ensuring proper succession to the CEO desk is a responsibility with an outcome that materially impacts the members, employees, community, and the future of the credit union. It should be taken seriously as it is could be the most important decision the board will make. This article describes a systematic process for the board to ensure that the right people are ready at the right time so they can be in the right place.Creating a robust and fail safe Succession Plan requires a structured and systematic process. It is the boards’ responsibility to decide what competencies are required to meet present and future needs of the credit union. Use the strategic plan as a beacon for developing a list of competencies, both hard and measurable skills, and soft, personal mastery skills. Competencies need to be defined so there is no misunderstanding of how to measure performance of that competency. A Succession Plan needs to be updated every time there is an update in the strategic plan. The CEO Position description needs to be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. A written position description should include measurable work habits and personal skills required to achieve a work objective.Using a qualified facilitator for your first time through a systematic process will provide a foundation for moving forward and updating your Succession Plan every year. There are certified coaches with specific disciplines in Succession Planning and online templates to document and create performance yardsticks for competencies. This is deep and serious work that will strengthen the organizational competencies and capabilities. As a member of a board that creates a robust Succession Plan, you will be adding value that will positively impact your credit union for years to come. . . . the baton will be passed in the Leadership race. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: www.ddjmyers.com Detailslast_img read more


Home minister downplays concerns about COVID-19 cluster emerging during election preparations

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian has denied that any COVID-19 transmission clusters have emerged from the ongoing preparations for December’s simultaneous regional elections, adding that organizers are enforcing additional protocols to ensure the polls will be safe.Tito said that organizers had conducted individual verification for candidates between June 12 and June 24, which he said was one of the preparation stages predicted to be most prone to COVID-19 transmission. However, he claimed that there had been no reports of transmission from the verification process. Additionally, no clusters were reported when the ministry performed door-to-door checks to update data on the estimated 105 million voters between July 15 and Aug. 13. “I have not heard of any transmission clusters from this activity,” Tito said in a press conference after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.Amid reports of candidates violating health regulations while registering for the elections, Tito said that the lack of time to communicate the health protocols effectively could have lead to violations, or that some parties may have intentionally violated the regulations as a “show of force”.Read also: Voter turnout in upcoming elections may drop nearly 50 percent due to COVID-19: LSI To ensure safe elections, KPU chief Arief Budiman said during the conference that organizers would limit the number of attendees allowed at campaign meetings and face-to-face town hall debates to 100 and 50, respectively, while others would be required to participate virtuallyThe KPU will also limit the maximum number of voters at polling sites to 500, and will arrange voting schedules to prevent crowds, in addition to providing masks, face shields and gloves for organizers and voters.“We will also ask organizers to take a COVID-19 rapid test to ensure that they are not infected,” Arief said.Furthermore, Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan said that additional legal tools were needed to enforce heavier sanctions against health protocol violators, such as using laws on health quarantines and infectious disease outbreaks.On Dec. 9, 270 regions will hold simultaneous elections, including nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. Some, however, have raised concerns that holding the elections during the coronavirus pandemic could increase transmissions.Topics :last_img read more


Batesville Girls Tennis Schedule Update

first_imgThe Batesville High School tennis team will travel to Franklin on Tuesday, May 10. This is rescheduled from Saturday’s postponement due to weather.The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to play at Centerville this evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img


It’s too soon to crown Barkley

first_imgAs a USC fan, it was alarming.When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation.False start · Matt Barkley’s performance Saturday was great, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, columnist Pedro Moura writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan“Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting crowd in Columbus, Ohio,” Musburger said.His partner in the booth, Kirk Herbstreit, went even further.“Matt Barkley is going to go on to have a great career, but Brent, I think we’re always going to look back on his growth and maturation on that drive,” Herbstreit said when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with 21 seconds remaining. “That drive that saved USC’s season and got them a huge win on the road.”What? Maybe I’m crazy, but for most of the game, I was nervous about Barkley. And nervous as I should be, watching a 19-year-old quarterback make his second career start in an incredibly hostile environment.And don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by Barkley’s poise on that final drive. I really was.He did what he was asked to do and managed the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 8 team in the nation, no easy task.But to say that he is now a certifiable star? To say that he has officially come of age?I disagree.Come on: He completed 15 of 31 of his passes in the game — 48 percent, which would’ve been good for ninth in the Pac-10 last season — and some of the misses were glaring.Remember that interception?He bootlegged and saw a minute opening and then delivered an ill-advised, across-the-body pass to tight end senior Anthony McCoy that was picked off by Ohio State’s linebacker Ross Homan.He has made that very mistake at least five times in practice this year. You wouldn’t see a fully matured quarterback make that throw unless he’s Brett Favre.What about the overthrows? Nearly every time the Buckeye defensive line put significant pressure on him, Barkley missed his target.And tell me, please, how exactly he grew up during “The Drive.”Was it the swing route to junior running back Joe McKnight that aged him so? It was a glorified run play that McKnight turned into a big gain.Or the nine-yard out to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams? We all know that every quarterback on the team could’ve made that throw.The QB sneaks? Nice, but are they really what makes a quarterback a star?No. Let’s be frank: Barkley made one exceptional throw — the 26-yard missile to McCoy that sliced through double coverage. It was a great throw on first down that moved the chains.Nice? Yes. Worthy of anointing that as “The Drive?”Most certainly not.Barkley had a good performance — nothing more. If Mark Sanchez had stayed for his senior season and completed 15-of-31 for 195 yards against the Buckeyes, his head would’ve been called for on a stick.This whole idea, this whole construct of Barkley being the next King of Troy, can be traced down to one thing: the national media.As soon as Barkley was named the starter in August, national columnists flocked to Howard Jones Field for interviews with the precocious then-18-year-old.Since then, you can find a new article pretty much every day about the awe-inspiring freshman in Los Angeles.Take a look at a couple articles after Saturday’s game:The Associated Press’ first paragraph: “Two games into his college football career, 19-year-old quarterback Matt Barkley already has a place in Southern California lore.”Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s headline was, “Young Barkley comes of age in victory.”They have to take the extreme version of one side or the other to attract views and readers, so there’s this exaggerated view of Barkley’s performance that goes out to the general public. In reality, I’d argue that his performance was typical of a phenom’s: flashes of greatness but spots of immaturity as well.Don’t get me wrong — I think Barkley will be the best in the nation by his junior season. And I definitely won’t be surprised if he makes it big at the next level. But to say that path is already guaranteed for him?It’s way too early to do anything of the sort.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more


UEFA sanction Russia over Crimea

first_imgUEFA will not recognize any Russian soccer matches involving teams from the disputed region of Crimea.The move was announced by European soccer’s governing body after the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) appealed to UEFA and FIFA for their Russian counterparts to be sanctioned over “illegally and arbitrarily” taking three of its teams.”The UEFA Emergency Panel has today decided that any football matches played by Crimean clubs in the context of competitions organized by the Russian Football Union (RFS) will not be recognized by UEFA until further notice,” read a statement released Friday. “In order for football to take place within an organized sporting and legal framework, such participation has to comply with the terms set out in the UEFA Statutes.”AnnexationSC Tavriya and FC Sevastopol both played in the Ukrainian Premier League last season and were allowed to continue until its conclusion. Their home games were hosted outside of Crimea due to security concerns.But when the season finished the three clubs were dissolved. Two were given new names — TSK Simferopol, SKChF Sevastopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta — and entered in to Russian competition by the Russian Football Union, sparking protests from Ukraine. UEFA’s statutes does outlaw “combinations and alliances” of clubs from different associations but FIFA would only allow any such move if both the Russians and Ukrainians agreed to it.”Our strong position is that Ukrainian teams have to be in Ukrainian competition and there is no right for them to take part in Russia,” said Anatoliy Konkov, a former USSR national team who is now the president of the FFU, in an interview with the New York Times.”The clubs are still Ukrainian. Nobody gave them to Russia,” he added before explaining that the FFU had given no such permission for the move to take place.”Fall outThe geopolitical fall out from both the conflict in Ukraine and the MH17 plane disaster had already begun to engulf soccer. Several politicians, including British deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, had called on Russia to be stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals over its alleged role in supplying and arming the Russian speaking insurgents currently fighting government forces in the east of Ukraine.Crimea was also raised when FIFA president Sepp Blatter met Russian president Vladimir Putin last weekend to discuss preparations for the 2018 finals.”FIFA President Blatter also reiterated that FIFA will handle the ongoing matter concerning Crimean football clubs based on the relevant processes that should be overseen by the respective confederation (UEFA) in the first instance,” FIFA said in a statement.Russian fearsLeading figures in Russian soccer had allegedly voiced fears that the annexation of Crimea’s teams could lead to just such a political fallout. Last week Russian investigative magazine Novaya Gazeta published a transcript of a leaked recording from a meeting between top Russian soccer executives.The transcript of the meeting, which took place in July and lead to the vote which admitted the three Crimean teams into the Russian third division, appears to show discussions revealing how the vote may impact on Russian clubs playing in the UEFA Champions League.Others raise fears that the vote might even harm Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup finals.”I have a club to support, ” Evgeny Giner, the president of CSKA Moscow, is alleged to have said. “And tomorrow they’ll pull us from 2018.”Forced hand The objections of the Ukrainian federation has forced UEFA to make the temporary sanction against Russia whilst working out what to do next. In the statement UEFA, rather hopefully, believes the two sides can come to an agreement on the status of Crimea’s soccer clubs.”The UEFA Emergency Panel has also requested that the UEFA administration, together with FIFA, facilitate discussions with the representatives of the RFS and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) in order to find a common solution to this situation,” concluded UEFA’s statement.But any agreement would likely be seen as a huge PR coup for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and appear highly unlikely.Both the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Russian Football Union have not replied to a request for comment by the time of publication.last_img read more