Three keys to better branding in 2021

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img Branding in 2021 is not going to look massively different than branding in previous years…it will just be about a thousand times more critical that you get it right.In the current market environment, financial institutions need a lot to succeed. Dedicated staff, amped-up employee wellness and thoughtful leadership are a given. However, credit unions and community banks cannot afford to lose sight of the important role branding will play in their success next year.Your brand is the rock upon which your financial institution is built and the system to which it can always turn, even in the most challenging times (looking at you, 2020). With that in mind, consider the following keys to better branding in 2021.Reinforce your brand positioning and messageIf there was ever a time to double-down on your key brand identity, this is it. Your answer to the consumer question, “Why should I choose you?” is critical. You must continue to answer this question and honestly define why you exist and what you do best for consumers. They are looking for solutions and connection; these things come from your brand positioning and message (which we help you find in Phase Three of the CU Growth Accelerator™).last_img read more

UGP: Many companies were promised funds and open credit lines by the government, but others were left to fend for themselves

first_imgHowever, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association points out that in many cases the drop in turnover was significant and the Government did nothing. “Many companies have been promised funds and open credit lines by the government for months, but others have been left to fend for themselves. ” emphasize from the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association. The private sector in Croatia is being ignored and their access to funds and credit lines is being blocked – Voice of Entrepreneurs Association As an example, they cite the transport sector, which is equally affected, if not more, than Croatia Airlines, and as they point out from UGp, the Government and the relevant ministry have turned a deaf ear to all attempts at dialogue and cooperation. Namely, these are funds that will be paid due to the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government said the domestic airline was facing a 65 to 90 percent drop in traffic due to the pandemic. Yesterday, the Government of the Republic of Croatia announced that it had approved state aid of HRK 88,5 million for Croatia Airlines. Photo: UGP The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure pointed out yesterday that the support was determined in communication with the European Commission and that the money was provided in the supplementary budget. “Grants from the European Commission have been promised to carriers for months, as well as open credit lines. However, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure did not keep its promises, and carriers were unable to obtain the means necessary for survival.”States from UGP. The Voice of Entrepreneurs supports the Government’s move to help Croatia Airlines, even though the national airline is a known loser, and that it has been trying for years to find a quality solution for an airline that almost always operates at a loss and invests significant taxpayer funds. According to the UGP, the problem is that the Government and the relevant ministry are resolutely ignoring the problems of entrepreneurs who are not losers and who want help in this difficult period to continue doing business and to keep jobs. “We are not against helping Croatia Airlines, but we should help everyone in the same way. In what way is the state loser better or more valuable than the companies that were the flagship of the Croatian economy until yesterday? How long will we experience such divisions and is it finally time to stop it? In the UGP Transport Committee, we have a synergy of the most respectable transport associations and initiatives in Croatia, and we hope that we will not end up in a situation where we will have to show with our own means of work how strong we are.. ”Concluded Slišković. “It is tragic to look at the state’s attitude towards entrepreneurship. While for the healthy tissue of the economy, which until the pandemic created only added value, it is not possible to find two hundred million kuna to bridge interest rates on leases, such large funds are being invested in the chronic loser CA. I point out that it will again not be enough for the recovery of the national airline” He said Marko Slišković, coordinator of the UGP Transport Committee.last_img read more

Italy’s Conte vows to reopen schools in September

first_img‘Very high risk’ Italy gradually closed everything over the first half March as it became increasingly clear that an initial crop of cases in northern areas around Milan was spreading.Scientists now believe that Italy’s infections probably began in January — if not earlier — and that the virus was running rampant by the time the first official COVID-19 death was recorded on February 21.But Italy’s health care system held the line and Conte now appears to feel safe enough to focus on mending an economy that his team expects to shrink by eight percent this year.Conte said his government would “allow a large number of companies” to restart on May 4.Italy’s schools were closed before most other businesses and will now be among the last aspects of daily life allowed to resume.He said the return to school was filled with peril because many teachers were older and at greater risk of catching the virus.”Schools are at the center of our attention and will reopen in September,” the premier said.Conte explained that resuming tuition before then involved “a very high risk of contagion”. Italy’s official death toll of 26,664 is Europe’s highest and only second globally to the United States.But the number of cases has been ebbing and Italy believes its contagion rate — reported at between 0.2 and 0.7 — is low enough below the key threshold of 1.0 to try and get back to work.Its 260 new deaths reported on Sunday were the lowest single-day toll since March 14.”We cannot continue beyond this lockdown — we risk damaging the country’s socioeconomic fabric too much,” Conte told La Repubblica. ‘Greater freedom’Many Italians are most concerned about when they will finally be able to walk in parks and jog without being stopped and fined by the police.Italy’s stay-at-home orders were announced nationally on March 9 and require everyone to stay within about a block of their front door.Many have turned their roofs into improvised gyms and even tennis courts in a collective effort to avoid going stir crazy.”We are not yet in a position to restore full freedom of movement, but we are studying a relaxation of the current, strict regime,” Conte said.”We will make sure to allow greater freedom of movement while maintaining our guarantee to prevent and contain contagion.”Media reports say the government might allow people to move freely within cities but limit their travel between the country’s 20 regions.Conte was also reportedly considering the option of outfitting airports and train stations with thermal scanners that can flag people who are running fevers.But Conte cautioned against expecting bars and restaurants to open their doors in May — or tourists returning this summer.”We will be reviewing our social distancing rules,” said Conte.”But this does not mean that we will be abandoning them.” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte vowed Sunday to reopen schools by September and allow many businesses to resume in a week’s time as the country emerges from a near-total shutdown.Conte said he would spell out the full details of how Italy could ease its way out of the world’s longest active coronavirus lockdown in a televised address on Sunday night.He has reportedly been presented with a cautious proposal that involves a gradual lifting of restrictions over the course of May. Topics :last_img read more

Jember regent impeached for alleged power abuse, legal violations

first_imgFaida – elected in 2015 as Jember’s first female regent – was accused of breaking the law by ignoring interpellation notes issued by the council and infringing upon the right of inquiry.She was missing from Wednesday’s hearing, saying she did not approve of large, in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. She had asked the council to hold a virtual hearing, but the councilors had denied the request.The regent has been embroiled in a sprawling legal and political drama that began when the State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) declared in October 2019 that she had broken the law for dismissing and appointing local officials without adhering to the merit-based system.The councilors also argued that Faida – who is now seeking reelection as an independent candidate in the upcoming Jember regional race – had ignored the calls of Home Minister Tito Karnavian to retract 15 decrees she had issued to circumvent existing laws to demote officials. The Jember Regional Legislative Council in East Java has voted to impeach, for the first time in the regency’s 91-year history, a sitting regent.The seven political factions in the council voted unanimously for the impeachment of Regent Faida following a four-hour hearing on Wednesday.“The council has decided through the seven factions to use the right to express our opinion [in the form of impeachment],” said the council’s deputy speaker, Ahmad Halim, who presided over the hearing. In October 2019, the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry refused to grant a quota for civil service recruitment in the regency because of irregularities in the regional bureaucracy.Councilor and NasDem Party politician Hamim said Faida’s decisions had caused the regency to be denied its 2019 civil servant quota. This, he said, had brought disadvantages to many underemployed staff members and workers in the city who were seeking positions.Read also: KPU to advise regional candidates to campaign online“She also disobeyed the recommendation given by the KASN and repeated the same mistakes over and over,” Hamim said during the hearing, as quoted by kompas.com.He claimed that Faida had “hurt the 2.6 million Jember residents” because her actions had caused the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to give a “disclaimer opinion” – the lowest audit ranking – to the regency, meaning its financial transparency and budget management were deemed poor.Edi Cahyo Purnomo, a council member with the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) – which, alongside NasDem, the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Hanura Party, had backed Faida’s candidacy in the 2015 election – said her governance was “full of failures, violations and chaos”.Indonesian law, however, does not give the regional legislative council the final authority in the impeachment of a regent. A 2014 law on regional governments gives the final say on the impeachment of a regional leader to the Supreme Court, which has the authority to review a decision of impeachment.Ahmad Halim said the regional legislative council would soon forward a dossier on its decision to the country’s highest court. “We are now completing the documents so that we will be able to submit them to the Supreme Court for review,” he said.Home Ministry spokesperson Bahtiar said on Thursday that the ministry respected the decision made by the Jember legislative council and that it was in accordance with Article 80 of a 2014 law on the council’s supervisory role.“The Ministry demanded the East Java provincial administration facilitate the impeachment procedures based on the existing rules,” Bahtiar told The Jakarta Post.Separately, East Java governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said the administration would await the Supreme Court’s review of Faida’s impeachment.Topics :last_img read more

Medan YouTuber sentenced to prison for insulting Prophet Muhammad’s wife in a viral video

first_imgThe Medan District Court has declared Rahmad Hidayat, a YouTuber from Medan, North Sumatra, guilty of insulting Aisyah, the wife of Prophet Muhammad, in a viral video and sentenced him to seven months in prison.Presiding judge Hendra Sutardodo handed down the verdict in a hearing on Friday. The court found Rahmad, 35, also known as Aleh, guilty of violating articles 45A and 28 of the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law on inciting hatred on the basis of ethnicity, religion or race (SARA).“We declare the defendant Rahmad Hidayat guilty and sentence him with seven months’ imprisonment,” Hendra said during Friday’s hearing. The verdict was in accordance with the sentence sought by the prosecutors.In the verdict, Hendra also asked the police to name five of Rahmad’s friends featured in the video as suspects, arguing they were also involved in the insult.The video caused outrage among the public, especially Muslims, the judge said in the verdict.The video was uploaded to Rahmad’s YouTube channel and the other five men allegedly uploaded the same video on their personal Instagram accounts. Topics :center_img The five men were called as witnesses in the case.Read also: Woman accused of defamation for demanding return of Rp 70m acquittedYunus, Rahmad’s attorney, said his client would take time to think about whether to appeal the verdict.The case began in April when Rahmad and his friends decided to sing a cover of the Islamic song “Aisyah Istri Rasulullah” (Aisyah the Prophet’s Wife), which contains verses praising her.The group of friends sang the song with a guitar and recorded it with the defendant’s mobile phone. As they didn’t feel the video was funny enough, they decided to reshoot it several times.The court found that one of Rahmad’s friends came up with the idea for the defendant to act as though he had suddenly been possessed and to jump on the bed. However, Rahmad decided to go further by taking off his trousers and exposing his underwear. He also got down on all fours with his bottom facing the camera. After agreeing on the final result, the six men then uploaded the video on their social media. The video went viral shortly after and sparked anger from the public.Belawan locals Salman, Mahmud Al Husyairi, Jumi Rahmat and Febry Santoso reported Rahmat and the video to the police.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil tips Emile Smith Rowe to make Arsenal breakthrough next season

first_imgMesut Ozil has been impressed with the development of Emile Smith Rowe (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has been impressed with Arsenal’s group of emerging young talents but has urged Unai Emery not to forget injury stricken midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.The 18-year-old shot to prominence during last year’s pre-season tour of the Asia and subsequently impressed during the early rounds of the Carabao Cup and Europa League group stages.Smith Rowe was subsequently sent out on loan to RB Leipzig in January but was restricted to just three appearances for the Bundesliga club due to injury.The talented midfielder, now fully recovered, was included as part of Arsenal’s squad for the current tour of America and Ozil is looking forward to the teenager recapturing his best form.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Right now, we have a lot of young players,’ he said. ‘Yesterday, Joe Willock played with us, he really showed his quality. Eddie [Nketiah], everyone knows Eddie in the team, he is fighting hard & wants to help us.‘Reiss [Nelson], he had a lot of experience in Germany. He played very well during the season over there.‘Don’t forget Emile [Smith Rowe]. He is injured so he is coming back, we know his quality as well. At Arsenal, I think we are lucky to have those young player.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jul 2019 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Emile Smith Rowe missed most of the second half of last season through injury (Picture: Getty)Willock, in particular, caught the eye during the midweek win over Bayern Munich in Calafornia and Emery expects the England Under-20 international to have an even bigger influence at first team level this season.‘It’s all progress with him because last year he started with us in the pre-season,’ said Emery. ‘His performance today is very different to last year, maybe because he knows our idea and spirit better.‘He’s got a very big motivation and a very big ambition individually to make good performances, and he listens a lot to our idea.‘We are speaking a lot to him individually, with Carcedo, with me. I really, really think that he made one more step last year during the season and he finished it very well with us, playing 12 minutes in the final against Chelsea with a big performance.‘We now want him to take another step more in his capacity to be with us, with a big help in our performance and our idea.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Mesut Ozil tips Emile Smith Rowe to make Arsenal breakthrough next season Commentlast_img read more

Santos inks partnership with Enn and Hony

first_imgSantos GLNG (Image courtesy of Santos)Australian LNG operator Santos entered into a strategic relationship with existing Chinese shareholders ENN Group and Hony Capital.Gas distributor ENN and Hony, a private equity firm, have an aggregate interest of 15.1% of Santos shares.Based on mutual cooperation and assistance, the new deal will see the joint investment in gas exploration and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Santos said in a statement on Tuesday.“ENN and Hony will support future investment by Santos and Santos will use reasonable endeavours to include ENN and Hony in investment opportunities where it is in the best interests of Santos shareholders as a whole,” the company said.The relationship will become effective and remain in effect for so long as ENN and Hony have a relevant interest in 15% or more of Santos shares.“Santos welcomes the formalisation of a strategic relationship with Hony and ENN. Hony became a major shareholder in 2015 and together with ENN has continued to support Santos through challenging times. We look forward to a closer relationship with Hony and ENN and their support for the continued growth of Santos for the benefit of all shareholders,” said Santos Chairman Peter Coates.Chairman Wang, founder of ENN said: “ENN and Hony strongly support the new growth strategy of Santos under the leadership of CEO Kevin Gallagher and the Santos Board. The strategic relationship will effectively link up the upstream E&P competence of Santos with China’s fast growing downstream market of natural gas, and explore many opportunities for Santos to realise its full potential as a leading producer of gas and LNG.”As part of the relationship, Eugene Shi will join the Santos Board as a non-executive director. Shi is Vice President ENN Ecological Holdings Ltd and has more than 20 years experience across capital markets, M&A, strategy and business development.last_img read more

PRO Shocks adds Sprint Cars to IMCA awards program

first_imgBOONVILLE, Ind. (March 26) – The accomplishments of another national IMCA champion will be recognized this season by PRO Shocks.The top driver in final IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car standings receives a set of four PRO shocks from the fifth-year IMCA partner. “The growth of Sprint Cars has been abrupt the past few seasons and adding a set of PRO shocks for the national champion continues to make that a very lucrative championship,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “PRO has been a great partner and we appreciate this next step in broadening their support of IMCA racers.”Product certificates valued at $300, $200 and $100 go to top three eligible drivers in the two regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and in final national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods. Drivers in those four divisions must compete with four PRO Shocks, display two PRO Shocks decals on their race car and complete and return a signup form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Product certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week. Information about PRO Shocks is available at the www.proshocks.com website.last_img read more

Man alleged in 2 armed robbery cases in custody

first_imgVevay, IN—Switzerland County Sheriff Brian L. Morton reports that on Monday night,  Everett C. Henry (a.k.a. Buster Henry) who was wanted in connection for 2 recent armed robberies in Aurora Indiana and Ghent Kentucky was taken into custody.The subject was apprehended in Switzerland County without incident and transported to the Switzerland County Jail.last_img