News story: Tougher border controls to protect public health

first_imgFor those seeking to enter the UK declaring reason for travel: anyone who does not have a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may face a fine – the reason for travel will be checked increased police enforcement: there will be an increased police presence at ports and airports, fining those in breach of the stay at home regulations – anyone without valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may face a fine reviewing travel exemptions: the list of travel exemptions will be urgently reviewed so that only the most important and exceptional reasons are included refusing entry: we will continue to refuse entry to non-UK residents from red list countries which are already subject to a UK travel ban entering the UK: passengers arriving in the UK need to provide evidence of a negative pre-departure Covid test – there is also the requirement for people arriving from abroad to self-isolate on arrival, and the requirement to complete a passenger locator form, with fines for those who fail to comply detecting new variants: we will help other countries to access the UK’s world-leading gene sequencing capabilities to help with early identification of any new and dangerous variants of the virus There are still too many people coming in and out of our country each day. The rules are clear – people should be staying at home unless they have a valid reason to leave. Going on holiday is not a valid reason. As we have done throughout this global health emergency, we will continue to take all steps necessary to protect the public and help prevent the spread of the virus. All measures will be kept under review and further action will be taken to protect the public if needed. managed isolation in hotels: this will be for those arriving from countries where we have imposed international travel bans and who cannot be refused entry – they will be required to isolate for 10 days without exception and more details will be provided in due course police checks: police are carrying out more physical checks at addresses to make sure people are self-isolating These new measures are on top of the restrictions already in place, all of which help reduce the risk of importing a new variant. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: The government has announced further action for outbound and inbound passengers to minimise travel across international borders and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.While the focus is on protecting the UK’s world-leading vaccination programme, this action will reduce the risk of a new variant of the virus being transmitted from someone coming into the UK.The measures announced today include:For those wishing to travel out of the UKlast_img read more

Comparing Bob Weir & John Mayer’s Sit-Ins With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

first_imgIn the past month or so, both Dead & Company guitarists – namely John Mayer and Bob Weir – have joined the acclaimed tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for extended sit-ins. Unlike most tribute bands, drummer Joe Russo has actually spent time performing with members of the band he tributes, during his tenure with Furthur. This sets Almost Dead on a unique trajectory, performing the music of the Grateful Dead with a background in, well, performing the music of the Grateful Dead.The first of these high-profile sit-ins came when John Mayer made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl back in October. Mayer has found himself in the center of the Dead universe after his full transformation into Deadheadism, catapulted to prominence by his fame and, more importantly, his talent. The guitarist is a faithful bearer of the proverbial torch, steeped in blues rock traditions.When he made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl, John Mayer didn’t just join in for a song or two – he played an entire set with Almost Dead. A set with this band is no easy feat, as Joe Russo & co truly take liberties with the Grateful Dead catalog like few before them. Fortunately, Mayer is a pro, and he handled the band’s style with a passionate energy. You can hear that in full force on “The Other One,” streaming below.While Mayer adapted to the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead style, it seems that the band “almost” adapted to Bob Weir’s style when the Grateful guitarist joined them last weekend. Weir met up with his former Furthur bandmate, Russo, his future “Los Muertos Con Queso” bandmate, Tom Hamilton, and the whole Almost Dead crew for an intimate moment at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. Unlike Mayer sitting in for a whole set of Almost Dead music, the band stripped down and welcomed out Weir for a five song acoustic set.This wasn’t the first time that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead went acoustic; they actually did that at the afore-mentioned Brooklyn Bowl run in October. However, when you consider Weir’s recently completed acoustic “Campfire Tour”, it’s evident that Almost Dead adapted to Weir for the set. Not that that’s a bad thing! Bob Weir is a legend, after all. The set itself featured a mix of Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead classics, not too far off from the “Campfire Tour” setlists.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead perform “Cassidy” (with “Let It Grow” teases), courtesy of MarkoVision Films, below.As Bob Weir was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. it would make sense that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead would cater to his desired performance style. Meanwhile, John Mayer, as revered as he is as a musician, is still a newcomer to the Grateful Dead world. He seems naturally elated just to play the Grateful Dead’s music, and what better way to do so than with a band who are equally as elated to play the catalog. It seems that John Mayer is almost on a level playing field as the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead crew, a member of the next generation of Grateful disciples, while Weir is O.G. Dead.All in all, these collaborations detail an underlying devotion to the Grateful Dead. The music never stopped!last_img read more

Credit unions will own the next decade, if…

first_imgThere are only 3 things Credit Unions must do to own the next decade in financial services. Everyone knows what they are, but it seems that few have the stomach to execute them… sigh.Credit Unions will own the decade ahead if they have:An obvious, meaningful and unique brand value.Product and service delivery from anywhere, anytime.A shared Passion for Excellence among leadership and staff.These are the obvious, chunky, hairy credit union difference-making ideas. Of course, there are many smaller and extremely important components that I am sure you can shout out. But without these 3 key elements, nothing will change.I would argue that the first idea is the most important. Out of thousands of credit unions in America, how many of them can express an obvious, meaningful and unique brand which brings real and perceived value to their membership? To me, helping to create this obvious value proposition for all credit unions is CUNA’s most important job. It is also your job. If your community sees no “value” in what makes your credit union meaningful and different, they simply have no reason to think of you when they need a solution to a financial problem.Credit Unions must wrestle the attention of consumers away from banks. This will not happen unless consumers see real kitchen table value in doing so. A combination of items 2 and 3 will help. Yet without a specific, obvious advantage for a member to bank with you, and/or add to their relationship with your credit union, success will be muted.I believe that a mission that includes “giving back” (like the TOMS® Company) can enhance a brand and offer value, especially to socially conscious Millennials. Simply spreading the PR dollars around without focus dilutes its value and your potential to capitalize on this opportunity. Be thoughtful about what idea you can support and then who you associate your credit union with, so that this mission will mean something of value to your members and actually bring something of value to your community.Your credit union must be accessible in all ways digital. It is essential that your members know that they can bank with you anytime, anywhere. Can you deliver? How are you doing with this? A member wants to open accounts online. Please let them. I appreciate that this is a real challenge for every credit union when considering both asset and human capital. In other words, who has the money or the staff to get this done? Yet it needs to be a front burner objective, not a someday dream. Having this ability today is a difference-maker. Tomorrow, everyone will have it.Corporate sage and author Jim Collins offers many ideas about leadership and staffing. Lead with passion. Align your sales and marketing efforts. Get the right people working for your credit union. As my Dad always said, “Don’t hire people and ask them to be nice; hire nice people!” This means that you must have the courage to eliminate negative employees. Identify loyal and obvious talent and get each person in the best job for them and for you. Encourage frank business conversation. A leader with clear objectives doesn’t have to look far to do these things.There are only 3 key objectives. At the very least, your decisions for the future should be viewed through the lens of these 3 ideas. Manage to these goals and your credit union (and quite possibly the credit union movement at large) will own the next decade!I suggest looking at my book The C-Level Guide to Marketing and Sales. You can order a free copy here. In it I have brought together over a dozen experts in marketing, profitability, branding and sales for a quick 20-minute read. It is a great way for you to start owning the next decade! 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Detailslast_img read more

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PREMIUMNew BNPT chief faces tough challenge of ending deradicalization behind bars

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook The new National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief is facing tough challenges to step up campaigns against violent extremism and the spread of radicalism behind bars.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated last week police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new BNPT head replacing fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had led the BNPT since 2016.Terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail said deradicalization efforts in overcrowded prisons across the country, which had become fertile ground for terrorists to recruit and learn from each other, should be Boy’s main focus in curbing the spread of terrorism.“In prisons, the BNPT should join hands with prison guards, who interact with them [the terror convicts] on a daily basis. The BNPT should build the capacity of these [guards to provide counternarratives],” Noor said. “The BNPT should c… BNPT-chief bnpt #BNPT deradicalization #Deradicalization terrorism #Terrorism inmates #prison Linkedin Google Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Rio savours beating City and Reds

first_img Manchester United have all three clubs to face over the next month in what manager David Moyes has claimed is the Red Devils’ toughest start to a league campaign for 20 years. Chelsea are the team tipped by many to claim United’s title following the return of Jose Mourinho, so victory over the Blues at Old Trafford on Monday would be particularly significant. “Cricket is a great sport but it is over-crowded,” said Apollo’s vice-chairman and managing director Neeraj Kanwar. “First we went into tennis. We wanted to create Grand Slam winners in India. But we didn’t see that being successful. “It made sense to try a new sport. In India football is up and coming and there is interest in the Premier League. “Manchester United have 46million fans in the country and we believe our aims and aspirations are the same as theirs.” Meanwhile, Moyes is still mulling over whether to make an increased bid for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. Having had a joint £28million offer branded “derisory” by the Toffees earlier this week, Moyes has resolved not to bid separately for the players, whom he knows so well from his time at Goodison Park. An increased offer of £35million has been suggested, although this might cause some head-scratching given there appears no obvious need to spend vast amounts on a left-back given the return to form of Patrice Evra over the past year. It is also anticipated impressive teenager Adnan Januzaj will be rewarded with a long-term contract over the next few weeks. Press Association Yet for all their money, charismatic manager and trophies over the past decade, for Ferdinand, the battles with Chelsea can never match those against Liverpool and City. “You look forward to playing every time you step out at Old Trafford,” he said. “It is a special place to play. “We all appreciate playing there in front of our home fans and we try to put on a show. “But the Liverpool and Manchester City games are usually hyped up a bit more than anyone else, so the feeling after winning one of those games is probably the biggest of the season.” Ferdinand was speaking at the launch of a new sponsorship between United and India-based Apollo Tyres, who will become the club’s official tyre partner in the UK. There is a novel aspect to the deal in that Apollo, through their “Go The Distance” campaign, have vowed to create football pitches for community use made out of recycled tyres. They intend for the first of those pitches to be constructed close to Old Trafford, with others intended for use in both the United Kingdom and India. It represents the company’s first venture into a global football sponsorship, having previously been involved in tennis, but not, interestingly, cricket. Rio Ferdinand does not believe beating Chelsea is as sweet as getting one over on old rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Selects its First Cadre of Act Six Scholars

first_imgFacebook72Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University has selected its first cadre of Act Six Scholars. In 2018, Saint Martin’s joined Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University and Whitworth University to become the fifth college partner in the Tacoma-Seattle Act Six network. As an Act Six partner, Saint Martin’s will provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships for a cohort of seven diverse urban leaders from across the Puget Sound each year.“Saint Martin’s is very excited to be part of this leadership program and to work with this amazing group of students next year,” says Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D. “We’re also excited about the things they will accomplish in their lives as Saints!”The Act Six network is a leadership development and scholarship initiative led by Degrees of Change that identifies, trains and supports the region’s most promising urban students as transformative campus and community leaders.“Act Six Scholars must complete a rigorous, three-phase evaluation process that requires multiple essays, academic assessments, group activities and interviews,” says Rebecca Byrne, senior admissions counselor. “Our Cadre One was carefully selected from a pool of accomplished young leaders. It was an honor to learn the compelling stories and unique perspectives that these students shared. The seven scholars were selected for their distinctive points of view, their ability to overcome obstacles, their passion for their communities and their vision to meet the world’s deep needs. We could not be more proud to call this group Saints!”The first cadre of Saint Martin’s Act Six Scholars are:Reine Albite, from Olympia, who will graduate from Pope John Paul II High School, in Lacey, and will major in civil engineering.Jolie Bwiza, from Masisi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, who is graduating from Stadium High School, in Tacoma, and will major in social work.Asma Ibrahim, from Tukwila, who will graduate from Federal Way High School, in Federal Way, and will major in biology.Katherine Jamerson, from Tacoma, who is graduating from Franklin Pierce High School, in Tacoma, and will major in business administration.Jose Armando Jurado Beltran, from Paracho, Mexico, who will graduate from Washington High School, in Tacoma, and will major in nursing.Elvis Knight, from Nairobi, Kenya, who is graduating from Tacoma Science and Math Institute, in Tacoma, and will major in social work.Tina Ngo, from Burien, who will graduate from Highline High School, in Burien, and will major in nursing.Act Six is a cohort-based, leadership development and scholarship program develops urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 800 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholarship recipients from Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima and Spokane; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; and Indianapolis, Indiana, have enrolled at thirteen private colleges and universities.While 87% of Act Six Scholars come from low-income families or are the first generation in their family to attend college, 82% percent earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, more than doubling the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities and among alumni who have been out of college for three or more years, 31% have earned a post-graduate degree or credential. Learn more about Act Six at www.actsix.org.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

Bombers overcome jitters to take down Eagles in Kootenay AA Boy’s Hoop Final

first_imgThe rest of the team joined in during the final period as the Bombers increased the lead to 19-4 run to secure the win.“I thought our zone press worked really well for us,” said Zukowski as LVR’s pressure created several Eagle turnovers that led to easy fast-break baskets.Zukowski finished the game with 25 points while Sturrup added 21.Spencer had 11 and Eberle and Erich Schepkonski each finished with six points.N. Randhawa led the Eagles with 17.LVR defeated Grand Forks in one semi final while the Eagles got past the Hawks from Trail to advance to the final.David Thompson of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston finished fifth and sixth, respectively.The Bombers return to the Hangar court for training while waiting for the 16-team tournament draw.“I’m excited about the tournament,” Zukowski exclaimed. “We went last year and played in the big (TCC Fieldhouse) gym so because we’ve been there before hopefully we’ll be able to do better.”The Bombers finished the 2012 event in 15th spot.OVERTIME: The Bombers played without Jesse Zak for most of the game. The senior starter suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter and was held out of the final by the training staff. . . .The tournament organizing committee at LVR honoured former teacher Blair D’Andrea with a plague on the scorer’s table, which read: Dedicated to “Coach Drey” Blair D’Andrea . . . Always a Bomber in Our Hearts. Blair D’Andrea died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He coached the LVR Junior Boys to a Provincial title in 2001. Maybe it was the pressure of being the pre-tournament favourite.Possibly the 200-plus hoop fans present in the Hangar was the cause for the mistake-filled performance in the first half.Whatever the reason, once the home side dusted off the A-Game there was no stopping the defending Kootenay champ as the Bombers throttled the Golden Eagles 75-43 Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Basketball Final.The Bombers now make a return trip back to represent the zone at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships March 6-9 in Kamloops.“We just came out too jumpy, we were over excited a little bit but once we got into our offence and calmed down we blew them away,” a beaming Bomber captain Matt Zukowski said a few minutes after receiving the Kootenay Championship trophy from LVR Athletic Director Val Gibson.Zukowski, along with the entire starting lineup, did not have a great opening 20 minutes.That goes the same for the Bomber bench as the team missed countless lay-ups and in-close shots to lead 14-12 after one quarter and 26-21 at recess.But a late bucket with only a few seconds left on the clock before halftime by Tobin Eberle and some words of wisdom from the Bomber coaching staff made for a different second half for the home side.Bombers rang up 49 points on the Eagles, 18 coming from Zukowski who cut through the Golden interior defence to pick up most of his points.“I was sweating a little bit,” Zukowski confessed heading into the halftime break. “But (head coach) Ross (Naka) just told us to settle down and run the offence and it worked out in the end.”Once the third quarter started it was like there was a different team inside the Bomber home jerseys.Zukowski began taking the ball inside where he was able to score 12 points.Senior teammate Jack Sturrup added eight points while Isaiah Kingdon and Cail Spencer adds a few buckets.last_img read more