Bychemex Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgBychemex Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Bychemex Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bychemex Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bychemex Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBychemex Limited is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac & Co. Limited and specialises in the manufacturing and sale of specialized chemical products and auxiliaries for the textile industry in Mauritius. Bychemex Limited handles its operations through the segments of textile auxiliaries, bleaching and dyeing chemicals, and scouring chemicals, where the company produces detergents, wetting agents, anti-crease agents, sequestrates, dispersants, and softeners, hydrogen peroxide, brine solution and caustic solutions. Bychemex Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

2 UK shares to buy for a Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 7th June, 2021 | More on: LMP TEP Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I like to invest my Stocks and Shares ISA allowance as soon as possible. As such, I have been looking for potential investments ever since the new ISA allowance came into force at the beginning of April. Here are two UK shares I am planning to buy based on my research.Stocks and Shares ISA investmentsOne of the great things about Stocks and Shares ISAs is that any income or capital gains earned on assets held inside one of these wrappers are entirely tax-free. I think this makes them the perfect vehicle in which to own income stocks, although this strategy may not be suitable for all investors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…LondonMetric Property (LSE: LMP) is a real estate investment trust that offers a prospective dividend yield of 3.8%. This yield is covered by income provided by the group’s rental properties.FTSE 250 property companyWhat I like about the company’s portfolio is the fact that it is diversified. It owns many warehouses, which have helped it deliver a solid property return over the past 12 months. Its portfolio delivered a total return of 13.4% over the trading year to the end of March.Its lack of exposure to retail properties also meant occupancy and rent collection was high. Occupancy was 98.7% at the end of the year and rent collection throughout the year was 98.1%.I think these figures showcase the company’s strengths. That’s why I would buy this real estate investment trust for my Stocks and Shares ISA today.That’s not to say the business is without its risks. Like many property developers, LondonMetric uses debt to fund its growth. This could become an issue if interest rates were to rise substantially. Higher interest rates may translate into higher interest costs, which would impact profit margins and may force management to reduce the company’s dividend yield.Utility incomeThe other company I would buy is the utility provider Telecom Plus (LSE: TEP), because it has a defensive business model that stands out to me.For example, according to its latest trading update, last year, when many businesses struggled to stay afloat, customer numbers increased 0.8%. Although this figure was small and was also down from 2.7% in the prior-year period, it’s impressive considering the environment.Thanks to this growth, the company was able to sustain its dividend. It currently offers a dividend yield of 4.6%.I’m optimistic that the firm can maintain this distribution, but I’m also aware that the business faces challenges.Competition in the utility sector is growing, and this may mean Telecom Plus has to spend more money on marketing as we advance. This may impact profit growth.Higher commodity costs may also reduce profit margins if the organisation cannot pass them on to customers.Still, despite these risks and challenges, I would buy the company for my Stocks and Shares ISA today, considering its income potential and defensive nature.center_img Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended LondonMetric Property PLC. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images 2 UK shares to buy for a Stocks and Shares ISA I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 center_img Por Onell A. SotoPosted Apr 25, 2012 Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Rapidísimas Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York [Episcopal News Service] Polémicas y discusiones ha provocado en México el video Nuestro México del Futuro en el que los niños personifican a secuestradores, policías corruptos, narcotraficantes, indocumentados y otros retratos de la vida cotidiana. Su publicación fue cancelada pero ha vuelto nuevamente a las pantallas. “A mí me gustaría que fuera un México más seguro porque si no es un México seguro, qué caso tiene salir a la calle si vas a estar con la preocupación de que te pueden asaltar”, dice un niño que interpreta a un asaltante. “Que estudien mucho los niños, para que no sean narcotraficantes ni rateros”, dice otro.El gobierno cubano criticó al presidente Barack Obama por hablar de democracia en la reciente Cumbre de las Américas en Cartagena. El periódico oficial Granma dijo “De Cuba, nos ocupamos los cubanos”. La cumbre terminó el domingo sin una declaración final por desacuerdos sobre la inclusión de Cuba en el foro y sobre el tema de las islas Malvinas, cuya soberanía reclama Argentina al Reino Unido.La creencia en Dios está decayendo en la mayoría de los países del mundo, según una encuesta de la Universidad de Chicago. El país con menos creyentes es la antigua Alemania del Este con 13 por ciento y el país que donde hay más creyentes es Filipinas con 94 por ciento. La encuesta nota que el cristianismo tiene más atracción en los países en desarrollo.El alcalde de Londres, Boris Johnson, ha prohibido anuncios en buses de la ciudad que dicen “los homosexuales pueden ser curados”. El alcalde dijo que “Es claramente ofensivo sugerir que el ser gay es una enfermedad y que una persona se puede curar”. Las dos organizaciones anglicanas que pusieron los anuncios dijeron que el alcalde los había censurado.Medios de prensa acreditados en el Vaticano han informado que la Iglesia Católica Romana ha eliminado el “limbo”, el lugar donde la tradición colocaba a los niños que morían sin recibir el bautismo. Una nota oficial dice que esa teoría refleja una “visión excesivamente restrictiva de la salvación”. En 1984 cuando el actual papa ejercía de prefecto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, afirmó que el limbo era “sólo” una “hipótesis teológica” y que lo mejor sería no tenerlo en cuenta.Después de un largo proceso y severas críticas en ambas direcciones Robert H. Schuller, fundador de la famosa Catedral de Cristal de California, ha abandonado el lugar donde predicó y ejerció su amplio ministerio por buen número de años. Sin embargo, los nuevos dirigentes de la iglesia han dicho que el estado de ánimo de la congregación ha sido “muy positivo” y que las ofrendas se han duplicado. Observadores de la situación dicen que todo tuvo lugar por “dinero”.La consagración de Genieve Blackwell, la tercera mujer electa obispa en la Iglesia Anglicana de Australia, fue boicoteada por Peter Jensen, arzobispo de Sydney, que rehusó asistir a la ceremonia con sus obispos auxiliares por “razones de conciencia”. Diez y ocho otros obispos sirvieron de consagrantes.La Diócesis de Virginia y un grupo disidente de Truro en Fairfax, Virginia, han anunciado que han llegado a un acuerdo sobre la propiedad después de cinco años de disputas. Según el dictamen de un juez la Iglesia de Truro entrega todas las propiedades a la diócesis además de $50,000 por gastos adicionales. El grupo disidente podrá usar en forma gratuita algunas de las instalaciones de la iglesia por 15 meses. Ambas congregaciones prometen solemnemente tratarse “con amor y respeto”.Dos meses después que Patrick Greene, 66, oficial de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos amenazara que llevaría a los tribunales al alcalde de San Antonio por tener adornos de Navidad en propiedad del estado, ha anunciado que no sólo se ha convertido en cristiano sino que también piensa estudiar para servir como un pastor evangélico, publicó el periódico Christian Post.Jorge Ramos, el presentador de noticias de Univisión, escribió recientemente en El Nuevo Herald de Miami sobre el descalabro de Ozzie Guillén, el manager venezolano de los Marlins. Dice Ramos: “Guillén pidió ‘perdón con el corazón en la mano, de rodillas’ tras declarar su amor por Fidel. El puede decir lo que quiera. La primera enmienda de la constitución de Estados Unidos lo protege. Pero el problema es que tocó donde más duele. Las palabras importan. Los Marlins, protegiendo su inversión, lo suspendieron por cinco juegos; los cubanos, en el fondo, ya lo poncharon de por vida”.CONSEJO: El secreto de andar sobre las aguas es saber dónde están las piedras. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more

Dixon thinks ‘we’ll see improvements’ in college basketball from FBI investigation

first_img Previous articleHoroscope: October 2, 2017Next articleKayla Hill’s golden goal tops Texas Tech in overtime Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Garrett Podell + posts ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Linkedin Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podell printWhen head basketball coach Jamie Dixon organizes his regular 10 a.m. meetings before team practices, he said he always has the same two items at the top of his agenda: academics and compliance.  “Those are the first two things we talk about and then we move on to practice, recruiting and other things,” Dixon said Friday before the Horned Frogs first official practice as the team prepares for its season opener Nov. 10. After news broke last week that the Justice Department had charged 10 people, including four assistant coaches and an official with Adidas, in connection with bribery and fraud, Dixon said he talked with his staff again. He said he is “quite comfortable” that his staff has nothing to hide from the investigation.Louisville effectively fired coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich Wednesday, a day after the FBI announced the arrests. Oklahoma State and Auburn have each since fired an assistant coach who was arrested.Dixon’s staff is comprised of assistant coaches David Patrick, Ryan Miller and Corey Barker, all hired last year, and special assistant Ontario Lett, hired this year. Patrick, Miller and Barker are the primary recruiters.Dixon said he asked his coaches to disclose anything he might need to be aware of in light of the FBI investigation.“We continue to lecture our guys about never going down that road because there are challenges out there every day,” Dixon said. “Every day we face some kind of decision that we have to make a choice.”Patrick, one of TCU’s top recruiters, said staying away from people outside of a recruit’s inner circle helps eliminate risk.“I think first and foremost anywhere you try to recruit the kid, the parent, the high school coach, and if you can cover those bases, you don’t have the outside people coming into play,” Patrick said. “I think we try to do a good job here to try and know the kid, get to know the parents and the high school coach, and usually when you do that, good things happen from there.” Dixon enters his second season at TCU. Last season, he led TCU to a school-record six Big 12 wins, two wins in the Big 12 tournament, including one over top-ranked Kansas, and its first NIT championship.He is a part of the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and is on two NCAA basketball committees.“I think we’ll see improvements,” Dixon said. “I think it’s a good day, to be honest. I think some things will get cleaned up and talked about.”However, he remains on high-alert to ensure his program continues to play by the rules. “I think you can’t walk around with an arrogance and think it can’t happen at your place,” Dixon said. “It can happen anywhere.”  Facebook Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Twitterlast_img read more

Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm about the plight of the media after Vincent Sumalpong, a presenter on state-owned Radyo ng Bayan, was gunned down this morning in Bongao, the capital of the southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi. A colleague, Ruelan Hope Borja, was wounded by the hail of bullets. Sumalpong was the fourth journalist to be killed this year in the Philippines.The police said witnesses identified a suspect, Nur Suang, from photos. Suang, who has not yet been arrested, is also a suspect in the murder of a public relations officer that Sumalpong had investigated. The identity of the possible mastermind is still unknown.”The identification of a suspect should encourage the police and judicial authorities to cooperate closely to ensure that this is an exemplary investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The murderer and any instigators must without fail be arrested and brought to trial.”Reporters Without Borders regards the Philippines as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press after Iraq. At least 53 journalists have been killed there since Gloria Arroyo took over as president in 1991. News News to go further RSF_en Organisation PhilippinesAsia – Pacific PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressacenter_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Follow the news on Philippines June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Contractors see no cause for concern at UHL site

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NewsHealthPoliticsContractors see no cause for concern at UHL siteBy David Raleigh – August 22, 2019 342 Groundwork gets under way on the site of the new 60 bed unit at UHL last April.A NEW 60-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is expected to be completed by next April, the company behind the €19.5 million project has confirmed to the Limerick Post.This follows confirmation earlier this week that the HSE awarded the contract for the building to Western Building Systems, which built 42 schools, all of which it is claimed have been found to have structural defects.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Western was awarded the tender earlier this year and signed off on the contract last May.The Department of Education is pursuing legal action against the firm for the cost of remediation of defects discovered at the schools.A UHL spokesman said the 60-bed unit “will be fully compliant with the building regulations”.“The proposal to provide a fast track ward block at UHL was initiated during 2018. Following a public procurement process by the HSE, the successful bidder was Western Building Systems. Funding to progress the project was subsequently included in the HSE Capital Plan 2019,” they said.The contract is “underway and progressing well” and is “anticipated to be completed by Quarter 3 2020 with the new beds envisaged to be operational in time for winter 2020”, the spokesman added.“Strict EU public procurement guidelines” were followed, and, Western “was entitled to bid for the contract and met all the contract criteria”.As the project is “a rapid build”, specialist work of this nature would have precluded some contractors from bidding. The work is being supervised and monitored by a HSE-appointed “technical advisor team” as well as “local HSE Estates staff”.UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in the country, providing the only 24-hour emergency cover for the mid-west region and the spokesman said that the 60-bed unit “will go some way towards addressing the acknowledged lack of bed capacity in the region”.There is as yet no firm commitment to fund a proposed 96-bed unit at UHL.“This project is some years away from delivery”, the UHL spokesman said.Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said: “It is very concerning that a company who is currently being sued by the Department of Education have been awarded the contract for the new ward at University Hospital Limerick.”“We don’t yet know to what extent Western Building Systems was responsible or not, for the building defects found in the 42 schools they built for the State over the past number of years.”“Until these facts are established, I would have assumed current tenders from this company would be under review, and new tenders not accepted, until the full facts are established.“I am extremely concerned that this news could result in delays for the new ward, which is critically needed at UHL,” Deputy Quinlivan added.Former Mayor and current Fianna Fáil general election candidate James Collins, said he felt there were many questions that needed to be answered about the situation.“I’m conscious that the company went through a tendering process and won the contract, but were those adjudicating on that contract fully aware of the issues which have arisen at the 42 schools. We have seen hundreds of schoolchildren nationwide disrupted,” Cllr Collins said.“In some cases, schools have had to shut down. There are outstanding questions in relation to the structural integrity of the work carried out by this company, so we must ask is it right to give them this contract?”“At the very least, the tender award should be reviewed given the large amount of public money at stake, and the significant public interest and public safety issues involved.”A UHL nursing source said they did not want to comment on the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the contract but that they “hope it won’t delay the unit”.A spokeswoman for Western Building Systems said the company, which has operated to 35 years, “continues to be awarded and deliver important public and private contracts in Ireland and the UK including University Hospital Limerick which is set for completion in April 2020”.“These tenders were awarded following extensive procurement processes.” She said that Western had “recently completed work and / or are currently working on other projects, including, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; a psychiatric inpatient unit at Beamount Hospital; Roslyn Park College; Greystones National School; Colaiste Cois Life and a number of housing projects”.“We note comments from the HSE last year when it stated ‘there are currently no safety concerns regarding the integrity of its buildings in relation to construction works carried out by Western Buildings Systems at this time’”.“We welcome engagement and cooperation with public contracting partners in respect of all such projects, not least to ensure we avoid a situation whereby projects which are deemed to have met contractual requirements and certified as such by Government Departments and agencies are subsequently not deemed to be.”“We will work with the contracting authorities such as the Health Service Executive in respect of whatever structures they deem appropriate as we have also done up to this point in respect of the school building with the Department of Education.”“In parallel, we will continue to engage with the Department of Education and Skills to ensure the independent report it promised into the schools building programme is delivered with a firm deadline for the publication,” the spokeswoman concluded. 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Symend to Accelerate Global Expansion by Bringing Total Funding to-date to Over US$100 Million Following US$43 Million Series B…

first_img Symend to Accelerate Global Expansion by Bringing Total Funding to-date to Over US$100 Million Following US$43 Million Series B Extension Twitter Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleIntuit Adjusts Second Quarter Outlook Reflecting the Impact of a Late Opening to the Tax Season; Reiterates Full-Year GuidanceNext articleLightning eMotors Names New Chief Revenue Officer Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Symend, a leading digital engagement platform that uses behavioral science and data-driven insights to empower customers to resolve past due bills, announced a US$43 million extension following its US$52 million Series B in May 2020. The Series B+ was led by global technology venture firm, Inovia Capital, with participation from a consortium of investors, bringing Symend’s total funding to date to over US$100 million. “We are big believers in Symend’s mission to add lasting value to enterprises, by helping their customers avoid collections,” said Dennis Kavelman, Partner at Inovia Capital. “Their approach is differentiated and effective because it combines behavioral science and data science to drive a personalized approach for each customer. With this new investment, Symend is well funded to execute its strategy of scaling globally, and to partner with large enterprises in many industries.” Kavelman is also a former RIM (Blackberry) executive and current member of Symend’s board of directors. Symend welcomed two additional board members in 2020 including John Connors, Managing Partner at Ignition Partners and former Microsoft executive, and Matthew J. Schiltz, former CEO at Conga and DocuSign. Connors and Schiltz joined the board alongside Eric Updyke, CEO at Spirent Communications, and Maor Amar, Managing Partner at Impression Ventures. Symend’s platform is purpose built to serve complex enterprises in telecommunications, financial services, utilities and media across North America and is on track to significantly expand its client roster globally in 2021. Symend recently opened an office in Australia to serve the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, with plans to expand into Latin America (LATAM) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Symend currently serves two-thirds of the major telecommunications providers in North America and is successfully serving a multinational bank, quickly gaining traction with other major players in financial services. Symend validated the need for its solution along the entire customer journey by providing clients with rapid response capabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic. By relieving pressure from call centres overwhelmed by inquiries from uncertain customers, Symend created capacity for clients to respond to evolving customer needs when they needed it most. Over the past year, Symend’s team of behavioral scientists, data scientists and data analysts have significantly strengthened its consumer data platform, which is foundational to its engagement platform. Through rigorous experimentation, Symend is continuously building an extensive library of proven behavioral-based engagement strategies shaped by in-depth customer insights to continuously optimize behavior. This will guide Symend’s product portfolio expansion as it further develops strategies in customer retention and acquisition. “Given the challenges that service providers have faced during the pandemic, we are seeing a massive uptick in enterprises that are committed to investing in solutions that will ensure they are better prepared for the future, better the lives of their customers, and drive better business results for their core operations during both good and challenging times,” said Hanif Joshaghani, CEO at Symend. Symend has rapidly accelerated recruitment, growing from 50 people to over 225 in 2020 and expects to double in size in 2021. The rapid growth of the team is led by Calgary success story Benevity’s former Chief People Officer, Vivian Farris, who joined Symend in September 2020. To support the expansion and restructuring of product and technology within the company, Symend attracted several senior executives from major hubs including the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Chicago. Corey Scobie was appointed Symend’s Chief Technology Officer following Progress Software’s US$220 million acquisition of Chef Software. PehKeong Teh, previously SVP, Marketing Cloud at Salesforce, was appointed Chief Product Officer. Matt LaHood, previously VP and Head of Custom Analytics for the Americas at FICO, was appointed SVP of Science and Analytics Services, leading behavioral science, data science and analytics. About Symend: Symend’s digital engagement platform uses behavioral science and data-driven insights to empower customers to resolve past due bills. Symend engages with millions of customers and leverages advanced analytics to provide enterprise clients deep insights on consumer behavior. Using this data, Symend empathetically nudges customers towards a desired action with personalized communications, self-serve tools and flexible repayment options. Through continuous optimization, Symend’s relationship-based approach is proven to both empower customers to take action and keep clients attuned to the changing needs of their customers. This increases customer satisfaction, lowers operating costs, and helps resolve past due bills before reaching collections. Founded in 2016, Symend’s platform is purpose built to serve complex global enterprises in telecommunications, financial services, utilities and media. Symend is headquartered in Calgary and privately held, with global operations across Canada, the United States, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit and follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 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Flowers ends PSC bid

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip “I have wide state name recognition – greater than the other candidates, except in the Huntsville and Mobile areas,” he said. “But, I just like my independence better. I don’t want to lose my credibility.”Flowers said he is happy with his decision not to run for public office. He reportedly had a significant campaign fund from previous political endeavors when he decided to run for the PSC.“I feel good about my decision,” he said. “I may get back into politics at some point but right now I have no plans.”Flowers said he is now turning his attention to his column and to what he calls “a dull year in politics.”“I’m not going to get involved,” he said. “I might not ever write about it.” Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “As a politician, I would become a party person. I like being an analyst and the people’s conduit to the State Capitol. Over the last decade, I’ve been able to tell it like it is. People trust me. I have earned their trust and they like what I’m saying about state politics.”Flowers’ weekly column runs in about 70 newspapers across the state, many of which are local papers.“Those are the newspapers that people read to find out who won the baseball game, who got married and who died,” he said. “They are the papers people read found out what Steve Flowers has to say and people put their trust in it. It’s my niche. “Flowers said it is his belief that he could have won the race for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 2. You Might Like Mayor for day winners announced Seven area students will enjoy an insiders look at public administration as they participate in the Troy Mayor for A… read more Flowers served 16 years in the Alabama House of Representatives before starting a career in political commentary. He also teaches Southern Politics at Troy University.In his announcement Thursday afternoon, Flowers said after contemplation and consultation with editors, readers and viewers and listeners, it is his belief that he would lose credibility and potentially his impartiality as a political journalist if he reenters the political arena as a participant.“I like the niche that I have carved for myself as Alabama’s columnist and commentator for local newspapers, especially those in middle size towns,” Flowers said. “When you throw your hat in the arena, you are a politician. People look at you differently as a politician. They look at you with a different prism. Email the author Book Nook to reopen Alabama columnist and commentator Steve Flowers announced Thursday that he will not be a candidate for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 2.Flowers, a Troy resident, said he considered a race for the State Public Service Commission after the Ethics Commission confirmed that he could continue his career as an Alabama political columnist and commentator in conjunction with the public service endeavor.He was challenging incumbent Republican Terry Dunn for the nomination. Other challengers include Alabama Minority GOP Chairman Philip Brown and Jonathan Barbee, former Alabama GOP interim press secretary. By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Flowers ends PSC bid The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Black man choked, slammed against wall by officer at Waffle House, video shows

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WARSAW, N.C.) — Waffle House is facing yet another controversy after video surfaced showing a black man being choked, dropped to the ground and arrested last weekend in Warsaw, North Carolina.Anthony Wall, 22, had just taken his little sister to her prom when they walked into a Waffle House with a few other people, he told ABC News.According to Wall, the group decided to sit at a table that hadn’t yet been cleaned. One of the Waffle House employees came up to them and asked them why they had sat down at that table and told them to get up, Wall said.“I told him he didn’t have to talk to us like that,” Wall told ABC News.After the verbal altercation escalated, police were called.Video shows one officer grabbing Wall by the neck and pressing him into a glass wall. It’s not clear what took place prior to the arrest.“I was not threatening [the officer], he never said anything to me, he grabbed me and slammed me against the window,” Wall said.In the video, Wall can be heard telling the officer, “Get your hands off of me,” as the officer chokes him and brings him to the ground. The officer then tells him to put his hands behind his back.The Warsaw Police Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News, but did provide a statement to ABC station WTVD.“We are currently investigating the whole incident, interviewing witnesses and gathering additional video,” Police Chief Eric Southerland said in the statement. “We have also reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to make him aware of the investigation.”Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that people need to stay out of Waffle House until the restaurant chain commits to employee training, discussing racism and implementing changes.This incident comes a few weeks after a black woman was arrested inside an Alabama Waffle House after refusing to pay 50 cents for plastic utensils and asking for the company’s corporate office number.Chikesia Clemons was pinned down to the floor by three police officers and handcuffed even as the top of her shoulderless dress came down, exposing her breasts.Local police maintained that the officers involved in the incident followed protocol, adding that Clemons and her friend were acting belligerently inside the Waffle House and drunkenly yelling profanities at restaurant employees and threatening to return with a gun.The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) released a statement on both Waffle House arrests.“In both cases, the black customers were reportedly unarmed and non-violent. Neither situation warranted police intervention, let alone such gratuitous use-of-force. Waffle House must conduct an extensive review and overhaul of its policies to ensure that employees do not needlessly subject customers of color to police contact and brutality. Police officials are not a private security force for untrained Waffle House employees. Waffle House cannot continue to avoid this issue,” the LDF said.The Waffle House sent a statement to ABC News addressing both incidents.“We believe there is more to these stories than the short videos that have been posted might suggest,” Pat Warner, director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House, said in the statement. “Our review of these incidents do not indicate race was an issue in the decision to call the police in either case.”A spokesman for Waffle House later told ABC News that the chain’s CEO Walt Ehmer spoke to Wall today by phone to apologize for the incident and to check in on him.Wall said he takes responsibility for his argument in the restaurant but added that the officer had no right to do what he did.“This officer needs to be off the street as well as any other officers that act that way,” Wall said. “He wasn’t handling me like he was trying to protect someone, he was handling me with anger.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Walker case – employer duty

first_imgWalker case – employer dutyOn 29 Feb 2000 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Letters of the week• Your article on the Walker case (15 February) covers an interesting topicbut I do not agree that blanket immunity can be given to people makingcomplaints. I have undertaken a number of harassment investigations over theyears and only once have I come across a malicious or vexatious complainant.My view is that employers do have a duty to protect people from malicious orvexatious complaints and to take action against people who do, unless thefollowing criteria are met:• Illness – the case I dealt with involved a person who was later shown tobe mentally ill.• Genuine error – where a complaint is made in good faith.I can only speculate why Walker dreamt up such a serious allegation but thecase also points to the need to use meditation, where possible, as way toresolve such claims. Did Walker make this allegation and then, being unable tostop, got caught up in a process that lead to her personal ruin?Where employers find that people have acted with malice, I believe theyshould be disciplined. How can someone be expected to work with a colleague whobehaved as she did?Also, Linda Jones is right – no one should be deterred from complaining butwill allowing a person to make the allegations Walker made encourage someone tomake a complaint who is a genuine sufferer? I believe not; it will simplydevalue an important part of ensuring a harassment-free workplace.Jeremy MorrisonBuckinghamshire Fire ServiceFirms’ line on family policies• I am undertaking a management report on the subject of family-friendlypolices. I would be grateful for any information about companies in relation totheir attitudes, whether they have used the government model for parental leaveor an enhanced policy. Any information would be appreciated and will be treated in the strictestconfidence.Terri De’AnneHR Fax: 020-7757 [email protected] Culture is a key to success • It was good to read your article, “Tomorrow’s Work” (8February), not least because it gives formal recognition to my own role of”Manager of Culture & Training”; but more, to see that othercompanies may follow the lead of Mason, which recognises that organisationalculture is a key driver of business success.It is true that a key part of my work is ensuring that the company lives upto its public image. All too often, the line sold at recruitment nevermaterialises. My job is make sure it does. How do we do this? We never lose sight of the fact that we – managers andstaff – should never treat others in a way that we would not wish to be treatedourselves and that the bottom line is that without people, we would not haveany culture to drive us forward.In reality, I am a trouble-shooter, team coach, agony aunt and spin doctor.If anyone is interested to learn more about my role, I am more than happy totalk to them.Karen SimpsonManager of culture and trainingMason CommunicationsRespect, not the title, that counts• I have been much amused by the debate about naming/renaming our professionbecause the same debate rages in my first profession, librarianship. I am anAssociate of the Library Association, which is in the process of merging withthe Institute of Information Scientists.Some librarians have in the past few decades been keen to adopt fancy jobtitles which reflect the widening role of the profession – Information Manager,Information Scientist, Information Worker, Learning Adviser, Learning CentreManager are just a few. These have recently been joined by Knowledge Managerand titles from across the pond such as Cybrarian for those whose role isprimarily in the use of electronic information.Evolving job titles are a healthy thing because they show that employers arethinking about their changing needs. The difficulty comes when a profession isnot comfortable with its traditional name because this, they believe,perpetuates an inaccurate or negative image. Librarians are especially paranoid about primly dressed single people ofeither sex who say, “Shhh!”, but the truth is that the public imageof the librarian has moved on.Library clients are quite able to understand the range of skills librarianshave to offer, arising from the diversification and growth of library services.This is in no small part due to innovation in public libraries as well as tothe media and publicity skills of public librarians. Further education collegelibrarians are also pretty street-smart.Librarians who are confident and assertive are viewed with respect. Theorganisations for which they work come to expect more in consequence, and at astrategic level. Our own professional literature indicates that people managersare also highly skilled, confident and optimistic about what they do and thevalue our profession adds to the world of work.As a relatively new entrant to the profession I have no vested interest inany particular job terminology but I would suggest that there is merit in beingrecognisable to your customers. I believe that constant rebadging engenderssuspicion, not confidence – how do you feel about the re-naming of governmentagencies, funding schemes and nuclear power plants? The trick is to gainrespect for what you do, not to change its name.Fenella LaceyEmployee development adviserShropshire County CouncilLetter of the weekConsultation is a sham• The Government has no commercial awareness at all in respect of anybusiness issues. It seems to me its policies are designed to reduce our abilityto compete in the global market. We have to contend with the price of sterling and the issue of taxingworkplace parking spaces and the removal of employers’ ability to thank andreward their staff with treats on the company because of tax reasons and so on.It then restricts our efforts further by placing unrealistic demands on UKindustry in the form of overly bureaucratic and cost-adding legislation. The Government does not want us to consult as it wants to bring it inthrough the back door. This is why there is ineffective communication andconsultation and unrealistic timescales.The Government also seems not to understand that a company can react to andimplement the requirements of new legislation within a small timescale, whenvery often the company has real commercial issues to deal with as part of theprocess. The Government also gives official launch dates when it is obviousthat the interpretation of the legislation has still not been agreed. We had this with Working Time and now we have it with Fairness at Work,where we had a “go live” date of 15 December for the new regulationsand we were into January before our advisers had a definitive understanding ofwhat was expected. If my company treated our customers in this way we would notbe trading now.I would also point out that the Government does not effectively informemployers regarding consultation, yet it instructs the tribunals to come downhard on employers who have not consulted with their staff. I believe that mostemployers are reasonable and want to do the best by their people byimplementing best practice, but please can we make it a value-added processinstead of added cost? The best way to achieve this is to have a detailed consultation process withthe experts, the practitioners, managers and employee representatives who keepthe business operational.Perhaps the Government could use the Tecs and Business Links to coordinatethis process instead of selling products and services that not all of us maywant or need. On the subject of Tecs and Business Links, why is the Government wastingmore money on closing these services and then re-opening them as neworganisations staffed with the same people still selling the same products andservices? The lesson has not been learned from the early 1990s when the Tecsand Business and Enterprise Links were formed and then merged together, somewith the Chambers of Commerce as well. It seems the Government has to change and implement its model despite theadded and unnecessary costs, not value, to business support in the regions. Wenow have the Government Offices, the Regional Development Agency, the combinedTecs and Business Links, the Chambers of Commerce and the local authoritiesplus all the colleges and universities to pay for. Now we are to lose the combined Tec and Links and replace them with twoseparate organisations in the Learning and Skills Councils and Small BusinessService, which is being set up to discriminate against our larger businesses. I would also ask the Government to look at the structure and access tobusiness support that is available to our European friends who employ more than250 people. How Europe must be laughing at us. First we sell off as much of ourindustry to them as we can, then we are so keen to introduce Europeanlegislation – which adds cost, not value, further restricting our ability tocompete – we do nothing about the strength of the pound, then we increase thecosts of business support and restrict it to a privileged few. Whenever I talk to civil servants or politicians they tell me thatmanufacturing is in decline and we must prepare for the new industries in theservices and the arts. Do these people not know that if we take away themanufacturing sector’s ability to compete then we kill the need for services,as there will be no one left to serve and no one will have any money to spendon the arts. Come on Tony Blair, we need a balanced strategy. Support the growth andcompetitiveness of all our businesses, particularly in the manufacturingsector, make grants available to all UK companies regardless of the number ofstaff and size of turnover and encourage them to take on and beat thecompetition globally, achieving world-class status. Learn from the Tories’ mistake – they once thought we could have an economybased on services, with their “post-industrial society”. Do you havethe same vision? I wonder.Lee AveryGroup HR managerHadley Industries Comments are closed. last_img read more