Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares In these gloomy days for the stock market, it’s nice to see some glimmers of positivity. That happened Tuesday when small cap stock Gear4Music (LSE: G4M) saw its share price leap 20%. The occasion was the release of full-year results. But the G4M share price has been having a remarkable year all round.The company, which sells musical instruments and music equipment online, suffered a hefty crash in the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown. But in April, chief executive Andrew Wass revealed growing demand, explaining that “an increasing number of people recognise the benefits that playing musical instruments can bring during these difficult times“. Music does indeed appear to have charms to soothe the frustrated lockdown victim, and that thought has already gone viral.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…Tuesday’s results announcement, headlined “Strong return to profitability“, confirmed the uptick in the company’s performance. The G4M share price reacted with a 25% gain at one stage. It’s softened a bit by the time of writing, but still up 20% on the day. Since the start of 2020, we’re looking at a 50% increase. Not many companies have rewarded their shareholders so handsomely in this torrid year.Cracking customer growthGear4Music delivered a 239% rise in EBITDA, from £2.3m a year ago to £7.8m. That came from a modest 2% increase in revenue, so margins are heading in the right direction. The firm’s gross margin improved from 22.8% a year ago to 25.9%, which is impressive. G4M had cash of £7.8m on its books at 31 March, a significant improvement on 2019’s £5.3m. The active customer count grew by 11% to 807,000, with the company speaking of “exceptionally strong trading in April and May 2020“.Before we get too excited, to evaluate the G4M share price valuation we need ask ourselves a key question. Is this is just a one-off lockdown surge, or is it part of a long-term growth trajectory? CEO Wass did add that “whilst still early in the current financial year, the Board is confident of continued financial improvements during FY21 and look forward to the year ahead with optimism“.That’s upbeat, but the rest of 2020 will still be blighted by coronavirus restrictions. And it surely won’t be representative of a long-term future in which we’re back to shopping as normal. 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to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus Organisation News RSF_en News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders said today it was “greatly concerned” about Russia’s new anti-terrorist law, which includes a sharp reduction of press freedom.”Russians already lack reliable and independent news about what is going on in Chechnya”, said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the United Nations and the Council of Europe. “Such censorship must not be strengthened and entrenched under cover of the fight against terrorism.”He asked the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, and the president of the Council of Europe’s ministerial committee, Lydie Polfer, to stress to the Russian government that the new law, passed by the Duma (parliament) on 1 November, violated international press freedom standards.Several Russian media have been punished for their coverage of the recent hostage-taking episode in Moscow. On 25 October, information minister Mikhail Lessin ordered the closure of the regional TV station Moskovia for violating the anti-terrorist and press laws. He also threatened to shut down the Internet website of the radio station Moscow Echo for posting an interview with the kidnappers.The offices of the weekly Versia were also searched on 2 November by FSB secret police, who seized its Internet server. Managing editor Andrei Soldatov said the raid was linked with a forthcoming article, eventually published on 4 November, about the role of the special security forces in ending of the hostage-taking. BelarusEurope – Central Asia News November 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders refers new anti-terrorist law to UN and Council of Europe The new anti-terrorist law, passed less than a week after the Moscowhostage-taking, increases censorship about the war in Chechnya and pavesthe way for new attacks on press freedom in Russia as a whole.
Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Rural GPs in Donegal are at “tipping point” Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest By News Highland – March 12, 2015 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Almost 90 percent of students studying medicine in Irish universities say they’re considering emigrating when they graduate.A study led by NUIG has found that career opportunities and working conditions are among the main factors for emigrating.Meanwhile, this morning’s Donegal Democrat is reporting that a number of GPs in Donegal are warning that the service is at tipping point in rural areas of the county. A meeting in Donegal Town this week was told that recent cuts make general practioner work unattractive and unviable, and this will see access to GPs become restricted as numbers fall.Among those who attended and addressed that meeting was Chris Goody, the CEO of the National Association of General Practitioners……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/chrisgoodyweb1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleNo rest for Quigley – Jason named on Golden Boy Live billNext articleFebruary saw a 100% year on year increase in overcrowding at LGH News Highland Google+ Pinterest Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report
365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Previous articleLetterkenny invited to apply for major infrastructure and transport projectsNext articleDonegal gardai focus on young drivers for August Bank Holiday weekend admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Donegal County Councillor is calling for a tourism committee to be set up in each Municipal District.Each committee would include representatives from the tourist industry and council members.This week, a brochure released by Failte Ireland which recommended various towns across the country didn’t include any from Donegal.Cllr Gary Doherty says the move would maximise tourism potential in every area of the county………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/garytourism.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Call for tourism committees to be established in each Municipal District Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ By admin – July 31, 2015 WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Pinterest
Google+ News A juvenile has been arrested in Derry in connection with in Moss Park off the Glengalliagh Road last weekend.There were several reports of incidents in the area from Thursday to Saturday last week.The boy, whose age hasn’t been disclosed, was arrested by the PSNI last night. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleEU Commission agrees to make advance payments to farmersNext articleNew investigation into Micheala Mc Areavey murder underway in Mauritius News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Juvenile arrested in Derry in connection with Moss Park incidents 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook By News Highland – July 26, 2012 WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest
peterschreiber.media/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(HOUSTON) — Texas’ embattled power grid operator is facing lawsuits and resignations after more than 4 million customers lost electricity last week during a deadly winter storm.Morgan & Morgan, a Florida-based national law firm with over 700 attorneys, filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), alleging that the nonprofit corporation “utterly failed” to plan for the cold weather despite multiple warnings, leading to the collapse of its electrical network and resulting in widespread blackouts.“Despite receiving multiple unambiguous warnings, ERCOT’s alleged failure to ensure reliable generating capacity during anticipated conditions forced many of its customers to endure dangerous freezing temperatures for long periods of time,” attorneys Mike Morgan and Rene Rocha said in a statement Tuesday. “This was not the first time ERCOT has failed to plan and prepare for cold weather. But instead of learning the lessons of its past failures, ERCOT yet again disregarded its duties to its customers. Over 70 people have died and millions of others have suffered emotional and physical trauma due to ERCOT’s alleged gross negligence.”ABC News has reached out to ERCOT for comment.The lawsuit was filed in a district court of Texas’ Harris County on behalf of a putative class that includes all current retail customers of ERCOT — millions of Texans — “who lost electric services or potable water services during the week of February 14, 2021 as a result of ERCOT’s failure to ensure adequate generating capacity,” according to the complaint.ERCOT, which manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million customers in Texas, representing 90% of the state’s electric load, allegedly received warning as early as Feb. 9 that an impending winter storm may jeopardize the integrity of its electrical network if reasonable measures were not taken, according to the complaint. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, who has been critical of ERCOT in the storm’s aftermath, issued a disaster declaration in all 254 counties on Feb. 12 ahead of the severe weather, which the lawsuit argued “should have further emphasized the need for ERCOT to take appropriate measures to ensure system performance under the anticipated conditions.”The storm moved into Texas on Feb. 14, blanketing the Lone Star State in snow and ice. During a press briefing last Thursday, ERCOT president and CEO Bill Magness admitted that the Texas power grid had been just “seconds or minutes” away from a complete and catastrophic failure, as power demand increased and generators fell offline on the night the storm hit. By the morning of Feb. 14, more than 4.4 million customers were without power in Texas, according to data collected by PowerOutage.US.The extended power outages combined with record-low temperatures caused freezing pipes to burst across the state, depleting water reserves. Millions of people were also under a boil-water advisory due to concerns about potential contamination as water treatment plants suffered power outages.Mariaelena Sanchez, the named plaintiff in the lawsuit, was among those who lost electrical services and potable water for “several days” due to ERCOT’s alleged failures to plan and prepare for the deep freeze, according to the complaint. Sanchez was forced to “huddle under blankets in her dark and freezing home and ration scarce supplies of bottled water. During that time, Sanchez had to use snow to preserve “the little food she had that was not spoiled by the outages,” according to the complaint.The lawsuit alleged that the “total state energy demand during the cold weather event peaked at around 69,000 megawatts — significantly less than the total capacity of the ERCOT system or typical peak demands in summer.” ERCOT allegedly failed “to reserve enough capacity to meet such foreseeable demands” as well as “to assess the integrity of its infrastructure, the environmental limitations of its power sources, and how abnormally cold weather may impact the availability of its power sources,” according to the complaint.Although winter storms are not as common in Texas as elsewhere in the United States, the complaint noted that the state has experienced a number of cold weather events over the past few decades. The lawsuit alleged that “ERCOT has repeatedly disregarded its responsibilities” throughout the years to plan and prepare for the effects of cold weather on its electrical grid. The complaint cited winter storms in 1989 and 2011 that caused ERCOT’s systems to fail, resulting in widespread blackouts and human suffering.The lawsuit is demanding a jury trial and is seeking class certification, injunctive relief, damages and litigation costs for the named plaintiff as well as all other class members proposed in the complaint.This is not the only lawsuit to hit ERCOT in the wake of the historic cold snap. The family of an 11-year-old boy who died during last week’s power outages in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, filed a $100 million lawsuit against ERCOT and Entergy Texas, an electric power generation and distribution company.Meanwhile, ERCOT’s top board leaders announced Tuesday that they will step down amid outrage over the corporation’s handling of the storm. Four board directors, including the chairwoman and vice chairman, submitted their resignations, which are effective Wednesday. A candidate for a board director position also said he was withdrawing his name from consideration. All five live outside of Texas, which only intensified scrutiny of ERCOT.In a letter to ERCOT board members on Tuesday, the four departing leaders noted the “recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership.”“We want to acknowledge the pain and suffering of Texans during this past week,” they wrote. “Our hearts go out to all Texans who have had to go without electricity, heat, and water during frigid temperatures and continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency.”In a separate letter to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which oversees ERCOT, the board director candidate said he was requesting the withdrawal of his name “to avoid becoming a distraction,” citing “concerns regarding the propriety of out-of-state directors.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Head of Corporate Training and Development at Pfizer PaulMallinson explains why he introduced the famous ‘habits of effective people’ tothe UK subsidiaryWe have been using FranklinCovey development programmes at Pfizer in the UKfor more than five years and they are still having consistent and beneficialeffects throughout the organisation. However, we stumbled across the solutionsby chance. In the1990s, on the way to the US, l was looking for something to read atthe airport and picked up Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople. After reading it, I contacted a FranklinCovey facilitator to discussthe possibility of doing some work on culture change at Pfizer. It was important that I fully understood the whole learning process, so tostart with I attended the two workshops, The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople and The Four Roles of Leadership, which enabled me to observe theexperience at first hand. Personal development The strength of the programme is that it goes deep into personal motivationand effectiveness, facilitating organisational change by starting at a personallevel. The philosophy of the course is to teach people to change from theinside, within a framework of universal, timeless principles. The material focuses on a work/life balance and aims to improve both theprofessional and personal sides of the attendees’ lives. Thus, part of the 7Habits course is to develop a personal mission statement, which encouragesindividuals to think about ‘who they are and where they are going’ in life, andto look at both short-term and long-term goals. The course teaches a‘whole-person’ approach where personal and professional goals and events arenot mutually exclusive and making improvements in one area will have positiveeffects in the other. Another key message of this course is the paradigm shift – encouragingpeople to see what can be done rather than focusing on restrictions. A powerfulway of illustrating this was to learn to juggle three balls. At first, many participants might not see the point in this, or mayimmediately feel they are not capable of doing it. But it taught us a simplebut important lesson. We were taken though the practical skills and steps neededto learn to keep three balls in the air, and by focusing on the goal and byadhering to these steps, we were soon able to keep three balls in the air atthe same time. The lesson was that if you allow yourself to see thingsdifferently and are proactive and prepared to apply yourself to a task, withwork and perseverance and by focusing on the objective, the task is achievable.Time of change One of the key benefits of the FranklinCovey solutions is that they can beadapted to suit different needs and requirements, because they are based oncore human principles. We recognised the potential of the material in keybusiness areas such as corporate culture and leadership. When I introduced thepersonal development philosophy at Pfizer, the company was re-evaluating itsculture and in the process of developing its own values. Many of these valueswere echoed by what we found in the Covey systems. Perhaps the most importantthing is that the 7 Habits is not just a theory – it is a pragmatic way ofmaking principles and values live and of sustaining long-term behaviouralchange. Once we had experienced the programme, I worked on adapting the coursematerial to suit Pfizer’s structure and specific requirements. To begin with,the courses were offered at management level, with the aim of exposing thebusiness’s top teams to these new methods and models. Often in large companies,change is not normally an easy thing to implement ,but the simplicity andapplicability of the FranklinCovey material meant that managers were soonsinging the praises of the solutions and senior management bought into theprogramme from the outset. Realising the potential of the material to improveproductivity, the senior sales management team cascaded it down to every levelin the sales force and as a result, most Pfizer sales teams are now living theprinciples of the 7 Habits. We also used the 7 Habits course for team development. With guidance fromFranklinCovey, we set up courses to provide ‘experience learning’, withdelegates including their own material and models. I’m please with the way weput our programme across – it is very challenging and this personalisationgives the sessions added power and relevance. More than 500 people have now attended Pfizer’s internal 7 Habits programmeswhich, as a licensed and trained facilitator, I now run. People in any part ofthe business can nominate themselves onto the programme as part of their ownpersonal development plan; line managers have access to a full catalogue oftraining courses, to build skills, knowledge and abilities and to improvebehaviour; and of all our learning solutions the 7 Habits is by far the mostpopular. This is largely due to word of mouth recommendation as those who go onthe course find it not only enjoyable but also invaluable to their improvedwork performance. Positive change The underlying principles behind the programme focus on the inner desire ofindividuals themselves to become more effective. In addition to imparting theknowledge, FranklinCovey provides the tools for building effective leadership,empowerment, planning and communication. Although these sound like businessbuzz-words, the course provides a simple yet powerful framework which can bringlasting personal and professional benefits. The atmosphere on the courses is normally excellent, with people sharingideas and experiences. A general desire for self-improvement and to help fellowgroup members to do the same is demonstrated. While our courses provide theknowledge and the tools, they also encourage each individual to use and managethese solutions to the best of their capability. Responsibility is in one’s ownhands but the 7 Habits steer individuals in the right direction. Paul Mallinson is Head of Corporate Training and Management Developmentat Pfizer Limited. VerdictBecause Pfizer operates in a fast-moving and ever-changing industry, returnon investment in such training can be hard to calculate precisely. However, itis obvious to me and senior management that the impact the principle-centred,behavioural training solutions have had can be judged by the effects on keycompetencies. For example, the sales teams that have been through the 7 Habitsprogramme are among the best performers in the business. The popularity of the workshops is another qualitative measure of thebenefit of the programme. The majority of colleagues who have attended thecourse and put the 7 Habits into practice at work and at home, say they haveseen definite improvements in their personal and professional life.As a large and complex business, one of the cultural difficulties at Pfizeris how to develop sustainability of ideas, when people and structures areconstantly changing. For this reason, the 7 Habits training is a never-endingprocess. Several people have gone on the course more than once and benefitedmore the second time. The continued use of the principle-centred learning anddevelopment system contributed to our top ranking in the Sunday Times survey.The task now is to maintain awareness of the 7 Habits course and its principlesin the face of continual change, and to add a new level of personal developmentby increasing uptake of the Four Roles of Leadership course. This applies notjust to those in senior positions, but all who need to have leadership.Like many organisations, we are finding that employees must have the abilityto be self-directed and self-led. Because in today’s world, command and controlhierarchical systems are increasingly irrelevant. This is ultimately what the 7Habits are about – teaching people to be proactive, to lead themselves, to behighly productive and effective, and to positively influence others. To the power of sevenOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
December 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Basketball Prevails At Fleck Classic FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUCSON, Ariz.- The Snow College women’s basketball team took a 21-point lead with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter and cruised to a 53-41 victory over Chandler-Gilbert on Monday at the Bruce Fleck Classic in Tucson, Ariz.After trailing by four points late in the first quarter, the Lady Badgers came back to take the lead 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.Sophomore guard Lexi Peterson led the Lady Badgers with 13 points on five-of-nine shooting from the field.Sophomore forward Rachel Roberts added 12 points on five-of-13 shots from the field. Roberts led the team with seven rebounds, while Peterson was credited with six boards.With the win Snow College improved to 9-7 on the season and will next take on Pima Community College on New Year’s Eve. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Written by Tags: Bruce Fleck Classic/Lexi Peterson/Rachel Roberts/Snow Women’s Basketball Brad James