Nikolay Koshikov is the new Union President-elect of the Oxford Union, following the results of elections held on Friday 10th June.In a clean sweep for their slate of other officer positions, Mia Smith was chosen by members as Librarian-elect and Dom Hopkins-Powell as Treasurer-elect. Mark Fischel, who ran as an independent candidate, was chosen as Secretary. All officers ran uncontested.Elizabeth Webb, Kriti Joshi, Laali Vadlamani, Owen Rapaport and Chris Zabilowicz were elected to the Union Standing Committee.It was a particularly successful election for Koshikov’s slate, with four of the five Standing Committee and eight of the eleven Secretary’s Committee running alongside him.The turnout was 917.See the full results below:OFFICERSPresident-elect: Nikolay Koshikov – 610 (RON – 155)Librarian-elect: Mia Smith – 646 (RON – 107)Treasurer-elect: Dom Hopkins-Powell – 589 (RON – 138)Secretary: Mark Fischel – 575 (RON – 141)STANDING COMMITTEE (in order of number of first-preference votes)Chris Zabilowicz – 220Owen Rapaport – 180Laali Vadlamani – 131Kris Joshi – 127Elizabeth Webb – 103SECRETARY’S COMMITTEE (in order of number of first-preference votes)Edward Evans – 109Juliette Aliker – 73Simon Jagoe – 70Julian Kirk – 62Gui Cavalcanti – 62Aidan Lea – 59Edward Piggott – 58Melissa Hinkley – 56Alex Urwin – 56Alan Petri – 50Rufus Morgan – 44
Depending on whether you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars in credit card debt, paying it off can feel like a huge accomplishment or just like paying a bill. If you use your credit card regularly (for the rewards of course), paying it off at the end of the month may not be an activity you think much about. But if you’ve amassed a giant pile of debt, paying it off can feel like a huge weight off your back. But don’t just appreciate the accomplishment and forget about it. It’s time to be proactive! Here are some steps you should take after paying off a debt…Step back and take a gander: Slowly paying on your debt each month is something to be proud of. It’s not easy, but you made it to the finish line. In order to make that happen, you probably had a budget in place that maximized your debt payments in order to get to this point. But you don’t have payments to make anymore. Now it’s time to look over your budget again and figure out what needs to be changed. Maybe you had to cut back in some areas that made money feel tight while you’re working on that debt. Maybe you haven’t treated yourself in a while. Either way, fixing your budget so it doesn’t feel so tight can be quite a relief.Save money: When sacrifices have to be made in order to become debt-free, your savings can often be what takes a hit. If things didn’t feel that tight while you were working on your mountain of debt, your best (and easiest) option is to move that cash into your emergency fund. I would rework my direct deposit to send that monthly amount right into my savings account so I wouldn’t even have to think about.Set a goal: Whether you’re thinking about taking a tropical vacation or starting a side hustle, using the money you’ve budgeted for debt payments is an exciting way to transition those funds. Consider opening up another savings account or getting a really big Mason Jar.Stop going into debt: Don’t be the person who pays off a debt and then splurges on something and starts right back on the road you just got off of. Every time you log into your mobile banking app, look at that zero balance and let that happiness keep you from investing in more money woes. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
Preferred Security and Policy Analysis Company (PEPSEC), a 100 percent Liberian-owned company, has launched a secured airport shuttle service aimed at reducing the inconveniences for people traveling in and out of the country through the Roberts International Airport (RIA).The shuttle service, which runs daily between Monrovia and RIA, is timed to depart from various points around Monrovia and Paynesville, bound for RIA. On the return leg, travelers visiting Liberia will be able to book a hotel through PEPSEC and be dropped off there. According to PEPSEC, the shuttle vehicles are fully air-conditioned, WiFi-equipped and secure and its passengers are insured.The launch of the service was held on Monday, April 21, 2019, at the WINGS Restaurant in the RIA compound, Harbel, Margibi County.PEPSEC Executive chairman, Charles A. Minor, said the launch was to invoke the presence of God for His blessings upon the business and open the service to the wider market of RIA passengers.“Our service will have some particularly innovative dimensions. In addition to working with the Airport itself, we will have a number of partner hotels. Our promoters and sales agents will meet and greet incoming passengers and guests in the airport terminal, book them hotel accommodation, if needed and sell them seats on our luxury passengers vans that will take them safely to their chosen hotels,” he said.Minor, who is Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), said the hotels will support “our efforts as we support theirs and together, we will drive forward safe and reliable accommodation and transportation between airport and hotels in the greater Monrovia.” He believes that the initiative is small but an important step on the road to promoting tourism in Liberia.Amb. Charles A. Minor, Chairman, PEPSEC“We believe that, although some donors and foreign investors are reported to be losing appetite to invest in Liberia, we Liberians are starving for ingredients to reverse the economic decline. One certain possibility is the tourism industry,” he said in a statement.“Tourists can be encouraged to come here. We have some of the basic infrastructure and there are few private Liberians doing what they can with small efforts to attract tourists, especially during the dry season,” he said.According to Amb. Minor, many hotels in the country have only 30 to 40 percent occupancy; with more tourists, especially from Europe and Asia, hotel occupancy rate can be pushed up easily to 70 or 80 percent and enhance income and generation of tourist dollars.PEPSEC executive chairman said, “our restaurants are not being patronized; some have even closed; local transport caters only to locals who can hardly afford to pay remunerative rates so vehicles can hardly afford regular maintenance; service providers such as waiters and others in the industry are not receiving the pay incentives because the businesses in the industry have low turnovers a can-not afford betters terms and condition of employment.“If the Gambia, with much less to see than Liberia, can survive on tourism, Liberia, still with a lot of pristine beaches, lakes, forest reserves and friendly people, can improve its tourist attraction,” he added.Ambassador Minor continued: “We need must quickly mention, however, we do need to build the capacity among those who are in the tourist industry, from the waiters in restaurants, to the taxi drivers on the streets, to the customs and immigration officers at the ports of entry.“And that is doable. For PEPSEC, let me commit that we shall do our utmost to transport as many airline passengers to and from RIA as long as it is economically viable.”He further told the gathering that the airport shuttle will pick up passengers from the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at the heart of the Diplomatic District at Mamba Point; the Corina Hotel on Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor; the À la Lagune Hotel on the Congo Town Back Road; and RLJ Hotel and Resort at Kendeja.He said the airport shuttle will drop passengers off at those same locations in the reverse order from the RIA. “Our vehicles are all ensured, our operators are very experienced and trained and retrained. They have also been given security and safety training.”Ambassador Minor said PEPSEC has about 170 staffs employed and contracted to provide security for businesses and private homes and “we are grateful to our many clients, especially NASSCORP, LBDI, Afriland Bank, insurance companies and many private individuals who have allowed us to provide them services over the years.“We are also grateful to British Airways that have rated us one of the best providers of transport for their airline crew and they have recommended our services to several other European airlines who anticipated coming to Liberia.”PEPSEC was also privileged to provide transportation to the KLM crew during the entire period the Dutch airline serviced Liberia.“With the experience PEPSEC has gained servicing airline crew, we are now launching this Airport Shuttle Service to target the wider Roberts International Airport (RIA) passengers market.”Ambassador Minor said in addition to the fully air-conditioned, the vehicles are equipped with fire extinguishers, First Aid kits and wifi, for the convenience of passengers.George Daweh Yuoh, RIA’s Chief Finance Officer, commended PEPSEC for the service and promised the airport’s cooperation in moving forward Liberia’s tourism sector.Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Liberia’s Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and TourismFor his part, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Eugene Nagbe, welcomed the investment and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to support and cooperate with PEPSEC in whatever way possible.Minister Nagbe said tourism is a private sector driven area. “Without the private sector there can never be no tourism,” he said. “We are the policy arm of government, we have to work, encourage and grant incentive to the private sector for tourism itself to put out. What is happening here today is one of the key components of the sector, moving tourists around in convenient and effective ways,” he said.Also speaking, PEPSEC Vice Chairman, Cllr. Henry Reed-Cooper, who gave the vote of thanks, described Ambassador Minor as someone who is always willing to work with people. He said Ambassador Minor, who he has known since he (Cooper) was younger than 21 years of age, “is somebody who knows how to organize, who knows how to work hard and who does not steal.Meanwhile, the launch was attended by authorities of the RIA, PEPSEC staffs, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe and a host of other business associates, relatives, friends.PEPSEC also has a branded kiosk in the arrival terminal, where airline passengers can book their seats on the shuttle and also book accommodation using one of PEPSEC’s partner hotels. By the end of the program, the PEPSEC shuttle service had already secured its first two passengers who arrived into Liberia on ASKY Airline.PEPSEC has been in operation for over five years in Liberia. Among other services, the company offers security risk assessment, security management, security guard services, escort services, “vault on wheels”, electric fencing, intruder alarm and CCTV systems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The upmarket Protea Hotel Asokoro in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, is one of 10 properties that the hotel group operates in the country.(Image: Protea Hotels) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, left, with tourism director-general Kingsley Makhubela. The Financial Times and Brand South Africa provided the Nigerian High Commission with a platform for dialogue on trade and investment.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nigerian High Commission in South Africa +27 12 342-0805 or +27 12 342-0663 or +27 12 342-0934 RELATED ARTICLES • Shaping Africa’s transformation • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigerian for World Bank top spot? • Call to action for a green economy Janine ErasmusAs two of the strongest economies in Africa, co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria is pivotal to the growth of the continent – this is the message that came out of a dialogue co-hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Nigerian High Commission and supported by Brand South Africa.There was keen interest in the high-level event, and guests included the Nigerian High Commissioner Sunday Samuel Yusuf; director-general of South Africa’s tourism ministry Kingsley Makhubela; South Africa’s minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile; Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya, chairperson of Brand South Africa; and Lindiwe Maseko, speaker of the Gauteng legislature.The purpose of the gathering was to discuss current and future trade and investment relations between the two countries, and to identify areas of opportunity for South African companies in Nigeria.Guests stood for a moment in respectful silence to honour victims of the recent heavy floods which have killed 363 Nigerians and displaced over two-million, before proceeding with the evening’s agenda.“South African companies first moved into Nigeria about 12 years ago,” said Nigerian Consul-General Okey Emuchay, “and they have thrived.”He named food manufacturer Tiger Brands, the Protea hospitality group, mobile provider MTN and retailer Shoprite as a few of those who have prospered.But there are many more opportunities available today, in four main markets – agriculture, oil and gas, infrastructure and power, and solid minerals or mining.The country is looking for creative ways to build its economy, said Emuchay, and South African companies should explore opportunities in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially.“Tonight is the beginning of a mutually beneficial co-operation for South African companies and their Nigerian counterparts,” said Emuchay. “The Financial Times and Brand South Africa have given us this platform to start thinking afresh, and I envision this as becoming an annual event.”Growth hotspot“At a time when many developed countries are being downgraded,” said keynote speaker Olusegun Aganga, the Nigerian minister of trade and investment, “our country is being upgraded. We are seeing generally low growth and returns in the developed world, but the opposite tends to be true in developing nations. There has been a shift in the global economy.”Africa’s time has come, he said, and South Africa and Nigeria must work together to help the continent seize the moment.As one of the world’s fast-growing economies, Nigeria is an investor’s dream, with policies such as 100% repatriation of profits, 100% foreign ownership in all ventures except for oil and gas, and a liberal visa regime all designed to make it as easy as possible to do business.Aganga encouraged all African countries to look closer to home for trade and growth. “For more than 50 years Africa has exported its minerals and other precious resources to the developed world – those days should be over.”But there is more to be done – the continent must develop its industries. “Africa contributes just 3% to global trade, and 1% to manufacturing value-added services,” he said. “We are not industrialised, but we should be. Aid won’t get us very far in the global arena.”He described the financial crisis that has gripped many developed countries, including the Eurozone, as a “window of opportunity” for Africa.Areas of opportunityThere are four important factors that investors consider – money, technical knowledge, a market, and raw materials. Capital and technology can be taken anywhere in the world, but raw materials and a market are immovable – and Nigeria has these two in abundance, said Aganga.“We have a vibrant population of 167-million people and estimates show that by 2070 we will be the third largest nation in the world, after China and India. The average age at the moment is 18.6 years, and there is a fast-growing middle class.”The country has sought-after minerals in commercially viable quantities, is the seventh largest crude oil producer in the world and is in the top 10 in terms of gas reserves.All these factors serve to make Nigeria a country that South African companies should buy into before the rest of the world knocks on the door, said Aganga.He named several specific areas of potential – they include agriculture and food processing, such as maize production and the processing of sugar cane to sugar.“Nigeria produces just 2% of all the sugar it consumes,” he said, “but South Africa is a renowned grower of sugar cane.”The textiles industry is another potentially lucrative area, with opportunities existing in the processing of leather to leather products, and cotton to fashionable designs. Such operations would boost job creation too.Mining and associated services such as the processing of iron ore into iron and steel, and bauxite into aluminium, hold good prospects, as does petrochemicals and its related industries of plastics, textiles and chemicals.“Nigeria has the potential to become the continent’s petrochemical hub,” Aganga said.South Africa is internationally known for its motor industry, which produces goods in vast quantities for domestic and international consumption, and Nigeria aspires to an equally healthy motor industry, said Aganga.Another area where South Africa leads is in its services sector, and Aganga lauded the country for its progress in this area, saying that Nigeria can learn from its southern counterpart.And as for the all-important question of whether such initiatives would succeed – “Just ask MTN,” said Aganga. “Ask Protea, ask Shoprite.”To make it even easier for South African businesses to set up shop in Nigeria, the visa process for businesspeople has been streamlined, and a company can be registered in 24 hours, said Aganga.“We extend the hand of friendship to South Africa – together let us transform our continent.”To finish off the evening, there was a panel discussion moderated by FT Southern Africa bureau chief Andrew England, and featuring Brand South Africa’s research manager Petrus de Kock, as well as Nigerian businessmen.“All 54 African countries together are a force to be reckoned with,” said Chichi Maponya, introducing the panel, “and we should be setting our own agenda.”Maponya felt that the two countries’ futures are “inextricably entwined”.The panel discussed the perceptions people from each country have about the other side, agreeing that South Africans should not be suspicious of Nigerians, and vice versa. Intra-African trade stands at 10% at the moment, they said – but getting it to even 20% within a reasonable amount of time will have a huge impact on continental growth.The panel also advised local businesses to stake their claim in the West African country before the rest of the world takes an interest, and expressed their commitment to doing business in a corruption-free-manner, to the applause of the audience.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council wrapped up its Spring Legislative Action Conference. More than 100 pork producers from across the United States gathered in Washington this week to meet with their representatives in Congress to discuss solutions for trade, animal disease preparedness and agriculture’s labor shortage.“Lifting metal tariffs on Mexico and restoring zero-tariff access for U.S. pork in our largest export market is our number one priority,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “Restricted access to Mexico has placed a severe financial strain on our farmers for more than a year. We asked our representatives to do all they can to push for an end to this and other trade disputes, including China, that are hurting our export-dependent farmers.”NPPC members also urged members of Congress to advocate for the quick completion of a trade deal with Japan at a time when new trade agreements Japan has formed with other countries are threatening U.S. pork market share in its largest value market. Pork producers also urged their representative to vote to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to secure long-term zero-tariff pork trade in North America.Producers also discussed two solutions to mitigate the risk of animal disease in the United States: 1) appropriations funding for 600 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors to further strengthen defenses against African swine fever (ASF) and other animal diseases and 2) to sign a letter of support that calls for the USDA to implement the Farm Bill as intended, including development of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank.“Prevention is our best defense against an animal disease like African swine fever for which no vaccine exists,” said Herring. “For a disease like Foot-and-Mouth disease, which would also close U.S. pork’s export markets, prevention is also critical. Should an outbreak occur, a vaccine bank will allow us to quickly contain the disease. A vaccine back is critical.”NPPC members also asked members of Congress to address U.S. agriculture’s labor shortage challenge by reforming the H-2A visa program to include year-round agricultural workers and asked for support to place for oversight of this program with the USDA.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena on Tuesday postponed a scheduled press conference where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were to announce their alliance for the Assembly elections, just a day after miscommunication within the Opposition caused the Nationalist Congress Party to cancel the release of its manifesto.State BJP president Chandrakant Patil, when asked about the press conference being called off, refused to comment, but said the alliance talks are in the final stage. “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray are finalising the [seat-sharing arrangement]. They are also discussing it with BJP national president Amit Shah. I have thus decided not to make any further comments on the issue,” Mr. Patil said at a press conference at the party headquarters in Mumbai. ‘Announcement soon’On Monday evening, BJP leaders had informed media persons that the alliance would be announced on Tuesday. However, later in the night, it emerged that no such announcement was scheduled. Mr Patil said, “I cannot predict [when it will happen]. All I can say is that the alliance will be announced soon.”Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Thackeray will be together in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday to address the Mathadi Kamgar Melava (a gathering of Mathadi workers) and are likely to have lunch at MLC Narendra Patil’s residence. When asked if former chief minister and Maharashtra Swabhiman Party founder Narayan Rane would be joining the BJP, Mr. Patil said the decision will be taken after the alliance is announced. “ Once [Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Thackeray] agree on a seat-sharing formula, a decision regarding Rane’s induction into the BJP will be finalised,” he said.Mr. Patil’s statement indicates that all may not be well within the saffron alliance, especially when the Opposition has already finalised its seat-sharing arrangement and is finalising names of candidates. ‘BJP needs to introspect’Mr. Fadnavis had said on Monday that the official announcement of the seat-sharing deal would be made at the right time, while Sena leader Sanjay Raut had claimed the coming 24 hours were crucial for the alliance.On Tuesday, Mr. Raut said the BJP needs to introspect if it cannot honour its commitments, and that the seat-sharing formula with the BJP had been decided before the Lok Sabha elections. He said the party’s position would have been different had it decided to sit in the opposition.Mr. Patil said, “There was no point in raising this issue now. The Sena has been with us during the entire tenure.”
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Thurman says ready to ‘crucify’ Pacquiao Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks defends Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 21, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team.Boston’s Marcus Smart and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Gobert finished with 97 first-team points and 196 points, giving the Utah center his third straight first-team selection. George had 96 first-team votes and 195 points, followed by Antetokounmpo (94, 193).Smart and Bledsoe both earned their first All-Defensive team selections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe second team included Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, who earned his first selection. They were joined by Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday.The teams were selected by a panel of 100 writers and broadcasters.