I’m Lucky To Be Alive, Says Massa

first_imgBy Dialogo August 03, 2009 Ferrari ace Felipe Massa admitted on Sunday he was lucky to be alive after surviving a 275kph horror crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Brazilian was struck by a suspension spring which had worked its way off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP, resulting in Massa crashing his Ferrari into a tyre barrier in qualifying in Budapest. Massa needed emergency surgery on his fractured skull and spent two days in a medically-induced coma. “I know I’m lucky to be alive,” Massa told the News of the World. “I don’t remember anything about the accident but I will race again.” He explained: “When I woke up I didn’t know why I was in hospital, so I was asking ‘why am I here?’ “I was pulling all the tubes and Eduardo, my brother, tried to stop me – so we had a fight.”The accident was so unlucky but I know I’m lucky to be alive. I don’t remember anything of what happened. “It was my race, so when I awoke from the coma I couldn’t believe it when they told me Lewis (Hamilton) had won and Kimi (Raikkonen) was second.” Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will take over from Massa behind the wheel of the Ferrari at the next race in Valencia on August 23.last_img read more

How to reduce the hidden cost of employee turnover

first_imgAlthough turnover in the credit union industry has remained steady at about 12 percent for the last three years, in some regions like the Southwest, it has climbed as high as 19 percent. And while some turnover can be good for a company, giving you the opportunity to bring in new talent, it still has a massive financial impact on the industry.A recent study by the Cornerstone Credit Union League showed that turnover in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas credit unions cost them more than $68 million in 2013. And if you consider that it costs between 50 and 150 percent of an employee’s salary in replacement costs, we could be looking at numbers into the low billions industrywide.The three main reasons employees are leaving credit union jobs? Better pay, opportunities to advance and dissatisfaction with managers. Here’s what you can do to reduce them.Compensation MattersIn 2011, the Ron Volper Group conducted a cross-industry study that confirmed that dissatisfaction with compensation was the number one reason for turnover. And, the study continued, 80 percent of employees who moved to a new company did so to take a higher paying position. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme Offers Up to 70 Percent Assured Buyback on Smartphones, Starts at Rs. 399

first_imgMi Smart Upgrade options start at Rs. 399 for the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi 9, Rs. 499 for the Redmi Note 9, Rs. 549 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Rs. 599 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Rs. 999 for the Redmi K20 Pro, Rs. 1,499 for the Mi 10T, Rs. 1,699 for the Mi 10T Pro, and Rs. 1,999 for the Mi 10 phone. These Mi Smart Upgrade plans need to be purchased along with the smartphone from select Mi Authorised Outlets.When it comes to availing the Mi Smart Upgrade scheme, users will have to contact the buyback partner for redemption and head to the nearest Xiaomi authorised service centre. The phone will then be inspected to ascertain no damage is detected, and after that a redemption code will be given to the customer. This code can then be used on Mi.com or any Mi authorised outlet for buying a new smartphone.Xiaomi notes that the phone should not be damaged or broken to be eligible for the upgrade. Furthermore, if original charger or box is not available, then Rs. 1,000 will be deducted from the buyback value. If the phone has any scratches or dents on the screen or body, then 10 percent of the buyback value will be deducted.- Advertisement – How to find the best deals during online sales? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Xiaomi has introduced a new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ scheme for Mi and Redmi phone buyers in India. This scheme enables new smartphone buyers to get up to 70 percent assured buyback on their purchased handset for up to 15 months from purchase, redeemable on their next Xiaomi smartphone purchase. This new Mi Smart Upgrade scheme is priced starting at Rs. 399 and it varies based on the phone you buy. This plan is currently applicable for phones like the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9 series, and the Mi 10 series. Apart from offering assured cashback till 15 months, this Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme also looks to make the buyback journey hassle free.The new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ gives users get the freedom to encash their phones any time after 3 months till 15 months of purchase, with exchange value ranging from 40 percent to 70 percent of the SRP. To be precise, users can get up to 70 percent of assured buyback within 4-6 months of purchase, 60 percent buyback within 7-9 months, 50 percent buyback within 10-12 months of purchase, and 40 percent buyback on 13-15 months of purchase. This means even after the phone warranty expires after 12 months, Xiaomi will offers 40 percent buyback till 15 months.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Malaysia announces $58-bln stimulus package to cushion impact of coronavirus

first_img“This unprecedented situation of course requires unprecedented measures. So, my dear brothers and sisters, and the children of this beloved country… please bear with me and my friends in the cabinet and the government.”The new package largely includes one-off payments and discounts on utilities for people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic, and to help small and medium-sized enterprises stay afloat and retain their staff.The government will also set up a 50 billion ringgit loan scheme for larger companies, which will offer guarantees of up to 80% of the sum borrowed to shore up working capital in the corporate sector.About 128 billion ringgit will be spent on public welfare measures, with 100 billion used to support businesses.The package is in addition to a 20 billion ringgit stimulus plan announced last month. Topics : Malaysia announced a stimulus package worth 250 billion ringgit ($58.28 billion) on Friday, its second in a month, to help cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.The number of confirmed infections in Malaysia has doubled this week to over 2,000, the highest in Southeast Asia, with 23 deaths. The government has extended curbs on travel and movement until April 14 in an attempt to contain its spread.”We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we are now facing is unprecedented in history,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Muhyiddin said in a televised address to announce the support package.last_img read more

Data standardization poses challenge for Satu Data Indonesia plan

first_imgIndonesia has been struggling with data scattered around different government ministries and institutions, hindering the authorities in devising data-based policies and the public in obtaining accurate data, as institutions publish different figures on the same object.The Satu Data Indonesia portal, accessible via data.go.id, aims to increase the government’s transparency and accountability by providing public access to data from various state agencies, as well as to support data-driven policy-making.The initiative was officiated in June last year when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 39/2019 on Satu Data Indonesia, ordering state agencies to reinforce the program with data trustees and data producers. Oktorialdi reported that only 47 of 85 state agencies had named their data trustees for the initiative, calling on the rest of the state institutions to submit the names to Bappenas.  Government agencies have reported that data standardization and interoperability, or the ability for data to be exchanged between systems, are among the challenges authorities face in establishing a data portal initiative referred to as Satu Data Indonesia (One Data Indonesia).The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), which acts as the program’s director, explained that the agency was instituting a standard on data collection and data filing between state agencies in order to increase efficiency within the system. “So far, we know that there is no standard in [our] data, whereas we hope that data can support the planning, execution, evaluation and control of [the country’s] development,” Bappenas expert staff member and secretariat coordinator of Satu Data Indonesia Oktorialdi said during a webinar on Tuesday. Under Satu Data Indonesia’s action plan, the agency planned to develop a data center as well as big data in 2021 after strengthening procedures for data collection this year. However, digital data governance has yet to be adopted equally between different state institutions, further hampering the process. “The implementation of an electronic government system (SPBE) is still being done separately or still shallow and has yet to build collaboration and integration within state agencies,” the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry’s undersecretary for institutions and governance, Rini Widyantini, said during the webinar. According to the ministry’s data, the national SPBE index stood at 2.18 in 2019, a 20 basis point increase from last year. Most ministry offices scored well on the index, with 82 percent of 34 ministries achieving the target score of above 2.6.Meanwhile, digital transformation lags in regional offices, the data show. Of the 384 regional agencies the ministry surveyed, 80 percent scored below target. To assist with the digital transformation, Rini recommended developing an integrated information technology infrastructure and increasing the human resource capacity, among other things. Indonesia’s data governance has seen improvements over the years. Indonesia ranked 88th on the United Nations’ (UN) e-government index 2020, up 19 places from 2018. The index is published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs over a two-year period. The UN’s e-government survey states that countries in the Asian region are making progress toward digital transformation, with Indonesia and the Philippines having used digital social registry systems as gateways for social protection programs.“Digital registry systems such as these allow more transparency and credibility in the design and delivery of social protection programs,” the report says. On that note, Sudarto, the Finance Ministry’s expert staff member on organization, bureaucracy and information technology, said the ministry was in partnership with the Social Affairs Ministry to deliver social aid to almost 30 million beneficiary families. He explained during the webinar that the ministry had used existing data infrastructure, in this case, the citizenship identification number (NIK), as data reference, while striving for good data interoperability in the process.”The data must be well-organized, and there must be interoperability with the entirety of financial data,” Sudarto said.Topics :last_img read more

‘Hurry Up and Paddle’…or sink

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHurry up and paddle…. or sink! The Oscoda and Au Sable community have dared paddlers to compete in the 7th Annual Canoe Race in the Au Sable river.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Former Odd Fellows lodge becomes new Artisan HallNext On The Deck Episode 6 ‘W.P. Rend’last_img

Pride of India: Sunil Chhetri joins the likes of Griezmann, Suárez, Agüero and Reus…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AIFF/Twitter(@chetrisunil11)Advertisement 2o5t1jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs825Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2rys01( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bk34zWould you ever consider trying this?😱2wwCan your students do this? 🌚1x8xtxRoller skating! Powered by Firework The face of Indian football scene all over the world, Sunil Chhetri. The Bengaluru FC and the national team captain has reached the highest one Indian can reach in the beautiful game. The 2019 Padma Shri is India’s all time leading goalscorer, and has reached the top 5 highest goalscorers in the World, going shoulder to shoulder with the likes of David Villa, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, the striker from Secundrabad joins Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suárez, Sergio Agüero, Romelu Lukaku and Marco Reus in the Puma family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AIFF/Twitter(@chetrisunil11)The German sports clothing brand has signed a three year deal with the 35 year old, with his compatriots Virat Kohli, MC Mary Kom and Dutee Chand, all who were previously agreed contracts with the multinational company.The striker announced the news on his official Twitter handle @chetrisunil11, along with a promotional video by the company. Check it out below-Advertisement Speaking to reporters, Chhetri said: “I am excited to join the PUMA family. Over the years, I have closely witnessed and experienced the brand’s football heritage. Now signing with them as a PUMA player is a very natural progression for me.”Puma had already partnered with Bengaluru Football Club in 2014, and this new deal with their skipper is a leap forward to the brand’s dedication for the growth of sports and athletes in the country.“We share a common goal to accelerate the growth of football in the country. I appreciate their commitment to the sporting ecosystem and look forward in creating a new chapter for Indian football,” he added.The managing director of Puma India, Abhishek Ganguly had no bargain in hailing Chhetri.“Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with football. A living legend and an inspiration for the youth, he has made a huge impact to grow the sport and its following in India. His passion is very much in line with PUMA’s vision. Together, we are invested in growing the culture of football, inspiring and achieving new levels in the game,” he told reporters.A record six times All India Football Federation Player of the Year, Chhetri has made 115 appearances for the national team, highest in the country.Football: Sunil Chettri feels the current Indian football team will not be too dependent on himRead all about the enchanting love story between Sunil Chhetri and his coach’s daughter! Advertisementlast_img read more

Plan Advances to Address Blighted Area

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan  |SEA BRIGHT – In a unanimous vote at its April 25 meeting, the borough’s Unified Planning Board took the first step in designating 14 properties in the downtown section of the borough as areas in need of redevelopment or possible condemnation.The next step in the process will be up to the Borough Council. If the council approves the planning board’s decision, these “Shrewsbury River Properties” will be designated as being in a redevelopment area, meaning variances would not be needed to implement a design plan for the area, Councilman Marc Leckstein said.Thirteen of the properties in the designated section, from Surf Road to River Street, are owned by Jesse A. Howland & Sons Inc. and CJM Associates of Sea Bright LLC, which share a common post office address.In 2015, the two companies applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a waiver from the requirement for a 100-foot setback from the Shrewsbury River, saying it was an undue hardship and would make it impossible to build a 147-apartment complex, according to Caryn Shinske, public information officer for the DEP.The applicant also wanted to reconstruct and raise an existing bulkhead so it would match the seven-foot bulkheads being built on public lands under a DEP and Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation project, she said.“The application had been pending because it lacked required information up to this point,” Shinske said on April 12. But new information was submitted on April 10, she confirmed.On Wednesday, Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesman, said the permit application is under review.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the properties in the possible redevelopment zone included those in the Jesse A. Howland & Sons housing complex proposal. He said the area was not zoned for a housing complex and there had been nothing submitted to the borough concerning the Howland proposal.No representative of Jesse A. Howland or CJM Associates spoke at the public portion of the planning board meeting.The companies could not be reached for comment.At the meeting, Christine A. Nazzaro-Cofone, of Cofone Consulting Group, LLC in Red Bank, described each of the properties included in her firm’s report, prepared for the planning board, and detailed the conditions under state law that made them eligible to be included in the designation for redevelopment.Included in the requirements: “The generality of buildings are substandard, unsafe, unsanitary, dilapidated, or obsolescent or possess any of such characteristics. Or are so lacking in light, air or space as to be conducive to unwholesome living or working conditions.”The properties named, located on the riverside of the downtown area are 6, 8 and 10 River St.; 21, 38, 40, 42 and 50 Church St.; 9,15 and 16 South St.; 4 and 10 Front St.; and 31 New St.All but 8 River St. are owned by the Howland company and CJM Associates.That property, owned by Icarus Development, Rumson, did not meet any of the criteria for redevelopment, but was included as to avoid creating a “Swiss cheese” effect in the area, Nazzaro-Cofone said.Asked about possible plans for the properties if they are designated by the borough council as a redevelopment area, Nazzaro-Cofone said, “this isn’t the forum for that.”She said there would be other opportunities “to discuss use” of the properties, but “not at this time.”Mark Teichmann, Surf Road, said he was concerned the board’s approval of the redevelopment zone “was one step closer to eminent domain.”But board attorney Kerry Higgins said that subject was for a different forum rather than the planning board.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more