Venezuela: Juan Guaidó: “80 to 85 Percent of the Armed Forces Favor a Change”

first_imgVenezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó reiterated the support from most members of the Armed Forces for “a change” in government, and affirmed that high commanders are those directly connected to Nicolás Maduro.In an interview with the Venezuelan news portal Cronica Uno, Guaidó said that “there is a clear crisis, a crack in the chain of command. Some 80 to 85 percent of the National Armed Forces favors a change,” he said.However, he said, the way to express this discontent “is what we need to figure out.” He added that he has brought up mechanisms to discuss and even make public offers of amnesty and guarantees.Guaidó’s team, he continued, will insist on guarantees, “probably make them more explicit,” and focus on communication. In late January, the National Assembly promoted the Act of Amnesty and Constitutional Guarantees to support service members who would move over to “the side of the Constitution.”“In a dictatorship, we cannot directly invite service members to a meeting because they would be imprisoned, tortured, or exiled. I wish we could sit at a table with many of them to talk about the transition and create common positions,” Guaidó said during the interview.Addressing the April 30 protests and the call on civilians and the military to “put a definite end to the usurpation” and oust Maduro, Guaidó said that there are “many more” service members than those who participated on that day.“Some are still in their positions of command; some others are still working for Operation Liberty. But in the end, everyone is waiting to take the side of the Constitution,” he said.According to press reports, about 25 service members who answered his call sought refuge at different embassies in the country. “They are safe,” Guaidó said.Concerning the role of the military in the political, social, and economic Venezuelan crisis, Guaidó said that “we have never asked the military to rebel against, but rather to be on the side of the Constitution. We have asked them to answer the call of the executive’s powers to hold elections while the emergency is tended to.” By Voice of America/Edited by the Diálogo Staff July 16, 2019last_img read more

Credit unions: Stop contacting, start connecting!

first_img 94SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Details Too often I hear sales, service and marketing people state they wish they had more time and better ways to contact members, customers or clients. Well guess what? Contact is not enough and frankly, it’s not likely what any audience really needs or wants.If you are like me, you live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking world with a variety of demands that must be answered daily. Face it; you’re a little stressed out. By now, it would have been great if new technology made our lives a little easier. But has that been the case? Now that we’re all wired and on-demand, it just seems like we are getting busier and busier. Well perhaps, your members feel exactly the same way. And the last thing they want from you is more “contact.”“Contact” may be what we are all trying to escape. Seriously, do you want a salesperson to “contact” you? I think not. Like any of us, members have very specific needs, concerns and points of pain. I’d go as far to say that in the majority of cases, you likely have little idea as to what they are. That my friends, is a problem. I’d like to suggest that we stop “contacting” and start “connecting.” Connecting seems more meaningful, personal and perhaps emotional. For me, when I hear that someone wants to contact me, it implies that they want to do the talking. When they want to connect with me, it implies they want to do some serious listening. You can’t access member need without listening.In the commoditized world of retail banking, customer engagement has become a key differentiator. I love the word “connect” because it implies that there’s a connection occurring and it’s more meaningful and perhaps more emotional. Emotional connections often determine the strength and length of the member relationship and they drive passion, loyalty and advocacy. According to studies by Zappos, connecting with consumers on an emotional level is critical, because if you do, they will be 300% more likely to recommend you. You do want more growth, right?I believe that members require relevant engagement at appropriate times or moments. At Geezeo we often speak of “life infused financial experiences”, built around significant financial milestones, like getting married, having a child and buying a home. Yes, these are logical, important opportunities for credit unions to leverage via engagement and connection. But there are plenty of other ways to connect and many countless channels to leverage. Come to think of it, every transaction is an opportunity to genuinely connect, be it digital or face-to-face.  Let’s connect with members when they need us the most, on their terms.Stop contacting. Start connecting. Just keep in mind that the quality of your member engagements is much more important than the frequency.last_img read more

Petrofac reveals fresh cost-cutting plans

first_imgAccording to Petrofac, contract extensions in EPS, on the other hand, have remained strong with $500 million of new orders secured year to date. COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to Petrofac’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) projects. These actions included reducing overhead and project support costs by at least $100 million in 2020 and by up to $200 million in 2021. In order to mitigate the effects of coronavirus crisis and low oil prices, oilfield services provider Petrofac is taking further action to reduce costs and preserve balance sheet. Tender delays In an update on Friday, the company said it is targeting additional savings to those announced on 6 April, and now expects to reduce overhead and project support costs by at least $125 million in 2020 and by up to $200 million in 2021. “Whilst our bidding pipeline remains healthy and we are well-positioned on several opportunities this year, we are now prudently anticipating that the majority of 2020 tenders will be delayed until 2021”, Petrofac said. Looking ahead, Petrofac noted it remains unclear how long COVID-19 and low oil prices will continue to disrupt business activity and impact business performance. center_img However, Petrofac believes that its healthy order book, liquidity of $1.2 billion, and actions to reduce costs will protect it against near-term headwinds. Petrofac has already announced its decision to reduce its capex by 40 per cent, reduce salaries across the company, and reduce its personnel by about 20 per cent. This is evident in delays to current tenders in E&C, as well as the recent termination of the $1.5 billion Dalma contract. Whilst projects are still progressing, this has inevitably resulted in material delays in construction activity, which will not be recovered in 2020. In addition, the collapse in oil prices has been the catalyst for clients to review their future investment plans. In addition, suspension of the final 2019 dividend payment and a 40 per cent reduction in capital investment has conserved an incremental $145 million of cash flow.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Mubarak Wakaso signs for Jiangsu Suning in China

first_imgGhana international, Mubarak Wakaso, has officially signed for Chinese Super League side, Jiangsu Suning from Spanish La Liga side, Deportivo Alaves.The deal was confirmed on Wednesday by Jiangsu Suning after had his medical in Milan on Tuesday.Details of the move were undisclosed despite Alaves announcing that Wakaso would leave the club on January 18.Wakaso made 66 La Liga appearances for Alaves in his two-season stay there after he had played for clubs like Las Palmas, Panathanaikos, Las Palmas, Celtic, Rubin Kazan, Espanyol, Villareal and Elche.On Wednesday, Deportivo Alaves posted a video of Wakaso saying goodbye to his team mates in the team’s dressing room while the player also shared his parting words via his Twitter handle.Great moment. great time. Great life. Great memories. Great experience words can’t describe my feelings right now wasn’t easy for me to accept my exit from you guys but in the other way I was also thought of the benefits for both sides ✊ a big THANKS to @deportivoalaves 🙏🏾🙏🏾— M.M.JUNIOR WAKASO (@WakasoBobby) January 22, 2020The new Chinese Super League will start on February 22 this year and will run until October 31, 2020.last_img read more