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US and UK visa ban: A critical approach

For me, there are many factors – saliently and openly- which contributed to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in the Edo State governorship election on Saturday. Having to praise the sanctions of visa bans by the USA and the UK as the main and sole factor, which is responsible for the good behaviour of political leaders and the elite in Edo State, is to take for granted the rational thinking, common sense and good will of the Edo people. I think these factors hold sway and responsible for the peaceful outcome of the election. Although the national leader of the APC, Chief Bola Tinubu, and other political actors like Governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP, came to the state, under the pretext of campaigning and mobilising their political supporters to go out to cast their ballots, but the utterances and public statements are to the contrary, suggesting the act of pouring

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Pivot Plan is critical for Oregon small business survival | Letters

When people describe entrepreneurs and small business owners as resilient, there has never been a time when that has been truer than this year.

As small businesses in Oregon deal with unforgiving wildfires on top of the impact felt by the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses need to rethink and retool how they do business in order to survive. A pivot plan is critical.

The SBDC network is the largest resource partner funded by the SBA and provides one-on-one business advising at no cost to entrepreneurs. Whether it’s creating a resiliency plan, navigating options for financing, reworking a marketing plan, or establishing new operations systems, SBDC certified advisers walk business owners through their options so they can confidently make tough decisions about their business.

Right now, there are three things every small business must do to successfully pivot and move their business forward:

  1. Don’t panic. The resources for small business are
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Trump’s crackdown on ‘critical race theory’ training leads to cancellation of Justice Department ‘unconscious bias’ program

Weeks after White House officials called for a halt to training sessions for federal employees that deal with “white privilege” and “critical race theory,” some government staffers are starting to see the memo’s effects, MarketWatch has learned.

Last week, President Donald Trump told the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

Employees in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division were supposed to hear about “unconscious bias” at a program scheduled for this week — but that has now been postponed pending further guidance.

“It does not appear that the Division has much, if any, discretion related to postponing the training at this moment,” Matthew Hammond, assistant chief of the department’s division’s telecommunications and broadband section, wrote in an email obtained by MarketWatch. “We were excited about this training. We had received a lot of positive responses about the

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Axway works with National Oilwell Varco to innovate and ensure critical business services are online 24/7

Integration of AMPLIFY™ API Management and Microsoft Azure enhances customer experience in a hybrid world

Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA) announced it is integrating with Microsoft Azure to provide an open API platform that helps National Oilwell Varco (NOV) deliver reliable and secure business services around the clock.

NOV is a leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of equipment and components used in the energy industry. In line with its commitment to pursuing purposeful innovation and fostering a service-first culture, NOV worked with a team from Axway to integrate AMPLIFY API Management in a hybrid-cloud configuration deployed for high availability.

“Our APIs are an integral part of our digital transformation strategy, and we wanted a trusted partner that would meet our long-term operational needs,” explains Manoj Kona, Director, IT at NOV. “We narrowed down a list of more than 45 different vendors to a shortlist of just three industry leaders. Of

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Axway works with National Oilwell Varco to innovate and ensure critical business services are online 24/7 – Press Release

PHOENIX–(Business Wire)–Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA) announced it is integrating with Microsoft Azure to provide an open API platform that helps National Oilwell Varco (NOV) deliver reliable and secure business services around the clock.

NOV is a leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of equipment and components used in the energy industry. In line with its commitment to pursuing purposeful innovation and fostering a service-first culture, NOV worked with a team from Axway to integrate AMPLIFY API Management in a hybrid-cloud configuration deployed for high availability.

“Our APIs are an integral part of our digital transformation strategy, and we wanted a trusted partner that would meet our long-term operational needs,” explains Manoj Kona, Director, IT at NOV. “We narrowed down a list of more than 45 different vendors to a shortlist of just three industry leaders. Of those companies, we felt that Axway offered the optimal package of software, services, and

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Trump’s crack down on ‘critical race theory’ training leads to cancelation of Justice Department ‘unconscious bias’ program

Weeks after White House officials called for a halt on federal worker training sessions that deal with “white privilege” and “critical race theory,” some government staffers are starting to see the memo’s effects, MarketWatch has learned.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: An order from Trump’s White House about ‘critical race theory’ is putting the breaks on unconscious bias training, MarketWatch learned.


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An order from Trump’s White House about ‘critical race theory’ is putting the breaks on unconscious bias training, MarketWatch learned.

Last week, President Donald Trump told the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

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Employees in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division were supposed to hear about “unconscious bias” at a program scheduled for this week — but a recent White House memo on race-related worker training forced the session’s postponement pending further guidance.

“It does not appear that the Division has much, if any, discretion related to postponing the training at this moment,” Matthew

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Apple Fitness Plus: Why the Peloton rival is critical for Apple Watch

  • Apple unveiled a new fitness service called Apple Fitness Plus on Tuesday.
  • The service, like Peloton, offers digital fitness classes led by charismatic trainers that can be viewed on your phone, iPad, or Apple TV.
  • It’s unclear if Apple will be able to challenge Peloton’s appeal, considering Peloton has built a fervent, cult-like following and community.
  • Regardless, Apple Fitness Plus is an important part of Apple’s long-term plan for the Apple Watch, enabling it to keep users hooked and expand the watch’s appeal beyond hardware updates.
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Health has been one of Apple’s major priorities for years, ever since the original Apple Watch debuted in 2015. But the company took a major leap forward in its health ambitions with the introduction of two new Apple Watches and a digital fitness service on Tuesday.

Taken together, the announcements show that Apple has its sights set

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Critical Business Decisions Vulnerable to ‘Cognitive Bias’

Employers should seek broader information to make better people-decisions

In a new report, Questionmark, the online assessment provider, warns that ‘cognitive bias’ can cause employers to make the wrong decisions about the people they employ.

The new report, ‘Beyond Decision Bias’ explores how employers can jump to poor decisions because they are vulnerable to sub-conscious factors in decision making. These can include:

  • Status quo bias – a tendency to stick to the status quo
  • Authority bias – a temptation to always agree with the boss
  • Conformity bias – a desire to want to agree with colleagues

The report argues that employers should deliberately develop alternative arguments that challenge their initial conclusions. They should intentionally seek information that may disprove or counter the emerging recommendation. When it comes to making the final call, senior leaders will then have a series of more informed options to choose from.

When attempting to tackle

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Thousands of businesses got critical loans during pandemic | Govt-and-politics

“I didn’t furlough one person, let go anybody,” she said. “I’m proud that I was able to do that. I’m appreciative of the money I received because that was literally the thing that kept me up at night while this was going on.”

Connecticut was not alone in offering struggling small businesses no- or low-interest loans, or in some cases, grants. Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Washington, Utah and Pennsylvania came up with programs after the pandemic hit, while many cities, including San Francisco, Denver and Chicago, also offered loans to local businesses. Amounts have ranged from $3,000 to $100,000.

In Connecticut, records show 15.4% of the state’s loans went to minority-owned businesses and 27.6% were issued to women-owned businesses. Full repayment is required one year after receipt of the funds, but applicants can request a six-month extension.

While Lehman considers Connecticut’s program a success, it appears unlikely

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Ideas in the Wild: How Jeff Dudan is Helping Business Leaders Develop the Skill That is Critical for Decision-Making

Given the opportunities at our fingertips, there has never been a better time to establish ourselves in the world. There’s only one problem: there are so many opportunities out there, it can feel like an impossible task to decide which ones are worth pursuing.

To choose the path most likely to get us where we want to go, we need discernment. CEOs earn six-figure salaries because of their discernment above all else. Thankfully, this skill is available to anyone with determination and the right mindset.

Jeff Dudan wrote Discernment to give readers the set of tools, models of thought, beliefs, and principles that they can quickly lay decisions against to make the best choice. Drawing on personal stories, Jeff shows that refining our discernment is a lifelong process that requires trust and intentionality. I recently caught up with Jeff to learn what inspired him to write the book, his favorite

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