first_img Previous Article Next Article When you become a leader, your first priority is to build a strong team, says Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive at BT Retail.In this 50Lessons video he talks about his personal experience of creating an unbalanced team, with disastrous consequences. Finding the right combination of people can be a challenge, he says: “How do you find the right combination of skills to make a great team? Critical to that is diversity, and it’s diversity of thinking styles primarily. How do you get people who will look at a problem from a different perspective, bring different experience to bear on the problem and be prepared to debate and open up their mind to different solutions?”“One of the things that distinguishes your effectiveness as a leader is your ability to get results through other people. The key to that is being able to find the best possible people and pull them together in a team and to do that you have to be prepared to forever be on the lookout for talent,” he says.runSyndication(“personneltoday”, 1834); Team building checklist Here’s a practical checklist to help you meet the leadership challenge of building a strong team:When you show favouritism to someone on the team, you sabotage your efforts to build a strong and unified team. It can be especially tempting to show favouritism early on, so be sure to resist this temptationAs you assume a new leadership role, move wisely but quickly to assemble your team. This is a time of change, and the quicker you stabilise things, the better. Just don’t sacrifice good judgment for speed.When assembling a team, look to diversify it in terms of bringing in people with skills that complement one another. It’s important to have people who have different thinking styles and who can assess issues from different perspectives.As you continue your career, build a network of talent. Know that a leader’s effectiveness hinges on the ability to get results through other people. Create the strongest team you can and constantly be on the lookout for new talent.Questions to ask:What are the strengths and weaknesses of your current team?As a group, how diverse are you as thinkers? Do you all come at an issue from the same vantage point or are there differing views?How can a leader best build a teamHow can leaders find new talentIdeas for action:Assess your current team for strengths and weaknesses, including diversity in terms of background, experience, and thinking styles. Determine what areas need shoring up and how that needs to take place, and begin making changes immediately.Meet with other executives within your company to discuss your team. Get their opinions and advice on your current team, and factor that into any decisions that you makeIf you believe your team is not diverse enough in experience and in thinking styles, determine what types of experience and thinking styles are lacking. Then begin a search for talented people that can enhance your team50 Lessons is an online library of more than 1,000 inspiring videos demonstrating memorable and powerful storytelling, from over 200 of the world’s most respected business leaders. Find out more from leadership and management online learning specialists LMMatters at www.lmmatters.fiftylessons.com  Smart Buyer is brought to you in association with key providers of leadership training… Essential leadership skills: Building your teamOn 18 Feb 2010 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgA combination of scientific, economic, technological and policy drivers is behind a recent upsurge in the use of marine autonomous systems (and accompanying miniaturized sensors) for environmental mapping and monitoring. Increased spatial–temporal resolution and coverage of data, at reduced cost, is particularly vital for effective spatial management of highly dynamic and heterogeneous shelf environments. This proof-of-concept study involves integration of a novel combination of sensors onto buoyancy-driven submarine gliders, in order to assess their suitability for ecosystem monitoring in shelf waters at a variety of trophic levels. Two shallow-water Slocum gliders were equipped with CTD and fluorometer to measure physical properties and chlorophyll, respectively. One glider was also equipped with a single-frequency echosounder to collect information on zooplankton and fish distribution. The other glider carried a Passive Acoustic Monitoring system to detect and record cetacean vocalizations, and a passive sampler to detect chemical contaminants in the water column. The two gliders were deployed together off southwest UK in autumn 2013, and targeted a known tidal-mixing front west of the Isles of Scilly. The gliders’ mission took about 40 days, with each glider travelling distances of >1000 km and undertaking >2500 dives to depths of up to 100 m. Controlling glider flight and alignment of the two glider trajectories proved to be particularly challenging due to strong tidal flows. However, the gliders continued to collect data in poor weather when an accompanying research vessel was unable to operate. In addition, all glider sensors generated useful data, with particularly interesting initial results relating to subsurface chlorophyll maxima and numerous fish/cetacean detections within the water column. The broader implications of this study for marine ecosystem monitoring with submarine gliders are discussed.last_img read more

first_imgWhat do you get when you blend together some black comedy with a dash of theatre of the absurd, and add a sprinkling of political satire on the top? Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo is as acerbic and darkly raucous as it sounds, and the Wadham Moser production teeters on the brink between slapstick and in-your-face propaganda. This political farce, based upon the mysterious death of Giuseppe Pinelli, an anarchist railwayman, traces Inspector Bertozzo’s (played by Sam Lyon) increasingly desperate attempts to solve the enigma of Pinelli’s death. He is tormented all the while by the maniac (John Jenkins), who knows far more than he claims, and enjoys wielding this power over the sweaty detectives, who are kitted out appropriately in tacky police uniforms, complete with obligatory underarm sweat stains. Jenkins’ performance is lively and spirited, and he brings a wry edginess to the infuriatingly knowing maniac, who claims insanity but is savvy enough to know the precise psychological terms to describe his madness. However, he sometimes fails to be an endearingly ironic antihero, tending too much towards being irritatingly smarmy to the audience as well as to the hapless Bertozzo. He interacts well with Lyon, however, and their admirably choreographed tussles are pleasingly chaotic. Lyon’s portrayal of Bertozzo’s madness is somewhat heavyhanded, but he brings a feisty edge to the play’s dynamics. The Wadham Moser production has prudently veered away from the typical faux pas of staging Accidental Death of an Anarchist, ensuring that the political element does not drown in the sea of hyper-ironic self-reference, acerbic witticisms and slapstick comedy. This production uses projections of the protest rallies and state brutality, the most recent images being of the Genoa riots, as a reminder of the dark undercurrent of the play, the reality of violence and corruption at the core of the justice system. Another clever device is the Big Brother-style twist to this production, the play being imbued with the sense of being a documentary, certain scenes being replayed at intervals to express the plurality of perspectives in Fo’s theatrical landscape, which enhances the theme of deception and disguise that comes to the fore later in the play. Dario Fo maintains his wryly cynical stance throughout, and we cannot hope to satisfactorily solve the mystery of the anarchist’s ‘accidental’ death; in fact, the play raises more questions in our minds through the subtle nudges Fo gives us towards distrust in political and judicial authority. The Wadham Moser production may lack some subtlety of nuance and slightly hamfisted acting, but the innovative devices of which it makes use and its swift choreography make it a worthy production sure to push all the right buttons and leave the audience with a wry smile on their faces.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

first_imgSt John’s college is to be forced to pay out an estimated £250,000 worth of legal fees after it lost a long-running battle with a Warwickshire landowner over a hedge. The court case reached its end on 22nd September when Recorder Andrew Willetts ruled against the College.The dispute began in 2013 when retired architect Anthony Bethell, 75, decided to restore the 180-yard hedge separating his £2.2m Warwickshire home from the Wasperton Estate, owned by St John’s since 1755. Mr Bethell’s one-acre property is bordered on two sides by the college’s tenanted farmland, which totals 1,200 acres. Mr Bethell allegedly approached representatives from St John’s on eight oc- casions over two years in order to clarify the exact location of the boundary between the College’s land and his own. The dispute over the position of the hedge and whether Mr Bethell was allowed to restore it eventually reached Coventry Crown Court. In his judgment last month, Recorder Andrew Willetts ruled that Mr Bethell is entitled to carry out maintenance work on the hedge and to access College-owned land in order to do so. He ordered St John’s to pay nearly all of Mr Bethell’s legal costs, totalling around £250,000.  A judge at an earlier pre-trial hearing reportedly told the parties involved that the bushes “were becoming the most expensive hedge in Warwickshire” and that both sides would be better off “piling up £30,000 each in a field and lighting a huge bonfire.”Professor Parker said in a statement to Cherwell, “St John’s College greatly regrets the tactics employed by Mr Bethell, including bringing this matter into court by issuing a claim against the College and its tenant. The College regards Mr Bethell as the aggressor in this matter and notes that many opportuni- ties to settle this matter amicably have been passed over by him. Indeed, until proceedings were issued, the College believed that it had reached an agreement with him. “The College was disappointed by some of the Court’s findings but welcomes the clarity that the decision brings, and the rejection of Mr Bethell’s claim for an additional strip of the College land. The College hopes that this decision will remove the need for Mr Bethell to attempt further manoeuvres that appear to the College to be fundamentally tactical in nature.” After the latest judgment, Mr Bethell told Cherwell, “It seemed to me that from the very beginning they thought that because they were an Oxford college they couldn’t pos- sibly be wrong. They were incredibly uncooperative and wouldn’t negotiate. I kept asking them to come to the table but they refused. All I wanted to do was restore an ancient hedgerow entirely at my expense but they decided to be awkward and wouldn’t agree to me restoring the hedge or entering the land to carry out work.”“To this day I have no idea why…the College it- self is a charity and should never have got itself into a situation of wasting these resources.” Willetts said that it was “perplexing and bizarre” that the College had failed to respond to Mr Bethell’s approaches over how to proceed. In August 2014, Mr Bethell’s legal team was told in correspondence from lawyers representing St John’s that Andrew Parker, Principal Bursar of the College, “Has no desire to speak to [Mr Bethell] and no amount of correspondence will alter that.”last_img read more

first_imgPianist Holly Bowling continues to impress listeners and phans everywhere with her unique interpretations of Phish’s music as solo piano compositions. Bowling’s ability to take a multi-layered jam session and capture it, as a solo artist, truly makes for a spellbinding listening experience.Today, Bowling has made an exciting announcement of a new album, capturing two such jams: the “Chicago Wedge” and the “Glens Falls Twist.” Taken from the 7/20/14 Chicago and 10/23/13 Glens Falls performances, each stand out as two fascinating improvisational experiences in the Phish catalog. Bowling’s interpretations are sure to make for a great listen.Watch Bowling walk fans through her methods for creating the “Chicago Wedge” transcription below.The album is available now as a limited edition, 500 LP set, printed on red vinyl. The artwork for the vinyl is the counterpart to Bowling’s last release, which captures her interpretation of the “Tahoe Tweezer.” You can check them out below, and be sure to catch her album release party at the PhanArt Show in San Francisco on July 19th! Details here.last_img read more

first_imgA few years ago, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Jeff Austin—at the time a member of Yonder Mountain String Band—formed a new musical project called 30db. The project was a great outlet for the two songwriters, even if it only lasted for a short period of time. After unofficially parting ways in 2012, the pair has made it a point to come together each December in Chicago over the last few winters (in 2015, 2016, and 2017) treating fans to originals from their 2010 album.In the spring, the duo revived their 30db project, adding a number of one-off performances for a couple of rare shows outside the winter months. Following highly successful performances in the Midwest, including shows in Milwaukee and Chicago in May, today, 30db has announced a Northeast run in September.Bayliss and Austin will appear at Shoe Fest in Manteno, Illinois, as 30db across Labor Day weekend. Following this festival appearance, the pair will head to the Northeast, with stops in New York City and Boston. On September 7th, 30db will perform at the original City Winery venue in New York City, with plans to perform both an early and a late show for eager fans. From there, the group will head to Boston’s City Winery, again offering both early and late performances on September 8th. You can purchase tickets for 30db’s upcoming New York City shows here, and purchase tickets for 30db’s Boston shows here.,A few years ago, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Jeff Austin—at the time a member of Yonder Mountain String Band—formed a new musical project called 30db. The project was a great outlet for the two songwriters, even if it only lasted for a short period of time. After unofficially parting ways in 2012, the pair has made it a point to come together each December in Chicago over the last few winters (in 2015, 2016, and 2017) treating fans to originals from their 2010 album.last_img read more

first_img Central America remains a hotspot of instability caused by violent criminal organizations that use drug money to undermine legitimate governments, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said. Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser said the northern triangle formed by Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras is possibly the most violent place on Earth today. Criminal organizations involved in illegal activities in the area –- including drug trafficking — realize a global profit of $300 billion to $400 billion, he said. Fraser used United Nations figures to back up his point at a Pentagon news conference. “If we look at Iraq in 2010, the violent deaths per 100,000, according to U.N. numbers, was 14 per 100,000,” he said. “In Honduras last year, it was 77 per 100,000. In El Salvador, it was 71 per 100,000.” The region has some very capable militaries, the general said, noting that El Salvador sent troops to Iraq that American partners rated among the best in that battle. But the governments of the region are overmatched, he added. “If you look at the transnational criminal organizations, it’s a well-financed, capable capacity — an enterprise, if you will,” he said. “Our estimates are anywhere from, on an annual basis, on a global basis, the transnational criminal organizations bring in 300 billion [dollars] to $400 billion a year. That’s a significant number when you put it against the capacities of the governments that we’re talking about.” One example of the technology these criminal organizations use is self-propelled, fully submersible vessels. These subs typically are 100 feet long, manned by a crew of four, and they can carry 10 tons of cocaine. They do not dive far below the surface and can transit between the northern parts of South America to the northern parts of Central America and into Mexico. Militaries are not built to handle law enforcement activities, but many have been called upon to aid police in the effort, and U.S. Southern Command helps this effort, Fraser said. “Because of the concern from a law enforcement standpoint — and I’ll use El Salvador as an example, the president, to address this issue, has asked and brought the military in to support law enforcement, very much in the same manner that we talk about within the United States,” the general said. “Within their authorities, they work with the law enforcement to address the issue. But almost half of the military of El Salvador is working to address the violence. And we’re seeing the same things — not to the same level — happen within other parts of the region.” Southern Command is working hand in hand with the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. law enforcement agencies and others to address this issue, Fraser said. SOUTHCOM personnel are part of the solution, but not the entire solution, he added. “It’s much more complex than that,” Fraser said. “And we have to address it, in my mind, on a regional basis, and not just on a country-by-country basis.” Toward that end, he said, the Central American Regional Security Initiative and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative are aimed at improving the ways countries work together, helping to empower the law enforcement and judicial systems. “It’s a multi-pronged effort,” Fraser added. But the foundation for these initiatives is building and sustaining military-to-military relations with partner militaries in the region, the general said. “We engage with our partners … to build that security capacity,” Fraser said. “Our efforts include military-to-military engagements, exercises, training [and] subject-matter expert exchanges wherever we can, to help build capacity within our military partners.” Another important SOUTHCOM mission is to be prepared to respond in the event of natural or man-made catastrophes. The earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 was one example, and a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile last year, Fraser noted. Hurricanes probably are the most predictable natural disaster that can strike the area, he added, but the command has to be ready for everything from volcanoes to forest fires. By Dialogo April 04, 2011last_img read more

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo January 03, 2018 Brazil’s participation in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, in French) was unprecedented. Among the longest in history—and the Brazilian Armed Forces’ largest post-World War II military deployment—the operation counted 37,000 personnel, and was the only United Nations (UN) mission led by Brazilian generals. The mission that ended October 2017, was the topic of the International Seminar on Brazil’s 13 Years in MINUSTAH: Lessons Learned and New Perspectives, held November 28th-29th, 2017, at the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center (CIASC, in Portuguese) on Governor’s Island, Rio de Janeiro. The seminar brought together service members from the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force (EB, MB, and FAB, respectively, in Portuguese), Brazilian and foreign officials, ambassadors, and representatives from academia. The Brazilian Ministry of Defense sponsored the event through MB, in partnership with UN, the Brazilian Academy of Humanities, and Pontifícia Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Speakers praised the mission’s success, starting with the UN’s own representative. “It was a very serious situation, with instability, political violence, human rights violations, and impunity. It had a heavy impact on the conditions of thousands of Haitians,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations. “And while it’s clear that Haiti continues to face some serious challenges, it’s also quite clear that the situation in the country is much, much better. This wouldn’t have been possible without MINUSTAH’s presence and Brazil’s unique and exceptional contribution.” Brazilian style Lacroix thanked Brazilian service members for their work and noted the innovative role Brazil played, establishing a new standard for peacekeeping missions, which, according to him, now serves as a model in many UN operations. MB Admiral Ilques Barbosa Junior, head of the Navy General Staff and an MB representative in the initial joint planning of MINUSTAH, spoke about the Brazilian strategy to garner support from the public and residents of Haiti for the mission’s success. “Social media was very important, and we worked step-by-step at all times: from the planning stage to the time of embarkation. It had a very big and favorable impact on the media,” Adm. Ilques explained. “To create community engagement, even how we carried our weapons mattered. A contingent that preceded us carried guns outside of vehicles with their fingers on the trigger. We kept our guns inside vehicles, with our fingers off the trigger.” EB General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, MINUSTAH’s first commander, spoke about the contingent’s activities. “[It’s important] to strengthen troops’ self-esteem, promote efficiency and combat power, build the trust and respect of the local population, and respect traditions and idiosyncrasies,” Gen. Heleno said. “The soldier needs to know the country’s history to stop atrocities and refrain from any kind of abuse, especially sexual assaults. All this can be summed up as follows: a peacekeeping mission has to win hearts and minds.” Use of force The seminar addressed peaceful solutions—Chapter VI of the UN Charter under which the mission was set—and the use of force (Chapter VII). According to Gen. Heleno, the first contingents trained for a mission under peaceful resolutions, yet the situation encountered was much different. “When we arrived in Haiti, the country was on the brink of civil war. The basic strategy I set was to have a permanent presence in nearly all of Haiti, together with the UN police, in support of Haiti’s national policies. Operations that resulted from this strategy were the disarmament of illegal groups and the use of force when necessary, and avoid innocent victims. There were a series of discrepancies regarding the use of force, and sometimes I had to be tough to keep us from stepping over the line,” Gen. Heleno said. “The United Nations police counted 33 participating countries—people from entirely different cultures, with very different experiences with crime. That had a profound influence when they got together for these operations,” he added. According to Lacroix, MINUSTAH found a unique solution to the challenge. “Brazil and its troops understood the underlying meaning of the mandate, which includes the firm use of force,” he said. “Brazil and its troops understood that the robust peacekeeping mandate is for peacekeeping, not for war. It’s always about peace missions. The use of force serves to help find a peaceful political solution. To achieve that, the balance of power must shift to show those who are not interested in a peaceful political solution they cannot choose violence, because peacekeeping forces are strong and motivated,” he said. Humanitarian aid MINUSTAH’s humanitarian aid throughout the mission was highlighted in the seminar, particularly its response to major events. Hurricane Matthew struck October 2016, causing almost 900 deaths. The 2010 earthquake killed more than 100,000 people. That same year, service members also faced a cholera outbreak. Igor Kipman, Brazil’s ambassador to Haiti in 2010, recalled the work done at FAB field hospital in Port-au-Prince. “The hospital performed 36,028 medical procedures and 1,145 surgeries over a four-month period. It became famous, because at any given time there were 32 field hospitals in Haiti where the protocol for a mutilated limb was amputation, whereas the FAB hospital performed highly complex operations, always looking to save the limb. There were very few amputations. People brought seriously injured patients from afar, sometimes at a great sacrifice, to the FAB hospital,” Kipman said. “With the cholera situation, Brazil was also present with great help, including purchasing beds in Miami suitable for cholera patients and distributing them to various hospitals.” Brazilian Army Lieutenant General Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto, former commander of MINUSTAH, noted that Brazil’s humanitarian aid response to the earthquake went far beyond the UN context. “Brazil sent money so that we could hire Haitians to help us collect bodies and bury victims. Refugee camps were built with Brazilian civil engineering,” Lt. Gen. Floriano said. Brazilian Armed Forces also joined international partners such as Canada, Chile, and the United States as well as countless NGOs that responded to the catastrophe, he said. The UN currently counts 15 ongoing peacekeeping operations. Brazil participates in nine of those. Since 2011, Brazil leads the Maritime Task Force in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, and other task forces with individual missions. On November 22nd, 2017, the UN invited Brazil to take part in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. Its participation in that mission rests on President Michel Temer’s confirmation and on the approval of Congress.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 1984 box office smash Ghostbusters—starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, among others—will be haunting more than 700 theaters across Long Island, the Unites States and Canada for a limited run this Labor Day Weekend in celebration of its 30th anniversary.The theatrical re-release of the fully restored and remastered, now-in-HD film kicks off Thursday, August 28—known as National Ghostbusters Day—and will last just one week, with both the original and its sequel Ghostbusters II to be released as a special collector’s Blu-ray set September 16. A Ghostbusters III is also rumored to be in the works.The comedic cult classic sets Murray, Aykroyd and Harold Ramos as three unemployed parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City and, with the addition of Ernie Hudson to their team, end up saving the world from a supernatural apocalypse. Written by Aykroyd and Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman, the roles of the ghost hunters were originally created for John Belushi, John Candy and Long Island native Eddie Murphy, but changed when Belushi died in 1982 and the latter two backed out.Weaver and funnyman Rick Moranis play supporting parts—she as Murray’s love interest and he as a neighbor. Both end up getting possessed, as the “Gate Keeper” and “Key Master,” respectively.Setting up shop in a firehouse Murray (Peter Venkman), Aykroyd (Raymond Stantz), Ramos (Egon Spengler) and Hudson (Winston Zeddmore) scoot around the city in a jazzed-out ambulance/hearse, known as the Ecto-1, toting proton packs—nuclear particle beam accelerators—across their backs. The ghosts the unlikely heroes battle throughout the film are as fascinating to watch as hilarious—an eternal fan favorite being the flying pudgy, green, gooey Slimer, who slathers anyone he crashes into with a glowing, translucent ooze called, well, “slime.”Then there’s the sinister Mister Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a towering, demonic ghost made out of marshmallows. Lol laughing just writing this. The movie features one of the catchiest theme songs ever written, “Ghostbusters,” by Ray Parker, Jr., with the immortal lines “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” remaining popular catchphrases to this day. It also spent three weeks at the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.It also contains some of the most memorable quotes of the ’80s:“He just slimed me.”“We came. We saw. We kicked its ass.”“Let’s show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown.”“There is no Dana. There is only Zuul.”“We’ve been going about this all wrong. This Mister Stay Puft’s okay! He’s a sailor, he’s in New York. We get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!”“Don’t cross the streams!”Ghostbusters was nominated for two Oscars—Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song—but lost to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Woman in Red, respectively. It spawned a follow-up, Ghostbusters II, two cartoon shows, countless toys, merchandise and Halloween costumes. An absolute classic. Don’t miss this chance to catch it.Here are a few local theaters and times when Ghostbusters will be playing, check their individual websites for additional show times:Thursday, August 28AMC Loews Raceway 10: 7 p.m. & 9:40 p.m.UA Westbury Stadium 12 IMAX & RPX: 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX: 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.Friday, August 29AMC Loews Raceway 10: 11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:35 p.m.UA Westbury Stadium 12 IMAX & RPX: 11:30 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas: 11:40 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 12:30amRegal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX: 12 p.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.Saturday, August 30AMC Loews Raceway 10: 11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:35 p.m.UA Westbury Stadium 12 IMAX & RPX: 11:30 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas: 11:40 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 12:30amRegal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX: 11:20 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.Here’s the Ghostbusters official 30th Anniversary Trailer:So who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)last_img read more

first_img“In the middle of a challenging environment like this, Bank BTPN was able to maintain its fundamentals well, accompanied by a healthy credit portfolio, so that the impact of the pandemic could be minimized,” BTPN president director Ongki Wanadjati Dana said in a press statement on Wednesday. Indonesian banks saw loan growth fall to 3.04 percent yoy in May from 5.73 percent in April as the pandemic hit the public and businesses’ purchasing power, resulting in cooling loan demand and difficulties repaying existing loans.At the same time, the industry’s nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio, which puts the value of bad loans in relation to total debt, climbed to 3.01 percent in May from 2.89 percent a month before. As of June, BTPN’s NPL ratio increased to 1.12 percent from 0.81 percent recorded in June last year, still lower than that of the wider banking industry.  Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correctly state the bank’s name, which is Bank BTPN. Topics : Publicly listed Bank BTPN recorded a contraction in its net profit in this year’s first six months as interest income decreased while bad loans rose. During the first half of the year, the privately-owned bank’s net profit contracted by 9 percent to Rp 1.12 trillion (US$77 million) from Rp 1.23 trillion in the same period last year. Its loan disbursement, on the other hand, grew by 5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 150.5 trillion, driven by an 18 percent rise in the corporate segment to Rp 88.6 trillion. The bank also takes part in the government’s pandemic relief program by having approved loan restructuring worth Rp 4.1 trillion as of the end of this year’s first half. The figure is around 3 percent of the bank’s overall loan portfolio. BTPN’s third-party funds grew by 4 percent yoy to Rp 101.4 trillion in the first half, while its capital adequacy ratio (CAR) stood at 23.09 percent in June, higher than the banking industry’s average CAR of 22.16 percent in May. However, BTPN’s loan-to-deposit ratio (LDR) was recorded at 148.4 percent in June, higher than 146.72 percent booked in June last year. The maximum LDR allowed by Bank Indonesia is 92 percent, as a ratio that is too high indicates that a bank may not have enough liquidity to cover unforeseen fund requirements. As people have grown a preference for digital banking amid the pandemic, the bank’s digital banking platform, Jenius, saw a 65 percent yoy increase in the number of registered Jenius users to 2.7 million customers by the end of June, the bank reported.Stocks of the bank, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code BTPN, jumped 2.73 percent as of 1:36 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday but have lost 30.46 percent of their value so far this year. The main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), lost almost 19 percent of its value so far this year.last_img read more