Textile imports from China. Trade gaps with Japan. Pirated music in Canada. World Trade Organization technology tariffs. These are just a few of the issues Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky negotiated as United States Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001. On October 3, Barshefsky came to Harvard Law School to share her experiences with students in the Advanced Negotiation Workshop taught by Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ’97 and Lecturer Rory Van Loo ’07, director and assistant director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP).Barshefsky’s stories clearly resonated with the HLS students. “Her negotiation toolbox is overflowing, and we all became more strategic negotiators today because she was willing to share these tools,” said Alexis Beveridge ’13.“Ambassador Barshefsky’s stories of success and challenge as a negotiator, both while she was the U.S. trade representative and since then, brought to life some of the central themes of multiparty negotiation,” said Bordone. “Hearing her deconstruct her approach to goal-setting and preparation demonstrated the discipline and perspective-taking that make for great negotiators.”Read the full story on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Story
China dials back its appetite for Australian coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Hellenic Shipping News: China’s restrictions on Australian coal are expected to remain in place into next year as Beijing seeks to moderate a spike in foreign imports of the commodity to protect domestic supply.While there had been hopes in Canberra that the unofficial quota on Australian coal exports to China would be wound back shortly, analysts and traders in China said this week they expected the restrictions to remain in force for a while.Coal analysts also said there was evidence of intensifying curbs on imported coal, with the major southern Chinese ports of Guangzhou and Fuzhou banning the commodity this week. Both ports recorded a strong increase in imports this year.In comments published on their public social media account, analysts at consultancy Today Think Tank Energy said coal imports at those two ports had stopped this week and they expected further restrictions to apply.The analysts argued that foreign coal imports into China had been higher than expected this year, which meant there was still an incentive for Beijing to impose further restrictions to boost the domestic price.More: China to extend restrictions on Australian coal, say analysts
DIÁLOGO: What is the future of Integrated Action in Colombia? What is its strategic perspective? Deputy Minister Bedoya: The role of Integrated Action in a post-conflict scenario will be to facilitate and support state presence throughout the nation, by using a sustained and inclusive social offer that generates the conditions for free active citizen participation, the reinforcement of civil power and rural development as a thriving force. Post-conflict Integrated Action will demand the Public Forces – among other actors – to be devoted to developing permanent infrastructure projects in remote and difficult-to-access areas in the nation with the help of the current Central Office of Military Engineers, which will become the Corps of Military Engineers, with disaster assistance, humanitarian demining and construction brigades. DIÁLOGO: Deputy Minister, we are aware that the Colombian war plan is under revision in a process of improvement; could you tell us about the current role of Integrated Action in the development of the ‘Sword of Honor’ war plan? How is it connected to the Colombian consolidation policy? DIÁLOGO: How do you think that other countries with conflicts or violent scenarios may learn from the Colombian experience? How can Colombia benefit from this situation? DIÁLOGO: What is the importance of the coordination of Integrated Action with the civil component in the consolidation? Deputy Minister Bedoya: The ‘Sword of Honor’ plan states that 40% of the military effort should be aimed at kinetic action, while 60% should be aimed at non-kinetic action, making Integrated Action a fundamental tool for the Armed Forces to design and apply social, political and economic strategies that are consistent with the National Policy of Territorial Consolidation and Reconstruction PNCRT. Therefore, Integrated Action as the non-kinetic component of the war plan allows a strategic alignment of actions aimed at winning the minds and hearts of populations where it is enforced, keeping them away from the Total Terrorist Threat SAT-T. As a result, a general, coordinated and decisive Integrated Action will allow the application of territorial consolidation in strategic areas where this threat is concentrated and keep it in isolation. Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy, Jorge Enrique Bedoya: The revision of the ‘Sword of Honor’ war plan concluded in a series of recommendations for the Armed Forces and the Police High Command, issued by the Strategic Revision and Innovation Committee (CREI II) in September, under a joint, coordinated and interagency approach. CREI II favored the support of state policies and efforts, in order to guarantee a permanent state presence in areas where it is absent, by strengthening the relationships between civil population and Public Forces. As a result, with regard to Integrated Action, this war plan is intended to achieve short- (early victories), mid- and long-term (transformation) goals. Early victories include the development of infrastructure projects that will benefit populations in strategic areas where the influence of the Total Terrorist Threat System (SAT-T) still persists. The Ministry of National Defense has invested $100 million that is being used by the National Army’s Central Office of Military Engineers in road, aqueduct and basic sanitation, electricity, and social infrastructure projects, bringing benefits to the population of these areas. Integrated Action uses tools such as those developed by Integrated Action Companies, Demobilization Support Groups, Commander’s Assessing Team, and the National Police’s Prevention System. In regards to mid-term goals, the strengthening of liaison offices with ethnic groups is a very important tool of unarmed capabilities that Public Forces use to build relationships with ethnic communities (indigenous, African descendants, Raizals, and Palenqueros) within a culturally diverse state, reinforcing strategies to generate trust and familiarity between special populations and the Public Forces. In the long term, a transformational process will take place within the Forces, to gain a greater impact in the coordinated interagency work that will allow Integrated Action and the Prevention System to become a main tool to disseminate governance. Therefore, incentives for the Integrated Action personnel will be created, promoting specialization in the field. Deputy Minister Bedoya: Currently, Colombia is offering its knowledge and expertise with subject matter expert exchanges in Integrated Action and Civil Affairs. We are especially interested in increasing this cooperation, considering that this knowledge is supported by the construction of legitimacy, trust, and identity of citizens towards their Public Forces in the process of reconstruction and consolidation of territories. Security Forces of other countries are interested in learning the doctrine used by Colombia, the way in which it is developed and how Integrated Action plans are designed. During 2013, we conducted two activities in Guatemala, which were coordinated between the governments of Colombia and the United States. The former was a meeting of Integrated Action experts held on April 22 – 26, 2013, and the latter will be conducted on November 3 – 10 with a meeting of experts to make an action plan (working route) official, as well as an integrated strategic proposal in the cooperation framework between Colombia and Guatemala. DIÁLOGO: If Colombia becomes officially a post-conflict scenario, what do you think Integrated Action’s role will be in this process? In 2012, Colombia created Operation Sword of Honor as a counterinsurgent strategy to confront guerrilla violence in the country, by which the list of military targets and locations where the Armed Forces would confront guerrillas was increased, with the aim of undermining the FARC not only in the military field, but financially as well. President Juan Manuel Santos announced the second phase of Sword of Honor, a military offensive against the FARC in seven departments in southern Colombia, on October 11. As a result, the ‘Comando Conjunto Número 3 Suroriente’ with over 50,000 members was created. During Colombia’s internal conflict, the South American nation developed unique strategies and capabilities, which can now be used as an example by other countries that are experiencing similar conflicts. This is the case of ‘Integrated Action and Consolidation’ (Acción Integral y Consolidación,) two strategies that promote a solid state intervention in rural areas swamped by illegal armed groups, and foster development. During a recent visit to Bogotá, Diálogo had the chance to speak with the Colombian Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy, Jorge Enrique Bedoya, who told us about the role of Integrated Action in the development of operation Sword of Honor, as well as the current and future role of Integrated Action towards peace, among other topics. Deputy Minister Bedoya: Due to the security problems that Colombia has faced for over 50 years, especially in the fight against international drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, terrorism and other threats, the Public Forces have gathered experience and knowledge that created human potential and top-notch capabilities to support the improvement of internal processes, as well as reinforcing capabilities in countries that confront similar threats. Therefore, Colombia can provide and share its knowledge through cooperation mechanisms, training, technical and legal assistance, expertise exchanges, defense and security courses and assessments, so that these countries can confront transnational threats more efficiently. The results obtained by the Public Forces and the higher effectiveness achieved in land, air, and maritime interdiction procedures show the great potential of the country to support and assist institutional reform processes, and to provide assessment in building security knowledge and doctrine, as well as operational and coordination capabilities in security institutions of those nations. Colombia will be able to strengthen its domestic capabilities even more, by becoming a strategic partner to confront regional and international security challenges on technical cooperation in security and defense. This is a joint effort that will allow strengthening friendships between the regional states, and increasing their cooperation by making the fight against common and organized crime more efficient. Deputy Minister Bedoya: The coordination of Integrated Action with the civil component of consolidation is represented in a coordinated, joint, and interagency effort conducted between the Armed Forces and the State, which is represented by its Ministries and the Social Action Department (DPS). State policies are enforced through the Special Administrative Unit of Territorial Consolidation (UAECT), an organization that works jointly with the state in order to create development projects in order to reinforce institutional legitimacy. This interaction with the Public Force also requires the private sector’s participation through consolidation initiatives and projects (economic, social, cultural, infrastructure, etc.) in the quest for a more thriving country. By Dialogo February 07, 2014 DIÁLOGO: What is Colombia’s current role as a cooperating partner with other nations that work jointly with the U.S. (for instance, the CENTAM case)?
Six small and large New York credit unions and their members were victimized in a $100,000 social media check fraud scheme.New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneideman filed a 19-count indictment July 29 against Kevin Lee and Daniel Green for writing fraudulent checks in the name of a bogus business to deceive credit union members. The state’s prosecutor said Lee and Green were the ringleaders in this fake check scam and an investigation is continuing in at least eight counties including Westchester, Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Oneida, Broome and Oswego.The credit unions targeted were the $242 million G.P.O. Federal Credit Union in New Hartford, the $815 million Summit Federal Credit Union in Rochester, the $1.3 billion Capital Communications Federal Credit Union in Albany, the Syracuse-based $40 million Money Federal Credit Union, the $1.5 billion Empower Federal Credit Union in Syracuse and the $176 million SECNY Federal Credit Union. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At Pima Federal Credit Union, employees rank opportunities for advancement very high. This is why I included the $473 million/55,000-member CU in the People Perspectives Distinguished Credit Unions of the Year, an award I created to feature some of our successful clients. Of all the CUs that conducted employee surveys with my company in 2015, Pima FCU had the highest average on the opportunity for advancement dimension.Credit unions can follow these five best practices from Pima FCU.Be genuine. Provide honest feedback and have frequent conversations about performance so employees understand both their strengths and opportunities for growth and are ready for the next opportunity.Promote internally whenever possible. Don’t be afraid to promote internally, even if the learning curve is a little steeper than hiring externally. Your efforts will be rewarded with dedicated, loyal employees and higher morale.Encourage open lines of communication throughout the organization. Starting from the top, promote frequent and transparent communication; encourage employees to trade feedback and ideas. continue reading »
continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA approved only eight mergers in March.That’s the lowest number of consolidations approved in the month of March over the last 10 years, according to a review of the NCUA’s Insurance Reports of Activity for the month of March since 2008.In March 2015 and March 2011, the federal agency approved 12 and 11 mergers, respectively. But since March 2008 when 33 consolidations were approved, the number of mergers given the nod by the federal agency ranged from 18 to 34.In March 2017, the largest consolidation given the green light by the NCUA was the $112 million Harbor Credit Union in Green Bay, Wis., into the $1.3 billion Fox Communities Credit Union in Appleton, Wis. Founded in 1952, Harbor served 11,512 members and operated four locations.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Details After years of hard-fought litigation, credit unions around the country are breaking out the champagne. The NCUA officially amended its Field of Membership (FOM) rules, which will allow many credit unions to expand. Although this is an exciting development, it isn’t the end of the road. In fact, it’s just the beginning.Winning the right to expand your credit union is one thing. Getting people to switch to your institution is another challenge altogether.When attracting newcomers, perhaps the biggest mistake financial institutions can make is simply sending their boilerplate and regular marketing materials into new targeted areas. If you want to make the most out of this opportunity to serve more members, strategy is key. The fine line between successfully reaching new audiences and muddling your brand identity is a hard one to gauge without the right plan in place. Get Your Columbo OnDo your research. This sounds like a given, but you’d be surprised how many skip over such a crucial step. Despite what Buzzfeed listicles claim, there’s no such thing as a singular, homogenized region of the country. A few miles, or even a couple of city blocks, can present a dramatic shift in residents’ financial priorities and overall culture. Some of these differences are lighthearted, like New Jersey’s great Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll debate, while others are more involved, like the 10 counties in Colorado pushing for independent statehood.Your expansion into a new region is many residents’ first impression of your credit union. If your debut marketing campaign rubs people the wrong way, it’s an uphill battle to change people’s minds for the better. Read local news bulletins, see what local legislation is up for a vote, and make sure to check out what the 2020 Census says about the area once it’s published. Chances are larger financial institutions aren’t taking such a tailored approach to their expansion plans, so your locally-minded strategy has the potential to stand out from theirs.Taking the time to do a deep dive into the cultural, political, and social landscapes of a region shows that your staff cares about the members they serve. That, in itself, is what credit unions are all about.Your Knowledge Isn’t Their KnowledgeChances are, your leadership team lives and breathes everything “credit union,” and they have for a long time. At any nonprofit organization, key decision makers must have a deep knowledge of their industry. But, when it comes to marketing strategies, that can spell danger.Although it’s internally crucial to have leaders focused on finance and banking, it’s easy for experts at credit unions to assume everyone has this same level of knowledge. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to a survey conducted by students at Duke University, 76% of undergrads do not know what a credit union is.We repeat: seventy-six percent of young adults don’t know what a credit union is.Let that sink in.But, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, this is an opportunity. The same investigation indicated that once younger adults learned the differences between credit unions and banks, their reactions were overwhelmingly positive. One respondent even said, “What’s the catch? Is there no catch? Why wouldn’t everyone use a credit union?”Limited membership numbers in younger age groups don’t indicate a clash of generational ideals between the youth and credit unions—it’s simply a lack of knowledge. If you’re looking to expand your membership reach, think about targeting regions or workplaces with an influx of recent graduates. College towns, tech companies, and up-and-coming neighborhoods are probably craving what credit unions serve. Use this as a chance to educate potential members about what credit unions bring to the table. Campaigns emphasizing what your institution does for its members and the surrounding community will stick in the minds of those new to nonprofit banking. When you assume everyone knows what credit unions are, you’re missing an opportunity to turn newcomers into lifetime members.You’re Not The Only OneRemember, NCUA’s latest FOM rule impacts not only who your credit union can serve, but also who other credit unions can serve. A new consumer survey published in early August revealed that 1 in 5 Americans plan to open a new savings or checking account within the next 30 days. Additionally, 1 in 10 Americans aim to consolidate their debt and/or credit cards in this same time period. These results combined with the new NCUA FOM rule means that there’s huge potential for growth—as long as people know who you are.Like mergers, expanding membership eligibility gives your team a chance to consider the overall effectiveness of your branding strategies. If you aren’t getting the results you need, think about doing a brand audit. Having an outsider’s perspective on what your marketing does and doesn’t do effectively can give you the insight you need to reach new and current members successfully. Brand audits can also offer a comprehensive look at what your competitors are doing, which means you will know how to differentiate yourself in the future. With clear, unique messaging on your side, standing out from the crowd stops being a goal and starts being a standard for how you reach audiences. When a door opens to a big opportunity, seizing the moment to shine doesn’t last forever—especially if that door is also open for others. With an open mind and plenty of knowledge on your side, your credit union can thrive alongside this latest regulatory revelation from NCUA.
Arsenal prioritise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract over new signings Arsenal are hopeful that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will extend his contract (Getty Images)Arsenal are prioritising Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract over new signings this summer, according to reports.The 30-year-old has been pivotal to the Gunners since joining in January 2018 with 61 goals in 97 appearances.Aubameyang has just a year remaining on his current deal and Arsenal risk losing him on a free transfer next summer if they are unable to agree on a new contract.According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are hoping that their positive realationship with Aubameyang’s father and agent, Pierre-Francois, can lead to a breathrough in negotiations.ADVERTISEMENTThe report also claims that Aubameyang’s future is Arsenal’s top priority and the club are ‘ready to throw everything’ into convincing the striker to remain at the Emirates Stadium. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Jun 2020 6:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Advertisement Mikel Arteta could lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer next year (AFP via Getty Images)It is also suggested that Arsenal’s hierarchy are ‘less inclined’ to complete big-money signings this summer as they have already asked the players to take a wage cut.AdvertisementAdvertisementInstead, the Gunners are more open to loan deals in order to improve Mikel Arteta’s squad.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThomas Partey has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer but the midfielder has a €50m (£47m) release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid.Philippe Coutinho has also been offered to the Gunners but they are unwilling to pay Barcelona’s £10m loan fee and fully cover the midfielder’s £250,000-a-week salary.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment
Contracts that are currently being negotiated with a London bank will expire towards the end of April. By then, the option would be to strike a new contract with an EU-based office of the same bank.Van Dijk said that legal documents enabling pension funds to trade in derivatives must be copied to the German, French or Irish branches of the bank in question.Achmea IM has hundreds of so-called ISDA/CSA contracts with international merchant banks, half of which are located in London.“During the past year, we have been busy converting these contracts while carefully checking whether clauses would not substantially change at the expense of our clients,” Van Dijk said.Several banks have applied for a licence with Dutch regulator AFM, which would enable Dutch pension investors to keep on trading with companies based in London, he said.According to Van Dijk, only a few US banks have applied for such a licence.He said it was possible that, even with a ‘soft’ Brexit, an increasing number of derivatives transactions would be made through European bank offices.“As long as uncertainty remains about the final conditions of the UK’s departure from the EU, it is sensible to conclude transactions with these European offices,” he said.Van Dijk argued that Brexit would mark a point of no return, regardless of whether it was ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.“Only if Brexit is cancelled do I expect the level of the derivatives trade through London to remain unchanged,” he said.A paper published by the EU in December set out contingency plans for a hard or ‘no deal’ Brexit. It stated that derivatives counterparties based in the UK would be able to continue to do business with EU investors for 12 months after Brexit through a “temporary and conditional equivalence decision”.In addition, UK-based security depositories would get a 24-month reprieve as part of the EU’s contingency plan. Any Brexit-fuelled exodus of the derivatives market from London to the European mainland will start with currency contracts, according to Dutch asset manager Achmea IM.Erik-Jan van Dijk, manager of treasury and derivatives at the €130bn investment house, said currency contracts would likely move from London to Frankfurt, Dublin and Paris, ahead of interest rate swaps.“Currency contracts usually have a duration of three months, whereas interest swaps span a period of decades,” he said.If the UK exits the EU without a full withdrawal agreement – the ‘hard Brexit’ scenario – pension investors could be restricted from dealing with London-based banks for rolling forward existing contracts and concluding new ones.