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CFO Focus: The strategic exec in a rapidly changing world

first_imgCFOs may not always be the most publicly visible executives compared with CEOs and other senior leaders, but in a rapidly changing world full of new challenges and risks, finance executives can be the stewards who guide companies toward growth, according to a study of more than 500 chief financial officers and senior finance executives conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Coupa Software.In particular, leveraging technology and implementing better processes tend to be the top strategies for CFOs who say they’re most able to meet their goals, so more CFOs need to analyze how they can make these changes to better execute their strategies, find the authors of The Strategic CFO in a Rapidly Changing World.The key findings of this report include:1. Strategic CFOs break down silos to gain visibility across departments.To overcome industry and economic challenges, CFOs need to work closely with other departments and break down information silos. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Abortion issue is full of blurry lines 24 March 2014Tuesday marked a year of my having been a Waikato Times columnist. Since I started with a controversial issue (same-sex marriage), I figure it makes sense to celebrate a year by tackling another controversial issue. This time it’s abortion.Admittedly Family First beat me to it with the launch of its campaign, but there’s still something I can add. Here’s what gets me: the whole pro-choice, pro-life divide seems to have got itself confused. Pro-choice means, quite simply, that some people have the right to make choices while others don’t. That right to make a choice, from what I can tell, is based on your age. If you are roughly 20 weeks or older, you have all the rights and privileges shared by the rest of humanity. If you are roughly 20 weeks or younger, you aren’t human, so you don’t get a right to choice.What suddenly makes a baby human, then? I haven’t found an answer yet that makes sense, which is why I sit on the side of the fence that I do.Take, for example, the “it’s just a bundle of cells” argument. Aren’t we all? It’s just that you and I are bigger bundles with voices, so we can protest if people want to kill us. The “not really human argument” has been tried before. Go back a few years and you’ll find there were plenty of people arguing that slavery was OK because science showed that black people weren’t the same species as white people. All we’ve done is change the category of people who “aren’t like us”. Instead of black people, we’ve made it very, very young people.There’s the dependency argument, too: foetuses aren’t really another life until they can survive alone outside the womb. read more

Clark pips Taylor to Bramham title

first_img The consistent Clark, who won impressively at the Blenheim International in Oxfordshire last September, earlier jumped clear to finish on a score of 46.2 penalties, which piled the pressure on Taylor. Four faults gave Taylor a final score of 46.9 and left her in second spot after she won the Tattersalls event in Ireland on Allercombe Ellie last Sunday. Ireland’s Aoife Clark and Fenyas Elegance triumphed in the CCI three-star class at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials on Sunday. British eventer Izzy Taylor was hoping to land a second major title in eight days, and led throughout the dressage and cross-country phases. She was last to go in the showjumping aboard Orlando, but a fence down early in their round meant that Clark claimed victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Boher bids to double up at Limerick

first_imgRecent Navan scorer Boher Call bids for a swift double as he lines up in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase at Limerick on Wednesday. The Charles Byrnes-trained Crystal Pearl appears the likely favourite in the opening National Student Raceday Mares Maiden Hurdle after missing out by just three-quarters of a length at Cork last time. Jessica Harrington’s Duckweed is an interesting rival though, as she makes her debut under Rules after previously scoring at point to point level. Casual Approach is worth nothing as he has his first attempt over obstacles in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle following a handful of sound bumper efforts. One Cool Princes tries to follow up her recent Cork verdict in the Book Online At Mares Handicap Hurdle. Rodger Sweeney’s Corporate Box and the John Cullen-trained Vole Au Vent also appear to be likely types in the two-mile-six-furlong heat. Willie Austin saddles Emcon in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle and his confidence should be riding high after winning at Cork on Easter Sunday. Morney Wing tries to make it third-time lucky over fences for trainer Sandra Hughes and owner Barry Connell in the Greenmount Park Beginners Chase. Aidan O’Brien’s Kalopsia is bound to be a popular choice in the closing Racing Again Tomorrow At Limerick INH Flat Race as she carries the colours of JP McManus. Paul Flynn’s charge bagged a first win under Rules when making all for a narrow success last month, adding to his previous point to point win at Lisronagh last November. He is sure to have his supporters despite racing from out of the handicap here, but the likes of top weight Crown Theatre and Michael Butler’s Akinspirit will not make his task too easy. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hangeland pens new Palace deal

first_img The 33-year-old Norwegian joined Palace 12 months ago after six seasons at Fulham, with his previous deal set to expire later this month. Hangeland made a total of 17 appearances for Palace last campaign, 14 of which were in the Premier League. The Scandinavian is thrilled to remain at Selhurst Park for another year. Hangeland told his club’s official website: “I’m delighted to have signed with Crystal Palace for the new season. “I have really enjoyed working under Alan Pardew and we have a very talented squad who are all a really good bunch of lads to be around. “These are very exciting times at the club and I look forward to playing a part in making next year in another successful one.” Palace won 13 and lost 16 of their 38 games to finish 10th in the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign. Defender Brede Hangeland has signed a new one-year contract with Crystal Palace, the London club announced on Monday afternoon.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Canal 6 cart off 11th annual Sash Sawh memorial dominoes

first_imgCANAL 6 emerged winners of the 11th annual Satyadeow ‘Sash’ Sawh memorial dominoes tournament, played last Friday (Arrival Day) at Ernest Shop, Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara.The tournament, organised and sponsored by Sash Secretariat, saw the eventual champions mark 79 games to win easily from International Six with 70 and the hosts who trailed on 62.Apart from the first sitting when Canal 6 trailed International Six by three games, they took command and were only really challenged in the fifth which ended with both teams on 63 games.However, the eventual winners tallied 16 games in a brilliant final sitting which saw International Six manage a mere seven while Sash Secretariat were never in contention.Skipper Avinash Persaud led from the front for Canal 6 with the maximum 18 games and received admirable support from Ramroop Sukhai (16), Basdeo Persaud (14) and Surin Sukhai (13).Claude Stuart was the International Six top player with 14 games while Intikhab Alli, who played through, marked 13 in his first three sittings and 12 in the other three.Govil Persaud was outstanding for Sash Secretariat with 15 games but saw two of his teammates, Kunal Persaud and Ameer Kham go down lovers’ lane.The winning and first runner-up trophies plus prizes for the three top players in each team were sponsored by Sash Secretariat while the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy was added, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall.The three top players were Avinash Persaud of Canal 6, Claude Stuart of International 6 and Govil Persaud of Sash Secretariat. Avinash also copped the MVP prize.Sawh, a former Minister of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock, died under tragic circumstances on April 22, 2006 and a minute’s silence was observed for his passing, prior to the commencement of the tournament.Among those responsible for the staging of the tournament are United States-based Guyanese Mark Dookhan, who served as driver to the late minister, Sahadeo Mahabali, Vishnu Persaud and Indra Jagmohan.The organisers would also like to take the opportunity to express sincere thanks to the proprietor of Ernest Shop for allowing the venue to host the tournaments over the years.last_img read more

Ashes 2019 shirts to feature players’ names

first_imgPLAYERS’ shirts will feature their name and squad number for the first time in 142 years of Test cricket when England host Australia in this summer’s Ashes.The change comes as part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) promotional plans for the new World Test Championship.The ICC wants to make players more easily identifiable to encourage greater engagement in Test cricket.Names and numbers have long been used for limited over and domestic cricket.The only minor change to Test shirts came in 2001 when England introduced a small debut cap number under the Three Lions crest, other teams then following suit.The world’s top nine sides will take part in the new championships over two years, with the Ashes the first Test series to be included – the top two teams will meet in the final in 2021.Coloured shirts worn in the 1992 World Cup were the first to feature players’ names, while squad numbers were added for the 1999 tournament.Names and squad numbers were then added to shirts for the County Championship in 2003.The first Ashes Test begins at Edgbaston on August 1, with Australia the current holders having won the 2017/18 series 4-0. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Ancelotti Rubbishes Vidal Transfer Talks

first_imgBayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has labelled talk of Arturo Vidal moving to Chelsea as nonsense.Vidal, who played under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at Juventus, fuelled speculation over a switch from the Bundesliga champions to the Premier League leaders when he liked an Instagram post from a Chelsea fan page regarding rumours of a transfer to Stamford Bridge.But, asked about the possibility of Vidal leaving for Chelsea at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Ancelotti replied: “This is absolute nonsense.” The Chile attacking midfielder has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season, scoring three goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Three new Big East coaches struggle to live up to high expectations

first_img Published on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjr Comments Charlie Strong is not expected to turn around Louisville’s program overnight. In fact, of the three new coaches to Big East football this season, he probably has the least pressure upon him. But that thought doesn’t cross Strong’s mind. It never has. And that confidence has proven contagious. Rebuilding certainly wasn’t on any of the Cardinals’ minds when they took then-No. 25 Oregon State to the wire in Corvallis, Ore., on Sept. 18. Louisville lost by a touchdown in the end. But the potential to win now was unmasked. ‘We played hard enough, but you still like to get away with a victory,’ Strong said in a Big East coaches’ teleconference on Sept. 20. ‘That’s what you want to do, you want to win. We were given so many opportunities (and) did not take advantage of those opportunities.’ Rebuilding certainly isn’t on his mind.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text First-year coaches Butch Jones and Skip Holtz aren’t rebuilding programs, either. They took over two programs — Cincinnati and South Florida, respectively — with the expectations to contend for the Big East title. But with those great expectations come even more struggles. Once the losing starts, keeping the fan base and team from panicking so early in the season is one of the biggest. And they shouldn’t panic, considering how poorly the Big East has played as a whole. Because despite the mixed results all three head coaches have had so far this season, conference play will bring about new life and a chance to forget about the early season struggles. ‘I still think this is a good football conference and a good league,’ Holtz said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘We’ll learn a little bit more about it as I get into the middle of it, because I haven’t played Cincinnati. I haven’t played Pittsburgh in a long time. I haven’t played against Connecticut, just from what I’ve seen on TV.’ While Strong’s slow start relates to his predecessor’s struggles, Jones’ and Holtz’s struggles are both completely different. Jones’ is the opposite of Strong’s, actually. And it’s not even his fault. He inherited a team Brian Kelly led to 18 consecutive regular-season wins, heightening expectations of the Bearcat faithfuls to the point that they expect a BCS bowl game every year. Now with Jones and a new starting quarterback in Zach Collaros, Cincinnati is off to its worst start since 2006 and has yet to defeat a Football Bowl Subdivision team. In its three losses, Cincinnati has given up nearly 30 points per game. Albeit the three losses were tough games at Fresno State and No. 23 North Carolina State, and home against No. 8 Oklahoma. Cincinnati showed improvement this past Saturday, losing to Oklahoma by just two points. But that doesn’t make it any less disheartening so far. ‘We’re very disappointed in the outcome,’ Jones said in a Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘There are no moral victories. We didn’t get it done at the end. But I thought our team continued to take great strides. Not only on the field, but I thought in terms of leadership.’ At 1-3, the team needs to come together fast to make a bowl. Jones is optimistic because the three losses do nothing to deter UC’s BCS hopes. Those hopes live and die with Big East play. Contrary to the other two new coaches, Holtz has led South Florida (2-1) to a winning record so far this year. But USF certainly hasn’t played like a team that could win the Big East. Western Kentucky, which owns the nation’s longest FBS losing streak at 24 games, outgained the Bulls on offense last Saturday, but USF managed to pull out the victory. The Bulls turned the ball over five times in its only game against a quality opponent this season, getting blown out at Florida. Quarterback B.J. Daniels is in the midst of a sophomore slump, throwing for just 141 yards with five interceptions in two games against FBS teams. Holtz is an eternal optimist, though. Despite the blowout loss at Florida and the passing game sputtering versus Western Kentucky, he believes there are plenty of positives to take into USF’s game Saturday against Florida Atlantic (7 p.m., ESPN3). ‘If we don’t turn the ball over in that game against Florida, that’s a classic college football game that goes right down to the wire,’ Holtz said. ‘I was really proud of our players, I thought they stood in there toe-to-toe.’ A former Gator himself, Strong is a defensive mind. He won two national championships, coaching the Florida defense to strong performances against Oklahoma and Ohio State. So he knows the defense he coaches now isn’t where he wants it to be. Not yet, at least. Oregon State’s Rodgers brothers (Jacquizz and James) exhibited that after combining for 193 total yards and three touchdowns. Strong is already making his mark on the defense, though. Give him some more of his own recruits, and a couple years down the road, it may resemble the side he ran in Gainesville. ‘We have a lot of room to improve,’ Strong said. ‘It’s all about fundamentals. It’s about defensively, just assignment football. Getting lined up on defense and making adjustments. ‘We have a good team. Our guys are beginning to listen, and I think that with success, they will understand it more, of what we’re trying to get accomplished here.’ Big man on campus RB Delone Carter Syracuse Senior Last week: 14 carries, 172 yards, four touchdowns Carter had a banner day for Syracuse on Saturday against Colgate, pleasing the home crowd to the tune of a career-high 172 yards and four touchdowns. A 24-yard run to the end zone in the first quarter by the senior running back set the tone, as the Orange cruised to an easy 42-7 victory. It was a much-needed breakout game for Carter, who was off to a slow start in 2010. After rushing for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Carter was averaging just 82 yards per game on the ground in Syracuse’s first three games. With a week off before Big East play begins for the Orange on Oct. 9 at South Florida, it was crucial that Colgate be the game for Carter to break through. And he sure broke through. Over and over again. ‘We’ve been focusing on a couple things for him to work on,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said after Saturday’s game. ‘I was happy to see him get the ball to the outside and take it to the end zone. We have been working on that.’ mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

More than bragging rights on line for Wisconsin

first_imgRegardless of record, rivalry games tend to be close and hard-fought contests. For the Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s sake, that will hopefully hold true. Minnesota (9-1-0, 6-0-0) comes to Madison ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since 2008, and Wisconsin (4-5-1, 3-4-1) will face the task of ending a four-game winning streak and avoid becoming Minnesota’s third consecutive road series sweep.Not only are the Golden Gophers playing great hockey, but Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves has also noticed a new attitude that he attributes to new Minnesota associate head coach Mike Guentzel. Guentzel, a former UM player and assistant coach, returns to the Minnesota bench after three single-season coaching stops. The last stop came under Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blais, and anyone who witnessed Wisconsin’s series against UNO earlier this year will recognize the influence.“[Minnesota is] playing with great energy right now. They seem like they are more concerned about playing hard, just going and taking away time and space and pressure,” Eaves said. “They are leading the country in penalty minutes right now which is unusual for a Gopher team, but that is a little bit of an influx of a new assistant coach coming in there. … [There is more] ‘Hey, let’s play harder, let’s just demand that from our kids because once again that is at the base of the pyramid; if you play hard you have a good chance to win.”In an attempt to maximize the Badgers’ chances, Eaves is making a significant lineup change to what has been a predictable formula thus far. Joel Rumpel will start game one in goal Friday night against the Gophers, bumping Landon Peterson from that slot for the first time all season.Eaves said the decision came down to a growing disparity in game time numbers as well as a better performance in practice this week from Rumpel, but remained noncommittal on Saturday’s starter.With everything the Gophers do well, it may not be a bad idea for the Badgers to play the numbers game in a series that provides a great opportunity to prove themselves and capture key victories.“The added excitement is pretty special with the rivalry and stuff, but being they are ranked No. 1 right now puts a target on them, and we definitely look at that as an opportunity to play in some good games and hopefully improve and get some wins,” sophomore defenseman Joe Faust said.Success for Wisconsin may be determined by its ability to clear one of the biggest hurdles it has faced all season, a lack of strong play from the penalty killing unit. Through the first 10 games of the season, Wisconsin is last in the WCHA in penalty killing at 69 percent, and Minnesota will surely look to take advantage of that. The Gophers lead the conference in power play conversions at 28.3 percent.“We are looking more comfortable; we are understanding the scheme we want to run,” Eaves said. “We only had two forwards coming back [this season] that really had any experience, so it’s been a lot of learning under fire. Going two-for-two [in penalty kills] on Saturday was a good thing and then practice here yesterday we did some good things and set up some things we wanted to do and we executed them pretty well.”One way Wisconsin can help its own cause on the penalty kill is to limit Minnesota’s chances. Last weekend the Badgers only allowed two power plays in the game two tie against St. Cloud State. But to do so, a significant factor will be whether the Badgers can keep the likely high emotions of a border battle in check.“You walk a fine line. You want to get all jacked up and go out there and play hard, but at the same time you have to be smart,” junior forward Ryan Little said. “I think a lot of that comes with experience and playing in that type of series before and just knowing your limits.”Outside of bragging rights, the Badgers have even more important reasons to play well on Friday and Saturday. Little more than a month into the season, Wisconsin sits one game below .500 and a poor showing at home could start digging a hole that will be tough to get out of as the season goes on, especially for a team with such lofty goals.“We always talk about developing [ourselves] into a championship-caliber team, where we hopefully put ourselves one day to be in a championship caliber series,” Eaves said. “In playing this level of team and this type of series helps us grow to that.”last_img read more