Stay focused on growth with these traits

first_imgHow do leaders ensure consistent growth for their companies? There’s no easy answer; success has many influences. Ultimately, though, strong management helps businesses effectively address any challenges facing your organization.A recent article from McKinsey & Companyexplores findings from surveys and interviews with C-suite executives to determine common traits of “growth leaders.” These traits are worth some consideration and reflection – especially as we prepare for an economic downturn – to determine whether you and your company will keep growing.Here they are:Be all in. “Growth is priority number one, two, and three,” said one president featured in the research. Growth leaders see opportunity everywhere, and are willing to put resources and strategy into action. But the head of an organization can’t be the only one committed to growth – this vision needs to be effectively communicated to employees, stakeholders, and members/customers to ensure all are working toward the same goal. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Minnesota cattle no longer listed as TB-free

first_img Cattle from the five herds found to be infected have been culled, BAH said. The USDA has paid for the killing of almost 4,000 cattle from those five herds; federal money also has been used to pay for removal of 180 exposed cattle. Mycobacterium bovis causes bovine TB, which is a respiratory disease of cattle, according to the BAH. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease but does not spread easily. Infected cattle may transmit an infection to other animals, even when they appear asymptomatic. Bovine TB can affect all warm-blooded vertebrates, according to APHIS. State and federal officials are also testing wild deer, according to a story in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. A deer shot by a hunter last fall near the site of the first infected herd was found to have TB. State officials haven’t determined if that case is a harbinger of a larger outbreak among deer, the paper said. Pasteurization of milk and improved inspection and hygiene virtually eliminated human illness cases linked with bovine TB. However, a series of 35 human cases in New York City prompted the federal government last year to warn against eating soft cheeses made from raw milk. With the change come more restrictions on cattle sales across state lines, BAH said in a news release Jan 30. USDA requires all sexually intact cattle to be tested for bovine TB within two months of shipment. Certain cattle are exempt from testing, including those crossing state boundaries directly to slaughter, those going to an approved feedlot, and those from a TB-accredited herd. State rules for shipping cattle vary, so producers must contact destination states for details. Minnesota had been deemed free of bovine TB from 1976 until the discovery of the disease in a cow from a Roseau, Minn., herd in February 2005 prompted an investigation, according to the BAH. Since then the state has quarantined 65 herds for bovine TB. Tests on 39 of the herds showed no sign of infection, prompting their removal from quarantine. Twenty-six herds remain under quarantine today. “This is not a food issue,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson, as quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper story yesterday. “This is really an economics issue for cow producers.” “The state can apply for TB-free status 2 years after the last infected herd is depopulated, so it’s vital that we expedite depopulation of any infected herds,” said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian and executive director of the BAH. APHIS information about bovine tuberculosishttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bovine_tuberculosis/bovine_tb.shtmlcenter_img The Minnesota BAH, in conjunction with APHIS, is offering free bovine TB testing to farms within 15 miles of an infected herd. However, the recent downgrade in status affects all Minnesota farmers, which means many will have to pay for testing on their own. Besides Minnesota, states currently classified as other than free of bovine TB are Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced on Dec 8 that the USDA would drop the state’s TB status a notch, from TB-free to “Modified Accredited Advanced.” The reduction in status took effect Jan 30. Minnesota cattle producers who plan to ship cattle to other states must follow both federal and state testing rules. With few exceptions, farmers must pay for the testing. See also Feb 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Minnesota cattlemen are facing an economic blow from a once-banished nemesis: bovine tuberculosis. Mar 17, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases”last_img read more

Super Falcons End Protest

first_imgNational senior women’s team, the Super Falcons, have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them monday.They were demanding US$23,650 per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital since December 6.“The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they started receiving payments alerts,” the team’s media officer Remi Sulola told BBC Sport.One of the players also confirmed that she and her roommate had been paid.“It’s taken some time, (because banks don’t work over the weekend) but we’ve finally received our money today Monday,” one player, who insisted on anonymity, told BBC Sport.“We thank the government, the fans and media for their roles in making sure we got our hard-earned dues.”To mark the 10th day of their complaint the team protested outside the National Assembly in Abuja while the annual budget was being presented.This led to the government releasing about US$1.2m to the cash-strapped NFF on Friday to pay the ladies.Nigeria’s victory in Cameroon was their eighth African women’s title and means they have only twice failed to win the women’s championship since its inception in 1998.The money was also used to settle outstanding win bonus for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more