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Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

Business
The Army is fighting institutionalized racism and needs to see troops as individuals with distinct experiences instead of as a homogeneous unit, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said Friday. The Army doesn't have a problem with diversity, but inclusion, McConville said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. Advertisement The service branch is already relatively diverse -- the Army is 39% minority, while only 24% of the country is minority. But diversity drops off in higher ranks; 71% of officers are white. In addition to the Army's overt efforts to combat racism, such as effectively banning Confederate flags, promotion boards no longer see photos of candidates to prevent implicit bias, he said. The Air Force has also been discussing race and diversity this su...
Advisors need to listen more to keep clients on board, study says

Advisors need to listen more to keep clients on board, study says

Finance
Bloom ProductionsFinancial advisors are largely an optimistic bunch when it comes to growing their practices, new research shows.Yet they know they have some work to do to make that happen.While most advisors expect growth in their assets under management to come primarily from new and existing clients rather than market returns, they also say their client-relationship skills need improvement, according to a suvey from Natixis Investment Managers."It's about being stronger at actively listening and understanding what clients are really saying," said Dave Goodsell, executive director of Natixis' Center for Investor Insight. "You'd think if you do that, you'll have clients with you for a longer period of time."More from FA Playbook:Op-ed: All types of investors can improve their financial fo...
Op-ed: Financial professionals need to keep investors safe in these unprecedented times

Op-ed: Financial professionals need to keep investors safe in these unprecedented times

Finance
miodrag ignjatovicThe economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak is  anything the world has ever experienced.Unlike the recession in the 1980s, the bond collapse of 1994, the Asian currency crisis or the 2008 subprime mortgage disaster, this is not a financial crisis. It is an economic crisis. And, although financial crises occur with some regularity, most have more localized impact zones.In this case, almost every major economy in the world has been negatively impacted by some form of societal lockdown. The fact that it came amidst a strong and growing global economy made it nothing short of a seismic systemic shock.This unprecedented crisis demands that finance professionals recognize the leadership role we need to play in guiding investors through ongoing volatility to calm...
Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Health
A leading surgeon has said NHS staff must be routinely tested for coronavirus up to twice a week.Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was vital, to reassure patients staff were not unwittingly carrying the virus.But hospital trust bosses say they are still waiting for clarity on plans for regular testing.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was focusing on routine testing in care homes.Prof Alderson was speaking at a Health Select Committee meeting about the necessary steps to get all NHS services back up and running.He said: "It's absolutely essential to regain public confidence that we are able to test our staff regularly."It would be "pragmatic" for testing to take place "about twice weekly", he a...
The Premier League returns – all you need to know

The Premier League returns – all you need to know

Sports
The Premier League returns on Wednesday... but not exactly as we know it.After a 100-day absence because of the coronavirus pandemic, Aston Villa v Sheffield United will kick off the English top-flight's resumption.It is the first of 92 league games that will be packed into a frantic 40 days before the season concludes on 26 July. Fixtures will be played behind closed doors as one of a host of measures to prevent any further cases of the virus.A minute's silence to remember those who have died with coronavirus will be held before the first matches, while heart-shaped badges in tribute to frontline NHS staff will also be worn on kits.For the first 12 matches of the restarted campaign, all play...