Body Saron Siki http://www.bodysaronsiki.com/ Sat, 21 May 2022 17:54:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png Body Saron Siki http://www.bodysaronsiki.com/ 32 32 Lanarkshire pupils organize a fair trade café and serve a free meal to the community https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/lanarkshire-pupils-organize-a-fair-trade-cafe-and-serve-a-free-meal-to-the-community/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:50:00 +0000 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/lanarkshire-pupils-organize-a-fair-trade-cafe-and-serve-a-free-meal-to-the-community/

Schoolchildren in Lanarkshire have been busy in the kitchen preparing meals for their community to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

On Wednesday, children from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton prepared a delicious Fair Trade curry for residents of Hillhouse, as locals learn about ethical trade.

Two communities have come together to celebrate and support each other. Malawian Fair Trade Kilombero white rice along with Fairtrade Mark coconut milk was prepared for the meal and served free to residents of the weekly Hillhouse community cafe.



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It comes as the South Lanarkshire Fairtrade Steering Group has applied for a grant from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to serve a free meal to local residents to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and raise awareness of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

The rice was purchased from Just Trading Scotland (JTS) as part of the 90kg Rice Challenge.



A Fair Trade meal was served by students from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center on Wednesday May 18 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

Purchasing rice provides much-needed income to some of Malawi’s poorest rice-growing communities – with 90kg of rice sold, helping one farmer afford to send a child to secondary school for a year.

St Ninian’s pupils were fantastic that day, raising awareness about fair trade and this year’s theme of climate change.

They manned stalls at the cafe, served food to local residents and cleaned tables.

Principal Eileen Feeley said: “Our seven primary school students have gained so much by volunteering at the Hillstop Cafe since it reopened.

“A great way to develop their skills in a real context while being active members of the local community.

“Today’s fair trade event helped them better understand the importance of ethical trade and how we can make choices to support fair trade producers every time we shop.”



A Fair Trade meal was served by students from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center on Wednesday May 18 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

The South Lanarkshire Fair Trade Steering Group were delighted to be able to provide a fair meal at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

Councilor Mary Donnelly, Chair of the South Lanarkshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It is a great honor to take part in this year’s Rice Challenge with the local Hillhouse Community Café.

“St Ninian’s P7 learned a lot about fair trade on the day and the journey of rice from Malawi to Scotland.

“All attendees enjoyed the free curry made with fair trade rice, and with curry sauces, and fair trade coconut milk rice pudding which everyone enjoyed.”

P7 pupils from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton came out to join in the celebration. They were raising awareness about fair trade and this year’s climate change theme, with stalls at the cafe and serving food to local residents and cleaning tables.

Principal Eileen Feeley said: “Our seven primary school students have gained so much by volunteering at the Hillstop Cafe since it reopened.

“A great way to develop their skills in a real context while being active members of the local community.

“Today’s fair trade event helped them better understand the importance of ethical trade and how we can make choices to support fair trade producers every time we shop.”

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]]> ICAC finds former RMS director corrupt for awarding over $12.2 million in work for the benefit of friends and himself https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/icac-finds-former-rms-director-corrupt-for-awarding-over-12-2-million-in-work-for-the-benefit-of-friends-and-himself/ Fri, 20 May 2022 04:57:36 +0000 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/icac-finds-former-rms-director-corrupt-for-awarding-over-12-2-million-in-work-for-the-benefit-of-friends-and-himself/


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The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has discovered that a then former director of Road and Marine Services (RMS) engaged in serious corrupt conduct by awarding more than $12.2 million in work to two companies owned by his friends and manipulating the processes. to promote and benefit these enterprises and himself.

In a report released today, Inquiry into the award of contracts by employees of the former NSW Roads and Maritime Services (Operation Ember), the Commission finds that, from November 2015 to June 2016, Samer Soliman, while Director of RMS’ Heavy Vehicle Programs (HVP) Unit, abused his position to obtain six contracts of RMS worth nearly $346,000 to be awarded to his friend Stephen Thammiah’s company, Novation Engineering Pty Ltd. The Commission found that Novation was in fact a joint venture created with Mr Soliman.

The Commission found that Mr. Soliman also abused his position to engage with Mr. Thammiah in a deliberate scheme to extract as much profit as possible for Novation from supplying scale spare parts to RMS, which involved, among other things, having RMS Novation pay 27 invoices totaling over $803,000 for scale parts, software and hardware knowing that these items would not be provided or, if provided, would be subject to an exorbitant mark-up by Novation. Mr. Soliman received cash payments totaling $347,200 from Mr. Thammiah in person, or through his own withdrawals from the Novation account, which represented the immediate financial benefit Mr. Soliman obtained from his business common with Mr. Thammiah.

Mr. Soliman helped Novation get appointed to the Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Committee and helped manipulate the bidding processes in favor of Novation. He abused his position to favor Novation by manipulating RMS processes for a tender worth more than $2 million for the purchase of 125 portable scales, and for a tender for a value of more than 7 million dollars for the purchase of 425 portable scales and 70 chargers. In total, Novation was corruptly awarded work totaling more than $10.9 million.

Between January 2017 and August 2018, Mr. Soliman also favored the company of another friend, Ali Hamidi, owner of AZH Consulting Pty Ltd. Mr. Soliman obtained more than 1.3 million dollars in contracts to be awarded to AZH, for the purchase of equipment and the carrying out of studies and tests. .

Between September and November 2017, Mr. Soliman abused his position during the bidding process for the Professional Services Providers (PSC) Panel to ensure that AZH was a successful bidder and was appointed to this panel. This included manipulating the tender specifications for the PSC panel to favor AZH, removing requirements from the tender that it knew AZH could not meet, and highlighting the requirements that he knew he could represent AZH as satisfactory, and by drafting AZH’s bid submission for the PSC Panel. Between June 4, 2017 and August 9, 2018, Mr. Soliman solicited and received $177,450 from Mr. Hamidi in 13 installments as an inducement or reward for performing his official duties to promote AZH and to award the company several RMS contracts. In total, AZH was corruptly awarded work totaling more than $1.3 million.


The Commission found that Mr. Thammiah had engaged in serious acts of corruption. His conduct included submitting invoices for work or parts which he knew were not or would not be performed or supplied; make cash payments or permit Mr. Soliman to withdraw cash in the amount of $347,200 from Novation accounts on the grounds that Mr. Soliman is performing his public official duties to improperly favor Novation in the award
RMS contracts; and for submitting quotes to RMS for the supply of scales knowing that Mr. Soliman had abused his position to favor Novation in the bidding process.

Mr. Hamidi engaged in serious acts of corruption by submitting invoices for work that he knew had not been or would not be performed and that Mr. Soliman would dishonestly arrange payment of the invoices. Mr. Hamidi’s conduct also included filing a submission with RMS for inclusion on the PSC panel, knowing that Mr. Soliman had authored AZH’s submission and that he had used, and would continue to use , his position to favor the nomination of AZH within the PSC panel. His payments to Mr. Soliman totaling $177,450, described above, were also found to be serious corrupt conduct.

RMS HVP Unit Business Systems Analyst Jainesh (Jai) Singh, who was also a friend of Mr. Hamidi and reported to Mr. Soliman, engaged in serious acts of corruption in October 2017, in improperly assisting AZH to be nominated to the PSC panel, recommending his nomination, knowing that his submission contained false and misleading information about the experience and technical competence of AZH and Mr. Hamidi, and deliberately failing to declare his conflict of interest arising from his friendship with Mr. Hamidi. Between February and March 2018, he also partially and dishonestly performed his official duties by recommending Novation as the successful bidder for a contract worth more than $2 million and stating that he had no knowledge of any situation that could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest. interest, or which might affect him in the performance of his duties both fairly and in the best interests of RMS, when he knew that the friendship between Mr. Soliman and Mr. Thammiah was such a situation.

Mr. Soliman, Mr. Singh, Mr. Thammiah and Mr. Hamidi all knew each other to varying degrees prior to their involvement with RMS. They had all worked at Optus at the same time, though not necessarily in the same section, and Mr. Soliman and Mr. Thammiah had had a close, lifelong friendship since high school. Mr. Hamidi and Mr. Singh formed a close friendship while working at Optus.

The Commission found that RMS had appropriate documented policies and processes relating to the procurement of goods and services that were known and accessible to RMS employees, and that information and advice was available from a centralized procurement team . Mr. Soliman’s corrupt conduct, however, was characterized by deliberate manipulation of procurement processes.

The report observes that other public authorities should note that this survey demonstrates that it can be quite easy for a public official to engage in serious and systemic acts of corruption despite the presence of a detailed policy and procedural framework. “Mr. Soliman’s conduct was not opportunistic – it was planned and he manipulated the controls with strategic intent,” the report said.

The Commission found that Mr. Soliman failed to report conflicts of interest to RMS management and had a significant level of control over relevant RMS procurement processes; he used this control to undermine their integrity for the benefit of Novation and AZH. Its ability to control or manage relevant procurement processes was, in part, facilitated by largely inadequate procurement governance, which resulted in missed opportunities to end its corrupt activity. Mr. Soliman was subject to limited management oversight, which also resulted in missed opportunities to end his corrupt conduct. RMS is now part of Transport for NSW (TfNSW). The Commission made seven recommendations to help TfNSW prevent such behavior from happening again.

The Commission seeks the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether to initiate proceedings. The DPP determines whether criminal charges can be laid and conducts all prosecutions. The Commission is of the view that consideration should be given to obtaining the DPP’s opinion on the prosecution of Mr. Soliman, Mr. Thammiah and Mr. Hamidi for various offences. RMS terminated the employment of Mr. Soliman and Mr. Singh in 2019.

The Commission conducted a public inquiry into this inquiry over 26 days in installments in May, June, August and October 2019. Commissioner Patricia McDonald SC chaired the inquiry, during which 10 witnesses testified.



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Instagram will host a pop-up store in New York https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/instagram-will-host-a-pop-up-store-in-new-york/ Tue, 17 May 2022 22:05:57 +0000 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/instagram-will-host-a-pop-up-store-in-new-york/

To commemorate the third anniversary of Instagram’s @shop account, the social media company will hold a two-day physical pop-up store in New York City next week, the company announced on Monday (May 16).

This will allow people to browse and buy popular products from @shop listings. Instagram said @shop has featured more than 1,000 small businesses and their products since 2019, when it was founded.

The company also said that @shop recently passed the one million subscriber threshold.

“To celebrate its 3rd anniversary and reach 1 million followers, come check out some of @shop’s biggest spring and summer hits on Instagram and in person at Instagram’s first pop-up store in New York City,” said writes Instagram. “Note home, beauty and lifestyle finds mostly from small, minority-owned businesses, including products exclusive to this @shop pop-up!”

This isn’t the first time Instagram has hosted a pop-up store, as it has done in London and Berlin before.

Having more accessibility to offline shopping is part of the company’s attempt to expand its reach. Video has long been the focus of Instagram, but people are also using it to browse retail items. Instagram said 70% of users used it to discover products, and 87% of users said the platform’s influencers led them to buy something or go on a trip.

PYMNTS wrote that Instagram has also gotten into the non-fungible token (NFT) game.

See also: Instagram is testing NFT sharing with some creators and collectors

Select creators and collectors of NFTs, the digital collectibles that have become super popular on the Internet in recent months, will be invited to share their creations as part of a pilot program.

Meta, Instagram’s parent company, said it is “looking at what creators are already doing through our technologies to improve the experience, help them create more monetization opportunities, and bring the NFT to a wider audience”.

The company plans to test digital collectibles with features like connecting the digital wallet where the NFTs are located and auto-tagging the creator and collector.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: THE TRUTH ABOUT BNPL AND STORED CARDS – APRIL 2022

On: Shoppers who have store cards use them for 87% of all eligible purchases – but that doesn’t mean retailers should start buy now, pay later (BNPL) options at checkout. The Truth About BNPL and Store Cards, a collaboration between PYMNTS and PayPal, surveyed 2,161 consumers to find out why providing both BNPL and Store Cards is key to helping merchants maximize conversion.

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Sustainable jewelry and conscious designs epitomize a pioneering brand https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/sustainable-jewelry-and-conscious-designs-epitomize-a-pioneering-brand/ Mon, 16 May 2022 23:24:00 +0000 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/sustainable-jewelry-and-conscious-designs-epitomize-a-pioneering-brand/

YOU’VE probably seen Wanderlust + Co’s jewelry take social media by storm. The Malaysian jewelry brand has built a growing global fan base of customers, influencers and Hollywood stars.

Founder and CEO Jenn Low is one of those amazing entrepreneurs who has a strong sense of style and is driven by passion and courage, focused on achieving her dreams.

“I actually got the idea to start Wanderlust + Co in my early 20s when I was living and working in the fashion retail industry in Australia,” Low reveals. “I realized then that there was no such thing as a wearable accessory brand that was both trendy and affordable, and I dreamed of closing that gap.

“I was truly passionate about creating beautiful and elegant jewelry at an affordable price. This passion drove me to design pieces based on intuition and individuality. I wanted to create a community that embraces fashion trends. jewelry with greater accessibility and create experiences where people could celebrate their individuality and personal sense of style through their accessories.

Contrary to what one might imagine, Low does not come from a long line of jewelers. In fact, she had never been involved in jewelry production before founding Wanderlust + Co (WCO).

“I started from scratch,” she shares. “At that time, the world of e-commerce as we know it today – with apps like Shopify and Instagram and payment gateways like Stripe – didn’t exist. We only had PayPal. And the whole site Web was built on Blogspot and WordPress!

In those early days, one of the brand’s ambitions was to grow from a small local business to a strong global presence. Over the years, the brand has enjoyed huge commercial success, with its pieces spotted on a long list of trendsetters and celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, which accelerated its rise to fame.

Low shares that WCO has come a long way as a brand since its inception in 2012. “As we approach our 12th anniversary this year, I am grateful to our wonderful community of brand friends, whom we call affectionately our #WCOgirlgang.”

Wanderlust + Co offers stylish jewelry at an affordable price.

Intuition, individuality, sustainability

“The brands of the future,” Low says, are about more than numbers and outcomes — they’re about customers and their values, identities, and journeys.

“Our mission has always been to inspire and empower our customers with carefully created pieces. It’s not just about looking good on the outside, we also want to design pieces that reflect the values ​​and aspirations of our Today, we consciously create jewelry that is kind to your skin and the planet, aligned with the sustainability mission we began six years ago, as well as our philosophy of celebrating intuition and individuality.

Low says it’s the brand’s commitment to sustainability and its ethos that has been the differentiator for customers. She shares that even in the competitive e-commerce space, she is confident in the strength of the #WCOgirlgang community.

“Over the years, we’ve had so many lovely comments from our customers that inspire us to take on the challenge of creating thoughtfully designed pieces that inspire joy while being kind to our planet.”

Currently, WCO plans to continue to improve its manufacturing process in a conscious and sustainable way. Low says, “We believe beauty is not just in the ‘end product’, but also in the journey of making it. We work with our factories to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible. We hope that with continued efforts and improved sustainable practices, we can make a difference.

“Socially conscious customers are looking for authenticity and sustainable fashion clothing more than ever. We want to be able to create meaningful and loved products that they will enjoy for many years to come.”

The WCO also works with suppliers and artisans who share their vision of commitment to sustainable and renewable practices, transparency and global ethical trading standards. Its factories are SA 8000 and ISO14001 certified, supporting fair treatment and wages for employees, and every piece of jewelry is made with recycled brass and low-emission processes.

According to Low, pieces that contain meaningful stories resonate the most with OMD customers. “Our latest ‘Breathe Mantra Necklace’ and ‘Give It Time Necklace’, featuring uplifting mantras, have been our community’s favorite styles.”

Jewelry like the Give It Time necklace and the Breathe Mantra necklace have meaningful stories behind them and resonate well with customers.Jewelry like the Give It Time necklace and the Breathe Mantra necklace have meaningful stories behind them and resonate well with customers.

One of the things that Low is particularly proud of is the fact that WCO is a female-run company with an almost 100% female team. As a strong advocate for female empowerment in the workplace, Low is committed to mentoring and coaching her team members to foster their professional development.

“The development and growth of your team is not limited to particular times or periods of time,” she shares. “Rather, it’s about creating and encouraging honest conversations, healthy challenges and collaboration. I strive to create an environment where my team is able to do their best, while feeling supported and fulfilled. Being a compassionate leader is what matters most.

Low believes the future is female and hopes that young women will find empowerment and belief in themselves, so they can continue to be their best selves and grow wherever they are on their journey.

One of the things Low is particularly proud of is the fact that WCO is a female-run company with an almost 100% female team, seen here at a corporate slumber party!One of the things Low is particularly proud of is the fact that WCO is a female-run company with an almost 100% female team, seen here at a corporate slumber party!

Pandemic pivots

The past two years have been pretty surreal as we’ve had to navigate through the many uncertainties and changes we’ve faced both as a business and as people throughout the pandemic, Low reveals.

“We’ve had to pivot parts of our overall business strategy and day-to-day operations to optimize for more sustainable and flexible business practices,” she shares, adding that the pandemic has also provided time to be introspective and reflect. reflect. “We have made it a priority to stay digitally connected with our global audience through Instagram Live sessions and Q&As.”

Some of the strategies implemented by the OMD have focused on the well-being of its community, with forums and content on self-care and mental health, putting people first and encouraging dialogue within its #WCOgirlgang community. The initiatives included a series of four-week Instagram Live sessions to support conversations about wellness, positivity and all things that sparked joy during the global lockdown.

“We have always believed in a strong digital presence as the foundation of our brand strategy. We have focused on continuously growing our brand awareness through innovative social media strategies and digital advertising. We are truly fortunate to live in a digital world, which gives us access to many opportunities at our fingertips.

“As a digital native brand with an omnichannel business that ships globally, we are also grateful to our global resellers, such as Revolve (US), John Lewis (UK) and Iconic (Australia ), for helping us grow our global presence. Currently, we also have our pop-up store in Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur,” says Low.

Recently, the growing OMD team of nearly 30 people moved into a brand new office, a Zen-inspired space they affectionately call WCO HQ 2.0. “Having been in our previous space for over eight years, the team and I are very excited to settle into our new home and look forward to seeing what the new chapter will bring,” she added.

Make sense of numbers

With regard to account management, the WCO has an internal finance team of two people, who work with their external financial advisors. Given the need to collaborate and share information, they needed a system that would help keep company data organized, up-to-date, and easily accessible.

“I was looking for an agile and easy-to-use accounting solution,” says Low. That’s how Xero’s cloud accounting platform came into the picture. The OMD team has been using Xero for about six years.

“At this time, we are migrating Excel spreadsheets to the cloud. There was a lot of manual paperwork, which was time-consuming for the team. For me, Xero was an obvious choice when comparing systems. The beauty of Xero is the flexibility it offers to run the business from anywhere, whether at work, home, or on the go. With Xero, we were able to work remotely and manage our workflows more efficiently with the seamless synchronization of sales, inventory and financial data across applications fully integrated with our accounting platform. We also like its user-friendliness, as well as the solid customer support it offers.

Low adds that Xero’s financial reporting features make it easy to check company progress in an instant. Its multi-currency feature is also very handy, making it easy to convert currencies quickly – “with the snap of your fingers!”

This feature makes the whole process very convenient with conversions performed and updated automatically based on the daily exchange rate. “That,” says Jenn, “is extremely helpful, especially as we handle a variety of currencies as a cross-border brand. Being able to receive and send invoices and quotes in different currencies has really helped us become more efficient.

“With Xero’s multi-currency conversion feature, it’s easy to create reports or view all sales transactions in a specific currency of our choosing. Seeing multiple converted currencies side-by-side gives us a real-time view of our foreign currency exposure.

Low adds that with Xero, she can also track and manage fixed assets by creating a ledger to record and depreciate them. “It doesn’t sound very sexy, but as a business it’s extremely important to understand your profit and loss (P&L) statement and your balance sheet. With Xero, I can get a clear financial picture of the business at all times. moment. “

Brimming with charisma, compassion and creativity, along with the right digital tools and systems to enable them to grow and thrive, Wanderlust + Co should continue to shine on the world stage.

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Berkshire Hathaway sold nearly all of its stake in Verizon in the first quarter https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/berkshire-hathaway-sold-nearly-all-of-its-stake-in-verizon-in-the-first-quarter/ Mon, 16 May 2022 22:51:00 +0000 https://www.bodysaronsiki.com/berkshire-hathaway-sold-nearly-all-of-its-stake-in-verizon-in-the-first-quarter/

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