Gbenga Oluboye

Gbenga Oluboye

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To meet the challenges associated with rapid technological, societal and environmental change, the province has released a new strategy to transform the culture of and build the public service Manitoba needs for the future, Premier Brian Pallister and Fred Meier, clerk of the executive council, announced today. 

“To attract diverse and talented employees, Manitoba is creating a modern public service that is dynamic and excited about innovation,” said Pallister.  “We have a shared vision for a strong public service that embraces challenges and places innovation at the heart of its work to improve outcomes for Manitobans every day.” 

Transforming the Manitoba Public Service: A Strategy for Action contains two plans – one to transform the work of the public service and a second focused on building a culture that is forward thinking, creative and outcomes driven. 

Under this strategy, Manitoba will introduce a system of balanced scorecards to align actions with established priorities, identify key measures of performance and report on progress through a public outcomes dashboard.  In the coming months, the province will also centralize the delivery of public consultations to make it easier for Manitobans to engage with government and share their views on programs, policies and legislation. 

“This strategy is built by the public service for the public service,” said Meier, the head of Manitoba’s public service.  “It speaks to every public servant and compels us to create a new culture by grounding ourselves in the needs of our clients and harnessing the power of innovation.  In an increasingly interconnected world of rapidly advancing technology and changing citizen expectations, we can no longer rely on traditional approaches to public administration.”

The clerk noted the transformation strategy will give public servants the tools they need to advance change while building on the existing foundation of strong public sector values.  With a focus on outcomes and a strong vision now in place, Manitoba’s public service will move forward as one team, committed to improving the lives of Manitobans. 

“We are a government that is willing to take risks to achieve better outcomes for Manitobans,” said the premier.  “I am pleased Mr. Meier has been leading the way, engaging with over 1,600 public servants and building this strategy to reinvigorate the culture of our public service.”

Germany, one of the most powerful members of the European Union (EU), supports sustainable fisheries in Seychelles, an industry that is an important contributor to the island nation’s fishing sector, the German ambassador said on Tuesday.

Jutta Frasch -- the German ambassador to Seychelles -- made the statement after making a courtesy call to President Danny Faure at State House.

“I think it is important that the fishery industry is sustainable so that the resources can survive and not decimate. This is also what the EU stands for - sustainable fisheries and sustainable economy,” said Frasch.

Frasch was accredited as German ambassador to Seychelles in March 2016. (Louis Toussaint) Photo License: CC-BY

President Faure expressed his pleasure at welcoming Frasch once again to Seychelles and noted that the Government of Seychelles greatly values the excellent long-standing friendship and partnership that exists between Seychelles and Germany.

"Rest assured that Seychelles will continue to support your country. Germany has always been faithful to our development. We share common positions in the international arena. We are a strong partner with the European Union as well as of African development in the region,” said Faure.

The head of state of Seychelles and the German ambassador also talked about the tourism industry, the top contributor to the island nation’s economy.  Discussions centred on how well Germany is doing in the tourism market in Seychelles.

“Looking at the tourism sector, you have contributed highly to the economy. We remain thankful that we can continue to count on Germany for support in meeting some of our development aspirations," said President Faure.

Germany was the leading tourism market in Seychelles last year with 50,476 Germans visiting the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. In the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics, Germany is still the leading market with 5,904 visitors to Seychelles since the beginning of 2018.

The situation in Eastern Africa, especially in Kenya, as well as Germany, was also discussed. Frasch said Germany “is in the process of forming a new coalition government.”

During her visit to Seychelles, the German ambassador will also meet with the Deputy Speaker of Seychelles’ National Assembly, the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary for the Blue Economy.

“We always talk about the support of Germany for Seychelles as a small island state, especially with climate change and all the things related to it. The blue economy, climate change and the relations in the international forum like the UN is a very important part of my mission,” said Frasch.

She also talked about Somalia and said that “also being the ambassador to Somalia, the stability of the horn of Africa, its development and maritime security is also important.”

“The anti-piracy struggle has been extremely successful because piracy is not there anymore at the moment. These are the main objectives and some of them have been very well fulfilled,” said Frasch.

The German ambassador was accredited in March 2016 with Seychelles’ former president James Michel. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Tennis legend, Serena Williams will restart her tennis career on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs California, but her husband, Alexis Ohanian has lined up  four billboards as a surprise for her.

The billboards, erected alongside Interstate 10 are meant to celebrate her return to competitive tennis. And it would appear Alexis designed them with the help of daughter Olympia.

The second billboard for Serena
The Third Serena billboard
The 4th billboard for Serena

The signs celebrate Williams as the “G.M.O.A.T.,” which one would assume means “Greatest Mother of All Time.” All four feature photos of the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

The BNP Paribas Open commences Monday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs.

Roger Federer won two awards, including the World Sportsman of the Year, while Serena Williams was named the World Sportswoman of the Year, at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Tuesday.

Federer also won the World Comeback of the Year award and was congratulated by the International Tennis Federation:

Federer won his sixth sportsman award to add to a staggering list of achievements, according to  the awards’ official Twitter account:

Among those Federer beat for the award was Cristiano Ronaldo, who fired Real Madrid to a third UEFA Champions League win in four seasons back in May.

Knee surgery in 2016 led to Federer missing six months. Amazingly, he returned to win Wimbledon 2017 without dropping a set at age 35.

The astonishing feat earned the Swiss master a 19th Grand Slam title. Since then, the Tennis legend also won the Miami Masters title, among others.

Federer revealed his title-filled year had been the stuff of dreams after being presented with his comeback award.

As for Williams, a seventh Australian Open title was part of her spectacular year.

AS Roma lifer Francesco Totti won the Exceptional Achievement award after a glittering football career in the Italian capital. It was 2017 that marked the year the irrepressible attacking midfielder finally called time on his Roma career.

The 40-year-old made his decision official in July when he accepted a position as a director at the club he served superbly for almost a quarter of a century.

Among Totti’s most notable achievements was inspiring Roma to the Serie A title in the 2000/01 season.

Mercedes won the team award following a Formula 1 season where Lewis Hamilton captured the individual World Championship. It marked the fourth time a Mercedes driver experienced the triumph, while the team as a whole was also rewarded with the Constructors World Championship.

Here is the full list of winners
Sportsman of the Year: Roger Federer
Sportswomen of the Year: Serena Williams
Comeback of the Year: Roger Federer
Exceptional Achievement: Francesco Totti
World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Armel Le Cleac’h
Sport for Good: Active Communities Network
Team of the Year: Mercedes F1
World Breakthrough of the Year: Sergio Garcia
World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Marcel Hug
Sporting Inspiration Award: J.J. Watt
Best Sporting Moment: Chapecoense (Eternal Champions)
Lifetime Achievement: Edwin Moses

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