Tiger Woods ex girlfriend Lindsey Vonn ends engagement to PK Subban with Instagram post

Lindsey Vonn has been ready to “break free” from 2020 for some time.

In an interview with People from earlier this month, Vonn likened the new year to a “clean slate” — just weeks before she and ice hockey star PK Subban publicly announced their break-up.

“I just want to break free from it, and I feel like I’m so optimistic and so looking forward to a new year,” the former Olympic skier said at the time.

Vonn also tellingly said, “A new year, new hope, full of positivity and just kind of shedding 2020.”

On Tuesday, Vonn, 36, and Subban, 31, revealed they had ended their engagement but “will always remain friends.”

“Over the past 3 years PK and I have had some incredible times together. He is a kind, good man, and someone I respect a great deal,” Vonn posted to Instagram.

“However, after much consideration we have decided to move forward separately. We will always remain friends and love each other immensely,” she continued.

The athletes were first linked in early 2018 and got engaged in 2019.

In his own break-up announcement, Subban called the gold medallist “one of the most kind and caring people I know.”

“I will always treasure our time as a couple together and the many laughs we shared,” the NHL star posted to social media.

Vonn and Subban announced their engagement in August 2019. In October, the pair vacationed in the Bahamas to celebrate Vonn’s birthday.

Vonn previously dated Tiger Woods.

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Less than 10 per cent of mining companies in Australia mention Aboriginal engagement, study finds

Less than 10 per cent of companies mining in Australia have publicly stated their positions regarding engagement with Aboriginal communities, land rights, and the preservation of culturally significant sites, research shows.

A Uni SA study assessed the 2017 annual and sustainability reports of 448 companies against a range of outcomes developed by Reconciliation Australia.

It found just 36 companies, or eight per cent, mentioned any ideology, policy, or initiatives related to Aboriginal people.

Mining companies’ interactions with Australia’s Indigenous community have been in the spotlight since Rio Tinto’s destruction of sacred rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in northern Western Australia earlier this year.

The report quoted Minerals Australia research that found more than 60 per cent of the country’s mines neighbour Aboriginal communities.

Larger companies better at disclosure

The research further analysed the 36 companies that did publicly disclose their policies and found that “large mining companies provided detailed disclosure on their Aboriginal engagement initiatives”.

It found “land use and native title agreements were the highest disclosed Aboriginal engagement issue”, which the research said was unsurprising given it was the only area governed by strict regulation.

Given broader reporting was voluntary, the report said a “low level of disclosure on Aboriginal engagement issues does not necessarily indicate a lack of effective engagement practices”.

Instead, it said there was a “need to develop an accounting and reporting framework at the organisational level to capture these social disclosures”.

Researchers say larger miners have policies on Indigenous engagement, but need to employ more Aboriginal people in senior leadership.(AAP: Dan Peled)

‘Power imbalance’ still exists

Uni SA researcher Amanpreet Kaur said disclosures were important not only for the public, but for the “insight gained by the company itself, as [it] requires directors to carefully assess and plan their own course of action”.

Dr Kaur said the analysis also highlighted a lack of Indigenous people in senior leadership positions.

“We found there was a power imbalance,” she said.

The report said Aboriginal people were mostly employed in “supervisory roles or as individual contributors” with “little evidence … regarding their involvement in specialised and leadership roles”.

Rio Tinto was quoted as saying it was “proud to be one of the largest private sector employers of Indigenous Australians”.

It said it employed “1,431 full-time Indigenous employees … [which] represented approximately eight per cent of our Australian employees in 2017”.

But the research found those statistics did not translate into executive and leadership positions across the industry.

“Although the Aboriginal communities are regarded as traditional custodians and owners of mining lands, they are largely perceived as receivers of the benefits, not providers of resources that are crucial for mining companies and their businesses,” Dr Kaur said.

She said “Aboriginal communities were largely treated as a marginalised stakeholder group, similar to women”.

Indigenous leadership could help avoid mistakes

Dr Kaur said a greater concentration of Indigenous people in leadership positions could help to prevent incidents like the destruction at Juukan Gorge.

“That will give Aboriginal communities power to control what happens and is something that is really needed to minimise or reduce – or even possibly eliminate, if that’s possible – such incidents,” she said.

A group of people holding signs reading 'sacred land' and Aboriginal flags surround a smoking fire in a CBD park.
The destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites at Juukan Gorge prompted protests in Perth.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Dr Kaur also said companies would likely benefit from Aboriginal employees’ executive input.

“They have thousands of years of knowledge and expertise of land management and the local environment,” she said.

Dr Kaur said progress was being made, with some companies in particular “fostering meaningful engagement with marginalised stakeholders by acknowledging the expertise of the Aboriginal community in local environmental and cultural sustainability”.

“The next phase of our research will construct a framework for companies to develop these kinds of disclosure statements to help them learn from each other and ensure there are techniques for evaluating their effectiveness.”

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School engagement in NT Indigenous communities lower than published figures show

Only one in seven students in the NT’s remote Indigenous communities and homelands attended government schools on most days of the week in 2019, new data reveals.

The figures were not included in the NT Education Department’s most recent annual report, which revealed only 32 per cent of Aboriginal students enrolled at primary and secondary government schools — including in urban centres — were going to school at least four days a week last year.

But the report did not disclose the breakdown for “very remote” students.

Now, new figures released by the department to the ABC paint a more accurate picture of engagement at remote community schools and in smaller communities called homelands.

There are more than 70 remote communities in the NT and about 500 homelands, which fall under the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ “very remote” classification.

More than 7,800 students attend government schools in these regions.

The department’s new figures show since 2016, the attendance rate in those “very remote” areas dropped from 19 per cent to 14 per cent in 2019.

‘People aren’t buying the product’

The figures represent the period the Labor Government led by Chief Minister Michael Gunner has been in office.

Before winning the NT election in 2016, Mr Gunner promised a focus on early childhood education to prepare children aged 0-4 and their families for engagement in school.

NT Education Minister Lauren Moss says the NT Government has expanded the Families as First Teachers early childhood education program in several communities. The program supports families prior to children entering school.

But the Australian Education Union’s NT branch president Jarvis Ryan said while that program had shown some success it was not enough.

“We need to ask the questions, why aren’t students engaging, why aren’t families engaging?”

NT Education Minister Lauren Moss says the Government is reviving a program aimed at increasing the number of local Aboriginal educators.(ABC: James Dunlevie)

The NT Education Department’s new chief executive Karen Weston, said attendance figures did not reflect the success a small number of schools had been having with engagement.

“There are pockets where [engagement] seems to be done well, and other places where that’s in the early stages of being built,” Ms Weston said.

“There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between what we know and what we’re trying to teach children, as opposed to what community wants their children to learn, so how do we bring that together?”

More support for schools and families: educator

When asked what could help engage remote community students in school, Angelina Joshua from the language centre in the remote community of Ngukurr, 640 kilometres south-east of Darwin, said more local teachers and support for families would help.

Ms Joshua has previously helped teach children the Marra traditional language at Ngukurr’s government school, where 97 per cent of students speak languages other than English.

“More languages and more local Indigenous teachers who could give support and encouragement to kids to go to school every day,” Ms Joshua said.

Angelina Joshua from the Ngukurr Language Centre.
Angelina Joshua from the Ngukurr Language Centre says teaching local languages keeps students engaged in school.(Supplied: Ngukurr Language Centre)

Funding for the school program Ms Joshua has been involved in is due to expire in April next year and staff at the language centre say they have been unable to secure further funding.

Ms Joshua also said support for struggling families should not be overlooked.

“Maybe have an activity for the mothers, a little workshop to brainstorm stuff to do to be stronger, to encourage your kids to go to school.”

But Ms Weston said while she viewed bilingual education as important, she needed confirmation about funding availability to commit further support.

“We’ve got a fixed budget so we need to look at how are we using the resources in the department, it’s still a little bit early for me to say,” she said.

In recent years the NT and federal governments have run programs to lift school attendance.

A federally funded truancy policy promoted by former Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion included a scheme that docked parents’ welfare payments if they failed to meet an attendance plan for their children.

This approach was scrapped in 2017 around the same time an external review of the NT Government’s Indigenous Education Strategy found there was no evidence the policies were improving attendance.

Ms Moss recently said “engagement” with children and families would remain her focus, while the Country Liberals Opposition has been pushing for a revival of truancy officers.

Ms Moss also said sites for a pilot “revival” of the Remote Aboriginal Teacher Education (RATE) program to provide education pathways for local educators would be chosen before the end of this year.

But the education union’s Jarvis Ryan said one problem was that a 2016 NT Labor election promise of new funds to provide local Indigenous teachers with housing that met the same standard as housing provided to non-Indigenous government recruits, had not been fulfilled.

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Gwen Stefani announces engagement to Blake Shelton | Ents & Arts News

Gwen Stefani has said “yes please” to partner Blake Shelton after he popped the question.

The No Doubt frontwoman and solo star announced her engagement with a photograph on Instagram showing her new ring.

Shelton, 44, posted the same image with the caption: “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Stefani’s caption was simply: “Yes please!”

The 51-year-old and the country music star have been in a relationship for more than five years after meeting while coaches on The Voice TV show in the US.

“THE BEST NEWS EVER EVER EVER EVER,” the official Voice account replied to their announcement.

Stefani has released several singles with Shelton, including Nobody But You, which reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in 2020.

The singer was formerly married to musician Gavin Rossdale, with whom she has three sons. The pair divorced in 2016.

Shelton split from his ex-wife Miranda Lambert after four years of marriage in July 2015.

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Letting go lightly – Why the rocky engagement between Tiffany and LVMH might survive | Business

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MAFS Susie Bradley, Todd Carney engagement: NRL star proposes

Married At First Sight star Susie Bradley has confirmed she is engaged to NRL star Todd Carney.

Bradley shared the exciting news with her Instagram followers on Tuesday with behind-the-scenes video of the former rugby league bad boy being interviewed for TV.

After her ill-fated marriage with barista Billy Vincent on the hit Channel 9 show, Bradley was spotted out in public with Carney as early as March, 2019.

The on-again-off-again couple recently got back together at the end of 2019 and it appears the pair can’t live without each other.

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Bradley confirmed the swirling engagement rumours that have followed them in recent weeks when she referred to Carney as her “fiance” in an Instagram clip posted Tuesday.

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Five ways to improve employee engagement in the COVID workplace

Various studies in the past five years have revealed that Australian workplaces are among the worst in the world when it comes to employee engagement. The reputable Gallup State of the Global Workplace report found in 2017 that only 14 per cent of Australian and NZ employees were engaged at work, with 71 per cent not engaged and an alarming 15 per cent actively disengaged.

If a business didn’t have employee engagement high on their agenda before COVID-19, they must seriously consider how, in a world where workforces are in many cases are split or even working completely remotely, they not only monitor employee engagement but look to improve it. And, now more than ever, having some way of testing how your team is feeling, especially when they’re remote, is vital.

 Here are five ways to improve engagement in the COVID workplace:  

  1. Clarity in communication. Set clear objectives, priorities and timeframes when preparing and delegating tasks. Consider using the S.P.O.R.T model; situation, purpose, outcome, resources and time frame. Following this framework comprehensively takes people on the journey and covers all relevant communication. 
  2. Test the culture. Whilst we are all or part working from home and still unsure of when we can re-enter the workplace we need to seek an objective approach to understand the climate of our team understanding the team. During these uncertain times, a team culture diagnostic should be part of a business’s long-term operational rhythm. Engagement surveys have been around for a long time but a team culture diagnostic enables you to really understand what to improve.
  3. Offer reassurance and support to those who may be worried about job security. This may be a simple one on one conversation to let your team members know that you are all in this together and confirm they will be advised of any changes as they arise.
  4. Be flexible in allowing provisions to look after children and deal with COVID related restrictions. As families are forced into new environments with children requiring to be homeschooled it is important to be flexible and trust that our team will complete their tasks at the best possible time for their family. This may be late at night when their house is quiet. Again, this is why clarity in communication is the number one way to improve engagement in the COVID workplace.
  5. Maintain employee reward and acknowledgement programs. Bonuses may not be feasible for businesses right now but it should not stop you from rewarding those who have worked hard and achieved great results. Why not hold an awards night via Zoom?  

Team culture and engagement needs to be a focus area during these times. Using the five steps provided will give you the best possible opportunity for creating a well-engaged team.

Kirk Peterson, Founder and Managing Director, Performance Shift

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IMF says continuing ‘very productive’ engagement with Argentina

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen during a news conference in Santiago, Chile, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Photo

April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund’s discussions with Argentina have been very productive and the fund is willing to do whatever it can to help get the Argentine economy back on a solid footing, an IMF official told reporters on Wednesday.

The fund is closely tracking Argentina’s discussions with its creditors, and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached to restore the South American country’s debt sustainability, the official said.

Argentina, gripped by a recession for the last two years, is racing to head off a ninth sovereign default even as the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic looks set to trigger a deeper downturn in its economy.

Argentina last week unveiled a proposal to restructure around $66.2 billion of its foreign debt that would include a three-year moratorium on payments and reduce coupon payments by around 62%.

“We’re continuing to track the ongoing discussions that Argentina is having with private creditors. I think we’re hopeful that at some point there’s an agreement that can be reached there that would restore debt sustainability,” the IMF official said.

The official added that the global lender was exploring options to help countries like Argentina that faced debt challenges, while sticking to its own strict guidelines aimed at safeguarding the fund’s resources.

“We’ve trying to explore every avenue to see what we can do to be of assistance,” the official said, but declined to provide further details.

The IMF separately extended Argentina $44 billion as part of a 2018 agreement. Argentina in February agreed to start Article IV consultations with the IMF and opened the door to a new program, but it has not formally initiated those steps.

“Our conversations with Argentina have been very productive,” the official added. “We are willing to do whatever we can to help Argentina get its economy back on a solid footing.”

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Richard Chang)

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