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London-area COVID caseload creeps higher; U.S. travellers set to return – London Free Press (Blogs)

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The London area recorded an average of roughly nine new COVID-19 cases per day over the three-day period covering Saturday to Monday, just-released statistics show.

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The London area recorded an average of roughly nine new COVID-19 cases per day over the three-day period covering Saturday to Monday, just-released statistics show.

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There were seven new cases on Monday, 11 on Sunday and eight on Saturday for a three-day total of 26. The Middlesex-London Health Unit no longer provides daily updates on weekends.

That latest case count brings the pandemic total to 12,862 in London and Middlesex County. There are currently 62 active cases with the daily caseload seeing an uptick over the past week.

There have been 231 deaths in the London-area linked to COVID-19, the most recent in late July. Roughly 80 per cent of local residents aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccination shot, and roughly 67 per cent have received both recommended shots.

Monday marked the day Canada reopened its land border with the U.S. for the first time since March 2020. Ontario officials reported 325 new COVID-19 cases provincewide. Toronto, with 90 new cases, Peel, with 47, and Hamilton and York, with 29 each, were the province’s worst-hit regions.

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The new figures raise Ontario’s total number of COVID cases since the pandemic’s start to 552,804 and its death toll to 9,407. There are 11,782 active cases in the province.

Additionally, 29,949 vaccine doses were administered in the province in the 24-hour period ending Sunday evening, for a provincewide total of 19,902,159. A total of 9,343,260 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Canada eased restrictions for American travellers Monday, allowing non-essential U.S. travellers who’ve had a full course of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine into the country, provided it’s been 14 days since their last dose and they have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test within the last 72 hours.

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The reopening is a welcome change in Ontario border communities, though the mayor of Niagara Falls says he doesn’t expect a “mad rush” of American tourists right away.

Mayor Jim Diodati said he believes the people who would want to cross the border right away are those hoping to reunite with relatives and friends they haven’t seen in almost two years, as well as those who want to check on properties they have in Canada.

“I think that’s going to be top of mind when the border opens . . . but I don’t expect it’s going to be fast and furious,” he said in an interview.

“I think it’s going to be gradual, like a dimmer switch, because for day trippers, it’s an awful lot of work and hoops to jump through in order to be able to cross that border. So I’m not anticipating an influx of American tourists right off the hop.

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— With files from The Canadian Press

CORONAVIRUS CASES: THE NUMBERS

(*Figures for Southwestern Ontario as of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.)

  • Ontario — 552,804 cases
  • London-Middlesex — 12,862 cases, 231 deaths
  • Elgin-Oxford — 3,991 cases, 84 deaths
  • Brant — 3,462 cases, 20 deaths
  • Chatham-Kent — 1,923 cases, 17 deaths
  • Sarnia-Lambton — 3,642 cases, 68 deaths
  • Huron Perth — 1,949 cases, 57 deaths
  • Grey-Bruce — 2,156 cases, 9 deaths
  • Windsor-Essex — 17,035 cases, 436 deaths

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Citi hires Milovanovic from Goldman to head Americas financials M&A group

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Citigroup Inc is hiring Steve Milovanovic to head its investment banking unit which focuses on mergers and acquisitions by financial institutions in the Americas, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Milovanovic will join from Goldman Sachs Group, where he was co-head of M&A for the financial institution’s group (FIG) in the Americas, said the memo, the contents of which were confirmed by a Citigroup spokesperson.

“Steve’s experience, judgment and client relationships will further strengthen Citi’s strategic advisory capabilities,” the memo said, noting that Milovanovic will be based in New York.

Milovanovic, who has also worked at Credit Suisse Group in his banking career, has more than 20 years of dealmaking experience, with a focus on financial services.

 

(Reporting by Chibuike Oguh in New York; Writing by David French; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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GM extends EV Bolt production halt to mid-October

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) –General Motors Co said on Thursday it will extend a shutdown of a Michigan assembly plant to mid-October following a new recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles over battery issues after 12 reported fires.

The largest U.S. automaker said the extension of the production halt at its Orion Assembly plant will go through at least Oct. 15. GM also said it was cutting production at six other North American assembly plants because of the ongoing semiconductor chips shortage.

GM said it will not resume Bolt production or sales until it is satisfied that the recall remedy will address the fire risk issue. It said Thursday it had reports of 12 fires and three injuries.

GM shares were largely unchanged in late trading.

GM in August widened its recall of the Bolt to more than 140,000 vehicles to replace battery modules, at a cost now estimated at $1.8 billion. The automaker said it would seek reimbursement from battery supplier LG.

It is not clear how long it will take GM to obtain replacement battery modules for recalled vehicles and whether it will have diagnostic software that will allow it to certify some modules do not need replacing.

GM said the additional three-week production halt at its Bolt plant comes as it continues “to work with our supplier to update manufacturing processes.”

Earlier this month GM was forced to halt production at most North American assembly plants temporarily because of the chips shortage.

The new production cuts include a Lansing, Michigan, plant that builds the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.

GM is also cutting production of SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain at plants in Mexico and Canada. It will also make further production cuts at Michigan and Kansas plants that make Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu cars.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday it plans a Sept. 23 White House meeting with automakers and others “to discuss the ongoing global chip shortage, the impact the Delta variant has had on global semiconductor supply chains and the industry’s progress toward improving transparency.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Present Yourself as a ‘No Brainer’ to Hire

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A few jobs back, HR had scheduled four interviews, throughout my day, for a position I had open. The first interview went “okay.” The second candidate, however, impressed me so much I hired him on the spot. I instructed HR to cancel the remaining two interviews.

 

The second candidate did something I rarely see—they presented themselves as a ‘no brainer’ to hire.

 

How?

 

  • Their resume was result-oriented (Not a list of opinions — “I’m a team player,” “detail-oriented,” “hard-working,” etc.).
  • They dressed as if they were already employed with my company. (In this case, a global multi-brand tour operator.)
  • They clearly articulated their value.
  • They told me several STAR (Situation. Task. Action. Results.) stories I could envision and relate to.

 

If your resume (skills and experience) impressed the employer, and after reading your LinkedIn profile to determine if you’re interview-worthy, you’ll be invited to an interview—the first most likely being via Zoom or Skype.

 

Impressing someone on paper and via your LinkedIn profile has its challenges, especially since you’re competing against many other candidates just as qualified as you. However, where the rubber meets the road is when you’re sitting face-to-face with the hiring manager.

 

Presenting yourself in a way your interviewer can envision you fitting with the company’s culture and the current team, as well as gives them confidence you’ll hit the ground running, will substantially increase your odds of receiving a nod of approval.

 

Regardless of whether you’re interviewing via video, sitting in a boardroom, a coffee shop or the interviewer’s office, focus on the following:

 

  1. Your attire
  2. Your body language
  3. Articulating how you meet the employer’s needs and will solve the problems the position exists to solve
  4. Being mindful of your interviewer’s time.

 

 

As I’ve mentioned in a previous column, being deemed “a fit” supersedes your experience and qualifications. Your image is paramount in giving the impression you’re “one of them.”

 

Make sure your attire is in line with the company culture. Obviously, this will differ from company to company, as well as between industries. If you’re interviewing for a position in a bank or insurance company, formal attire, even in 2021, is appropriate, such as a business suit, shirt, and tie. On the opposite end of the spectrum, casual clothing, even jeans and sneakers, can be acceptable if you’re interviewing with a design studio or tech start-up. The key is to dress as if you already work for the employer.

 

  1. Body language.

 

Your body language, along with your words, greatly influences the first impressions someone has about you.

 

If you’re seated, say in the reception area, stand to greet your interviewer. Firmly shake your interviewer’s hand, or each member of your interview panel, while maintaining a broad smile and steady eye contact. Say something along the lines of, “Nice to meet you, Alice.” Remember your interviewer’s name and use it naturally throughout your interview. Maintain eye contact during the interview. This shows your interviewer(s) you’re engaged in the conversation. Speak in a clear and audible voice. Your posture can portray you as arrogant, so be conscious of the way you sit or stand. During the interview, display a natural body language with relaxed shoulders and open arms by your side.

 

  1. Articulate how you meet the employer’s needs. 

 

This is where you solidify, you’re a ‘no brainer’ to hire. 

 

If you’re interviewing with the person you’d be reporting to, keep this piece of human psychology in mind: A person is more likely to want to build a relationship with you if you understand their situation, problems, and goals.

 

Start with the job description. Now that you’ve landed an interview, refer to the job description, paying close attention to job qualifications and duties.

 

Have STAR stories ready regarding specific situations in which you used each of these skills. Try to keep your STARs short and vivid. The best STAR ever said to me: “I sold Corvettes in Las Vegas.” (Yes, I hired the person.)

 

  1. Be mindful of the time.

 

Always be punctual for your scheduled interview time! Being punctual is a sign of being a professional, as well as respect for the other person. Stick within the time frame your interview was scheduled for. (usually 45 minutes to 1 hour)

 

In 2021 employers are looking for candidates who’ll mesh with their workplace culture. Showing you belong will go a long way in making yourself a ‘no brainer’ to hire.

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Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers advice on searching for a job. You can send him your questions at artoffindingwork@gmail.com.

 

 

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