Time to Revise Outdated Perceptions of Russia?

Franklin Templeton | August 10, 2020

Many investors seem to have misperceptions when it comes to Russia’s economy and the companies located there. Our Emerging Markets Equity Institutional Portfolio Manager Nicole Vettise explains how Russia’s economy offers investors a mix of old and new industries, and compelling areas of investment opportunity as a result. The double-headed eagle that features on Russia’s coat of arms is said to reflect its geographical position, facing both East and West. Maybe a more apt interpretation is Russia’s continued dominance in the old economy while thriving in the new.

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HR STRATEGY

Diversified Medical Healthcare Acquires Mobile App for Employers to Easily Comply with Reinstated OSHA Mandate

Diversified Medical Healthcare | December 23, 2021

With the OSHA mandate for large businesses fast approaching, Diversified Medical Healthcare (DMH) announces their acquisition of a mobile app providing easy solutions for employer mandate compliance. The app, ConfirmD, created by Buddycheque LLC, serves as a digital health wallet for each employee, keeping their medical records in one user-friendly and secure platform. With an administrator dashboard, employers can view the status of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations across their organization at-a-glance, making reporting and compliance streamlined and simple. The app can be implemented in days and will make a drastic difference for businesses and their operations in the weeks and months ahead. "Throughout the pandemic, we've worked with large businesses and organizations across the nation to effectively handle their COVID-19 management needs, We've kept up with CDC guidelines and FDA regulations to ensure the companies we work with are informed and up to date to implement best practices and keep their employees safe. ConfirmD is just one more way we're helping businesses to stay open and compliant without disruption." -Kevin Murdock, CEO and Founder of Diversified Medical Healthcare. ConfirmD generates custom QR codes for each app user to store their vaccination records and test results in one place. This can be accessed by a facial recognition feature for maximized privacy from any mobile device. The HIPAA compliant platform also has the capability to integrate with any laboratory information management system (LIMS) to enable employees and employers to access COVID-19 results in real-time, as soon as the lab processes the results. Buddycheque, LLC, the company which created the ConfirmD app, was founded by Dr. Ramsey Kilani, Karl Wagner, Bob Ramsey, and Alex Chatel – who have amassed years of expertise in the industries of healthcare and tech security. The ConfirmD app is now powered by OnGen medical data management software company, which is a part of the portfolio of Diversified Medical Healthcare companies which deliver innovative solutions for the healthcare industry for molecular diagnostics, medical supplies, laboratory equipment, and medical software. "We developed this app to make it as simple as possible for people to keep track of their own medical information with cutting edge technology. We are thrilled that this app is now being taken to new heights by Diversified Medical Healthcare, initially in its efforts around the COVID-19 pandemic and for its broader application for the future of healthcare." -Buddycheque, LLC co-founder, Ramsey Kilani ABOUT: Diversified Medical Healthcare (DMH), headquartered in Greenville, SC is a holding entity with several portfolio companies providing healthcare solutions for improved patient care nationwide. Offering advanced clinical laboratory services that span throughout the US, their fully accredited laboratories include Premier Medical Laboratory Services, Dynasty Medical Laboratory Services, and First Medical Laboratory Services. DMH also provides medical supply and equipment distribution under Vessel Medical, delivers custom procedure trays for various surgical needs with CPT Medical, and helps to quickly and accurately manage medical data with their medical data software company, OnGen. DMH is your trusted partner providing advanced solutions for a healthier tomorrow.

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Flexible Law Degree Offerings Are Attracting Working Professionals

Faulkner Law | January 05, 2022

A growing number of non-traditional students seeking a law degree are discovering new opportunities to pursue a Juris Doctor (J.D.) through the expansion of distance learning and flexible scheduling options approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). One such offering is the Executive J.D. Schedule at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Faulkner Law's Executive J.D. Schedule provides part-time students with the same curriculum and services as students in their traditional, Full-time J.D. Schedule, only delivered through blended online and in-person courses spread out over a four-year time commitment. In its second year, the Executive J.D. Schedule has welcomed primarily non-traditional, working professionals with an average incoming age of 35. "For over 70 years, Jones School of Law was a part-time, evening J.D. program, This new age of distance learning and online technologies allows us to refocus on this same commitment to offering a legal degree to those students who require the flexibility of schedule to accommodate their professional and personal lives." - Faulkner Law Dean Charles B. Campbell. The blended learning delivery of the Executive J.D. Schedule is ideally suited to students within a three-to-four hour driving radius from the campus that is conducive to fulfilling the in-person learning obligations scheduled two weekends a month excluding the summer. The part-time schedule appeals to working professionals who may have previously thought about becoming a lawyer but could not afford to forgo employment to do so, including current student Preston Roberts, a government relations professional residing in Montgomery. Without this opportunity, Roberts states he would not have been able to pursue his law degree without leaving his career and interrupting his family life. While he acknowledges that law school requires a substantial commitment, he also believes the rewarding outcome will validate the pursuit. The Executive J.D. Schedule offers parity with Faulkner Law's Full-time J.D. Schedule, including integrating bar exam preparedness, maintaining compliance with ABA Standards, providing student services and academic support, and following established admissions standards. Learn more about the part-time Executive J.D. Schedule at law.faulkner.edu/executiveJD. About Faulkner Law Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law is a private, Christian law school in Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama. As an ABA-accredited school, Faulkner Law provides students a rigorous curriculum and hands-on experience to drive both academic success and community service, and celebrates its students who have a desire to use their legal degree to seek justice and serve their communities — wherever that may be.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

MiaRec Announces Call Recording and Workforce Engagement Solution for Microsoft Teams

MiaRec | March 10, 2022

MiaRec Inc., a global provider of customer and workforce engagement software, has announced the launch of a new solution for Microsoft Teams. MiaRec's call recording and workforce engagement platform integrates several tools including call recording, voice analytics, quality management and advanced reporting into a single unified solution. MiaRec for Microsoft Teams will allow for rapid plug-and-play deployment providing organizations the ability to scale the new solution as they grow with ease. MiaRec makes capturing both Teams-based contact center and back-office calls simple with its new rigorously tested MS Teams integration. "Our new Microsoft Teams solution is designed to allow users to capture every Microsoft Teams call easily, transparently, and compliantly. However, what truly sets it apart is our ability to provide organizations with the capability to move beyond compliance and provide a full suite of call recording and workforce engagement capabilities." -MiaRec CEO, Gennadiy Bezko Microsoft Teams has quickly become the most widely-used communications tool on the market and is used across all levels of organizations of all sizes. This release is designed to provide enterprises with a tool to compliantly record its Microsoft Teams interactions across the entire organization. MiaRec for Microsoft Teams provides the reliable compliance features required for the back office with the dynamic tools that contact centers and front-line employees need to deliver experiences that matter. MiaRec provides Microsoft Teams users with the ability to leverage their interaction recordings to achieve the business goals. "MiaRec's new Microsoft Teams integration provides organizations more than compliance recording. It provides robust voice analytics functionality with the ability to intelligently organize your recordings by topic making it easier to access the information relevant to you and your organization". -MiaRec COO, Tatiana Polyakova Polyakova added, "this new integration can help any organization stay compliant but has been especially designed to help customer-first organizations drive satisfaction and improve retention amongst their customers and employees." About MiaRec Miarec, inc. empowers organizations with tools that enhance the relationship between company and customer by transforming data into insight. MiaRec's Customer and Workforce Engagement Platform unifies call recording, voice analytics, quality management, screen recording and advanced reporting functionality in one unified solution. MiaRec is an innovator in the multi-billion-dollar call recording and customer engagement industries.

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EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Metafora & Lean Solutions Group Partner to Further the Transportation & Logistics Industry through Technology, Staffing, & Organizational Improvement

Metafora | April 06, 2022

Metafora and Lean Solutions Group are partnering to provide IT consulting and tech development services to companies in the transportation, logistics, and supply chain sectors, the two firms announced today. Metafora, formerly CarrierDirect, is a management consulting and tech development firm. Lean Solutions Group will work with Metafora to provide recruitment, staffing, and team spin-up services delivered from the company's nearshore satellite locations in Latin America. "Like Metafora, our firm is rooted in serving the transportation, logistics and supply chain space, This mutual agreement allows us to work together on behalf of our clients and prospects, leveraging each other's strengths and experience. While there remains a grave talent shortage problem in the United States, Latin America is bulging with strong, successful IT talent with a strong work ethic. Our Lean Staffing division excels at recruiting, building, and retaining tech teams which, operating as extensions of our clients' IT teams in the same time zone, can help businesses more rapidly develop and deploy tech solutions." -Robert Cadena, CEO and co-founder of Lean Solutions Group. "In an increasingly difficult hiring environment, we've seen first hand the tremendous benefits of using nearshore labor like Lean Solutions Group across transportation and logistics businesses. Our partnership with Lean is about helping the top transportation & logistics businesses maximize the value they get from nearshoring, allowing leaders to scale their businesses with incredible cost efficiency. Metafora's 10+ years of consulting on organization and process efficiency and optimization for the top 3PLs, carriers, and forwarders makes this the perfect partnership. We've developed a rapid operating model assessment to quickly identify what parts of an organization are best suited to move nearshore to optimize process and cost efficiency." -Peter Rentschler, CEO of Metafora The staffing crunch challenge in transportation & logistics is not going away anytime soon. This strategic partnership is designed to directly address the labor shortage in our industry by improving processes and getting reliable nearshore talent. About Metafora Metafora, previously "CarrierDirect", is a business consulting and software development firm that exclusively serves the transportation, logistics, and supply chain space. Metafora partners with carriers, shippers, and freight tech vendors to help them optimize their business and develop tech strategy to fuel their growth. Metafora+ is their partnership network. About Lean Solutions Group Lean Solutions Group, established in 2012, and based in Coral Springs, Florida, is a nearshore services provider that has partnered with more than 400 U.S.-based companies to establish their satellite offices in Colombia, South America. Lean Solutions Group's expanded service offerings, provided by a highly scalable and flexible workforce of more than 6,000 employees, include staffing, technology, marketing, sales, and business process outsourcing services, all in one place. By leveraging the right talent, culture, and price that Lean Solutions provide, businesses can lower operational costs and drive business growth.

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This report busts the ‘stress means success’ myth. Stress, rather than being an inevitable response for anyone who is busy and successful, should be regarded as something that is integrally linked to overall health. The lifestyle choices of your employees therefore can and will impact their susceptibility to feeling stressed.

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