Do employees benefit from employee benefits?

first_imgDo employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.center_img Read full article Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme…last_img read more

A Carboniferous necrophagous myodocopid ostracod from Derbyshire, England

first_imgA monospecific population of cypridinid ostracods (Myodocopida) has been recovered from an ammonoid-bearing concretion of Namurian (Kindescoutian, R1a-b) age in the Bowland Shale Formation of Central England. These deposits represent sedimentation on the northern margin of a Carboniferous marine basin, the WNW-ESE orientated Widmerpool Gulf, where water depth probably exceeded 100 m. The ostracods occur in close association with the cranium of a shark (Orodus), on which they had most likely been scavenging. The sark carcass apparently formed a refuge to which the ostracods were restricted: they do not occur elsewhere within the concretion or surrounding strata. Adults and possibly as many as six moult stages are present so that the assemblage represents the original conspecific ostracod biocoenosis. The carapace morphology of this myodocopid ostracod. Eocypridina carsingtonensis sp. nov., is described and compared with related taxa. It is the oldest known myodocope to provide firm evidence of traces of an integumental circulatory system, present in positive relief on internal moulds as a series of anastomosing sinuses radiating away from the adductor muscle scar area, and comparable with modern cypridinids such as Vargula.last_img read more

UK: Alnmaritec, BMT Nigel Complete Design, Delivery of High Speed Patrol Boat

first_img View post tag: Alnmaritec UK: Alnmaritec, BMT Nigel Complete Design, Delivery of High Speed Patrol Boat February 23, 2012 View post tag: design In partnership with Northumbrian boat builder, Alnmaritec, BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd the leading international maritime design and engineering consultancy has recently completed the design and delivery of its 40 knot fast patrol boat design.The vessel is destined for the Arabian Gulf where she will be used for port security patrol duties.The asymmetric catamaran hull form, with an overall length of 13.2m, was developed from BMT’s proven high speed patrol boat design that has previously been used on fast patrol boats for Police, Fire Brigade and military applications. The large wheelhouse provides exceptional comfort with suspension seating for a total of eight crew and passengers, washroom facilities and is also fully air conditioned for the harsh ambient conditions in the region. Easy access for daily maintenance of the machinery is provided by large, flush mounted deck hatches. The vessel has demonstrated exceptional performance and during sea trials surpassed the contract performance requirements, with the two Cummins QSC 600 hp engines and Rolls-Royce A32 waterjets providing a maximum speed of 43 knots.Commenting on the contract completion John Bonafoux, BMT Nigel Gee’s Managing Director, said: “We were pleased to support Alnmaritec with the design of this high performance patrol boat which yet again demonstrates our expertise in specialist vessel design. We have worked with Alnmaritec on a number of recent projects but this is the first full hull and structural design we have provided. Given the growth in the market for such specialist types of vessels, we hope to develop this relationship further.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 23, 2012; Image: bmt View post tag: complete View post tag: speed View post tag: Boat Industry news View post tag: BMT Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: High Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Alnmaritec, BMT Nigel Complete Design, Delivery of High Speed Patrol Boat View post tag: DELIVERY View post tag: Patrol View post tag: Naval View post tag: Nigellast_img read more

Child Mortality Improves in Indiana According to DCS Report

first_imgComments0 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Child Mortality Improves in Indiana According to DCS ReportSEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAThe Indiana Department of Child Services released the latest information about how many children died in 2016. According to the report, 59 Indiana children died from abuse or neglect.Despite that heart-breaking number, it’s actually an improvement from the two previous years. Marion County saw the highest number of child deaths at 14. According to DCS, only nine of the 59 had contact with the agency.Wednesday, DCS officials appeared before lawmaker testifying on a set of recommendations to make the agency better as lawmakers work to find the best solution.DCS Associate Todd Meyer says, “We are obviously going to respond as immediately and quickly as possible. You can rest assured that will happen.”Right now, lawmakers say their biggest goal is turning these conversations into legislation and new state laws. TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Beach Replenishment Looking Good in O.C.

first_imgPaul Jaudinski and friend Peg Doyle and dog Anna enjoy a walk on the newly replenished beach at 45th Street in Ocean City. By TIM KELLYIf the popular saying “life’s a beach” holds true, there wasn’t a whole lot of life on the Ocean City shoreline from 45th Street through 59th Street in recent years.All that changed recently with the completion of a beach replenishment project which saw the 1.5 mile stretch from Corson’s Inlet State Park to 45th St., replenished with 555,000 cubic yards of new sand, according the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversaw the job.“It’s beautiful,” said nearby resident Paul Jaudinski.“It’s huge! We can almost give Wildwood a run for its money,” he said, referencing the famously wide stretch of sand of that other Cape May County resort.Jaudinski continued, “It used to be people were elbow-to-elbow on this beach. It was always crowded and the beach was so narrow. There should be a lot more room for everybody when the crowds return in the summer.”Jaudinski also had praise for the Army Corps and the contractors who completed the work.“They completed it so quickly,” he noted. “Everything looks so nice and clean. There is nothing for people to complain about. This beach is beautiful.”The next phase of the project will see a similar replenishment further north on the island, from Seaview Road to 13th Street. That work is slated to begin in May, with the dredge, pipes and other equipment to be installed in the area in April.During that phase of the project 1.4 million cubic yards of new sand will be pumped in.In some areas, the work also involves repairing dunes, fixing damaged access paths and stairways, installing sand fence and planting dune grass, Army Corps officials said.Additionally “a vulnerable stretch of dune was rebuilt near 59th Street,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in his weekly message to residents and visitors.The beach is expansive in this view to the south from 51st Street.The bulk of the work in the southern part of Ocean City, the Strathmere beach in Upper Township, and in Sea Isle City, involves widening of the beaches in front of the dunes.A $32.5 million contract was awarded for the project, including all three towns. The Ocean City portion of the job also includes work in the Great Egg Harbor and Peck’s Beach, a stretch from Surf Road, southwest to 34th Street, including an elevated berm.An option built into the contract could raise the overall cost of the project to $41.3 million if surveys show even more sand is needed.Most of the completed stretch of beach was deserted on Monday. The people who were there, however, such as Jaudinski and his friend Peg Doyle, expressed amazement upon seeing the massive stretch of replenishment.“What a difference!” Doyle exclaimed. “(Seasonal visitors) will love it!”She said that in years past, beachgoers needed to stake a claim early in the day if they hoped to find a place to park their beach chairs and blankets.“They really did an outstanding job,” she added.Paul’s dog Anna happily agreed, finding the newly wide open spaces well-suited for romping and sniffing seaweed.A bit further south at 51st Street, Lois Werner, who lives near Tennessee Avenue, said she was in the neighborhood to help dog-sit her friend’s German Shepherd, Maverick. Werner made the high marks for the new beach unanimous.“It was really well done,” she said. “Look at all these shell pieces,” Werner commented.“It’s probably fine,” Werner said of the shell pieces. “These will get mashed down over time.”Lois Werner takes Maverick for a romp at the newly-widened 51st Street beach.last_img read more

Feeding culinary curiosity: kids’ science and cooking

first_imgBoston and Cambridge students between the ages of 9 and 12 take part in “Kids’ Science and Cooking,” a new program hosted by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in cooperation with ChopChop, a nonprofit cooking magazine for kids. Bill Yosses, the White House executive pastry chef, took part in the event.last_img

Nancy Opel Is Cinderella’s Newest Madame on Broadway

first_img Cinderella Star Files Related Shows There’s a new step-mama in town! Tony nominee Nancy Opel begins performances as Madame in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on June 30. She takes over for The Nanny icon Fran Drescher, who played her final performance on June 29. Opel will star as the Broadway meanie through September 7.Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in Memphis. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Urinetown. Her additional stage credits include The Toxic Avenger, Fiddler on the Roof, Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love and Evita.In addition to Opel, the cast currently includes Paige Faure as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Nancy Opel View Commentslast_img read more

‘Baseload’ renewables coming to Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in solar and wind energy investments, both in terms of capacity and dollars. It will likely take the country to a 33 percent share of renewables as early as 2020.But there is another fascinating development taking place–as more and more wind and solar is added to the grid, the shape of their output is also changing, and in a way that should give confidence about a clean energy future based around a high level of variable renewable energy sources.Two significant trends that are emerging: the first is the offering of “firming contracts” to those looking to source a significant amount of their supply from wind and solar, but wary of wholesale price risks when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. The second is the development of projects that do much the same thing but this time by the physical combination of wind, solar and some form of storage at the one site, or nearby. Proposals and projects are now emerging across the country.One of the first “solar firming” products came from TFS Green, who helped put together a package for ERM Power that takes the risk out of contracting with a solar farm. This is a product that simply seeks to manage the risk from variable solar output by providing price swaps. It allows a solar plant to provide a customer with a firm price for a flat load.Roger Price, the CEO of Windlab, also talks of fully dispatchable renewables–or, to borrow the parlance of the coal lobby, “baseload renewables”, with the Kennedy Energy Park inland from Townsville. The first stage of this project is being built now, combining 43 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar, and 4 MWh of Tesla battery storage. “It’s the perfect match,” Price says. “You get solar in middle of the day, the wind resource picks up as the sun starts to set, blows through night, then drops after the solar” emerges for the morning peak.And, of course, there is the Kidston project in North Queensland, not far from Kennedy, where Genex Power is looking to combine 270 MW solar and 250 MW of pumped hydro, with maybe 6-8 hours storage, and then add 150 MW wind power for good measure.More: The changing shape of wind and solar in Australia’s grid ‘Baseload’ renewables coming to Australialast_img read more

This year, for the first time in history, we will realize 100 million overnight stays

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), 2,1 million arrivals (+7 percent) and 12 million overnight stays (+4 percent) were realized in Croatia in September. while from January to September, there were 17 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 97,2 million overnight stays (+12 percent).These are excellent results which certainly confirm that this will be the year in which Croatian tourism will realize 100 million overnight stays for the first time in history. “The data so far for this already record tourist year are the result of well-done preparation, well-thought-out marketing activities, an increasing number of quality tourist offers and joint cooperation of all stakeholders in the tourist system. I believe that the positive trends will continue until the end of the year and that we will once again confirm that Croatia today is one of the most popular tourist destinations that attracts more and more guests during all parts of the year. Our future success is based on continuous quality improvement and sustainable development. Each destination is part of the overall tourist story of Croatia and that is why it is extremely important to plan and think long-term at all levels so that tourism in the future can continue to develop and stimulate the economic development of entire communities.”Minister Cappelli pointed out.Director Staničić, on the other hand, emphasized the excellent results achieved in traditionally strong markets. “Germany is the country from which we are traditionally visited by the most tourists. However, this is a very large market from which we still have great potential, so we are extremely pleased with the results achieved so far, because for the first time in history we made 2.6 million arrivals from the German market. This result represents an increase of 16 percent for the first nine months, and we expect the continuation of positive trends for future periods. We are also recording excellent results in other markets, so who already has as many as six markets from which we have achieved more than 5 million overnight stays, and apart from Germany, these are Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy.”, Concluded director Staničić, adding that a significant share in the good results have domestic tourists who during the first nine months realized more than 11 million overnight stays.Photo: MaistraSeptember maintained positive trendsOf the total number of arrivals and overnight stays in September, foreign tourists realized 1,9 million arrivals (+8 percent) and 10,7 million overnight stays (+4 percent), and increases were also recorded by domestic tourists, which increased by 13 percent in overnight stays. Thus, in September, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (3,4 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (2,4 million overnight stays) and Kvarner (2 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County with 1,4 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,2 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 840 thousand overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 269 thousand overnight stays and Zagreb with 242 thousand overnight stays. In September, not counting the city of Zagreb, a total of 198 thousand overnight stays were realized on the continent (an increase of 6 percent), and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac (60 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje (28 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County. 21 thousand overnight stays).During September, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (3,3 million overnight stays), Austria (1,1 million overnight stays), Slovenia (845 thousand overnight stays), the United Kingdom (733 thousand overnight stays) and Poland (700 thousand overnight stays). Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in hotels (3,5 million overnight stays), household facilities (3,3 million overnight stays) and camps (2,2 million overnight stays), while in September the nautical charter realized 620 thousand overnight stays. +10 percent).Up to 100 million overnight stays by the end of the yearLooking at the period from January to September, foreign tourists made 15,3 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 86,2 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases with an increase of 8 percent in arrivals and 13 percent in overnight stays. In the period from January to September, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (26,7 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (18,3 million overnight stays) and Kvarner (17,9 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County with 13,1 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 7,8 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 7 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 3,1 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 1,7 million overnight stays. 1,6 million overnight stays were realized on the continent (+16 percent), and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac County (532 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (249 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (139 thousand overnight stays).During the first nine months, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (19,9 million overnight stays), Slovenia (9,8 million overnight stays), Austria (7,3 million overnight stays), Poland (6,3 million overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (5,4, 34,2 million overnight stays), and the top destinations per night are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Umag. Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in household facilities (22,2 million overnight stays), hotels (18,5 million overnight stays) and camps (3 million overnight stays), while in the first nine months 15 million were realized in nautical charter. overnight stays (+XNUMX percent).last_img read more

Camper sales are growing, the share of caravans is falling

first_imgRELATED NEWS: Also, in addition to the 5 existing ones (Zaton Holiday Resort, Krk Premium Camping Resort, Valalta, Val Saline and Šimuni), This year, as many as 5 new Croatian camps received the ADAC Superplatz label (Aminess Maravea Camping Resort, Lanterna Premium Camping Resort, Omišalj, Baška Beach Camping Resort and Straško.), Thus entering the selection of the best leading European campsites by the ADAC. At the end of last year, a guide to German camps was presented ADAC for 2019 year in which the Croatian ones are also listed, a total of 129. ADAC: Average quality of Croatian camps in 2019 increased by 3% One of the most significant development trends in the segment of “camping vehicles” is a significant increase in the share of camper sales and a simultaneous decline in the share of caravans.  Based on the processing and analysis of ADAC data, KUH points out that they can be more than satisfied with numerous positive indicators of the quality of the Croatian camping offer. Thus, the average quality of Croatian camps in 2019 increased by 3%, the quality of camps by region is increasing (eg the highest growth is in the region of Šibenik, as much as + 14,3%!); while the campsites of Istria have the highest quality, with an average rating of 4,1 out of 5. At the national level, the selected best campsites were also awarded quality marks by the Croatian Camping Union – Croatia’s Best Campsites for 57 of them, and OK Mini Camps for them 41. CROATIA IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE RECOGNIZED BY WINTER CAMPING GERMAN ADAC CAMP GUIDE FOR 2019 PRESENTED As they point out from KUH, the mentioned trend must definitely point us to some of the determinants of the future development of our camping products, starting from differently equipped and size-appropriate pitches for modern campers, forming a “quick-stop” possibility within the camp, all the way to the necessary strong development of the network of continental camps and an even more significant increase in campsites that are open throughout the year. Source: KUHlast_img read more