first_imgWhile RT shares many of the same features as Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, it is not fully compatible with the entire Windows ecosystem. On its website, Microsoft outlines the major differences between RT and its other operating systems. For a consumer starting from scratch, Windows RT and applications available through the Windows Store may be more than enough. For enteprise IT managers, though, the differences become more troubling. The most significant IT concern is the lack of support for “legacy” applications. Windows RT simply cannot run applications designed for previous versions of Windows. Depending on your existing investment in Windows apps and their business necessity, this can be an annoyance – or an absolute showstopper.Other missing features, like Remote Desktop and Domain Join, may be less essential, but still add to the support burden for RT devices and could complicate efforts to create a simple, comprehensive management solution. In an all-Intel, Windows 8 environment, IT managers can leverage time-tested, existing management applications to extend their reach without writing custom software. As soon as one RT device is added to the mix, custom coding is required.Not all consequences of a heterogeneous environment are technical. Employee-owned devices are already notorious for violating enterprise software licenses. When classes of employee devices come stocked with different software than your other devices, your existing license agreements may not provide coverage. For example, Windows RT comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview. Unless a business anticipated supporting that device and took the necessary legal steps, using that program in a business setting could violate the software’s licensing provisions.Hardware-Based AssistanceChipsets rarely fail, for good reason. Once it’s pressed and placed into a computer, a processor is essentially untouchable by applications, the operating system, or overzealous users. That’s why hardware is the perfect place to store low-level security, management, and networking features. All Intel processors are built with management in mind, allowing administrators to reach below the operating system level for additional security and accessibility. For example, all current Intel Core processors support remote device locking through Intel Anti-Theft (AT) Technology. Unlike pure software Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, this approach will work even if a device is corrupted or rooted.Newer third-generation Intel Core vPro processors (found in newer enterprise and small-business laptops, Ultrabooks and even some tablets) add two-factor PKI-based authentication with Intel Identity Protection Technology, and pre-boot system integrity verification through Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). By using devices themselves as authentication tokens, IT can remove a layer of complexity and cost created by third-party tokens.Intel builds on this hardware foundation with tightly integrated software. For example, on the security front, McAfee DeepSAFE leverages vPro’s TXT to install security monitoring software below the operating system, while Deep Command provides endpoint management tools for AT and other low-level features.In some cases, security or management software can run only on complementary processors. In other situations, those processors simply run the software better. For example, Intel has tuned its newer Core processors to support the AES-NI instruction set, which speeds encryption products like McAfee Endpoint Encryption to near real-time. Other compatible systems can certainly run the same program, but processors without AES-NI support could incur up to a 10X slowdown.The processor is the heart of any device. It may not be the flashiest part of your BYOD strategy, but it’s the foundation. A bit of time considering processor choice during your planning phase can save a lot of money and headaches down the road.Top two images courtesy of Shutterstock. When IT managers build a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan, chip architecture usually isn’t high on their list of considerations. At first glance, it’s easy to see why. After all, processors work or they don’t – there isn’t a lot of support to be done, right?But there’s more here than meets the eye. Thinking about the silicon that powers your supported devices can pay off big, providing better performance, security and manageability. It might even keep your legal department happy.  Simplicity FirstThere are plenty of exciting consumer devices to catch your employees’ eyes, each with its own combination of processor, operating system and form factor. The task of a BYOD program is not necessarily to support all of them, but to choose the devices that best match customer needs, security concerns, business demands and available resources. New devices introduce risk and complexity to every aspect of your ecosystem, from provisioning and training to security and support. The more varied the range of devices you allow, the greater the stress on your operations. The keys to meeting your goals are platform simplicity and consistency. Choosing to minimize deviation simplifies administration and allows IT to leverage as much existing infrastructure as possible. That choice starts with the processor.The Processor MarketIntel and ARM Holdings are the two primary competitors in the mobile chipset market. Intel’s high-performing Core-series processors power the majority of laptops, Ultrabooks and notebooks, and its low-power Atom processors are gaining market share in tablets, smartphones and hybrid devices. ARM-based chips – most commonly found in tablets and smartphones – have recently begun to appear in laptops and hybrid devices.Intel and ARM take very different approaches to chip production. ARM licenses its designs to semiconductor manufacturers, which then fabricate their own processors based on those designs. This flexibility is attractive to hardware companies, and allows ARM-based chips to power a wide assortment of devices, from appliances to servers.The downside of that flexibility is inconsistency among ARM-based designs. Samsung and AMD both manufacture ARM-based chips, but their processors are substantially different. Intel follows a different business model, designing and producing all of its own silicon. This approach establishes a baseline across multiple manufacturers. This consistency is the reason Intel-powered Apple MacBooks are capable of running Windows natively, for example. Application And OS SupportBusinesses run on applications, and processor choice can impact how (or whether) those applications run. The most obvious example is as basic as the operating system itself – most notably in Microsoft Windows.When it launched Windows 8, Microsoft decided to support ARM-based chips for the first time. Windows RT, an operating system targeted at lower-cost consumer devices, like the Microsoft Surface, is the company’s first ARM-based OS. ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#AMD#antivirus#ARM#BYOD#BYOD Grows Up#Intel#microprocessors last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s another example of the growing tension between Microsoft and Google, evidenced by the Microsoft’s “rule-breaking” YouTube Windows Phone app and its use of an open API to talk to Google+ users via its Outlook.com Web site.Google chief executive Larry Page, for example, used his Google I/O keynote to call out Microsoft’s behavior as “really sad,” and said that Microsoft took advantage of the open API. “Being negative is not how we make progress,” Page said. “And most important things are not zero-sum. There’s a lot of opportunity out there.”Google Tipped QuickOffice Plans At Pixel LaunchGoogle acquired QuickOffice last year for an undisclosed sum, and the team went quiet. But we know that Google plans to add QuickOffice to the Pixel, because Google said so.At the launch of the Pixel a few months ago, Google’s Chrome chief, Sundar Pichai, said that it would take two to three months to add QuickOffice to the Pixel, but that it would be included with it. Since it wasn’t available when Google handed out thousands of Pixels to developers Wednesday, it must be coming soon.Looking back, Pichai actually spoke quite a bit about QuickOffice’s role within Google at the Pixel launch- but the media (probably correctly) focused on the Pixel hardware itself. Pichai set the stage for the Pixel handout by emphasizing, again and again, that the Pixel represented the best Chromebook experience for developers and early adopters: “if you’re living in the cloud, this is the best experience you can use,” Pichai said then.Microsoft Strikes… Too SoonMicrosoft clearly anticipated a QuickOffice launch at Google I/O. On May 10, it published a blog post that directly attacked the compatibility of Google Apps as well as QuickOffice. Jake Zborowski, a senior product manager at Microsoft, wrote:Productivity software is built to help people communicate. It’s more than just the words in a document or presentation; it’s about the tone, style and format you use to convey an overall message. People often entrust important information in these documents — from board presentations to financial analyses to book reports. You should be able to trust that what you intend to communicate is what is being seen. Google’s alternative to Microsoft Office, Google Apps, has always suffered from the fact that it offers a sort of “good enough” compatibility — fine for most basic document and spreadsheet tasks, but not enough to match certain Office features.Now Google is preparing to use technology from a recent acquisition, QuickOffice, to close that gap.In recent weeks, Google sources have told me that Google has been internally testing, or “dogfooding,” QuickOffice, which began life as a standalone productivity app that offers better compatibility with Office than Google’s own Apps. Now, however, Google is testing QuickOffice as a cloud-based service in its own Chrome browser.(Google already provides QuickOffice as part of its Google Apps subscription, specifically as an app for customers with Android tablets or iPads.)Why QuickOffice?QuickOffice uses the same .DOCX file format that Office does, allowing users to quickly edit and share the same files as Office users. QuickOffice compatibility probably means that more businesses and users will see Google Apps as a viable alternative to Office, wounding Microsoft’s Office cash cow. Google sources also say they’re confident that Microsoft won’t be able to block QuickOffice with licensing issues or other legal threats. Eventually, these individuals say, QuickOffice will become the foundation of Google Apps, although that’s still a ways off.The target, Google sources said, isn’t the full PC-based version of Office itself – although that might be a bit of spin. Instead, Google claims to think of QuickOffice as a competitor to Microsoft’s own Web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – which often deliberately fall short of full Office functionality. For now, that means running QuickOffice as a browser app, probably using Google’s Native Client technology, until Google’s engineers can integrate it directly with Apps. Tags:#Google#Google Apps#Microsoft#Office markhachman Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Zborowski’s post included several sample documents that users could download themselves for comparison’s sake, as well as a funny YouTube video that included Rob Schenider and Pete Rose, poking fun at the “gamble” that is Google Apps. In a supporting comment, Zborowski pointed out that Google doesn’t support the Open Document Format, suggesting that Microsoft is more open than Google.Google representatives shrugged off the post, noting that the example documents relied on Office functions typical users rarely touch, such as watermarks and odd text spacing. However, Microsoft’s post also noted that Office Web Apps can now be used within Android, leaving the Microsoft-Google competition within the Android tablet space as an app – Google’s QuickOffice – versus a cloud solution, Microsoft’s Office Web apps.The whole point of the Pixel, according to Pichai, is to show off the power of the cloud. Microsoft, for its part, is still largely wedded to the desktop application, and the $23 billion or so that its Business Division pulls in on an annual basis. (Office 365 doesn’t live in the cloud, although it has cloud hooks in SkyDrive and its subscription delivery system.) That’s a target that Google has attacked for several years now, with dueling customer announcements from both sides marking the ebb and flow of the battle.Micosoft may be right that Google Apps and QuickOffice don’t offer the full capabilities of Office. But they come close – and “close” has been the selling point behind Apps all along. QuickOffice looks like it could close the gap.Image Source: Google Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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first_imgAdrian Martinez lifts his helmet in the air for Nebraska after a win during the 2018 college football season.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)If Nebraska is to make the big leap many expect from them this season, quarterback Adrian Martinez will need to lead the way. Martinez is coming off a strong freshman campaign.As soon as he took over the Cornhuskers in December 2017, Scott Frost immediately went after the four-star recruit. Now, his most recent comments about Martinez will have Nebraska fans salivating.According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Frost says Martinez has produced at least one ‘wow’ moment every day in practice. He even said one throw reminded him of Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes.That sound you hear is the Adrian Martinez hype train going into overdrive. #Huskers coach Scott Frost on Adrian Martinez: “Adrian provides us with at least a ‘wow’ moment a day. He made a throw the other day that I’ve never really seen before. Maybe watching the [Kansas City] Chiefs play last year. We just need him to play like he’s been practicing.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 26, 2019Even though Martinez handled himself well as a true freshman, Frost is right that his practice exploits won’t matter if he can’t duplicate them on game day.Coming off a 4-8 season in 2018, Nebraska finds itself in the AP preseason top 25.  The expectations are high once again in Lincoln.We’ll get our first look at Martinez and the 2019 Huskers on Saturday when they host South Alabama at noon ET on ESPN.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Polish LNG terminal in Świnoujście is expecting its first supply of liquid natural gas to be delivered mid December.The Q-Flex LNG tanker vessel Al Nuaman was loaded in the Qatari port of Ras Laffan on November 19th 2015, and is expected to reach the terminal on December 11th or 12th.The first delivery of liquid natural gas, handled by LNG producer and operator of LNG carriers Qatargas, will be used in the commissioning and cool-down of the Świnoujście terminal.The contract was signed in September 2015 by Polskie LNG and Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, which serves as an intermediary for the purposes of LNG supplies to the terminal.last_img

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first_imgzoom Cyprus is carrying out a new shipping strategy as the country aims to further develop its shipping sector, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Marios Demetriades, noted at the 5th Mare Forum Cyprus 2016.Namely, Demetriades said that Cyprus shipping has solid grounds to build on and to expand further as he revealed the country is planning to launch “a package of favourable incentives” with a future objective to consolidate and further develop the country’s role in world shipping.As part of the efforts to enhance Cyprus’ competitiveness, the authorities have procured a study for the shipping industry in cooperation with the private sector. The study proposes measures that would strengthen the Cyprus merchant fleet and shipping cluster.The outcome and recommendations of the study have been taken into consideration and the implementation of those measures has already begun, according to Demetriades.Additional measures that are already taking place include the recent engagement of a private firm for the promotion of shipping, the strengthening of regional offices and incentives for business development.“I am confident that the effective and successful implementation of the new Cyprus Shipping Strategy, along with the restructuring of the Maritime Administration, which is also in progress, will widen the horizons of our shipping industry and create new opportunities for expansion into new markets,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province’s health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario’s hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.“It’s unacceptable to see our loved ones treated in hallways and in storage rooms in our hospitals,” Elliott said Wednesday. “It’s no way to treat our loved ones.”The government will fund 1,100 hospital beds in total, including more than 400 opened under the previous Liberal government that will have their funding renewed. Some will turn into permanent beds, though the government could not say how many.In October last year, the Liberals gave hospitals an additional $100 million before flu season to create roughly 1,200 more hospital beds. The Progressive Conservative government could not immediately say how many of those beds — which are meant to bring temporary relief to hospitals at a busy time of year — are still operating.The government also said it will continue an expansion of the province’s long-term care beds planned by the previous Liberal regime, adding 6,000 new beds as part of a five-year plan to build capacity.“These are meaningful early actions we are taking to end hallway health care,” Elliott said.Premier Doug Ford said the additional beds mark just the first step in addressing the long-term needs of the health care system.“With an aging population, time is of the essence,” he said. “That’s why I’ve asked Minister Elliott to focus on building a strong, vibrant and sustainable health care sector that puts the needs of Ontario’s patients first.”Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said the Tory government is simply maintaining the flu season support his party brought in.“I don’t see where there is new capacity being built in there,” he said, noting the Tories have announced roughly the same number of beds his party did last year. “There’s nothing new here.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said last year’s Liberal commitment, and the latest spending by Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, falls far short of the $300 million she said is needed to help address hospital overcrowding.“This is not going to affect in any way the hallway medicine that is being experienced by people in our province,” she said.Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, said the additional funding won’t solve the root problems that have caused hospital overcrowding. The government should permanently fund the hospital beds and ensure that stable staffing is in place to begin to address the issue, she said.“The Liberals did the exact same thing last year, the previous year and the year before that,” she said. “That will not solve hallway medicine … because hallway medicine happens everyday, not only during flu season.”Wednesday also marked the inaugural meeting of the premier’s council on improving health care, a group meant to recommend possible strategies to improve the health care system and make it more efficient.The council is chaired by Dr. Rueben Devlin, a former Progressive Conservative party president and former CEO of Humber River hospital. The job, to which he was appointed this summer, comes with a $348,000 salary plus paid expenses.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsJust days after Canada closed the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, a former First Nation leader says he still plans to go to Iran to talk about how Canada treats First Nations people.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

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Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said up to six groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) could release the child soldiers within their ranks over the next year.Speaking after the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) yesterday signed an action plan to release its child soldiers, Ms. Coomaraswamy noted the deal followed a similar recent agreement involving the Popular Army for the Restoration of the Republic and Democracy (known as APRD).“Additionally, the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour la Rassemblement (UFDR) committed to United Nations verification of the presence of children in their ranks,” she said.Ms. Coomaraswamy, who witnessed yesterday’s signing ceremony in N’Dele, a north-eastern Central African town, told the UN News Centre by telephone that she was optimistic that the deal would be fully implemented.“The fact that they have already drawn up lists” of child soldiers to be released is a sign that the CPJP is prepared to carry out its obligations, she said.The deal was also signed by Margaret Vogt, the head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) and Tanya Chapuisat, the representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Ms. Vogt said the critical task was to now ensure that child soldiers are separated and reintegrated into civilian life.Echoing those remarks, Ms. Chapuisat stressed the importance of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for former child soldiers, and called for an injection of new funds to achieve this.Ms. Coomaraswamy said the recent deals were the result of a combination of mounting international pressure on the armed groups and a growing awareness among the groups of the need to end the practice.But she warned that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan rebel force whose members have caused havoc in parts of the CAR, was still active and harming local communities.“The LRA is a brutal force and the international community must stand together to provide security for these communities and to ensure that child survivors of the LRA are given proper care and support,” she said. 21 November 2011A Central African rebel group’s agreement to release an estimated 1,500 child soldiers is a sign that momentum is gathering in the strife-torn country for all armed groups to soon end the recruitment and use of under-age fighters, a senior United Nations envoy said today. read more

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by 660 NEWS Staff Posted May 30, 2016 7:17 am MDT There’s a hiring event in Calgary Monday where all participating companies have pledged to hire at least 10 Calgarians in the next three months.Local recruiter Shawn Baldwin says there are opportunities for people with a lot of experience and for those seeking an entry level position.“We are actually seeing more and more roles right now that are actually not leadership roles. We are finding that a lot of organizations are looking for people to do the actual functional work, so they’re not hiring as many leaders, but they are hiring a lot of workers,” he saysThe Hire 10 event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday at Fort Calgary on 9 Ave. S.E. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email www.hire10.ca Hire 10 hosting hiring fair today read more

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first_img 9,445 Views Image: Shutterstock/Oksana Mizina Image: Shutterstock/Oksana Mizina 1 Comment The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day. Share2 Tweet Email Short URL By Conor McCrave EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #GONE GIRL British MP and cabinet minister Amber Rudd has resigned from the Conservative party in response to Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit.2. #PSC Transport Minister Shane Ross has said civil servants in his department were “vindicated” over their concerns around the Public Services Card, following the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner’s report.3. #CORK Gardaí are treating as suspicious the death of a 55-year-old man at a rented house in Bandon Road in Cork city. 4. #HEROES The second national day to recognise the contribution of Ireland’s frontline workers in the emergency and security services took place in Dublin’s city centre yesterday. 5. #BREXIT Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Taoiseach to refuse any checks on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 6. #SCHOOL WOES School secretaries have raised concerns about schools not implementing the 2.5% annual pay increases.7. #MISSING Gardaí in Dublin are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing 14-year-old boy. 8. #POWER Storm Dorian has made landfall in Canada, hitting the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia first and leaving more than 450,000 homes without power.9. #SUNNY SPELLS There is a mixed bag in store on the weather front today as cloud in the west early on is set to move eastwards later in the day bring patchy showers. Temperatures of between 15C to 19C. Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 7:57 AM Sep 8th 2019, 7:57 AM https://jrnl.ie/4800448 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgTheofania celebrations kicked off in Rye and Frankston, Victoria, yesterday with thousands of people there to commemorate the baptism of Jesus through the annual blessing of the water celebrations. 17-year-old Leonidas Kikiris, of Altona Meadows, was the lucky winner in Frankston, where Bishop Iakovos, and Fr Doukas of the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Theofania in Frankston, blessed the waters. In Rye, 19-year-old Alexandros Saisanos, of Oakleigh, pulled the cross out of the water to receive a special blessing from the Fr Tatsis of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill. The Blessing of the water celebrations are an annual event for followers of the Greek Orthodox faith. Every year on and around January 6, the church follows through with the Blessing of the water ceremony. After the divine liturgy, the church leaders and members of the church all visit a local beach, or pool of water, where the priest blesses the water by casting a cross into the water. Young men then dive into the water to retrieve the cross and the lucky one returns to the priest for a special blessing. People also take some of the water home to bless their house, their garden and in some cases they drink the water. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Report Radamel Falcao being linedup for a shock move to Wolves

first_imgAS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao could reportedly be set for a return to the Premier League with WolvesThe Colombia international previously played in the English top-flight between 2014 to 2016 on loan at both Manchester United and Chelsea.But Falcao could only find the net five times in 36 Premier League games across his two-year stint in England and soon returned to Monaco.At the Stade Louis II, Falcao has rediscovered his prolific form with an impressive 46 goals in 71 Ligue 1 appearances over the past two and a half years.Now the Daily Mail claims that Wolves are considering making an approach for Falcao in this month’s transfer window.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The 32-year-old’s contract at Monaco will expire at the end of next season and he recently refused to rule out a return to Atletico Madrid.But Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to add some firepower to his squad as they look to cap off an impressive season back in the Premier League with a top-10 finish.The Wanderers are seventh in the standings and six points behind Manchester United following impressive performances against the top-six sides this season.Wolves will be back in action on Wednesday at home to Crystal Palace.last_img read more

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How can holidays form part of a staff motivation strategy

first_imgIn January 2016, travel firm the Group Company rewarded its 32 members of staff with a three-day trip to Barbados to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary. The five-star, all-inclusive break aimed to recognise the part that employees played in the firm’s growth trajectory.Helen Bilton, founder of the Group Company, said: “Holidays are a great incentive because they’re a chance to get to know each other better on a personal basis, especially for staff from different departments. This allows employees to create collective memories as an organisation.“Our trip was a great focal point for target setting, and added a fun element to meetings. We had an amazing time, and came back happy, motivated and closer to one another. To be able to sit on a banqueting table on a perfect white sandy beach, with every one of my team around me, and thank them in person for all that they have done to build this organisation over the last 10 years, made me feel very grateful, happy and proud.”As a travel firm, offering a holiday as a reward aligns the form of recognition with the nature of the business.Software asset management firm Snow Software, meanwhile, utilises staff trips to motivate employees to meet the organisation’s annual growth target, and reward them if this is achieved. After successfully reaching its 90% growth target in 2015, the firm took all of its 430 members of staff on a ski trip.Matt Fisher, vice-president of marketing at Snow Software, said: “The trip is part of a wider strategy to incentivise employees to feel encouraged and engaged at work. The trip is not merely a holiday; four days are spent re-invigorating colleagues at the start of a new year with three left for leisure and networking with colleagues from around the world.“It is the people who have been on the trips before who are the most enthusiastic and drive newer team mates to succeed for next year.”In addition to serving as an effective motivation tool, the trip also represents a good return on investment in Snow Software’s employees.“We spent between half a million and a million pounds [on it] this year, but growth in the past 12 months was well in excess of £10 million, so the return on investment is strong. It is also a key part of our recruitment strategy, and our wider engagement strategy,” added Fisher.Offering staff holidays as an incentive and reward has traditionally focused around high-performing individuals or teams, and particularly around sales targets. However, organisations that offer trips now are more likely to do so in recognition of a broader range of employee successes, explained David Wreford, a principal, and senior reward consultant at Mercer.Wreford said: “The provision of paid trips as a benefit to employees is rare, but employers are continually looking for ways to enhance benefits where possible. As a general rule, this means funding benefits that are attractive to employees, at a cost that is less than the employee can access it [at], that supports the values of the organisation, and that does not create an administrative burden.”last_img read more

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The Deadline To Apply For PFD Is Days Away

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There is just a few days left to file for the annual Permanent Fund Dividend with the deadline to apply set for March 31 at midnight. Even if you’ve completed the application, you can add or change a charitable donation through the Pick.Click.Give program by logging back in to your PFD application on the state website, and clicking the green button on the right-hand side of the website that says ‘Add or Change a Donation.’ Online applications submitted by and mailed-in applications postmarked no later than March 31 will still be considered timely. Race: “On our homesite we do have find a site near you, where you can go ahead and put in your zip code and it will show you any locations near you that are carrying our paper applications.”center_img Falling on a Saturday, the walk-in deadline to turn in applications at offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau will be March 30. Director Sara Race with the Permanent Fund Dividend Division says paper application distribution sites around the state can be found on their website.last_img read more

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first_imgBoots are on the ground in Mertarvik. The Air Force and the Marines started work on Tuesday, helping to construct the new site for the village of Newtok. For the next 10 weeks, military personnel will construct a gravel road, a landfill, a heavy equipment shop and four homes in Mertarvik. Newtok invited the Department of Defense to conduct its Innovations Readiness Training in Mertarvik. The training allows reserve forces to practice setting up infrastructure in unfamiliar environments. center_img Newtok residents will eventually relocate to the village of Mertarvik, pictured here on August 9, 2018. The relocation project is well underway with a major increase in construction planned for this summer. (Photo credit Katie Basile / KYUK)last_img

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Bangladesh turned into a subservient country BNP

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Bangladesh has now become a ‘subservient’ country as the current government has destroyed all the achievements the nation earned through the 1971 Liberation War, reports UNB.”The country is passing through a critical time. It’s a crisis of the entire nation. We’ve lost all our achievements. We got independence in 1971 through a Liberation War, but now we can’t say Bangladesh is an independent country. It’s become a subservient one,” he said.Speaking at a photo show arranged by Nationalist Research Centre at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, the BNP leader also said Awami League destroyed democracy, all democratic values and institutions. “Awami League annihilated democracy by introducing one-party Baksal in 1975. This party is behind all the bad things happened in the country.”He also alleged that Awami League has politicised the country by restoring one-party rule in a different style. “They (govt) are now completely controlling the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, administration, the election commission and even the media to hang onto power.”Fakhrul recalled that their party founder Ziaur Rahman established multiparty democracy freeing the nation from one-party rule. “Ziaur Rahman was the symbol honesty…we must follow the ideas and political philosophy of Ziaur Rahman.”He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail in false cases. “It’s our duty to free her through a movement involving people.”The BNP leader also urged their party colleagues to get ready for making the highest sacrifice in a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail.Accusing the government of usurping power, Fakhrul urged it to take steps for holding a fair and credible election immediately annulling the 30 December one. Or else, he warned, that people will realise their justified demand through a movement.last_img read more

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The 12 trans women tortured in Aceh speak out about their ordeal

first_imgEleven of the women were released the next, but first were forced to attend a religious sermon by a Muslim cleric. The cleric told them to return to ‘your nature’ and that ‘it is OK to kill transgender or other LGBTI people because they are more evil than kafir [infidel]’.One of the women stayed in custody until the Monday because police found an explicit video on her phone. Indonesia has strict anti-pornography laws.The women were released on the condition they sign a contract – even though they were not allowed to read what it said. They apparently signed to agree not to act ‘like women’ in the future.Living in fearSince that night the women have lived in fear for their safety and some are planning to flee Aceh.Some of the women have been intimidated by neighbours or even family members since the raid. One woman was kicked and had a stone thrown after the raids.They also lost their jobs and employers are afraid to hire them because of police attention. Police also banned trans people from owning or working in beauty salons, which is one of the few sources of employment for trans women in Aceh.Deeply traumatisedThe victims have been left deeply traumatised by the raid. They spoke to Amnesty International about their ‘punishments’.Amnesty said when they were subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and possibly torture, under international law.‘It is appalling that a group of heavily armed police officers raided and arrested transgender women on the basis of nothing but hatred,’ said Usman Hamid, Amnesty Indonesia Executive Director.‘Local authorities and ordinary people, in the name of Shari’a law, have colluded to attack and humiliate these transgender women.‘We believe the actions of the police amount to torture under international law.’Indonesia must actAmensty called on the Indonesian government to properly investigate and punish those who were involved in the ‘war against transgenders’.‘The harrowing tales of these women must be a wake-up call to the Indonesian authorities and people everywhere. The human rights of all Indonesians… must be upheld and protected equally.‘President Joko Widodo must instruct the National Police to order North Aceh police to stop attacking and start protecting transgender people, should they receive threats and intimidations from local people.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The world was shocked when images of the trans women having their hair forcibly shaved by local police were published in Indonesia’s conservative Islamic province. Aceh is the only Indonesian province allowed to rule using Islamic Sharia Law.For the first time since that night they have shared what happened to them on the condition of anonymity. Amnesty International Indonesia interviewed them in secret.Police conducted a late night raid on Saturday 27 January at multiple hair salons where the women worked and rounded them up. Police justified the raids as a war ‘programme to clean Aceh from transgender women’.Degrading, perhaps torturous treatmentThe police chief delivered a speech condemning transgender women to a growing crowd of onlookers. They cheered and shouted ‘oust them [from Aceh]. Just burn them. Just kill [them]’.The police chief brought the 12 victims to his and ordered them to walk in a humiliating fashion to a nearby park, while shouting instructions at them and handcuffing one.In front of the crowd, police forced the 12 people through a mock military training – apparently to make them ‘manlier’. They were ordered to roll on the ground in the park.When one of the trans women refused to roll on the ground, the police chief fired a warning shot to scare her.Another officer later threw water on the face of one of the victims for protesting their inhumane treatment.Then police forced them to take off their clothes, leaving them only wearing trousers.One spoke up about their treatment:‘Just shoot me. This is about dignity.’The police chief replied:‘You as a transgender do not have the right to have dignity.’It was next the police forcibly cut the hair of six of the women. They were told to urinate into a bottle for a drug test, but refused.Police forced one of the women to hose down the bodies of the others. She was then kicked by the police chief because she had not properly washed the others.The women were ordered to shout ‘like a man’ and the police chief slapped one of them with a sandal for not sounding enough like a man.Another police officer later slapped the same victim with a sandal on her ears and mouth, cracking her lips.After 12 trans women were arrested in Aceh, the province has declared no LGBT can work at a beauty salon. | Photo: YouTubeA cold night in lockupThey women were forced to sleep on the cold floor in their wet trousers without mattresses in police. Twelve trans women detained in Aceh were kicked, slapped and had shots fired in the air to keep them in line in a humiliating display of discrimination. Two trans women are forced to have their hair cut by police in Aceh. | Photo: YouTube Aceh police release trans women from jail on the condition they ‘live like men’Arrested LGBTI people face public caning next month in IndonesiaAceh has just banned trans women working in hair salonsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-12-trans-women-tortured-in-aceh-speak-out-about-their-ordeal-for-the-first-time/center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Young woman shot multiple times at Playa del Carmen store

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A young woman was shot several times while at a grocery store in west Playa del Carmen.The shooting took place just before 9:00 a.m. in a small grocery store on Carmen Mission Avenue and Kantunilkín Street in Julio 28 in Playa del Carmen Friday.Witnesses said that the woman was shot several times by a man who passed by on a motorcycle.The woman was rushed to hospital in serious condition. She has been identified as 16-year-old Amayrani H.I. of Tabasco. She was reported to have received at least three gunshot wounds, one of which impacted a lung. She was rushed to the General Hospital of Playa del Carmen where she remains.The man on the motorcycle fled along 115 Avenue. There have not been any arrests or possible motives in the shooting.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Redfin Welcomes New Chief Economist

first_img October 12, 2018 558 Views Redfin Welcomes New Chief Economist Real-estate brokerage Redfin announced that it has appointed Daryl Fairweather as its new Chief Economist. Fairweather comes to Redfin from Amazon, where she served as a senior behavioral economist, leading a team of analysts and economists focused on improving employee performance and engagement. Her experience and research interests lie at the intersection of data analysis and individual decision-making, understanding how people’s choices shape the economy.”Redfin isn’t just focused on purely academic questions about real estate, but the practical decisions people make about buying this or that house, now or later, for less than the asking price or more,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “… her work at the Federal Reserve interviewing people who lost their homes to foreclosure in the financial crisis has given her a human connection to the broad range of issues tied to the housing market: where Americans are choosing to live, when we start families and why, if we feel rich or poor, and whether our neighborhoods restrict or expand our opportunities.”In her new role at Redfin, Fairweather will contribute to the national conversation about the housing market and lead a team of Redfin economists and data scientists responsible for providing compelling reports on real estate market, homeownership, and the economic factors shaping where and why people are buying and selling homes.”The housing market is a perfect example of how psychology affects the economy,” Fairweather said. “For most of us, buying a home is the biggest financial decision we’ll make in our lifetime, and yet traditionally, homebuyers have little experience and limited education on the process or the market. Emotions play a large role in real estate. I’m excited to use Redfin’s unique data to understand these dynamics, and ultimately, educate consumers so they can feel confident and informed in their decisions.”Before joining Amazon, Fairweather served in economist and analyst roles at Intensity Corporation, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Fairweather holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, where she was mentored by acclaimed economists Richard Thaler, a 2017 Nobel Prize winner, and Steven Levitt. Fairweather received her bachelor’s degree from MIT. Follow her on Twitter @FairweatherPhD and LinkedIn. Sharecenter_img in Headlines, News Dr. Daryl Fairweather Economics Foreclosure Glenn Kelman HOUSING mortgage Redfin 2018-10-12 Rachel Williamslast_img read more

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