Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Companiesin India are plying staff with benefits such as steam baths and Jacuzzis, andfamily social events in a bid to retain talent, writes Helen RoweTheIndian company Infosys appears to have solved the attraction and retentionproblem. No-one seems to want to leave the technology firm where staff benefitfrom everything from stock options to policies aimed at keeping their familylife running smoothly. Apparently staff – known as Infoscions – do gripe fromtime to time, but mostly about the amount of tax they pay.Namedearlier this year as India’s best employer by HR consultants Hewitt Associates,the company is widely admired and its policies emulated by competitors. Likeother leading South Asian companies, Infosys knows attracting talent – and keepingemployees happy where they are – is vital given the particular challenges firmsin the region face. Themain problem for HR practitioners in South Asia is that the skills of the mostsought-after employees are so easily transferable across borders. Staff withcrucial skills can find employment almost anywhere in the world, particularlyin the US. Indeed, they continue to be in great demand internationally andcommand high salaries.SouthAsian-based firms have to provide this group of employees, most notably ITspecialists, with good reason to stay. Infosys has largely achieved that aimwith an ambitious range of policies that leaves virtually no staff need unmet.In particular, in a region where the extended family unit is still strong,there is heavy emphasis on policies that benefit the family members ofemployees.Accordingto Infosys’ head of HR, Hema Ravichandar, those who do leave do so largely forunavoidable family reasons or to return to higher education. Many of thoselater return to the company.”Thebiggest challenge has been to recruit, empower and retain the best andbrightest talent,” says Ravichandar. “To do this we’ve designed acomprehensive compensation and benefits package. We provide loans to employeesat all levels from the day they join to address their needs – whether it is forhousing, or to buy a car or personal computer.”Also,on joining, every employee is granted stock options, and there’s medicalinsurance cover for employees and their families that does not curtail expensesunder any of the heads that a normal insurance policy would.”Withits “campus”, as it is known, in Bangalore, Infosys has also aimedhigh. Its aim, according to Ravichandar, is holistic, to enrich employees”intellectually, physically, emotionally and materially”.Thesite boasts food courts, gyms, saunas, steam baths, tennis courts, an outdoorJacuzzi and a 5,000 sq ft swimming pool, to name just a few of the facilities.Social events include employees’ families, and children explore their parents’workplace through the firm’s “Petit Infoscion” days.MadhaviMisra, a consultant with Hewitt, says the attractive working environment atInfosys is an example of the way companies operating in south Asia have raisedtheir game over the past 10 years to prevent staff being lured to Europe andthe US.”Whathas happened in South Asia is that the mobility of the top talent has forcedcompanies to increasingly adopt global practices,” says Misra. “Thishas led to top companies such as Infosys setting global standards that havebeen followed by others. It is about addressing employees’ needs and HR keepingits ear to the ground in terms of any changes in those needs and requirementsto keep the policies effective. That is the way it is going to continue.”Misrasays policies that provide benefits to employees’ families are particularlyeffective in South Asia, a region in which even Bollywood stars are heardtalking constantly about “honouring” their parents. In contrast tomany regions, family has never been anything other than central to the lives ofthe vast majority of the population. Otherleading companies have also tried to focus on enriching the family life oftheir staff as an attraction and retention tool. At Procter & Gamble’sIndian operation, the company will meet the cost of any retraining expenses forthe spouses of relocated staff to help them gain new employment. After theextent of late working became a concern several years ago, a taskforce was alsocreated. The result was a host of flexible working options from compressed workweeks to job shares.AtHewlett-Packard, there’s an annual family ball and a day off once a year tomark a special occasion of the individual employee’s choice. On this day, eachmember of staff has the option of taking their family out for a meal paid forby HP.Otherinitiatives include bank ICICI’s Saturday morning kids’ club, as well asscholarships and a monthly “learning” excursion for employee’schildren, while Hindustan Lever helps children gain places at good schools andprovides holiday homes at a nominal cost.Hewitt’sMadhavi Misra says the success of these family-focused policies means they willincreasingly become the norm for skilled staff in the region. Given the surplusof unskilled manpower, however, it is unlikely that smaller employers will feelcompelled to go down the same road for many years, if ever.”Theapproach in relation to the families of staff is almost overwhelming,”adds Misra. “Policies are very much aimed at integrating the family and involvingthem in the company too. There’s a level of involvement that probably wouldn’tbe tolerated by staff in other countries where they might prefer to keep moreof a distance between their home and work lives, but these are countrieswithout the particular cultural background and family focus that applies inSouth Asia.” Keeping employees happyOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
Rutford Ice Stream and Carlson Inlet are neighbouring glaciers in West Antarctica. Rutford Ice Stream flows at speeds greater than 350m a(-1), whereas Carlson Inlet, which has some similar dimensions and supports a similar driving stress, flows 10-50 times slower. We discuss a range of observations concerning Carlson Inlet, and conclude that there is good indirect evidence that it is a relict ice stream, which ceased streaming more than 240 years BP, but sufficiently recently that its surface morphology, basal water content and basal morphology still retain characteristics produced by streaming. An analysis of expected subglacial drainage pathways indicates that Carlson Inlet is not streaming because it is currently starved of subglacial water, which is currently directed beneath Rutford Ice Stream. This current state of water piracy by Rutford Ice Stream is, however, sensitive to minor thickness changes on the ice streams; a similar to 120 m (<4%) thickening of Rutford Ice Stream would divert almost all the subglacial water in the system towards Carlson Inlet and could reactivate its flow. The result highlights the importance of subglacial drainage in controlling ice-stream evolution and the requirement for ice-sheet models to couple ice flow with subglacial drainage.
January 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Travels To Top 10 Nevada Wednesday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRENO, Nev.-Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball, currently sporting a 10-3 record, faces an extremely difficult challenge to commence Mountain West Conference play.First-year Aggies head coach Craig Smith leads his squad into the Lawlor Events Center of Reno, Nev. to face the #6 Nevada Wolf Pack, who are currently 13-0 on the season.Nevada is one of only five ranked teams in Division I and posts 82.8 points per game while surrendering only 67.5 points per contest.The Wolf Pack has three double-digit scorers in senior forward Caleb Martin (19.9 points per game), senior wing Jordan Caroline (18.7 points per game) and junior guard Jazz Johnson (12.3 points per game). Caroline also amasses 9.8 rebounds per contest to bolster Nevada.The Aggies have statistically dominated their opponents this season, scoring 81.4 points per game and surrendering only 64.8 points per tilt.Junior guard Sam Merrill scores 19.7 points per game for the Aggies and ranks in the Top 10 nationally in free throw percentage (2nd, 92.4 percent), field goal percentage (4th, 50.6 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (9th, 40.8 percent).Oddly enough, when Utah State shoots a better percentage from 3-point range than their opponent, they are 8-0 on the season.The Aggies lead the Wolf Pack 35-22 all-time but are seeking to snap a 4-game losing streak against Nevada.Utah State also hopes to overcome their traditional futility against ranked opponents as they are 16-100 all-time against foes ranked in The Associated Press Top 25. Written by Tags: Caleb Martin/Craig Smith/Jazz Johnson/Jordan Caroline/Lawlor Events Center/Nevada Wolf Pack/Sam Merrill/The Associated Press/Utah State Men’s Basketball Brad James
Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook Previous articleCity of Elkhart hiring for many positions during event WednesdayNext articleBerrien County Health Department releases updated, improved COVID-19 data Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market St. Joseph County Parks issues reopening plan Google+ TAGSAugustcoronavirusCOVID-19gradualIndianajulyJuneparksplanreopeningSouth BendSt. Joseph County By Brooklyne Beatty – June 2, 2020 0 388 (Photo Supplied/St. Joseph County Parks) St. Joseph County Parks has released its plan for gradually reopening County Park facilities.As of now, County Parks and trails are open to the public. When hiking, remember to stay on designated trails and keep dogs on a 6-foot leash.Beginning June 3, County Park offices are scheduled to reopen, and playgrounds are tentatively scheduled to open on June 15. Drinking fountains will remain closed.Reservations for open air shelters at all County Park locations will resume on July 6 and larger special events allowed to take place beginning that day, so long as CDC guidelines for social distancing are followed.Enclosed shelter reservations may begin on August 3.All St. Joseph County Parks are open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and open at 8 a.m. on weekdays.For questions, visit www.sjcparks.org, call the County Parks Main Office at (574) 277-4828 or email [email protected] Pinterest
British Baker’s associate editor Georgi Gyton has set off on a bakery tour of China to investigate the marketplace, NPD and the potential opportunities for UK bakers.Day one: Thursday 10 May – my arrivalIt certainly was a bit of a shock to the senses when I first reached Shanghai. You are greeted with a language you cannot recognise any of, both spoken and written, and quite frankly feel a little bit lost. After a long flight – well two long flights actually – the first hurdle I had to overcome was trying to find the taxi rank, which was harder that you’d imagine.However, I eventually tracked a taxi down, jumped in and gave the driver the address of the hotel. He looked at it, looked confused, spoke to his colleague, and still looked confused. Despite not understanding a single word of what they were saying I knew this wasn’t a good sign, but with that we were off. After a hair-raising ride, and a phone call to find out where the hotel was, I finally arrived.Despite the presence of jet lag, the warm sunshine and knowledge that some of the main sightseeing spots were only a few metro stops away meant I decided sleep could wait – I wanted to explore. I made my way to People’s Square – a single tube journey for the equivalent of 40p – and walked out of the metro station to be greeted by skyscrapers and city lights.I had been stood there only a minute or so, trying to work out the lay of the land and which direction to head off in first, when a group of Chinese girls came and asked if I could take their picture. I obliged and then asked if they could take one of me. We got chatting and when I told them I was planning on having a wander round the sights they asked if I wanted to join them. So in the spirit of adventure I said yes.They showed me some of the more traditional homes of Shanghai residents. Old two-storey houses with their washing lines hung outside their windows, sat nestled in with the skyscrapers and shopping malls of the city – a real blend of old and new. The next thing I knew I was being ushered into a tea shop, and into a tiny room in which I then experienced a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.The Chinese lady explained about the history of the teas and their various medicinal qualities – thankfully the girls I was with spoke very good English and were able to translate – before we tried a range of them, from green tea and Ginseng, to lychee tea.After the tea, the girls showed me how to get to The Bund – the waterfront scene shown in most images of Shanghai – where I was able to see the buildings on both sides of the river, lit up at night. It was quite a view. It was then finally time to me to give in to the jet lag and head to bed.Georgi will be reporting back to British Baker next week on day two of her tour. She will be talking all about her experiences at the Bakery China trade show.
Sax man Karl Denson and his band The Tiny Universe brought peaches and jams to the Big Orange Music Festival for a tasty medley of musical flavors. The in-demand horn blower has been alternating his time between hitting the biggest stages in the world as a member of the Rolling Stones‘ top-notch touring band and playing with his own band of merry men including a recent tribute to the Allman Brothers and their seminal Eat A Peach album with a run of shows dubbed “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat A Bunch of Peaches.”Watch JJ Grey Bare Heart & Soul At Big Orange Festival 2017Denson seemed resolute in his desire to pack as much music as he could into his ninety-minute set, tackling their time with all the enthusiasm and energy of a band with a plan. Denson, as always, acted as a true bandleader, making sure everyone onstage got a few moments to shine while never losing sight of the overall purpose of the performance. The heart and soul put into every note, particularly the two Allman Brothers numbers, “Dreams” and “Ain’t Wastin’ TIme No More”, were instant crowd favorites.Big Orange Music Fest Goes Big With Sets By JJ Grey & Mofro, Karl Denson, & More [Photos]In his decade of performing, Denson has learned a thing or two about how to work a crowd. He made a joke or two but never spoke long enough to annoy ardent fans. He played solos that served the material and not ego, but above all else, he managed to impart a sense of urgency and musical import. Beyond that though, he did the job that can sometimes get overlooked when juggling so many jobs at once—he entertained the crowd. Clearly enjoying the positive feedback, Denson cheerfully turned the reigns over to his friend JJ at the end of the set, though the crowd wisely but futilely begged for one last song, with the masterful musician illustrating one of the founding principals of show business—”Always leave them wanting more.”You can check out videos of Karl Denson and The Tiny Universe’s performance at Big Orange Music Festival on November 18th below. Enjoy!Setlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | Laishley Park | Punta Gorda, FL | 11/18/2017Set: Stand Back, Befriended, How Fine, Dreams, Grunt, Mighty Mouse, Ain’t Wasting Time No More, So Real“How Fine > Dreams > Grunt”“So Real”“Ain’t Waistin’ Time No More”[Photo: Christopher Burgess]
Load remaining images Last night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh continued their inaugural “Bobby & Phil Duo” tour with their first of two performances at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. After Saturday night’s full-set sit-in from Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, expectations were through the roof for the Grateful duo’s Boston opener. Nothing was off the table on Wednesday night, and once again, Bobby & Phil refused to disappoint.Weir and Lesh dove into the show with a tight and spirited rendition of “Loose Lucy”, the intricate guitar and bass lines intertwining beautifully. While there was inevitably going to be a learning curve as the two got acclimated to this new format, it was clear from the song’s opening notes that they were rapidly finding their footing. [Note: If you need more proof, give a listen to the “Loose Lucy” from the tour’s opening night for comparison].Despite some frequently-noticeable hoarseness, Bobby continued to lead the charge with a short and sweet “Me & My Uncle” before moving into a swaying rendition of Bob Dylan classic “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. The “Deep Elem Blues” that followed restored the twang to the set, as Lesh and Weir playfully chased each other around the chugging blues progression for just shy of 10 minutes.An interesting “Althea” came next, as Weir opted to layer in sparse flourishes on his Stratocaster and let Lesh do the vast majority of the heavy lifting musically as he sang lead. The result was surely not the greatest version of the tune ever played, but one that’s worth a listen as a clear glimpse of Phil’s rock-solid bass work.Percussionist Wally Ingram emerged for the “Bird Song” came next, with Phil on lead vocals. With the boost from Ingram’s rhythmic texture, the tune proved to be the improvisational highlight of set one, stretching past 16 minutes in length. Finally, a sing-along “He’s Gone” capped the show’s first frame.When Bobby & Phil returned to the stage for their second set, they had a few extra players in tow: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, the husband-and-wife duo best known for their work with the late Levon Helm on his “Midnight Ramble” shows at The Barn in Woodstock, NY. Williams and Campbell (as well as Ingram) would remain onstage throughout the set.They started things off with a rendition of “Crazy Fingers” that slowly rose to a blissful climax. “Friend of the Devil” came next, followed by “Tennessee Jed”, Williams’ vocal harmonies adding beautiful depth to both tunes.A rendition of Daniel Lanois‘ oft-covered “The Maker” came next. As the tune faded out, as Weir stepped to the mic to joke, “So much for our seamless segue … As you can readily discern, this stuff is meticulously well-rehearsed and so we want your undivided attention here at all times.” As Bobby finished, a mischievous Phil piped up “Bobby, tell me the yellow duck story,” a running, sarcastic joke that’s repeatedly come up throughout the run. Bobby eventually demurred, saying he’d tell it tomorrow. As Phil replied, “That’s better than the yellow duck story, thank you.”The set continued with a mystical “Cryptical Envelopment” > “The Other One”, which gave Campbell the chance to let loose a wave of jagged blues riffs. “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” once again shifted the momentum from the stars back to the saloon, with Phil taking lead vocals. A tender “Black Peter” followed, before the Bobby & Phil duo (+3) closed out the set with a bouncing “The Music Never Stopped”. “Touch of Grey” served as the encore, and although its ending was awkwardly cut short, it did little to take away from another memorable show. Three down, three to go…You can watch a selection of pro-shot videos from the performance below via Nugs.tv. Order your webcast for any of the upcoming Bobby & Phil Duo shows here.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Loose Lucy” – 3/7/18Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Crazy Fingers” – 3/7/18 Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “The Maker” – 3/7/18Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One” – 3/7/18 Photo: Old King Cole Photography Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | Wang Theatre | Boston, MA | 3/7/18Set One: Loose Lucy, Me & My Uncle, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Deep Elem Blues, Althea, Bird Song, He’s GoneSet Two: Crazy Fingers, Friend of the Devil, Tennessee Jed, The Maker, Cryptical Envelopment, The Other One, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Black Peter, The Music Never StoppedEncore: Touch of GreyNotes: Entire 2nd set with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally IngramThe Bobby & Phil Duo tour continues tonight with their second and final Boston show before they head to Chicago for a pair of performances this weekend. For more information, head to the tour website.See below for a full gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of Old King Cole Photography.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram | Wang Theatre | Boston, MA | 3/7/18 | Photos: Old King Cole Photography
Luther Dickson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon have released a new single “Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” off the group’s forthcoming debut studio album, Solstice, due out on March 22nd via New West Records.Dickinson, a co-founding member of southern rock act North Mississippi Allstars, produced the album himself at his family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in Independence, Mississippi. Dickinson has rounded up an all-star, all-female cast for the new project, including Amy Helm, Lillie Mae, Amy LaVere, Sharde Thomas, Birds of Chicago, and the Como Mamas.While mostly recorded live in the studio, the band did invite a few special guests to contribute additional parts, including the fiddler Lillie Mae Rische (Jack White, Jim Lauderdale), organist Rev. Charles Hodges (Al Green, Willie Mitchell), and Grammy-winning artist and producer Alvin Youngblood Hart.Following the release of the album’s first single, “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen”, Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon have shared another new single off of their forthcoming album. “Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” features singer/songwriter and bassist Amy LeVere. The new tune is a breezy arrangement lathered with elements of country and blues. LeVere showcases her soulful side on”Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” with some impressive lead vocals.Luther Dickinson shared his thoughts on the new album, explaining:Recording the album in the same place at the same time with the same people really helped glue the whole thing together. It wouldn’t have worked if we’d recorded all over the map at different times. We had to physically be present to share in those moments together.We believe music is a celebration of life, and folk music an expression of community and family. Solstice is an artifact of our new friendship and musical fellowship.Listen to Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon’s new single “Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” below:Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon – “Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” [Video: New West Records]Check out the tracklisting for Solstice below.Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon Solstice Tracklisting:1. Superlover featuring Birds of Chicago2. Fly With Me featuring Sharde Thomas3. Hallelujah (I’m a Dreamer) featuring Amy LaVere4. Like A Songbird That Has Fallen featuring Amy Helm5. Kathy featuring Birds of Chicago6. Hold To His Hand featuring The Como Mamas7. The Night Is Still Young featuring Amy LaVere8. Sing To Me featuring Amy Helm9. We Made It featuring Sharde Thomas10. Cricket (At Night I Can Fly) featuring Amy LaVere11. Til It’s Gone featuring Birds of Chicago12. Search Me featuring The Como MamasView All TracklistingLuther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon will perform at various City Winery locations throughout the month of March. The band will also offer support to Phil Lesh and Friends at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 16th, as well as make appearances at Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios, Sellersville, PA’s Sellersville Theater, and High Sierra Music Festival.Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon Tour Dates:March 11th – Chicago, IL – City WineryMarch 13th – Nashville, TN – City WineryMarch 14th – Atlanta, GA – City WineryMarch 15th – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm StudiosMarch 16th – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol TheatreMarch 17th – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville TheaterMarch 18th – Boston, MA – City WineryMarch 19th – New York, NY – City WineryMarch 20th – Washington, DC – City WineryView All Tour DatesFor ticketing and more information, head to Luther Dickinson’s website.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),If total transparency is true why are the locations of the last 4 positives being kept from the public? That’s not transparency!,It doesn’t matter. If you go out, you’re at risk. It’s everywhere. It’s on every cart, every handle, every railing, in every store, in every restaurant.,In a statement, Sundquist said, “I want to urge all city residents to continue as they have been .staying home as much as possible, maintaining social distance, and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family.” LOOK AROUND! People aren’t taking it seriously or staying home. They still hang together, get the whole family together to go shopping and go to the parks, etc. I see it every day I go to work as an “essential employee “. MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is urging city residents to continue to shelter in place, even though there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city.In a statement, Sundquist said, “I want to urge all city residents to continue as they have been; staying home as much as possible, maintaining social distance, and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family.”As more Covid-19 cases are confirmed in Chautauqua County, Sundquist said he recognizes the need to provide accurate and timely communications to residents.“The health and well-being of our citizens is a top priority for my administration. I want to remind residents that the Chautauqua County Health Department, the lead agency for the COVID-19 response, has not publicly confirmed any positive cases in the City of Jamestown.” “My office is aware of social media posts and other conversations regarding potential cases. As Mayor, I firmly believe total transparency is necessary to fight this disease and any misconceptions surrounding it. But, in the meantime, the City will do what we have done all along: be proactive and take any precautionary measures we feel are necessary to fight this disease.”He asked residents to stay positive and cooperate in efforts to confine the virus.In addition, he said his administration will continue to update residents on the situation and continue to do what is best for local residents.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In 2006, I attended a roundtable in Las Vegas to discuss how credit unions could build market share in mortgages. At the time, credit unions had about 2% of the market nationwide. “Two to 10 in 10” was the rallying cry; 10% market share in 10 years.At the time, it seemed like a Big Hairy Audacious Goal for sure, yet credit unions have seen their market share hit 10% and settled in the 9% range the last several years.Credit unions have certainly been helped by the financial crisis, as more borrowers sought us out because we never participated in the pick-a-payment loan business or did anything else that created the mess in the housing market. We also have to give an assist to some of the big banks that have, for the most part, abandoned affordable housing and mortgages, preferring to make jumbo loans to wealthy customers with the promise of additional cross-sold products.Yet with this market share comes profound responsibility, and a commitment to fair lending is without a doubt in my mind the biggest responsibility—and potential pitfall. Ask a lot of lenders about fair lending, and you’ll get this response: “We don’t discriminate; we want to make loans.” They believe that having strong policies prohibiting discrimination, paired with fairly routine and consistent training, are sufficient to ensure fair lending. Yet when it comes to fair lending, forgive the pun, it’s not that black and white.