New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Digital offline platform ShopX has entered into a strategic tie-up with Puma, which would help the German sportswear firm scale up its footwear business in tier II markets.Puma will leverage ShopXs digital offline model to scale up its footwear business and help it establish presence in over 1,500 retail outlets in tier II markets, ShopX said in a statement.ShopX CEO and Co-Founder Amit Sharma said: “Pumas brand pull, popularity, wide range of products, competitive pricing along with our wide and relevant distribution base should work as catalysts in making this partnership a success.”ShopX, in which former UIDAI chairman and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is a strategic investor, has built logistics efficiency through its “LMDN” last mile delivery network.”This will result in highly ROI driven retailer outreach for Puma. On the other hand, Direct brand partnerships through ShopXs platform will help retailers get access to the entire range of Pumas sports footwear category,” the company said.Within a year of launch, ShopX has empowered 45,000 retail partners across 230 towns in 10 states; serving more than 3 million customers.The company aims to provide the 600-million middle-income population in India access to digital commerce through its retailer partners. PTI KRH JM
American carmaker Jeep has launched the much awaited Compass in India, with prices beginning from Rs 14.95 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh. These are ex-showroom prices and will stay the same all over India.The Compass is the first model from Jeep that will be manufactured India. It is a big launch for the American carmaker, one that can make or break Jeep’s legacy in India. Keeping this in mind, the Compass has been priced aggressively in the country.The Compass is available with two engine options in India, one petrol and one diesel. The Petrol unit is a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine that puts out 162PS of power 250Nm of torque. It is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre Multijet unit that pushes out 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. For the time being, the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, although a nine-speed automatic will be introduced at a later date. The petrol variant of the Jeep will be offered only in a 4×2 set up while the diesel trims will be available with a 4×2 and 4×4 set up.ARAI figures for the petrol engine are not availble yet, but the diesel engine is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 16.3kmpl for the 4×4 version and 17.1kmpl for the 4×2 version.Jeep had entered India last year with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited. Both cars were brought in through the CBU route and their price tags left not many impressed. However with the Compass, Jeep is aiming to get mass numbers in India to cement its position in the market. Another area where FCA (Jeep’s parent company) needs to buck-up in India is its aster-sales service.The Compass is available in three trims, Sport, Longitude and Limited.advertisementJeep has revealed that even before launch, the Compass had garnered 38,000 enquiries and 5,000 bookings, These are pretty impressive numbers for a SUV whose price was not known until the launch. The Compass also gets a three year/1,00,000km warranty. Prices of all the trims are:ModelPrice (Ex-showroom, Delhi) 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Sport Rs 14.95 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited (AT) Rs 18.70 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited Option (AT) Rs 19.40 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Sport Rs 15.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Rs 16.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Option Rs 17.25 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Rs 18.05 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option Rs 18.75 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited 4×4 Rs 19.95 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option 4×4 Rs 20.65 lakhThe Jeep Compass’ main competitor in the market is the Hyundai Tucson but with its aggressive pricing, it could eat into the market share of cars like the Mahindra XUV500 also.Also Read: Made-in-India Jeep Compass launch date revealedAlso Read: Fiat officially commence online booking for upcoming Jeep Compass in India
LESBOS, Greece – Barcelona FC has been sponsoring a football camp for hundreds of refugee children on the island of Lesbos, involving adult refugees as coaches.Hundreds of children have become members of the Barca Soccer FutbolNet programme since the programme’s implementation in July 2017, with the support of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the NGO Movement on the Ground.“We know we can influence them and help them dream, to show them the future,” Jordi Cardoner, vice president of Barcelona and Barca Foundation said.The children attending the football academy on the island come from the two hotspots on Lesbos. The training lasts two hours, and held three times a week. Coaches are refugees who have been granted asylum.“These children are unaccompanied minors. They are here without their parents, and do not have someone to tell them the what is right and what is wrong, “said Aesa Osso, who is a coach from Syria. “Through this programme they learn many values, like respect and team work,” he added.A 15-year-old girl added, “They said football is only for boys not for girls – but now there is no difference: We are equal.”TweetPinShare128128 Shares
By BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day two
Alabama is certainly looking for revenge after last season’s blowout loss. Fortunately for college football fans, the current betting odds would anticipate a close contest.The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has Clemson as a 2-point favorite over Alabama.From ESPN gambling writer David Purdum, on how far that sportsbook has those two programs ahead of the rest of the FBS:Aaron Kessler, senior oddsmaker at Golden Nugget, told ESPN that he’d have Alabama and Clemson favored by at least seven points against any other team in the nation. Georgia is third in Kessler’s power ratings.“They’re definitely the best two teams out there,” Kessler said of Alabama and Clemson. “It’s just tough trying to figure out how much better they are than the rest of the field.”With Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back to lead their respective teams, it’d be tough to see anyone dethrone either program.Senior oddsmaker Aaron Kessler told ESPN that Alabama and Clemson would see a much bigger spread if they don’t face each other.[ESPN] SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’re only three months away from watching college football, and it shouldn’t shock many people that Alabama and Clemson are considered the early favorites to meet in the national championship.Betting odds for games on next season’s schedules are starting to emerge this week. This makes senses considering that a bunch of kickoff times for major programs were released on Thursday.It turns out that a few sportsbooks are also placing an early line on a potential rematch between Alabama and Clemson. Another showdown between these powerhouses would mark the fifth-straight year they’d meet in the College Football Playoff.In the event that the Crimson Tide face the Tigers this upcoming season, the edge is currently with the defending champions.
Customers shopping in Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores can now make donations to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at any one of the NSLC’s 108 stores. Funds raised across the province will assist with the disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The city of New Orleans and areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are greatly in need of assistance and NSLC employees and customers are eager to help. “Donation boxes will be placed at every NSLC store checkout untilfurther notice,” said Carrie Cussons, acting NSLC president. “We conducted a similar initiative during the tsunami relief effort, which was very successful, and we are pleased to offer our support again to our neighbours.” The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation generates almost a half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning in excess of $170 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,300 Nova Scotians, offering 3,000 products from around the globe through 108 retail and 22 agency stores across the province. -30-
Tibet House US has announced that the 12th Annual Benefit Auction, in conjunction with renowned auction house Christie’s, will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra and Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler and Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner, Arden Wohl, and Dustin Yellin.Charitybuzz will return as the event’s online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live on Charitybuzz from November 20, 2014, to December 11, 2014, at www.charitybuzz.com/TibetHouse.Auction Highlights Include:Rare Items & Opportunities: A personal voicemail recording from Hugh Jackman; an at-home reception for 20 guests prepared by world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and a personal performance by Philip Glass; dine with Robert and Uma Thurman at the Four Seasons Restaurant; a signed guitar by Sting; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week internship with Rolling Stone, Us Weekly or Men’s Journal; dinner with Food Critic Adam Platt; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.Adventures & Exotic Trips: An exotic 10-day trip for four to Bali with accommodations provided in a lavish, private villa; a custom-designed safari trip for two to the spectacularly beautiful country of Botswana, Africa; an adventure to the high Himalayas in style with a 8-night excursion for two in Ladakh; experience the wonder of Bhutan during a seven-night signature journey; a journey for two to the Gobi Desert in the magnificent country of Mongolia by Nomadic ExpeditionsContemporary Art & Photography: Pieces by Lynn Davis, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Greene, Bob Gruen, Peter Max, Sheila Metzner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter TunneyFashion, Home & Health: jewelry courtesy of Paula Crevoshay, Pamela Huizenga, Mallary Marks, Me&Ro, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross; an exclusive three-hour consultation from Clodagh Design; a luxurious Alina silk and cashmere throw from Sferra Linens.Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.Established in 1987 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House US is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with gallery, library, and archives, and developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions. Additionally they seek to share with the world Tibet’s practical systems of spiritual philosophy and mind sciences, and its arts of human development, intercultural dialogues, nonviolence, and peacemaking, by means of innovative programs in cooperation with educational and other cultural institutions.Their New York City center is comprised of 7,000 square feet including gallery space, Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives, a lending library of over 1,000 volumes, and staff offices. In keeping with their mission as a cultural embassy, Tibet House US develops and presents innovative educational and cultural programs for the general public. It serves as a central meeting place for the local Tibetan community to hold programs and events.For extensive information on the Tibet House US please visit www.tibethouse.us.
Rabat – A 37-year-old Moroccan man stabbed a 44-year-old homeless Georgian national in the throat on Saturday, June 8, at Rome’s central Termini station. The victim was wearing a crucifix around his neck.The suspect shouted insults at the Georgian before stabbing him and attempting to slit his throat, Il Giornale reports. The suspect then attempted to flee the scene but only managed to make it a few steps before being detained and arrested.“Everything took place in a few moments,” one witness explained. “The Georgian got off the bus and was heading towards the metro station in Piazza dei Cinquecento on the Via Giolitti side when the Moroccan joined him and attacked him,” he added. The Moroccan man is being accused of attempted homicide with “religious hate” being an “aggravating factor.”Read Also: Muslim Council of Britain Calls for Islamophobia Investigation into Government PartyThe incident caused Italy’s far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini to increase security measures. In a letter, Salvini called for an “increase [of] checks and attention in places of aggregation of Islamic citizens in order to prevent any type of violence against innocent citizens.”The approach Salvini has taken to increase security measures to counter radical Islam is a controversial topic, with many people arguing that it is discriminatory to single out Muslims for security checks.News of the incident is circulating on anti-terrorism sites alongside a direct quote from the Qu’ran taken out of its context, “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4).Giorgia Meloni, leader of the conservative-populist Brothers of Italy made a vitriolic comment against Muslims on social media. In her remark, she said, “If Muslims think of bringing the holy war into our house, it is time to take drastic measures: it remains only to block any kind of Islamic immigration until these ideas are clarified,” she said.Muslims represent the second largest religious community in Italy, with approximately 1.4 million practicing Muslims in 2017 (3,1 percent of the whole Italian population).Read also: London Immigration ‘Allowed’ Moroccan to Commit Suicide Instead of Deportation
“Service sector employment will remain the most dynamic with respect to job creation in the next five years,” said Raymond Torres, a head researcher of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a statement released today. The ILO’s Economic and Social Outlook, released earlier this week, found that public services in health care, education and administration will also continue to be a major source of employment. While increasing at a slower pace than the private sector, they will still represent 15 per cent of total employment. Industrial employment is expected to stabilize globally at slightly below 22 per cent because the pace of job creation in the construction sector is estimated to decline in comparison to the period 2010-2013. Meanwhile, employment levels in manufacturing will remain largely unchanged over the next 5 years and will account for only 12 per cent of all jobs in 2019.The good news is that there is also growing demand for jobs that require face-to-face interaction, such as in health and personal services, signalling the emergence of a large care economy.“These trends highlight the role of policies to help enterprises and workers seize the opportunities associated with new technology, while at the same time breaking barriers for moving up the economic and social ladder, especially for women,” said Mr. Torres.But global trends show significant regional variations, with medium-skilled jobs disappearing in advanced economies at a faster pace than is the case in emerging and developing countries.This polarization between higher and lower-skilled jobs is having a direct impact on labour incomes. The increase in jobs at both the lower and upper ends of the skills ladder, at the expense of those in the middle, has and will continue to contribute to widening income inequality. The number of routine jobs, such as machine operator or assembler has decreased in many countries, raising concerns over the role of manufacturing in helping workers to escape poverty.Without manufacturing jobs, opportunities for rural workers to improve their employment situation will be scarce. This shift of employment to services and a decline in manufacturing means a significant change in the skills demanded by the labour market. “There will be a hollowing out of jobs needing medium levels of skill for routine tasks that can be automated,” said Mr. Torres. People who once occupied these jobs will need to acquire new skills, or instead, face the prospect of competing for jobs at the lower end of the skill spectrum, he concluded.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Unity…June 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Looking back…February 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Gaslighting…February 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …the crime inquirySuddenly the Government’s all hot and sweaty about holding a “crime inquiry”. In fact, it’s now been “pluralised” into “crime INQUIRIES”!! One reason could be because of the indignation over the period the President picked to be covered in the inquiry: 2002–2009. It was immediately clear to one and sundry this would just be another attempt to throw shade at the PPP.Serious crimes didn’t begin in 2002. But your Eyewitness accepts we need to have some cut-off point. So, he suggests if we really want to inquire into our crime history, why don’t we pick up from where the Rodney Inquiry left off?? That is, after June 13 1980. After all, that Inquiry did a good job about what really went down in the 1970s as far as crime was concerned, didn’t it?? It’s still fresh in people’s minds. But hold it!! The PNC wouldn’t like that!! Look how they refused to extend the life of the Commission. Or to have the Report debated in Parliament.And why don’t they want to publicise that report? Because, dear readers, it exposed how the PNC was up to its neck in the instigation of the most serious crimes in Guyana – including murder most foul! Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…of course, like any other society, they’ll be folks who will commit crimes for reasons of their own. But that’s not what the Government is talking about. No siree Bob!!The President’s already pronounced that POVERTY’s the reason for crime in Guyana. But a year ago, his Security Minister had proposed GREED as the mother of crimes. So your Eyewitness figures that was just because he was speaking from personal experience!! The time frame chosen also suggests the Government’s talking about political crimes – since that was the period of crimes following the Mas Jailbreak of 2002.So returning to your Eyewitness’ suggestion, the post-Rodney assassination period Inquiry would shed some light as to whether the Disciplined Forces – who’d been ordered to do the PNC’s dirty deeds on the WPA – were the same ones who became the “kick-down-the-door” bandits starting, from the end of the Rodney period. Or rented their guns to those who committed the mayhem and murder amongst the populace. That would bring us up to 1989 when Hoyte reintroduced hanging which put a crimp on the kick-down-the-door bandits’ style!!Then there would be the post 1992 elections violence that started with the attack on the elections headquarters while the vote were being counted. Then, of course, onto the open violence between 1998 and 2002 that accompanied the PNC protests.But can’t have that. It would stain the PNC not the PPP!!…sugar workers in the windThey say elephants have loooong memories…but if the truth be told, they have nothing on the PNC when it comes to never forgetting! And don’t even THINK about “forgiving”!! Recently, GAWU’s been in the news…but it hardly compares to their actions in their glory years. WE could do worse than 1977 when they struck for 177 days to force the PNC – which had just nationalised the sugar industry – to recognise them as the official sugar union!!But guess what the new PNC owners of GuySuCo did immediately after the strike?? They shut down the Leonora factory which had been the centre of the strikes both in 1964 and 1977!! Burnham didn’t forget!! And so we come to the present PNC Government and their callous treatment of sugar workers – of whom they’ve thrown 5700 into the streets. Want to know why? Just think of all the letters you’ve seen about how sugar workers “burnt canes” during the first PNC’s regime.This PNC not only didn’t forget…they obviously believe revenge is best served cold!! …sick ex-sugar workersThe folks in the PSC obviously never spent time in the sugar industry. They want to keep their “health centres” – which had two medicines, red and green – to treat ALL illnesses!Now with the PNC, they’ll only have the green one!!
“Our Krti 4.0® framework using RAMS modelling methodology puts the Pareto principle’s 80/20 rule at the heart of the decision-making process. We know the criticality of each part of the asset and focus our data collection strategy and analytical predictive capabilities where it matters most. In Krti 4.0 real-time data from critical assets is converted to information with innovative computing and business intelligent algorithms enabling proactive prescriptive decision making. This is the difference,” says Richard Pinnock, President, Energy Business Group at Pöyry.“In today’s highly competitive and digital world, our clients need to leverage their existing assets to create tangible ROI within a short period of time. Our IoT services are focused on impacting both their top line and bottom line, leveraging our capabilities to remote-monitor products and assets, prevent breakdowns, and analyse data to optimize performance across the entire production system. Having this view into how products and assets operate is not just key to improving their efficiency but also to ensuring security along with legal and regulatory compliance” says Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Engineering Services, Infosys Ltd. Leading global corporations Pöyry and Infosys have announced the release of Krti 4.0® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework for Operational Excellence. The framework “overcomes some complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations across operational technology (OT) systems.”The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework applies AI, cognitive/machine learning and Machine to Machine (M2M) capabilities to the industrial environment. The applied methodology identifies critical enterprise systems and assets and provides a deeper understanding of their behaviour to unlock and create new value for customers. “Krti 4.0 is designed to dramatically reduce system maintenance costs and expensive operation shutdowns, and improve reliability, employee and environmental safety.”The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework incorporates the Pöyry RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) methodology, which defines the criticality of every asset contributing to the functioning of OT systems. Infosys’ Nia knowledge-based AI platform continuously executes complex, advanced analytics and machine learning models, exchanging information with the RAMS model to identify any inherent risk in operations of the overall system. Krti 4.0’s open and intuitive machine-to-machine (M2M) interface provides for seamlessly connecting with different OT systems for collecting data. Krti 4.0 makes pervasive and secure industrial IoT connectivity real across all levels of the enterprise. “Krti 4.0 arms decision makers with real-time knowledge on the best and the most effective operating and maintenance options for their OT systems. Krti 4.0 achieves this by using predictive and prescriptive analytics within acceptable risk levels.”For industries confronting the problem of asset ‘stranding’ due either to technology obsolesce or to new regulatory regimes, Krti 4.0 provides real options to accelerate Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and un-strand substantial asset value. “Krti 4.0 enables a proactive way of thinking, empowering people at all levels of an organisation to make smart decisions. At the highest level, through Krti 4.0’s real-time dashboards, decision-makers have in-depth intelligence about their assets globally across the enterprise. For plant managers, Krti 4.0’s RAMS modelling capabilities allow for scenario building, enabling the continuous operational improvement of the systems. For maintenance technicians Krti 4.0’s augmented reality and chatbot functionality minimizes repair times.”
Vénus et Jupiter visibles comme rarement jusqu’à fin marsVénus et Jupiter, les deux planètes les plus brillantes du système solaire, sont alignés comme rarement. Elles seront visibles côte à côte jusqu’à la fin mars.Depuis dimanche soir, Vénus et Jupiter, les deux planètes les plus brillantes du système solaire, sont “côte à côte” dans le ciel, indique la revue américaine Astronomy. Situées à 3° l’une de l’autre du fait de la perspective depuis la Terre, elles resteront dans cette position jusqu’au 15 mars avant de progressivement s’éloigner. Ce type d’alignement ne survient qu’une fois tous les 13 mois environ mais cette fois-ci, il est particulièrement spectaculaire explique des astronomes cités par le site spécialisé Space.com. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAinsi, une telle configuration ne se reverra pas avant de nombreuses années dans l’hémisphère nord. Il faut donc en profiter durant les quelques semaines que durera le phénomène. Dans cette position, Vénus, baptisée l’étoile du berger, se trouve à droite de Jupiter et brille dix fois plus que cette dernière. En réalité, Vénus se trouve à 120 millions de kilomètres de la Terre et Jupiter à 840 millions de kilomètres. Jeudi soir, le deux étoiles brilleront pendant quatre heures après le coucher du soleil dans les latitudes moyennes de l’hémisphère nord, indiquent les astronomes.Les 24, 25 et 26 mars, il sera aussi possible d’observer un croissant de lune au côté des deux planètes. Ceux qui souhaitent fixer leur attention sur Jupiter, la plus grosse planète du système solaire, peuvent utiliser de petits télescopes. Même avec un matériel amateur, distinguer des nuages, le grand point rouge et les quatre plus grandes lunes de Jupiter devrait être envisageable. A l’opposé (180° plus à l’est), Mars brillera également plus intensément dans les prochains jours.Le 13 mars 2012 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambert
Regional law firm Coffin Mew is to introduce a range of new employee benefits and workplace initiatives from April 2019 as part of its talent attraction and retention strategy.The new proposition, which is particularly focused on tackling gender equality and agile working, has been designed to align with the firm’s wider business strategy by focusing on a ‘Best People Deal’. This is a promise made to employees in return for their productivity and excellent work.Liz Cheaney (pictured), HR director at Coffin Mew, said: “The way we attract and retain the best has changed. Coffin Mew wants to challenge the stereotype of law firm working; we already offer a relaxed dress down approach and flexible working, but now we are really putting equality and diversity at the forefront of our people strategy, by being proudly transparent with our gender pay gap information, implementing new policies to address gender-related role stereotypes and antiquated societal expectations of women and men as parents and carers, enhancing the element of choice in our benefits package and involving our employees in contributing to our innovation strategy.”The employee proposition includes enhanced pension contributions that are linked to length of service, enhanced maternity pay, a return-to-work bonus for new mothers finishing maternity or adoption leave, six weeks of fully paid leave for new fathers and same-sex partners, and a performance incentivised sabbatical programme.There will also be top quartile level pay, benefits and reward options for strong performers, as well as new platforms to help staff improve their physical and mental health.In terms of agile working, Coffin Mew will implement flexible start and end times to a model ranging from 7am to 3pm, to 11am to 7pm and will invest in new technologies, both hardware and software, to help create home, office and hub-based working options.The new proposition will also enable employees to have their voices heard by the organisation more; for example, an Innovation Group will allow staff to have a seat at the board table. Employees will also be given opportunities to help shape Coffin Mew’s people policies, and will be awarded funding to socialise and develop networks.The firm will further offer flexible career paths to enable career development regardless of personal circumstances.The elements included in the new employee proposition were the result of a 12-month consultation period with employees. The board signed off on the final proposition at the end of 2018, and it was communicated to staff prior to Christmas. A formal launch event will take place on 10 April 2019.Cheaney continued: “Our new offering is the result of 12 months of discussion and collaboration with our staff and partners and is based on four pillars: engagement, excellence, productivity and wellbeing. It is designed to impact positively on staff wellbeing and performance, as well as client experience and results, and therefore makes perfect business sense. It’s the whole deal [that the] best people expect, and forward-thinking firms require.”
Tyndall officials lifted the evacuation order for active-duty military and civilian personnel who live off-base, provided the municipality where they reside doesn’t have any outstanding restrictions in place. Personnel who return to their permanent residences, however, will no longer be eligible for safe haven allowances, according to a press release. “This is a personal choice,” it states. The base’s evacuation order remains in effect and it is not open for regular operations. Separately, about 600 airmen are living on Tyndall, working on recovery efforts, reports the 325th Fighter Wing.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The US Federal Reserve forecasts pointing to four interest rate hikes in 2016 show what the US central bank means when it says it anticipates raising rates at a “gradual pace”, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Friday.”That’s half the rate at which we raised rates in the last tightening cycle. So that’s what ‘gradual’ means to me,” Lacker told reporters in Charlotte, North Carolina after participating in a business panel discussion.The US Fed raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday and indicated that further hikes would be gradual. The US central bank also said its median policymaker forecast expected the equivalent of four quarter-point hikes next year.Lacker said he had been in favour of raising rates this past June and was confident inflation would rise “noticeably” toward the Fed’s 2% medium-term target in 2016 if oil prices and the value of the US dollar stabilised.”I hope we’re not behind the curve,” Lacker, who will not have a vote in Fed policy decisions in 2016, said in reference to the US central bank’s monetary policy.In its policy statement on Wednesday the Fed said it would probably not begin trimming its massive holdings of bonds until rate increases were “well under way”, but Lacker said on Friday he favors reducing the balance sheet “as soon as possible”.
Kolkata: A massive blast occurred at a primary health centre building on Thursday in West Bengal’s Birbhum district but there was no report of any casualty, police said. Preliminary police investigation pointed to a suspected stockpile of explosives in the house, which blew up. The severity of the blast was such that the roof and wall of one side of the building at Labhpur were blown away. Two rooms were reduced to rubble. “The building of Dwarka health centre was blown off due to an explosion around 2.45 a.m. We are at the spot investigating the matter and there is no report of any injury or casualty,” an officer of Labhpur police station said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata An employee of the health centre said they were lucky that the incident occurred at night but there is an atmosphere of fear all around. Incidentally, the health centre is barely a few metres away from the police station. Trinamool Congress supporters staged an angry demonstration, accusing the police of arriving at the spot eight hours of the incident. On June 29, another explosion inside the club building at Mollarpur had blown away the walls and damaged some of the houses in the vicinity. A local BJP leader said that there should be proper investigation of these blasts, while Trinamool Congress members feel that the BJP is responsible. “We want the NIA to investigate, not just the police or CID of West Bengal Police,” the BJP leader said.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailParamedics took three patients to hospital following a serious collision in the early hours which resulted in a major road being shut off. Emergency services were called out to Congleton Road in Arclid just after 2.20am this morning. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – who sent crews from Sandbach and Holmes Chapel – helped make the two vehicles involved in the smash safe. Meanwhile North West Ambulance Service confirmed that three three ambulances were sent to the incident with three people being taken to hospital. The extent of the injuries has not yet been revealed. The road was back open at 12.15pm.
No related posts. Like many old cities, San José has its cheerleaders. It may be old, it may be dog-eared, but youthful organizations are working to make the Costa Rican capital livable again – not just a place to subsist and work, but to really enjoy somepura vida. Among them, the ChepeCletas team was particularly active this weekend. Best known as a bike advocacy group, ChepeCletas has teamed up with civic visionaries Pausa Urbana (among others) to paint portraits on the ugly metal security gates along Avenida Central.Organizers noticed that when the storefronts close each night, their steel doors make the pedestrian street seem foreboding. “It’s like a tunnel, a dark tunnel,” said ChepeCletas representative José Pablo Ávila. Unlike the illegal graffiti that vandalizes much of San José, these murals were sprayed by professional artists. Not only did store owners give permission to use their security doors as canvases, but artists even received payment for their work.For a full block, starting at the Central Market, the walls became a nearly uninterrupted gallery space. Artists arrived on Saturday night and continued their work throughout Sunday. Sunday morning was drizzly and cold, but ChepeCletas convened again, this time for World Car-Free Day. Scores of cyclists gathered in Central Park, where music blasted from speakers and participants huddled under shelters. When the ride began, San José police guided the massive entourage on a winding journey through the city, halting traffic and directing riders through intersections. The ChepeCletas team hopes that people will “leave their cars at home, take a break, [and] enjoy the city that belong[s] to everyone.”World Car-Free Day was established in 1994 by the British Environmental Transport Association, and the event takes place annually on Sept. 22. Some sources estimate that more than 100 million people have participated in the event in at least 1,500 cities around the globe.Learn more about ChepeCletas and Pausa Urbana by visiting their Facebook pages. Facebook Comments
December 14, 2017 660 Views What’s Keeping Millennials From Buying a House? in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Eight in 10 millennials want to buy a home, but lack of affordability is one of the key reasons that’s delaying their decision to become a homeowner according to the latest Modern Homebuyer Survey released by ValueInsured on Thursday.The report stated that last year, as the economy improved and millennials continued to age, earn more, and start families, the homeownership rate for millennials rebounded to 35.3 percent. However, that was still 10 percentage points lower than a decade prior.Concerns such as job stability and the need for flexibility were also holding millennials back from owning a home, the survey found.The down payment—rather than the monthly mortgage—was one of the top reasons cited by millennials for not buying a home. Sixty-four percent of the survey respondents who said they wished to buy a home also said they lacked confidence that they could afford the down payment.Many millennials are still early in their careers, and their average job tenure is only 2.8 years. The ValueInsured report notes that 47 percent of the respondents said they could not commitment to owning a home as they worried that their job future was uncertain. Thirty percent said they thought they would move for their job sometime soon, and they would like to wait and see where their next move took them before settling on a home.The survey noted that flexibility is another reason millennials are shying away from buying homes, with 36 percent of the respondents saying that they wished to buy in the near future but wanted to keep their options open. Approximately 21 percent respondents said they still enjoyed the flexibility of renting. The report also found that only 11 percent who wished to buy a home in the near future cited low or free rent as a reason for not pulling the trigger to buy a home.You can read the full ValueInsured report by clicking here. Downpayment first homes home market Homebuyers HOUSING Millennials mortgage 2017-12-14 Staff Writer Share
Freddie Mac has appointed Sam Khater, a housing and economics expert with over 20 years’ experience as VP and Chief Economist at the GSE, that provides mortgage capital to lenders.Khater brings extensive housing finance research and economic forecasting expertise to his new role at Freddie Mac. As Chief Economist, he will lead a team of researchers in providing insights and analysis on economic trends and policy issues affecting Freddie Mac and the housing market. “Sam is a leading voice in the housing finance industry and his extensive knowledge will help Freddie Mac deliver valuable research to our business units, customers, and the industry,” said Jerry Weiss, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer at Freddie Mac. “Under Sam’s leadership, we are well-positioned to further leverage our economics team in ways that will strengthen our commitment to building a better housing finance system.”Khater arrives at Freddie Mac after 11 years at CoreLogic, where he most recently served as VP of research and Deputy Chief Economist. His responsibilities included producing original research and advising clients, regulators, policymakers, and investors on real estate and mortgage market trends.“Given the challenges and opportunities in today’s housing market, I am thrilled to be joining Freddie Mac and its research team,” said Khater. “In addition to making home possible for millions of American families, Freddie Mac is an invaluable resource for the broader housing industry. I look forward to keeping our customers and stakeholders apprised of developments in the market.”Prior to joining CoreLogic, Khater was a senior economist at Fannie Mae and an economist at the National Association of Realtors. He holds a master’s degree in network economics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from George Mason University. April 27, 2018 526 Views in Government, Headlines, News appointment Chief Economist Freddie Mac HOUSING Lenders mortgage VP 2018-04-27 Radhika Ojha Sam Khater Joins Freddie Mac as Chief Economist Share