Do employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Read full article Previous Article Next Article Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme… Comments are closed.
Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Harry S. Truman Hosts First Flight Deck Taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D View post tag: UCAS-D View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Harry View post tag: hosts Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier.During the test phase, UCAS deck operators used an arm-mounted control display unit (CDU) to remotely control the aircraft.Gerrit Everson, one of the operators who controlled the X-47B, said the UCAS demonstrator displayed excellent integration with Truman’s flight deck.“With the CDU, we followed the aircraft director’s signals to move the aircraft left or right, over the arresting wire, to and from the catapults and to various spotting positions,” said Everson. “These tests proved that we can taxi the X-47B with the precision that an aircraft carrier’s flight deck requires.”Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Truman’s aircraft handling officer, said every test on the aircraft brings the Navy one step closer to unmanned carrier aviation.“Nobody has ever done this before,” said Tarver. “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have flown all over the world, but an X-47B has never operated on an aircraft carrier. Every evolution with this aircraft is taken step-by-step because we don’t fully know how it will react to a carrier environment. It’s a little out of our comfort zone, so our safety precautions are maximized.”“Every exercise completed out here is data gathered for the UCAS-D team,” said Tarver. “A carrier environment can only be simulated to a certain extent on land, so we have to take our time when it comes to evolutions like this.”Matt Funk, the lead test engineer on the demonstration project, said Truman has been extremely helpful during the X-47B’s testing, and Sailors aboard the carrier have been receptive to the training required to work with the new system.“Everyone’s really excited about this program and has provided a lot of positive feedback,” said Funk. “I think it’s been especially popular with younger Sailors who have grown up surrounded by computers. They recognize that the systems used to control and fly the aircraft are very much like what they’d expect to see in a video game.”“We are bringing the most advanced technologies together to make this a successful evolution,” said Lt. Anthony Lee, Truman’s flight deck officer. “This type of innovation hasn’t been seen since the first time an aircraft landed aboard a carrier, which puts us further ahead as a military.”According to Don Blottenberger, Principal Deputy Program Manager for PMA-268, the X-47B’s testing aboard Truman has resulted in significant progress for UCAS-D.“UCAS-D is a learning program which means we’re here to learn all of the lessons of how we will integrate into a variety of the systems on board Truman,” said Blottenberger. “Because we are still in the early stages of this technology, we aren’t currently looking at how these aircraft might be utilized from a mission stand point. Nevertheless, the learning we have done has uncovered the benefits of autonomous flight regardless of whether the aircraft is manned or unmanned.”Blottenberger said crew members and operators, like those the team has worked with aboard Truman, will remain a large part of this learning and demonstration program through its completion.“Every person we’ve met is curious and has great questions about what we’re doing and how Sailors interact with the X-47B,” said Blottenberger. “Truman has been invaluable to our program.”The X-47B is scheduled to complete taxi testing before Truman returns to its homeport in Naval Station Norfolk.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Flight December 11, 2012 View post tag: first Training & Education View post tag: Deck View post tag: USS View post tag: S View post tag: Taxiing View post tag: Truman USS Harry S. Truman Hosts First Flight Deck Taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D View post tag: X-47B View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval
View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Boeing View post tag: News by topic View post tag: aviation View post tag: Indian May 16, 2013 View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy View post tag: asia View post tag: first Indian Naval Aviation received a major fillip with the arrival of the first of eight Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft at Naval Air Station Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on 15 May.Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command presided over the induction ceremony that was also attended by Commodore Puneet Bahl, Commanding Officer, INS Rajali, representatives from the Command and Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of defence (Navy).The P-8I aircraft, based on the Boeing 737-800(NG) airframe, is the Indian Naval variant of the P-8A Poseidon of the US Navy. The aircraft is equipped with both foreign as well as indigenous sensors for Maritime Reconnaissance, Anti Submarine operations and for Electronic Intelligence missions. The aircraft is fully integrated with state of the art sensors and highly potent Anti Surface and Anti Submarine weapons.The IN is in process of acquiring an additional four P-8I aircraft. The induction of the P-8I aircraft into the Indian Navy would greatly enhance India’s maritime surveillance capability in the Indian Ocean Region.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2013 Indian Naval Aviation Receives First Boeing P-8I Aircraft View post tag: P-8I Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Naval Aviation Receives First Boeing P-8I Aircraft View post tag: receives Share this article
Food and art will star at the Hoboken Arts& Music FestivalOver 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, and local businesses will take part in the free 25th Hoboken Art & Music Festival on downtown Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30.It will feature works of art including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown and fused glass, clothing, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps and lotions and other unique handcrafted items.Food this year will include a variety of international options including Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun, and Italian.Children’s activities will take place on Third Street and include rides, games, crafts, face painting, and musical performances.Live music performances on three stages will include Marshall Crenshaw and The Smithereens, Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, The Rock n’ Roll High Fives, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Maxima Alerta, Sylvana Joyce + the Moment, Zydeco Revelators, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso, Songs for Seeds, Garden St. School of the Performing Arts, Michael from Michael & the Rockness Monsters, and more.For more information contact [email protected] or (201) 420-5100 ex.5100. State Attorney General releases guidelines for marijuana prosecutionState Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Aug. 29 released new guidelines addressing the scope and appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in municipal court prosecutions of marijuana-related offenses.The guidelines reaffirm that municipal prosecutors are not permitted to adopt their own policies to decriminalize marijuana. But prosecutors handling marijuana cases may appropriately exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, as with prosecuting any other type of criminal offense.In late July, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop issued an executive order, telling municipal prosecutors not to prosecute for possession of small quantities of marijuana, which caused a brief battle with Grewal over whether the city had the authority to do so.After consultations between the city and Grewal, the attorney general’s office ordered a temporary suspension of prosecutions statewide in order to come up with more comprehensive guidelines.The new guidelines state that insufficiency of the evidence usually will be the basis for amending or dismissing of a municipal court complaint, but that other reasons also might still justify amendment or dismissal. For example, according to the guidelines, “a municipalprosecutor should consider the impact of adverse collateral consequences of a conviction based on the specific circumstances or factors presented by the defendant or elicited by the court” to the extent permitted by law.Autism Beach Bash scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 in BelmarAutism Family Services of New Jersey will host the 14th Annual Autism Beach Bash on Sunday, Sept. 9 for families in New Jersey and surrounding areas living with autism and related disorders.The Autism Beach Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 7th Avenue beach in Belmar, and features a surf camp with Surfer’s Healing, a California based non-profit specializing in working with children with special needs.A 2018 report from the Center of Disease Control reported that autism prevalence in New Jersey rises to 1 in 34 children.“Autism Family Services of New Jersey is incredibly proud to have hosted the largest Autism gathering in New Jersey since 2005,” said Eric M. Joice, CEO of Autism Family Services of New Jersey.The event includes an exhibitor tent featuring local and statewide services for individuals with autism, an activity tent, arts and crafts area, waterslide, dancing and interactive sessions throughout the day. The Annual Autism Beach Bash remains the largest gathering in New Jersey of individuals with autism and their families.Last year’s Autism Beach Bash welcomed more than 7,000 attendees, while over half of this year’s pre-registered families will be new to the event. Families will also be attending from surrounding states such as Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Rhode Island. Lunch will be provided free to all registered families.Individuals may register for the Autism Beach Bash, or obtain more information about the organization, by visiting www.autismbeachbash.org or by calling Autism Family Services of New Jersey at 1-877-237-4477. ×Hoboken will host its annual 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Pier A Park. Fifty six city residents died during the 2001 terrorist attacks, more than in any zip code outside of New York. Their names and birthdates are inscribed on the city’s 90-foot long permanent memorial, which opened last year at Pier A Park on the south waterfront. Oktoberfest in Hoboken takes place Sept. 21Saints Peter and Paul Church will host the 2018 Oktoberfest on Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. in their Biergarten. Various German beers, a selection of food from the grill, a 50/50 Grand Raffle, live musicians and children’s activities will be available.Also on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be children’s activities in the Kids Village. That event will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Church and Stevens Park. Ss. Peter and Paul Church is at the corner of Fourth and Hudson streets. Hoboken will host its annual 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Pier A Park. Fifty six city residents died during the 2001 terrorist attacks, more than in any zip code outside of New York. Their names and birthdates are inscribed on the city’s 90-foot long permanent memorial, which opened last year at Pier A Park on the south waterfront.
Three generations of the Anderson family from Collegeville, Pa., pose on the beach with their rods and reels. (Photos courtesy of Aidan Fasy) The Ocean City Fishing Club held its 44th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament next to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.The event attracted a near-record number of participants, with 115 registered young anglers in three age categories: 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16.“The weather is perfect and the water is clear and clean (of seaweed),” former OCFC President Ben Werntz said of the large turnout.The Ocean City Fishing Club, which operates the Ocean City Fishing Pier at 14th Street, holds the free annual tournament as a way to introduce and encourage young people to fish.Colbie Aleszczyk celebrates catching her first ever flounder.Club members and their spouses volunteer for the event, which includes judging and measuring the fish as well as teaching the young anglers the fundamentals of handling the rod and reel, bait and casting.Maryann Hoban, co-organizer and wife of club member and tournament Chairman Ed Hoban, summarized the club’s thinking: “In today’s electronic world, it only takes a fishing rod and reel to turn a day into fun for any family,” she said.She added, “This tournament is for children, because they are our future club members.”The children had fun catching fish up and down the beach.Winners of the age 14-16 division.Carter Linden, of Ocean City, reeled in five flounder, while his friend Luke Finnegan caught four kingfish.Todd Mallon, of Doylestown, Pa., had “fish on” with his daughter Hope, who caught five flounder, and son Ryan, who hauled in two flounder.John Yost, of Tabernacle N.J., brought his four grandchildren to the tournament.“We had a great time fishing, and all of the kids got good prizes,” Yost said. “That really made their day.”Carter Linden catches a flounder.All participants were awarded prizes, including bicycles for the overall boys and girls winners. Fishing rods and reels went to the top three anglers in each division.Fishing supplies, cooler bags and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants were also handed out.The OCFC was grateful to all of the generous local sponsors.The bicycles, donated by the Miller family in memory of former club member and Tournament Chair Ralph and Marion Miller, were won by George Shimp and Danielle Audet for the two largest fish of the day.The age division winners for most fish were:8-10 11-13 14-16Dean Teti Kaelyn Sheehan Alexis ErazmusRobert Simiriglio Allie Darmohay Xavier LadickJulia Roman Hope Mallon Adam MadkourOcean City Fishing Club members Ben Werntz and Bobby Dever.
On Friday, September 7th, music icon Paul McCartney released his seventeenth studio album, Egypt Station, marking the first new album from The Beatles‘ singer/songwriter/guitarist in five years, via Capitol Records. To celebrate the occasion, McCartney performed a “secret” show at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal on Friday night, with the full concert live-streamed for free via YouTube.Per Rolling Stone, around 200 folks made it into the secret performance, which took place in Vanderbilt Hall, including a mix of fans and celebrity attendees including Meryl Streep, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, and Jon Bon Jovi.While the show was meant to serve as a special launch party for Egypt Station, Paul McCartney and company were not shy about giving fans plenty of older fare. In fact, the former Beatle only performed three songs off the new album—”Who Cares”, “Come On To Me”, and “Fuh You”—instead sticking with older material to round out the setlist. With fewer ballads than a traditional McCartney show, Paul was in a great mood, running through fan-favorites from across his career—including the first U.S. performance of “From Me To You” since 1964.You can watch the full concert for yourself below, and you can read Rolling Stone‘s first-hand account of the show here.Paul McCartney – Live From NYC – Full Video [Video: PAUL McCARTNEY]Setlist: Paul McCartney | Grand Central Terminal | New York, NY | 9/7/2018Set: “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Hi, Hi, Hi”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Letting Go”, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “Come on to Me”, “My Valentine”, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”, “From Me to You”^, “Love Me Do”, “FourFiveSeconds”, “Blackbird”, “Dance Tonight”, “Who Cares”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Fuh You”, “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Birthday”, “Lady Madonna”, “Let It Be”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”, “Helter Skelter”, “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight”, “The End”^first U.S. performance since 1964
DUBROVNIK AND SPLIT AGAINST LIBERALIZATION OF TAXI MARKET, WANT TO INTRODUCE ORDER DUBROVNIK: ATMS ARE LEAVING THE OLD TOWN An excellent positive example of dialogue and how the City should cooperate with various professional associations, because without synergy and market development, and not politicking, we certainly cannot move forward. Also, the profession and people from the field know deeper issues, and one man, in this case the mayor, can not know everything, and accordingly not even make decisions on topics in which he is not familiar enough. Communication and synergy. He paid special attention to staying at the entrances to the old town and the movement of groups along Stradun, because these are the busiest parts where crowds quickly form. “Better throughput and movement through the City will provide tourists with a better experience ” Franković points out. RELATED NEWS: “Licensed guides for the protected area of the City of Dubrovnik with their knowledge and experience and direct contact with visitors can significantly contribute to the perception of our city and life in it ”States Mayor Franković in the letter, inviting all guides to introduce their groups to the project Respect the City and call on them to respect the prominent rules and the local population. On the Pile and Ploče bridges, stopping groups is not allowed, as well as in Široka Street, and it is recommended to stop as little as possible on Stradun, and it is especially important to pay attention to the streets of the pedestrian corridor. All recommendations and rules have been previously harmonized with the leadership of the Tourist Guides Association and the Tourist Guides Guild. The City of Dubrovnik continues to develop and implement the strategic project Respect the City, in order to prevent the negative effects of excessive tourism through destination management. By the way, for 2021, a change has been announced that will apply to all guides, the introduction of the rules of mandatory use of headphones for all groups over 15 people and a complete ban on the use of microphones with loudspeakers. To this end, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, invited tourist guides to cooperate, addressing the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association and the Tourist Guides Guild. “Tourist guides know the City and each of its cantons best. Every virtue and advantage, flaw and need. You have a great role in creating order, as well as in the experience by which tourists will remember our city, and we believe that you will help us create change and achieve our goals.”Concluded Mayor Franković. Photo: City of Dubrovnik UNIQUE SMART PARKING SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN DUBROVNIK Although Dubrovnik certainly has a lot of problems, as do other cities due to mass tourism, it is still nice to see concrete moves aimed at bringing order to Dubrovnik. The Respect the city project is growing and expanding, although for many it is too slow, it cannot be said that it is not a quality project and that there are no concrete changes for the better. Definitely to be commended.
The European Commission and the UK regulator have called for greater co-operation between the UK and the EU to prevent a possible “cliff edge” that could jeopardise the financial services sector across Europe.In a speech on Tuesday to the City of London, Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s vice-president responsible for financial regulation, said “supervisors need to work together” to avoid further disruption to pan-European financial services in the wake of Brexit.However, he offered a stark warning: “As vice-president in charge of financial stability, my message to all parties – firms and supervisors – is that they need to continue their work to prepare for all scenarios.”Dombrovskis’ comments echoed concerns raised earlier in the day by Andrew Bailey, CEO of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Both men warned of the limitations of extending the existing “equivalence” regime, under which non-EU companies can access the single market, to the UK post-Brexit. Dombrovskis said that while “equivalence [was] not perfect…[it] has proven to be a pragmatic solution”.Bailey was unequivocal, saying he recognised that equivalence could “increase choice and competition in home markets” – but he added: “The current EU equivalence regime doesn’t best suit any of the parties.”Under the current system, the EU has more than 200 equivalence decisions across 30 non-EU jurisdictions.“For example, equivalence decisions in the derivatives and trading space have allowed European banks to service clients across the world and EU investors to access pools of liquidity anywhere in the world,” Bailey noted.However, the FCA chief said: “Mutual recognition, as [Brian Hayes MEP] suggests, would be the better way to establish the steady-state between the UK and the EU in future.”Avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenarioBoth men raised the spectre of the consequences of a failure to reach a final deal – even with a transition period in place until 31 December 2020.Dombrovskis said Brexit was already posing many challenges. “For the financial sector, the Commission’s first priority is to safeguard financial stability and ensure investor protection,” he said. “It is my duty to encourage you to take steps to prepare for all scenarios.”For Bailey, however, averting a cliff-edge scenario – “which we should all want to avoid” – was paramount. He welcomed the conditional agreement of the transition period.“This matters in financial services because the risks around contract continuity, data sharing and broader market disruption could jeopardise financial stability, the preservation of which is a shared objective of both sides,” he said.
LifeSiteNews 19 September 2014Transgender mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor Fallon Fox is facing new criticisms after breaking the eye socket of his last opponent.On Saturday, Fox defeated Tamikka Brents by TKO at 2:17 of the first round of their match. In addition to the damaged orbital bone that required seven staples, Brents received a concussion. In a post-fight interview this week, she told Whoa TV that “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”His “grip was different,” she added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against…females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”Fox’s gender controversy is not new. In March 2013, after a 39-second knockout victory, it was revealed that Fox had not told the MMA community about his sex-change operation, which took place in 2006. That bout was the fifth straight first-round victory for the then-37-year old Fox, including his three amateur bouts, and his second victory as a professional fighter.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/transgender-female-boxer-gives-female-opponent-concussion-breaks-her-eye-so