COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 21: LJ Scott #3 of the Michigan State Spartans plows forward for a first down in the fourth quarter as Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Gareon Conley #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes make the tackle at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 17-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Week 11 of the college football season will begin tomorrow. Come Saturday, there are a number of huge games on the slate.We’ve got a Big Ten East showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State. We also have Clemson and Boston College battling it out in the ACC. And you can’t forget about the SEC crossover matchup between Auburn and Georgia.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 11.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
Next Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 17:35 IST Wriddhiman Saha was recalled into the Indian Test side after being out injured for more than a year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was preferred over Wriddhiman Saha in the 1st Test vs West IndiesPant has been inconsistent with the bat in all formats and scored just 31 runs in the first TestSaha has not played international cricket in more than year due to multiple injuries he suffered in 2018Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani feels that Bengal veteran Wriddhiman Saha deserves to play the second Test against the West Indies instead of Rishabh Pant, who still has a “lot to learn”.Pant’s short career has been inconsistent at best especially his indiscreet shot selection during the Cricket World Cup and the ongoing West Indies tour that has left everyone disappointed.Kirmani, who played 88 Tests for India, feels that Saha was injured and he deserves equal opportunity just like the burly Delhi keeper.”Yeh abhi jhule main hai (He is still in his infancy). But he is god-gifted but needs to learn a lot,” Kirmani told PTI on the sidelines of the launch of six outlets of Hearing Solutions here.”It’s the most difficult position on the field. Not everyone can do keeping by just wearing a pair of gloves,” said the member of the 1983 World Cup winning side.Kirmani, a former chairman of selectors wants Saha to play the next Test in Jamaica.”Saha unfortunately had some injury problems. He has to be given equal opportunity. What’s the point of keeping him in the side, if you do not give him chance,” Kirmani questioned.”We have to judge on pure performance. Saha came to Indian side following his consistency at domestic level. But when you’re out of picture, somebody else takes over your place, so the likes of Karthik and Pant came into the picture.”Now we have to see who’s is more consistent on the field — be it in batting, wicketkeeping or in terms of all-round abilities,” Kirmani said.advertisementThe 69-year-old also seemed a trifle irritated with constant speculation over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future.”Leave him alone. There will be a time when he will retire, but we must stop talking about his retirement now.”Kirmani however wants Dhoni to groom the youngsters in the side before calling it quits.On the issue of Conflict of interest, Kirmani seemed to be on the same page with Justice Lodha panel’s verdict that there can’t be multiple sources of earning for any player.”If anyone violates this clause, you’re liable to be questioned as it is conflict of interest. You cannot be earning from multiple sources. Why give room to any allegations?”I want to generalise here. Be honest and sincere in all your deeds, that is my message to one and all,” Kirmani said.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been most vocal against the conflict of interest clause and has already said that the BCCI needs to make the conflict rule more “practical” and allow people to perform multiple roles.”If you have done something wrong. You maybe whoever, you will be pulled up by the law. There is no such thing as ‘I’m so and so’,” Kirmani added.The 69-year-old like most of the experts agreed that Virat Kohli’s consistency is second to none.”The kind of consistency I have seen in Virat Kohli, I’ve neither seen in any cricketer of my era nor the current era. He has a got a great phenomenal consistency. He is a game-changer. He could be breaking the existing records of Tendulkar if he continues his consistency,” he said about Kohli who slammed his 42nd ODI century in West Indies, seven short of equalling Tendulkar’s feat of 49.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane storm into top 10 of ICC Test rankingsAlso Read | R Ashwin, KL Rahul join Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma on Caribbean cruiseAlso Read | I try not to get affected by criticism: Ajinkya RahaneFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Wriddhiman SahaFollow Rishabh Pant Wriddhiman Saha has to be given equal opportunity: Syed KirmaniSyed Kirmani, who played 88 Tests for India, feels that Wriddhiman Saha deserves equal opportunity just like Rishabh Pant.advertisement
Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Chevrolet’s new Bolt EV has made a big splash, earning numerous accolades and awards for its impressive range, driving dynamics, styling, and interior volume.Part of what makes the Bolt so impressive is how quickly Chevy introduced an EV with well over 200 miles of range, for $36,000. For now, those specs are unmatched in the marketplace. However, with Tesla working on its entry-level Model 3 and Nissan preparing a new Leaf, the Bolt’s uniqueness may be short lived.It would appear Volvo wants in on the affordable electric vehicle action as well, as Volvo Car USA’s CEO, Lex Kerssemakers shed some light on their upcoming model. Most importantly, the EV will have a range of at least 250 miles and will be priced between $35,000 and $40,000 (before tax incentives).Despite Volvo’s luxury bent, a sticker price of up to $40K could easily cannibalize the Bolt EV’s sales when the model goes on sale in 2019. Tesla plans to have its Model 3 out before then, but with the first vehicle deliveries expected to be higher-priced examples, the “$35K Model 3” may not actually ship until around the same time as Volvo’s creation.No other premium automaker has claimed to be developing a long-range EV in the sub-$40K domain. Jaguar is working on its I-Pace production car, but that will be priced at over $60K. BMW’s i3 is in the low-$40K range, but doesn’t match the range advertised by the Bolt EV or upcoming Tesla and Volvo models.The forthcoming Volvo EV will be based on the 40.2 concept shown last year, meaning the vehicle will likely be a derivative of the next generation S40 sedan. There’s also a good chance Volvo will produce a compact crossover variant of the EV, based on the next generation XC40 (previewed by the 40.1 concept). This would match up against Tesla’s planned Model Y crossover.Like other brands, Volvo is hurrying to introduce more plug-in hybrids and EVs to meet strict emissions regulations and appeal to buyers on the hunt for luxury alternative energy vehicles. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture
Image Courtesy: Meyer WerftOvation of the Seas, the third ship of the Quantum class ordered by US cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is scheduled for float-out on February 18, 2016.The 168,666-gross ton cruise ship, which has been constructed in 18 months, will depart Meyer Werft’s covered building dock soon.Over the last few weeks the German shipbuilder conducted extensive tests on the vessel, as well as interior work and machinery trials.After it hits the water, Ovation of the Seas will undergo more tests in the harbor.The ship will then be berthed alongside the yard’s outfitting pier for the finishing touches.Able to carry 4,200 passengers, the new cruise ship is expected to join the Royal Caribbean’s crew in spring this year.The company already has two Quantum-class ships in service, Quantum of the Seas, delivered in fall 2014, and Anthem of the Seas, delivered in spring 2015.Royal Caribbean’s fourth cruise ship of the class, being built at Meyer Werft, was ordered in May and is expected for delivery in 2019.The company ordered a fifth Quantum-class ship from the same shipyard in November 2015. The vessel is expected to be delivered in fall of 2020.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft
Like so many remarkable ideas, the origin of Tim Harris’ business can be traced back to the fine Nova Scotia tradition of meeting up with a friend to share a beverage and shoot the breeze. That’s essentially how Tradewinds Realty began. After an eight-year stint in the High Arctic working in construction engineering, Harris, broker and president of Tradewinds, found himself back home in Chester on what was supposed to be a ten-day vacation. But when the boss called asking him to return to the Arctic early, he had already realized that he needed to “re-root” himself in Nova Scotia. He told his boss, “No, I’m not going back. I’m home. I’m done.” With no concrete contingency plan, Harris decided to act on a suggestion that emerged over a casual conversation and a beer with a friend: He got into real estate. Within three years, Tim Harris was at the helm of his own real estate company. Today, Tradewinds Realty Inc., is home to more than 40 agents in six offices around the province, a seventh scheduled to open in metro Halifax in the late spring of 2009, and sales affiliates in England and Costa Rica. The company generated over $75-million in sales in 2007 and two years earlier, Tradewinds was awarded the prestigious Bentley International Property Award for Best Canadian Real Estate Agency. From the start, Harris was keen on using technology to adapt his business to the challenges of the real estate market provincially, nationally and internationally. The Tradewinds website, SeaNovaScotia.com, separates his company from traditional real estate companies by harnessing the marketing and communications power of the Internet, and working with the notion of ‘local knowledge, global reach.’ Those looking to buy their own little piece of paradise can view over 700 virtual listings, get answers to any questions they might have about life in Nova Scotia, watch live webcam feeds from a number of picturesque vantage points, and read the down-to-earth, personal profiles of each Tradewinds agent, all online. Tradewinds also successfully strikes that essential balance between freedom and support for its staff. It effortlessly blends modern technology with traditional friendliness for its clients. The agents, have their own unique and sophisticated intranet site, i.Tradewinds.com. It allows them to live and work anywhere in the province, without local office support, while still remaining connected to the company and to their clients. Potential clients can contact agents directly, and each agent is free to let their personal identity shine through. “My salespeople have the reins. They’re in control of their own image, and how they brand themselves,” Harris happily admits. “And the website does everything for our agents, so they can conduct their business from anywhere.” Tradewinds is constantly expanding its reach and drawing more attention to all that Nova Scotia has to offer. “We’ve expanded because our client base has asked us to.” That client base is growing steadily within Nova Scotia, but also abroad. Tradewinds’ London office is seeing an increase in business, and Harris notes that the integration into Nova Scotia is seamless for those coming from the United Kingdom. The familiar comfort of Nova Scotia’s culture and climate, easily-accessible air travel, and affordable property in a place with one twenty-fifth the population density of England, is quickly making Nova Scotia an appealing option for folks across the pond. As Harris points out, when these international buyers go looking for a new place to call home, “It’s not hard to choose Nova Scotia.” Harris himself is an example of why living and doing business in Nova Scotia is not a hard choice to make. He lives just two doors away from his office. He is an avid sailor, and despite the 24/7 nature of the real estate business, he makes a point of escaping to the water every chance he gets. In 2003, he entered the Executive MBA program at Saint Mary’s University, and graduated two years later. “I was able to earn a world class MBA just an hour from my home, and it helped my business immensely. We’re so lucky to have access to that kind of education here,” he says. The decision to stay in Nova Scotia, and to pursue a line of work that ultimately helps others make their home here has paid off for everyone involved with Tradewinds. Harris credits Nova Scotia with providing the opportunities he needed to build his company and his life here, and he does not hesitate to express his appreciation, saying, “My people, my education, my business, my success. It’s all Nova Scotia.” And through Tradewinds Realty, Tim Harris is sharing Nova Scotia with the world. -30-
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ Dance Society is hosting their 20th Annual Ladies Day Out fundraiser at North Peace Secondary School December 1st and 2nd from 10 am – 4 pm.The Fundraiser has supported dancers in the North Peace area for the past 20 years by way of costuming, competitions and bringing choreographers to FSJ for Workshops. This event is one of the larger Fundraisers hosted by the Dance Society raising $20,000 for the year.Ladies Day Out started as a craft fair with 20 tables and has grown to be a two-day event, with 90 tables and the largest home-based business, small business and local artisan fair in the Peace region, approximately 4000 people view the event The fair features a wide range of items for purchase, from clothing, home decor, jewellery, art, children items. There is something for everybody and lots of items on site to purchase directly from the vendors.There is a three dollar admission fee, each paid admission is entered into a draw for a door prize from one of the 90 vendors. The fair is also collecting non-perishable items for the Woman’s Resource Society and each food item donated gets an additional entry into the door prize draw.Weather is expected to cooperate, parking can be a bit tricky so make sure to come early, grab your friends and come to see what is available to purchase for your holiday season list.To view the FB Page CLICK HERE
CECIL LAKE, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has provided an update to a power outage that is affecting customers in the Cecil Lake and Goodlow areas.According to B.C. Hydro community Relations Manager, David Conway, the preliminary estimate suggests power could be out five to seven days.Conway says a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed before they can proceed with working on restoring power. “At this time, we don’t have a restoration time. A preliminary estimate suggests power could be out 5 to 7 days. Before any work can begin, a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed. A geotech is scheduled to have a first look at the site by helicopter tonight. Once the area is cleared safe to work, our crews will assess the damage and restoration work will begin.”Approximately 100 customers continue to be without power service in the Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas since Monday morning due to a landslide.We will provide more updates when they become available.
Following recent attacks on several towns, rebels in CAR have reportedly halted their advance on the capital, Bangui, and agreed to start peace talks. Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council had condemned the attacks and called on the rebels to halt hostilities.They had also urged all parties to abide by the 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed by the Government and the three main rebel groups and which helped bring an end to conflicts inside CAR. “We are calling on both the Government and the rebels to focus on dialogue that can avert violence and lead to a peaceful resolution and respect for the Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” a UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York. “We welcome regional efforts to seek a political solution and to reinforce security.”The UN is coordinating with Margaret Vogt, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), who has remained in close dialogue with the key parties and the region and has offered support to political negotiations. Mr. Nesirky also reiterated the Security Council’s statement from last week, which calls on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence against civilians, respect human rights and seek a peaceful solution. As a security precaution, UN international staff members have all been temporarily relocated outside the country.
Ohio State women’s basketball junior guard Raven Ferguson has been suspended for the first three games of the 2013-14 regular season by head coach Kevin McGuff for a violation of team rules, according to an OSU press release.“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Raven and having the opportunity to coach her, so it makes this extremely disappointing,” McGuff said in the press release. “She is a good kid, but her actions have not been in line with what the standards of this program are and will be in the future. Hopefully she can make some behavioral changes, and after this suspension, come back and make a positive impact on our program.”Ferguson is scheduled to sit out games at West Virginia Friday, against Florida Atlantic Sunday and Virginia Commonwealth Nov. 14. She is set to be eligible to return to the court for OSU Nov. 17 in Athens, Ga., against Georgia.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email that he is unable to “provide any additional information other than it was a violation of team rules.”Ferguson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.OSU is scheduled to start its 2013-14 season against the Mountaineers Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Morgantown W. Va.
By Caoimhín De Barra 82 Comments IN AN ARTICLE last week, the Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan commented that during the 1916 commemorations on Easter Sunday at the GPO, she felt a nagging sense that:“In this street named after the Liberator, a man able to summon up crowds of hundreds of thousands and fire them up without drawing a drop of blood, surely another way could be envisaged to commemorate all those remarkable figures of peace.”She was referring to Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond who she says helped to deliver Irish nationhood while also being “figures of peace”. This quote perfectly demonstrates the uneasy relationship many people in Ireland have with our violent past.Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution. And as soon as it came into existence, the majority of those revolutionaries immediately tried to overthrow it.With the IRA leadership claiming to be the ‘legitimate’ government of Ireland for most of the twentieth century, the political establishment in Ireland has always found it a bit awkward to explain why the violence between 1916 and 1921 was right and proper but any further attempts at revolution were (and are) morally wrong.Instead, it has been much more comfortable embracing as its historical heroes those who fought for Ireland with words rather than bullets.Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond have been imagined as champions of nonviolent resistance; Irish equivalents of Martin Luther King.Nothing better demonstrates how eager some people are to place them at the centre of Irish history than the fact that Dublin City Council erected posters of the four men together as part of the centenary commemoration events for the Easter Rising.Three of the men had died during the century before the Rising and the fourth was bitterly opposed to it. Clearly, the message was that these people are more appropriate historical role models for the people of Ireland than gunmen like Pearse and Connolly.But looking at the history of the four men, one quickly realizes that it requires a selective historical memory to depict them as the pacifist forefathers of the modern Irish state.Three of them (Parnell excepted) were devoted subjects of the British monarchy and the extent of their political ambitions was local autonomy under the governance of the crown.There is nothing wrong with that, but it makes it rather complicated to imagine them as blazing a trail for the independent Irish republic that eventually emerged.Even more problematic, however, is the idea that Grattan, O’Connell, Parnell, and Redmond were “remarkable figures of peace”. In reality, violence played a considerable role in generating the political power they wielded.Let us start with Henry Grattan, who succeeded in winning legislative independence for all of Ireland.In the years between 1782 and 1800, for the only time in its history, Ireland was ruled by a single parliament – albeit one that was deeply unrepresentative of the population in general.How did Grattan achieve such a feat? Bluntly, at gunpoint.The Irish Volunteers had been established in 1778 to ward off the threat of a French invasion but turned their attention to removing the influence of Westminster on the Irish parliament. Grattan declared the independence of this body with thousands of Volunteers lined up in formation on College Green.It was the implicit threat of violence that forced the British government, weary from war in its American colonies, to concede the demand.Daniel O’Connell is also a difficult fit for the label ‘man of peace’. For a start, he shot and killed a man in a duel. Not exactly a Gaelic Gandhi then.More importantly, though O’Connell’s political power stemmed from his ability to organise massive meetings that carried the threat of disorder.He often walked a fine line in his speeches with regard to violent rhetoric. He told one audience in Mallow, in 1843 “Gentlemen, you may soon have the alternative to live as slaves or die as free men”.The phrase “England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity” has also been attributed to O’Connell.It is true that O’Connell often denounced the use of violence. However, in his correspondence, there are strong hints that O’Connell rejected violence to achieve his aims because he believed such efforts would fail – rather than because he held a moral objection to bloodshed.Charles Stewart Parnell is another Irish historical figure who doesn’t fit easily into the pacifist mould. In the 1870s, Parnell forged an informal alliance with leading Fenians with a view to increasing the pressure on the British government.As president of the Irish National Land League during the Land War, Parnell was always reluctant to condemn the rural unrest across Ireland because it directly benefited him and his political goals.More evidence of his ambiguity on violence was the fact that Parnell rarely denounced the Fenian dynamite campaign of the 1880s. Perhaps not surprisingly, when Parnell began to openly court the support of Fenians after the split in the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1890, many were willing to rush to his side.Was John Redmond a “remarkable figure of peace”? I would question whether such a label is appropriate. This is due to the fact that Redmond campaigned for Irish men to join the British army when the First World War broke out in 1914.“No people can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood and their power to maintain it until they have demonstrated their military prowess,” he said – as he urged the people of Ireland to go off to war.Of course, Redmond was encouraging violence on behalf of the state, not against it. The political establishment in Ireland has always been comfortable in accepting the legitimacy of that.In the midst of the centenary commemorations of our independence, it is inevitable that difficult questions will be asked about the role of violence in achieving it.It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past.Caoimhín De Barra is an author and assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, Washington. His new book Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution is out now published by Currach Press. Wednesday 15 May 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution – there were few peacemakers It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past, writes Caoimhín De Barra. May 15th 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL Assistant professor of history, Gonzaga University, Washington Caoimhín De Barra 16,551 Views Share65 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4634802 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The percentage of Clark County 10th-graders misusing prescription medications may have declined over the last decade, but local teens are still using opioids and dying from overdoses.In the last three years, 17 Clark County youth have died from opioid overdoses. Historically, overdose deaths were higher among young adults, those 22 to 25 years old. But in recent years, more of the deaths have been among high-school-age students, said Adiba Ali, an epidemiologist with Clark County Public Health.“The age groups are getting younger,” she said.Ali was among a panel of community experts who spoke about opioid use among local youth at Prevent Coalition’s spring meeting Thursday afternoon. The panel included Ali, a clinician, a prevention intervention specialist and a school resource officer.Misuse of prescription pain killers has declined locally among 10th-graders, dropping from 9 percent in 2006 to 4.5 percent in 2016, Ali said. But when 10th-graders were asked about their lifetime misuse of prescription drugs — not just whether they’ve used in the previous 30 days — the trend is reversed, increasing from 6 percent to 8 percent, she said.Denise Livingston, a prevention intervention specialist for Educational Service District 112, said she’s seeing an increase in high-schoolers mixing codeine cough syrup with alcohol, as well as sharing oxycodone pills. Drug and alcohol counselors in the schools are seeing an increase in the number of positive urine tests among students, she said.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – Dan Alon, a survivor of the terror attack at the Munich Olympic Games of 1972 was due to be in Provo next week, December 1 but regretfully, Mr. Alon has taken ill and will be unable to make it for the series of motivational, inspiration talks he was due to have with students and wider community.The Provo Jewish Community has postponed the event and asks that we all think good thoughts for a speedy recovery of Mr. Dan Alon. Related Items:
As far as mountain snow goes we have good news, bad news and maybe some delayed good news. The first round of good news is that some snow will fall in the 4,000- to 6,000-foot range — maybe 6 inches to a foot above 6,000 feet today through early Saturday. The pending bad news is that 4-8 inches of warm rain over the weekend will wash it away. Depending on where the atmospheric river sets up we could see 2-4 inches of rain here in Clark County. There may be some flooding issues around the Northwest.The remaining good news, if it materializes, is that some forecast models are still indicating a colder northerly flow of air beginning Christmas Eve. That could bring a little mountain snow. This flow is usually dry so I wouldn’t expect enough mountain snow to keep the ski areas up and running for Christmas Day. But it at least may open the door for some sticking snow.Would it snow down to city levels? Probably not. Any moisture would be snow down below the passes and the foothills above 1,000 feet. Things could change but there is no definite chance of a white Christmas here in the lowlands. We are just a week away now from the holiday and usually we have a pretty good idea from medium-range forecast models. Things are still iffy on just where high pressure sets up and if we get a cool flow from the north or a cold flow.I feel really bad for all those who make their living on the mountain snowpack during the winter season. Mount Bachelor is the only place things are running, but even there, the snowpack is only 2 feet or so.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at patricktimm.com.
Employee Benefits Connect 2019: Siemens has seen a dramatic shift in the way it works, from the rise of competition from smaller organisations and start-ups, to increased globalisation and remote capabilities. To prepare for these changes, the organisation has overhauled its approach to reward and the employee experience.As part of the performance stream at Employee Benefits Connect 2019 on 27 February, Heike Avramovic (pictured), head of reward and policy at Siemens, presented a session titled ‘Rethinking rewards for the future of work’.She detailed some of the changes that had brought Siemens to the point it is at today: “Before, the big decisions were taken by our headquarters in Munich. That is not the case any more, we work internationally and very much remotely. Project teams are spread out and we use the intelligence we have [across] the whole [organisation] to bring things to life.”Avramovic went on to share a number of initiatives Siemens has taken live as part of its changing approach to reward. One of these was the decision in 2017 to remove hierarchies and grading schemes for its senior managers, globally.“These career ladders, we find in the future of work, they do not exist any more,” she said. “[A career] can go anywhere, and the [traditional] system doesn’t work any more, because it just goes straight up.”The move from a focus on traditional hierarchies to a focus on the individual was met with concern by some, who felt their place in the system might become unsure. To help facilitate this change, Siemens used champions, ambassadors, and public support from executive leadership.The organisation also made a wider commitment to flexibility and choice, taking into account the large variety of potential ways of working. It revamped its flexible benefits package, which in the UK is called ‘My Choice’.“Flexibility and choice, for us, is a key success factor for rewards. If we can give flexibility to the people to modify their packages themselves, the better it is for such a diverse employee group,” Avramovic explained.Siemens previously had a sturdy system of bi-annual enrolment, with a rigid process of approvals, annual reporting and annual total reward statements, which Avramovic reports was sufficient but in need of change.When the organisation canvassed its employees, it found that core benefits were still important, but that health and wellbeing, and financial wellbeing, were becoming increasingly important. Flexibility and accessibility were also key.Therefore, Siemens worked on updating its benefits website and allowing access at any time. The aim was to update the look and feel of the site, to provide a user-friendly consumer experience accessible on any device, and to create a hub for all resources relevant to the employee.While some benefits, such as insurance products, are still restricted, for the most part staff can now make scheme changes, such as altering their pensions contribution, at any time. Total reward statements are also now updated on a monthly basis.Other changes Siemens made to its benefits package include making holiday buy and sell provisions available to all employees, and launching free financial education via provider Nudge. The organisation also revamped its entire pension scheme, combining it with financial wellbeing strategy.Using 26 different communications templates, depending on metrics such as age, current contribution rate and salary ranges, Siemens launched a tailored, action-orientated education campaign. Following this, 2,500 employees out of the 15,000 in the UK changed their pension contribution, with 90% increasing.As a whole HR function, and specifically related to reward, Siemens undertook a branding campaign, #futuremakers.“This Siemens employer brand supports our cultural change, from a [business] of making things to a fully digital business,” Avramovic explained. “We want to show that we are embracing digital transformation, but most of all, we want to showcase all of the great things our employees are doing. The whole campaign is about our employees, and not about the product. It’s about the great stories our employees can tell.”Using the organisation’s website, employees are able to share pictures and videos, showcasing their work and themselves.Avramovic concluded: “The future of work is already here; it will become more complex, but we have a lot of things we have to do now. Empowering technologies and real-time reward [are key].”
The multi-market activation and planning (MAP) team at audio streaming organisation Spotify is participating in an eight-week wellbeing challenge in order to increase employees’ awareness of their own health, as well as improve team engagement.The voluntary Body Age Challenge, provided by The Tonic, launched on 7 February 2019 for all 12 employees of Spotify’s MAP team, which is based between London and New York.The challenge starts with a workshop, enabling staff to identify their individual healthy living priorities. This is followed by one-to-one consultations with a wellbeing coach, to gather qualitative and quantitative health-related performance indicators; employees are then provided with a bespoke plan.During the challenge, employees have continued access to a wellbeing coach and are further supported by daily motivational emails. At the end of the eight weeks, staff are re-assessed to monitor their progress, as well as to refine their wellbeing plan if needed, to ensure ongoing success.Spotify currently supports the health and wellbeing of its 3,500 employees by providing healthy food options, fitness classes and gym discounts. The organisation also offers in-house wellbeing courses, with health and wellbeing information available to all staff via an internal training programme.Alex Faust, team leader, MAP team at Spotify, said: “Going into 2019, we wanted to do something that made us more aware of our health and wellbeing, something that engaged us as a group. Spotify is extremely supportive of wellbeing initiatives, running many of [its] own in-house schemes to support all team members, and approved the MAP team’s participation in the Body Age Challenge.“The process has been quite surprising. It has got us thinking more about what we are eating at work and at home, it has got us planning exercise into the working week, moving more, walking more, it has got us talking about healthier living as a group. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results and hope we can continue to support each other as a team, as it’s brought us closer together over such an important aspect of our lives.”
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz speaking at a press conference in Anchorage City Hall, with Capt. Justin Doll, Homeless Services Coordinator Nancy Burke, and Chief Information Officer Brendan Babb. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)On Wednesday (Feb. 8), the city of Anchorage announced the launch of its new open data portal. The website is designed as a one-stop shop for the public to get information that’s already collected by the municipality, but not always easy to find. So far, it includes everything from crime statistics to health inspections. But officials are quick to stress, this is only the beginning.Listen nowInside a conference room at City Hall, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz summed up the logic of his administration’s push to get public information in front of residents.“It’s really particularly important in a changing world that we have a dynamic form of civic engagement. And when you have open data it creates a portal for that civic engagement,” Berkowitiz said, adding that it gives community members an easier way to “harness public information.”It was a wonkish way of saying: sometimes your best ideas about how to govern a city come from innovative citizens.Since taking office, the Berkowitz Administration has consistently tried to improve municipal services by tinkering with them internally. That’s included measures like bringing social service providers together to cut out duplication and boost efficiency, as well as designing interactive maps on snowplowing and street lights (forthcoming). Many of those efforts fall under the city’s open data initiative, which is steering resources towards tech innovation, much of it overseen by Brendan Babb, the city’s chief information officer.Babb excitedly rattled off the data-sets that have been collected at the new site.“We’re highlighting restaurant inspection data, some childcare inspection data, and we’ll also have property appraisal and parcel data,” Babb listed.There are also limited data-sets on crime and homelessness. The idea, as Babb explained it, is to have the city’s public health inspection data integrated into websites like Yelp! so people have more information to make a decision about where to eat — that started last summer. Or having childcare inspection results easy to find when a parent is looking for daycare options.The portal is powered by a Seattle-based company called Socrata that specializes in opening government data.Part of Babb’s job is working with different city departments to get more data sets pulled into the portal and waiting to see what members of the public do with it — whether that’s finding un-spotted patterns, developing new apps, or plugging in numbers for a brand new application.“This is just the beginning,” Babb said. “We’re going to be adding additional data throughout the year. I think it’ll allow people to really explore the data and ask additional questions.”Decisions about which information sets to prioritize will be made by an “open data governance committee,” comprised of five municipal employees and five members of the public.
World’s largest coffee retailer Starbucks will see its current chairman and chief executive officer Howard Schultz stepping down from his current role. The company’s chief operating officer (COO) will move onto the new role.According to a CNBC report, current COO Kevin Johnson will replace Schultz as CEO from April 3, 2017. This surprise move caused the stocks to tumble more than 10 percent on early trade, which later recovered as investors came to terms with the development.However, the global coffee company announced that Schultz would remain in the company and would now focus on turning Starbucks’ reserve-branded coffee bars into destination restaurants.Schultz, who joined Starbucks in 1982 as director of operations and marketing, has successfully built the group into an iconic brand globally. Interestingly, this is not the first time that Schultz has stepped down from CEO’s role as he had done so in 2000 to come back in 2008.”As I focus on Starbucks next wave of retail innovation, I am delighted that Kevin Johnson — our current president, COO, a seven-year board member and my partner in running every facet of Starbucks business over the last two years — has agreed to assume the duties of Starbucks chief executive officer,” Schultz said in a news release. This would help in continuing a profitable growth for the company, he added.Schultz also lauded the contribution of the new CEO designate Kevin Johnson saying, “Kevin has been a wise and supportive resource for me.” He also said that the last two fiscal years have been the best in the company’s history in part because of the COO.Meanwhile, grapevine was abuzz with possible transition of Schultz into political circles as he has been a supporter of President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Some see his decision as a precursor for pursuing his own presidential run.Starbucks entered India in 2012 in partnership with Tata Global Beverages. This joint venture has since seen rapid scaling up with its store count reaching more than 84 locations in six cities in the country. The net sales of the company stood at Rs 235 crore from Indian operations during the last financial year.
Stay on target Between John Wick 3, Toy Story 4, and Always Be My Maybe, it’s been a phenomenal summer for remembering just how freaking cool Keanu Reeves is. And next year we’ll get to experience that coolness not just in a movie but also in a AAA video game when Reeves co-stars in Cyberpunk 2020 launching in April. We’re still recovering over his breathtaking surprise appearance at E3.However, between now and then we’re going to be in a bit of an unfortunate Keanu lull. Luckily, modder JinMar has made just the thing to pass the time: adding a playable Keanu Reeves to the PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.Take a look!AdChoices广告With its bizarre abstract unfinished angry sad fever dream story and stunning amounts of freeing creativity for a huge, long, open-world stealth-action game Metal Gear Solid V rules. It was my favorite game of 2015 and I’ve been looking for an excuse to play it again ever since. I was hoping for a Switch port, but this Keanu mod might also do.The impressively detailed Keanu character model features his current long hair and scraggly beard look. Dress him up in a tuxedo, military garb, or even his Cyberpunk character Johnny Silverhand complete with sunglasses and silver robot hand. However, this doesn’t change the original Kiefer Sutherland voice. But Snake doesn’t talk that much in this game anyway.Along with just being a fun mash-up, putting Keanu in this game makes a certain amount of poetic sense. As an aging but ultra-competent assassin escaping the amoral forces that made him, John Wick and Snake already have a bunch of the same energy. The John Wick movies are just riffing on Reeves’s real-world aging star power. Plus the lore of Metal Gear is about as dense nonsensical as John Wick’s. And bosses betray John Wick about as violently and as often as Konami betrayed Kojima.So check out this free mod to play Metal Gear Keanu for yourself. For more fun PC mods check out Shrek meets Sekiro in Shrekiro and finally make Mr. X wear a thong in the Resident Evil 2 remake.View as: One Page Slides1/51. 2. 3. 4. 5. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits