Closing Bell TSX up amid strong US jobs data traders find few

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting shed little light on how fast the U.S. central bank will accelerate the winding up of a key stimulus program.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 17.7 points to 13,614.63 with lift coming primarily from miners and techs.The Canadian dollar continued to plumb multi-year depths, down 0.27 of a cent to 92.56 cents US, its lowest close since late October 2009.New York markets were mainly lower following the release of the minutes from the meeting last month when the Fed decided to start tapering its US$85 billion a month of bond purchases by $10 billion starting this month and said further decreases would depend on economic data. But traders had hoped there would be some clues as to the pace of further tapering and now the focus has shifted to Friday and the release of the government’s employment report for December.Expectations for a stronger than expected jobs report on Friday grew after payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday that the U.S. private sector created 238,000 jobs in December.The ADP data came out two days before the U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report and expectations have been that the U.S. economy cranked out about 195,000 jobs in December.The Dow Jones industrials lost 68.2 points to 16,462.74, the Nasdaq added 12.43 points to 4,165.61 and the S&P 500 index declined 0.39 of a point to 1,837.49.Meanwhile, the Fed minutes did nothing to dispel concerns that the U.S. central bank will exit its latest quantitative easing program well before the end of 2014.“(Tapering) is going to be data dependent but I think there’s a school of thought now that we will start to see that tapering of $10 billion, maybe $15 billion a month,” said Garey Aitken, chief investment officer at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“So they’re not just going to go from $85 (billion) to $75 (billion) and leave it there — this is going to be a methodical wind-down of this so that by the third quarter we have completely stopped (the asset purchases).”The bond purchases have kept long-term rates low and encouraged investors to put their money in the stock market.TSX gains were paced by the base metals segment, up 0.74% even as the March copper contract lost early gains and gave back two cents to US$3.34 a pound. Performance was mixed with HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) ahead 20 cents to C$8.81 while Teck Resources (TCK.B) declined 33 cents to $26.28.The tech sector was largely supportive, ahead 0.72% as Open Text (TSX:OTC) rose $2.12 to $101.60.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) was up six cents to $9.20 on top of two days of solid gains. Wednesday’s advance came as Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) said that it will double its investment in the smartphone maker’s debt with the purchase of an additional US$250 million in convertible debentures.Financials were also supportive with Manulife Financial ahead 50 cents to $21.35.The gold sector was the biggest drag, down about 1% as the February gold bullion contract slipped $4.10 to US$1,225.50 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 30 cents to C$19.37 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell 25 cents to $23.87. The component was the worst performer on the TSX last year, losing almost 50%, but it has been generally positive so far this year, up almost 4% over the last week.Industrials also dragged, with Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) down 95 cents to $58.63. A CN train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil derailed in northwestern New Brunswick on Tuesday. A spokesman said initial indications are that 15 cars and one locomotive derailed from a train that consisted of 122 cars and four locomotives.The energy sector was off 0.28% as the February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid $1.34 to US$92.33 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) fell 61 cents to C$45.97.In other corporate news, Monsanto reported better than expected first-quarter earnings on higher sales of the company’s insect-repelling and herbicide-resistant soybean seeds in Latin America. Despite an 8.6% increase in profit, the company left its full-year fiscal guidance unchanged. Its shares shed early declines to advance $1.99 to US$115.23.The Canadian Press read more

Federal budget to be delayed until April thanks to low oil prices

CALGARY — Canada’s finance minister says he will delay tabling a budget until April because of economic uncertainty caused by tumbling oil prices.Joe Oliver says in prepared remarks to a Calgary business crowd that the government needs to consider everything it is hearing in pre-consultation talks before finalizing its fiscal plan for the coming year.“Given the current market instability, I will not bring forward our budget earlier than April,” Oliver says in text prepared for a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.“We need all the information we can obtain before finalizing our decisions.”Blame oil: Cheap crude seen putting Canada’s recovery and surplus hopes at riskSell Canada! Investors bet against loonie, bank stocks as oil collapsesThe biggest threats to Canada’s housing market? Declining oil prices, for startersHe says while low oil prices benefit consumers at the pump, they hurt the bottom line of oil companies, which leads to decreased investment and less employment. He says that in turn reduces tax revenue both provincially and federally.“The impact of lower oil prices on the Canadian economy is complex and creates both benefits and harm.”Oliver points out there is no consensus on how low oil prices will fall or how long they will stay there.The last federal budget was released in mid-February 2014, while the budget in 2013 came out that March.Oil prices are hovering around US$45 a barrel — a steep drop from the US$100 oil was bringing in last summer.Oliver is still promising a balanced budget with no tax increases and a focus on job creation. read more

Ontario enlists former bank CEO to help with bid for Amazon headquarters

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says a former banking executive will help guide the province’s bid to become the home of Amazon’s new corporate headquarters.The online retail giant announced earlier this week that it planned to establish a second North American office, and many cities have already expressed their interest in the project.Wynne joined their ranks on Saturday, announcing she had named former TD Bank chief executive Ed Clark as the head of a group tasked with landing the project.Clark, who retired from TD in 2014, now serves as the Wynne’s business adviser.Wynne says he will head a group of business leaders who will work to secure Amazon’s interest in locating its headquarters in Ontario.Toronto Mayor John Tory has already expressed keen interest in bidding to make Toronto Amazon’s next home.Amazon says that it will spend more than US$5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. The technology company plans to stay in its current Seattle headquarters and the new space will be “a full equal” of its current home, said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year.While many cities will likely be clamouring to make their pitch to Amazon as well, candidates must meet specific requirements to be considered. Key criteria include: a prime location, access to mass transit and proximity to an international airport. Any potential site must have room to grow, as Amazon wants to expand its new headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade. That’s about the same size as its current home in Seattle.Other Canadian cities, such as Waterloo, Ont., or Vancouver, may also fit the bill.Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters. The city itself doesn’t necessarily have to be one million people, but declined to say how open it was to going outside of the United States.Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up 8.1 million square feet, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 US a year. read more

Pair charged in recent business robberies

Two Regina men have now been charged in connection with a pair of armed robberies of businesses over the summer.The men, aged 64 and 50, are charged with two counts each of robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent and breach of undertaking. The 64-year-old faces one additional count of unauthorized possession of a firearm while the younger man has two such charges. The 50-year-old is additionally charged with two counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.The pair appeared at Regina Provincial Court this week.Late last month, the Regina Police Service released information that they had arrested the 64-year-old but were still looking for a second suspect. The second man was arrested and charged this week.The older man was arrested after an alleged robbery went badly for him, resulting in his suffering injuries in a confrontation with witnesses at the scene.Police said they were dispatched at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 25 to a business on the 800 block of Argyle Street North, where they found the injured 64-year-old suspect. He was taken to hospital by EMS. A second male was said to have fled the scene.Police — who located a pellet gun at the scene — were told two men armed with guns had been inside the business.Subsequent investigation has now led to the two men also being charged in connection with a July 10 incident. On that date at about 1:15 a.m., police were called to a business robbery on the 900 block of East Arcola Avenue.Police said two males, armed with what appeared to be firearms, entered the business, demanded money and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. read more

Arthritis is the price for our ancestors surviving the Ice Age say

first_imgNeanderthals also shared the same mutation “Many people think of osteoarthritis as a kind of wear-and-tear disease, but there’s clearly a genetic component at work here as well.”It’s possible that climbing around in cold environments was enough of a risk factor to select for a protective variant even if it brought along an increased likelihood of an age-related disease like arthritis, which typically doesn’t develop until late in life.”Researchers first linked a mutated form of GDF5 to arthritis and height in the 1990s. They also discovered it was being controlled by a key piece of genetic machinery which they labelled GROW1, and which signals to the gene to turn off bone growth. A genetic mutation caused by faulty machinery in the DNA allowed our ancestors to survive the harsh Ice Age winters Credit:Supphachai Neanderthals also shared the same mutationCredit: kolvenbach / Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A genetic mutation caused by faulty machinery in the DNA allowed our ancestors to survive the harsh Ice Age winters center_img For the 10 million Britons suffering from arthritis, it may be cold comfort to know that they might not be alive today at all, were it not for their aching limbs.Researchers in the US have discovered that a gene mutation which increases the risk of arthritis evolved in the Ice Age to help protect our ancestors from frostbite.Around half of Europeans carry a variant of the GDF5 gene which nearly doubles the chance of developing painful joints, and also knocks around 1cm off height.Although it may seem like an evolutionary disadvantage to be shorter and less mobile, in fact, it helped early humans to ward off the freezing temperatures of the north as they ventured out of Africa for the first time around 50,000 years ago. “The variant that decreases height is lowering the activity of GDF5 in the growth plates of the bone. Interestingly, the region that harbors this variant is closely linked to other mutations that affect GDF5 activity in the joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis in the knee and hip.”The research was published in the journal Nature Genetics. Being short and stocky not only helped our ancestors withstand the bitter cold but also reduced the risk of life-threatening bone fractures when slipping on icy surfaces.And because arthritis usually appears after reproductive age, it would not have proved detrimental to starting a family, so the mutation was passed on.“This gene variant is present in billions of people, and it’s likely responsible for millions of cases of arthritis around the globe. ” said Dr David Kingsley, Professor of developmental biology at Stanford University. In the new study they looked at the genomes of people from across the world who had submitted their DNA for the 1,000 Genomes project and noticed that the gene variant and its bone-limiting switch were far more common in European populations. In contrast the gene variant is extremely rare in African populations.The also discovered the variant was common in Neanderthals and Denisovans – hominids who moved north in Europe and Asia around 600,000 years ago ahead of modern humans, but eventually became extinct.”It’s clear that the genetic machinery around a gene can have a dramatic impact on how it works,” said Dr Terence Capellini, associate professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University.last_img read more

Pakistan captain Misbah to retire after Windies Tests

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPCB wants Windies for day/night TestApril 28, 2016In “latest news”Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies TestsMarch 6, 2017In “Sports”C’bean triumph unforgettable, says retiring MisbahMay 19, 2017In “latest news” (AFP) Pakistan’s most successful skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, ending months of speculation over his future.Pakistani Test cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq speaks to media at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on April 6, 2017. (Photo: AFP)“The series against the West Indies is my last series,” the 42-year-old told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, adding that he had been under no pressure to retire.“I am satisfied,” he said.Since taking over the captaincy in the wake of an international spot-fixing scandal in 2010, Misbah — who is currently the oldest international cricketer — has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, winning 24, losing 18 and drawing 11.He also briefly led his team to world number one Test rankings last year, despite playing no matches at home due to concerns over security.The feat earned him widespread acclaim throughout the cricketing world. Earlier this year, coach Mickey Arthur described Misbah as “integral” to the Pakistan side.But the veteran has long been expected to call time on his illustrious career, with former Pakistan cricket heavyweights demanding he step down in January after a 3-0 rout in Australia.It was Pakistan’s fourth consecutive 3-0 whitewash in Australia since 1999, and their 12th straight defeat.After the loss, Misbah said he would take his time to decide on the future — reversing an earlier announcement that he would quit, which he said was triggered by frustration.The Pakistan Cricket Board paid tribute to the aging captain, with chairman Shaharyar Khan saying they would honour him when he retires.“He has given a lot to Pakistan cricket,” Khan said, echoing a flood of accolades on social media, where #MISBAH was trending.Legendary paceman Wasim Akram said it would be “tough to fill the void”.“A cricketing mind like him comes rarely,” he said. “I have good memories of Misbah, he has brought positive things in Pakistan cricket as a leader in the last seven years.”Misbah gave himself little time to dwell over the announcement Thursday before turning his focus on to the West Indies series.“My cricket journey was very good,” he said briefly, though he said he wished he could have played a series against arch-rivals India.“There were many hardships in my career but for now I am focusing on the present situation.“The series against West Indies is a good opportunity to bring the team back on the winning track. The last six Test matches do not reflect the abilities of our team.”Misbah will lead Pakistan in the Tests, the first of which starts in Jamaica on April 21, the second in Barbados on April 30 and the third in Dominica on May 10.The series has also seen selectors introduce fresh blood in the form of young leg-spinner Shadab Khan, 18, who rose to prominence in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in February-March. read more

Freeport Indonesia making biodiesel from spent mine camp cooking oil

first_imgPT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) has embarked on a biodiesel development project, making the fuel from used cooking oil, and becoming one of the first mining companies to develop this resource from its supplies of used oil from restaurants and mess halls into biodiesel, an alternative energy source that is both environmentally friendly and renewable. In developing the biodiesel project, PTFI’s Environmental Department is working together with the Surfactant and Bioenergy Research Center in Bogor, Indonesia, to create a biodiesel reactor and increase knowledge of developing biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil.Use of biodiesel as fuel for PTFI operational vehicles has been tested on several light vehicles in use in the highlands and lowlands areas. “Biodiesel utilisation may be increased going forward, dependingupon available supply,” explained PTFI Superintendent – Environmental Management System Novriadi Visco.last_img read more

Plants may detect terrorist bombs in the future

first_imgIf you visit an airport today the latest solution to figuring out if you are carrying a bomb or weapon is to subject you to a full body scan where someone sees your naked self on a monitor. Or you can opt to have your most private of parts caressed by a smiling TSA agent. It’s intrusive and not a perfect system.Colorado State University has a better idea: lets modify plants so they can tell us who is carrying the bomb as they walk by.It sounds a bit crazy, but biologist Professor June Medford and a team at the University are working on rewiring plants to allow for very quick detection and reaction to a range of pollutants in the air around them. Such a reaction would be seen by a sudden change in color of the plants, say from green to white.As Medford explains:The idea to make detector plants comes directly from nature. Plants can’t run or hide from threats, so they’ve developed sophisticated systems to detect and respond to their environment. We’ve ‘taught’ plants how to detect things we’re interested in and respond in a way anyone can see, to tell us there is something nasty around. Medford taught the plants by re-designing the periplasmic binding proteins (PBP), otherwise known as receptors, that naturally occur in plants. The receptors were recreated in software and designed to react to certain types of pollutants. The new synthetic receptors are then placed back in the plant where they take hold and make the plant very receptive to whichever pollutant the PBP was designed for.The research has already gotten interest from DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate among others. A grant of $7.9 million to continue the research has also come from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.It’s not just bombs these plants can be setup to detect. There’s a whole range of chemicals they could react to, with one plant type detecting multiple pollutants. Thus allowing for such modified plants to be placed in public areas as a form of natural monitoring of the local environment. We may even see them offered for the home one day giving you a gauge as to the health of the air you are breathing.The team have already got plants reacting to pollutants, but the reactions takes hours to happen. Medford wants to get this down to just a handful of minutes and that’s where the focus will be going forward.Read more at Colorado State University and PLoS Onelast_img read more

Google Doodle is a working Moog synthesizer

first_imgIf you’re a fan of any kind of electronic music like Dubstep or Ambient sounds, then you should be interested in the latest doodle that Google has made live today to celebrate Dr. Robert Moog’s 78th birthday. Moog was best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, which was one of the first widely used electronic instruments. He can be directly credited with the birth of the electronic music genre which is thriving and growing today.Capable of creating and altering electronic sounds, the first Moog synthesizers were modular in nature. As you can see in a screenshot of the doodle posted below, each unit had several specialized modules to create electric voltage signals of different strengths. By combining these different signals at different modulations, the device was able to emit an infinite number of interesting sounds for recording. Interesting to note is that Moog was the first to use actual an actual piano keyboard to make the operation of his devices possible. He felt that by putting a set of recognizable keys on his synthesizers people would be able to accept them as true musical instruments in an easier fashion.Google is known for its doodles being both functional and inspirational, but this one really takes the cake. The Moog synthesizer that the search giant provides is indeed functional, allowing you to bend and oscillate sounds to your hearts content. It comes with four modules; a mixer, oscillators, filters, and envelope to allow you to create different sounds with a simple click of your mouse. Even more impressive is that on the right hand side of the virtual device is a recorder that will capture your electronic music creations for playback at a later time. We can see a lot of office time being wasted as various would-be electronic music performers create their first demo tapes courtesy of Mountain View.Go and play with the Google Moog right now, and if you happen to create some music you would like to share, drop the link in the comments for others to take a listen.Read more about Robert Moog and his synthesizers at Wikipedia.last_img read more

Eating snow and singing How people survived the Italian hotel avalanche

first_img Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 1:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Eating snow and singing: How people survived the Italian hotel avalanche Rescuers are searching for 23 people still believed to be trapped in the hotel. By AFP Jan 22nd 2017, 1:07 PM Image: Italian Fire Department via AP http://jrnl.ie/3199440 SURVIVORS OF ITALY’S avalanche disaster ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as as they huddled in pitch black, cramped cavities in the mangled wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.The traumatic nature of their life-or-death ordeal emerged today as rescuers insisted they had not abandoned hope of finding some of the 23 other people buried under the icy ruins, despite 48 hours having elapsed since they last detected signs of life.“We have hope. Even if there are no signs of life, you could drill through a wall and suddenly there’d be contact. That’s what happened with the other survivors,” said Luca Cari, a spokesman for the rescue operation.Rescue teams were working round the clock with only two-hour rest breaks to ensure the first responders most familiar with the layout maximise their time on site.The risk of another avalanche remained high and snow and fog continued to hamper the rescue effort in the mountains of central Italy.Work was focused on reaching a section of the back of the hotel that was protected by a rock buffer.“We are fairly confident there are rooms intact there,” Cari said.“The problem is getting to them. We don’t have much room to manoeuvre, the holes we are climbing down into are narrow, and then we have to break through very thick walls to get into rooms, hoping to find someone inside.”‘I’m alive’The survivors extracted so far, five adults and four children, were trapped under the snow-blanketed remains of the three-storey building for 40 hours before their first contact with rescue teams.“I’m Georgia and I’m alive,” 22-year-old student Georgia recalled telling the rescuers. “It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever said,” she said in a hospital bed interview with Corriere della Sera.Galassi and her boyfriend Vincenzo Forti, 25, had to wait another 18 hours before they were finally extracted in the early hours yesterday, the rescuers having given priority to getting the children out first.When they emerged, they only had a few bruises and mild hypothermia to show for an experience that started when a wall of snow hurtled into the hotel just after 5.30 pm on Wednesday.The survivors were all in or close to the hotel entrance hall waiting for transport home when it struck, sending them flying.“When I came round we were on the ground, bruised but not really hurt,” Georgia said. “It was pitch black, the only thing we could hear were the voices of the others near us, echoing.”With the help of mobile phone lights before the batteries ran out, the survivors established they were spread across four separate pockets of varying sizes.Trapped in a boxOne of them, Francesca Bronzi was alone, unable to stand because of a giant wooden beam. “It was very claustrophobic but the worst thing was the thirst, I was constantly wetting my lips with ice and dirty snow,” she said.Another collapsed beam had come to a halt centimetres above the head of eight-year-old Gianfilippo Parete, according to his mother Adriana, who was next to him.“I hugged him and I think we stayed like that for the rest of the time, day and night.”Gianfilippo’s sister, Ludovica, 6, was with two boys in the adjacent remains of the hotel games room.“Fortunately the mamma could hear her daughter and help her to stay calm,” Georgia said.The student said her partner had emerged as the leader of the group, singing whenever spirits flagged.“He never had any doubts, he kept us all up. He gave the group strength,” she said. “I just felt like I was trapped in a box. I cried a lot.”As well as the nine pulled out, there were two survivors who were outside the hotel when the avalanche struck at nightfall on Wednesday. Five bodies have been recovered so far.The snow slide followed a series of powerful earthquakes in the region earlier in the day and some 36 hours of heavy snow.A prosecutor has opened an investigation into the disaster with hypothetical charges of manslaughter and causing a disaster.It remains at a preliminary stage but questions are mounting over whether the construction of the luxury spa should have been authorised and if it should have been evacuated before the avalanche struck.© – AFP, 2017Read: A total of 11 people have now been rescued from the Italian hotel buried by snow 2 Comments 22,275 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL Image: Italian Fire Department via APlast_img read more

Heres Doom Running On The MacBook Pros Touch Bar

first_imgStay on target Do you like Doom? Do you have a new MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? This bit of news should perk you right up, especially if you’re down from all the haters talking about the Bar itself. As it turns out, the Bar can actually run classic first-person shooter Doom. Yes, you read that right.It’s something of a litmus test to see how many pieces of tech can run Doom, and it’s been ported to several interesting items in the past, so it makes sense that the Touch Bar would be next. It has much of the same components as an Apple Watch, so of course it’s powerful enough to play Doom. Why wouldn’t it be?Side note, as ridiculous (ly amazing) as Doom is running on the Touch Bar is… the HUD is equally great pic.twitter.com/RFwq7nJ7ae— Adam Bell (@b3ll) November 20, 2016iOS developer Adam Bell is responsible for this awesome display of technical prowess, but despite his best efforts it’s just not that feasible to play with a 2170 x 60 resolution. Bell also opted to take Doom’s iconic HUD and place it on the Touch Bar. If you don’t want to actually play the game, it makes for an awesome look on the MacBook Pro itself, like a really cool piece of decor. It’s way more interesting than the colorful snap-on cases most of us have on our MacBooks, anyway.This isn’t the first hack for the Touch Bar, of course, and it won’t be the last. It practically cries out to be customized, as there’s a special one for Nyan Cat and probably dozens more out there. Out of what’s available, however, the Doom mod is by far the coolest just yet. As an aside, if you haven’t played the 2016 reboot of Doom, you should remedy that at your earliest convenience. You’ll need something a little more powerful if you want to play on a laptop, but definitely keep it on your to-do list. Sweet Tech Deals on MacBook Pro, Wireless Headphones, Drones, and MoreGet a Quality Refurbished Apple MacBook or iPad for Over 70 Percent Off last_img read more

Half of UK employers offer gamified rewards to staff

first_imgAlmost half (48%) of UK employers offer some form of gamified rewards to staff, according to research by workplace incentives provider One4All Rewards.Its Workers on top of their game report, which surveyed 1,096 UK employees, also found that 20% of employers provide gamification in the form of a set bonus for completing a specific goal, while a further 17% use surprise, unplanned rewards to recognise jobs well done.These unexpected rewards are cited by 35% of respondents as the type that would motivate them most, but having a system of set targets is popular with 28% of those asked. Rewards given by peers are deemed most motivational by 17%, and offered by 14% of employers.Almost two-fifths (38%) of respondents felt that working towards rewards and bonuses would make work more fun, while 32% stated that it would encourage them to work harder, and 37% said it would increase their happiness while at work.When broken down by size of organisation, the research found that only 13% of employees at micro-businesses, namely those with between one and four employees, would be more motivated by a gamified system. This increases to 25% among those with between 51 and 500 employees, and 28% among those with more than 500.Within a wider gamification strategy, using a points-based system was deemed by respondents to motivate people to work harder (24%), find work more enjoyable (23%), increase their performance (20%), and feel increased loyalty to their employer (18%).A quarter (25%) of employees stated that clear communication from the start would be necessary to properly introduce a gamified system, while 23% stated that they would like to receive regular updates on rewards they have earned. An online portal was cited as important by 21% of those asked.When considering the most popular types of gamified rewards, monetary bonuses placed highest (49%), followed by gift vouchers (33%) and extra days off for birthdays (25%). At the lower end of the scale is exclusive retail or experience discounts (13%) and duvet days (13%).Alan Smith, UK managing director at One4all Rewards, said: “In [small to medium enterprises], finding the budget for a rewards scheme can be tough, but gamified rewards can be more flexible in some ways and they don’t have to involve large budgets. While some might think that these kinds of rewards are more complex to implement, this isn’t necessarily the case.“As we can see from the survey data, and the sheer number of workers who said that the implementation of a gamified reward system would make them work harder, the cost of implementing this kind of rewards could soon be recouped by the increased productivity employers would benefit from.”last_img read more

Prince William Kate Middleton Likely to Call off Pakistan Visit

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton might be taking a rain-check on their visit to Pakistan due to the ongoing tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, a media report said on Monday. As per reports citing a statement released by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the visit of the royal couple appeared to be unlikely due to the current turn of events in the region, The News International said in the report. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Earlier in June, an official statement from the royal family had announced that the couple were to visit Pakistan later this year upon the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prince William and Kate’s trip would have been the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Pakistan since 2006 when Prince Charles and Camilla had travelled to the South Asian country. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Previously, Queen Elizabeth II had visited in 1961 and 1997, and the late Princess Diana in 1991. Tensions have been simmering between India and Pakistan ever since New Delhi on August 5 revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, in order to bring in faster development and security to the state.last_img read more

Backup plan underway QF strikes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas is working on consolidating services and updating its flight schedule for next week as workers plan to walk off the job for up to four hours on Tuesday 20 September.Announcing the strike earlier this week, Qantas said it is working on contingency plans to reduce the amount of disruptions and will contact affected passengers in the coming days. Qantas Group executive Olivia Wirth said the carrier is focusing its efforts on passengers and getting them to their destination.”The TWU is intent on causing disruptions to Qantas passengers and we are doing everything we possibly can to reduce the delays and cancellations,” Ms Wirth said.“Qantas will publish an updated schedule in the coming days and contact any passenger who has been affected by the strike to make alternative travel arrangements.”Despite months of negotiations, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) announced this week that its Qantas members had voted in favour of a four hour strike as well as a ban on certain administrative tasks which the carrier said could affect operations for up to 48 hours.Ms Wirth has urged the union return to the negotiation tables and reach a fair deal that will not impact the carrier’s competitiveness in the sector.“The TWU is demanding significant pay increases and new restrictions on labour flexibility which would make Qantas less competitive and prevent us from responding to volatility in the aviation industry,” Ms Wirth explained.“These employees are already the highest paid in the Australian aviation industry and we are willing to offer reasonable pay increases but the latest demands from the union are unreasonable.“We encourage the TWU to remain at the negotiating table instead of going on strike.”last_img read more

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