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Francois Trinh-Duc flick through the legs sets up Imanol Harinordoquy try

first_imgWednesday Feb 9, 2011 Francois Trinh-Duc flick through the legs sets up Imanol Harinordoquy try After a great opening weekend of Six Nations rugby, it seems as though there were a few key incidents or moments in the games that grabbed most of the plaudits and attention. This is one of them.You will have seen the highlights of the France vs Scotlandgame here on RD earlier in the week, so by now have probably already seen this try but I thought it would be nice to post it on it’s own for those of you who fancy seeing the neat bit of skill again.Francois Trinh-Duc was brought back into the French side as flyhalf after Damien Traille was fairly unsuccessful there during the Autumn Internationals. It seems as though it was a good move by coach Marc Lievremont, as the 24 year old got his backline going nicely all match, including this outrageous flick pass that resulted in a try.It was no doubt just a 50-50 pass that came instinctively, but it worked perfectly and number eight Imanol Harinordoquy was the worthy beneficiary of the flick pass, finishing well before bringing a smile to the face of young Trinh-Duc, who was probably as surprised as everyone.The last time we saw a scoring pass from a flick through the legs must have been that try Joe Rokocoko scored against the Springboks in 2003. On that occasion it was the man you’d most expect it from, Carlos Spencer. 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Boulder Retreat / Carney Logan Burke Architects

first_imgCopyHouses•United States Boulder Retreat / Carney Logan Burke Architects 2015 Photographs:  Matthew Millman Project Team:Eric Logan, Jeff Lawrence, Jen Mei, Monica DeGraffenreid, Anna FosterCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Matthew MillmanText description provided by the architects. The Boulder Retreat is located adjacent to a ski resort in Wyoming. The owners’ program called for a modest but expandable residential program to be interpreted in an architectural language that is abstract rather than literal in referencing the ubiquitous “western log cabin”. Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanSave this picture!© Matthew MillmanSave this picture!© Matthew MillmanThe site’s limited buildable area and the clients’ desire for minimal impact on the landscape required a small footprint for the building. This constraint, together with specifications of the owners’ program, pushed the living areas of the house onto an upper floor and into the canopy of trees, creating an upside-down version of a traditional house diagram. Steep slopes, dense tree cover, and an enormous boulder are all site influences central to the design solution. The primal, geologic character of the boulder had a profound impact on the building form.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Matthew MillmanProject gallerySee allShow lessBuildings vs. Movies: Comparing Budgets of Blockbusters and Notable Architecture Pro…ArticlesPlayhouses For Charity: How One Architect’s Design Competition Raises Money For Negl…Articles Share Boulder Retreat / Carney Logan Burke ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBoulder Retreat / Carney Logan Burke Architects “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Dembergh Construction United States Architects: Carney Logan Burke Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Matthew Millman+ 37 Share Area:  4800 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Contractor: Year:  Houses “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeCarney Logan Burke ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUnited StatesPublished on September 02, 2016Cite: “Boulder Retreat / Carney Logan Burke Architects” 02 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?巨石住宅 / Carney Logan Burke Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

End racism, capitalism & imperialist war

first_imgSolidarity & Socialism are the AnswersJOIN THE ANTI-CAPITALIST/RESIST IMPERIALISM CONTINGENTJoin the anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist contingent at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m.  For details on where to meet us, call or text 443-221-3775 or check Workers World Party Facebook.To save our planet we must put an end to the capitalist/imperialist system as soon as possible!We are at a critical juncture! Trump, the Pentagon generals and the entire U.S. imperialist system have escalated war — raining down bombs on Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, and threatening north Korea with regime change. This dangerous escalation could start a nuclear war.SHUT THE PENTAGON DOWN!The U.S. military machine uses more oil than any other institution in the world and is the planet’s worst polluter.  Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.Imperialist wars, through massive bombings and drone strikes, have destroyed millions of people’s lives, creating untold numbers of deaths and injuries, misery and suffering.  They also endanger the earth’s ecosystems.SOVEREIGNTY FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WHO ARE LEADING THE WAY!Indigenous peoples from Standing Rock to Bolivia, Honduras and Ecuador have shown the way in resisting capitalism’s attempts to defile the earth, destroy water supplies and break treaties. Support their struggles and call for sovereignty and self-determination for Indigenous peoples.SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS AND BLACK, LATINX, ASIAN, ARAB AND NATIVE PEOPLES — AND ALL WORKERS!  MARCH ON MAY DAY!It is crucial to unite with those who have borne the brunt of capitalism’s war on the people, those who stand the most to lose from climate disaster.  The climate crisis has forced many migrant workers to leave their homelands.  Environmental racism has destroyed the lives of many Black and Brown children and their families.Don’t just march on April 29.  March on May Day!  May Day provides an opportunity to “Shut shit down” in defense of the most targeted workers — like immigrants and the Black community — but also all workers.March after May 1.  Defend the strikers!  Join us as we raise our voices and put our bodies on the line to say “No!” to reprisals and firings of workers who strike.Those participating in the People’s Climate March, who come from more privileged backgrounds, must also come out on May Day to defend migrants who have risked their low-wage jobs to demand an end to Trump’s war against them. Environmental activists should support workers who face reprisals for marching on May Day.ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN SAVE THE PLANET BY RISING UP AGAINST RACISM, CAPITALISM AND IMPERIALIST WAR: SOLIDARITY & SOCIALISM ARE THE ANSWER!MASSIVE UPHEAVAL IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE.We need to build a new world based on human cooperation, solidarity and socialism. This means fighting racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. It means supporting and defending immigrant workers.Our first duty in the U.S. is to take down the imperialist system — the beast that has hindered human progress worldwide and caused the most destruction.  The U.S. was the first country to develop nuclear weapons and is the only country to have used them.  Washington committed a monstrous war crime when the Pentagon bombed civilian populations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan, in 1945, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of people.Issued by Workers World PartyFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CountryMark Adds New Blending Technology

first_img CountryMark Adds New Blending Technology Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jul 14, 2017 SHARE New CountryMark technologyCountryMark celebrated a new technology investment this week in Mount Vernon, an investment of nearly half a million dollars. CEO Charlie Smith explains the new biodiesel rack injection system.“In Mount Vernon we continue to have a splash vending operation. This sequential blending is quicker, reduces costs, and gives a superior blending effectiveness for the high quality biodiesel that we add to our existing diesel fuel. So, this is really about next generation technology of getting the proper mixing between the biofuel, which is a soybean byproduct, and the diesel fuel itself.”He told HAT the benefits of the rack injection system sprinkle around, touching several areas including their biodiesel consumers.“A more efficient, more effective blend of high quality fuels gives a better experience for the user. At CountryMark we’re all about that. I used to say if our fuel fails my phone rings, so that’s a benefit directly to the consumer.”Of course, soybean farmers and farmers in general benefit.“The benefit to the farmers, most of whom own us, farmer owners part of the co-op system, is increased demand for biofuels, and increased use of biofuels helps keep grain prices a little bit higher. Now I’m not suggesting this facility in and of itself is going to have an impact on soybean prices, but generally speaking the more we can promote biofuels the better off the experience is at the farm gate for farm profitability if the consumers in general are happy consuming biofuels.”CountryMark also benefits from better demand of better fuels and being better able to meet their blend requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. More on that in the full interview:Charlie Smith on new blending technologySmith and others were joined by Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch at a celebration event Wednesday.(Top picture: Mark Seib, a Posey County Farmer and United Soybean Board Director; Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch; Bill Jones, President and CEO of Crossroads Corner, an Illinois trucking company; and CountryMark President and CEO Charlie Smith)(Also pictured: Ash Titzer, CountryMark’s Manager of Crude Gathering and Transportation, provided a tour of the new biodiesel rack injection equipment) Home Indiana Agriculture News CountryMark Adds New Blending Technology Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleCensky’s Legacy at ASA Makes Him a Perfect Fit for Deputy SecretaryNext articleIndiana Dairy Takes Popular Product to the Indianapolis Circle Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Optimizing Your Credit Options for 2018

first_img Optimizing Your Credit Options for 2018As growers consider their production plans for 2018, credit and financing options will play a big role in those operating plans. Doug Cox, with Farm Credit Mid-America, says there are steps that growers can take to optimize their credit and make a plan for 2018 that fits the needs of their operations. One thing Cox recommends is paying down your line or credit as quickly as possible, “An operating line is intended to be short term. Paying down or paying off those operating lines as soon as possible will not only lesson the amount of interest they have to pay, but will improve their credit picture by getting debt off their books.”Cox recommends that operating credit plans need to be customized to fit a producer’s operations, “For example, if you don’t sell your product until November, then your note should not be due in October.” He added that these loans are not one size fits all but can and should be set up to best fit a particular operation.Cox also urged growers to not be afraid of operating lines of credit, “In more profitable times, some farmers prided themselves on not needing these tools. But in these more challenging economic times, they may need to consider doing things differently.” He added always talk with your lender to identify credit options that are the best fit for your operation.Farm Credit Mid-America has on-line resources to help in this area. You can find them at Optimizing Your Credit Options for 2018 SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 17, 2017 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Optimizing Your Credit Options for 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Ending “Sue and Settle”Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for October 18, 2017 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Tamil newspaper editor arrested in Colombo

first_img News February 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tamil newspaper editor arrested in Colombo Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further News News Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by today’s arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of Sudar Oli, a Colombo-based Tamil daily that is part of the Uthayan press group. He was forcibly arrested while attending the funeral in Colombo of a relative of the group’s chairman. The media minister told the organisation that he was being “treated well” by the police.“Carried out without a warrant, this arrest was a violation of the rule of law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The police must release Vithyatharan without delay. What is this respected Tamil editor accused of? Outspoken coverage of the situation in Sri Lanka, including the fate of its Tamil population.”Three uniformed police officers and three men in plain clothes arrested Vithyatharan at the funeral of a relative of Uthayan press group chairman M. Saravanapavan. The police hit people who tried to intervene to prevent the arrest.“Until we have seen Vithyatharan safe and sound, we will continue to regard this as an abduction,” Saravanapavan told Reporters Without Borders. Media minister Laxman Yapa told Reporters Without Borders by telephone that Vithyatharan was being held by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) for the purposes of questioning. “He is currently being interrogated and his relatives will be able to see him this evening,” Yapa said. “I can assure you that he is all right. And the press will be informed tomorrow.” Reporters Without Borders asked the minister to guarantee Vithyatharan’s safety.The CCD is conducting an investigation under the emergency regulations into two reports published in Sudar Oli on 6 and 11 February. Vithyatharan was already summoned for questioning by CCD police officer Aura Senanayake on 13 February.Senior members of the Uthayan press group have meanwhile received phone calls threatening them with the same fate if they do not leave the country.Uthayan and Sudar Oli have repeatedly been the targets of violence. Six of the group’s employees have been killed since 2005 and its offices in both Jaffna and Colombo have been attacked several times. News July 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by today’s arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of Sudar Oli, a Colombo-based Tamil daily that is part of the Uthayan press group. He was forcibly arrested while attending the funeral in Colombo of a relative of the group’s chairman. The police hit people who tried to intervene to prevent the arrest. January 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Police Partner with Tech Startup to Develop New De-Escalation Training Tool

first_imgPublic Safety Pasadena Police Partner with Tech Startup to Develop New De-Escalation Training Tool By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, June 26, 2020 | 3:30 am STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena police interact with a man they are taking into custody during an incident on June 19, 2020. Photo by Eddie RiveraPasadena police are working with an Irvine-base tech company to develop a new tool to better help officers train in de-escalation techniques to reduce incidents of use of force, the company announced Thursday.The Pasadena Police Officers’ Association authored a letter earlier this month affirming the organization’s dedication to de-escalation training. The PPOA also announced that it would be working with the tech company.“The PPOA Law Enforcement Consultant Peter Mitchell and Performa Labs (a Cie company) launched a pilot program with the PPOA and PPD: to lend real-world expertise in creating a technology-based training tool focused on de-escalation, keeping in mind the safety of the Community and Officers as the highest priorities,” according to the PPOA statement.Performa confirmed the partnership Thursday.“In light of current events, the timing of Performa Labs’ recent $3 milloin seed funding is a positive signal toward creating a training tool that police departments can utilize to improve the training of its officers and increase the overall safety of the community,” Performa said in a statement.The training tool will be an inexpensive mobile system focusing on neuro-cognitive training, Mitchell said. He declined to describe the details of the system and how it will be used at the present stage of development, but added that it may be ready to display in the coming months.“This is just one more tool that allows police officers to train their skills,” Mitchell said.“It fills a niche,” he added. “It’s not replacing any of the other good training out there.”The project falls in line with the department’s goals of improving training and emphasizing de-escalation during confrontations, Mitchell said.Cie co-founder and CEO Anderee Berengian said he hoped to have a positive effect on society through the project.“We are looking forward to the impact on public safety we can influence by investing Cie’s expertise and resources in Performa Labs. This technology has profoundly important goals,” he said.Yasuto Suga, who serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at Cie and as CEO of Performa Labs said he takes pride in the endeavor.“We are committed to improving the public’s well-being,” he said. “We are proud that our software will improve training and increase overall safety for everyone.” Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News Top of the News center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 27 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

3rd robbery reported in Derry City

first_img Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3rd robbery reported in Derry City Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson center_img There has been another robbery in Derry.Last night a bookmakers shop at Meenan Square in the Bogside was targeted -this is the third robbery of a business premises in the area in the past  week .At approximately 6.45pm, a masked man, armed with a suspected firearm, entered the bookmakers premises and made off with a sum of cash.Cityside Councillor Patricia Logue says many of those working in local businesses very worried who will be targeted next: Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – December 20, 2011 WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Previous articleDeputy McConalogue heckled at Letterkenny protest rallyNext articleBus Eireann rejects claim that fares are to cheap to Donegal News Highland Google+ Newsx Adverts WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal man suspect in sexual assault at Ploughing Championships

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook By News Highland – September 26, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Facebook A Donegal man is understood to the suspect in an alleged sexual assault against three school girls during last weeks National Ploughing Championships. Gardai are investigating the incident in which the 20 year old allegedly made his way into a hotel room where a number of underage girls working at the Ploughing Championships were staying.The girls, who were all from St Mary’s Secondary School in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, were working at the ploughing in Screggan, Offaly, as part of their transition year work experience.A number of students from the all-girls school were staying at a hotel just outside of Moate in Westmeath.At about 1am Thursday last, a man, entered one of the rooms where the girls were staying.It is not yet known how the man was able to enter the room but the girls raised the alarm when they realised he was there. Gardaí have confirmed that they are “investigating an incident at a hotel near Moate, Co Westmeath at 1am on 20 September”.Three girls have made statements in relation to the incident and investigating officers are now deciding whether to arrest the 20 year old.It’s understood that he is from a small village in Donegal and was also attending the National Ploughing Championships.All the parents of the children have been informed.St Mary’s said it could not comment as investigations are ongoing. Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Google+ Previous articlePressure mounting on Minister to address school transport issuesNext article15 people awaiting admission at LUH News Highland Donegal man suspect in sexual assault at Ploughing Championships Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Dangling the carrot

first_img Comments are closed. Dangling the carrotOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. More and more companies see perks such as healthcare and shares as importantmethods of recruiting and retaining staff. We look at five of the most popularWhen labour is scarce, keeping employees happy is no small matter. The pastdecade has seen the standard car and insurance being boosted by a whole rangeof perks as companies vie with each other to provide the most attractivepackage.And while the pampering used to be restricted to senior executives, todaythe aim is to be as inclusive as possible. That means finding less costlybenefits that cater for a variety of needs, with the emphasis as much on fun assavings and security.”Employers are beginning to understand that their staff have to balancework with their personal life, and that encouraging them to enjoy their leisuretime helps retain them,” says Wanda Goldwag, managing director ofAirmiles. “People with a healthier, rounded life make better employees inthe long term.” Goldwag notes the growing popularity of gym membership,which is perceived as a perk but also helps keep employees healthy.Companies have to be much more creative in their approach, she argues.”When you ask people what they want all social groups say it’s money. Butif employers in the same town drawing from the same labour pool give them that,all that happens is that the wage bill goes up.”At motivational agency Motivforce, chief executive Randle Stonier seestraditional perks like cars and shopping vouchers losing their appeal for someemployers, largely because of the increasing cost. He says the gap is beingfilled by alternatives such as travel and leisure, that offer entertainmentrather than simply disappearing into the family budget.Another trend he notes is the move to provide regular opportunities fortraining and development, which many employees may consider just as valuable abenefit as insurance. The key is to provide the right mix, he argues.”Across the board we are fighting to attract the best people, and so needto offer them benefits that make them feel valued.”InsuranceFlexibility and choice are the new watchwords, with employees in manyorganisations able to log on to the intranet to select from a cafeteria-stylerange of products. Group life-cover continues to be the most popular, reportsbenefits consultancy William Mercer, together with pensions which providevaluable tax breaks. But increasingly employers are offering options likeincome protection cover that can protect both parties in the event of enforcedabsence.Consultants are often needed to help steer through the constantly shiftinglandscape of new products and tax regulations. “One issue that employersface with pensions is whether to stick with the old type that makes a paymentbased on final salary, or shift to a money purchase scheme based on regularinvestments,” says John Cowell, senior consultant at William Mercer. TheGovernment’s new stakeholder pension will also have important implications, headds.Full health insurance is expensive, but a popular, cheap alternative is themedical cashplan. This reimburses the costs of dental, optical and other similarexpenses, and can be as little as £50 a year or £250 for families. The employercan either subsidise the full cost or offer payroll deduction facilities withdiscounts.”With private medical insurance people are often reluctant to claim,but with this you can claim year in year out,” says Richard Sear, chiefexecutive of HealthSure, which has doubled its turnover in four years.But traditional suppliers say while cashplans tend to be the benefit ofchoice for industry, the trend in financial services is for employers to extendfull health insurance to all employees. Costs are being kept down by selectingthe hospitals and in some cases getting the employee to make a contribution.Insurance companies are also catering to emerging needs. Bupa has launched achildcare service with a wide range of facilities including a parentinghelpline. Anne Greenwood, head of corporate and voluntary consulting, says,”It’s really starting to take off as companies are more than everconcerned about the need to encourage women to go out to work.”Another inexpensive option is an employee assistance programme (EAP), whichoffers professional counselling for staff with personal problems. Somecompanies extend this service to families. Besides filling a need, EAPs helpcut absenteeism and staff turnover.Share optionsOne of the first things many employees do on reaching their desks is log onto the company intranet to check the share price. The small fortunes made byemployees in new media start-ups may the exception rather than the rule. Butfor a fast-expanding company giving its staff a slice of the action is a way toget their commitment.Several existing schemes enable individuals to share the fortunes of theiremployers and win tax breaks. Asda runs the popular Company Share Option Planwhich enables its 26,000 employees to buy tax-protected shares worth up to£30,000. Sainsbury’s and Tesco, on the other hand, operate an Approved ProfitSharing (APS) scheme, making tax-deductible payments into a trust which buysshares in the company and hands them out later to employees.A third scheme, run by companies such as Abbey National and British Airways,is Save As You Earn Sharesave, which requires employees to put aside up to £250per month out of their pay packet. This means signing a contract of up to sevenyears, which encourages a degree of forward commitment.Keen to encourage the stakeholder economy, Chancellor Gordon Brown hasintroduced measures that will extend the tax breaks of shares. The All-EmployeeShare Plan, expected in the summer, will enable shares to be acquired frompre-tax salary. If they are invested for five years in a trust they will thenbe exempt from income tax and national insurance.”Employers will be excited about the opportunity to save nationalinsurance contributions and in some companies they will be able to set up andrun these plans entirely from these savings,” says Michael Pearce,European partner at William Mercer.VouchersVouchers took a knock last year with the Government’s move to make them liablefor national insurance. Some suppliers insist this has had no effect, whileothers acknowledge a downturn in business. In the long term, both believe thesimplicity and motivational impact of vouchers are such that they will alwaysendure.Virgin Vouchers’ marketing manager Ranjit Thandi says, “For mostcompanies it is less a question of money than extra administration involved. Weurge clients to build it into their budgets and we find it then becomes less ofan issue.”The attraction of vouchers is the dual qualities of fun and flexibility,adds Thandi. “If they go for an evening out they will have something toremember or they may do things they would otherwise never do, like parachutingor hang-gliding.”An advantage to employers is the provision of redemption reports, that showwhat the vouchers are being spent on and when. That helps design the bestbenefits package. Kingfisher has found that men’s vouchers often turn up inWoolworths and Superdrug rather than B&Q, suggesting they often get sharedwith the family.The reach is potentially very wide. Virgin offers vouchers for its variouscompanies, and has teamed up with travel firms like Eurostar and BritishMidland, as well as Acorn Sports, for exotic activities. Whitbread has a rangeof hospitality options, while travel is provided by Thomas Cook.Such arrangements are seen as limited, however, by motivational agencyCapital Incentives, which has negotiated deals with more than 90 store groupsfor its Capital Bonds, offering a choice of 30,000 outlets. The firm recentlyintroduced its Incentive Award Card which can be used in any of the 14 millionoutlets that accept Visa. This was used by Abbey National in an incentivescheme that brought in £7m extra revenue in 1998.TravelCheap air fares and the trend towards globalisation are encouraging the useof travel as an incentive. This can either combine business with leisure, forinstance in a conference in Barcelona, or come in the form of discountedholidays, vouchers and air miles.”Travel is a good way of getting people to buy into a company and isconsidered as a benefit by HR in a way it certainly would not have been 10years ago,” explains Airmiles’ Goldwag. With schemes like Airmiles,employers only contribute part of the cost, the rest being made up fromcontributions from private credit card spending and other sources.”All the companies I know are reporting an increase in travelexpenditure, with destinations this year showing a swing to long haul trips toplaces such as South Africa, Mauritius and Asia, which is especially good valueat the moment,” adds Motivforce’s Stonier.Capital Incentives is offering a new service through its travel arm CapitalWorld Travel, which links with providers to provide discounts on holidays andexcursions. Offers are published through in- ternal communications such aspayslips or the intranet, and there is a dedicated telephone order line.”When we were speaking to HR we learned there might be an untappedmarket for this kind of service,” says managing director Graham Povey.”We asked 250 of our top clients if they currently offer travel benefitsas a no-cost option, and almost all said they didn’t but would like to.”Training and developmentEmployees are motivated by job satisfaction as much as perks. Althoughtraining and development opportunities won’t ever replace traditional benefits,they are increasingly recognised as an important element of attracting andkeeping staff.Companies with aspirations to be a “learning organisation” offeremployees free classes at colleges, allowing them to choose whatever they want.They need not be work related, however with career issues as important as lifecover, particularly for younger employees, wise employers ensure staff enjoyplenty of opp- ortunities to add to their job skills, maximising their chancesof advancement.”The most frustrating situation for any manager is when a highlyregarded member of staff leaves the organisation, despite being earmarked for amore senior role,” says Nick Short, managing director of Smart Objectives,a Bristol-based performance consultancy specialising in general managementdevelopment.Short recommends a personal development plan over 12 to 24 months to providea bridge between the employee’s current role and the next. “If theindividual can understand how their development is being planned in theorganisation, they are less likely to be tempted by an opportunityelsewhere,” he points out.The impetus should come from employees themselves, emphasises Martin Down,principal consultant at Watson Wyatt. “What tends to happen is thatindividuals get sheep dipped in a training programme that relates to thebusiness’s current needs, whereas ideally they should be allowed to develop inways that meet its future requirements,” he says.Another approach to consider is personal careers counselling. Employees cancome to a dead end in their roles, particularly if the organisation is goingthrough changes. Careers training can help them understand their potential andspot where they are most likely to be effective. That not only stops themleaving but helps place the right people in the right roles.”Staff are greatly encouraged when they see the company investing intheir training, especially if it isn’t going to bring any obvious commercialbenefit in the short term,” says Sanders & Sidney managing directorFrances Cook.By Rob McLuhanlast_img read more