Relocation spend ensures smooth transition

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employers spend an average £12,000 on temporary accommodation, estate agentsand legal fees every time they relocate a member of staff within the UK. A study by IRS Employment Review finds that more than a third of companies willbe increasingly likely to relocate staff over the next three years, compared toone in 10 which anticipate a reduction in staff relocation. Nearly half of the 48 companies surveyed expect to increase theirinternational relocation of staff, while just 12 per cent think this activitywill decrease. The cost of relocating staff internationally has risen from £12,500 threeyears ago to £15,000, while the cost of UK staff relocation has fallen from£15,000 to £12,000 per employee over the same period. The research shows staff are less likely to want to relocate than they werethree years ago, mainly because developments in IT and communications have madeteleworking a viable option. Mark Crail, managing editor of IRS Employment Review, believes spendingmoney on staff relocation to make the process as painless as possible is aworthwhile investment. He said: “It costs companies a great deal to relocate staff. Those whodo it well invest in making the move as easy as possible for their employeesand their families – particularly when the move takes them abroad. At a timewhen specialist skills are in short supply this is a good investment with realbenefits to both sides.” Relocation spend ensures smooth transitionOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Housing affordability and high rental yields drive interest in SEQ

first_imgGraeme Holm at the National Achiever’s Conference. Photo: Tom DelaneySoutheast Queensland is proving a popular option for interstate investors looking to maximise their return with properties that offer a high rental yield, yet value for money.Infinity Group mortgage broker and financial coach, Graeme Holm, was recently in Brisbane presenting at the National Achievers Congress, and noted among his client list there was increasing interest in southeast Queensland as investors looked to secure maximum bang for their buck.“Investment-wise at the moment we have about 500 clients looking to invest in southeast Queensland and those numbers are growing,” he said.“I’d expect to see 750-800 inquiries specifically related to the southeast area this year.”Mr Holm said the rising interest in the southeast corner was generated by two key components: the affordability of housing and a high rental yield.“When buying property people often look to capital growth but if you want to invest, a property needs to offer a positive cash return so you can pay down that mortgage,’’ he said.“In southeast Queensland you can spend $400,000 to $500,000 and still rent the property for $400 a week, which is a 5 per cent gross return.“To me that indicates the southeast is severely undervalued.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAmong Mr Holm’s clients investing in southeast Queensland is Sydney couple Craig and Kim Rosewall.The Rosewalls now have eight properties, including investments in Redland Bay, Brassall, Redbank Plains, Toowoomba and north Queensland, along with their family home in Sydney and a new investment in Melbourne. With a number of those properties featuring dual occupancy, Mr Rosewall revealed the couple were receiving a total of eight income streams.“We’ve purchased in areas considered the ‘golden triangle’ where there is infrastructure, facilities like hospitals and universities, and access to Brisbane,’’ he said.“We could have bought in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, spending $1 million on a home, but there’s no way we would have received the equivalent rental yield, so why would we do that?”Mr Holm explained that his clients ranged from young rent-vestors to couples with families and baby boomers, whose key focus was trying to get ahead.In addition to focusing on positive investment yield courtesy of markets such as Queensland, Mr Holm noted his aim was to offer “financial personal training” that allowed his clients to budget, plan and account for their expenditure.“People need to have a budget, a plan, be accountable and be a little disciplined, so they can be financially free in seven to 10 years, not 30,” he said.last_img read more

Hamilton wins as Verstappen recovers to take second

first_img(BBC) – Lewis Hamilton moved into the world championship lead for the first time this season with a dominant victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver pulled out an eight-second lead in three wet laps at the start of the race before switching to dry tyres, and controlled the race from there.Hamilton even had time to stop for fresh tyres with three laps to go to grab the extra point for fastest lap.Valtteri Bottas failed in an attempt to pass Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for second, giving Hamilton a five-point championship lead over his team after three races.Verstappen’s second place was extraordinary, for he crashed on the laps to the grid and damaged both his front wing and suspension.The Red Bull mechanics worked wonders to change his left front push-rod on the grid in the time permitted and get him into the race and he then drove a superb race to hold off Bottas at the end.Hamilton supremeIt was Hamilton’s second consecutive victory in the third race of the season, and it came after another anti-racism protest from the drivers before the race.It ended up slightly chaotic, as it had in the Styrian Grand Prix a week ago, with the drivers rushing to take part. But as in the first two races, most of the drivers ‘took the knee’ alongside Hamilton, while a few chose to remain standing for their own reasons.Hamilton’s win was never in doubt once he shot away from the field at the start, while Bottas may be considered lucky to get away with an apparent jumped start.The Finn moved before the lights went out and then stopped again, saying he had reacted to a light on his dashboard. The subsequent slow getaway dropped him to sixth place on the first lap.Hamilton took advantage to show off his renowned wet-weather skills in the opening laps, moving six points clear of the Racing Point of Lance Stroll in two laps and adding a further two seconds before pitting at the end of the next lap as the initially wet track quickly dried.By the time the other front-runners had all stopped a lap later, Hamilton was 7.8secs clear and in a position to control the race, and he simply moved further and further away as the laps ticked by.It was his eighth win in Hungary – and he now shares the record for most wins at a single circuit with Michael Schumacher.A missed opportunity for BottasVerstappen and Red Bull had had a difficult weekend, the Dutchman qualifying only seventh in what he said was a difficult car. But after the scare on the grid, a brilliant first lap put him up to third behind Hamilton and Stroll, and he was second by lap five after the pit stops for dry tyres.There will be questions as to how Bottas was not penalised for moving before the lights – just as there were with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in a similar incident in Japan last year.Once the Finn got going, he drove patiently and by mid-race was up to fourth, taking third from Stroll when they pitted for fresh tyres.Bottas caught Verstappen with 25 laps to go and then Mercedes pulled the same strategy as they had to win the race with Hamilton last year, pitting him again for fresh tyres with the idea of catching and passing Verstappen before the end of the race.But while Hamilton managed it in 2019, Bottas did not catch Verstappen until the final lap, and it was too late to pass the Dutchman.It was a three-point boost for Hamilton and the sort of missed opportunity for which Bottas might pay this year, when the title fight seems to be a private one between the Mercedes.Stroll was a strong fourth for Racing Point, while Red Bull’s Alexander Albon twice took advantage of unforced errors from Vettel – once early in the race and once close to the end – to take fifth ahead of the second Racing Point of Sergio Perez.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc could manage only 11th, out of the points, after a decision to put him on the unloved ‘soft’ tyres at his first pit stop. Most teams avoided them, as they were prone to ‘graining’ and Leclerc struggled with a lack of grip before being forced into an earlier-than-ideal second stop, which left him on old, slow tyres in the closing laps, when he lost out to McLaren’s Carlos Sainz.After the race, both Racing Point cars were protested by Renault, as they had been at the previous race, on the claim that they have not designed their brake ducts themselves.The stewards ruled that as the ducts were identical to those used in Austria a week ago, there was no need to impound the parts, and the two protests would be dealt with as one once a date has been set for the hearing.last_img read more

Consider Corn Challenge shines a light on corn’s growing potential in bio-economy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Six new technologies, that are poised to change the way the public perceives our country’s most abundant crop, were highlighted today in Anaheim, Calif. as winners of the inaugural Consider Corn Challenge, an open innovation contest hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The diverse range of science unveiled shows that corn is squarely situated on the cutting-edge of technology, ready to support a wave of growth sweeping through the renewable products industry.More than 30 scientists and start-up companies answered the global call to bring forth their best ideas focused on the conversion of corn into bio-renewable chemicals. Contest entries reinforced that corn can improve the environmental footprint of many products used by consumers, including plastic bottles, acrylics, solvents, fibers, packaging, and coolants.  Many of the submissions included bio-advantaged molecules, with the ability to deliver performance and value that exceeds petrochemicals.The six winners of the competition are:Lygos — The Berkley, CA company is producing Bio-Malonic acid (Bio-MA) from renewable sugars using cutting edge biotechnology. It is used today in diverse markets, including high-tech composites and coatings, electronics, flavors & fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. Traditionally Malonic Acid is currently made in China from petroleum, through an expensive process that employs hazardous chemicals.  Lygos’ system uses non-toxic chemicals and mild conditions resulting in an environmentally friendly process with superior economics that can be deployed in the U.S. Annikki — Technology to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), a replacement for petroleum derived terephthalic acid for plastic bottles, fibers, and nylons was the winning entry from the Chicago, Ill. company. FDCA is a versatile bio-advantaged molecule with the potential to replace 100 million tons of petrochemicals. FDCA is not only 100% renewable, it also provides superior performance properties.  This allows plastic soda bottles to be lighter, use less energy in manufacturing and extend the shelf life for carbonated products.Iowa Corn Promotion Board — This technology developed by Iowa corn farmers, is for the production of MEG (monoethylene glycol). MEG has a range of diverse applications from coolants and heat transfer fluid to packaging material. Today, many major consumer products groups are searching for ways to reduce their packaging’s environmental footprint and Iowa Corn’s bio-renewable MEG may be the answer. Millions of tons are produced annually with a value estimated to be more than $25 billion.Vertimass — Vertimass of Irvine, CA, is seeking to produce aromatic chemicals using renewable corn ethanol to replace petrochemicals. The markets they are targeting are very large: 10’s of millions of tons, and a value in excess of $100 billion annually. This process represents a potentially very large new market, diversifying opportunities for ethanol plants and increasing corn utilization.Sasya — Sasya, of Maple Grove, Minn, is producing methylmalonic acid which can compete in methyl methacrylate markets for making acrylic glass, and adhesives. The methyl methacrylate market is estimated to be 5 million metric tons and is worth more than $7 billion.South Dakotas State University — SDSU’s efforts are focused using renewable precursors such as glycerol and lactic acid to make unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs).  Today, UPRs are used to make large plastic tanks, as a binder in fiber glass sheets and other reinforced plastics.“The renewables industry is already an important driver for the U.S. economy generating billions of dollars in revenue but the additional potential in the emerging bio-economy remains largely untapped,” said Bruce Peterson, chairman of NCGA’s Feed Food and Industrial Action Team. “NCGA is proud to showcase these great technologies. Continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore corn’s ability to significantly improve the environmental footprint of many common household products.”This year’s six winning projects were previewed at the 2018 Commodity Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday. Each winner will receive a U.S.$25,000 cash prize.  NCGA will also explore additional opportunities to support contest entries throughout their development and/or commercialization. The contest generated 33 submissions from eight countries along with nearly 4,500 website visits from 82 countries.“According to a USDA study from 2016, the U.S. bio-based products industry currently creates 4.2 million jobs and generates $393 billion in value added contributions to our economy, but there are many exciting market segments yet to be explored,” NCGA Director of Market Development Jim Bauman said.“Today’s winners exemplify the potential for corn to play an ever-expanding role within the bio-economy.  The ability to produce economically competitive, bio-advantaged molecules, compared to traditional petrochemicals, is driving many companies to review how corn can play a larger role in their future procurement strategy.”Being immersed in the latest ideas and technology related to machinery, crop inputs and agronomic practices is expected at the annual Commodity Classic, Peterson noted, but it is especially meaningful to make this announcement of new, high potential corn uses at a time when farmers are facing another year of low prices.“This challenge is geared to inspire new concepts, approaches and technologies that will help drive innovation and corn’s value. The growing productive capacity of corn farmers makes it essential that we continue to find innovative new ways to use this versatile crop,” said Peterson. “The Consider Corn Challenge will bring positive attention to our winners and help them move closer to commercialization. Likewise, our expectation is this Open Innovation competition will raise awareness of the capabilities and benefits of corn throughout the scientific community.”NCGA and state corn associations actively support innovation in research, development and commercialization.last_img read more

Gartner: Touchscreen Mobile Device Sales will Grow 97% in 2010

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to Gartner, the worldwide market for mobile devices with touchscreens will grow over 97% this year. Last year, consumers bought 184 million devices with touchscreens. Gartner predicts that this market will surpass 362 million units this year. By 2013, Gartner predicts, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 80% of all sales in North America and Europe. Once the domain of high-end devices, touchscreen are now finding their ways into midrange phones and a growing number of consumers now expects all of their screens to be touch-enabled.As Gartner analyst CK Lu notes, a touchscreen alone won’t be enough to convince users to buy a specific phone, however. According to Lu, “Consumers won’t buy a mobile device purely for the touch UI, Touch technology is just an enabler, and ultimately, it is a compelling user experience — which includes good UI design, applications and services — that will make or break a product.” Indeed, Gartner advised manufacturers to double down on their efforts to create good touch-driven UIs. While Gartner doesn’t mention the iPhone explicitly, it is clear that Apple’s popular phone has set the standard for touch-driven UIs and most manufacturers are still struggling to catch up. Bonus: What Does the Mobile, Touch-Friendly Web Look Like Today? The mobile web, according to a new report from mobile search engine Taptu, is currently all about shopping and services. Taptu – which specializes in indexing mobile sites – surveyed about 326,000 sites that are optimized for mobile, finger-friendly browsing and found that the largest concentration of these sites falls into Taptu’s “shopping and services” category. In total, Taptu found 83,000 mobile-enabled commerce sites, ranging from mobile shopping assistants to banks and mobile real estate sites.According to Taptu, mobile shopping and services sites make up close to 25% of all mobile-friendly sites in the company’s index, followed by sites in the “photo and design” category (17.7%). Social sites rank third with 9.2%. Personal blogs only make up 1.5% of Taptu’s index, a number if is easily bested by adult sites, which account for 3% of all mobile-optimized sites. It’s worth noting that if we combine news and weather sites (3.3%) together with sites about world affairs (8.1%), this category would easily fall into Taptu’s top 3. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

‘Will take lesser time than Beijing to fix Delhi air’

first_imgEnvironment Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on Friday that China’s capital took 15 years to improve its air quality but India will do the same in Delhi in much lesser time.“It took Beijing 15 years (to fight air pollution). We will take lesser time,” said Mr. Javadekar while replying to a debate on air pollution and climate change, especially with reference to the national capital.A mass movement is needed to curb pollution and arrest the adverse impact of climate change, he said.Measures in DelhiRound-the-clock monitoring, a ban on the use of furnace oil and stricter emission norms for industries have also been put in place in the Capital, he said. Noting that India’s green cover is increasing, the Minister claimed that five times the number of trees that were cut during the construction of Delhi Metro have been planted.The Minister read out the Air Quality Index of Delhi and its surrounding areas that was in the ‘very poor’ category and compared it with places such as Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram where it was below 50.“The solution to the problem will come only when we recognise the problem,” he said, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the one who introduced AQI.“Someone sent me some calculation and said we need about seven trees for the oxygen we breathe in our lifetime. If each one of us pledges to plant seven trees, an oxygen bank will automatically be created,” he said.‘Climate-smart economy’Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said there has to be a concerted effort to deal with the problem and the Centre and the State governments should work together.“We need a climate-smart economy… you should introduce climate literacy,” he said, alleging that the Environment and Forest Ministry under the NDA government seemed to be pro-business rather than pro-conservation.The Congress leader also strongly pitched for the use of jute bags as packing material and as carry bags to replace plastic bags.Earlier, during Question Hour, Mr. Javadekar informed that the government will convene a meeting of Environment Ministers of all States to discuss the problem of single-use plastic and solid waste management.He said 25-30 tonnes of plastic waste is generated daily in the country and just two-thirds of it is collected. The rest not only litter roads, clog drains and beaches but also threaten aquatic life.The Minister also informed that around 30 crore mobile phones become redundant every year and their safe disposal, including recycling, is an issue.Apart from enlisting the various steps taken by the Central government on pollution and climate change, Mr. Javadekar set an ambitious target of meeting 40% of India’s total power needs through renewable energy sources before 2030.last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guest

first_imgFormer India cricket team captain Anil Kumble graced the hockey pitch on Thursday as he attended the Hockey World Cup 2018 match between Argentina and France at the Kalinga stadium.Kumble was the special guest in the match which saw France beat Argentina 5-3 to make it to the crossovers while the latter has already qualified for the quarterfinals despite the loss.Last month Kumble, along with former India shooter Gagan Narang and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, had pledged their support to help Odisha government develop the state’s sports infrastructure.Kumble met with the players from both teams before the pushback. The former Indian men’s cricket team coach was in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hoped that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.Former Indian cricketer and spinner extraordinaire @anilkumble1074 is in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hopes that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018″It’s not only about the event, it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” Kumble said when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home.”It’s not only about the event; it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” says @anilkumble1074 when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018Argentina consolidated its place at the top of Pool A with 6 points from 3 games with France in second position with 4 points. New Zealand also have 4 points from 3 games but will join France in the cross-over matches as they are placed third owing to an inferior goal difference.Indian cricket team’s former spin wizard, @anilkumble1074, visits the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest to greet the players before the #ARGvFRA pushback at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 on 6th December. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018The result saw Spain getting knocked out of the competition from Pool A after they were held to a 2-2 draw by New Zealand in the first match of the day. New Zealand thus, qualified for the knockout stages.The match also saw legendary Indian athlete Anju Bobby George as the special guest.One of India’s finest athletes ever, @anjubobbygeorg1 graces the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest for today’s match between @rfe_hockey and @BlackSticks at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ESPvNZL India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018World no. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran (9th minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th) to go into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.But the Black Sticks made a stupendous comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored through Hayden Phillips (50th) and Kane Russell (56th) to share the spoils and secure their place in the cross-over round of the tournament.As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a striker

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a strikerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn admits Mum isn’t crazy about having another keeper in the family.Like most kids, he started out dreaming of being a striker but was put between the sticks as a nine-year-old. Yet, if his mum had had her way, she would have stopped the ­ Southampton goalie following in dad Bryan’s footsteps.Gunn Jnr told the Mirror: “I was on trial ­playing outfield at Norwich City for the Under-9s, the keeper got injured. Someone gave me the gloves and after that ­session, someone else told me to bring the gloves next time and focus on being a ­goalkeeper.“After the session when they told me to be a keeper, my dad got home, told my mum and I don’t think she was very pleased. She was like, ‘I’ve dealt with you for 20 years – I don’t need another goalkeeper!’“But it ­happened, she accepted it and I think she’s fine with it now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BW LPG Cuts Loss Sells VLGC Oldie

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed owner and operator of LPG vessels, BW LPG has reported a loss after tax of USD 7 million in the second quarter of this year, trimming down the corresponding loss of USD 55.6 million from 2016.“The loss of USD 55.6 million in the same quarter last year was mainly due to an impairment charge on vessels and available-for-sale assets of USD 76.4 million while there was no impairment charge in the current quarter,” the company said.EBITDA for the second quarter amounted to USD 39.6 million, down by USD 12.7 million from the same quarter last year mainly due to a decline in LPG spot rates.VLGC rates averaged USD 28.8 per ton on the benchmark Baltic route, nearly halving to USD 21 per ton after starting the quarter at USD 36 per ton. The weakness in freight was driven by worsening arbitrage economics leading to substantial cargo cancellations in the U.S. Gulf Coast and continued above-average fleet growth, the company said.The global VLGC fleet currently stands at 253 ships on the water, with 29 on order. Fourteen ships have been delivered year to date, while three have been committed for scrapping.“Heading into the third quarter, there has been an uptick of fixtures on the long-haul US to Asia route going via the Cape of Good Hope (the longer route) rather than via the Panama Canal. However, this positive development on the distance side of the shipping demand equation is continuing to be partly offset by the adverse impact of U.S. cargo cancellations,” BW LPG explained.In July, BW LPG signed a contract to sell VLGC BW Vision as part of the company’s fleet renewal strategy. The 2001-built vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2017, the company added.As World Maritime News reported, during the same month, BW LPG and Global United Shipping India Private Limited teamed up on the establishment of a joint venture in India, BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.The JV, set to become operational by the end of the year, will own and operate a fleet of VLGCs for the transportation of LPG within Indian waters.last_img read more

Liberals hope funding change solves infrastructure spending cost concerns

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.For the rest of the winter, federal officials will sign off on plans so money and work are ready to roll come spring, which Champagne says will finally align bureaucratic processes with Canada’s construction season.The backroom change is one Champagne hopes will address public concerns that cities hold off work until they are sure the Liberals will chip in money, which also worsens cost overruns.Under the Liberals, planned federal spending on new roads, bridges, highways, trains and water systems over the coming decade has risen to $186 billion.As 2018 comes to a close, Champagne says there are some 4,400 projects worth $50 billion on the go, of which about $20 billion is from federal investments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more