F2 Logistics takes 3rd place, nips Generika

first_imgAra Galang defense keeps the ball for F2 as team mate Abbt marano, Kim Fajardo and Import Sydney Kemper looks over. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOF2 Logistics woke up from the wrong side of the bed but still ended up better than Generika, 25-17, 27-25, 25-19, 25-14, Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Arena.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said his wards were “too tired” because of the succession of games, but was grateful they eked out their sixth win in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ The win allowed the Cargo Movers to take solo third place and within striking distance of outright semifinal slot.Hayley Spelman and Ara Galang accounted for 15 points each,w hile Sydney Kemper helped up with 13 markers for F2 Logistics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Life Savers absorbed their 9th defeat in as many game despite double-digit outputs of Polina Liutikova, Darlene Ramdin and Shaya Adorador. Liutikova had 15, while Ramdinand Adorador made 11 and 10, respectively.The only winless club in the league managed to win a set and for a brief moment appeared to have a shot at the match. But Aby Marano and Spelma closed down the lanes with three blocks each to nip the rally in the bud. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough battle ahead as UAAP Final Four begins Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

DVC Lounge at Epcot to Open in June

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIn order to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, Disney is creating a brand new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, which is slated to open on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion on June 6. The lounge is slated to welcome DVC Member, as well as their guests daily.The entrance for the lounge will be located through the pavilion’s merchandise shop and is included with admission to Epcot.  It will give DVC members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, device charging stations, WiFi, computer stations with printers, Member Service Advisors, and mingle with other members. Members will also be able to purchase DVC merchandise. The lounge will be the perfect place for Guests to cool off (or warm up, depending on the season) and relax.This year, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, DVC is rolling out all the stops. Other anniversary perks will allow members to be offered additional complimentary events throughout the year; discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort; a silver anniversary sweepstakes; fun surprises; and new memorable experiences at not only Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, but also at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line.For more information about the anniversary festivities, make sure to check out the DVC website.last_img read more

Sasol in R8.4bn local wax investment

first_imgTotal production of all the wax products from the Sasolburg site near Johannesburg will increase by two-thirds. South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is to invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by its Sasol Wax division in the country by 2014. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “It is in line with Sasol’s strategy to leverage our advanced proprietary technology and is also aligned with our longer term plans to significantly grow the chemicals business of the Sasol group.” ‘Significant investment’ “This is a significant investment for the Sasolburg site and demonstrates our commitment to our South African Asset base,” Sasol GM Reiner Groh said in a statement this week. 2 December 2009 The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in Southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications. Sasol Wax is a major producer and marketer of synthetic and petroleum derived waxes, with production facilities in South Africa, North America, and Europe. An environmentally friendly application for hard wax is as an additive in bitumen used in road construction. The product is also used in printing ink. The investment will be done in two phases, with the first phase coming into operation by 2012 and increasing Sasol Wax’s production capacity by 40%. The company has already completed the basic engineering and ordered some of the long lead items for this phase. The second phase will come into operation by 2014. Another important application is as an additive in the forming of PVC objects such as pipes or window frames. Lead based stabilisers in PVC are being phased out and hard wax is a critical component in the additives that are replacing the lead based product. Hard wax is used in a number of unique applications. An important application is in hot melt adhesives – the glue which is applied at high speed, for instance to seal cereal boxes or milk cartons. This is a rapidly growing application, especially in the developing world. “This large investment shows Sasol’s commitment to the wax business and enables us to grow with our customers in this market,” said Sasol Wax MD Johan du Preez. Used in unique applicationslast_img read more

Implement Global Policies, Not A Global Handbook

first_imgMost multinational companies should have global employment policies that are lawful and reflect company culture—not a global handbook that dictates exactly what must be done under any circumstances. Employers often would prefer a uniform approach, but uniformity has proven problematic when it comes to certain policies.Employee handbooks, at least the way we think of them in the United States, are really a U.S. concept. Some countries, such as Japan, have “work rules,” which the labor authority must approve and that cover certain aspects of employment, such as hours of work, notice and severance. The work rules typically do not address everything that usually is in a U.S. handbook.Thus, preparing a global handbook can be difficult considering that most U.S. employee handbooks cover every aspect of the employee relationship, including equal employment opportunity (EEO); sexual harassment and anti-harassment policies; maternity, paternity and other paid and unpaid leaves; hours of work; meal and rest breaks; protection of information technology (IT) systems and social media usage; other terms and conditions of employment; and benefits.In many other countries, trying to memorialize all the terms, conditions and benefits of employment mandated by law can be difficult and even counterproductive, as the number of leave and other mandates abroad often far outnumber those stateside.Focus on Key PoliciesRather than try to have an all-encompassing, global employee handbook, comb through the U.S. handbook and use abroad only those policies that truly can and need to be applied across borders, both from a legal and company-culture perspective.Typically, a U.S.-based multinational company will want to apply worldwide its policies on EEO, anti-harassment and discrimination, anti-corruption and bribery, IT usage, business gifts, insider trading, a drug-free workplace and intellectual property. Do not apply abroad entirely U.S.-centric provisions, such as the at-will employment statement—ever-present in U.S. employee handbooks—since at-will employment is unique to the U.S.Next, determine whether any of these policies need to be localized. This requires analyzing the local requirements in each country to see if any changes can be made to accommodate local law without compromising the purpose of the policy, both from a legal and cultural perspective.Most U.S.-based multinational companies want to include all of the classes typically protected in U.S. employee handbooks, even though some of those categories are not protected in other countries. Age and sexual orientation are two categories of workers that are still unprotected in many parts of the world. But most global companies will include age and sexual orientation as protected categories wherever they are located because that is consistent with company culture.Conversely, bullying often is not addressed in U.S. handbooks but should be prohibited in any global policy on anti-harassment and discrimination, because many countries have the broader protection against “moral harassment,” “mobbing” and/or bullying.U.S. companies often will include a personal-relationships policy in their handbooks, but notably, these types of policies are problematic in some jurisdictions, such as France, as they are viewed as a violation of employees’ privacy. A health and safety committee abroad typically will not approve such policies.Benefits ChallengesIn the war for talent, multinationals sometimes create inventive benefits programs to attract and retain employees. For instance, companies have implemented policies paying the cost of employees’ egg freezing and surrogacy. But rolling out these programs globally can be challenging.For example, surrogacy is either illegal in some countries (e.g., Germany and India) or not regulated (e.g., Chile and the Czech Republic), and egg freezing is not yet culturally acceptable in some jurisdictions.Many companies are now offering unlimited vacation and sick leave and providing more-generous maternity leave to U.S. employees than is required. This has been a viable means of making companies more competitive in recruiting and retention, but rolling out these policies globally can be tricky. Companies must be careful not to end up having to pay employees for unused statutory vacation upon termination of employment, even when the company has provided unlimited paid time off.In addition, outside the U.S., most developed countries provide statutory paid maternity, paternity and parental leave that in many jurisdictions far exceeds what employers provide in the U.S. Employers must be careful when drafting leave policies to avoid unintended consequences, such as providing an entitlement to even more time off than is required by law.Privacy RightsSocial media and bring-your-own-device policies can be problematic due to strict privacy laws in the European Union and elsewhere. Most IT policies in the U. S. maintain that employees should have no expectation of privacy in the workplace. But in many jurisdictions outside the U.S., employees always maintain a sphere of privacy in the workplace. Multinationals need to be cognizant of privacy laws abroad that may prohibit an employer from searching an employee’s e-mail, computer or workspace.The bottom line is that multinational companies must consider local requirements and protections when implementing employment policies on a global basis. Originally posted on HRPS blog.last_img read more

Read/WriteWeb Sponsors And Contributers

first_imgTags:#Admin#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Read/WriteWeb is growing. Last month was a record month in traffic, by a longshot. And after over 4 years of blogging, last month was also the first monthI’ve managed to earn enough from R/WW to ‘pay’ for the time I spend writing andediting it. So R/WW is now a professional publication in that sense, although Iprefer to think it always has been in terms of how much work has gone into it!🙂 My commitment going forward is to build R/WW into the resource for Next Generation Web Technology analysis and news.I have two groups of people I want to provide a shout-out to. Thank you Read/WriteWeb’sinitial sponsors (in order of arrival here):Atlassian is from my part of theworld and they provide innovative enterprise software solutions, so they’rea perfect fit for R/WW. And because they were first on board as a R/WWsponsor, they got the top banner spot 😉Zoho is another very innovativeEnterprise company and they are building one of my favorite product types –a Web Office.Flockis developing a social web browser and they are definitely one of the mostinnovative browsers around right now.Pageflakesis one of my favorite types of applications – a personalized start page.There’s so much creativity in this space and with 100 widgets and counting,Pageflakes is one of the very best and most productive.Text LinkAds creates simple text ads which drive targeted traffic and grow yoursearch engine rankings. Go check them out if you’re a blogger wanting tomake money. Thanks also to FM Publishing, whohave been a great help. It’s important to note that all of these sponsors allowme to devote more time to R/WW, which means I can continue to grow the siteand provide even more quality content.Also a huge thanks to the guest contributers R/WW has had over the past fewmonths, who have all helped to make R/WW what it is today. While I don’t (yet?)earn anywhere enough to pay them for their troubles, it’s my aim to make sureit’s a win-win for them in terms of exposure. So thank you AlexIskold, Ebrahim Ezzy, SteveO’Hear, Ken Yarmosh, RyanStewart, Ajit Jaokar– who have all at some stage or another this year contributed to Read/WriteWeb. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Facebook Week Update

first_imgThis week is Facebook Week on Read/WriteWeb. Here we’ll re-cap the week so far and see what else is happening on other blogs.Firstly the Read/WriteWeb Facebook Group already has over 400 members, after just a few days. It’s open to anyone and you can join here. We’re currently looking at what apps to implement to make the group compelling – if you have any suggestions, please comment here or on the group’s ‘wall’.Top Facebook Apps The highlight of Facebook Week has been Josh Catone’s Top 10 posts. With nearly 1800 apps, the platform has been a runaway success for Facebook, and the most popular ten applications reach over 46 million users. Josh has picked his favorite 50 apps, across 5 categories. He’s doing one Top 10 every day. Here are his posts so far:Top 10 Facebook Apps: Work – can Facebook be used as an online office? You can but try, using these ten apps!Top 10 Facebook Apps: Play – proving that he’s a dedicated reviewer, Josh told me this morning on IM that he’s been playing a game of facebook scrabble for 3 days now! What else can you play on Facebook? Check this post to find out 🙂Top 10 Facebook Apps: Media – today’s list showcases apps that let users watch, display, look at, and remix video, audio, and photo content.Facebook AnalysisEarlier this week I looked at how open Facebook is, really. Good comments to this post, including one from Omar Ismail who rightly asks: “is it possible to get data OUT of Facebook using REST APIs? If so, then I’d say that is quite open.” Another commenter, William, answered that as follows:“The Data and content that members own cannot be easily exported out, or used with many other existing internet applications. The flow of data and information is one way. The Open platform is in fact open for developers, but closed to the rest of the internet.”There’s a lot of great Facebook analysis going on elsewhere too. Robert Scoble has a post entitled Why Microsoft doesn‚Äôt deserve Facebook. Dave McClure is possibly the most obsessed Facebook geek currently! He has loads of FB posts on his blog. Not forgetting the excellent Inside facebook, a blog devoted full-time to this topic.Poll: How many Facebook friends do you have?Don’t forget to vote in our current poll: Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

From struggling times to finals stint, UP seniors write perfect ending to UAAP career

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The most successful batch in University of the Philippines’ basketball history in 32 years was also part of its darker days.Gelo Vito, Diego Dario, and Jarrell Lim all became Fighting Maroons in Season 77, where they finished with a miserable 1-13 record. Captain Paul Desiderio, meanwhile, was part of the Season 76 squad that went an historic 0-14.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I think even if we didn’t make the Final Four or finals UP’s still a go-to for freshmen because UP’s still the State University in terms of quality education,” said Dario. LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP standout Paul Desiderio applies for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothingcenter_img In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View comments UP narrowly missed the Final Four in 2017 when it took a 6-8 record as the no.5 team.Vito said this steady climb to relevance is all part to UP head coach Bo Perasol’s leadership.“Coach Bo really pushed us to have a mindset that you have to act like winners and practice like winners and we’re thankful that he brought that culture to UP because if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here,” said Vito.Dario added their finals stint was bigger than basketball and that UP will always remain a destination for aspiring Fighting Maroons for solely its education.UP is the country’s premier state university and is often ranked as the best performing school in terms of academics.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Read Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Nevertheless, the Fighting Maroons are leaving UP as part of history after finishing as the year’s runners-up behind champion Ateneo in Season 81.And those four players, who were wide-eyed youngsters during UP’s dark days, are now the hardened veterans who have been through hell and back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We are just really grateful because we’ve reached a whole new another level because we started always on the losing end, we’re always teased that we’re always losing, and we’ve reached this far,” said Lim after UP’s 99-81 loss in Game 2 Wednesday. “You can’t write a better story than that.”The Fighting Maroons had a steady climb throughout from Seasons 77 to 80 continuously improving their win-loss records every year. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more