Well-padded expats

first_img Comments are closed. Someexpats still receive hardship allowances from their employers, as well as perksfor a comfortable lifestyle such as larger houses and school fees for thosewith children. Single men and women should drive a hard bargain for equalbenefits, writes Ed PetersOneof the best-selling humorous books in Asia at present is Hardship Posting, acollection of true anecdotes about expatriate life in the Far East. The bookdraws its title from a contributor in Bangkok who took his boss from London onan evening out on the town After dining extremely well, they moved on to someof the more lively bars where the carousing didn’t stop until the early hours.Finally bidding his boss farewell, the executive suddenly remembered animportant point he had not mentioned during the previous day’s businessdiscussion, “By the way, I forgot to talk to you about increasing thehardship allowance,” he breezed.Itmay sound incredible but it is nevertheless strictly true that some expats inthe upper echelons of Asian business circles still qualify for what is, in nameat least, a hardship allowance, even those living in modern cities such as HongKong or Singapore. Whileit supposedly compensates for the loss of home comforts, anybody drawing it isgoing to be enjoying a reasonably comfortable lifestyle in the first place. Atypical package for a well-placed financier, for example, would includehousing, probably in an apartment block with pool and gym attached, furnishingof the housing, one or more club memberships, tickets home two or three times ayear, travelling in business class at the very least, generousno-serious-questions-asked expense accounts and maybe even local taxes pre-paidinto the bargain. Addto this an even larger house and school fees taken care of if the expat happensto be married with children. Which means single men and women should be able todrive a fairly hard bargain themselves when it comes to negotiating their package,if the shortlist includes other candidates who come with spouse and childrenattached.Oncethe expat is in place, HR departments usually make every effort to keep him orher happy. Confronted with an outsize bouquet of flowers on moving into herflat in Hong Kong, a newly arrived executive for Marks & Spencer rang upthe HR director to ask what she had done to deserve them. Reading between thelines of the answer, basically the company had spent such a lot of moneyinstalling her, the price of three-dozen roses was a drop in the ocean. Ofcourse, it is not solely expats who are being tempted with well-paddedpackages, although their benefits do have a corresponding effect on local payand conditions. Generally,the larger corporations in Asia Pacific tend to go for a”catch-them-young” strategy, aiming to talent spot at an early ageand draw them into a corporate family.”Weconcentrate very much on graduate recruitment,” says Lyanna Chan ofPricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong. “In general we have an acceptancerate of 80 per cent and we have training programmes in place to help staff withtheir professional exams. As a result, our pass rate is double the average inHong Kong.”Oncethe golden handshake has been proffered, most companies also seek to delicatelyaffix a set of golden handcuffs to capitalise on their investment in personnel.”Wemake sure we pay a premium to top performers, and the very best of them arerewarded with a partnership, while we also structure pay to make it taxefficient,” says Chan.PricewaterhouseCoopersalso allows its staff flexible working hours, providing extra support at undulybusy times so employees can strike an appropriate balance between home andoffice. More recently, some employees have also qualified for educationallowances.Whilesome employees will always be tempted to jump ship when better pay andconditions are offered, there is a tendency in Asia Pacific to stick with acompany you know.MalcolmLeung, an American passport holder of Chinese descent, who has worked in HR inThailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong, notes that in general rewardingworkers in the region generously keeps staff wastage to a minimum.”Therewas a time in Hong Kong when everybody would move on the moment they got theiryear-end bonus – it was like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party as they all shiftedround a place,” he said. “Then companies got smart and started payingbetter wages over the whole year, rather than dangling a lump sum at the end.Another major factor is that Asians respond very well to teambuilding, and ifeveryone in the company is enjoying similar benefits, be they cash bonuses orother perks, then there is a marked reluctance to leave unless there’s a reallygood reason.”Whileexpatriates in Asia Pacific continue to enjoy some of the best remuneration,they are an increasingly rare breed. The future is likely to see more graduatesfrom the region climbing up the ladder, trained and assisted by the companywhich talent-spotted them fresh out of college.Furtherinformationwww.towersperrin.comwww.deloittetouche.comwww.wmmercer.com Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Well-padded expatsOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

USS Boxer Promotes Sailors

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: Boxer USS Boxer Promotes Sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sailors One hundred and seventy seven Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) were advanced to the next highest pay grade during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 6.For the last three advancement cycles, Boxer has been consistently above the Fleet average in the E-4 through 6 paygrades.For some, this milestone proves the virtue in studying hard while marking the start of new expectations and responsibilities in their Navy careers.The way Aviation Support and Equipment Technician 3rd class Daniel Pinanunez sees it, motivation is key in the advancement process.“My LPO and Chief really encouraged me to study for my 3rd Class exam as soon as I came onboard a few months ago,” said Pinanunez. “They gave me a lot of advice about the exam and printed out all the bibliographies for me, which helped me a lot.”Navy Career Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Derek L. Reynolds, one of the ships command career counselors, explained the significance of bibliographies.“The biggest thing for Sailors in advancing is preparation,” said Reynolds. “Study those bibliographies for your respective rate because the answers are in those references.”Master Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Jay L. McNuckle, Executive Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, said those who passed but did not advance should not become discouraged.“Those who didn’t pass should keep studying,” said McNuckle. “Not everyone can advance everytime they take the test.”McNuckle said it is important for the petty officers that did advance to never forget about the Sailors who are now below them inrank.“Sailors should never forget the people they left behind in their workspaces,” said McNuckle. “It is their job to bring those Sailors up to where they’re at today.”McNuckle explained how the advanced Sailors must take the time to train others what they know to make the advancement system more effective.Reynolds added Sailors could succeed by studying in groups.“Make study groups,” said Reynolds. “Take advantage of your peers because chances are, you can teach one another things that you may have overlooked.”Pinanunez agreed studying is essential because the exam covered beyond what he was taught in “A” school.McNuckle also explained the importance of financial management as Sailors advance.“I would advise Sailors in each pay grade to use the extra money for saving and continue the $100 deduction that the Montgomery G.I. Bill starts for you,” said McNuckle.Pinanunez, a native of Phoenix, said the advancement will now give him the chance to save his money for a car and other personal needs.“One of the reasons I joined the Navy was to help out my parents financially,” said Pinanunez. “Right now I’m all about getting my job qualifications and saving up as much as I could just in case I need it in the future.”Pinanunez said his next challenge is pursuing his Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist pin.“I feel I’m in a good position in my career,” said Pinanunez. “But, I’m still learning.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: promotes December 11, 2012 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer Promotes Sailors last_img read more

Panel analyzes the Asian American vote in elections

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly hosted the Institute’s fourth and final installment in the “It’s Our Election Too” series Wednesday. Moderators included Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur and APASA External Community Chair Amy Chau. Panelists included L.A. Councilmember David Ryu, Voting Coordinator at the L.A. branch of  Asian Americans Advancing Justice Shelly Chen, and, Sarah Kim, APASA Finance Director, and Aliza Khan, a junior majoring in economics.Ryu was the first Korean American and only the second Asian American to be elected to municipal office in Los Angeles. Representing the Fourth District, stretching from Sherman Oaks to Koreatown, Ryu was elected with strong support from the Korean community in and around his district. He discussed his campaign with the panel and the similarities to the national election.“If you look at my [City Council] election, it’s just a microcosm of what’s going to happen in the macro,” Ryu said.While Ryu ran in a crowded non-partisan primary for City Council with 13 opponents, he  and defeated front-runner Carolyn Ramsay, former chief-of-staff to then-incumbent Councilmember Tom LaBonge in the general election.The panel also touched on the importance of Asian Americans actually turning out to participate in the elections that elect their representatives.Kim noted that Asian Americans may be skeptical of participating in American politics because of their associations with politics back home or may simply have little motivation to do so.“A lot of older generations feel that — even though they have become citizens in recent years — they feel more plugged in back at home, whether that be China, or Korea or Vietnam, and they don’t believe that they should participate here [in U.S. elections],” Kim said.Chen spoke on her work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, dealing with challenges of getting Asian voters to turn out and participate on Election Day. AAAJ is an advocacy organization that works on behalf of Asian Americans to organize on issues such as race relations and domestic violence.“Our [Asian] communities are disproportionately immigrant and relatively limited-English-speaking, and so what that means is that many folks face barriers when it comes to the voting process,” Chen said. “Particularly when it comes to language, many voters don’t know the resources that are available to them.”When questioned about the possible influence the Asian-American community could have on future elections through its traditional view as a swing voter block, both Chen and Kim pointed out that many Asian Americans vote regarding issue positions and less by party.In her response, Kim noted that in past presidential elections, Asian Americans cast as many as 74 percent of their votes for Democrats. However, twenty years into the past, just as high a percentage voted for Republican candidates.Chen, however, noted that Asian Americans are often ignored because they aren’t widely considered to be reliable partisan voters.“A lot of folks in our [Asian Pacific American] community are unaffiliated,” Chen pointed out. “What happens, sometimes to our detriment, is that our community is ignored by those mainstream candidates.”Finally, Ryu addressed the students by discussing how he used “people power” to overcome the odds against him in his election for City Council.“They said ‘it’s not our turn [to have a Korean councilman],’” Ryu said. “See, in politics, power is not given. It’s taken.”last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Oak Tree Inn hotel expansion question

first_imgWhat best describes your feeling about the proposal of Oak Tree Inn expansion across the street? Hooray! Any business expansion is good for Wellington I’m more happy that strip mall area could get cleaned up. I’m nervous it might hurt our chances of landing a national brand name hotel. I don’t think Wellington needs a new hotel. I’m checking my “give a darn,” pulse. I might be dead. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down OneinOneout · 352 weeks ago Glad to see that the topic of cleaning up that monstrosity of a strip mall is being address and by developers at that. I was unclear though whether or not they were going to take out Penny’s as well. That would be a shame as it is the only 24 hour dining facility in town. What is everybody elses thoughts on this? Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 352 weeks ago Penny’s diners are part of a contract with the railroad and the hotels. Penny’s is there for the railroaders and stays open 24/7 for those railroaders staying at the hotels so they have a place to eat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Long Time Resident · 352 weeks ago Anybody else think this is the first step of BNF moving jobs from Wellington to Amarillo? For those not familiar with BNSF’ operations here, the run from Wellington to Amarillo is manned by both Wellington and Amarillo crews. This is called a double ended pool since there are home terminals on both ends. Over the past several years, BNSF has been consolidating a lot of doubled ended pools into single ended pools, to where there is only one home terminal and the other end is the away from home terminal. (Crews stay in hotels, like the Oak Tree, at away from home terminals.) What does this mean? If BNSF chooses to, they can move all of the jobs currently manned by Wellington crews to Amarillo. Those crews would have a choice, move to Amarillo or relocate/work somewhere else. So since engineers can only work the Wellington to Amarillo run or territory, they would most certainly be forced to move. That means that over 80 BNSF jobs, (conductors and engineers) that pay in excess of $120,000 a year each, and the families of those employees, would leave Wellington, taking their salary, buying power, support for housing prices and worse of all, good health care benefits, with them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 352 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 352 weeks ago Yikes. Of all the comments ever uttered on this website, Long Time Resident, you may have provided the most scary comment of all. I’m praying you are wrong. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Long Time Resident · 352 weeks ago Granted, some jobs will stay in Wellington, but not on the scale or pay that BNSF currently pays. Of course BNSF says that there is nothing like that in the plans right now. Yeah right. Folks, they don’t call it being railroaded for nothing! Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Long Time Resident · 351 weeks ago So am I. Because I’ll be one of them forced to move. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 351 weeks ago That’s the life of a railroader. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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James drops 61, setting career-high and Heat-best

first_imgMiami Heat’s LeBron James celebrates afer scoring two points with Chris Andersen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, March 3, 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats. 124-107. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — An hour after what he called the best regular-season game he’s ever played, LeBron James simply explained why this performance was like none other.The basketball, he said, felt small as a golf ball.The basket, to him, looked as wide as the ocean.Best player in the game. Best game of his career. James rewrote his record book Monday night, etched his name a few different times in Miami Heat annals as well, and let the NBA know in crystal-clear terms that his MVP award won’t be ceded without a fight this season. He scored 61 points, setting career- and franchise-bests, as the Heat topped the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.“A surreal feeling for me right now,” James said.With good reason. He made 22 of his 33 field-goal tries, becoming just the third player in the past 25 years to take that many shots and make at least two-thirds of them, with only Alex English and Shaquille O’Neal on that list. James set a career-high for field goals made, plus Heat records for points in a quarter (25) and a half (37).And of all his feats on Monday, the most impressive might have been how he started 8 for 8 from 3-point range.“The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” James said before the Heat flew to Houston for a game there Tuesday. “I just try to take advantage of it every night. I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go.”Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando. James’ previous career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.This outing was much better, James said. Not because 61 tops 56 — but because the night he scored 56, his Cavaliers lost.“Phenomenal, amazing, stupendous … he reminds me of me,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said afterward in an overjoyed locker room.James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through and around three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra walked into his postgame news conference with a confession: He nearly took James out after the third quarter.He didn’t. Good call.“He was in a great groove, obviously,” Spoelstra said.Here’s how good James was on this night: Al Jefferson finished with 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, making him just the fourth player in the past six seasons to put up a stat line like that.No one noticed.“You take away his 61 points,” Jefferson said, “and we still had a fighting chance there at the end.”Yes, even the Bobcats were marveling at James. He was hitting from everywhere, even a 3-pointer from about 30 feet — Spoelstra joked it was from 40 — late in the third quarter, as the crowd roared and the Heat bench jumped with joy.“Yeah, that was a designed play,” Spoelstra deadpanned. “We’ve been working on that one for a while.”That was the moment, James said, when he knew he was in the midst of a special night.“I felt pretty good in the first half but halftime can always kind of derail things and slow things up,” James said. “But I was able to get things going once again in the third quarter and I knew it could be one of those nights.”Not “one of those nights.”Even for James, this was like no other.“Once he sniffed 60, we knew he was going for it,” Heat forward Shane Battier said. “And the amazing part is the efficiency. Good Lord. Sixty-one on 33 shots, that’s Wilt Chamberlain-esque. That’s pretty amazing. Incredible performance.”When James checked out with 1:24 left, the entire Heat roster met him near midcourt for high-fives and hugs, and the sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation. A second huge roar followed when he waved to the crowd, as “M-V-P” chants rained down.“If he’s going to shoot the ball like that from that range, there’s nobody that’s going to beat them,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said.Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who got a night off to rest. Spoelstra stressed there’s been no setback for Wade, who has been on a knee-maintenance program throughout this season and is averaging 23.5 points on 62 percent shooting since the All-Star break.Wade probably didn’t mind sitting for this one. It gave him a courtside seat for the show.James made three 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes of the quarter — he was 6 for 6 from beyond the arc at that point — and when Charlotte bit on his head fake from the top of the key, James coolly found Toney Douglas to set up another 3. A tip-in by James followed not long afterward and just like that, the lead was up to 83-63.Charlotte scored the next six points, but any notion that the game was slipping from Miami’s control was quickly extinguished.James scored the next six himself, a pair of three-point plays to restore the 20-point edge and give him 43 points, already a season high.All that was left to see was what he’d finish with.The answer was history.James has been asked plenty of times in recent weeks about the MVP race, especially with many prognosticators suggesting the trophy is likely headed to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.Might be time to reopen the thinking on that one.“Every night I go on the floor I want to be the MVP, of this league, MVP of this team, MVP for me, myself and my family,” James said. “I’ve set a high standard and I have to live by that.”On this night, he did. And more.last_img read more