Library seeks summer readers

first_img Sponsored Content Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011 By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Library seeks summer readers Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The summer program for young adults, ages 12 through 18, is titled “Novel Destinations.”“We’ll take a look at ‘Aviation Up Close’ by taking a trip to the Troy Airport,” Colvin said. “We’ll have a lot of fun with games and trivia challenges and create Chinese kites and other multicultural crafts.”The Murder Mystery Lock-In is a highly anticipated event of the young adult Summer Reading Program at Troy Public Library.“The Murder Mystery Lock-In is always a lot of fun and very well attended,” Colvin said. “It’s limited to 50 ‘detectives’ who work to solve the mystery, which this year will be ‘The Pharaoh’s Curse.’ The detectives will investigate the crime scene and carefully examine the evidence in order to solve the crime.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The program for the 6- to 11-year-olds is ‘Around the World in Eighty Days.’ The children will receive a personal passport and ‘travel’ the world learning about many countries and cultures. They will also learn about exotic animals and where they live, make crafts and discover the ancient art of shadow puppet theater.”Top readers prizes will be awarded according to the number of books read.“Four- and 5-year-olds may be read to and the 6- through 11-year-olds must read reading level appropriate books themselves,” Colvin said. “First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the 4- and 5-year-olds and first and second place prizes to the 6- through 11-year-olds.” Skip By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Signup for the 2011 Summer Reading Program at the Troy Public Library is underway for youth and young adults and early registration is recommended.Teresa Colvin, children and young adults librarian, said a fantastic summer program has been planned for both age groups, with the youth program set for June 6 through July 21 and the young adults program June 9 through July 21.“The youth program for this summer is titled ‘One World, Many Stories,’” Colvin said. “The program for four- and five-year-olds is ‘Color My World’ and children will be introduced to the delights of creativity through story time and art making activities. Young adult top readers are also recognized as an incentive of the summer reading program.“The young adults must read level appropriate books, listing titles once and page numbers. Reading logs are due by July 12. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place,” Colvin said. “A special outing will be announced for the top readers.”For more information or to register, contact Colvin at 334-566-1314. You Might Like Butter Churnin’ Syrup Soppin’ Saturday at museum It’s Butter Churnin’ Syrup Soppin’ Saturday time at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. The churnin’ will start around 10 a.m…. read more Latest Stories Print Articlelast_img read more

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

Lonzo Ball likely to miss games on Lakers road trip with balky knee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They did more than yesterday than the day before and he says he feels good today,” Walton said, “but he is still out. … I get the call from the training staff telling me whether he will be ready to practice or not or play which obviously is not the case yet. So, I don’t expect him back.”Ball first injured his knee in overtime against Dallas on Jan. 21 when he backed down fellow rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and spun for a basket.He woke up the next day with a sore knee, which the team initially reported as a “minor” knee sprain.Ball will not play in a game until he has completed at least one full practice.“I haven’t seen him on the court doing anything,” Walton said, but they’re looking at it, still just taking it day by day to see when the knee is feeling better.” LOS ANGELES – The knee injury that has already cost Lonzo Ball five games could keep him off the court through the Lakers upcoming road trip, with Coach Luke Walton saying the rookie point guard’s return is not imminent.Walton said Ball is expected to travel on the five-game trip, which begins Friday in Chicago, but “whether he plays or not that all depends on the knee.”“We are not going to rush him back from a sore knee,” the Lakers coach said. “Once that gets better, we will get him back on the court.”Ball progressed to jogging on a treadmill on Saturday, and continued to receive treatment on his knee. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img After losing the first eight games they played without Ball this season, the Lakers have won two in a row after blowing out the Knicks 127-107 on Sunday.COLLECT YOUR BOUNTYSuni Strong played high school basketball as a teenager Palmdale, but the Space-X employee admittedly out of practice when he strode to center court between the third and fourth quarters on Sunday with a shot to win $100,000.“I’ve been building rockets so I haven’t had a chance to get to the court,” said Strong, who lives in Lancaster.His halfcourt heave in the MGM Big Shot Jackpot banked off the glass and through the net, earning the 27-year-old Lancaster resident the equivalent of two 10-day contracts in the NBA.As unlikely as that was, the rest of Strong’s own story may be crazier.In addition to his job at Space-X, he said he works as a bounty hunter and was featured last year in the since-canceled A&E show “Akil the Fugitive Hunter.”He attended the game with his nephew, Zosier, and said he was approached about shooting for the money when he entered Staples Center.“When I first walked in I said have my check ready,” he said. “I knew I was going to make it. I had to.”Asked if he called “bank,” Strong replied, “Why would I do that? I called money.”Walton said he saw the shot go in and heard “the place go nuts.” Told that Strong was a bounty hunter, the coach replied, “This guy gets better and better.”In addition to the cash, Strong left with one more wild story for his friends in Palmdale.“I’m a hometown hero now,” he said. “It was Paul George.”A JOINT EFFORTKyle Kuzma jammed his right index finger in the second quarter on Sunday, and appeared to be in significant pain on the bench. When he played only two minutes, 37 seconds in the second half, many wondered if the injury was more significant.“His hand was hurting but I took him out because of defense, not because of his hand,” Walton said.It was consistent with Walton’s theme from the game, which saw  the coach bench all of his starters in the opening minutes of the second half.Kuzma played just 11 minutes, making 6 of 8 shots for 15 points but doing – statistically – literally nothing else.The rookie forward failed to log a rebound, assists, steal or block.That likely would not have held up if Kuzma re-entered the game, which was not out of the question.“If the game went a certain way, he would have gotten another opportunity,” Walton said, “but our defense was getting every stop we needed so I didn’t see the point to change that up.”last_img read more