Is the Four Day Work-Week Model Recommended?

Working hours are generally proportional to the work output. The more you work, the higher the profits for the company.  However, at the end of the day, the employees are humans and not robots.

Working for long hours without proper breaks will eventually decrease their productivity and hamper the company’s growth. As a result, companies contemplate whether they should reduce the number of workdays from five to four days per week.

Does lowering the operating hours ensure a better output? Yes, it does, but only if the employees give their best in the new work hours.

Numerous countries have already adopted this new work model and have witnessed an increment in the companies’ overall output. Even some leading companies like Microsoft Japan, Radioactive PR, Shake Shack etc. have adopted the four-day work model and benefited from it.

Is This Model Suitable Long-term?

According to research conducted on Perpetual Guardian, a … Read the rest

Read More

[EXPLAINER] What we know about the Indian variant as coronavirus sweeps South Asia

NEW DELHI – India has recorded the world’s sharpest spike in coronavirus infections this month, with political and financial capitals New Delhi and Mumbai running out of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines.

Scientists are studying what led to an unexpected surge, and particularly whether a variant of the novel coronavirus first detected in India is to blame. The variant, named B.1.617, has been reported in some 17 countries, raising global concern. Here are the basics:

 

WHAT IS THE INDIAN VARIANT?

The B.1.617 variant contains two key mutations to the outer “spike” portion of the virus that attaches to human cells, said senior Indian virologist Shahid Jameel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the predominant lineage of B.1.617 was first identified in India last December, although an earlier version was spotted in October 2020.

The WHO has described it as a “variant of interest”, suggesting it may have mutations that … Read the rest

Read More

Canada to Help India With 10 Million Canadian Dollars as Pandemic Response

As per report, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canadian government is sending 10 million Canadian dollars ( ₹60 crore) to India to help with the buying of ambulances and necessary medical requirements, to support New Delhi’s fight against a record surge in Covid-19 cases.

The funds will be provided to the Canadian Red Cross, which will later transfer it to the Indian Red Cross Society.

“It’s something the Canadians are extremely concerned about as we see the terrible and tragic images coming out of India. We know we have to be there for our friends,” Trudeau said on Tuesday.

The decision came after Canada’s foreign minister Marc Garneau and India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar Trudeau spoke on Tuesday over Ottawa’s assistance during the rising crisis.

Trudeau said “We are there to support in any way we can, and those conversations are very much ongoing.”Read the rest

Read More

Government, industry push bitcoin regulation to fight ransomware scourge

PIXABAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Government and industry officials confronting an epidemic of ransomware, where hackers freeze the computers of a target and demand a payoff, are zeroing in on cryptocurrency regulation as the key to combating the scourge, sources familiar with the work of a public-private task force said.

In a report on Thursday, the panel of experts is expected to call for far more aggressive tracking of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While those have won greater acceptance among investors over the past year, they remain the lifeblood of ransomware operators and other criminals who face little risk of prosecution in much of the world.

Ransomware gangs collected almost $350 million last year, up threefold from 2019, two members of the task force wrote this week. Companies, government agencies, hospitals and school systems are among the victims of ransomware groups, some of which US officials say have friendly relations with Read the rest

Read More

Amazon to Expand its Grocery Delivery Service in Garage of Consumers

Amazon on Tuesday announced that its new service will be available to all its Prime members at places where grocery delivery is available, in more than 5,000 cities across the US. Till now this service was available only to Prime members living in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The latest offering is a part and parcel of Amazon Key from among the company’s array of services. This new service allows delivery people to leave packages in garages, cars, homes,  and businesses.

Customers will need to purchase additional hardware for the purpose of getting groceries or packages dropped off inside their garage or residence. To avail, the service of In-home delivery requires to have a smart lock and a camera, and a smart garage door opener is essential to avail service in-garage delivery.

Amazon has decided to pitch these services to its Prime members with the thought of … Read the rest

Read More

Biden’s first 100 days: COVID-19, jobs, foreign policy, immigration, guns, and dogs

WASHINGTON — US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., completes 100 days in office on Friday, April 30.

Judging a president’s performance after 100 days in office is an American political tradition that historians say began with Franklin Roosevelt’s first term in 1933, when he embarked on a rapid-fire rollout of measures to counter the Great Depression.

Here are some of the key policy issues of Mr. Biden’s first 100 days and how he has fared so far:

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Mr. Biden’s major coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) promise was 100 million shots in Americans’ arms by his first 100 days in office. Some 290 million shots have been distributed, more than 230 million administered, and about 96 million Americans are fully vaccinated, 29{87890dc1d933c52ccc13a444df81fd446339ba2106dac001aae390a0afd706af} of the population.

Mr. Biden’s vaccination campaign built on efforts started under President Donald J. Trump to manufacture and distribute the shots, but he added mass vaccination sites Read the rest

Read More

How to Remove Bankruptcies from Your Credit Report

Bankruptcies are extremely damaging to your FICO score. As it is based on the contents of credit reports, removing the negative entries boosts the total immediately. However, it is not always possible to do this. Here are the basics of bankruptcy removal.

Prolonged Effects

Most negative items, such as late payments, stay on your records for 7 years. However, some bankruptcies might tarnish your records even longer — throughout a decade. It depends on the chapter filed — i.e., how much of the debt is repaid. In the case of Chapter 7, where none of your debt is covered, the effects are the most lasting.

Bear in mind that you may only delete a false bankruptcy. Any accurate information on your reports will stay there until it ages off the records. There is no way to remove it, and any company offering to do it is scammy.

On the other … Read the rest

Read More

Serving meals and spreading hope

McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen continues to serve Filipinos in need

McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen continues to serve meals to frontliners. Staff nurses from Unihealth Parañaque quickly pose for a photo with the donated meals through the McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen.

Popular American television host Fred Rogers once cited a lesson his mother taught him during times of crisis. To remain hopeful, he said to look for the helpers because you will always find people who are helping others in their time of need.

There has never been as big of a crisis in modern history as the COVID-19 crisis, affecting the health of millions and leaving millions more without jobs or income and exhausting the medical health care system. It is during this critical period that helpers are needed most, and many public and private institutions are taking up the cause to give aid to those who are most vulnerable.

Staff from Ace
Read the rest

Read More

What Is an Editing Checklist?

The post-writing phase can be as intimidating as when you start writing your story. Part of that has to do with the pressure to make sure your work is perfect. That’s why writers employ the help of editors.

It’s also the reason why they try their hand at self-editing with tools like ProWritingAid and Grammarly. However you choose to go about the editing process, you will need an editing checklist to ensure things go smoothly. So, what’s there to know about this type of checklist?

The Editing Checklist

Through a good editing checklist, you can edit content for blogs and other pieces efficiently. It also helps you produce work that resonates with your audience and helps them gain value from it.

1. Words You Rely on Too Often

It’s common to see those less experienced in the writing craft depend too much on specific words and turns of phrase. In … Read the rest

Read More

Pru Life UK claims number 1 spot¹ in life insurance industry ranking for 2020

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK is the new number one among life insurers in the Philippines in terms of New Business Annual Premium Equivalent (NBAPE) for the year 2020.

In a disclosure by the Insurance Commission (IC) today, Pru Life UK recorded a total NBAPE of P7.95 billion last year, which represents a 3.7{87890dc1d933c52ccc13a444df81fd446339ba2106dac001aae390a0afd706af} increase from the company’s NBAPE in 2019.

Pru Life UK President and CEO Antonio “Jumbing” De Rosas

“We are thrilled to finally announce that we are the new industry leader. I extend my congratulations to our PRULifers — agency leaders, agents, distribution partners, and employees — for their relentless commitment to our We DO promise of delivering our products and services with excellence. More importantly, I express our utmost gratitude to all our policyholders for their continued trust in the company,” said Pru Life UK President and CEO Antonio “Jumbing” De Rosas.

According to a … Read the rest

Read More