by: Chloe Della CostaMost employees know it’s usually a good idea to take advantage of benefits such as retirement savings, medical insurance, and paid vacation days. What they may be forgetting, however, is that many companies offer more perks, many of which provide the opportunity to save both time and money. We’re not just referring to the over-the-top game rooms and gourmet meals that employers like Google use to attract talent and media attention. There are a lot of very practical benefits employers provide that seem to fly under the radar.Then there are the benefits like paternity leave and transgender health coverage that ought to be universal, but somehow still aren’t. More employers are catching on to benefits like these, and whether they are instituted for the good of the employees, for increased productivity and loyalty, or for the employer’s reputation alone, workers would be unwise to miss out on any perk that comes with the job.That’s not to say everything an employer offers will be the right fit for every employee, but it’s a good idea to at least do a thorough check on what’s offered. Sometimes not all benefits are widely talked about by human resources managers, and it can be easy to miss the occasional email touting a special employee discount or perk. If you are taking advantage of your 401k company match and a worthwhile health plan, that’s a great place to start. But you could be missing out on savings elsewhere. If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that offers additional employee benefits, here are some of the perks worth considering. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“It takes time to convince small merchants to install the QRIS at their stores, and to inform them that a standardized QR code can simplify their transactions,” Hamid said, adding that he hoped National QRIS Week would promote awareness among small business on the advantages of cashless transactions.“It would be great if street vendors and wet market sellers used the QRIS for their transactions so they wouldn’t have to be troubled with looking for spare change,” he said.The central bank has set a target of 15 million merchants using e-wallet services in 2020. The bank imposes a fixed fee of 0.7 percent for almost every transaction that uses the QRIS system.Transactions in the education sector and at gas stations charge slightly smaller fees of 0.6 percent and 0.4 percent respectively, while QR code transactions for donations or social assistance will be free from any costs. (mpr) Topics : “Many micro businesses remain untouched by banks, because they won’t provide loans to businesses that don’t have transaction records. With the QRIS, they can use the recorded transactions to apply for loans and gain additional capital,” he told a press briefing on Tuesday.Besides giving micro businesses financial access, Luthor said that the e-wallet’s Rp 2 million (US$139) transaction cap made it more suitable for micro businesses that conducted small business transactions.As of February, the QRIS code had been used by about 2.7 million merchants across the country, according to the central bank’s data. In the same period, in Jakarta alone, the number of merchants using the QRIS code hit 618,337 people, a sharp increase from around 175,000 people in August last year.Despite its rapid expansion, BI Jakarta representative office chief Hamid Ponco said many small businesses and vendors were still reluctant to use the QRIS as they did not fully understand how QR codes worked. Bank Indonesia (BI) is holding a National QRIS Week event across Indonesia to promote cashless transactions among small businesses using its Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code system.During the one-week event, which ends March 15, the central bank will disseminate information on the technical details of the QRIS system and the registration process for small businesses that want to begin using a cashless payment system.BI Jakarta financial management director Luthor Tapiheru said he hoped that, in the future, street vendors would accept cashless payments through payment apps such as e-wallets. The use of the QRIS code could also provide transaction records for merchants, which they could use to apply for loans from banks, he added.
View Gallery (2 Photos)The effects of conference expansion weren’t limited to college football this past summer.College hockey saw some programs move around as well, with Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha joining the WCHA conference.Tonight, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-7-3, 4-6-2) will give Bemidji (5-8-1, 4-7-1) its own welcome to the conference at the Kohl Center.It will be a unique challenge for the Badgers, since the players have no history with the Beavers, who previously played in College Hockey America.“It’s definitely different because we have never played them before, I haven’t ever played them in my college career,” senior captain Sean Dolan said.“We are going to see a lot of stuff we haven’t seen before with this group,” sophomore forward Derek Lee added. “We’re not very familiar with each other but it’s going to be a fun weekend for both teams.”The Badgers are hoping this is a winning weekend.After splitting last weekend’s series with Alaska Anchorage (the loss came on a UAA goal with just eight seconds remaining) UW is looking to earn some much needed points in conference play to stay in the WCHA race.This weekend becomes even more important for the Badgers due to their schedule. After the matchup with BSU, Wisconsin will go three weeks without getting an opportunity to make up ground in the WCHA. UW has next weekend off before back-to-back weekends against non-conference opponents. Wisconsin takes on Massachusetts and Canisius after that bye week.With that in mind, the Badgers want to take advantage of this upcoming meeting with the Beavers.“It’s huge. We need these points especially now getting into the second half of the season,” Dolan said. “Each weekend is huge and to keep moving up in the WCHA standings we need all the points we can get.”Junior assistant captain Jake Gardiner couldn’t agree more.“We are 4-6-2 in our league and that’s just not going to cut it,” he said. “Hopefully we can get two wins here this weekend and get on a roll.”By all indications, wins for UW this weekend won’t come easy. Bemidji is coming off a series sweep over Nebraska-Omaha and the Beavers are known for a tireless work ethic.Just ask the Badgers, who have been watching tape on their opponent all week.“They work their butts off,” Gardiner said.“They are a good hardworking team,” Lee said. “They like to chip pucks out and work for every inch of that ice.”“They are hard workers,” Dolan said. “It’s going to be a challenge and we have to match that on our end.”So, it’s clear a hardworking team is coming to Madison and the Beavers are hoping that mentality translates into wins in their Kohl Center debut as WCHA members.But like every home series, the Badgers will look to protect their home ice and make a statement against the WCHA newcomers.“We definitely want to get the crowd into it right away and let them know that this is a tough place to play and somewhere that they are going to hate to come back to,” Dolan said.
Digicel Guyana’s 7th annual Cancer Awareness Cycle Race is set for this Sunday, with 5 categories of races and cash and prizes up for grabs.The race is scheduled to begin promptly at 8am on Sunday, October 21st. Starting point is the JB Singh Road running parallel to Vlissengen Road.Spectators will witness the country’s top seniors, juniors, mountain bikers and veterans over-45 and under-45 compete for the spoils that are up for grabs. In addition, there will be an inaugural children’s race.The event, which has grown to become one of cycling’s feature meets, is organised by the Evolution Cycling Club, with telecom giants Digicel on board to assist in donating to the Cancer Institute of Guyana. All proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Institute of Guyana.There will be a registration fee of Gy$2000 for participation in this event, and the total registration fees garnered will be matched in value and donated to the Cancer Institute. Part of all proceeds from smartphone sales for the month of October would also be donated to the Cancer Institute.In the previous year, Williams and Dey won the senior and junior categories respectively.In addition to Digicel Guyana, Banks DIH Limited, through its Rainforest Water Brand, is onboard as a partner to support Cancer Awareness Month.The stakeholders are urging members of the public to come out and witness the country’s riders as they compete for a good cause.