South Sudan to set up body for daily spending decisions

first_imgThe South Sudanese government plans to set up a body to take charge of its daily spending as the world’s youngest nation battles an economic crisis caused by more than two years of civil war.South Sudan’s finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said in a statement that the country’s current funding position is “uncertain and volatile” and “revenues may fall short of focus and will fluctuate widely in the short term.”“This situation calls for monthly, weekly and daily decisions on spending, borrowing and saving so that there are resources available to keep government functioning,” Dau added.The oil-producing nation saw inflation exceed 720 percent in August as it struggles with declines in oil revenue and the local currency.The government last week approved a 22.3 billion South Sudanese pound (about $474.7 million) budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year with plans to fund it by external borrowing and sales of crude.last_img read more

AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief on CNN’s coverage of Lion Air crash

first_imgAirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief has once again been interviewed by CNN for its superb ongoing coverage of the Lion Air tragedy.You can see the CNN story and video here.Read: Questions raised about Lion Air maintenancelast_img

How To Bring Meditation to the Workplace

first_imgEva Del RioLast week I discussed the benefits of meditation in the workplace, pointing out it promises to increase productivity, focus, employee cohesion and resistance to stress. So what’s the best way to bring meditation into the workplace?Let’s pick up where we left off.Make meditation acceptable in your workplace culture. Even though practicing meditation at home has gone mainstream, it’s still not widely accepted -and seen as we strange- if practiced at work. One way to telegraph that it’s acceptable is to invite a speaker to a lunch-and-learn so employees can hear about the topic. “Mindfulness” meditation is the most generally accepted form, the one featured on the cover of business magazines, so it’s safe to start there.Find a champion. This might be an employee, or a manager. Someone who is already committed to the practice and is familiar with the logistics and basics; this will make others feel at ease. What if there’s no such person? Don’t worry, someone who is new to meditation but interested in its potential, will work just as well. Just make sure there is a person who takes the lead and believes in the effort.Provide a place to practice. You don’t need a meditation hall with cushions and incense. All you need is a conference room, break room, or some other quiet space.   This might mean opening your doors a little earlier for employees who want to practice 15 min before work. Or provide access during lunch or after work to an area that may normally be locked or inaccessible. It may sound counterintuitive that employees will stay late before going home, but it happens.Take advantage of technology. Recommend free meditation apps that everyone can use. This way the practice and the benefits can go home with employees. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Be less anxious? Feel 10% happier? All this will soon be obvious to any employees who take interest in the practice. Note: the workplace practice itself can be based one of these free apps.Recommended free apps:Calm – 7 Daily 10-minute guided meditations. Not just for meditation, keep it open in the background for soothing sounds throughout the day.10% Happier Named after the book by Dan Harris  a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that led him to meditation. If other apps don’t speak your language, or sound too flaky, this “meditation for fidgety skeptics” might be for you. Insight TimerIt’s simple, intuitive and user friendly. The free version let’s you set a time, sounds, periodic bells.Hope these tips encourage you to bring mindfulness meditation to the workplace. There’s no downside, it’s a perk, it’s cheap and it may make your workplace 10% happier. Originally published on HR Boxlast_img read more