Could it be New Year cheer for families?

first_img Comments are closed. Could it be New Year cheer for families?On 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Let’s hope the Government’s New Year resolutions include a fresh approach tochildcare provision. The speculation that the Chancellor Gordon Brown may make childcare voucherstax-free in the next Budget could just be wishful thinking on the part of theworking parents lobby (see page 4). But if it is true, then employers shouldembrace the change with open arms, as it will go a long way to transformingviews on combining motherhood with careers. Energy and talent within the UK workforce is being wasted because too manymothers give up their jobs, feeling disillusioned with the lack of childcaresupport. British parents pay the highest childcare bills in Europe, while everyweek, more and more of them are withdrawing their labour, frustrated that theycannot balance their costs and the demands of the job with their family needs. Only one childcare place exists for every five children under the age ofeight, and a typical nursery place for a child under two costs £128 a week. Childcare vouchers are available, but few employers have bought into thescheme because of the administrative burden of calculating the tax. If thechancellor removes this obstacle, then perhaps firms will see how beneficialvouchers could be in retaining good people and encouraging them to return towork after maternity. HR and employers have a huge responsibility to act on this issue, and itmakes good business sense. Working mums are not as motivated and engaged asthey could be, yet will become an essential resource going forward. There isgrowing evidence that, if given the chance, the majority of those in employmentwould quit tomorrow due to the lack of workplace flexibility and cripplingchildcare costs. This Labour Government has moved a long way in addressing workplace injusticesand inequality. The next step is to give even greater priority to childcareprovision for the good of the economy and the wider community. Food for thought Personnel Today welcomes feedback from readers/users about the magazine and ourwebsite, Tell us about any topics we could cover better or any themes we should beaddressing in 2004. What has impacted on you and your organisation most thisyear? What do you expect to be the major challenges in your organisation goingforward? E-mail your ideas to [email protected] editorial team look forward to providing continued support to the HRprofession next year and wish all readers/users a very happy Christmas. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Fender Reveals New ‘Game Of Thrones’-Themed Line Of Guitars [Video]

first_imgHBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones has returned to dominate the pop culture landscape for its climactic final season. As any world-famous brand would do, the show’s producers are looking at all kinds of ways to expand the empire which Game of Thrones has become. The show’s latest project: working with Fender to develop a collection of guitars themed guitars inspired by the show and its characters.Fender Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn was the man in charge of crafting very detailed interpretations of the various family houses from the show. In doing so, Thorn has successfully created a line of unique guitars which creatively showcases the spirit of Westeros’ most powerful families with three different models. The themes of House Stark are worked into a Telecaster model, while House Lannister comes on a Fender Jaguar, and House Targaryen is displayed on a Stratocaster.Related: George R.R. Martin Went To Dead & Co’s Playing In The Sand And Kicked It With OteilThorn drew his inspiration from using the official family sigils, costume design, armor, weaponry, and geography in the show for the guitars’ artwork. For example, the House Stark Telecaster features inlaid silver purfling around the perimeter of its swamp ash body to symbolize the family’s “Gray Wolf” color scheme on the top and back, while using “Raven Black” on the sides. The House Lannister Fender Jaguar body features 24k gold leaf, in accordance with the fictional family’s wealth and prestige.“I just felt like I was the right guy for the job,” Thorn said in a statement about his work on the project. “This is really right in my wheelhouse. In fact, if any of the other builders had gotten this project, I would have been so jealous. I would have been popping in every day and you would have had to shoo me away. It couldn’t be more me, as far as what I’ve done with guitars.”You can learn more about the models in the video below, which also features an epic, all-star performance of the Game of Thrones theme on the aforementioned guitars with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, and Game of Thrones showrunner/co-creator Dan Weiss.Fender Game of Thrones Sigil Collection[Video: Fender]As for the cost of the guitars, each of the three models is reportedly priced separately and runs between $25,000 and $35,000. Not bad if you’re a member of one of Westeros’ noble houses and need to trade in your lute for something with a bit more power.last_img read more