Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown said the country’s representatives surpassed expectations at the inaugural Caribbean Gymnastics Championships.”We expected the team to do well but they have done exceptionally well,” Grant-Brown told The Gleaner. “They worked very hard and performed way above their ability.”The young representatives topped the regional competition on the weekend at the National Indoor Sports Centre as they amassed 258 points to finish ahead of the Cayman Islands, 228, and Trinidad and Tobago, 219.Outstanding performancesThere were also outstanding performances from boys Samario Smalling, Atorio Brown, Steven Lewis, Daniel Williams, Thierry Lodge-McKnight, while among the girls Kaela Kai Yen, India Shirley, Jane Horan Taylor and Dijonae Cole were impressive.Lewis, a senior male, was the tournament’s top scorer with a score of 74.600. He had first-place finishes in Level Ten on the floor, vault and parallel bars. Williams was second with victory on the rings and pommel horse.Brown, performing at Level Eight, was the nation’s second top scorer with 62.950. He was perfect in winning all six disciplines (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars).The tournament’s third top scorer, Smalling, tallied 58.300 points after winning the Level Four men’s pommel and high bars, while placing second in floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and third on the rings.Best femaleThe best female performance came from Taylor, who scored 38.450 in Level Three junior girls. Taylor won all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.Shirley was also first in Level Two female events, taking the vault and floor exercise to top the group with 37.250 points.Kimoya Banks followed her closely with 37.000, although she had just one win, on the floor. Jamilla Duffs was the next best scorer with 34.250, although her only win also came on the floor.Yen, in Level Five, followed with 32.375 points. She was first on the vault, bar and floor for a total 32.375 points.Cole scored 9.500 after she claimed firsts on the vault, bar and floor exercise for Level Three junior women.There were also great performances from Trinidad’s Natayla Lewis, Sydell Hines, Serena Burke, Keyara Prince, Rhenece Andrews, Karresa Kirton, Adrianna Houston and Amethyst Cuffy, and Cayman’s Igor Magalhes and Kaleb Woolaver.The tournament was basically a juniors championship, asthe organisers thought that Jamaica’s senior team was too advanced for the other countries, which would have given them an unfair advantage. As a result, the junior scores were used to determine the placing of the teams.”We are really trying to focus a lot on the juniors to get them competing a lot more, as the seniors have a lot more competition and the juniors don’t have those things,” explained Grant-Brown.”We are preparing our athletes for championships, because come next year when we have the Pan Am, the CAC championships and Commonwealth Games we will be included in these tournaments, so we can be in a position where we are included because we were not included last time (year) and we want to make sure we are competing in as many things as we possibly can,” she added.
Netflix recently announced a new policy offering employees unlimited maternity and paternity leave for the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.So does this mean tech employees will start migrating over to Netflix with its new baby benefit? Only time will tell, but here’s what Netflix employees are saying on Glassdoor about the company’s benefits:Right now, Netflix has an overall benefits reviews rating of 4.0, and an overall company rating of 3.6Here’s how a few other tech giants compare, known for leading the way when it comes to innovative benefits and perks:Google:Benefits rating: 4.6Company rating: 4.4 Facebook:Benefits rating: 4.7Company rating: 4.5 Apple:Benefits rating: 4.5Company rating: 4.0 **Data as of 8/5/15; Benefits ratings based on at least 20 reviews per company. Company ratings based on at least 450 reviews per company. Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied; 5.0=very satisfied.Until now, here’s what some Netflix employees have had to say about their company’s paternity and maternity leave:“Standard Maternity/Paternity leave where you take off the time you feel appropriate.” – Netflix Senior Engineering Manager (Los Gatos, CA)“Standard leave, but the ’unlimited vocation’ policy works against you here. Can’t add accumulated PTO days to 12 weeks of maternity leave.” – Netflix Employee (location n/a)How Much Do Perks Matter to Job Seekers?Just because benefits and perks are added at any company, it doesn’t guarantee their HR/recruiting department will see a surge in resumes. While it surely doesn’t hurt and is often intended to make employees’ lives easier in and out of work, according to a Glassdoor survey*, benefits and perks are not a leading reason for someone to join a company. While they do matter to job seekers, there are other factors that job seekers report matter even more. In fact, benefits & perks are not even among the top five factors job seekers say matter most when deciding where to work:Top Factors Job Seekers Consider When Determining Where to Work:84% salary and compensation package60% career growth opportunities58% work-life balance56% location/commute50% company culture & values43% benefits & perks38% company reputation20% relationships with managers13% relationships with peers13% amount of work12% senior leadership11% frequency of travel required for the jobOther Perks Employees Are EnjoyingNonetheless, tech employers are still infamous for offering unique benefits and perks to employees. Here are just some of the latest perks offered at tech companies, according to employee feedback we see in Glassdoor Benefits Reviews:Airbnb gives employees an annual stipend of $2,000 a year to travel anywhere in the worldSquare offers employees access to onsite massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, and personal trainingAsana employees have access to executive and life coaching services outside of the companyFacebook provides employees with Facebook Ad Credits to support a cause or charity they care aboutAdobe shuts down the entire company for one week in December and one week over the summerOpenDNS holds an annual company offsite every year, which has previously been held at the Ritz Carlton in Tahoe.Salesforce provides its employees with one week of PTO dedicated to volunteer projectsEvernote hosts classes through “Evernote Academy”, which offers team-building courses like macaroon bakingZillow allows employees who are traveling to ship their breast milkWhich perks does your company offer? Share a benefits review and let others know what’s working well and what needs improvement.*Based on a Glassdoor site survey of at least 1,000 members in September, 2014.