Help improve employee morale and office productivity with a foosball table

Obviously everyone has heard of “all work and no play makes Jack a dull dude” and while that has been around for a while (in various different phrases that carry the same meaning, of course) modern studies and scientific research and surveys are now backing up the fact.

In a world where we are increasingly becoming mechanical and running to beat the clock on a constant basis, offices and corporate firms have realized that they need to provide their employees with much needed breaks that not only give them rest, but also refresh them by taking them into an alternate world. The solution to this has come in the form of game rooms at work.

Having a game room is becoming more and more accepted across both Europe and the US with companies seeing the value of the investment. While initially it was thought that game rooms would distract from the work environment, studies have now proven conclusively that they actually improve office and employee morale, help push productivity up by keeping workforce fresher and rejuvenated and most importantly help in building team spirit to a very large extent.

The advent of game rooms that are full of Foosball and pool tables, arcade games and even the latest in gaming in the form of Xbox or PS3 has meant that the minor differences between employees are ironed out as they come closer in the fun-filled atmosphere. 80 percent of those surveyed have said their concentration and interest in work improved after a short gaming break and some even stay back late to have some fun with work buddies.

From law firms to software giants and from automotive ships to even convents, game rooms are now becoming a wonderful addition to office layout. And if you are planning on getting one yourself, then think of one that incorporates a big screen with a gaming console, some popular titles, a few old arcade stalls and maybe a pool table and some foosball fun from the likes of Liberty Games. The best way to improve employee morale, really!

Advantages of Samsung’s LED TV Technology

Series 5 LED TVs from Samsung combines all the advantages of LED technology, whether vivid color images and low energy consumption. It offers enthusiasts detail, high image quality by bringing to the satisfaction of every scene crystal clear images.

LED screens are LCD screens using innovative backlight technology, whereby the brightness of the panel is better managed than conventional LCD flat screens. The fluorescent tubes (CCFL) are replaced by hundreds of light emitting diodes (LED), located at the rear of the LCD panel.

These LEDs are electronic components capable of emitting light when traversed by electric current.
However, their principle of operation is the same as the traditional LCD, and is different plasma technology that uses no liquid crystal cells but self-powered gas. This system can illuminate each pixel of the plasma panel, or over two million pixels.

In addition, LED technology improves the image quality of LCD screens. The LED backlighting can use the LCD panel more homogeneous. The more LEDs, the higher homogeneity of the backlight will be important. This contrast enhancement is optimal LED screens using the Local Dimming technology. As a result, blacks are deep. The use of LEDs has the advantage of limiting the loss of energy to illuminate different areas of the screen. Energy consumption up to 40% less than conventional LCD screens.

There are two LED technology. In a technology called EDGE LED diodes are placed on the edge of the LCD panel. Light reflectors can diffuse the light of the LEDs on the whole of the LCD panel. This technology saves thickness screens and get even finer, less than 3 cm.

In LED technology called FULL or DIRECT LED diodes are arranged on the entire surface of the LCD panel. The backlight is more homogeneous than the EDGE LED, but the thickness of the screen is larger. In some TVs, the backlight is provided by three LED (RGB: red, green, and blue). This system allows a better fit of colorimetry.

These two technologies can, on some models, benefit in addition to the technology “Local Dimming” technology which allows Smart backlight to turn on or off an area of ​​LCD. It optimizes the contrast according to the type of picture shown.

Public banks: external audit and ultra vires

The media reported the intention of the government to submit public banks (STB, BH, BNA) to an external audit, and international tender was launched since August 23 by the Ministry of Finance.

Professional organizations of accountants have protested against the international character of this call. Foreign firms would not have their eyes exercisability acts audit in Tunisia.

Able to audit the banks in which the state and public institutions are the majority shareholders begs a host of questions.

First, under which the Ministry of Finance is he legally entitled to commission an external audit on behalf of banks in the form of limited liability company own? A foreign firm did the legal right to audit in Tunisia? What credit can we give to the auditor’s conclusions? What are the guarantees of independence? So many questions that deserve answers. It is in good health Tunisian banks and the requirement of strict compliance with the law.

1-Excess of authority and breach of the Code of Commercial Companies

Indeed, art 18 of the Basic Law No. 6 from 16/12/2011 on the organization of government provides, inter alia, that the ministers exercise supervisory authority over public enterprises within their departments. It emerges that the Minister of Finance or, currently, the Secretary of State for Finance invested duties of Minister holds this authority vis-à-vis public banks to be audited. However, the supervisory authority does not grant the holder any way to any power management or administration of the agency subject to guardianship. Its scope is to ensure and monitor compliance and correct application of the law by the institution under supervision. Secretary of State for Finance Minister functions can not replace the administrative bodies of these banks.

In addition, pursuant to art 188 of the Commercial Companies Code, the company, as is the case of three banks to be audited, is administered by a board of directors or, as applicable, by an Executive Board and a supervisory board. Under Art 197, the Council “is vested with the broadest powers to act in all circumstances on behalf of the company.” At the end of each fiscal year, it must comply with the provisions of art 201, presented at a meeting of shareholders a detailed report on the management of the company. Chairman of the Board of Directors ensures, in turn, the general direction of the company (Article 211 of SCC). While the General Assembly is essentially under Art 274 of the CSC, a supervisory body for the management and approval of the accounts of the company.

The decision to submit the state-owned banks, namely limited liability companies, an external audit is probably not an act of leadership may be the responsibility of the head of it, that is to say, the P CEO, or management control or approval of the likely return of right to the shareholders’ meeting. It is a measure of excellence by which management can take up to the boards of these banks.

The Secretary of State the functions of the Minister of Finance, in deciding able to submit to external audit BH, STB and EPS exceeded its powers as provided by law on the provisional organization of authorities public and has violated the provisions relating to the powers of the CSC management bodies of the company.

2-Violation of the Law on the profession of accountancy

We raised also the question related to whether a firm abroad may be entitled to be entrusted with the audit of banks and Tunisian companies. There is no doubt that audit is not a simple point, it is expected to last over time, at least for some time, probably a few months. Also, it is characterized by its complexity and by the presence of fairly extensive staff undertaking the audit operations. From this point of view, it is similar to a normal exercise of the profession of accounting period, although “fixed-term”. However, the terms of Article 3 of the Law 108-88 require registration to the National Association of Accountants able to engage in the profession. Among the requirements, the candidate should be of Tunisian nationality for a minimum of five years. Moreover, a foreigner is able to perform the acts and conduct accounting in particular after an audit, among other things, the issuance of an authorization from the Minister of Finance in accordance with the holder of Foreign Affairs, following the opinion of the Board order.
It is clear that in principle a foreign public accounting firm is not automatically authorized in accordance with Tunisian law, to audit a bank or a company in Tunisia. Secretary of State for Finance in using a international tender for external audit of public banks broke the law on the profession of accountancy.

It should be added that the National Council of the College shall guarantee the independence and ethics of accountants in Tunisia. As such, it is not only the shield of the profession against interference from any party whatsoever in fulfilling the mission of the accountant, but in addition, it ensures compliance with business rules by its members. However, there is not a foreign firm ordinal international authority empowered to fulfill this crucial role.

The expertise of foreign firms auditing is of utmost importance and usefulness. However, launching an international tender for external audit of public banks, the government should have been more attentive to compliance with regulations because of administrative compliance with the law and delineation of responsibilities of each authority is inseparable from the rule of law and democracy.

It follows that the action taken by the Financial Secretary on the external audit of public banks is flawed competence, infringement of the law on the profession of Chartered Accountants and the provisions of the CSC management bodies SA. She falls, consequently, within the scope of Articles 5 and 7 of the Law on Administrative Court defining the abuse of power and, as such, it may be subject to annulment and suspension of performance on the basis of Articles 37 (new) and following of the Act.