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~ Akan proverb
WorkmateHR is a State of the Art Human Resource and Payroll Management system that is designed to provide management and tracking of the entire value chain of a Human Capital in your organization in order to increase the overall efficiency, productivity and profitability.
Instead of visiting the HR/Accounts departments for payslips, leave applications, salary advance applications among others, employees will be able to access the same from the comfort of their desktops or tablets and phones. Likewise, employers need not ask employees about their current contacts, skills, educational background and so on.
With WorkmateHR organizations will be able to track and leverage the human resources from Recruitment (Applications, Interview(s) to eventual Contract Signing), Scheduling and Benefit management. Performance (trends and bottlenecks) in projects will also be exposed.
- Web-based Employee Self-Service portal
- Configurable role-based access
- Simple and Intuitive User Interface
- Dashboards with excellent reports and charts
- Data is readily exportable to Excel, PDF, Word and CSV
- Accessible by all devices; PC, laptop, tablet, Smartphone, via a web browser
- Supports multiple branches and departments for a single client (with data isolation)
- Client Server and Multi-user with concurrent access
- Customizable reports
- Supports employee photos in all formats
- Available on-premise or in the Cloud
Fig 1.0 Sample Screenshot
This system is mature, stable and is in active development with regular release of updates.
- Job Applications and Intake process
- Staff/Applicant details including photos, education, employment and skill history
- Permanent, Casual/Contractual Staff and Interns accommodated
- Job Reviews and Appraisal Reporting
- Arbitration of staff matters and grievances
- Online employee leave application and Management
- Automated CV generation
- Keep track of Trainings and Seminars
- Customizable and configurable workflow engine
Plus any additional features requested by the client
- Employee self-service portal (for payslip access and salary advance application)
- Monthly payroll generation
- Payroll adjustments
- Salary advances and Statutory deductions
- Staff Loans
- Statutory Reports (KRA, NSSF, NHIF)
- Banking and Reconciliation (optional)
- Web based access allows easy access with no configuration on the client side.
- Self-service facility increases the system visibility and ownership by system users(employees).
- Dashboard layout allows the user to work with fewer mouse clicks. This is because we have multiple views/items on a single page.
- The application logic and reports are customizable and extensible according to user requirements.
- This system is not a one-size-fits all. It is modified to fit each individual client’s requirements during implementation.
- No license costs for the software and database. The system belongs to the client after project completion.
This system imposes no limits on number of users, number of machines or data captured.
Projects Module (optional)
Time-sheets and Attendance (for Projects)
- Project costing and scheduling
- Project work breakdown and assignments
- Project costing and resource management
Other possible integrations/extensions include
- Document/Records Management
- SMS interface for news and announcements
- Email alerts for workflow tasks (following the BPMN 2.0 standard)
For inquiries, improvements/customization, and Trouble shooting you can contact us via any of the following;
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SAN FRANCISCO/DUBLIN¬†(Reuters) –¬†Apple¬†has operated almost tax-free in¬†Ireland¬†since 1980, welcomed by a government keen to bring jobs to what was then one of¬†Europe‘s poorest countries, former company executives and Irish officials have said.¬†Chief Executive Tim Cook faced criticism from a¬†Senate subcommittee in Washington¬†on Tuesday over the¬†iPad¬†and¬†iPhone¬†maker’s tax practices, which had been shrouded from full view behind secretive tax-exempt Irish-based corporate entities.
Apple, one of¬†Ireland‘s top multinational employers, denied avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes and said its arrangements helped fund research jobs in the¬†United States. The committee revealed that¬†Apple‘s Irish companies, some of which are not tax resident in any jurisdiction, allowed the group to pay no tax on much of its overseas earnings in recent years.¬†Senator¬†Carl Levin, chairman of the subcommittee, said¬†Apple¬†had sought “the Holy Grail of tax avoidance”.¬†A former company executive and Irish officials told Reuters the almost tax-free status dates all the way back to¬†Apple‘s arrival in County Cork 32 years ago.
Apple¬†must have seemed attractive to¬†Ireland¬†and to Cork. Amid a generally moribund Irish economy, Cork had been hard hit by the closure of its shipyards and a Ford car plant, and in 1986 nearly one in four were out of work in the city.¬†In the early days,¬†Apple‘s staff sat down to meals together. Now the company employs 4,000 in¬†Ireland.
“There were tax concessions for us to go there,” said Del¬†Yocam, who was Vice President of manufacturing at¬†Apple¬†in the early 1980s. “It was a big concession.”¬†In fact, the deal was about as good as a company can get.¬†“We had a tax holiday for the first 10 years in¬†Ireland. We paid no taxes to the¬†Irish government,” one former finance executive, who asked not to be named, said.¬†Apple¬†wasn’t an exception, although it was among the last to enjoy such favorable treatment. From 1956 to 1980,¬†Ireland¬†attracted foreign companies by offering a zero rate of tax, according to the¬†Irish government‘s website. Eligible companies arriving in 1980 were given holidays until 1990.
“Any multinational attracted into¬†Ireland¬†that was focusing on the export market paid zero percent corporation tax,” said¬†Barry O’Leary, CEO of¬†IDA Ireland, which is charged with attracting investment into¬†Ireland.¬†Apple¬†said it pays all the tax due in every country where it operates. It declined to comment on the tax treatment it received in the 1980s.¬†As part of¬†Ireland‘s accession to the¬†European Economic Community, precursor to the¬†European Union, in 1973, it was forced to stop offering tax holidays to exporters.¬†From 1981, companies arriving in¬†Ireland¬†had to pay tax, albeit at a low 10 percent rate, providing they qualified for manufacturing status.
Apple‘s investment was a major coup for¬†Ireland. At the time, the country was struggling with high and rising unemployment, double-digit inflation and a brain drain of the young and educated through emigration.¬†“We were the first technology company to establish a manufacturing operation in¬†Ireland,” recalled¬†John Sculley,¬†Apple‘s CEO from 1983 to 1993. He said government subsidies had also played a role in deciding to set up a base in¬†Ireland.¬†Ireland¬†also offered low wage rates – a big attraction when it came to hiring hundreds of people for the relatively low-skilled work of assembling electronic equipment.
Apple¬†told the subcommittee it could not answer questions about why it chose¬†Ireland¬†as a base since it had lost the paperwork from the period.¬†The operation in Cork built the company’s¬†Apple¬†II computer and would later build disc drives, ‚ÄėMac’ computers and others. These would be sold in¬†Europe, the¬†Middle East,¬†Africa¬†and¬†Asia.¬†But having a tax holiday in¬†Ireland¬†would not, in itself, have allowed¬†Apple¬†to operate tax free in these markets.¬†Equipment assembly is not the kind of activity that economists or tax authorities usually credit with generating a large share of a technology company’s profits.
More value has been associated with generating the intellectual property behind the technology – which¬†Apple¬†did in the¬†United States¬†– and with the selling of goods, which was to be done on the ground in¬†France, Britain and¬†India.¬†But none of these countries offered the tax advantages¬†Ireland¬†did. The key to minimizing¬†Apple‘s tax bill was maximizing the amount of profit that could be ascribed to¬†Apple‘s Irish operations.
This task fell to¬†Mike Rashkin,¬†Apple‘s first tax director, two executives from the period said. One called him “the father of it all”.¬†Rashkin arrived at¬†Apple¬†in 1980, from computer pioneer Digital Equipment Corp (DEC) in¬†Massachusetts, where he had learnt about tax-efficient corporate structuring in tech companies.¬†Apple¬†had already decided to establish its base in¬†Ireland¬†when Rashkin moved to Silicon Valley, but he used his experience at DEC to set up a tax structure that took advantage of¬†Apple‘s base in the country, the executives said. Rashkin declined to comment.¬†The¬†Senate¬†subcommittee’s report reveals how the arrangement was structured. In 1980,¬†Apple¬†entered into a deal with its Irish operation, whereby the latter would share the cost of funding¬†Apple‘s research and development. In return, the Irish unit would be able to enjoy rights to¬†Apple‘s intellectual property for goods sold outside the¬†Americas.
Apple¬†secured the blessing of the U.S. tax authority, the¬†Internal Revenue Service, for the deal, one executive said. The IRS gave¬†Apple¬†an advance pricing agreement, or APA, an agreement which establishes how the IRS will treat a transaction between affiliates for tax purposes, before it is entered into.¬†Many countries’ tax authorities offer APAs, and companies say they are necessary to facilitate international trade and investment. Tax campaigners say tax authorities have been too ready to accept the pricing proposed by companies which apply for APAs.¬†The New York Times¬†reported last year that¬†Apple‘s low taxes were at least in part due to the confidential technology transfer arrangement.¬†The terms of the deal and subsequent cost-sharing deals were favorable for¬†Apple‘s Irish unit. In effect, the Irish unit paid much less to its U.S. parent for the use of¬†Apple¬†intellectual property than it made from selling that property on to affiliates.
“Apple‘s cost sharing agreement (CSA) with its offshore affiliates in¬†Ireland¬†is primarily a conduit for shifting billions of dollars in income from the¬†United States¬†to a low tax jurisdiction,” the subcommittee’s report said.¬†Meanwhile,¬†Apple¬†also constructed a system whereby the affiliates which were actually selling the finished equipment would earn minimal profits.¬†The techniques¬†Apple¬†used over the years included selling goods to affiliates at prices which generated little profit at the retail level, or by paying sales affiliates commissions which are just about enough to cover their operating costs.¬†Rashkin’s work and¬†Ireland‘s accommodating approach had the desired result for¬†Apple.
“We’re very, very pleased,”¬†Apple‘s then-President A.C. ‚ÄėMike’ Markulla said in 1981. “The Irish have really lived up to their promises.”¬†Indeed, the accounts for¬†Apple‘s main Irish unit, then known as¬†Apple¬†Computer Inc. Ltd, for 1989, the earliest year for which detailed accounts were filed, show exactly how effective the arrangement was.¬†The subsidiary paid $500,000 in income tax on profits of $317 million, a rate of 0.2 percent.
END OF THE HOLIDAY
In 1990,¬†Apple‘s tax holiday came to an end, and in that year, the Irish operation’s tax rate hit 4 percent, accounts from the period show.¬†At the same time,¬†Apple‘s Irish manufacturing activities came under question as the company looked to cut costs by outsourcing. In 1992, the company announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs after deciding to shift some work to¬†Singapore, which at this time was attracting increasing investment by offering tax holidays.¬†“They nearly left¬†Ireland¬†altogether,” O’Leary said.¬†By this stage, the European Community had banned tax holidays of the kind given to¬†Apple, so the company and¬†Dublin¬†negotiated an arrangement which had a similar outcome but fell within European rules.
The precise details of the arrangement were not disclosed, but Phillip Bullock,¬†Apple‘s head of tax operations, indicated that it was linked to minimizing taxable profit.¬†“Since the early 1990s, the¬†Government of Ireland¬†has calculated¬†Apple‘s taxable income in such a way as to produce an effective rate in the low single digits,” he told the subcommittee.¬†The deal didn’t stop¬†Apple¬†from shifting manufacturing work to¬†Asia, but in the years that followed new jobs were created in Cork, in sales and administrative support for the European operation, the accounts of the Irish units show. Some manufacturing remains in¬†Ireland, the subcommittee said.
An¬†Irish government¬†spokesman declined to even confirm it held discussions with¬†Apple¬†regarding tax, citing rules on taxpayer confidentiality.¬†From 1996¬†Ireland¬†phased in a 12.5 percent tax on all corporate trading income, although foreign companies often pay effective rates lower than this by shifting money into tax havens such as¬†Bermuda.¬†Apple‘s Cook told the¬†Senate¬†panel on Tuesday that¬†Apple¬†does not hold money on a¬†Caribbean¬†island or divert profits from sales to U.S. customers to other jurisdictions to avoid U.S. taxes.
Tumblr CEO¬†David Karp did not invent the “tumblelog”¬†system of blog design that led to Tumblr, according to The Daily Dot.¬†Rather, he was inspired by two predecessor blog designs created by other people.¬†In March 2005, a 17-year-old German high school student named Chris Neukirchen invented this tumblelog system, specifically for super-short blogging. He even used the term “tumblin'” on his site:
The only rule for tumblelogs was that they be a single paragraph ‚ÄĒ a rule that persists on many Tumblr formats today.¬†Anarchaia was then followed by “Projectionist,” a blog project from two Americans, Marcel Molina and Sam Stephenson. Their format also used the “tumblelog” name:
In 2007, Molina received a message from Karp that he was publishing his first “Tumblr” tumbleblog, inspired by Projectionist:
It’s important to point out that Karp didn’t “steal” Tumblr. His format was new and advanced the short-form blogging format in several ways.¬†And, of course, he put in years of development work to make the formats customizeable for millions of users.¬†But the¬†Daily Dot’s history of Tumblr¬†contains this rather depressing epilogue:¬†To date, Karp and Molina haven’t spoken in about five years. In 2009, Molina was hired as Twitter’s 20th engineer and continues to work there. Neukirchen still lives in Germany, where he runs Trivium, a weekly blog. Meanwhile, the Yahoo acquisition will reportedly net Karp $250 million.¬†The interviews with Molina and Neukirchen for this story were conducted over the past year, well before the Yahoo deal surfaced. I had asked both men if they felt any sort of resentment toward Karp for using their creations to build his blogging empire, and they’d said no. When I circled back after Yahoo’s deal, Neukirchen declined to comment, but Molina’s answer was the same: No.¬†“The people who plant the seed are often forgotten through history,” Molina said. “Even though one could arguably associate substantial or equal credit to them. I’m not saying that’s what I want. I just think it’s interesting how the last one wins.”
Show me a sign or just point me towards the direct line,
Because through you I know I‚Äôll shine & together we shall dine.
A celebration of what you‚Äôve made mine for with you through the entire struggle I believe I can.
Courage, will power and strength to face my challenges like King David,
Live long, healthy & happy like Old Methuselah,
In everything that I set my hands upon may it be a golden touch of King Midas,
Innovative, creative and persistent like Ancient China,
Open my eyes so I can see the beauty beyond the horizon.
Season after season of oblivion be filled with abundant optimistic reasons.
Reasons to hold on despite challenges for we filled with passion,
Reasons to push on despite draw-backs for you know my green zones,
Reasons to look up to you despite earthly pleasures comforting with a shoulder to lean on.
I might not be a huge human being but deep within me am a giant warrior, strongly built to fight your battles in a modern unique way.
May the knowledge, encouragement, wisdom and information you share through me be a word of Hope to many like and unlike me.
May your presence and resourceful nature be felt through I your servant across the whole universe.
May your creative, inspirational and innovative experience be far spread to the tips of my little but humble hands and fingers Oh God and let the world feel and enjoy your touch.
May my name, to which you granted, be a reminder to my fellow man that you truly exist and are ever present.
May all the actions I do symbolize your blessings not only as the Hero but the Legend who lives in and through me.
SO HELP ME GOD.
‘Malaika Fest’ Set to become a Kenyan Brand?
The residents of Rong’e Juu Location and Taita Taveta ¬†County in general
are bracing themselves for ¬†a major ‘Mwazindika ¬†dance’ and a heartfelt
rendition ¬†of Fadhili William ballads come Saturday, May 25th, 2013 to
mark the late music icon’s 12th Anniversary since his demise.
Fadhili William, to whom the ¬†Kenyan ‚ÄėMalaika Festival‚Äô is a tribute, is
the acclaimed author-composer of the World-famous song ‘Malaika’ whose
original composition the late South African songstress Miriam Makeba
erroneously and, unfortunately, attributed to a Tanzanian. Other
Artistes, like Benin‚Äôs Angelique Kidjo, also, have ¬†unwittingly repeated
Makeba’s original ‘sin’. Starting with ‘Ukifika Taita’-arguably Fadhili’s
most evergreen Kiswahili song in praise of Taita Hills and their lush
pastures that is gradually becoming one of the Festival‚Äôs signature tunes
besides ‘Malaika’, the fete promises to deliver ¬†aesthetic, sound and
culinary tastes that ¬†have so far characterized ¬†the ¬†growing Malaika
In ¬†February 2011, although ¬†curious ¬†revelers at the Grand event ¬†were
initially at pains ¬†to comprehend the real meaning of the unfolding
cultural event being held in Rong‚Äôe Juu, Taita Taveta County after ¬†a
seven-year hiatus since its last performance in Nairobi City, the sheer
sound of ¬†‘Malaika’ the song and ¬†the unmistakable voice of the late
Fadhili William, served to ¬†re-kindle old memories of the departed
songster who caused ripples in Kenya, East Africa and beyond from the late
50s to the mid-seventies. But, the presence of ‘banana chapatis’, Kimanga,
Kipunde, Mkango, the ¬†local Taita brew ‘M’bangara’ ¬†and ‚ÄėMwasina‚Äô and, the
eminent ¬†‘Mwazindika’ ¬†Drums and ‘Kishawi’ dances ¬†all went a long way to
convince the patrons of ¬†the ¬†sustained blend of Fadhili William’s legacy
and ¬†faltering ¬†Taita cultural practices ¬†which serve as a reminder not
only of ¬†Fadhili William‚Äôs rich music legacy but, also, of ¬†his ¬†deep
Strangely though, at first, some local Christians had thought of
‘Malaika Fest’ ¬†as ¬†a form of ¬†the long-forgotten ”ancestor worship’
among the Taita, before they could ¬†safely conclude that the event was no
more than a pure celebration of the life and music times of their own
departed son, whose remains they wished they had interred in his Rong’e
ancestral home, instead of ¬†far away in ¬†Nairobi’s Cosmopolitan Kariokor
Fadhili William had grown up and settled in the Eastland’s side of
Nairobi, before moving to the United States of America in 1983, where he
was to remain for thirteen years.In his younger days, the late Fadhili
composed lyrics and sang in his Taita language, besides Kiswahili and
English. ‘Niko Kireti’, ‘Ngamba Niagesha Wasi’, ¬†and ‘Munilaguye Saru’ for
instance, are some of his Taita songs whose rendition caused ¬†even aging
nostalgic female fans to gyrate and sweat out at the height of the last
event which is gradually gaining local acceptance and, ¬†fanatics. Last
year’s event attracted a huge crowd, both young and old, with host School
Mwanyambo Secondary School students leading the way ¬† through ¬†their
scintillating drama, songs and dancing styles performed in their
multi-colored School uniforms. To cap it all, even aspiring politicians,
including ¬†Taita Taveta Governor aspirant Engineer John Mtuta Mruttu,
Women Representatives Joyce ¬†Wanjala Lay ¬†and Anna ¬†Nyambu, got pulled
away from another social event held ¬†nearby, to throbbing Malaika Festival
sounds and Mwazindika Drums.
In the unfolding ‘branding’ of ¬†Malaika Festival, Kenyan style, ¬†whose
Fadhili William image is, singularly, its most conspicuous ¬†mark besides
the red, cream and pink colors associated with the late musician, the
sounds, traditional foods, dances and surrounding scenic beauty of the
Taita Hills ¬†closely resembling the Swiss Alps, all combine to create
what is fast becoming the ¬†Kenyan ‘Malaika Fest’ ¬†brand promise with all
‚ÄúIt is not complete without first slaughtering a Bull for us to feast
on!‚ÄĚ, says an old Fadhili William fan during the climax of last year‚Äôs
festivity. Although he alone openly voiced his concern, this apparently,
was the general feeling ¬†of most fans of the celebratory occasion. ‚ÄúThis
will be in keeping with the old customs of remembering our departed
souls!‚ÄĚ, added ¬†Mzee Silvano Nyambu, a retired police officer from Rong’e
Juu who also plays the Mwazindika Drums as a pastime. But, will this too,
become ¬†a future expectation?
As a pointer of better things to come, the Organising ¬†Team of the
forthcoming Third edition of the County Festival has given notice, through
the aptly-framed ¬†theme of ‘Promoting Peace & National Cohesion through
Music‚ÄĚ, of the full Kenyan ¬†brand potential comprised in appealing
patriotic songs ¬†like ‘Kenya Nchi Yangu’ and ”Harambe Harambe’ ¬†in which
Fadhili contributed both lyrics and guitar works, and dances by various
groups from across the cosmopolitan Taita Taveta ¬†County representing ‚Äúthe
face of Kenya‚ÄĚ, spiced, of course, ¬†by the everlasting ¬†‘Malaika’ song,
if the ¬†Festival Team’s appeal to ¬†local Corporate sponsors including
Kenya Commercial Bank, Silent Guest Resort and Wildlife Works, bears more
Needless to say, however, guarantees of peace and security, besides the
availability of ¬†traditional ¬†Taita foods, drinks, and Mwazindika Drums
and Taveta Uruasi dances and foods, as well as, possibly, other Kenyan
sounds, ¬†will be uppermost as ‚Äúgivens‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcravings in the minds of
tourists, both foreign and local expected at the Fete, which was
initially held in Nairobi but subsequently ‚Äúdevolved‚ÄĚ to ¬†Taita Taveta
County three years ago where it is set ¬†to be anchored in more fertile
ground. Ironically, although the event‚Äôs devolution to Taita Taveta
County was aimed at boosting the County‚Äôs potentially rich cultural
profile, it may very well, fortuitously, become a ‚ÄėKenyan Brand‚Äô whose
popular ‚Äėmalaika.co.ke‚Äô website domain already reflects its future trend.
Voi City, Saturday, January 12, 2013