David Cooks Campaign For Brain Cancer Research To Culminate With Charity Concert

first_imgAmerican Idol winner and platinum selling recording artist, David Cook, will perform a charity concert at Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia on December 2, 2014 (#Giving Tuesday) to benefit Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a venture philanthropy organization.#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, held the day after Cyber Monday.Since 2009, Cook and his fans have raised $930,000 for brain cancer research through the Race for Hope DC and various fundraisers. This month, Cook’s Crowdrise campaign aims to raise $70,000 to reach the $1 million mark. The performance at Jammin Java will celebrate this milestone.Cook has been a champion for brain cancer research since losing his beloved brother Adam to the disease.“It is one of my proudest life experiences to be involved in this fight,” said Cook. “With help from my friends, I know we can reach $1 million and celebrate this amazing accomplishment together at the concert on December 2nd.”Cook is putting the finishing touches on a new album and the first single, “Wait for Me,” will be available at iTunes and other digital retailers on November 17th. He will perform this single at the Jammin Java benefit show.To contribute to Cook’s Crowdrise campaign, click HERE.To purchase tickets to Cook’s charity concert, click HERE.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

This Is Us banishes Kevin Spacey – but not in Canada

first_imgKevin Spacey’s name was removed from an episode of This Is Us, but the old version with the name still mentioned aired in Canada on Tuesday. (MATTHIAS BALK / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook A passing mention of Kevin Spacey was scrubbed from Tuesday night’s U.S. broadcast of This Is Us, but the edited version of the episode was not delivered to CTV before it aired in Canada.The episode included a flashback scene in which a struggling actor learns his roommate has won a role in a major movie.In the scene filmed before Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, the thrilled roommate bursts into an apartment to share the news. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “I booked the Kevin Spacey movie,” he says.Christian Bale replaced Spacey’s name in the version that aired on NBC in the United States. This Is Us producer 20th Century Fox Television said it decided to remove Spacey’s name based on “recent events.”A spokeswoman for CTV said the network was only informed on Wednesday of the “last-minute change” and went to air with the “only version that was delivered.”CTV said on-demand platforms will carry the updated version of the episode and any future airings will also include the revised scene.In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actor Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey made sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Spacey has said he doesn’t remember the alleged encounter reported by BuzzFeed News last weekend but apologized if such “drunken behaviour” occurred.The cascading fallout for Spacey includes a halt to production on his Netflix series House of Cards and the loss of an award he was to be given later this month by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN: Official Predicts High Sahrawi Turnout in Morocco’s Elections

Rabat – The Sahrawi population’s strong participation in legislative elections in the Southern Provinces of Morocco testifies to their commitment to the territorial integrity of the kingdom, according to Ahmed Lakhrif, a member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS).Lakhrif made the comments to the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, adding that disputed territory’s population’s participation in Morocco’s political process served as “irrefutable proof” of Sahrawis’ commitment to building strong national institutions under the Moroccan flag.He recalled that “since their first participation in the 1977 elections – two years after the return of this region [to Morocco], the Sahrawi voters have continued to show their adherence to various elections by a massive participation rate.” The Istiqlal Party politician – who held the position of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs until 2008, when he received Spanish citizenship – predicted that next Friday’s elections would also see a high Sahrawi turnout because it is “a new stage for the Sahrawis to defend the democratic model of their country, Morocco.”Lakhrif is native to Smara – the only major Western Saharan city not established by Spanish colonizers who ruled over the region until the 1970s.He criticized the Polisario Front and its regional government, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic – which also claims jurisdiction in the provinces that will be voting in this week’s elections – for hosting undemocratic elections that cannot lead to the empowerment of legitimate representatives of the issues of concern to the electorate.Before former Polisario Front leader Mohammed Abdelaziz’s death earlier this year, he served as President of the SADR for almost 40 years, which invited concern from international observers who questioned the legitimacy of the elections.Lakhrif also promoted the kingdom’s 2007 autonomy plan, which would allow the Western Sahara to run its own regional government under Rabat. read more

Zenata Development Company Receives UN Support for Ecocity

By Shaquile GoffRabat – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization voiced its support for the construction of the Zenata eco park, planned to be near Casablanca. Planning for the city began in 2006 between King Mohammed VI and the Deposit and Management Fund (CDG). Creation of the Zenata Company (SAZ) began the same year, according to the company’s website. Zenata is Morocco’s first eco city to be built, but construction has moved at a slow pace since the project’s inception. UNIDO released a statement of support for the project on Monday, restoring hopes that the project will now have a timely completion date. The eco-city is part of  Morocco’s Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2020 being supported by UNIDO. UNIDO is a Swiss-funded global program, and one of its missions is the support of eco-cities around the world, the organization’s website, noted.SAZ is planning for the city to hold 300,000 inhabitants and create 100,000 new jobs. Jobs will come from the large number of business opportunities included in the initial plan. The plans include an integrated medical center, a university campus, and a shopping center. The city’s shopping center is set to t include an IKEA and will be the largest shopping center in Morocco, global development site Devex reported. The city is part of a larger agreement, Morocco’s Programme for Country Partnership, between UNIDO and Morocco.An eco-city’s goal is to promote businesses development and residency while maintaining a low level of carbon emissions compared to conventional cities. The Zenata eco-city plans to keep its carbon footprint low by using the area’s natural resources and constructing ecological corridors to maintain natural flora and fauna. Thirty percent of the city is planned to be ecological “green spaces,” and natural cooling will occur through winds from the Atlantic, says city planners. read more

South Korea confirms 4th swine fever case in a week

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea’s African swine fever crisis is intensifying with lab tests confirming the country’s fourth case in a week from a farm near its border with North Korea. It raises fears officials are losing a battle to halt the spread of the disease that wiped out pig populations across Asia.The announcement by the agriculture ministry on Tuesday came hours after the country’s third case was confirmed at a farm in Gimpo, a city on the southern side of a river that separates the border region and the Seoul metropolitan area.Officials have culled more than 15,000 pigs after the country’s first two outbreaks were confirmed from the towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, which are close to the border with North Korea, where an outbreak was reported in May.The Associated Press read more

Joining a crowded market NBCUniversal launches 4amonth online comedy service in January

by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2015 10:29 am MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 11:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Joining a crowded market, NBCUniversal launches $4-a-month online comedy service in January NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBCUniversal’s latest effort to target millennials is coming: An online video service focused on comedy that costs $4 a month.The service, Seeso, will have original content and NBC shows like “30 Rock” and “The Office,” ”Saturday Night Live,” standup and the “Monty Python” movies. It will be available for most people in January.NBCUniversal and its owner, cable and Internet giant Comcast, have been trying different ways to get young people’s attention as live TV viewing declines. If Seeso had been born 15 years ago, it would have launched as a cable channel, said Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice-President of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. But online viewing today is “clearly part of the mainstream,” and to reach comedy nerds, Comcast is launching Seeso as an online subscription service.Comcast has also launched a YouTube-like video service, Watchable; is trying out an Internet-based basic cable TV alternative that doesn’t require a cable box in some markets; and invested in new media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox.But Seeso will have to compete for attention in a crowded market.“In the past year we keep seeing more and more services coming up, more niche services,” said Glenn Hower, an analyst with market research firm Parks Associates.There’s Netflix, which has been streaming video for years and has a library with diverse choices, and newer competitors like HBO’s online channel and Dish Network’s Sling, which shows live TV. There are also specialty services such as anime-focused Crunchyroll.Seeso won’t have ads and viewers can watch about 10 to 15 per cent of the available content for free. read more

At New York ceremony Ban congratulates young winners of UN Art for

“I spend a great deal of time urging governments to create a nuclear-weapon-free world for the sake of children and youth,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks during the award ceremony for the contest at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today, I get to see how children and youth themselves envision a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The Art for Peace Contest is sponsored by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) and the Harmony for Peace Foundation, and was open to youth from around the world aged between five and 17 years. Contestants were able to draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolour for their artwork.More than 6,600 young people from 92 countries took part in the contest, which was administered online and judged by a panel of 140 jurors, mainly art and education specialists, who evaluated each work of art based on it creativity, composition, theme and technique. The judges then selected four top winners from three age groups: ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and ages 13-17.“On the very first day the contest website opened for business, it received just one entry, from a five year-old boy here in New York City. The next day saw an entry from a seven year-old girl in Ankara, Turkey,” said the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, at the opening of the award ceremony.“Pretty soon, what began as a trickle became a flood,” she added. “During the short period of time in which the contest ran, there were over 6,600 entries from children and teens in 92 countries.”Seventeen year-old Haruka Shoji from the United States won first-place in her age group for her painting entitled ‘Someday,’ depicting a young woman looking into the distance to a better future. Mr. Ban said he would present Ms. Shoji’s painting to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. “I know they will treasure it,” the UN chief said. “I hope that leaders around the world hear this message. I hope they stop to consider what young people have told us through this contest.”The top four winners in the 13-17 age group will receive cash prizes that were doubled from the original amounts due to a contribution of matching funds from the media platform South-South News, according to a news release. Ms. Shoji will receive $1,000 for her painting, while Japanese artist Ai Yamanaka will be awarded $600 for ‘Nature,’ Sutatip Maijan from Thailand will receive $400 for ‘Defense Cooperation,’ and Itzel Azalia Joya Figeroa from El Salvador will be given $200 for her work, ‘Feeding Peace.’From the 9-12-year-old age category, the top prizes went to Malaysian artist Mok Yan Ling, Michelle Minzhi Li of the United States, Karina Pershina from Kazakhstan and Germany’s Annika Tiedemann, while the top four winners from the 5-8 years of age group are Galuh Edelweiss from Indonesia, Zhihan Lu of China, Eugene Ugolnikov from Russia, and Areen Hamad of Pakistan. Each of the winning artists will receive art supplies donated by the Harmony for Peace Foundation.“All of the contestants said they want peace. They inspire me to fight even harder for a safer world,” Mr. Ban said. “They inspire me to keep insisting that spending on education and health care is much more valuable than spending on tanks and missiles. They inspire me to keep demanding that everyone work for a world free of nuclear weapons.”All winning artwork will also be reproduced in a United Nations calendar for the 12 artists to keep as a lasting memory of their efforts. read more

Ugly friend effect proved attractiveness boosted by appearing next to those less

first_imgHugh Hefner, basking in reflected gloryCredit:AP The company we keep has an effect on how attractive we appear to othersDr Nicholas Furl, Royal Holloway University Scientists at Royal Holloway University asked study participants to rate the attractiveness of different faces shown in photographs.The viewers were then told to re-assess the same faces after pictures of other less desirable people had been placed alongside.Once the “distractor faces” were introduced, the attractiveness of the original faces increased from the first round of ranking, the researchers discovered.Dr Nicholas Furl, who conducted the study, said: “Until now, it’s been understood that a person’s level of attractiveness is generally steady.“If you saw a picture of George Clooney today, you would rate him as good-looking as you would tomorrow.“However, this work demonstrates that the company we keep has an effect on how attractive we appear to others.” Hugh Hefner, basking in reflected glory In a further limb to the study, the team also discovered that having a less attractive face to look at sharpened viewers’ critical faculties and made them more sensitive to the differences between two or more attractive people.“The presence of a less attractive face does not just increase the attractiveness of a single person, but in crowds could actually make us even more choosy,” said Dr Furl.“We found that the presence of a distractor face makes differences between attractive people more obvious and that observers start to pull apart these differences, making them even more particular in their judgment.”The new research lends empirical weight to a theme often exploited for comic effect.Last year’s film The Duff – an acronym for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” – told the story of a school-age girl who finds out that her prettier and more popular friends have deliberately recruited her to elevate their own desirability.“It’s perhaps not too surprising that we are judged in relation to those around us,” said Dr Furl.“There are many other ways in which we decide who we are attracted to.“There will certainly be more research in years to come on this complicated area of human interaction, and I am excited to see where this research takes us.”The new research follows previous investigation into the effect on perceived attractiveness of appearing alongside people of the opposite sex, which found that married men are generally thought of as more attractive than bachelors.This is thought to occur because people appear more attractive when they are in the company of an attractive person, or people, of the opposite sex – the so-called “Hugh Hefner effect”, after the owner of Playboy magazine who is often picture arm in arm-in-arm with several of his girlfriends.Scientists believe the phenomenon could be explained by evolution, as, in the animal kingdom, male creatures with more mates are often considered genetically superior.Experiments with grouse in the 1990s found that researchers were able to boost the popularity of a male simply by placing models of female birds around it. It has been called the “ugly friend effect” – the propensity for someone to appear more attractive than they otherwise would when in the company of people less blessed by good looks.Until now this might have been dismissed as an old wives’ tale, but new research appears to have confirmed the phenomenon is a scientific fact.A study in the journal Psychological Science has shown that a person will rank higher on a scale of attractiveness when compared alongside less attractive people than when judged in isolation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Jeremy Hunt in climbdown over pledge to make newlyqualified doctors work for

first_imgJeremy Hunt This week’s announcement comes after a survey indicated that 14 per cent of trainee GPs are planning to move abroad after qualifying, with one in five intending to leave the profession.A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “We will continue exploring how best to achieve a return on taxpayer investment in training medical students and it is inaccurate to say that we are scrapping plans set out by the Health Secretary last year.” Mr Hunt’s conference pledge was made following a bigger dispute over a new contract for junior doctors, which included repeated warnings from the BMA that new working conditions would force young medics to seek work abroad. Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt has stepped back from a pledge to force graduate doctors to work for the NHS for four years. The policy was absent from a widescale announcement on the future of medical training published on Wednesday by the Department of Health, after practitioners warned it might ‘exacerbate’ the workforce crisis.Last year the Health Secretary promised the Conservative Party Conference that all doctors whose graduate training was paid for by the NHS would have to work for the health service for at least four years. The apparent climbdown comes after doctors’ groups vociferously opposed a mandatory four-year NHS tie.  Credit:Christopher Pledger  Jeremy Hunt has stepped back from a pledge to force graduate doctors to work for the NHS for four years.  Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley But the Department of Health yesterday pledged merely to “continue exploring how best to achieve a return on taxpayer investment”, offering no date to revisit the four-year pledge.The apparent climbdown comes after doctors’ groups vociferously opposed a mandatory four-year NHS tie.The British Medical Association argued that “taxpayers get a significant return on their investment from the dedicated service provided by all doctors over the course of their career”.The union added that such a policy would discourage students from poorer backgrounds from becoming doctors, and was “potentially discriminatory to women who are more likely to take a career break”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Trident nuclear sites at risk due to exodus of Ministry of Defence

A fishing boat passes Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth anchored in Mount's Bay on June 11, 2018 in Penzance. Cuts to MoD Police budget could jeopardise the safety of the vessel. An MoD spokesman said: “The MoD Police has enough resources to meet its operational requirements. The number of officers has increased over the last five years and we will employ a further 200 officers in the near future”.  “The MoD Police does vital work to protect key sites around the UK and discussions are currently underway on the issue of pay parity. A fishing boat passes Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth anchored in Mount’s Bay on June 11, 2018 in Penzance. Cuts to MoD Police budget could jeopardise the safety of the vessel.Credit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe It breaks my heart to say it, but I cannot blame those who are going Trident nuclear submarine sites are at risk from terrorists due to an “exodus” of MoD Police, the Federation Chief warns. Budget cuts mean an attack on Britain’s nuclear submarine base is a case of “when not if,” Eamon Keating will say in a speech today.Continued cuts to the force could lead to the nation’s safety being compromised as budget cuts have left it “working beyond its means”Cost cutting is being prioritised over safety and many officers feel “unwanted and devalued” such that the the force has shrunk by 30% since 2010.Previous assurances from the Defence Secretary that security would not be compromised by savings targets were “just words” and the Federation feels ignored by the MoD. The National Chairman of the Defence Police Federation, the staff association representing civilian MoD Police officers, will today call on ministers to halt cuts to the force.“Capability must start at home,” he will tell his annual conference in Stansted, and overlooking the security of critical assets and sites in the UK would make the MoD vulnerable to attack. Mr Keating will call on the Defence Secretary to include MoD Police in the forthcoming Modernising Defence Programme, due to report this summer. “We are witnessing ..an exodus from our Force. It breaks my heart to say it, but I cannot blame those who are going,” Mr Keating will say. “I can honestly say that I am amazed more are not going.” “We would never implement changes to our security arrangements that would put the safety and security of our people and assets at risk.” From a budget of almost £150 million the MoD Police have this year been told to find savings of £12.5 million. With no infrastructure and little equipment, Mr Keating says these savings have to come directly from front line officers. 160 posts will be lost, equating to almost 400,000 man hours per year.The Federation Chairman will argue that security of domestic bases and high-value assets including the new aircraft carriers and Trident nuclear bases must be given additional priority and resources.The MoD Police is the second largest firearms contingent in the country, after the Metropolitan Police. “We often have more armed officers in some stations than the rest of that entire county force,” he says. But the combined effect of savings measures and changes to terms of service for MoD Police has left him “petrified” of the impact on national security. “Eventually someone will take a chance at one of our sites,” he fears. Of particular concern is the disparity between the MoD Police and other forces regarding pension rights and fitness requirements. “Pride can only go so far,” Mr Keating said, and the Federation has always tried to offer solutions, but the MoD is “trying to buy a police service on the cheap”.The MoD Police provide security at military bases across the entire armed forces. They regularly deploy overseas and have assisted the military on operational deployments including in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans. MoD Police ran the Kabul Police Training Centre and trained the Kosovo Police Service.As all MoD Police officers are firearms trained they are regularly used in situations where regular police assistance could not be provided. In addition to tazers and batons, all personnel are trained to fire Glock and Sig Sauer pistols, MP5 sub-machine guns and sniper rifles. Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Keating said the current position of the MoD Police was “horrendous” and that the attack on Westminster Bridge last year in which PC Keith Palmer, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, was killed, showed that “high profile attacks on highly protected sites” are a very real possibility. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Queiroz says Iran is not favorite against China

first_imgThe Iran coach Carlos Queiroz wants to take some pressure away from his footballers as they take China in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Iran and China will face off in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday.And for the Persians’ head coach Carlos Queiroz, his team is not favorite in this fixture.“We are not favorites as I feel there are never favorites in a game like this,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are proud to be here for a game which is the most important game of our lives because it is the next game, and that is always the most crucial for both players and coaches.”“The game versus China is a new game, a new adventure, and one in which we can try to do our absolute best,” he explained.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“However, what is key is to remember all the lessons we have learned – both when we have won and when we have lost – and put them to good use,” said the Portuguese coach.”Even as a favorite, Iran has not had it easy.The team trashed Yemen 5-0, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 only to draw goalless against Iraq.On the Round of 16, they beat Oman 2-0.“This is just like a cup final as they are games which do not have a history, they do not have a past,” Queiroz highlighted.“You cannot lose a game because of history or statistics. This type of cup final match is very different to those we faced in the group stage and I believe the experience my players have will count for something in the game.”last_img read more

Off beat Life on the USS Enterprise good for the stories

first_imgU.S. Navy veteran Keith Cupp and his dad Ted recently shared their family saga of sailing on two generations of USS Enterprise aircraft carriers. It turns out that a couple of other sagas were part of Keith Cupp’s time aboard the ship, and one tale featured still another version of the USS Enterprise — the starship.Keith Cupp was a nuclear propulsion officer on the most recent Enterprise from June 1985 to December 1987. During that time, his ship played a role in two high-profile films: “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”The “Star Trek” film crew made a brief appearance on his ship, since exterior scenes were filmed on another carrier. It was a minor part of the movie, but Cupp got a close look at the scene with James “Scotty” Doohan and another actor.“They teleported back in time to our engineering spaces. We actually had them in our engineering spaces to do the filming,” Cupp said.The “Top Gun” production crew spent a lot more time aboard.“The filming was about 60 days,” he said. In port, “They would film on the bridge, the hangar deck and the officers wardroom.”When the Enterprise was at sea, “The film crew would come on via chopper” to film the flying scenes, he said. On-film appearances by actual crew members were pretty much limited to roles as extras.An online film commentary noted that most of the takeoff and landing sequences were filmed during normal air operations. Director Tony Scott wanted to shoot those scenes with the aircraft backlit by the sun. But during one sequence, the ship’s commanding officer changed course.last_img read more

Star Trek on Mars NASA spots Starfleet logo in dune footprint

first_img“Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo,” the team quipped.The intriguing Mars formation has a long geologic history. It started as a crescent-shaped dune that became an island in a sea of lava, but the sand eventually blew away in the wind. “These are also called ‘dune casts’ and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava,” planetary scientist Ross Beyer explained. A wider MRO view of the landscape shows more of the insignia-like impressions.marsdunefootprintEnlarge ImageThese “dune footprints” have some accidental Star Trek flair. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Beyer made sure to point out the resemblance to the Star Trek logo is “only a coincidence.” There is no credible evidence of Star Trek fans having reached the surface of Mars. Yet. Share your voice 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Enlarge ImageThis Mars dune cast looks like it should be on Captain Kirk’s chest. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter looks down on the Red Planet and sees all sorts of fantastical formations that resemble everything from Beaker the Muppet to Pac-Man. A new MRO view will inspire you to whip out your Vulcan salute.The MRO HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona on Wednesday highlighted a Martian sand dune formation that could be a doppelganger for the classic swooping Starfleet logo. Tags Comments 43 Photos Caption Spotlight (12 Jun 2019): Dune Footprints in HellasEnterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo.More: https://t.co/CAq5xBbDwfNASA/JPL/University of Arizona#Mars #science pic.twitter.com/N5MfKQPiYt— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 12, 2019 Sci-Tech 8 NASA Space Star Treklast_img read more

Contracted Poll Finds 20 Percent Of Workers Freelance

first_imgArun Sundararajan, a management professor at New York University and author of The Sharing Economy, says “this is the work arrangement for the future.” The new normal will be freelance work. “Twenty years from now, I don’t think a typical college graduate is going to expect that full-time employment is their path to building a career,” Sundararajan says.He says that will ultimately lead to many other changes, from education to social structures and public services.A short distance from Orrick’s offices, Wheeling’s mayor, Glenn Elliott, is starting to think through the implications of that.Elliott himself once worked as a contractor at a law firm and says contract work holds both great promise and great peril for the city. On the plus side, he sees more economic opportunities, if it can attract more companies like Orrick. On the other hand, he worries how this also changes the fundamental social contract between employers and workers.“I don’t think that loyalty necessarily exists between employers and their employees that used to be there,” Elliott says.Yuki Noguchi/NPRWheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott says he worries how the rise of independent contractors is changing the fundamental social contract between employers and workers.Those looser ties will shift more responsibility to contract workers. They must handle saving for retirement and their health insurance on their own.“But some people, despite their best efforts, just aren’t going to be successful in doing that,” Elliott says. “What’s going to happen to those who fall through the cracks? Because the 1950s model of retirement and getting your pension check every year from your company is not a realistic model for a lot of people, increasingly.”The public safety net — the budgets for fire departments and social services — is already strained, he says, by the area’s opioid problems, among other things. A future where fewer workers have benefits won’t help.Elliott expresses frustration with partisan battles at the state and federal level, while cities like his struggle to figure out how to plan for the future.“It’s a much broader problem than Wheeling,” he says. But “as a country we need to be having a conversation, which we’re not really having right now.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Photo by JC SUllivanThe Orrick law firm’s modern operations, using artificial intelligence and contract lawyers, are located in an old-metal stamping factory in Wheeling, W.Va.A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is made up of workers under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. Workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be touched by the movement toward independent work — one without the constraints, or benefits, of full-time employment. Policymakers are just starting to talk about the implications.In a weeklong series, NPR will explore many aspects of this change.In an old metal-stamping factory that was once part of Wheeling, W.Va.’s industrial past, a law firm has set up a futuristic model for how to get legal work done. Unlike the old factory, it relies heavily on new kinds of work arrangements.“Contractors are hired by the hour,” says Daryl Shetterly, director of the Orrick firm’s analytics division. “So we might have 30 people working today, and tomorrow we might have 80.”Tenure for workers in the building used to be measured in decades. Now it might last a few days for the workers there today. While the building has had a facelift, Shetterly says, “it is a factory in that we work to drive efficiency and discipline into every mouse click.”The division is a kind of processing center, using artificial intelligence tools and cheaper lawyers to speed up the handling of routine tasks, such as sorting and tagging documents. That frees other lawyers to focus on more high-end work.It’s emblematic of the kind of contract work expanding into every corner of the economy. Machines are siphoning off basic tasks, and temporary workers allow flexibility to size up and down. In the legal field, there are online platforms that match freelance lawyers with clients. It’s like dating profiles — but with customer reviews and billing assistance.The legal job market, in other words, is fragmenting, and with it, its workforce.“Lots of people go into law expecting that they’re headed to a secure, well-paying, intellectually satisfying, high-prestige job, and lots of those people find out that’s not what they’re headed to,” says Gillian Hadfield, who studies legal markets at the University of Southern California.She says the speed with which business evolves these days forces everyone — from businesses themselves to suppliers to the competition — to respond quickly. Employers need specialized expertise on demand, just not for the long term.It’s not just business driving the trend. Surveys show a large majority of freelancers are free agents by choice.Yuki Noguchi/NPRJohn Vensel is a contract attorney at the Orrick law firm in Wheeling, W.Va. He says contract work is today’s economic reality.John Vensel is a contract attorney at Orrick who grew up a few miles from Wheeling, on the other side of the Pennsylvania state line. In his 20s, he was a freelance paralegal by day and a gig musician by night.“I actually wanted to be a rock star,” he says. But these days there are no edgy vestiges of a former rocker, only a 47-year-old family man cooing over cellphone photos of his children, Grace and Gabe.In the two decades in between, Vensel worked full-time corporate jobs. But he was laid off in 2010, on the eve of his graduation from his night-school law program. He graduated with huge piles of debt, into one of the worst job markets.“It was terrible; it was like a nuclear bomb went off,” he says. “My son had just been born. … We’ve been kind of recovering ever since.”For a time, Vensel commuted three hours round-trip to a full-time job in Pittsburgh. But more recently, he quit and took up contracting to stay near home in Wheeling.“So, like my father, he’s in the hospital right now which is like five minutes away, and I’m getting updates on my phone,” he explains, glancing at the device. “And if I need to be there, I can be there in five minutes.”He says contract work is today’s economic reality. Contracting allows employers to test workers out, he says, but he ultimately is hoping to land a full-time position, with benefits. A new NPR/Marist poll shows that 34 percent of part-time workers are looking for full-time work.That may be increasingly difficult. Currently, 1 in 5 workers is a contract worker, the poll shows. Within a decade, many labor economists believe freelancers will outnumber full timers.Vensel draws a contrast with his father, who retired after working 35 years at the Postal Service.“He has a pension; we don’t have pensions anymore,” Vensel says. “It’s a totally different world.”Sixty-five percent of part-time workers and a little more than half of contract workers work without benefits, according to the NPR/Marist poll.last_img read more

The Annual Whales and Dolphin Festival 2017

first_imgIt’s almost September now, so you still have time to book your trip to Bahia Ballena.The month of September is the perfect time to visit this picturesque part of Costa Rica and catch the 5th Annual Festival of Whales and Dolphins. The 5th Festival is to be held on the weekends of September 6, 7 and 8th and the 13th, 14th and 15th in Bahia Ballena, Osa.This well-known festival is organized by the Association of Tour Operators in Marino Ballena National Park, and it offers something for everyone.You will find families with children to young people and the general public visiting these activities. The planned activities include plenty of whale watching tours as well as sand sculpture competition, music concerts, a photography exhibition, environmental workshops and lots of good food.The festival provides a chance to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of this area. This is also an opportunity to view some of the vast array of species that make their home in this part of Costa Rica’s waters.In addition to humpbacks, other species include pilot whale, Bryde’s whale, false killer whales, three species of dolphins, several kinds of turtles and a variety of seabirds such as frigates, white ibis, pelicans and brown bobo birds.Don’t let this opportunity go by, this is a great event for any nature lover. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica present at British birdwatching fair Police arrest Costa Rica-bound US family for smuggling $45,000 in suitcases The Tico Times to display photo exhibit at Cultural Center Highway to Limon partially closed until Septemberlast_img read more

Airbus delivers 8000th aircraft – an A320 for AirAsia

first_imgAirbus has delivered its 8,000th aircraft – an A320 for the Indonesian wing of AirAsia. The aircraft took off from Toulouse, France on Saturday 3rd August and arrived at its new base in Jakarta. “AirAsia has a long-standing, special relationship with Airbus. This is a very special moment for all of us. The people behind Airbus and their commitment in delivering the best product are key to our fruitful relationship, and we are extremely proud to have the 8,000th Airbus as a member of our fleet. It’s the same pioneering, forward-looking mindset and a lot of hard work that have brought both AirAsia and Airbus to their respective leading positions today,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia. “The excellent fuel efficiency and economics of Airbus aircraft are key contributors to AirAsia’s success – we are confident that these modern aircraft will enable us to continue our ambitious growth plans.” The delivery of the 8,000th Airbus aircraft highlights the manufacturer’s position as leader in the civil aircraft market, delivering airlines the most advanced, fuel efficient family of aircraft available today. The product line is also the most comprehensive ever offered by an aircraft manufacturer, covering every segment of the market from 100 to over 500 seats. “It’s particularly fitting that our 8,000th delivery goes to AirAsia – one of the world’s fastest growing airlines,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “In an increasingly challenging and diverse worldwide economic context, we are more than ever focused on delivering real value to our customers. We will achieve this by continuing to innovate, together with our customers, in all fields of the business to stay ahead of the game and offer the most efficient products and services.” AirAsia Group is the largest low-cost airline in Asia and operates an all-Airbus fleet. The airline is the largest customer for the A320 Family, having ordered a total of 475 aircraft, comprising 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo. Meanwhile, Airbus widebody aircraft are the choice of the group’s long haul affiliate AirAsiaX, which has ordered a total of 26 A330-300s and ten A350 XWBs. A total of 141 Airbus aircraft are flying today in AirAsia’s colours out of its 16 bases in the region, which include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. The Airbus product line comprises the best-selling A320 Family in the single aisle market, the popular A330 and all-new A350 XWB in the mid-size widebody category and the flagship A380 in the very large aircraft segment. In the freight market Airbus currently offers the new-build A330-200F and the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (A330P2F) programme. Over 13,000 Airbus aircraft have been ordered and 8,000 delivered to nearly 500 customers and operators worldwide. Every two seconds an Airbus aircraft takes off or lands. Source = Airbuslast_img read more

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The country’s season typically runs from around May through September, coming at a critical time when California supplies are winding down and Mexican volumes are low.”Peru has become a huge part of what we’ve been doing from a sourcing perspective,” he said.”We’re looking at expanding in Peru, and looking at ‘how can we get production earlier in the season and how can we remain in production later in the season?'”The last two years the season in Peru has started a little bit late, so our ideal would be to find some areas that are a little more consistent in terms of their start timing, and then find some areas that we could maybe rely on to go well into September and maybe a little bit further.”One of the advantages Mission Produce can provide to its customers with Peruvian supply is market stability, he said, especially amid the volatility of Mexican supply over recent years.”I think that we’re going to see as time goes on that we’re going to be looking to those places that allow us that stability. Obviously, we’re not going to go to a place that is a complicated county to work in, or that has labor issues,” he said, adding the aspects like water supply and climate are also critical.Colombia’s potentialSpeaking about another major South American avocado producer, Scattini said that Colombia has a “huge amount of potential”.The country is rapidly increasing production, and in August last year gained U.S. market access. Mission Produce, working with its Colombia-based partner, Cartama, was the first to bring in avocados to the new destination.Scattini said that the country has an excellent climate for avocado production and could eventually be a year-round supplier to the U.S., but he explained that it would take some time to work through the regulatory issues stipulated by U.S. authorities.”There are some phytosanitary and some certification issues for Colombia to get product into the U.S. that are going to take some time to get through,” he said, noting that only a handful of growers were currently certified to export to the U.S.Mission Produce is currently also working with Cartama to ship avocados to other markets like Europe and Canada.The company is a sponsor of the World Avocado Congress to be held in Medellin in September next year, an event which Scattini hopes will foster industry growth and development.”Still a long way to go” on global per-capita consumptionAlthough global avocado consumption has skyrocketed over recent years, Scattini highlighted that there is much work to be done on further boosting consumption around the world.”We know that from a per-capita consumption perspective, on a global level we’ve still got a long way to go. There are a lot of countries that are very underdeveloped in terms of how much avocado they consume,” he said.”If we use Mexico as the gold standard in terms of how many pounds per person they’re eating there, most countries on the planet are far behind.”China is one of the key countries that Mission is targeting to boost avocado consumption. 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