New study finds male dominance in Hollywood unchanged

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Women made up just 18 per cent of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 American films released last year, according to a new study.The 20th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” study on the behind-the-camera employment of women was released Monday by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The results show virtually no change in the last 20 years for women in Hollywood. In 1998, the same calculation of behind-the-scenes jobs for women was 17 per cent.The study found that in last year’s top 250 films, 25 per cent of producers were women, 11 per cent of directors were women and just 4 per cent of cinematographers were women.“The film industry has utterly failed to address the continuing underemployment of women behind the scenes,” said Martha M. Lauzen, the study’s author. “This negligence has produced a toxic culture that supported the recent sexual harassment scandals and truncates so many women’s careers.”Last week, a study published by the University of Southern California Annenberg found that among the top 100 films at the box office, the percentage of female directors rose from 4.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. But that number was still less than the 8 per cent in 2008.As they have in the past, the studies give statistical evidence to the widespread alarm about gender equality in Hollywood. More than 300 women in entertainment recently formed the initiative Time’s Up to push for equal female representation among executives and to help sexual harassment victims defend themselves.last_img read more

Uber Lyft drivers plan to strike in cities across the US

NEW YORK — Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.They’re timing their protests in advance of Uber’s initial public stock offering, which is planned for Friday. Uber aims to raise $9 billion from investors.It’s not the first time drivers for ride-hailing apps have staged protests. Strikes were planned in several cities ahead of Lyft’s IPO last month, although the disruption to riders appeared to be minimal. This time more cities are participating.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

DR Congo UN mission supports calendar for electoral review process

The operation will kick off in the Kinshasa and Bas-Congo provinces in June and will expand in August to the rest of the vast African nation. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for DRC, Alan Doss, welcomed the move and assured the Electoral Commission of UN support in line with the mandate of the mission, known as MONUC. He said the review process for local elections will complete a national endeavour that began in 2005 with the identification and enrolment of all eligible voters.Meanwhile, MONUC reports that more combatants are continuing to leave the ranks of the ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been the target of a joint military operation conducted by Rwanda and the DRC.From 1 January to 24 March this year, the mission has helped repatriate 640 fighters and 914 of their dependents. Just last weekend a senior member of the FDLR leadership as well as three other officers, 15 soldiers and their dependents decided to enter the process of voluntary repatriation. “This is a very good decision,” noted Mr. Doss. “By choosing to drop their weapons, they have chosen a better future.”The voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme for the ex-militia is managed by MONUC. The ex-combatants surrender to joint patrols of the mission and the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), while civilians are repatriated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The FDLR and other Rwandan militias have been a key factor in the resurgence of violence last August in North Kivu province, where some 250,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting. 30 March 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission of a timetable for the electoral review process for local polls. read more

Mixed gains for women in Chinas progress on antipoverty goals UN report

The 45-page report, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), China’s Progress, notes that the country will probably achieve most of the MDGs by 2015, the target date for reaching goals ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.Some targets such as primary education have already been achieved, 13 years ahead of schedule. But China may not be on track for halting and reversing HIV/AIDS, promoting gender equality and providing safe drinking water to its rural populations.The development picture for women is also mixed, the report notes. Gender gaps are widening, and the aging of Chinese society is posing an increasing challenge because the elderly are disproportionately poor and female, with widows and unmarried, childless women among the most economically vulnerable.The widely noted increase in the margin of newborn boys over girls “has serious implications for the future,” the report warns. Sexual predetermination of newborns is illegal in China, but widespread and the government estimates that the sex ratio is about 116 boys for every 100 girls.”The shortage of women will have enormous implications on China’s social, economic and development future,” said UN Resident Coordinator Khalid Malik. “In the next decade, we could have as many as 60 million missing women. People are exercising their preferences, but the consequences for society are huge.”UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lauded China for the strides it has taken towards reaching the MDGs but cautioned that it still must be prepared to meet the considerable challenges that lie ahead.”The China MDG report alerts us to growing challenges of HIV/AIDS and other health issues, rising inequality and environmental degradation,” he said in a message to the High-Level International Conference on the MDGs in Beijing, delivered on his behalf by Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).”These challenges are by no means unique to China” and countries must work together to resolve them,” he added. read more

Canadian dollar higher commodities rise US financial markets set to reopen

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday amid rising commodity prices.The loonie gained 0.15 of a cent to 100.07 cents US after closing below parity with the U.S. currency Monday for the first time since early August.Markets have been quieter than normal these past two days with major U.S. financial markets closed.But things will start to return to some level of normalcy Wednesday when the American exchanges resume trading.“Trading will commence on the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. EDT under normal opening procedures, and the NYSE Euronext building and trading floor are fully operational,” said a statement by exchange operator NYSE Euronext.The Nasdaq will also be open Wednesday after the superstorm left a large swath of New York City without power and subways and vehicle tunnels have been flooded.The CME Group also cancelled floor trading in New York and Chicago but commodity trading carried on electronically and their regular operations will also resume Wednesday. Bond markets will also reopen.December crude gained 14 cents to US$85.68 a barrel. At the same time, there are questions about where crude prices are headed given the effect on refineries from the storm. The biggest operations in the northeastern U.S. have shut down or cut back sharply and analysts said the impact on oil demand could be significant.Metal prices advanced with December copper ahead one cent at US$3.51 a pound while December gold bullion rose $3.40 to US$1.712.10 an ounce.The storm also played havoc with economic data.The U.S. Conference Board is delaying the release of its consumer confidence index for October until Thursday. The Conference Board said it decided on the delay to help assure the safety of its staff and people who follow the index. The storm has left transportation difficult or impossible in many places and millions of people were without power.There was also doubt whether the U.S. Labour Department will release its October non-farm payrolls report on Friday.Dozens of U.S. companies have also postponed their quarterly earnings reports. Canadian dollar higher, commodities rise, U.S. financial markets set to reopen by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Human rights are key for economic policymaking says UN expert

Highlighting the vital role of human rights on policymaking, the independent expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, published the Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms to assist states, international financial institutions, creditors, civil society and others, to ensure that economic policies are embedded in human rights. “The thrust of the Guiding Principles is that states cannot shy away from their human rights obligations in economic policymaking, even in times of economic crisis” said Mr. Bohoslavsky in a press release, issued on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos.The UN human rights expert stressed that “any economic policy measures – whether fiscal austerity, structural adjustment reforms, privatisation of public services, deregulation of financial and labour markets, or changes in taxation – all have human rights consequences”, adding that the impacts of economic measures have to be taken in consideration, specially on specific individuals and groups “such as women and persons with disabilities”.Mr. Bohoslavsky added that the new Guiding Principles make clear that international financial institutions, creditors and donors must not turn a blind eye to the human rights impact of their loans and grants.He also called on international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, to ensure that “their loan conditionalities, advice and proposals for economic reforms do not undermine the borrower state’s human rights obligations”.The publication will be presented to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on 28 February. read more

Dozens feared dead as plane crashes in Laos

first_imgRESCUERS ARE CONTINUING the search for bodies after a Lao Airlines plane believed to be carrying 49 people, around half of them foreigners, plunged into the Mekong River during stormy weather.Seven French citizens, six Australians and five Thais were among those thought to have been killed when the turboprop ATR-72 came down yesterday near Pakse airport in Champasak province.Debris was seen floating in the river at the scene of the disaster, while suitcases were wedged in mud on the riverbank.Around a dozen rescuers were using a crane perched on a floating platform in the middle of the Mekong to try to winch the submerged aircraft from the river, which was swollen by a recent tropical storm.Divers from a Thai rescue team were on the scene to assist in the operation.State-owned Lao Airlines said more than half of the 44 passengers and five crew onboard were foreign nationals.Rescue teams have recovered six bodies so far but no survivors, said an airline official in Pakse.“We can’t find most bodies or the plane yet because the aircraft has sunk,” he told AFP.Eleven countriesCitizens from up to eleven countries were reported to have been on the flight from the capital Vientiane.Some of those killed were taken to a mortuary at a Chinese temple in Pakse, which is a hub for tourists travelling to more remote areas in southern Laos.Three bodies draped in blue plastic sheets were seen in the building, which was guarded by some 10 policemen, some armed, who turned away onlookers.“They are foreigners from the crash,” staff at the centre told AFP, adding that their nationalities were unknown.Lao Airlines said the aircraft hit “extreme” bad weather while witnesses described seeing the aircraft buffeted by strong winds.“The plane was about to land but appeared to be hit by a strong wind, causing its head to ascend and pushing it away from the airport area and out of reach of the air traffic control radar,” state-run Laos news agency KPL quoted a witness as saying.France said it was rushing embassy officials to the site of the crash in Pakse.French President Francois Hollande learned of the disaster “with profound emotion and great sadness” and offered “sincere condolences” and full support to the victims’ families, his office said in a statement.According to a passenger list published by Thai media, people from the United States, Vietnam, Canada and Malaysia were on the flight.‘Devastating time’Australia said six of its nationals were feared dead, including a family of four.The family of two Australian men missing, father and son Gordon and Michael Creighton, issued a statement requesting privacy “at this devastating time”.“We have lost a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a fiancé and a best mate in one tragic circumstance and are trying to come to terms with our loss,” they said.Thailand said five of its nationals had died.Three South Koreans were also among the victims, according to the Transport Ministry in Seoul.Taiwan said one of its citizens was killed while Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency said one Chinese was on board. It said an earlier figure of two had included the Taiwanese victim.Read: US avoids default as last-minute deal struck >Read: Scotland yard breaks international drugs ring >last_img read more

Frozen windscreen This could be the solution

first_imgWHEN EOIN MCGIVERN (12) and Cormac Harty (13) realised that frozen windscreens could seriously hamper journeys in cold weather, they decided to find a way to prevent it.The duo, who go to St Louis secondary school in Co Down, put together an invention called Easy Freeze, which they entered into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.At the RDS, they explained how Easy Freeze works:(Video temperature of the water can be changed, to avoid risk of the windscreen cracking.Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?>last_img read more

Column The vulture fund eyeing Argentina and what it means for other

first_imgDUBBED THE “sovereign debt court case of the century”, today a New York court will influence the economic future of Argentina – and that of other vulnerable, indebted nations.Over 10 years ago, Argentina defaulted on its debt. Mired in economic and political crisis, compounded by the damaging policies of external lenders such as the IMF, Argentinian President Kirchner offered the state’s creditors about 25 cent in the dollar. Most creditors, seeing the writing on the wall, eventually took the deal.‘Vulture funds’However, some opportunistic creditors, coined ‘vulture funds’, bought up this high- risk, distressed debt on the secondary market hoping to make a killing over time.Cayman Islands based fund, NML Capital Ltd, a subsidiary of Elliot Associates, has been suing Argentina since as a route to reclaiming this type of debt, culminating its actions late last year in the dramatic seizing of national Argentine symbol, the Libertad naval ship, off the coast of Ghana. This was followed by a New York court ruling that the Argentine Government must pay US$1.3 billion to NML capital Ltd.Today, the court will hear Argentina’s appeal.The implications of the court ruling are enormous. For Argentina, if it loses its appeal, it will be legally obliged to pay NML Capital at the same time it pays its previously re-structured debts to other creditors. Furthermore, any bank that allows Argentina to repay one creditor without paying NML Capital would be in contempt of the ruling.This could push Argentina back into a technical default and is being posited as a grim warning to other countries vulnerable to similar actions in the New York jurisdiction.Opportunistic debt collectionOver recent years governments of some of the most impoverished countries in the world, including Zambia and the DRC in Africa, have been sued through such opportunistic debt collection. For example, in 2007, the Zambian Government, on the verge of writing off a debt owed to the Government of Romania, was forced to pay a British Virgin Islands registered fund, Donegal International, about US$ 15 million. This is roughly equivalent to Ireland’s annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Zambia, now lost forever to that speculative company.Can increased powers be afforded to sovereign states in cases when private companies essentially gamble on people’s suffering and win? As sovereign states are legally viewed as simply another actor in the market, the responsibility of states to protect the rights of their citizens is currently entirely unaccounted for. As a result, indebted governments tend to weakly argue that they must “meet their obligations” to international financiers, even as they tread upon their people’s social and economic rights to do so.Indeed, so entrenched and fear-inducing is this belief, that it has been applied incorrectly and unjustly by the Irish government as a reason to pay the illegitimate Anglo Promissory Notes (now in the form of bonds) – incorrect, given that the Anglo bonds are not being traded on international markets.Debt auditsThe United Nations has responded to this imbalanced situation by arguing that the concept of co-responsibility of lenders as well as borrowers, in debt crises must be accounted for. Campaigners on the ground are taking action into their own hands by introducing citizen debt audits in their countries to ascertain for themselves whether a debt has been extended, and accepted, with due diligence, as a route to measuring the impact of such debts on their lives, and to decide whether or not certain debts should be re-paid. Admirably, the Norwegian government has just become the first government to audit debts owed to it by African, Asian and Latin American nations in order to critically examine the due diligence, or otherwise, of its sovereign debt contracts.In a welcome move, in 2012, laws to curtail vulture funds have been put in place in the UK by limiting the ability of vulture funds to sue some of the worlds most impoverished countries. Sadly, Argentinian campaigners do not have such legal support in the New York jurisdiction and are calling for international backing to censure any ruling that will push their country back into default. They are also calling for an independent debt audit to ascertain the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the facets of Argentina’s sovereign debt, much of which has its roots in international loans extended during the death and repression imposed under the Argentinian dictatorship 40 years ago.The impact of debt on the lives of citizensThese important efforts place the impact of debt on the lives of people at the centre of the international debt debate and should be vigorously supported by our Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello.Today, the people of Argentina face the possibility of another debt default due to financial speculation on their previous debt crisis. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland calls on NML Capital to leave Argentina alone. In turn, Argentinian campaigners are calling on people in highly indebted countries in Europe and Latin America alike, not to accept the status quo. They have responded, “don’t cry for Argentina – fight back”. Nessa Ní Chasaide is coordinator of the Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, a campaigning coalition of organisations concerned about global economic justice. Her work focuses on local and global debt and tax justice. She tweets from @Debt_Irelandlast_img read more

The pinup girl

first_imgGabrielle Adamidis has been sewing for as long as she remembers. Following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother who both sewed, she began at five or six years old and made her own clothes as a teenager. While she originally embarked on an Arts degree at Melbourne’s Monash University she left halfway through to complete a fashion diploma at the Box Hill Institute’s school of fashion. “I always knew that was what I really wanted to do, I needed to be doing something practical and hands on; writing essays was just not for me,” Adamidis says. Three years ago the 28 year-old Melburnian started her own lingerie line Hopeless. “I started from scratch, we didn’t do much lingerie at Tafe I just applied everything I learnt there,” she says. In the cut-throat fashion industry Adamidis knew she had to do something different to stand out. “Every man and his dog wants to start a clothing label, not many people do lingerie so I noticed it as sort of something not many people do and I thought I’d have more chance of succeeding by doing something like that,” she says. “I also really like working in detailed, smaller things so it suited what I enjoy doing.” Working from her small apartment in Hawthorn, Adamidis says small garments are also far more practical. “I have very little space I don’t think I could make a dress in the space I have. I pretty much do everything from what would be my dining room,” she says. Adamidis says she has always had a penchant for vintage lingerie. “I’ve always been quite passionate about the pin-up girls and I love old movies from the ’40s and 50’s and even up to the ’80s and ’90s,” she says. It’s movies like Evil Dead, Jaws and Alice in Wonderland that inspire her ranges. One thing Adamidis avoids is basing her designs around trends. “I think the worse thing you can do as a designer is to base what you do around what is popular at the moment because by the time you get around to getting into production it’s going to be over”. The designer does about 90 percent of her own sewing and has this year taken on two interns. “I hope to teach them a lot and hopefully employ them at some stage once the business grows a bit. They’ve been really willing and eager to learn everything that I’ve experienced the hard way because I have no business experience and it’s been very much trial and error,” she says. “It’s a really hard industry to break into so I know for both of my interns coming out of fashion school to have this experience on their resume will really benefit them; it works for both of us”. Hopeless lingerie is mainly sold online, distributing worldwide. Most of Adamidis’ orders are from overseas.“The lingerie industry is quite different overseas than here; the Australian girl is much more typically a Bonds girl, more about comfort than dressing up,” she says. “Interest has been growing here which is really good, but I had wholesalers in UK and Paris before here, which is quite amazing; it’s an absolutely different market”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tragedy to miracle to tragedy again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Losing a child is a pain that never goes away. But for Kosta Gribilas, losing his seven month old daughter comes as an unimaginable blow in a time that was filled with so much hope. Australian born Kosta, who moved to Greece when he was 10 was given a second chance at life after receiving a heart transplant in 2008. The organ donor was Doujon Zammit, a 20-year-old Australian tourist, brutally bashed by a Greek bouncer. For days Doujon was kept on life support, hoping to show signs of improvement. Kosta was just streets away in the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, desperate to find a new heart. As one family was preparing to say goodbye, Kosta was being prepped into surgery. On August 2, 2008 after 21 weeks waiting to find a compatible donor, Kosta got a new lease on life. Early this year, Kosta and his wife Poppy welcomed their first child, Konstantina Angelique Gribilas. Kosta affectionately said Konstantina had two fathers thanks to his adopted new heart. In a short message in Greek on his Facebook page, Kosta announced his daughter’s passing. “Thank you for all your support, sadly my angle didn’t make it”. In a previous interview with Neos Kosmos, Kosta had just welcomed his daughter in the world and took the time to thank the Zammit family and took the time to express his special connection with Doujon. “How can I ever forget Doujon, when every beat of my heart, reminds me how lucky I really am?” he said. Without him, neither me nor my daughter, would be here.” “I owe Doujon’s parents, not one, but many thanks. Their generosity saved my life. Kosta still wears Doujon’s silver leather bracelet and had Doujon’s father as the best man at his wedding. Doujon’s mother, Rosemary, became Konstantina’s godmother at her baptism. Rosemary took on the role wholeheartedly and would ask for photos of little Konstantina growing. “They feel like this baby is a continuation of their son,” Kosta said. In another strange turn of fate, Kosta moved to Australia with his wife to find better job prospects after he was left jobless for four years in Greece. In the process he opened a christening business in Sydney that sold various imported Greek products and gifts. Now he will be forever reminded of his young daughter and a happier time every time he steps through his shop.last_img read more

Chirurgie esthétique les adolescentes américaines y ont recours de plus en plus

first_imgChirurgie esthétique : les adolescentes américaines y ont recours de plus en plus jeunesÉtats-Unis – Outre-Atlantique, ce ne sont pas moins de 12.000 injections de Botox qui ont été pratiquées sur des adolescentes en un an. Le Botox n’est pas seulement un traitement utilisé contre les rides : il peut également corriger certaines imperfections du visage. C’est cet usage que recherchent les adolescentes américaines, et ce dès l’âge de 13 ans pour les plus précoces. Elles voient là un moyen d’atteindre rapidement et simplement la beauté parfaite à laquelle elles aspirent. On appelle ce phénomène “teen toxic”.À lire aussiMédecine esthétique : un décret prévu pour fin juinLorsque la Food and Drug Administration avait autorisé l’usage du Botox à partir de 12 ans, c’était bien sûr dans un but thérapeutique. En effet, l’action de ce produit sur les muscles permettait de modérer certains problèmes gênants, comme la sudation ou le strabisme. Malheureusement, il y a eu de nombreux abus. Les enfants stars ne sont évidemment pas en reste. L’une des jeunes actrices de Glee, série diffusée en France sur Canal +, a avoué avoir recours à ces injections pour “paraître fraîche à l’écran”. La peur d’être “défraichie” à à peine 18 ans paraît pourtant bien irrationnelle. Le 14 août 2010 à 18:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

What Can We Actually Do About Climate Change

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on target Let’s be honest, talking about global warming sucks. It’s a huge bummer, it often seems like nothing can be done. And more often than not, the messages that we receive tell us to do mostly ineffective things that burden individuals with the responsibility of taking care of the big problems instead of the companies and power brokers that helped create the issues in the first place. Many believe, quite wrongly, that if we are to fix the problems of global climate change, we may end up plunging ourselves back into the dark ages. Though our optimism must be tempered by the very real and lingering effects of what we’ve already done to the planet, there is room for hope. But we won’t get there with renewable shopping bags (which have carbon footprints many thousands of times larger than plastic bags) and recycling.We can/should switch to more plant-based eating, slowlyDon’t throw your pitchforks and stab me with tomatoes just yet. Yeah, I’ll admit I’m one of them whacky vegans. But as others have pointed out, my individual choices of foregoing meat and riding my bike everywhere don’t magically make my air cleaner. And there’s a rather obvious reason for that which people largely overlook: we’re all in this together. If the planet is warming (which it is), that is a collective and not an individual problem. It was caused by collective action and can really only be stopped by the same. Even if I manage to convert 100 people to veganism a day, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what would need to shift — and just isn’t realistic. Basing meals on beans and rice or lentils instead of heavy, meaty dishes takes some serious education and forethought. People don’t change habits overnight. That’s just not how we humans do. Instead, it starts with better education and making sure that our kids have access to nutritional information that is diverse, effective, and uses the best science on how to consistently and simply construct healthy meals. Right now, particularly in the US, we just tell people to eat certain amounts of things, without understanding how to easily combine that into practical advice that people can use. Other suggestions like the Plate Method are much more focused. And yes, they do encourage more beans and other lean proteins, but that’s in service to better health. And, in general, the food that’s pretty healthy for you, isn’t too bad for the environment, either. Lentils, for instance, and other legumes, are strongly associated with longevity and health in countless studies, and they can help fix nitrogen in the soil. An important chemical process that we often rely on fertilizers for — fertilizers that have tremendous carbon footprints. Teaching children how to make better choices covers a number of bases, and also gives manufacturing and agriculture time to adjust to gradually shifting diet patterns over time. Hold businesses accountableThe other big step, and admittedly, this is a MAJOR one, is making sure businesses aren’t passing their costs onto you. And this is a big deal, but not one that we haven’t seen before. In previous generations, it was companies that were asked to do the work of removing lead from gasoline and reformulating their products to diminish CFCs leaking into the atmosphere. Similarly, oil companies and car manufacturers have misled Americans about the damage their products do. And, as we once did with smoking, courts are starting to look at the collective damage these corporate choices have cost our societies.Part of this move will need to be led by municipalities, too. In times now past, public transit systems were extensive and accessible in the US, but thanks to companies that put making money over the well-being of the people, cheap cars and plenty of cheap gas helped fuel the expansion into the suburbs, the construction of new roads, and the reorganization of American cities to be largely car-dependent. In response, we can build complete neighborhoods and discourage car use by converting parking spaces and extra traffic lanes into bike lanes and transit centers. And, despite likely reservations from drivers, less parking and fewer lanes actually improves the lives of drivers — as well as everyone else. Not everyone will bike, sure, and not everyone can. But taking just a few cars off the road has a dramatic impact on the livability of a city. Cars take up huge amounts of space — far more than bikes or walking, or those on buses or trains — and accommodating them means warping city plans at the expense of the people. With broader, more expansive cities, people have to drive more and further, and those that don’t face thinly spread transit resources. Unplug your devicesThis one is simple and totally your personal responsibility — make sure the devices you use are actually off. Hopefully, this is well-known, but power vampires are a real thing, and for many, the total power draw of our devices when they are off is higher than the total power we consume using them. That’s because, even today, many “low power” or other modes for electronics keep sipping away at juice at a pretty high rate. You can help by getting automatic power switches and being mindful of what is plugged in and when. It’s small, but it can easily cut your power use in half.Try to buy lessJust in general. The more you buy, the more resources you use. Save money. Go pet dogs.Don’t be a jerkLiterally none of us are going to stop this on our own. It’s easy to blame individuals for a lot, but trying to get everyone on the same page working from the bottom, is a lot harder than changing how we approach problems systemically. Vote, call companies and complain about them making you use cheap, reusable plastic bottles instead of offering refillable ones and soda stations, for instance, at grocery stores. There are ways to fight the good fight, but judging someone because they bought one thing or ate whatever when their lives are already probably hard enough is just a douchebag thing to do. Don’t instead.Climate change is a very real issue for our planet, and it has been affecting several different areas of our society. It’s changing how we make bloody marys, how we surf the internet, but it is creating some beautiful cloud formations too. Stay up to date on all things climate change here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

South Florida woman bitten by monkey

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A woman was bitten by a monkey at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation.Officials said it happened at the foundation in Southwest Miami-Dade, near Southwest 172nd Avenue and 160th Street.The woman was tending to the primate when it bit her finger.She then drove herself to the intersection of Southwest 168th Street and Krome Avenue, where officials inspected the bite that will likely require stitches.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pressmart Gets 6M in Funding

first_imgOther e-paper vendors include Zinio, Texterity and Nxtbook, which was recently named to Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Pressmart, a new media delivery partner for newspapers and magazines, has secured $6 million in funding from venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NEA IndoUS Ventures.The investment, the company said in a statement, will help Pressmart “accelerate its global footprint” and to build its global sales, marketing and customer-support services. Pressmart CEO Sanjiv Gupta said the company has seen a “remarkable” adoption rate of its print-to-digital service over the last two years. As part of the deal, Draper Fisher Jurvetson partner Sateesh Andra and NEA IndoUS Ventures managing director Vinod Dham will join Pressmart’s board of directors.In March, Pressmart partnered with distributor Curtis Circulation Co. to launch iMags, a digital sales, distribution and marketing service for magazine publishers. last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Scholar Intern at Analog DevicesPart-Time Applications Engineer Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Marketing Automation Specialist at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Assistant Manager Trainee at SpeedwayPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Library Courier at Optima ShippingFull-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima ShippingPart-Time/Full-Time Licensed Nail Tech at La Chic Nail Spa(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Revenue department forecasts jump in oil prices drop in production

first_imgA crowd walks across a map of Alaska at the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum on Dec. 19, 2016, in Juneau. The state released its revenue sources book, which will help lawmakers and Gov. Bill Walker work out a budget for the upcoming year. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)When it comes to the state’s bottom line, the tax division’s revenue sources book predicts a patchwork of good and bad news for the state.Listen NowThe good news is oil prices are forecast to go up.The bad news? The money coming in from oil revenue is nowhere near enough to close the state’s budget gap and production on the North Slope is forecast to go down.This holiday season, lawmakers and oil and gas executives would probably love a good crystal ball: one that might give them a glimpse of the future price of oil, or how much the state is going to produce next year, and maybe a look at the end of the legislative session to find out what’s going to happen with all of those tax proposals floating around.Unfortunately, no such soothsayer exists, and they’ll probably have to rely on the state’s Department of Revenue.Earlier this week, analysts released their semi-annual revenue sources book. It’s a snapshot of the state’s financial health.  It has current and historical income information. It also has predictions for the price of oil for the next few years: how much the state is going to produce, what kind of money the state expects to have available to spend and, this year, a whole chapter on the potential impacts of an income or sales tax.And, while it’s no crystal ball, it can help with the economic forecast.Oil prices are predicted to go up. During this fiscal year, the state predicts they’ll average $46.81 a barrel. And that’s expected to go up to $54 per barrel next year.State tax division director Ken Alper said that price jump is going to help the state.“A good rule of thumb for Alaska at the range of prices we’re at right now is every dollar in the price of oil is worth about $30 million,” Alper said.So, a $10 jump in the price of oil means that, over the course of the next year, the state should get about $300 million in additional revenue. But that’s not nearly enough to cover the state’s $3 billion budget deficit.“It’s substantial. No one should ever scoff at $300 million,” Alper said. “But that’s not balancing the budget.”One other consequence of that slight jump in oil prices? The state’s going from a price that’s below the oil industry’s break-even point, to above it.That price is around $45 a barrel.That break-even point is very important for the state.  When oil prices fall below it, the major producers on the North Slope start losing money.  And they can turn those operating losses into credits that can be used to offset taxes they owe the state.Producers are still required to pay a minimum tax. However, if it carries into the next year, the companies are able to use those credits to offset even that minimum tax.“So we were seeing production tax revenues approaching zero for the next several years because of the very low prices we were seeing now,” Alper said.So, as oil prices inch upward, the state’s tax revenue picture starts to look at little better.“That phenomenon falls off a little bit, and we now are starting to see a couple hundred million dollars in production tax revenues in the near future. Not the billions that we had in the past when prices were higher, but at least not zero,” Alper said.But there are still significant challenges ahead for the state.Oil production is forecast to go down, and prices aren’t forecast to get above $88 per barrel in the next decade.And, the legislature is gearing up for a fight over oil tax credits, broad-based taxes and whether to tap the permanent fund dividend to solve the state’s budget crisis.last_img read more

Tata Steel May Sell Stake Worth Rs 5500 crore in Tata Motors

first_imgTata Steel is reportedly planning to sell its 5.5% stake in sister company Tata Motors.As per reports, the steel manufacturing arm of Tata Group is expected to execute the stake sale worth Rs 5,500 crore in “one or two tranches”.Surprisingly, the buyer is none other than its parent company Tata Group, a section of media reported quoting sources.Tata Steel also seems to be contemplating to “sell cross holding across Tata Group companies”. The company is expected to undertake debt refinancing to reduce interest charges.However, Tata Steel told CNBC-TV18 that the reports on stake sale in Tata Motors to Tata Group were “speculative”.”The company is committed to making disclosures to regulators and the investing community,” it said.Tata Motors, which will announce its earnings for June quarter on Friday, is struggling to increase its revenues due to declining volumes in China. China is the largest market for Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).Tata Motors earns more than 80% of its revenues from JLR sales. A drop in business volumes in China, which accounts for 20% of total JLR sales, weighed heavily on its profits in the March quarter last financial year (2014-15).The company profit slumped by 56.19% to Rs 1,716.50 crore in the January-March quarter compared to Rs 3,918.29 crore in the same quarter a year ago (2013-14).”Overall the environment and the numbers for Tata Motors doesn’t look good for the next couple of quarters,” said Sudip Bandopadhyay of Destimoney Securities.Owing to the weak outlook, share prices of Tata Motors have fell sharply by about 32% since the beginning of April this year.last_img read more

TRAI seeks power to penalise errant telcos

first_img1. MTNL10.4%8.2% A recent study on the rate of call drops by different carriers has highlighted their continuing poor performances, according to the telecom regulator, TRAI. The Call Drop Rate Performance study, though limited to national capital Delhi in its first leg, is the regulator’s efforts to improve the overall service quality.The Mint noted dropped calls (call drop) as those that terminate abruptly for technical reasons before the call is complete. Recently, there were reports that telcom service providers were using new technology to artificially keep the calls connected even though there was no voice exchange from the other end.The regulator said Aircel was using the radio link time out technology to mask call more than other carriers. However, the big four — Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication — too were requested to further decrease their drop rates. MTNL, the government run telecommunication carrier, was the other service provider monitored for the study. Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in DelhiCompanies2G3G Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi1. MTNL10.4%8.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi2. Idea0.9%6.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi3. Reliance Communication-5.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi4. Airtel3.3%2.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Related”We have been conducting drive tests to access quality regularly and for the last 8-9 months we have increased the tests in terms of coverage with the number of cities going up to almost 12,” TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma told the Mint.The May 2016 study, however, indicated only Vodafone to have had a reduction in its call drop rates in Delhi, while all others lurked where they were or showed increase in call drops against the January 2016 study. Idea’s 2G, with 0.9 percent call drop rates, was better than 2.1 percent seen in January.Except Vodafone and Reliance, all other telecos could not even meet the benchmark in terms of call drops in Delhi region, noted the Mint.A source told the news outlet that the regulator may seek penalising power for itself against faulting telecos. The regulator has already set up a portal to register call drop complaints. It has also warned that not more than 2 percent of the calls on each of the carriers network should be dropped.The study, conducted to analyse the overall service quality offered by the carriers, also focused on three other important parameters of call set-up success rate, signal quality (Rx quality) and blocked call rate.Pro teleco lobby group Broadband India Forum highlighted that the study was welcome as there was a sustained improvement in call set up rate across many telecos. On the call drop issue, another lobby group noted that some chosen areas in Delhi were highly congested. 5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Companies2G3G 3. Reliance Communication-5.2% 4. Airtel3.3%2.2%  Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi 2. Idea0.9%6.2%last_img read more

Bhabadah people seek remedy from waterlogging

first_imgPeople of a community movement that want solution to waterlogging in Jashore’s Bhabadah area on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to implement the tidal river management (TRM) immediately to save several thousand people of Bhabadah from stagnant waters, reports UNB.The Bhabadah affected areas are – Abhaynagar, Momirampur, Keshabpur and Jashore sadar upazila in Jashore and Phultala and Dumuria in Khulna and Tala upazila in Satkhira districts.The leaders of the community at a press conference at its office in Jashore town said at least 1 million people of 200 villages were directly affected by the water stagnation problem.Ranjit Bawali, convener of the Bhabadah’s water problem mitigation committee, read out the written statement at the conference where Iqbal Kabir Jahid, polit bureau member of Workers Party of Bangladesh, Baikuntha Bihari Roy, Gazi Ahdul Hamid, Abdul Majid Gazi, Chaitanya Kumar Paul and other leaders of the committee were present.The committee announced to hold protest rally between 25 July and 20 August to press home their demand.last_img read more