Et tu, Ford? Automaker lets 30K workers stay home post-pandemic

first_img Full Name* Tags The “flexible hybrid model” is set to debut in July in North America (iStock)Ford Motor Co. will let some of its employees park it at home post-pandemic.The automaker revealed its “flexible hybrid model” Wednesday. It is allowing more than 30,000 employees to keep working from home even when it’s safe to return to offices, Bloomberg News reported.The system, which is set to debut in July in North America, will apply to most salaried staff and not factory workers, the publication reported. Employees can come into the office for meetings and team-building activities, but can stay at home for “heads-down work.”Read moreCuomo announces plan to get workers back to officesOffice landlords offer amenities to reel in employeesSurvey reveals why employees stay home or return to work Commercial Real EstateJPMorgan Chaseoffice market Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink The announcement comes as Wall Street employers are nudging workers back to the office. Hundreds of interns at JPMorgan Chase & Co. are set to work in its New York and London offices in the coming months, and companies including Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Group hope to see more employees back in the office in the summer, the publication reported.As of March 3, just under 15 percent of New York-area office workers were at their desks, according to card-swipe company Kastle Systems.Target last week announced plans for a hybrid work-from-home model. Salesforce recently announced the death of its 9-to-5 workday, giving employees the option to work from home indefinitely.Half of workers worldwide are laboring at home, up from 11% before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study by Willis Towers Watson. Companies expect one-third of employees to continue working remotely after the pandemic, the publication reported.[Bloomberg News] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Email Address*last_img read more

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Survival and water loss in some Antarctic arthropods

first_imgSeven species of Antarctic micro-arthropods (4 mites and 3 collembolans) were examined to determine their resistance to dehydration and their survival under dry conditions. Water loss at r.h. 5% at temperatures in the range −10 to 45°C was measured gravimetrically using a recording micro-balance. Survival of samples of mites was monitored after exposure to r.h. 5% and temperatures in the range 0–20°C. Rates of water loss ranged from 0 to about 30% fresh weight h−1 depending on temperature and species. The 3 Collembola were least resistant and the 2 oribatid mites were most resistant to dehydration under the experimental conditions. The optimal survival temperature of the mite Alaskozetes antarcticus was around 10°C under 5% r.h.; there were no significant differences in rate of water loss between temperatures. The results are discussed in terms of possible control mechanisms and the type of habitat occupied by each species.last_img read more

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Essential travel? Robert Jenrick faces more questions over family trip

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Essential travel? Robert Jenrick faces more questions over family trip previous nextCOVID-19 newsEssential travel? Robert Jenrick faces more questions over family tripHousing secretary is being asked to justify his journey after telling members of the public and estate agents to only engage in essential trips.Nigel Lewis14th April 20201 Comment1,292 Views Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick is facing further questions after it was revealed just before the Bank Holiday weekend that he had travelled 150 miles from London to a home owns in Herefordshire and then on to Shropshire.Jenrick justified the trip despite having recently urged members of the public not to travel unnecessarily, claiming that he was delivering vital medicine to his elderly parents in Shropshire, and that his family treat their Herefordshire pile as their ‘family home’.The Secretary of State’s wife and children have been living at the address, it transpires, while Jenrick resides at their London address during the week.These justifications did not go down well on Twitter, with many estate agents venting their fury that Jenrick had banned them holding face-to-face viewings and client meetings and stopped all but essential house moves, but appears to have side-stepped the lock-down himself.ClarityHe then tweeted that: “For clarity – my parents asked me to deliver some essentials – including medicines.“They are both self-isolating due to age and my father’s medical condition and I respected social distancing rules.”A spokesperson for the PM then said Boris Johnson was ‘confident’ that Jenrick had not broken lock-down rules on travel.But since then matters have worsened for Jenrick. Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has called on him to explain his actions, the Daily Mail has asked him clarify why his constituency website claims he lives in Newark and London, while now claiming a third address as his real family home.Also, a former Conservative MP Anna Soubry described his actions as ‘arrogant’ while one of his Herefordshire neighbours described claims that this was his family home as ‘codswallop‘.Read more about Robert Jenrick.coronavirus Robert Jenrick secretary of state for housing April 14, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 14th April 2020 at 11:18 amIf the man had a scrap of Decency, he’d do the Honourable thing and resign.If he doesn’t, Bojo needs to sack him.Leadership is by example.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Greggs rolls out trial ideas across UK sites

first_imgGreggs has started to roll out ideas it has been trialling at four stores around the UK, following some “quite encouraging” results.The bakery chain, which has 1,353 UK sites, announced last March that it would pilot innovative formats and ranges, including extended opening hours, range changes and new branding, at selected sites.MD Sir Michael Darrington told British Baker that “more extensive tests of certain aspects of the trial stores” were under way. He said: “Greggs remains focused on the mainstream market. It is not an exclusive business, but even in the mainstream market people’s tastes change and there is demand for some more aspirational lines, such as gourmet fillings, hot sandwiches and different types of savouries.”Trials would continue and the company will give more details when it announces its annual results next March, he added.Some of the initiatives being trialled can be seen at an upmarket Greggs shop in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, which has an outdoor seating area and sells gourmet-style products.The range at the shop includes crayfish and rocket baguette, duck and hoi sin sauce wrap and pesto and chicken baguette with sun-dried tomatoes, as well as the regular Greggs range of sandwiches, savouries and cakes.The outlet is also offering cappuccino, latte and espresso, as well as tea and hot chocolate.One of Greggs’ other experiments is a ’Fresh to Go’ branded shop with healthy eating ranges, which opened in Lincoln in March.last_img read more

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Active Minds members talk Mental Health Awareness Week

first_imgThe first week of October is Mental Health Awareness Week, an effort intended to recognize mental health issues across the country.Hoping to bring this awareness to Notre Dame’s campus is Active Minds, a chapter of the nation-wide organization with over 400 collegiate branches and has become “the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide,” according to Notre Dame Active Minds’ website.Senior Delaney Schrenk, president of Active Minds, said she is excited for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week because of the current climate surrounding mental health issues.“I think right now is a really unique time to be on college campuses and interested in mental health because there’s enough news and press about it that people recognize it,” she said. “But, specifically at Notre Dame, I don’t think there’s enough conversation to support any change about it. We certainly have something to work on, and we have sort of a template that’s already on the consciousness of students here.”While the national Active Minds organization’s motto is “changing the conversation,” Schrenk said she views her club’s motto as “starting the conversation” on campus.“It’s hard to start a conversation about it if you don’t know that other people are thinking the same things to back it up. We really try to be visible with events and just in our day-to-day conversations with other people, whether it’s officers or members, with our friends, with whoever,” she said. “If you know that there are other people that feel the same that way you do, then it becomes much easier to talk to other people. And I think that’s really where the conversation starts.”Senior David May, vice president of Active Minds, said having these conversations about mental health would make a big difference for a large number of students.“One of our main goals is to promote that conversation, to promote more of an environment of openness and a lack of judgement so people can become more comfortable expressing what I think a lot of us have deemed as the ‘elephant in the room,’ which is mental illness on college campuses,” he said. “It’s so prevalent and so debilitating to quite the proportion of college students.”Sophomore Keely Thornton, a member of Active Minds, likewise said she hopes the week helps reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.“The one thing I would say is the biggest problem with Notre Dame’s campus is the stigma around it because it is a high-achieving school,” she said. “You can’t say, ‘I’m suffering with depression; I can’t get out of bed today.’ You have to say, ‘Oh, I have a stomach ache.’ You have to fake it.”People’s lack of acceptance of mental disorders contributes to a lack of understanding, which worsens the situation, Thornton said.“Anyone can have a panic attack. You don’t have to have an anxiety disorder to have a panic attack. It’s a very normal thing, especially at a school like Notre Dame,” she said. “The fact that people don’t even know what that looks like is a problem.”Active Minds at Notre Dame meets regularly to have conversations about mental health, but Mental Health Awareness Week is their chance to spread their message across the entire campus. There are three major events this week. The first, “In Our Own Words,” a student story-sharing event, took place Monday night, Schrenk said.“Students write some sort of piece about their own experiences with mental health on campus or before or at any point in their lives and experience, and they share that in whatever way they want to,” Schrenk said. “It’s meant to sort of bridge that gap between other people’s experiences and knowing that there are other people out there who are feeling similar things.”“Send Silence Packing,” a suicide-awareness display, will be presented Wednesday on South Quad, featuring backpacks representing students who have died by suicide, as well as information and statistics about suicide on college campuses. Alison Malmon, the founder of the national organization of Active Minds, will deliver a lecture Wednesday in front of the display. She started the club at Penn State after her brother committed suicide.“It’s meant to be a very moving presentation, something that you really can’t ignore when you see it,” May said.Tags: Mental health, Mental Health Awareness Week, stigma, suicidelast_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Band Geeks, Cheyenne Jackson Beautiful & More

first_img Say Bonjour to a New Eponine Beginning January 13 at the Imperial Theatre Sometimes the best Broadway stories happen behind the scenes. Erin Clemons’ national tour debut was in Les Miserables—she was an understudy for Eponine and served in the ensemble. Then, she landed on the Broadway show doing the same. Now, she’s succeeding Nikki M. James as Eponine through February 8. If that doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you’re made of stone—or you need to see Les Miz again. Click for tickets! Shake It Up with Cheyenne Jackson Begins January 13 at Café Carlyle If you’re lucky (and you haven’t succumbed to your temptation for discounted Duane Reade chocolate Santas) you have some holiday money left. Why not treat yourself to a nice night out and make your nana proud? We have the perfect opportunity: Super-talented Broadway hunk Cheyenne Jackson begins a lengthy stint through January 23 at Café Carlyle. Click for tickets! Strike up the Band with Lindsay Mendez January 18 at 54 Below Show choirs have Glee. A cappella groups have Pitch Perfect. Sadly, high school marching bands have lacked kickass representation…until now. The musical Band Geeks tells the story of a plucky marching band leader who unites his crew to save the tuneful tribe from the school’s axe. Best of all, it stars Ben Platt, Lindsay Mendez, and other Broadway favorites who are far more talented and good-looking than you were in high school. Click for tickets! Hey, you, building a bonfire out of old Christmas cards in your living room! Stop. First, it’s dangerous—and we’re pretty sure it’s illegal. Second, there are way better uses of your time. There’s Cheyenne Jackson classing it up, Kristin Chenoweth doing her thing with the ladies from The Talk, and a new Eponine in Les Miz. Bundle up for this week’s picks! Talk It Up with Kristin Chenoweth January 15 on CBS Until James Corden takes over The Late Late Show (yay!), CBS has to fill an hour of late-night programming. Thankfully, instead of infomercials for 14-karat gold face cream, a rotation of guest hosts is keeping Corden’s seat warm. This week, it’s the ladies of The Talk, who welcome the one-and-only Kristin Chenoweth as a guest. So stay up and let the On the Twentieth Century babe crack you up. Sleep is overrated anyway. Star in Beautiful…No, Seriously January 16 at Ripley Grier Studios Winter, spring, summer and fall, you’ve been rocking out to the Beautiful cast recording in the car, practicing your New York accent and doing “The Locomotion” blindfolded. Congratulations, you’re finally ready to audition to play Carole King! The production is holding open calls to find the next headliner for the hit Broadway musical. And don’t worry, if you don’t live in the Big Apple, you can channel your inner natural woman in Seattle on January 24, Orlando on February 7, Pittsburgh on February 21 and Chicago on February 28. View Commentslast_img read more

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Happy Opening to Broadway’s Living on Love

first_imgLiving on Love, starring opera superstar Renée Fleming and Tony nominee Douglas Sills, opens officially at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on April 20. The wacky comedy follows an opera diva (played by Fleming, obviously), her maestro husband and their competing forthcoming memoirs. To celebrate the grand occasion, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast.The whole company is present! In addition to Fleming and Sills, the portrait includes Jerry O’Connell and Anna Chlumsky as ghostwriters Robert Samson and Iris Peabody and Blake Hammon and Scott Robertson as butlers Bruce and Eric. Of course, the real star of the masterpiece is Trixie as Puccini (the dog).In bocca al lupo to the cast of Living on Love! Enjoy the champagne and high notes! About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Living on Lovecenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

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Georgia Is a New Political Battleground

first_imgHillary Clinton carried Cobb and Gwinnett Counties even as she lost the state in 2016. This year, Mr. Biden won them again. And he added to her margin in the state, significantly increasing the number of voters who voted Democratic in the counties that are home to Georgia’s most important second-tier cities — Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah and Athens.In recent months, the pandemic has slowed the Georgia economy, with unemployment rising to 6.4 percent in September from 5.7 percent in August. Covid-19 cases are increasing too; over the past week, there have been an average of 2,242 new cases per day, an increase of 42 percent from the average two weeks earlier.A new generation of Democratic candidates has left behind the fiscal and social conservatism of its forefathers to embrace a rising demographic coalition of Black voters, college-educated suburban women and a more politically engaged younger generation.- Advertisement – Until the 1970s, Georgia was virtually a one-party state, with conservative Democrats dominant. But as conservative voters moved en masse to the Republican Party, Democrats were left concentrated in places like the city of Atlanta, adjacent and urbane Decatur, and smaller cities with significant African-American populations.In the last few years, however, distaste for Trumpism has spread and demographic change has exploded, giving Democrats surprising new strength in the populous, vote-rich northern suburbs of Atlanta — places like Cobb and Gwinnett Counties that were once bastions of Republican power.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Even if Mr. Biden’s victory was ultimately delivered by Northern industrial states like Pennsylvania, his slim margin in Georgia most likely points to the future of the Democratic Party, a future which come into clearer view in the Senate runoffs.Republicans will try to stop any Democratic momentum, hoping to show that Mr. Biden’s strong performance here is more about Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy than the G.O.P.’s loosening grip on the dynamic South. For Democrats, winning both seats would leave the parties at a 50-50 split in the Senate, with the vice president, Kamala Harris, casting the tiebreaking vote.last_img read more

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Sir Humphrey’s worst nightmare

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Finally, Catholic appointed as acting head of Catholic affairs directorate-general

first_imgPrior to the appointment, Aloma Sarumaha held the position of secretary in the same directorate-general.Nur himself had previously been appointed to the role in January, replacing another Muslim official, Muhammadiyah Amin, who had filled the position since the previous director-general Eusabius Binsasi, who was a Catholic, retired last July.Read also: Is the pope Catholic? Ministry apologizes for appointing Muslim as acting Catholic affairs director-generalNur took the blame for the gaffe, saying he had given mistaken advice to the ministry’s top brass after misreading a National Civil Service Agency (BKN) circular that regulated who could temporarily fill vacant positions in ministries and other state institutions.“I apologize for this oversight,” Nur said in a statement on Monday night. (gis)Topics : After six months of the position being filled by Muslim officials, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has named Aloma Sarumaha, a Catholic, as the acting head of the Catholic Community Guidance Directorate General. The appointment came after the ministry was flooded with criticism after a bureaucratic blunder led to two Muslim officials filling the post in succession.“The order letter has been signed by the religious affairs minister. Per today, acting head of the Catholic Community Guidance Directorate General is Aloma Sarumaha,” ministry secretary-general Nur Kholis Setiawan said on Tuesday in a release made available to The Jakarta Post. last_img read more

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