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first_img Monday, June 25, 2018 Posted by 50% off CTC, CTIE certification with The Travel Institute Travelweek Group Tags: CTA, CTC, CTIE, The Travel Institutecenter_img FRAMINGHAM, MA — With the Travel Institute’s scholarship fund for its three flagship certification programs, Canadian agents can enroll in the Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), or Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) programs and qualify to receive a 50% savings.All content and certifications are relevant to Canadian travel agents. The offer applies to enrollments throughout July and is part of The Travel Institute’s ‘Promote Your Professionalism’ month. Depending on selected coursework, the value may be as high as US$275 off standard curriculum pricing.“Simply put, when you learn more, you earn more, especially when you’re engaged in a comprehensive educational curriculum,” said Diane Petras, CTIE, President, The Travel Institute. “Certification increases earning because it builds the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for career-minded travel agents to take risks, improve marketing, revise business plans, and take action. Our annual scholarship program is one of our most visible and far-reaching commitments to the vitality and future of our industry.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRoyal Caribbean International’s Senior Vice President Vicki Freed, who completed her CTC from The Travel Institute more than 30 years ago, produced a short video in support of this year’s ‘Promote Your Professionalism’ campaign, calling certification “an investment in yourself, your brand, and your expertise.”Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/BcACPXZL4zY.Complementing the certification-scholarship offers in July are three interactive webinars, plus the weekly Hot Tip Tuesday and Friday Five Blog e-communications.The webinar schedule is as follows:July 10, 2 p.m. EDT – ‘Boot Camp: Storytelling Skills for the 21st Century, Part 1’ with Richard D’Ambrosio of Hudson Valley CommunicationsJuly 18, 1 p.m. EDT – ‘Top 5 Copy Mistakes You’re Making on Your Travel Website (and How to Fix Them!)’ with Emily Matras of Bon Vivant CopyJuly 24, 2 p.m. EDT – ‘PR Boot Camp: Storytelling Skills for the 21st Century, Part 2’ with Richard D’Ambrosio of Hudson Valley CommunicationsAll sessions are free, but advanced registration is required. In addition, webinars on topics including certification and specialization are offered in July.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTo qualify for a certification scholarship, individuals must complete the application form on The Travel Institute’s website at thetravelinstitute.com.The Travel Institute Fund has endowed more than US$238,000 in scholarships since it was established in 2014 to celebrate the non-profit’s 50th anniversary. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgDear Catherine,More and more film festivals are popping up these days so the choice for movie enthusiasts is ever growing. Let’s take a look at some of the best options:FranceThe best-known and one of the longest running film festivals in Europe is Cannes, held every March in the south of France. Why is it so famous? Because it attracts the biggest names in the global film-making industry who gather in the glitzy seaside town for parties, lavish frock-wearing and networking. They attend the event to secure film financing, sell films, showcase lesser-known works, and fight over the plum prize, the Palme d’Or, which was last year won by ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, from the equally unpronounceable Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasekathul.This year the festival will run from May 11-22, and the opening film is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, while the judging this year is led by the legend, Robert de Niro.If you’re thinking of going, you’re already far too late to bag a decent place to stay close to the action. I’d suggest looking in the neighbouring Riviera towns of Antibes or Juan le Pins, or better still, in Nice, a half-hour train ride away. In Nice I can recommend Le Grimaldi, a hotel you could call quaint, or possibly even out-dated, but definitely characterful. The cheapest rooms are sold out on many of the festival days but you may be able to cut a bargain with the reservations manager if your French is up to scratch. Expect to pay at least E120 per night. USADe Niro is also sure to be a fixture at the Tribeca Film Festival, which he helped to launch, and held its first event in spring 2002. The festival, in the eponymous New York district off Broadway, was founded to revive the fortunes of Lower Manhattan in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival celebrates film, music and culture, and has spurned a permanent Tribeca Cinema on Varick Street and a Tribeca Film distribution company. The remit is to support both established and emerging directors. This year it takes place between April 20 and May 1 and includes talks, screenings, awards, exhibitions and a whole programme for families. The big brother to Tribeca is the New York Film Festival on September 30 to October 16 this year. Expect screenings, panel discussions, including a chance to question directors, and inclusion of experimental and Avant Garde movies.There’s plenty of choice of places to stay because Manhattan is your oyster – I recommend the SoHotel, which costs from £95 a night. It’s a historic hotel dating back to the late 1700s in the trendy Lower East Side district, which is full of cafes and quirky shops. Also try the 141-room Thompson LES. It has a buzzing bar and restaurant, Above Allen, with stunning rooftop views, a Chinese restaurant called Shang, and best of all, an outdoor pool. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, toiletries by C.O. Bigelow (a fashionable NY brand), flat-screen televisions and iPod docks, and cost from £230 a night. ItalyVenice loves a festival, and none is more glamorous than its annual Film Festival. This year, the 68th, is on August 31 to September 10 at Venice Lido. The Festival pips Venice to be the world’s oldest festival, dating to 1932, and showcases new releases but also homages to prominent industry figures and iconic cinema. The full programme will be announced in July, and will include screenings throughout the city in historic venues such as Palazzo del Cinema and the Sala Perla at the Palazzo del Casinò.The hotels on the Lido, an island sandbar opposite the main island of the city, tend to be very expensive and get booked up well ahead, but there are plenty of options in the city and you can reach the Lido by ferry or the smaller water bus (vaporetto). As for hotels elsewhere in the city, a couple of good options are San Cassiano, a former artist’s home with a plum position on the Grand Canal. Rooms cost from £60 a night, and can be a little “fussy” in the decor stakes, but anything understated just wouldn’t be Venetian. Also check out Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo close to the Rialto bridge, with its own grand marble bridge entrance and just ten bedrooms. It’s another glitz-fest of gold and chandeliers, but the location is unbeatable and rooms cost from £100. CanadaThe Toronto International Film Festival is another celeb-fest of premieres and galas. Every September the Canadian city’s most famous occupation, ice hockey, is eclipsed by the arrival of the world’s movie elite. It’s September 8 to 18 this year and includes a short film and student film showcase as well as workshops, talks, tours and Q&A sessions with actors and directors. There’s also Talent Lab, an intensive four-day workshop for promising filmmakers who are looking for expert mentoring.The Drake Hotel, a self-titled “hotbed for culture” is surely the best place to stay for the festival – just book ahead to ensure you get a room. The hotel has 19 characterful bedrooms, plus a popular sushi bar, live music venue, cafe, urban vegetable garden, general store and roof top terrace. Rooms cost from £125 a night, but will sell out fast.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map As a film lover, I’m really keen on getting myself to a film festival or three this year. Where are the best film festivals to go around the world?Catherine, Shropshire RelatedShow-stoppers: 11 film locations from future blockbusters in 2017Fancy a holiday with a claim to fame? From the craggy coastline of Ireland to the cave-dotted bays of Vietnam, this year’s biggest movies are wanderlust-inducing epics. Here are just a few of the breathtaking destinations guaranteed to hog the limelight in 2017.7 Super City Breaks for Under £70!7 Super City Breaks for Under £70!12 unmissable Edinburgh Festivals experiencesThe Edinburgh Festival Fringe may be over, but Edinburgh has many more exciting festivals coming up!last_img read more

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first_imgBrown Sugar, a new subscription video-on-demand movie service billing itself as “Netflix, only blacker”, has gone live in the US.Owned by African-American television network Bounce TV, Brown Sugar claims to offer “the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time”.The US$3.99 per-month service includes iconic film titles such as Shaft, Super Fly, Foxy Brown, Black Caesar, Cleopatra Jones, The Mack, Cotton Comes to Harlem, and Car Wash as part of its catalogue.Foxy Brown actress and Brown Sugar spokesperson, Pam Grier, said: “Brown Sugar is just like Netflix, only blacker. These movies are entertaining and fun, but they were also empowering to the black community as they depicted African Americans as strong leading characters and heroes for the first time.”Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson, another actor and site spokesperson who appeared in films including Black Caesar, said: “You wonder why we call it Brown Sugar? Because it’s badass – like me. Brown Sugar is the coolest streaming movie service on the planet.”Brown Sugar is available on the web and as an app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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first_imgIPTV services continue to develop and grow but operators are keenly aware of the need for standardisation of the technologies that support them.One of the most pressing issues for IPTV operators is standards – the need for standards in delivering IP video to and around the home, and for greater interoperability of customer premises equipment. Some operators are enjoying considerable success in their respective pay-TV markets, yet appear frustrated at the lack of unifying standards that could cut lengthy (and expensive) integration battles, and lessen the risk of equipment obsolescence.IPTV operators by and large remain upbeat regarding the future of their services. At this year’s IPTV World Forum, Paul Berriman, chief technology officer of Hong Kong’s PCCW said that the benefit of its IPTV service Now TV in reducing churn is “huge”, adding that PCCW currently has around double the ARPU of its nearest broadband competitor, saying that it has “breathed a new lease of life” into the company’s broadband services. Solid subscriber additions have continued to be posted this year (AT&T alone added over 280,000 subscribers for its ‘U-verse TV’ service in the first quarter of this year), despite the ongoing problems with the global economy.Technical challengesRichard Griffiths, director of TV and entertainment at Irish telco Eircom, has seemed upbeat about the prospect of launching IPTV in Ireland this year: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Eircom, as the tier-one telco in Ireland, to be launching IPTV in 2009,” he said. “The supplier industry in the IPTV world is now sufficiently mature that the IPTV platforms have their bugs ironed out and can deliver a feature-rich service, and thus Eircom is not going to have to go through such an extensive product development phase as was the case in 2003 or 2004.”Nevertheless, the main challenges remain technology-related. Madeleine Forrer, vice-president of Video Services at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) in the US, said earlier this year: “Right now, the biggest challenge continues to be technical. The network must be able to successfully support at least one gigabyte of multicast traffic. Accomplishing that in an environment without standards and its own version of ‘plug and play’ makes the technology challenging.”Ben Schwarz, principal consultant at consultancy firm Farncombe Technology, concurs: “I’d say the big challenge for the industry – linked to the work of the Open IPTV Forum – is to integrate standards into the set-top box, rather than just on the server side.” He also believes that one of the major issues for IPTV operators is finding themselves in an increasingly HD world: “High-definition content seems to be a terrible threat to DSL-based IPTV services – the challenge for a DSL operator is ‘what do I do while waiting for a fibre network?’”The NRTC’s Forrer says: “It’s time for some common standards and interoperability of equipment. This is crucial to reducing the cost of delivering service and will ensure that a telco isn’t left out in the cold if one equipment provider goes out of business. And, finally, with standards should come the certification of solutions, which would give telcos a greater confidence and might enable more to move into video.”One content player seemingly determined to tackle the absence of standards is the BBC, via its Project Canvas initiative (in partnership with fellow public service broadcaster ITV and UK telco BT). The BBC’s presence at this year’s IPTV World Forum was notable, with Richard Halton, programme director of IPTV, delivering a keynote in which he said that one purpose of Canvas is to bring a standards-led approach to new delivery mechanisms, making content available without repurposing (which would have obvious benefits for the broadcaster). Halton also emphasised that Canvas is not an attempt to create new standards, but rather to bring together existing standards from the telecoms and broadcasting industries.Rahul Chakkara, controller of future media TV platforms at the BBC, added: “We strongly believe that, based on our success with Freeview and Freesat, a standards-based model is the most beneficial for the industry, the content publisher and – most importantly – for our audiences. Project Canvas is about setting a set of specifications for the IPTV industry which brings together the richness of broadcast with the power of broadband.”In the wider IPTV world, much remains to be done. Lisa Feliciantonio, head of content and IPTV regulation at Italian telco Fastweb, stated in an interview earlier this year: “In the medium to long term, I believe that a progressive standardisation of technologies, platforms and possibly market proposition is the key to turning IPTV into a mass-market proposition.” Her company together with Telecom Italia and Wind formed the Italian Association of IPTV Operators, with the intention of joining forces to “create awareness in the market and with the policy makers regarding the potential of IPTV and its role in the industry value chain”. Italian newspaper reports  have suggested that the three operators are joining forces to create a standard for IPTV set-top boxes across all three IPTV services as well as DTT and DTH , which would lower development and production costs. Giovanni Moglia, director for legal and regulatory affairs at Fastweb and president of the association, said in an interview in March: “As far as Italy is concerned, IPTV operators have to focus on developing an offer and a common strategy to take advantage of the upcoming switch-off of analogue television transmissions. The switch-off will represent a major disruption in the habits of TV viewers and force most families, even the less technologically advanced ones, to purchase a digital device to keep receiving television.” The development of a new set-top box based on common standards and capable of receiving DTT transmissions as well as IPTV from any of the country’s three operators would certainly help them achieve that goal.The need for standards is not just felt by operators. “We would love to have an interoperable standardised environment to work with. We want to stick to what we do best – telling wonderful stories,” Myles MacBean, vice-president of Disney Online, said earlier this year. There was “a major cost element in customising the experience for each ISP and for different CE devices – we would rather build these experiences on a pan-European scale.”CompressionIPTV technology suppliers could help operators through continuing improvement of compression and distribution solutions, according to Peter Li, vice-president of Shanghai Media Group’s IPTV service BesTV: “The first priority for the IPTV industry in a developing country such as China is to quickly scale up the subscriber base to move the industry to the self-sustainable stage. To accomplish that, we have to provide good enough services in many areas with bandwidth of around 2Mbps. Therefore, continuing improvement in compression technology to enhance picture quality at below 2Mbps bandwidth is important for us. Another area with strong consumer demand is the number of hours of on-demand content available to a subscriber at one given time…. We would like to see efficient distribution technology for a massive quantity of video content, in order for users to really enjoy the long-tail benefit of internet characteristics.”Also, there remains work to be done on data mining and on advanced content discovery engines, according to Eircom’s Griffiths: “There needs to be greater intelligence in data mining. For example, if children’s programming is known to be popular in home A, then it is likely that there will be children living in that household. But there is no point in running an advert for children’s products at ten o’clock at night, when they will be tucked up in bed. The platform needs to be able to do that…. A service also needs to have advanced content discovery tools or engines and sophisticated search tools, otherwise users won’t get beyond the A and B listings of the VOD service.”“I believe that a progressive standardisation of technologies, platforms and possibly market proposition is the key toturning IPTV into a mass-market proposition.”Lisa Feliciantonio, FastwebSignificantly, he adds: “An IPTV service also needs to have an open, easy-to-develop-for applications platform, where an operator can easily add such things as casual games and flight arrival times, for example. It has to be made cheap and easy to develop applications for the service and deliver them onto the set-top box. The strengths of an open-standards web browser as a platform facilitates this, as well as a sophisticated graphical interface through technologies such as Flash, Java and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). We need it to be cheap to develop applications for the set-top box, and need to be able to run them quickly and responsively.”PCCW’s Berriman reitirated this need for an enhanced user interface when speaking at the IPTV World Forum, stating that the more interactive services PCCW has developed, the more difficult it is for subscribers to find and use them. However, the move to a more sophisticated user interface has ameliorated this, he added, enabled by more advanced set-top boxes.Concerning the future of IPTV, Christopher Schläffer, chief innovation officer at Deutsche Telekom, said that “the future is soft”, and will be based on software and service delivery, rather than hardware. Schläffer added that content richness is “of the essence” when it comes to a successful IPTV service, and that he believes the categories of internet TV (Joost, iPlayer etc), web video (YouTube and other on-demand video) and managed network IPTV services such as Deutsche Telekom’s T-Home Entertain will eventually converge.This perception that “the future is soft” appears to be backed up by Orange, whose SoftAtHome initiative (set up last year with Thomson and Sagem Communications) is intended to enable service providers – including presumably Orange – to deliver convergent applications through an operating platform for the digital home environment. Orange certainly knows about IPTV, having passed 2.5 million pay-TV subscribers worldwide by the end of March 2009, up 75% year-on-year, with its domestic IPTV service nearing two million customers and its new Spanish IPTV service enjoying notable success, amongst other highlights.Most realise however that it is not just pin-sharp UIs and more advanced interactive services that make an IPTV service well-subscribed – fundamentally, it is about the content. Eircom’s Griffiths believes the content industry is now “much more aware” of what IPTV is and how it works, adding: “While the big boys such as the Hollywood studios are ever keen to license their content for healthy minimum revenue guarantees, we are finding that the smaller production companies also now see IPTV as another outlet for them to monetise their content.”From a major content provider’s point of view, Simon Amselem, senior vice-president of channel distribution (EMEA) at Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, says that the company likes “speaking to operators that have a content focus at the heart of their strategies, and that plan to use content to drive their business – the operators that place the consumer first. We think that the consumers don’t care about the technology; they want something that is simple to use and simple to understand.”Thomas Lemaire, senior director of business development in North America for Orange, backs up this need for operators to pursue a strategy of focusing on delivering strong content plus converged services.“Two things will make the IPTV value proposition stronger and more differentiating: original content and convergent services that blend the TV experience with broadband and mobile services,” says Lemaire. “To make this happen you need some scale but also experimentation, an understanding of how the TV experience will become interactive without replicating the PC experience and its hurdles.”Future visionAs far as the future goes,  Lemaire says: “We believe content everywhere is the future of the pay-TV industry. What that means is the best content, available at any time and on any screen (TV, PC and mobile). Customers don’t want to be constrained – they want to watch shows when they are ready so catch-up TV, rewind TV and VOD are important components. In addition, TV on the PC and mobile are growing in popularity. With our TV offer content is transferable between and available on all three screens.”MacBean of Disney Online adds: “The Web has taught us that it is not the technology that is king, nor content, but the consumer. We are getting to that point where every part in the chain is benefitting from IP delivery. The business models are still evolving, as is the content proposition, the platform’s capability, and consumers’ expectations and needs, but it is a non-linear situation as everything is affecting everything, which makes it exciting.”The industry currently finds itself in a situation of  continued healthy IPTV subscriber growth worldwide and new service deployments in all markets, with US research firm MRG finding in its recent IPTV Global Forecast Report that by the end of 2008 the number IPTV subscribers ended up around one million higher than its previous forecast in late 2008 and reached 21.3 million. This figure is forecast to increase from 26.9 million by end-2009 to over 81 million in 2013.Having got to this point through industry-wide experimentation with evolving technologies, business models and consumer expectations, it appears that what is needed now is a concerted focus on standards-based technologies and interoperability, allied to such things as more sophisticated content discovery engines and search tools, more efficient compression and content distribution technologies, and software that enables the delivery of increasingly advanced converged services, whilst cutting down on time-consuming and expensive integration battles.Yet paramount to all the above, says Terry Denson, vice-president of content strategy and acquisition at Verizon, is customer service: “Consumers are willing to give new providers and technologies a chance, provided the consumer’s experience with the provider is positive.”Written by Jamie Beach, online editor, IPTV News website (www.iptv-news.com; Jamie.Beach@informa.com). Paul Berriman spoke at the 2009 IPTV World Forum on March 23-25, and will also participate in the IPTV Forum Asia in Hong Kong on December 1 and 2. Richard Griffiths, Ben Schwarz, Richard Halton, Rahul Chakkara, Lisa Feliciantonio, Myles MacBean, Peter Li, Christopher Schläffer and Simon Amselem spoke at the IPTV World Forum in London from March 23-25 this year. Thomas Lemaire, Terry Denson and Madeleine Forrer spoke at the IP&TV Forum North America on July 21-22.last_img read more

Its a story that has stunned the publicLast week

first_imgIt’s a story that has stunned the public.Last week, a report by The Times of London found that in 2011, the national director for Oxfam in Haiti and senior aid workers hired local sex workers while working in the country. After an internal investigation, the Times reported, Oxfam accepted the resignations of three men and fired four for gross misconduct.At the time, the charity was providing relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.Across social media, critics and Oxfam donors expressed their outrage.For staffers and researchers in the humanitarian sector, the incident in Haiti was disturbing — but not shocking. For decades, there have been reports of relief workers sexually exploiting the very people they are trying to help.”I wasn’t surprised by the revelations. This is a sector-wide problem,” says Megan Nobert, a human rights lawyer and founder of Report the Abuse, a project that researched sexual offenses by aid staffers from 2015 to 2017. “It’s one that’s affecting not just Oxfam but [also] the U.N. and small NGOs.”For this reason, most aid groups have ethical codes of conduct that explicitly prohibit sexual exploitation, which the U.N., in their own ethics handbook, calls a “catastrophic failure” to protect those they serve.In the past, when a scandal like this was exposed, “the world was horrified for a short period of time. Aid groups would say it’s terrible, we’re going to strengthen our systems and everybody is appeased,” says Paula Donovan, head of Code Blue, a campaign to end impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. personnel. “Then it happens again.”Aid observers think that in this era of #MeToo — the movement against sexual assault in the workplace — momentum is finally building for a new commitment in the aid community to zero tolerance.For this reason, Donovan thinks that the Oxfam incident could trigger real change in the sector. “There’s a perfect storm now,” she says.A history of sexual exploitation The reports of sexual abuses in the aid industry cover a variety of victims, behaviors and organizations. Sometimes these incidents involve aid workers assaulting their colleagues. For two years, Nobert collected stories of staffer-on-staffer violence from more than 1,000 individuals for Report the Abuse, published in a report in 2017.But the Oxfam scandal focuses on a different type of problem: humanitarian workers who sexually assault aid recipients. The workers may be employed by an aid group or be part of the U.N. peacekeeper force.The forms of exploitation include range from sexual harassment to buying sex and bartering for sex to sex with a minor and rape, according to a document prepared by the U.N. in 2016.And for aid workers who have wondered whether hiring a sex worker is truly grounds for dismissal, a task force created by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee — whose members include U.N. agencies, the WHO and the World Bank — makes it clear: “In most communities, the vast majority of women in prostitution don’t want to be there,” it states in an FAQ on its website. “Exploitative sex [is] one of the few avenues they have for obtaining money to meet basic needs.”It’s hard to say how widespread this problem is. “Anecdotally, we know that this happens, though getting exact data collected and published has not always been common protocol,” says Nobert.In the wake of the Oxfam scandal, however, a number of cases involving some of the major aid agencies have emerged. World Vision told Reuters on Tuesday that there were 10 incidents with volunteers or staff in 2016 “involving either sexual exploitation or abuse of a child involved in one of the charity’s activities.”There have been incidents reported in the past as well.In 2002, after mounting concerns about sexual violence by aid workers and U.N. employees against children in West Africa, Save the Children and UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, investigated the issue in a report. In a survey of 1,500 adults and children, researchers collected allegations of abuse and exploitation against 67 individuals. They found cases of staffers who traded humanitarian aid, like cooking oil and bulgur wheat for sex with girls under 18.A few years later, spurred by a high-level U.N. meeting on sexual violence among staffers in 2006, Save the Children conducted another investigation, this time in Haiti, Sudan and the Ivory Coast. It found that aid workers from a number of organizations had asked children for “lesbian sexual displays,” filmed girls engaging in sexual activity in exchange for food rations or U.S. dollars.Other cases have centered around sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers, who travel to disaster and conflict zones to protect civilians. A U.N. report found that in 2014, U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, largely from a French military force, were sexually abusing children in exchange for food or money. Some of the children were as young as 8 years old.Donovan says that the peacekeepers also engage in sexual relations with women of child-bearing age — and there’s even a nickname for babies to women who become pregnant: “peacekeeper babies.”And just because it happens doesn’t make it OK. “That humanitarian aid workers assist them in the day and at night and exploit and abuse their extraordinarily unfortunate situation for their own pleasure — it’s appalling,” she says.Many Western charities and the U.N. have clear policies in place that prohibit such sexual exploitation. In a 2003 document, the U.N. states that acts of sexual exploitation are grounds for dismissal. Codes of conduct from Western charities like the Danish Refugee Council and the Lutheran World Federation, from 2007 and 2005, respectively, have similar language for its staffers.Unpunished acts So then why does this behavior persist?”We have the guidelines, policies, procedures in place to prevent this. That’s not lacking,” says Judith Greenwood, head of the CHS Alliance, a charity network based in Geneva. In 2016, her group hosted a conference in Bangkok to explore ways that aid groups could improve investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation.”What’s lacking,” says Greenwood, “is the application.”Studies and reports have shown that sex offenses committed by staffers often happen without serious consequences to the perpetrators and that justice is rarely brought to victims. A 2015 independent report on the U.N. peacekeepers’ sex crimes, for example, detailed a “gross institutional failure to respond to the allegations in a meaningful way.”Even Oxfam acknowledges its failings in a February 9 press release: “We have not done enough to change our own culture and to create the strongest possible policies to prevent harassment and protect people we work with around the world.”Seeking solutionsEven before the Oxfam outrage, there were signs of change. In 2015, Donovan’s campaign, Code Blue, was created to keep up the pressure to end sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and seek justice for the victims. Its name hearkens to the peacekeepers’ iconic blue helmets.In January 2017, just days after he took office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres created a high-level task force to tackle the peacekeeper problem internally.Still, more needs to be done, says Greenwood.For one, aid groups need to do a better job of vetting employees, says Paul Spiegel, who directs the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University. “Aid workers are recycled among different organizations because people are desperate to find staffers to go to these places at times.”As for offenders: “Maybe you need to be blackballed in the community,” he says. “This person could never be hired again.”Oxfam acknowledges that Roland van Hauwermeiren, the head of mission in Haiti who hired the sex workers in 2011, had also paid for sex while stationed in Chad in 2006. The charity had known about the allegation yet still hired him to work in Haiti four years later.Since the Oxfam story broke last week, the charity shared how it plans to regain the trust of the people it aims to help. It will hire an independent body to look through past cases of sexual abuse at the charity to see if they can be reopened. It has set up a confidential whistleblowing hotline. It promises to do a better at checking the background of potential hires.Oxfam’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, stepped down on Monday, taking “full responsibility” for the Haiti incident, which happened under her watch.And Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, told NPR that the group will work with local authorities in Haiti to achieve justice for the women who were abused by the staffers. “For some [victims], that might mean helping them find better jobs, or helping them find markets [where they can sell goods],” she says, with the ultimate purpose of “restoring dignity.”Both Greenwood’s group and Nobert have given credit to Oxfam for the steps it has taken.Meanwhile, there could be financial consequences, not just for Oxfam but for other British charities. The United Kingdom, which gives $45 million to Oxfam annually, threatened to cut funding to overseas aid agencies if they fail to address sexual exploitation by their employees and volunteers in the field.”Unless you safeguard everyone your organization comes into contact with, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, we will not fund you,” said Penny Mordaunt, U.K. secretary of state for international development at a conference in Stockholm on Wednesday.These “respectful demands for humanitarian organizations to do better has helped hold us accountable, has helped us move forward,” says Nobert, founder of Report the Abuse.But even a critic like Nobert, who in 2015, spoke publicly about being drugged and raped by a U.N. supplier while on a mission to South Sudan, stands by the work of these organizations.”Don’t stop funding these groups. Not every humanitarian is committing acts of sexual abuse,” she says. “The vast majority go to [the field] to alleviate poverty and help people.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Chimps owned by the National Institutes of Health

first_imgChimps owned by the National Institutes of Health should be moved from research facilities to retirement sanctuaries unless that relocation is “extremely likely” to shorten their lives, a report issued Friday says.”Chimpanzees should be relocated to the federal sanctuary system unless relocation would place the chimpanzee’s life, safety, and welfare at extreme risk,” says the report from a working group convened by the NIH to examine the safety of transferring chimps to retirement homes.If there’s disagreement between a lab and a sanctuary about whether to relocate a chimpanzee, the group recommended that “independent expert veterinary opinion should be sought to inform the relocation decision.”The report comes in the wake of a recent controversy about whether moving frail or elderly chimps away from their familiar setting was unduly stressing them and endangering their health.Some animal welfare advocates maintain that Chimp Haven, a refuge of 200 acres in Louisiana, offers the chimps a naturally forested habitat where the animals can enjoy freedom impossible to achieve in a lab. Even though all NIH-owned chimps are housed in social groups with access to the outdoors and climbing structures, advocates say the animals should be moved to sanctuaries.”We are pleased that the working group report emphasizes relocation for as many chimpanzees as possible and we will be pushing to make sure every chimpanzee is relocated to Chimp Haven,” says Kathleen Conlee, vice president of animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States. She notes that “there are numerous examples of chimpanzees thriving once they are retired to sanctuary.”But some have argued that old, sick chimps shouldn’t be forced to leave their long-term homes and caretakers, and they point to deaths that occurred after chimps were transferred to Chimp Haven as evidence that animals suffered from the change.The NIH has been working to retire its research chimps ever since 2011, when a major study concluded that the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research had become largely unnecessary. As of March 2018, the NIH owns or supports 504 chimpanzees, and 232 already live in the federal sanctuary system.Of the 272 chimps that haven’t yet been moved to sanctuary, 177 have chronic health conditions that could potentially increase the risk of health problems related to the stress of relocation, according to the report.The report makes a number of recommendations, including that veterinary records must be shared between the sending and receiving facilities and that both should collaborate “to jointly expand the technical assistance available to the receiving facility to care for at-risk chimpanzees.”The working group also concluded that the NIH needs more information in the chimps it owns, saying the agency only had general information. “The NIH therefore lacks the data necessary to proactively assess the health of individual chimpanzees in its colony, track chimpanzees over time, or conduct its own population or actuarial research,” the report said.The working group’s findings are being presented to the NIH’s Council of Councils, an advisory group, which will submit the report along with its own recommendations to the NIH. NIH will then open a 60-day public comment period before the NIH director makes a decision about how to proceed. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Theres no shortage of news and feature stories ab

first_imgThere’s no shortage of news and feature stories about addiction. Oftentimes, they follow a similar narrative — from painkillers overprescribed, to heart-wrenching family interventions, to challenging stints in rehab, to the happy endings of sobriety.But for people who have lived through addiction, a lifetime remains after initial treatment ends. What happens next?For many of those in recovery, the true test of sobriety comes not during the initial stages of treatment but in the months, years and decades to follow. After the addiction ends, the situational causes and contributors of it are likely to persist.Here’s what journalist Maia Szalavitz wrote in Scientific American:If we want to reduce opioid addiction, we have to target the real risk factors for it: child trauma, mental illness and unemployment…Many people would prefer it if we could solve addiction problems by busting dealers and cracking down on doctors. The reality, however, is that as long as there is distress and despair, some people are going to seek chemical ways to feel better. Only when we can steer them towards healthier—or at least, less harmful—ways of self-medication, and only when we reach children before they develop this type of desperation, will we be able to reduce addiction and the problems that come with it.Addressing the risk factors can help prevent addiction and help those who relapse.What happens after treatment ends?Show produced by Bianca Martin.GUESTSSam Arsenault, Director, National Treatment Quality Initiatives at Shatterproof, a national nonprofit; @PHwithSamBarry Grant, Director of Outpatient Services, Hope House Treatment Centers in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area; certified chemical dependency counselor; @risewithbarryBrooke Feldman, A person in recovery; social worker; writer; advocate; currently serves as the Philadelphia Center Manager for CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine; @BrookeM_FeldmanFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

At IO Android Takes Backseat to Machine Learning

first_img –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Google I/O is ostensibly about the future of Android, but that changed in 2016 when CEO Sundar Pichai put the AI-powered Google Assistant and machine learning at the forefront, a trend that continued at this year’s show.At I/O 2017, the phrase “going from mobile first to AI first,” was repeated throughout the opening sessions and definitely set the tone.In addition to adding to its collection of open-source neural net technology, Google also introduced a more advanced Tensor Flow Unit (TCU), a piece of hardware designed specifically for running and training neural nets. This technology has been made available to developers and researchers on the cloud, and Google doubled down with 1,000 units available for research organizations.The average consumer, however, will likely experience Google’s machine-learning efforts via the Google Assistant. Developers can now build special Actions for this super-powered chatbot, which expands what the Assistant can do. Google unveiled new tools to make interactions like purchases seamless, opening the door for the Assistant to become a money-making platform for developers.In addition to the ascendance of the Assistant, it was interesting to see all the places where mobile phones were absent. A new Android-based, in-car control system highlighted the Assistant, but doesn’t require a phone. Google Home is getting a slew of updates, but voice calls don’t require a phone; Home will now simply call numbers, for free. It’s a startling move, partly because of its convenience but especially because this is exactly the context where we would expect to see crossover with Android devices.Popular Google platform iPhoneOne noticable point was the number of times the iPhone was mentioned during the series of keynotes at Google I/O. These weren’t offered as points of comparison to show Android’s superiority. Instead, Google treated the iPhone almost as if it were another platform for its developers.It started when the Google Assistant debuted in the less-than-popular chat app Allo, which launched simultaneously on iPhone and Android. The Assistant next appeared exclusive in the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but now the Assistant will be everywhere: in cars, in TVs and, yes, in the iPhone. Now that developers can write Actions for the Assistant, it effectively turns the iPhone into an extension of Google’s existing platforms.The pieces of AndroidAndroid isn’t going away, clearly. Sessions focusing on the changes coming in Android O highlighted new tools and efforts to make developing for Android easier. But there was also a sense of tension as Google starts to take back more and more control of the Android platform. If developers want to target their apps for the new Android O, they have to use the OS’s new notification channels. If not, developers were told in a session, notifications will be dropped.Android is also popping up in more places beyond the phone. A stripped-down, hardened version of Android will power Google’s IoT platform called Android Things. Several of the changes coming to O regarding power and processor use are also coming to Android Wear, with additional restrictions.The real question is not what the future of Android will be. With 2 billion active monthly users on Android, it’s clearly a major player in the Googleverse. Rather, Google is pushing hard to turn Android developers into Google Assistant developers, Google Home Actions developers and web developers using the latest tools available in Chrome. That transition is going to be key toward Google becoming an AI first company. Software Analyst Next Article As Google puts its machine learning at the forefront, Android is just another platform. May 19, 2017 Add to Queuecenter_img Android Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Google via PC Mag Max Eddy 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag At I/O, Android Takes Backseat to Machine Learninglast_img read more

Marijuana and Parenting Study Finds They Go Well Together

first_img Yet another study has blown apart the age-old stereotype of cannabis users as lazy stoners who have trouble getting off the couch.A study released this month surveyed parents of children under the age of 18, of whom 77 percent had a household income of $75,000 or more–hardly the economic province of the lazy.The study found that of this group, 35 percent frequently use cannabis before doing that all-American activity with their kids: watching TV.And they aren’t doing so to “zone out.”  A majority said that cannabis enhances their TV time with the family, making them more engaged both with the kids and the content they are watching.Related: To Drug Test or Not to Drug Test?Altering the StereotypeThe study was conducted by Minor & Co. Studio, a New York City-based marketing research company. The findings undermine the way many continue to view those who use marijuana.“The stoner stereotype is so prevalent and persistent in TV and media that it continues to stigmatize those for whom cannabis is part of their active and healthful lifestyle,” Robert Miner, president of Miner & Co. Studio, said in a release accompanying the study findings.Eight out of 10 respondents, all of whom live in states where cannabis is legal for adult and medical use, said they “regularly” use cannabis before watching television with the family.  They also said that:Cannabis makes TV watching with kids more enjoyableThey spend more time with their kids watching their shows when using cannabisThey are more engaged to discuss the showsThey “bond” more with their kids and become more likely to seek out shows from their own childhood to watch with their kidsMarijuana and good parenting? That seems to be the case with the study’s findings.Related: California’s ‘Pot Desert’ ProblemPay Attention, Network ExecutivesMinor & Co. points out that the study findings should be of great interest to network executives. That’s primarily because parents who use cannabis said they watch more television, are more engaged and are more willing to try out new content.The study also shows that these parents have outgrown the very stereotypes that the media they watch depicts. Seventy percent said they use marijuana for medical purposes or to enhance their well-being or social experiences.They also don’t see themselves as stoners. Rather, the words they used to describe themselves included “mindful,” “present,” “active” and “professional.” A majority also said they do not relate to the forgettable, bumbling characters that movies and television often portray as being cannabis users.The respondents voiced hope that TV creatives would move past the stereotypes because how they present cannabis users has a significant impact on how people perceive them.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Researchers say cannabis makes watching TV with the kids more enjoyable. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Guest Writer dispensaries.com News and Trends 3 min read Subscribe Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. June 26, 2018 Marijuana and Parenting? Study Finds They Go Well Together. –shares Image credit: MoMo Productions | Getty Images Add to Queue Next Article Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

Bae Takeaway Skillset and Curated Top the List of Words Wed Like

first_img Next Article Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Pixabay As 2014 winded to a close, we were confronted with what seemed like an endless procession of “Word of the Year” pronouncements. “Vape” was crowned Oxford Dictionaries word of the year, “culture” nabbed Webster-Merriam’s top spot, while the Global Language Monitor went the unconventional route of selecting the heart emoji for its top word of 2014.I guess this is all well and good, but what about the words that, thanks to overuse, misuse, or down right blahness, we’d like to see expire along with the year? What words should be banned from entering 2015?Luckily, the folks at Michigan’s Lake Superior State University are on it. For the past 40 years, the institution has compiled an annual list of words — culled from nominations made through the university’s website and ultimately finalized by a committee — which should be “banished from the Queen’s English for mis-use, over-use and general uselessness.”Some of the selections for 2014 stemmed from overall frustration and fatigue with cultural terms. “Bae” was one of the most nominated contenders and deemed “the most annoying term of affection to show up in years,” while “foodie” was dismissed as “ridiculous.” But the majority of the words on the list are business-speak at its worst.Related: For the First Time, an Emoji Has Been Named the Most Popular Word of the Year”Skill set,” “curate,” and “takeaway” were all taken to task for, among other things, pretentiousness, over-use and general uselessness. As anyone who has a LinkedIn account or has attended any kind of corporate meeting can tell you, these works are everywhere (explore our site, and you’ll find we’re guilty of it here). The overarching reasoning behind their elimination is that they have become pointless, “jargon-y” fluff. “Skill set” just means skill (“A skill is a skill — that is it,” wrote Stephanie Hamm-Wieczkiewick from Litfield Park, Ariz. in support of getting rid of the word), “curate” is too often an unnecessarily pretentious way of saying “select” (“It used to have a special significance reserved mainly for fine art and museums. Now everything is curated,” wrote Samantha McCormick from Kirkland, Wash.) and “takeaway” has been overused into meaninglessness (“I have heard Jon Stewart use it. I’ve heard Charlie Rose use it, as well as countless numbers of news talking heads, usually for all the wrong reason,” wrote John Prokop from Oakland, Calif).Are there more pressing business terms that need to be eliminated for good? If you have some suggestions for corporate jargon that needs to go, tell us in the comments below.Related: Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say ‘Bae,’ ‘Takeaway,’ ‘Skillset’ and ‘Curated’ Top the List of Words We’d Like to See Banned in 2015 News and Trends 3 min read Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now » –shares Laura Entis December 31, 2014last_img read more

Britain says Facebook must go further in data scandal

Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to rein in the leakage of data to outside developers and third-party apps Britain’s culture minister says Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to fix problems at his social media company aren’t going ‘far enough’ Citation: Britain says Facebook must go further in data scandal (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-britain-facebook-scandal.html A scandal erupted last weekend when a whistleblower revealed that British data consultant Cambridge Analytica (CA) had created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app.Matt Hancock, Britain’s minister for culture and digital, said it should not be down to companies such as Facebook to set their own rules on data privacy.”Zuckerberg has apologised and said that they are going to make some changes, but frankly I don’t think those changes go far enough,” he told BBC radio.”It shouldn’t be for a company to decide what is the appropriate balance between privacy and innovation and use of data, those rules should be set by society as a whole and so set by parliament.”That’s the approach that we are taking—the big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law.”Zuckerberg has vowed to “step up” to fix problems at the social media giant, as it fights a snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users.He announced new steps to rein in the leakage of data to outside developers and third-party apps, while giving users more control over their information.’Huge’ trust breach: FacebookThe scandal has wiped out around $60 billion (48 billion euros) of Facebook’s market value since Monday, Bloomberg news reported. US FTC probing Facebook data scandal: media Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said the situation was “extraordinarily serious” for the company.Facebook says it discovered last week that CA may not have deleted the data as it certified.CA “should never have had access to any of this data” and Facebook felt “absolutely” misled by the British firm, Cox told BBC radio.”We asked them multiple times and they told us they didn’t have anything. Which is really infuriating.”It was a huge breach of trust where lots of data may have made its way into the wrong hands.”He said Facebook’s business model relied upon the company protecting people’s data so they can share information securely.Restoring public trust in Facebook depends on the next steps and will “take a long time, but it’s something we’re committed to”, said Cox.World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee described the scandal as a “serious moment for the web’s future”.The British scientist said it was time for all internet users to “build a web that reflects our hopes and fulfils our dreams more than it magnifies our fears and deepens our divisions”.”I can imagine Mark Zuckerberg is devastated that his creation has been abused and misused,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that “some days I have the same feeling”.”I would say to him: You can fix it. It won’t be easy but if companies work with governments, activists, academics and web users we can make sure platforms serve humanity.” © 2018 AFP Explore further Britain’s culture minister said Thursday that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to fix problems at the world’s biggest social media network did not go far enough. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Apple to build new Austin hub expand in other tech hotbeds

first_imgApple employee Daniel Trevino poses for a photo with Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Vice President of People, after an announcement about Apple’s new campus in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax cut on overseas profits, which prompted the company to bring about $250 billion back to the U.S.The company said it will also open offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, each employing at least 1,000 workers over the next three years. Apple also pledged to add hundreds of jobs each in New York; Pittsburgh; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.”They are just picking America’s most established superstar cities and tech hubs,” said Richard Florida, an urban development expert at the University of Toronto.Apple’s scattershot expansion reflects the increasing competition for engineers in Silicon Valley, which has long been the world’s high-tech capital. The bidding for programmers is driving salaries higher, which in turn is catapulting the average prices of homes in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area above $1 million. Many high-tech workers are thus choosing to live elsewhere, causing major tech employers such as Apple, Amazon and Google to look in new places for the employees they need to pursue their future ambitions. The spots where Amazon and Apple decided to expand were obvious choices, based on an analysis released earlier this year by CBRE Research. Washington, D.C., ranked as the third best place in North America for tech talent, behind Silicon Valley and Seattle. New York ranked fifth and Austin sixth. No. 4 was outside the U.S.: Toronto.The new Austin campus, with about 3 million square feet (nearly 280,000 square meters) of office space, will be about a mile from another large office that Apple opened five years ago. Apple currently employs about 6,200 workers in Austin, making it the company’s largest hub outside Silicon Valley even before the expansion.The new jobs are expected to mirror the same mix Apple already has at its Cupertino, California, headquarters, ranging from jobs in technology and research that pay well over $100,000 to lower-paying positions in customer call centers. Austin Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Phil Wilson described jobs that Apple will be adding as “mid-skill” and “good-paying.”Virtually all of the jobs in Seattle and San Diego will be in technology—a field where six-figure paychecks plus stock options are standard. The jobs in Culver City, about eight miles from Hollywood, will also be in digital music and video, two areas Apple is expanding in to boost its subscription entertainment offerings.While much of the $250 billion overseas profits has been earmarked for buying back company stock and paying higher shareholder dividends, Apple pledged in January to finance more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years. It also committed to creating more than 20,000 more U.S. jobs during that same time frame. After adding 6,000 jobs, Apple said it now has 90,000 U.S. workers and is on track to fulfill its expansion pledge on schedule. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, speaks with Austin Mayor Steve Adler during an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or ZIP code,” Cook said in a statement.Cities around the country offered financial incentives in an attempt to land Apple’s new campus, but Cook avoided a high-profile competition that pitted them against one another, as Amazon had before deciding to build huge new offices in New York and Virginia.Amazon could receive up to $2.8 billion in incentives in New York, depending on how many it ultimately hires there, and up to $750 million in Virginia. Apple will receive up to $25 million from a jobs-creation fund in Texas in addition to property-tax rebates, which still need approval. The figure is expected to be a small fraction of what Amazon received.The government incentives offered to Apple seem “more in the line of normal business site selection” compared with Amazon’s public “shakedown,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Center. Apple unveils plan for $1 bn campus in Texas, US expansion Explore further “There’s a growing backlash in the country against the entire process of subsides and relocation inducements,” Muro said. “That said, the Apple numbers for a very significant increase in jobs are much less eye-popping than the Amazon numbers.” Apple employees attend an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about Apple’s new campus announcement as Apple employees listen in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)center_img Apple employees attend an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, the Apple logo is shown at a store in Miami Beach, Fla. Apple released a statement early Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, saying it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. The company’s statement says its plans also include establishing locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Vice President of People, speaks during an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) In this May 31, 2018, file photo, customers enter the Apple store, in New York. Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, the Apple logo is shown at a store in Miami Beach, Fla. Apple released a statement early Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, saying it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. The company’s statement says its plans also include establishing locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) Where U.S. companies open new facilities or plants has had the potential for public and political backlash.That potential intensified under the Trump administration, which has pushed companies to keep more of their operations in the U.S.While Cook has steered mostly clear of President Donald Trump’s ire, Apple received some pushback three months ago. Apple sent a letter to the U.S. trade representative warning that the burgeoning trade war with China and rising tariffs could force higher prices for U.S. consumers. Trump in a tweet told Apple to start making its products in the U.S., and not China. Apple uses plants in China and elsewhere to produce components and assemble its products.Cities have been eager to bring in more tech employers because their hires often make six-figure salaries. That can ripple through the economy, with new employees filling restaurants and theaters, buying property and paying taxes.But an influx of affluent tech workers can also drive up rent and home prices, making it more difficult for those in lower-paying jobs to make ends meet. “When tech companies invest in a place and try to hire thousands of workers, it is of course good news for tech workers who are already there and want to be there,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist for employment website Indeed.com. “But it can put a strain on the housing market and transportation.”Austin might not feel the stress as much as some other places, Kolko said, because it already has been building more housing in anticipation of more tech employment.Austin’s tech industries accounted for nearly 140,000 local jobs, or 14 percent of Austin’s total employment, about twice the national average, according to the city’s chamber of commerce.Apple opened its first office in Austin a quarter century ago, and Dell’s headquarters are in nearby Round Rock. Google, Facebook and IBM are among the other notable tech companies with satellite offices in Austin.Austin landed another coup in July when the U.S. Army announced plans for a “Futures Command” center to train soldiers and develop technology to combat threats from places like China and Russia.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hailed Apple’s new campus as a milestone development that “truly elevates Austin as one of the premier technology hubs in the entire world.” Citation: Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds (2018, December 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-apple-deepens-austin-ties-east.html Apple employees attend an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Apple employees attend an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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