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Eco-friendly, lab-grown coffee is on the way, but it comes with a catch

Eco-friendly, lab-grown coffee is on the way, but it comes with a catch

Green lightEnvironmentEco-friendly, lab-grown coffee is on the way, but it comes with a catchBeanless brews can cut deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically – but what will happen to workers in traditional coffee-growing regions? Supported byAbout this contentNadra NittleSat 16 Oct 2021 06.00 EDTHeiko Rischer isn’t quite sure how to describe the taste of lab-grown coffee. This summer he sampled one of the first batches in the world produced from cell cultures rather than coffee beans.“To describe it is difficult but, for me, it was in between a coffee and a black tea,” said Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which developed the coffee. “It depends really on the roasting grade, and this was a bit of a lighter roast, so it had a little bit more of a tea-like sensation.”Rischer couldn’t swallow the coffee, as this cellular agriculture innovation is not yet approved for public consumption. Instead, he swirled the liquid around in his mouth and spit it out. He predicts that VTT’s lab-grown coffee could get regulatory approval in Europe and the US in about four years’ time, paving the way for a commercialized product that could have a much lower climate impact than conventional coffee.The coffee industry is both a contributor to the climate crisis and very vulnerable to its effects. Rising demand for coffee has been linked to deforestation in developing nations, damaging biodiversity and releasing carbon emissions. At …

A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him

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A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him

Climate crimesClimate crisisA US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him The mayor of Imperial Beach, California, says big oil wants him to drop the lawsuit demanding the industry pay for the climate crisisSupported byAbout this contentChris McGreal in Imperial BeachSat 16 Oct 2021 06.00 EDTSerge Dedina is a surfer, environmentalist and mayor of Imperial Beach, a small working-class city on the California coast.He is also, if the fossil fuel industry is to be believed, at the heart of a conspiracy to shake down big oil for hundreds of millions of dollars.Imperial Beach, CaliforniaExxonMobil and its allies have accused Dedina of colluding with other public officials across California to extort money from the fossil-fuel industry. Lawyers even searched his phone and computer for evidence he plotted with officials from Santa Cruz, a city located nearly 500 miles north of Imperial Beach.The problem is, Dedina had never heard of a Santa Cruz conspiracy. Few people had.“The only thing from Santa Cruz on my phone was videos of my kids surfing there,” Dedina said. “I love the fact that some lawyer in a really expensive suit, sitting in some horrible office trying to find evidence that we were in some kind of conspiracy with Santa Cruz, had to look at videos of my kids surfing.”That’s where the laughter stopped.The lawyers found no evidence to back up their claim. But that did not stop the …

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How did Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin fail to dominate the billionaire space race?

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How did Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin fail to dominate the billionaire space race?

Blue OriginHow did Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin fail to dominate the billionaire space race?The company employs the world’s top engineers and has access to unlimited money but is plagued by safety concerns and toxic workplace culture Daniel OberhausSat 16 Oct 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 16 Oct 2021 12.44 EDTThe billionaire space race is only a race by name. In actuality, there is SpaceX – and everyone else.Only the company founded by Elon Musk nearly two decades ago has sent an orbital rocket booster into space and landed it safely again. Only SpaceX has landed a rocket the size of a 15-storey building on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean. Only SpaceX has carried both Nasa astronauts and private citizens to the International Space Station. Only SpaceX is producing thousands of its own table-sized communication satellites every year. Only SpaceX has the almost weekly launch cadence necessary to single-handedly double the number of operational satellites in orbit in less than two years. Only SpaceX is launching prototypes of the largest and most powerful rocket ever made, a behemoth called Starship that is destined to carry humans to the moon.SpaceX’s total dominance of the rocket industry is not what you would expect.There is more innovation happening in the commercial space sector today than at any time in history and the launch services sector is particularly competitive. Relativity Space is building the world’s first 3D-printed rocket and plans to …

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Italy: UNI to march in solidarity with CGIL after far-right attack

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Italy:  UNI to march in solidarity with CGIL after far-right attack

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Italy: Trade unions hold Rome rally against fascism

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Italy: Trade unions hold Rome rally against fascism

Rome rally organised in response to attack on CGIL trade union base. An anti-fascist rally in defence of “work and democracy” is to be held in Rome on the afternoon of Saturday 16 October.The demonstration has been called by the CGIL trade union whose Rome headquarters was stormed during a protest last weekend against the Green Pass, a certificate showing that people have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from covid-19.As of Friday 15 October the Green Pass is required by all public and private sector workers in Italy.CGIL has been joined by the CISL and UIL unions in calling the ‘Mai più fascismi’ demonstration, scheduled at 14.00 in Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano, an historic venue associated with trade unions and the left.The attack on the CGIL base was condemned by the government and across the political spectrum.Leaders of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova were subsequently arrested on charges of allegedly orchestrating the violence and the group’s website was taken offline pending a criminal investigation.”It was an attack on democracy” – said CGIL secretary general Maurizio Landini – “If anyone has thought of intimidating us… they must know that CGIL and the workers’ movement have defeated fascism in this country and regained democracy…they don’t scare us”.[embedded content]Landini appealed to “to all associations, political forces, democratic citizens, to all be united on the 16th to give an answer to the country and give a sign to Europe.”During the rally union leaders will call for the dissolution by law of all pro-fascist organisations, a prospect that is already under debate at parliamentary level in relation to Forza Nuova.Saturday’s demonstration has political support from the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) and left-wing LeU group of health minister Roberto Speranza.Rome votes for new mayorHowever the right-wing Lega is boycotting the event, which is being held on the eve of a run-off mayoral vote between the centre-right Enrico Michetti and the centre-left Roberto Gualtieri (PD).Lega leader Matteo Salvini claimed the Rome rally is being “organised by the left on the day of electoral silence, before the run-off”.Green PassThe anti-fascist rally also takes place against the backdrop of tensions over Italy’s Green Pass. Workers who violate the rules risk heavy fines and being suspended from their jobs without pay.Protests against the Green Pass in Italy had begun to fizzle out over the summer however there have been renewed tensions in recent days.Details about the Green Pass can be found – in Italian – on the Certificazione Verde website. For official information about the covid-19 situation in Italy – in English – see the health ministry website.

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U.S. confirms it will accept Canadian travellers with mixed vaccines

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U.S. confirms it will accept Canadian travellers with mixed vaccines

Following weeks of speculation, the United States announced late Friday it will accept mixed vaccines when new rules kick in on Nov. 8 requiring all foreign travellers to the country to be fully vaccinated.This post was originally published on this site

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Because bonuses did not preclude use of fluctuating workweek method, overtime award reversed

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Because bonuses did not preclude use of fluctuating workweek method, overtime award reversed

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D. Reversing a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an employee alleging he was denied overtime pay in violation of the FLSA, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the employer’s practice of paying salaried nonexempt employees two types of bonuses—a night shift premium and holiday pay—on top of a fixed salary did not preclude it from using the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of calculating overtime. After reviewing the statutory text, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Missel, and regulatory guidance, the appeals court squarely rejected the employee’s contention that all payments to an employee other than overtime pay must be deemed part of his fixed salary, explaining that “compensation an employee receives is not the same as the fixed salary; the salary is a subset of the employee’s compensation” (Hernandez v Plastipak Packaging, Inc., October 13, 2021, Luck, R.). The employee worked at a plastic packaging company’s manufacturing facility and was classified as a salaried “nonexempt” employee. His weekly hours varied, and the employer paid him his full fixed biweekly salary of $1,964.99 regardless of total hours worked, while also paying him an overtime premium using the FWW method to calculate his overtime pay. Generous compensation package. Using a more generous FWW version to determine the employee’s overtime pay, the employer calculated his regular rate for a given week by dividing his weekly salary by 40, rather than by the total number of hours he actually worked that week. It also paid him his full regular rate for the overtime hours, even though the FLSA requires only that employees be paid a minimum of half the regular rate for those hours. The employee also received a $30 shift premium when he worked the night shift for a week. If he worked less than a full week on the night shift, the premium was prorated based on the number of night hours he had worked ($0.75 extra each hour). In addition, he received a “holiday pay” bonus. When he did not work on a holiday, he was credited for eight hours. If he did work on a holiday, he was credited as having worked an additional eight hours beyond the actual time he worked that day, so long as he worked the scheduled workdays before and after the holiday. District court proceedings. In 2017, the employee brought the instant action asserting violation of the FLSA’s overtime provisions. The district court granted summary judgment in his favor and awarded him $1,870.52, ruling that the employer was precluded from using the FWW method since it did not pay him “a fixed salary that does not vary with the number of hours worked” in a week; rather, his salary varied by the payment of the extra premium and bonuses. Faulty reasoning. The Eleventh Circuit disagreed and reversed, ruling after an extensive analysis “that providing an employee with additional compensation, like production bonuses or holiday pay, on top of his fixed salary is not inconsistent with the FWW method.” The appeals …

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Crossing Cultures: Unpacking the Expatriate Learning and Adjustment Process over Time

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Crossing Cultures: Unpacking the Expatriate Learning and Adjustment Process over Time

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40% of employed Americans will only consider remote or hybrid job offers

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40% of employed Americans will only consider remote or hybrid job offers

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Spurred by the remote working environments brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, American employees may now be showing a greater interest in flexible work opportunities, including for companies based outside of their geographic regions, according to a survey released today by Yoh.One in four employed Americans, 40%, reported that if they were looking for a job in the next few months, they would only consider work that was at least part time out of the traditional office; this includes 24% who said they would only consider hybrid work and 16% who would only consider remote work.Twenty-five percent also said that if they were to consider a job in the next few months, they would consider a job outside of their geographical location if a remote opportunity presented itself.Additional survey findings include:Those in higher income households more likely to consider remote opportunities outside geographical area. Employees with an annual household income of $75,000 to $99,000 (31%) and $100,000-plus (27%) are more likely than those with an annual household income of less than $50,000 (17%) to say they would consider remote work outside of their geographical region if they were to consider a new job in the next few months.Those in lower income households are more likely to consider in-person jobs. Twenty-one percent of employed Americans with annual household incomes of less than $50,000 said that they would only consider strictly in-person job opportunities if they were considering a new job in the next few months, compared to only 8% of those with a household income of $75,000 to $99,900 and 11% of those with a household income of more than $100,000.Married Americans more likely to be interested in hybrid work environments. Thirty-one percent of employed, married Americans said that they would only consider hybrid (combination of in-person and remote work) job opportunities if they were to consider a new job in the next few months, compared to only 16% of unmarried, employed Americans.“The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans work and, in turn, the workforce has become more open to, and could actually prefer, working remotely or on a hybrid basis. As indicated by the survey, it’s clear that companies looking to fill positions no longer need to limit candidate pools by location as some Americans are interested in remote work,” said Yoh President Emmett McGrath. “With this flexible workforce, employers can truly prioritize finding highly skilled candidates who are the best fit for the role and the company. Companies have an opportunity to expand their talent pools, however, it’s still a challenge to put the right processes in place to find, recruit and place them into their organization.”

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40% of employed Americans will only consider remote or hybrid job offers: Yoh

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40% of employed Americans will only consider remote or hybrid job offers: Yoh

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October 15, 2021

Spurred by the remote working environments brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, American employees may now be showing a greater interest in flexible work opportunities, including for companies based outside of their geographic regions, according to a survey released today by Yoh.One in four employed Americans, 40%, reported that if they were looking for a job in the next few months, they would only consider work that was at least part time out of the traditional office; this includes 24% who said they would only consider hybrid work and 16% who would only consider remote work.Twenty-five percent also said that if they were to consider a job in the next few months, they would consider a job outside of their geographical location if a remote opportunity presented itself.Additional survey findings include:Those in higher income households more likely to consider remote opportunities outside geographical area. Employees with an annual household income of $75,000 to $99,000 (31%) and $100,000-plus (27%) are more likely than those with an annual household income of less than $50,000 (17%) to say they would consider remote work outside of their geographical region if they were to consider a new job in the next few months.Those in lower income households are more likely to consider in-person jobs. Twenty-one percent of employed Americans with annual household incomes of less than $50,000 said that they would only consider strictly in-person job opportunities if they were considering a new job in the next few months, compared to only 8% of those with a household income of $75,000 to $99,900 and 11% of those with a household income of more than $100,000.Married Americans more likely to be interested in hybrid work environments. Thirty-one percent of employed, married Americans said that they would only consider hybrid (combination of in-person and remote work) job opportunities if they were to consider a new job in the next few months, compared to only 16% of unmarried, employed Americans.“The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans work and, in turn, the workforce has become more open to, and could actually prefer, working remotely or on a hybrid basis. As indicated by the survey, it’s clear that companies looking to fill positions no longer need to limit candidate pools by location as some Americans are interested in remote work,” said Yoh President Emmett McGrath. “With this flexible workforce, employers can truly prioritize finding highly skilled candidates who are the best fit for the role and the company. Companies have an opportunity to expand their talent pools, however, it’s still a challenge to put the right processes in place to find, recruit and place them into their organization.”

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