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    In this article TSLAA Nissan Leaf on the forecourt of a dealership in Lincoln, U.K.Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCar production in the U.K. slumped by 6.7% to just 859,575 units in 2021, new figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show. In a statement Thursday, the SMMT said the output represented the "worst total since 1956" and was 34% lower than 2019, the year before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. While the headline figures for 2021 are disappointing — the SMMT pinpointed the semiconductor shortage as being the "principal cause of the decline" — the low and zero-emission segment of the sector provided some light amid the gloom. The SMMT said that British factories manufactured a record amount of battery electric, hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2021, with a total of 224,011 being made. This represents a 26.1% share of all cars produced last year."More positively, the shift to electrified vehicle manufacture continued apace as BEV production surged 72.0%," the SMMT said, "while hybrids rose 16.4%, as the UK industry — like the market...
    (CNN)Steve Rutherford had a unique mission as a Navy SEAL: Help the military harness the power of the sun.Traces of his work could be seen around Afghanistan starting in 2010. The solar panels he installed turned the desert's relentless rays into energy that kept bases operating even when cut off from diesel lines.When he retired from the military in 2011, Rutherford expected Florida would be a more inviting climate to install solar panels than war-torn Afghanistan. He started Tampa Bay Solar and within a decade, grew it into a 30-person operation with plans to expand. But now, the retired commander told CNN he is fighting for his livelihood. A bill moving through the state legislature, backed by a powerful utility company, would slash the financial benefits of rooftop solar panels. Opponents of the legislation -- including environmental groups, solar builders and the state NAACP -- say if it passes, a fast-growing green power industry would be turned off overnight, casting a dark cloud over solar's prospects in the Sunshine State."It's going to be a crusher for the solar industry," said...
    Tips have improved during the Covid pandemic at Sugapeach Chicken & Fish Fry in North Liberty, Iowa.Courtesy: Chad Simmons At Sugapeach Chicken & Fish Fry, a fast casual eatery in North Liberty, Iowa, customers are feeling a lot more generous since the pandemic put the squeeze on the restaurant industry. Before, people would tip 10% to 15% for meals ordered and collected from the counter, said Chad Simmons, Sugapeach's co-owner. "Now, we get between 20% and 25%." Still, finding enough staff to keep the restaurant running remains a challenge, he said.   As the economy recovers, workers are hesitant to return to service jobs that offer few benefits and low pay, which has led to a severe shortage of fast-food workers, kitchen staff and delivery drivers even as consumers value these services more than ever. More from Personal Finance:Here are the top jobs in the U.S. Inflation gave the average worker a 2.4% pay cutPay hikes of 5% or more may be in store for employees in 2022 "The tips are the icing on the cake, but they really want more...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The new scripted series "The Kings of Napa," premiering Tuesday, highlights a Black family at the helm of a successful wine business -- a rarity on the big screen and in Wine Country.Actors on the show debuting and a local organization pushing for greater diversity in Napa Valley are hopeful the dramatic series will encourage historically marginalized groups to see themselves reflected in the winemaking industry."This is a show about a very affluent African American family in Napa. We have a winery called the Kings Estate," said Isiah Whitlock Jr.Whitlock, known for his performances in Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" and the transcendent HBO series "The Wire," plays Reginald King, the patriarch of the King family.RELATED: Asian, Latinx and Black people have trouble finding therapists who look like them in the Bay AreaThe show centers around the King family grappling with how to run the family business as Reginald's secrets emerge from the shadows."I play August King. She's very creative. She's very bold, and she has a very strong vision for not only her family's legacy...
    A version of this piece appeared first on Common Sense.  A few years ago, the editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter pitched a story to the newsroom.  He had just come back from lunch with a well-known agent, who had suggested the paper take a look at the unintended consequences of Hollywood's efforts to diversify.  Those white men who had spent decades writing scripts—which had been turned into blockbuster movies and hit television shows—were no longer getting hired. The newsroom blew up.  The reporters, especially the younger ones, mocked the idea that white men were on the outs. The editor-in-chief, normally self-assured, immediately backtracked. He looked rattled. It was a missed opportunity.  The story wasn't just about white guys not getting jobs. Nor was it really about the economics of Hollywood.  It was about the stories Hollywood told and distributed and streamed on screens around the globe every day.  It was about this massively lucrative industry that had been birthed by outsiders and emerged, out of lemon groves, into a glamorous, glitzy mosh pit teeming with chutzpah and broken hearts and...
    Growing emphasis on diversity in Hollywood will be the death knell of showbusiness as white men are cast aside for minorities in a trend that's likely to end in a sizeable lawsuit, entertainment insiders warn. A shift toward wokeism - pushed by the Academy Awards and left-leaning networks - has stifled creativity as writers tread carefully to avoid offending any viewers, according to an article on Bari Weiss's Common Sense substack.   As once-popular shows such as the Sex and the City reboot tank, one showrunner shared a series of emails that detailed how women and black and Indigenous people of color candidates are getting preferential treatment. 'This is all going to end in a class action lawsuit,' he told the reporters. Moviemaking legend Quentin Tarantino has also lashed out at the shift, telling Bill Maher last summer: 'Ideology trumps art. Ideology trumps individual effort. Ideology trumps good.' The entertainment industry is increasingly favoring diverse casts of writers and actors, such was the case with And Just Like That, a Sex and the City reboot. The cast and crew is pictured during the December...
    Sponsored Content For retailers and wholesalers, Eurodita has many different options available to meet their needs. The company’s mission is to help clients streamline their supply chain while building a strong partnership with them. They can provide everything from high-end log cabins to customized timber structures. The business model of Eurodita is very smart, as it is based on a network of over 50 branch offices throughout Europe. Log Housing Market: As the number of global consumers grows, Eurodita bespoke manufacturer of choices division can meet the demands of the ever-growing log housing market. In 2016, they expect their exports to grow by 60%. The company has dealers in more than fifty countries, including the USA and Australia. It is a smart choice for builders and developers as they can rely on high-quality, Scandinavian timber for their projects. It also offers exclusive dealer programs. The Mission of Company: The company’s mission is to build beautiful log cabins that will make families feel closer to nature. The company’s log cabins are designed with great design and great comfort in mind....
    Planning your New Year’s resolutions? Why not think about how you can lighten your impact on the planet? We are all familiar with the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and we all know how important it is to cut down on unnecessary waste. But are there ways of turning green that you may not have considered up until now? Let’s take a closer look. Be Careful When Choosing Your Clothes The production of conventional textiles and yarns frequently involves large amounts of chemicals such as lead, arylamines, phthalates, nickel, chromium IV, and formaldehyde – all of which have been known to pollute the environment and cause multiple allergic reactions within humans. Buying second-hand clothes is a great way to reduce the staggering amount of new garments that are produced every year – which often end up in landfill sites – but when you do buy new clothing, it’s worthwhile looking out for eco-friendly materials such as hemp, linen, recycled denim, and organic cotton. Another great way to cut down on clothing waste is to pick up a pair...
    (CNN)An Italian citizen who allegedly impersonated people in the publishing industry to get manuscripts of upcoming books, including one from a Pulitzer Prize winner, was arrested Wednesday at John F. Kennedy Airport, a federal prosecutor's office announced.Filippo Bernardini, 29, who is from London and works in the publishing industry, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. It was not immediately clear if Bernardini has an attorney.In 2016, Bernardini allegedly began creating fake email accounts and registered more than 160 internet domains that were purposefully crafted to be confusingly similar to real entities, according to the indictment. Minor typographical errors were allegedly utilized by Bernardini in creating his fake accounts which made it challenging for recipients to identify them. "Filippo Bernardini allegedly impersonated publishing industry individuals in order to have authors, including a Pulitzer prize winner, send him prepublication manuscripts for his own benefit," said Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a...
    While it is important to be good at what you to, it is equally important to be known, especially in your field. Once you’ve been in your chosen industry for a while, it’s time to establish as a leading expert in your craft. You want your customers, stakeholders and peers to think of you as a voice of expertise in your niche. Oliver Seidler works in the real estate industry, and he’s one of the most respected people in his field. Here are his tips on how to get people to recognize you as a voice of authority in your field. Oliver Seidler is the founder and chairman of Property Force, which connects real estate entrepreneurs with vacant houses that need to be repaired. He’s recently changed his role away from CEO to focus his attention on his personal brand, including his podcast, Renegade Rules. This allows him to share his business expertise with up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are just getting started. One of the main ways to build authority is to gain experience. “I wouldn’t be able to work on...
    In this article FThe all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning truck during an augmented reality presentation at the Motor Bella Auto Show in Pontiac, Michigan, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.Emily Elconin | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDETROIT – Shares of Ford Motor soared by roughly 140% last year, beating Tesla, its larger crosstown rival General Motors and a host of new electric vehicle start-ups to become the best performing stock among automakers in 2021. Investors have rewarded the company's new direction under auto veteran Jim Farley, who took the helm in October 2020 after the board ousted industry outsider Jim Hackett. Farley promised to be more open and direct with investors. He also launched the Ford+ restructuring plan, which shifts more resources to build electric vehicles like the upcoming F-150 Lightning pickup EV. "We're executing our plan and we'll continue to do that so every business in our portfolio has a sustainable future. If not, we will restructure it," he said in a January 2021 interview.VIDEO10:3810:38Our business is gaining health and momentum, says Ford CEO Jim FarleyCNBC Investing Club LiveMorgan Stanley analyst Adam...
    President Biden is launching another crackdown on the meat processing industry in an effort to fight rising prices.  Citing a monopoly in the meat processing market, the Biden administration announced Monday it would spend $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan to expand the capacity for independent meat processors.  The White House noted in a release that four large companies control 85% of the beef market, four processing firms control 54% of the poultry market and four firms control 70% of the pork market.  'When dominant middlemen control so much of the supply chain, they can increase their own profits at the expense of both farmers—who make less—and consumers—who pay more.' The new plan will provide grants to independent processors to increase competition, work with lenders to make more capital available for independent processors and back private lenders that invest in independently owned food processing and distribution.  Biden will meet with farmers, ranchers, and independent processors on Monday and deliver remarks on the new plan.   Biden is launching another crackdown on the meat processing industry in an effort to fight...
    BOSTON (CBS) — A weekend of holiday travel was plagued by hundreds of flight cancellations across the country. Dozens of flights in and out of Boston were canceled Sunday, and at least 30 were already canceled Monday at Logan, according to FlightAware. READ MORE: Edward O. Wilson, Pioneering Harvard Biologist Known As 'Ant Man,' Dead At 92Airlines are struggling to staff flights because of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Some are now asking the CDC to shorten the quarantine period for those who are fully vaccinated to try and solve these ongoing problems. “The government approved this request for the healthcare industry,” travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt told CBS News. “And honestly, if it’s good enough for hospital workers, for nurses and doctors, I think it should be good enough for the airline industry as well.” READ MORE: 300 Massachusetts National Guard Members Start Training For Non-Clinical Healthcare JobsCBS News reports that more than 3,000 flights were canceled across the country from Friday to Sunday, and hundreds more have been canceled Monday morning. “Omicron is the Grinch that stole Christmas from...
    VIDEO3:3403:34Tesla, Nikola shares pop — Two traders' top EV bets for 2022Trading Nation Investors may want to look under the radar for electric vehicle plays in the year ahead, two traders say. With popular stocks such as Tesla and Nikola reaching exorbitant valuations, "we're trying to play around the edges," Laffer Tengler Investments' Nancy Tengler told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Thursday. "There's two ways for investors to nibble around the sides of the EV market," the firm's chief investment officer said. "One is Borgwarner." A $10.5 billion auto-parts manufacturer, Borgwarner is on track to supply around 30% of powertrains, or electric motors, to the EV industry by 2023, Tengler said. It's also lagging the market this year, up less than 13%, and trades at a relatively cheap forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11, she said. "The second way is copper, maybe a name like Freeport-McMoRan, some of the miners that are going to be providing the supply to the EV makers," Tengler said. A third tangential market could see a big reversal in 2022, Joule Financial Chief Investment Officer Quint Tatro...
    In this article MONSam Bankman-Fried, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, Florida, on June 5, 2021.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCryptocurrencies have had yet another wild year. Bitcoin, the world's largest digital asset, has seen a roughly 65% gain since January — with some ten to twenty percent swings in between. It brought in a crop of new, individual investors along the way as payment giants like PayPal started letting users trade crypto. More billionaires and institutional investors dove in to help legitimize the asset class. The industry now sprawls well beyond bitcoin. NFTs, blockchain-based videogames and "Web3" are top of executives' minds heading into next year. Regulation remains as the biggest uncertainty. Here's a look at what some of the industry's most influential executives had to say.FTX CEO, Sam Bankman-FriedThe 29-year-old founder and CEO told CNBC he doesn't expect legislative action to be the immediate answer for "regulatory clarity." Especially since it's "pretty hard right now to get things through Congress." It's just as likely to be cobbled together from a...
    It stinks to be in the cannabis industry in California right now. We aren’t just speaking metaphorically either. Four years after cannabis advocates and workers celebrated the opening of the largest legal recreational marijuana market in the world, misguided licensing and taxation policies have created an emporium of dysfunction. Today, hundreds of California cannabis farmers are choosing to let crops rot in the fields rather than risk a money-losing harvest or returning to the illicit market. Astonishingly, amid this crisis, California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration recently announced yet another tax increase. On Jan. 1, 2022, the state’s cannabis cultivation tax will increase by almost 5%, raising it to a whopping $161 per pound. Let’s compare how much higher the cultivation tax is for cannabis than, say, wine grapes, almonds or raisins. Actually, no such comparison is possible because no other agricultural product has a cultivation tax. On the contrary, other agricultural industries are supported by federal crop subsidies to protect family farms from market fluctuations that could put their homes and livelihoods at risk. The state cultivation tax is but...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A local cannabis company is offering classes to help people who want to get into the industry. Cresco Labs is opening the Illinois Cannabis Education Center near Clark and Grace Street. READ MORE: Evanston Township High School Lockdown Lifted After Two Guns Found“What it’ll be able to provide is a fully retrofitted dispensary, state-approved, and the only thing that’s not there is cannabis,” said Chimaobi Envia, Executive VP of Social Equity & Educational Development The center is the first of its kind. They will teach people how to operate a marijuana business — especially people negatively impacted by the war on drugs. READ MORE: Deep Into School Year, Massive CPS School Bus Driver Shortage PersistsThe center will also be a venue for community organizations and expungement events. It will open early next year. MORE NEWS: Illinois Unemployment Fraud Victims Learn Fraudulent Accounts Opened In Their Names Are Technically Still Open, And State Can't Explain Why 
    Even without a pandemic, holiday travel isn't for the faint of heart. Millions are expected to travel this month, with threats of volatile weather and the omicron variant further stressing out people eager to close Year 2 of the pandemic. To help travelers prepare, CNBC Travel asked industry insiders this question: What's your one, solid tip for people traveling this December?  Tips for travel planning"Plan for the arc of the trip. Think of a trip like a story with a beginning, middle and end. For example, plan to have the nicest hotels at the end, building up to end on a great note. Then for the entry and exit, plan for ways you can ensure they go smoothly. Maybe it's arranging private transport after a long flight, so you don't have to navigate the public transit system amid jetlag. Whatever a solid arc looks like to you, plan it in advance."—Sarah Groen, founder of the luxury travel company Bell & Bly Travel Design "If you're planning to do some Greek island-hopping, keep in mind that Greeks themselves tend to stick...
    This Candle Bowl Is the Best Host Gift You Can Give This Year Brian Allen is day-to-day with MCL sprain Lock In Refi Savings Before Rates Get Too High Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Do This Before Your Next Credit Card Payment (It’s Genius) Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/51 SLIDES © Dan MacMedan/WireImage/Getty Images 50 of the most groundbreaking women in...
    A former top White House ethics official is calling out the Biden White House for a new report pointing to the potential for corruption in the murky art industry – at a time when the president's son Hunter is exhibited his expensive artwork at glitzy gallery shows. Walter Shaub, who served as head of the Office of Government Ethics during the Obama Administration, pointed out the issue in a tweet Monday.  'The White House just issued a report flagging that money laundering is a problem in the… wait for it… art sale industry,' he wrote. Then he quoted the report saying: “The markets for art and antiquities—and the market participants who facilitate transactions—are especially vulnerable to a range of financial crimes.”  The White House issued a new report on countering corruption, including in art and land sales He continued by quoting the report, which also pointed to real estate as an area for potential fraud.   'Built-in opacity, lack of stable and predictable pricing, and inherent cross-border transportability of goods sold, make the market optimal for illicit value transfer, sanctions evasion,...
    President Joe Biden publicly announced today that the U.S. will release 50 million barrels of crude oil (a half a day’s worth of global crude oil consumption) from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The White House as has been signaling its intention to do this for the last several weeks, allowing enough time for the event to be priced into the market.  But yesterday, in reaction to the official announcement, WTI crude oil on the NYMEX settled 2.3% higher at a five-session high of $78.50 per barrel.  All told, the SPR release, coordinated among the U.S., India, China, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, is a short-term scheme for the White House to give the appearance that it is addressing rising prices. It is for optics only and it smells of political desperation. Let us keep in mind that the SPR was created in response to the Arab oil embargo in 1973. The SPR was NOT created to bolster sagging poll numbers. President Biden's scheme to address rising gas prices is for optics only and it smells of political...
    The bird flu has made a return, cropping up around Europe and Asia in recent weeks. Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again.  The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert, hoping to control the spread. An outbreak among poultry could lead to millions of bird needing to be culled, which would prove to be a financial nightmare for the industry.  The avian flu, or 'bird flu' as it is often referred to, has been discovered across Asia and Europe, including in China, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, France and the Netherlands in recent months. Pictured: Indian health care workers cull infected ducks on January 5 Birds that are infected with the bird flu must be culled to control spread of the virus. The bird flu often breaks out during the fall months as birds begin to migrate across the world due to the cold...
    In this article LMTKarim Sahib | AFP | Getty ImagesDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai's last international air show, in November of 2019, feels like another era. Just a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic turned travel upside down, the highly-attended biennial aviation event celebrated an industry that looks very different today.  But nearly two years after the travel and airline industries came to a near standstill, the market is picking up again.     The 2021 Dubai Air Show kicks off on Sunday, November 14. Here's what to expect:Travel industry recovery?Things have been looking up for travel with the continued successful rollout of vaccination campaigns and easing of governments' Covid restrictions.  "Executives are cautiously optimistic about the future," aviation analysts at consultancy Accenture wrote in a note ahead of the show. The firm predicts 13% growth year-on-year in 2022 for commercial aerospace globally, though the year will still be 4% below 2019 levels.  Dubai flagship carrier Emirates Airline — the Middle East's largest airline and biggest aircraft buyer — has enjoyed some of that recovery itself, narrowing its previous losses with...
    The CEO of a travel recruitment company who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns 'she' and 'they' says they were constantly referred to as 'the man in the dress' at a major trade show in London last week.  Chris King, who founded Lightning Travel Recruitment in 2019, criticised some colleagues in the travel industry on LinkedIn saying they'd been branded a 'trouble-maker' and 'attention-seeker' for highlighting the discrimination.   King attended one of the industry's largest travel shows, World Travel Market, held in the first week of November at ExCel, wearing a cream knee-length belted dress and black ankle boots with a front zip detail.  Scroll down for video  CEO of Lightning Travel Recruitment, Chris King, attended one of the world's biggest travel trade shows last week in London wearing a cream dress - they say they were referred to frequently as 'the man in the dress'  In an emotive post shared on LinkedIn, the business owner said there was some irony to the abuse they'd received, saying: 'Imagine asking an industry that thrives by promoting diverse destinations to...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A theatrical production that originated before the pandemic is striking a chord even more now. “I was one of the founding members of Sacramento Contemporary Dance theatre about seven years ago,” said Aly Homen. READ MORE: Poll: Are You Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?Homen takes to the stage to tell her story. Several years, ago she stepped away from dancing to work in restaurants. “Which was amazing and grueling at the same time,” Homen said. “And I came back and I saw the first production of ‘Behind the Apron,’ and I kid you not, I was crying before the first song ended.” She is now part of the production, which first opened in 2019 in Rancho Cordova. It was a collaboration between Bobbin Mulvaney, of Mulvaney’s restaurant, and Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya. The idea was to raise awareness about mental health in the restaurant industry. “So I sat in the corner bar at Mulvaney’s and just watched the whole restaurant move and I developed this really awesome fluidity of what I saw … the stream of consciousness of the...
    These Light-Up Christmas Chickens Will Steal The Show On Your Front Lawn This Holiday Season Report: Jets safety Marcus Maye feared to have torn Achilles Erin Junkin Erin Junkin never anticipated working in entertainment. But 19 years after starting at Endeavor, she’s now the co-head of WME’s television department and the only woman in the industry to hold such a post. Originally starting in the mailroom before working her way up through the ranks alongside WME’s Rick Rosen, Ari Greenburg, Ari Emanuel and Paul Haas, Junkin now has her finger on the pulse of the TV industry as she and Tom Wellington co-run the agency’s sprawling TV department. Now, as the industry begins to emerge following a year of pandemic-related changes and a racial reckoning, Junkin sat down with THR via Zoom to discuss the state of broadcast as pilot season lurks around the corner, why span is the new sticking point in deals and what buyers really want. Let’s start with broadcast. We’ve seen some pilot orders coming in early amid the larger shift to year-round development. At...
    Trucking is an $800 billion dollar industry that has proven too tough for one company to dominate. Low barriers to entry make it easy for aspirants to start companies, and competition is fierce. There are thousands of trucking companies in the United States, and the fragmentation of the market produces huge boom-and-bust cycles. Some companies have tried to consolidate or roll up smaller operations, but the industry is resistant to it. New technological developments, such as self-driving trucks, could spur consolidation by removing one factor that keeps the industry so competitive: drivers. That will not be easy — companies are still perfecting the technology, and the regulatory landscape would need to be changed to accommodate these vehicles. Watch the video above to learn more about the trucking industry and its struggles.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    President Joe Biden's proposals to reduce methane emissions in the US have been released, revealing an ambitious combination of new regulations and voluntary initiatives. The proposal announced Tuesday centers largely on the oil and gas industry, which the Environmental Protection Agency says accounts for about 30 percent of all methane emissions in the US. Industry analysts say that the impact on oil supply and prices will likely be minimal, and the petroleum industry has greeted the plan with a cautiously positive attitude, indicating it is willing to work with the administration to finalize the plan. Though the plan does not include a topline cost for taxpayers, it relies on at least $16 billion budgeted in the infrastructure bill currently stuck in Congress to cap abandoned mines and oil wells. Republicans and small oil and gas firms have said Biden's plan lead to skyrocketing energy bills, companies going out of business and unnecessary burdens on the industries. They also believe the restrictions are 'onerous', will hurt everyday Americans when gas prices are at a seven-year high, and will benefit OPEC+ countries...
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    The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the gun loaded with live ammunition that he used to accidentally kill cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has spoken out for the first time.  In a statement Monday addressing the October 21 shooting, David Halls called Hutchins his 'friend' and asked the industry to 'reevaluate' its values.  'I'm shocked and saddened by her death,' Halls said. 'It's my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.'  'Halyna Hutchins was not just one of the most talented people I've worked with, but also a friend,' he added.  Despite breaking his silence, the assistant director failed to address reports that he was one of the three people to handle the loaded gun before the tragic accident that killed Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza.  The other two were armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, and Baldwin, who received the gun from Halls.   Rust assistant director David Halls issued his first statement since the October 21 shooting in the Santa Fe filming set that killed...
    Aberdeen, Scotland (CNN Business)The people who made their fortunes in the oil capital of Europe need a new plan. For decades, Aberdeen, a port city on Scotland's northeast coast, has served as the commercial gateway to the North Sea, where powerful companies have navigated deep and dangerous waters to extract tens of billions of barrels of crude. But the basin isn't what it used to be, even with oil back above $80 per barrel. Production has been on the decline since the turn of the century. Downturns caused by twin price shocks — one in 2015 and one triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic — are harrowing reminders of what happens when a boom turns bust.Then there's the COP26 climate summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow, which kicks off Sunday. The United Nations and partner scientists have delivered a clear message: The world needs to "immediately and steeply" cut back on fossil fuel production to maintain a livable planet. Attention is focused on huge energy producers like Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States and top consumers like China and...
    Christopher Pike/Bloomberg/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Plastics are everywhere. From the stomachs of deep-sea fish to human feces, Arctic snow to gusts of wind in the remote wilderness, the oil and gas byproduct has, barely a century after it was first synthesized in a laboratory, become a ubiquitous feature of virtually every ecosystem on Earth and every aspect of modern life. It’s also playing a key role in permanently changing the climate of the planet it has come to dominate. Plastics already produce 3.8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions throughout their lifecycle, roughly double the planet-heating pollution spewed by airplanes. By the end of this decade, the plastics industry in the United States alone is on pace to eclipse the carbon footprint of the country’s remaining coal-fired power plants, according to a new analysis from Bennington College’s Beyond Plastics think tank. Newly compiled data on the 10 stages of plastic production, usage and disposal show the U.S. plastics...
    Mountaintop removal mine at Kayford Mountain in West Virginia. As of September 2021, there are 42,300 people employed by the coal mining industry. Miners, engineers, geologists, trainers, mechanics, clerks, managers, technicians, and executives. That’s everybody. That number is down about 20% since Donald Trump took office, though—thanks to what’s been called a “boom” in the last few months, it’s down only about 100 people under President Joe Biden. That’s what counts for a boom in the coal industry these days—losing more slowly. The reason coal has declined so sharply isn’t hard to spot: It is no longer economically viable.  Despite being given vast swaths of federal and state land at minimal cost, despite states failing to collect hundreds of millions in reclamation bonds that are left as a burden when wining companies go bankrupt, and despite the largest mining companies getting to dump billions in debts—including retirement funds and black lung payments to miners—they’re still not competitive. Truthfully, they would not be competitive if the mining companies could lower the cost of coal delivered to power plants to $0. That’s because the...
    Wall Street lost more jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic than in any year since the 2008 recession despite profits and wages steadily increasing, according to a report released Thursday. Jobs on Wall Street dipped by 3,600 in 2020, a roughly 2% decrease to 179,900 employees, according to a report released by the Office of the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Wall Street companies are projected to lose 4,900 jobs in 2021, while industry companies on a national level are expected to add 23,000 workers. The 2020 dip in securities-related jobs marks a more than 30-year low of 18%, down from 33% in 1990, according to the report. Wall Street firms shed more New York City jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 than any year since the 2008 recession, even as profits and compensation increased, according to a report released Thursday.https://t.co/4qyhKUHPsl — Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) October 21, 2021 Meanwhile, securities industry pre-tax earnings increased to $31 billion during the first half of 2021, a 12.5% increase compared to the same period last year, according to the report....
    Paris Hilton is calling on President Joe Biden and Congress to take action against the “troubled teen industry,” so that “kids can avoid the abuse I endured.” Hilton claims the abusive industry has been running rampant for years. “When I was 16 years old, I was awakened one night by two men with handcuffs. They asked if I wanted to go ‘the easy way or the hard way’ before carrying me from my home as I screamed for help. I had no idea why or where I was being taken against my will. I soon learned I was being sent to hell,” Hilton explained in a Monday op-ed for the Washington Post. Hilton said she was subjected to a “parent-approved kidnapping,” adding that “countless” of other parents in search for solutions to rebellious behavior have also fallen for the “misleading marketing” tactics of the “troubled teen industry.” Paris Hilton wipes her eyes after speaking at a committee hearing at the Utah State Capitol, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Hilton has been speaking out about abuse she says she suffered at a...
    Reality star Paris Hilton detailed the horrific abuse she experienced while living at congregate care facilities as a teen during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. 'I was strangled, slapped across the face, watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a proper diagnosis, not given a proper education, thrown into solitary confinement in a room covered in scratch marks and smeared in blood, and so much more,' Hilton recounted.  She was surrounded by Sen. Jeff Merkley and Reps. Ro Khanna, Adam Schiff and Rosa DeLauro, who are introducing the  'Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021' to both houses of Congress, which would provide federal oversight to the 'troubled teen' industry.  Paris Hilton detailed the horrific abuse she experienced as a teen when she was sent away to congregate care facilities at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday  Paris Hilton was joined by four Democratic lawmakers who plan to introduce the Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021 in both houses of Congress  Hilton, who was joined by other survivors and...
    OTHER than panic-buying babygrows and stressing about the crib, the other thing we were most worried about before our baby arrived was what we were actually going to call them. Because every time we fell in love with a name, we'd suddenly start hearing it EVERYWHERE. 2How fashionable is YOUR baby's name?Credit: Getty Feel our pain? Then you've come to the right place. Last week, the Office of National Statistics revealed the most popular baby names of 2020 - and Oliver and Olivia took first place yet again. However, online gaming experts CasinoScores.com cross-referenced this list with data from baby name websites The Bump and Nameberry to establish the UK's most fashionable monikers. Bella - after supermodel and influencer Bella Hadid -  ranks as the most popular girls name from the fashion industry - beating out Stella, Kendall, Gigi and Donatella. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Meanwhile, Alexander came top among all the boys’ names - and is prominent in the fashion industry thanks to star designers Alexander McQueen and Alexander Wang.  Alexander ranked highest on both ONS data for the...
    Though there are multiple ways of eliminating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, technology-based solutions are needed to limit global warming. Nature-based solutions, such as reforestation and afforestation may be viable, but there is a need for complementary measures. Over the years, the amount of carbon emissions from human activities has been enormous, and it may be challenging to rely on natural solutions to lower the temperatures. Petroteq Energy Inc. is a leading company in the oil and gas industry, pioneering most technology-based solutions to global warming. An industry leader, Petroteq takes pride in being a forward-thinking company rooted in innovation in energy production and as environmental stewards. The company remains committed to producing energy essential to driving the global agenda of economic prosperity while protecting and restoring the planet. Petroteq’s ability to engineer solutions to mitigate the enormous environmental risks in the industry while still producing oil is inspirational. The company has managed to go green on energy, setting a great example for other companies in the oil and gas industry. Their solutions reduce carbon emissions and ensure that there...
    U.S. industrial production declined in September as supply chain bottlenecks in the auto industry and lingering effects of Hurricane Ida impacted manufacturing and mining output, according to data released by the Federal Reserve on Monday. Industrial production dropped by 1.3% in September after falling just 0.1% in August, according to data released by the Federal Reserve. September’s decline represents is the sharpest monthly drop in production since February, when inclement weather in the South and central U.S. limited factory use, The Wall Street Journal reported. Manufacturing output fell 0.7% in September compared to August, with motor vehicle production dropping 7.2% amid shortages of semiconductors, according to the Federal Reserve. Global-Market Insights 1/1 -US markets rebounded after opening lower, as strong earnings reports from Tech giants expected -Dow -36 to 35259 -S&P +15 to 4486 -Nasdaq +124 to 15022 -Crude oil prices pullback -US industrial production fell 1.3% in September@CNBC_Awaaz — Neeraj Bajpai (@NeerajCNBC) October 19, 2021 Hurricane Ida also contributed to a 0.3% drop in manufacturing, according to the Federal Reserve. (RELATED: Roughly 40% Of American’s Say They...
    Ranchers from across the country have raised over $300 million to build a slaughterhouse in Nebraska, Fox News reported. Construction on the new Sustainable Beef slaughterhouse will start this fall on 400 acres of land in Nebraska, according to Fox News. Ranchers launch effort to build own meat plants to fight against low beef priceshttps://t.co/K0CrIoubSa — Fox News (@FoxNews) October 16, 2021 Rusty Kemp, a Nebraska rancher, launched an effort to build a sustainable beef plant because the price of cattle, despite the rising cost of meat, continue to decline, Fox reported. Profits in the beef market have increased steadily since 2016 but the share of every dollar spent on food that goes to ranchers has gone from 35 cents in the 1970s to 14 cents recently, according to Fox News. “We’ve been complaining about it for 30 years,” Kemp said, reported Fox. “It’s probably time somebody does something about it.” Four companies currently hold over 80% of the U.S. beef market at 24 plants, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Massive Meat Processing Company Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines For All...
    Homosexuality was labeled a mental illness. A new film recounts the fight to remove it. Treasury Secretary Yellen warns debt ceiling battle could spell catastrophe illustration about international women in film “This decade [has] to be about women having each other’s backs,” said Kate Winslet in her Sept. 19 Emmy acceptance speech for HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Around the world, the international film and television industry’s most powerful women had already been hard at work with that mission. Female producers, studio executives and channel bosses are seeing a historic opportunity to capitalize on the seismic changes wrought by the #MeToo movement to push for true inclusion and diversity across the entertainment business. But impressive advances in onscreen representation have not been matched by gains in corporate power structures, where, at least at the very top and particularly outside the United States, it is still very much a man’s world. “A lot of work needs to be done in the C-suite, where serious decisions are made,” notes Mo Abudu, CEO of pan-African TV conglomerate EbonyLife Media. Nevertheless, the glass ceiling...
    Actress Geena Davis's latest role is getting artificial intelligence bots to monitor movie scripts to make sure Hollywood remains politically correct. The Thelma and Louise star's eponymous institute is expanding its partnership with NBCUniversal to uncover unconscious bias against black people, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in film scripts using its artificial intelligence tool called "Spellcheck for Bias." "I am heartened by NBCUniversal's commitment and ongoing dedication to systemically improve Latino, Latina, Black, and AAPI representation in their content companywide as well as to incorporate many insights from our Spellcheck for Bias into upcoming productions," Davis said in a statement. "We are so excited to continue this partnership with NBCUniversal along with Shri Narayanan and his team at USC Viterbi as we expand our Spellcheck for Bias tool." DOJ AWARDS OVER $33 MILLION TO ADVANCE 'ANTI-BIAS' AND 'DE-ESCALATION' TRAINING During its pilot run screening for Latino representation last year, the new system caused NBCUniversal to adjust 20% of the scripts tested by the tool, which the company's executive vice president of inclusion for talent and content said helped with...
    Trucks and automobiles approach the Dartford tunnel in the U.K. on Sept. 3, 2021.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON - The truck driver shortage plaguing the U.K. is not just a British problem, experts say, with the wider continent also facing a shortfall and potential supply chain problems. There was more than a whiff of "schadenfreude" (or enjoyment from the woes of others) in mainland Europe last week as the U.K. faced a petrol crisis. There were long lines of cars outside British gasoline stations and even fights on forecourts as panic buying spread across the country amid a shortage of truck drivers able to deliver fuel. Brexit was named as one of the key reasons for the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, although problems in the industry go deeper and are found across Europe, industry experts noted. A survey of 616 industry figures in June by the Road Haulage Association found that retiring drivers, changing working rules, the Covid pandemic, low pay and drivers leaving the industry were among the reasons for the lack of drivers....
                        Florida-based medical marijuana company Trulieve has completed the acquisition of Harvest Health & Recreation, becoming the largest medical cannabis provider in the country. Trulieve announced the beginning stages of the acquisition in May. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said the acquisition will provide a solid foundation for her company to grow. “The closing of this Transaction marks a transformational milestone in our company’s history and positions Trulieve as the leading medical and adult-use cannabis operator in the U.S. I thank all our employees, both Trulievers and Harvesters, for their tireless efforts during this process. The combined footprint provides Trulieve with a solid foundation for continued growth and scale. We look forward to fully integrating Harvest as we continue to execute on our hub strategy in the U.S., creating an unrivaled brand and reputation in the marketplace and value for our shareholders.” Trulieve is now in possession of 149 dispensaries and three regional hubs across 11 states. POLITICO quickly pointed out the acquisition for Trulieve is a win for Harvest...
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    CHICAGO — With the city’s film industry booming and cultural programming returning to pre-pandemic levels, alderpeople needs a direct line of communication with the department in charge to avoid headaches for residents, they said Thursday. Mark Kelly, the outgoing commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said television and film production is one of the “growth industries” of Chicago’s economy during a Budget Committee hearing Thursday to review the departments $71.2 million 2022 budget request. “Right now we have 15 television productions in the city, which is a record number. We estimate the economic value of that will be about $750 million. There’s now over 20,000 jobs,” he said. “So many of those jobs are union jobs and because Illinois’ tax credit is the only tax credit that has a minority hiring clause … about over 50% of the crews in Chicago are either BIPOC or female.” Cinespace, the sprawling West Side studio, is now the largest in North America and more studios are in the works throughout the city, Kelly said. “This emerging film scene...
    The real estate industry is a challenging sector to succeed in for entrepreneurs. We have so many new and old companies competing in buying and selling properties. John Aaron is one such big player in the real estate industry. He is the owner of a company called Aaron Organization. He has worked from a very young age to learn and establish his company and convert it into a successful venture. Aaron was from a small town in Sebring, Florida. His hometown had limited opportunities of either working at a local hospital or getting a football scholarship. The scholarship would help in moving out of the town to a new city for a college education. He wanted to make a name for himself and be financially stable, so he moved to Miami, Florida. He started working as a real estate agent in a real estate company building his contacts and knowledge on how the industry operates. He had grit and determination to succeed in the real estate sector. Since the inception of his company, his team has flipped over 200 houses...
    Travis Guterman is a business manager for Hollywood stars, professional athletes, and high net worth entertainment executives. Also, Travis helped create a new branch in the business management industry for clients in the digital space, such as YouTubers, gamers, podcast hosts, and influencers. As a business manager, Travis’s job is managing all facets of his clients’ financial lives. The result of his hard work is a stable economic environment for his clients, so they can focus on other, more enjoyable aspects of life and never worry about their finances in the future. Travis can tackle numerous tasks for his clients, including tax preparation, insurance, investments, retirement planning, and even launching brands and companies. However, COVID-19 changed how the entertainment industry works, and it affected Travis’s business as well. Like many other people, Travis had to exchange his high rise office in Century City with working from home. Due to the new measures, Travis has been unable to meet his clients in person. “I loved grabbing lunch with my clients so we could catch up. Meeting in person was the most...
    (CNN)Jennifer Aniston is hoping the next person she gets involved with doesn't do what she does."The Morning Show" star talked to People TV about romance while promoting her show's new season and about whether relationships between non-celebs and celebs could work."Absolutely. I mean, it's happened," Aniston said. "That's what I'm sort of hoping for is not necessarily somebody in the industry itself."But where might she find someone like that?Aniston, who was formerly married to fellow actors Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux, told People in June that she has no desire to be on a dating app.Read More"I'm going to just stick to the normal ways of dating," she said. "Having someone ask you out. That's the way I would prefer it."