Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars

first_imgBAGHDAD – When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.When he saw that it had only suffered light damage from a mortar shell that landed nearby, he was overjoyed. “I had an unspeakable feeling, I sighed in relief when saw it,” he said.He spent 10 days carrying out his own repairs and then drove it all the way back to Baghdad, a 13-hour journey that would have taken four in a modern car. “When I reached Baghdad,” he said, “people were stopping me in the streets to take pictures and videos. It was like a dream to me and to the people.”The 49-year-old father of six is part of a small community of vintage and classic car aficionados who are hoping to rekindle their passion now that the war against the Islamic State group is over. For many, the cars remind them of happier times in Iraq, before decades of war and chaos, which they hope are finally coming to an end.“These cars have something spiritual that lets you feel the happiness of the good old days,” said Mahmoud, who also owns a 1964 GMC pickup. The pickup is in a mechanic’s garage in Mosul’s Old City, in an unsecured area cordoned off by security forces.Mahmoud had two other classic cars — a 1957 Dodge Coronet and a 1967 Dodge pickup — but U.S. soldiers towed them away in 2006 after warning him against parking them on the street without getting them repaired, saying militants could use them to conceal roadside bombs. He said he cried when they were taken away.Car enthusiasts and collectors, even car clubs in various countries, make a distinction based on a model’s age, with “vintage” cars considered to be those from the period of 1919 to 1930. Models after that are usually classified as “classic” cars and anything over 50 years of age is called “antique.”Iraq’s vintage and classic cars date back to the period between the discovery of oil in the 1920s and the booming 1970s, when the country was awash in petroleum wealth and boasted some of the finest roads in the region.Much of that infrastructure was destroyed in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and the 1990 Gulf War. The sanctions in the 1990s made it difficult to secure spare parts. In the chaotic years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, many collectors kept their cars hidden or locked up, while the daily bombings, and the blast walls and barbed wire that sprouted across Baghdad and other cities, took the pleasure out of driving.Now, many of those barriers have come down, and some collectors feel more comfortable showing off their treasures.Saad al-Nuaimi, 65, has parked six classic models in front of his coffee shop in Baghdad’s northern Azamiyah neighbourhood, including green and blue 1954 Chevrolet Bel Airs and two Townson cars from mid 1960s. Three others, including a 1952 Chevrolet and a 1959 Townson, are being repaired.“When you feel secure, you have the guts to get money out of your pocket to enjoy such beauties,” he said.Many Iraqis from war-battered areas are desperate to sell old cars, and as Iraqi forces have driven IS back over the past three years, more and more models have appeared on the market, al-Nuaimi said. His latest acquisition was a badly damaged maroon 1952 Chevrolet from Salahuddin province, where IS was driven out in 2015.He restores the cars himself, ordering spare parts from Europe and the United States.The Iraqi government keeps its own trove of vintage and classic cars, including a rare 1904 Jeep Levon and luxury models used by the Hashemite monarchy from 1921 until 1958, including a 1936 Mercedes-Benz that was a gift from Adolf Hitler. Others belonged to Uday, the notoriously brutal playboy son of Saddam Hussein.Some have had their body work restored but do not have working engines, while others are in very poor condition.The collection is stored in a garage for safe-keeping and is only rarely exhibited to the public. Adil al-Ardawi, the vintage and classic car expert in charge of the royal collection, says at least 1,000 troops were assigned to protect the cars when they were used in a parade last year to mark the 100th anniversary of Baghdad’s al-Rashid Street.Ahmad Shukor, a 39-year-old engineer who runs a Facebook page devoted to documenting Iraq’s vintage and classic cars, says only around 100 remain nationwide. He says a third were in Mosul, and that many of them may have been damaged or destroyed.He’s now in the final stages of opening a showroom in the central city of Najaf. The owners of more than 60 cars have agreed to display them there when the showroom opens in the coming months.“We want to prove that Iraq is not done yet,” he said.___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .___This story was corrected to show the distinction car collectors make, with ‘vintage’ cars being those pre-dating 1930 while ‘classic’ cars are models after that period.last_img read more

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BC sidesteps high heel ban temporarily as private members bill dies

VICTORIA – A private member’s bill that would make it illegal for employers to require female workers to wear high heels on the job died when the British Columbia legislature adjourned on Thursday.But Green party Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s confident the Liberal government is preparing to make changes to provincial regulations without requiring legislation that bans footwear requirements.The intent of Weaver’s bill got support this week from Premier Christy Clark.Weaver said the issue has received worldwide attention.“This thing went viral,” he said. “So, there’s no way the premier will not follow through. I’ve spoken with the minister of labour, Shirley Bond, and she’s committed to do it as well.”Bond said in a statement requiring women to wear high heels in the workplace is not acceptable and she will take action to make changes.“The premier has directed us to look for the most effective way to make this fix,” she said. “That work is underway.”Weaver introduced the bill on International Women’s Day over health and safety concerns. High heels can increase the risk of slipping and falling on kitchen floors or restaurant stairs, and cause back problems, bunions and bloody feet, he said earlier this week.The B.C. legislature won’t sit again until after a provincial election on May 9. B.C. sidesteps high heel ban, temporarily, as private member’s bill dies by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2017 5:43 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mick Schumacher 19 stepping up to F2 after winning F3

BERLIN — After winning the European Formula 3 championship, Mick Schumacher is making the step up to Formula 2 with the Prema Racing team.The 19-year-old Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, claimed eight wins, seven pole positions, and 14 podium finishes as he won the overall F3 title in October.Prema Racing said on Tuesday his move to F2 “represented the next natural step.”Schumacher, who joined the team in 2016, has worked his way up from F4.“In all his racing endeavours, his progress has been relentless, which highlights a very good potential for the upcoming challenge,” the team said.Schumacher will get his first taste of F2 at the post-season tests from Thursday to Saturday in Abu Dhabi.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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The Mets Pitching Staff Went From Great To Garbage In The Blink

To say it’s been a challenging season in Queens would be an understatement. Originally slated to contend for the NL East crown, the 2017 New York Mets currently sit in a tie for third place, 7 games below .500 and a whopping 11 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals. The team has been accompanied by a near-constant stream of off-the-field controversies, and its playoff chances are rapidly approaching zero. Even the club’s jolly anthropomorphized baseball has turned belligerent.At the core of New York’s on-field frustrations has been the performance of its pitching staff, which not so long ago was gracing Sports Illustrated covers and inspiring meditations about the ideal way to build a modern baseball team. The fireballing days of Noah Syndergaard — who hit the disabled list with a torn muscle in early May — and cohorts are a distant memory, and those stars have been replaced by fill-ins who barely register on the radar gun and a beleaguered bullpen asked to shoulder a historic workload. (In their latest outing, the Mets burned through five pitchers — a normal amount by the team’s recent standards — just to yield 11 runs against the Pirates.)Just how much of a pitching drop-off have the Mets endured this year? Last season, New York led all clubs in the wins above replacement (WAR)1I’m averaging together the versions of this stat found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. it received from its pitchers, with the 39th-best tally any team had in a season since 1901. This season, they rank sixth to last in baseball in pitching WAR, putting them on pace for the team’s worst showing on the mound since 1996. On a per-162-game basis, that makes for the fifth-biggest year-to-year decline by any MLB pitching staff since 1901: YEARTEAMSEASONPREVIOUS SEASONDIFFERENCE 41915Athletics-4.713.9-18.6 82000Astros9.024.3-15.4 71997Padres6.522.2-15.7 Some of the teams ahead of the Mets on that list had their excuses: The 2004 Diamondbacks traded Curt Schilling to the Red Sox over the previous offseason, and the 1998 Marlins engaged in one of the most notorious talent dumps in baseball history.The Mets made no such trades. The rotation’s lone offseason departure was 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, a loss that seemed more than mitigated by the late-season emergence of Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, plus the return of a healthy Zack Wheeler. If anything, the team appeared to have more pitching than it knew what to do with. Even after adjusting for the inevitability of injuries, it seemed unthinkable back in spring training that New York’s pitching would be only a tad better than that of, say, the ghastly Cincinnati Reds.But the notion of the Mets having “too much pitching” sounds absurd in hindsight. After injuries to Syndergaard, Lugo, Steven Matz and closer Jeurys Familia,2Matz and Lugo haven’t pitched a single game this season. to go with an underperforming campaign by Matt Harvey, the Mets are on track to get about 13 fewer WAR from their staff this season than what was conservatively expected in spring training. (Even after accounting for what has been a surprisingly decent offense, that would make this the sixth-most-disappointing season in Mets history in terms of actual team WAR delivered compared to preseason expectations, and the worst in that department since 2003.3Interestingly, the statistical list of New York’s most disappointing seasons — 1972, then 1992, 2003, 1991, 1977 and 2017 — matches up very well with this subjective list generated by celebrated Mets blogger Jason Fry.)For a team predicated on great pitching and just enough hitting to get by, it’s hard to win when the former ends up being worse than the latter. And although the Mets’ numbers could improve when they get some of their injured pitchers back, it probably won’t be enough to save the team’s fortunes this season.The extent to which any of this was preventable — and, if it was, who should be blamed for it — will be debated for years. The team’s training staff is a popular target, but my colleague Rob Arthur found that although the Mets have had more than their share of ailments, they’re hardly the league’s most snakebit team on the injury front. It’s even worth wondering, as New York Magazine’s Will Leitch does here, whether the DL was the inevitable destination for a group of hurlers built specifically to throw the ball just about as hard as any staff ever has. Either way, they always say that young pitchers will break your heart — and these Mets couldn’t embody that axiom more if they tried. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs.com, chadwick-bureau.com 11968Reds6.827.2-20.4 62012Phillies16.532.7-16.2 101982Twins0.315.0-14.8 91957Indians10.225.3-15.1 Few pitching staffs have ever collapsed like the 2017 Mets PITCHING WAR PER 162 GAMES 22004Diamondbacks8.226.9-18.7 31998Marlins-2.516.1-18.7 52017Mets6.224.6-18.3 read more

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Network Rail to be stripped of control over Britains train tracks as

first_imgA Virgin spokesman said the company had increased the number of staff handling compensation by 80 per cent to process the payments.She said: “We apologise for the current wait that customers are experiencing when claiming delay repay. Due mostly to problems with the infrastructure that are outside of our control, there have been 70 per cent more claims than anticipated.”Who runs Britain’s trains and rail network?Britain’s railway network is run by Network Rail, a 100 per cent public-owned body after its predecessor Railtrack was nationalised in 1996.Its main “customers” are the privately owned train-operating companies that carry tens of millions of passengers around the UK ever year.Network Rail owns the infrastructure, including 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and tunnels and 2,500 stations.What is the problem?Network Rail is spending billions modernising the network and sometimes these works can over-run, which means that lines have to remain closed during busy periods.Commuters are infuriated by the delays and blame the train companies, which in turn blame Network Rail and have to seek compensation for any delays.What does the Government want to do?Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, is keen to introduce a “vertical model” on some lines which would allow train companies to have a say over the maintenance of the track.This could mean train operators being given a say over running sections of the network as new franchises are awarded by Mr Grayling, starting as soon as next year.Will it make a difference?Mr Grayling hopes so. When he was shadow transport secretary, he said that the “complete separation of track and train into separate businesses” was “not right for our railways”.The changes could eventually lead to cheaper fares and a more reliable train service for millions of commuters because Mr Grayling also blamed this separation of the train from the track for pushing up “the cost of running the railways – and hence fares – and has slowed decisions about capacity improvements”.  Mr Grayling is due to set out the proposals in a speech at Conservative think-tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday.The plans will alter key elements of the privatisation of British Rail by John Major’s Conservative government in the Nineties by giving train companies control over the tracks again.It will be a shot across the bows of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has used a threat to renationalise the railways to win over the support of frustrated rail commuters in middle England.Mr Grayling spoke of his desire to give train operators control over the track when he was Tory front-bench transport spokesman a decade ago. The rail network’s structure dates from 1996 when John Major’s government sold off British Rail and put a new private company, Railtrack, in charge of the rail network.However, Railtrack collapsed in 2001, prompting a major political row when Stephen Byers, then the Labour transport secretary, said its private shareholders would not be compensated.Network Rail, which is 100 per cent owned by the taxpayer, was set up by the government to replace Railtrack with a £300 million of public money.Train operators have to rely on Network Rail for carrying out repairs.Network Rail also decides the duration of maintenance and when works will take place.Earlier this week, it emerged that Network Rail was responsible for more than half the delays on Scotland’s trains over the past year. He said he wanted Network Rail to be “a public-sector body that acts like a private business, with a clear focus on what customers want”.This week, Network Rail also warned of major works at busy London stations which could mean that the festive getaway is a misery for millions of people.Liverpool Street and London Bridge stations will be badly affected for most of the holiday period and many services will not run in and out of other mainline stations.Other modernisation work in the South Wales area will affect mainline services between Newport, Cardiff Central and Bridgend over the Christmas period.Ministers announced this week that more than 84,000 passengers on Southern Rail are to receive £15 million in compensation for disruption this year caused by strikes, “Network Rail track failures” and “engineering works”.  The Telegraph can also disclose that Virgin Rail compensation payouts to East Coast Main Line passengers have been delayed because of a 70 per cent jump in claims.Virgin admitted that nearly 25,000 travellers have been waiting for months for compensation for delays caused by Network Rail in September. Network Rail will be stripped of its control over Britain’s train tracks and power will be handed to operators in the biggest shake-up of the railways for decades, the Government is to announce.In an attempt to end delays and reduce fares, Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, will say he wants the publicly-owned Network Rail to share responsibility for running the tracks with private train operators.It means that rail companies such as Virgin and Southern would become responsible for repairs and maintenance for the first time, ending Network Rail’s monopoly.The Government hopes the change will incentivise train companies to complete repairs more quickly and possibly herald cheaper fares. The news comes as passengers prepare for more upheaval over Christmas, with passengers being told by Network Rail that they face a “crescendo” of maintenance work over the festive season.It was announced yesterday that rail fares will go up by an average of 2.3 per cent – more than twice the rate of inflation – from Jan 2. The proposal is due to be set out by Mr Grayling in a speech at a Conservative think tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday Chris Grayling is due to unveil the proposal in a speech at the Policy Exchange on TuesdayCredit:Julian Andrews Mr Grayling is understood to want to challenge Network Rail’s monopoly on repairing and upgrading tracks and signalling. One idea is to introduce “vertical integration” which would mean train companies having power over the running of their sections of the rail network when franchises are awarded.  Mr Grayling and the Department for Transport declined to comment.Earlier this week, Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail, unveiled plans to “put the passenger at the core of everything we do” to deliver a more “reliable” railway.Mr Carne announced the creation of boards – with passenger representatives – to oversee the running of parts of the railway.center_img Currently Britain’s rail network is run by Network Rail Britain’s rail network is currently run by Network Rail We think, with hindsight, that the complete separation of track and train into separate businesses at the time of privatisation was not right for our railwaysMr Grayling The rail network’s structure dates from 1996 Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said then: “We think, with hindsight, that the complete separation of track and train into separate businesses at the time of privatisation was not right for our railways.  “The separation has helped push up the cost of running the railways – and hence fares – and has slowed decisions about capacity improvements.  “Too many people and organisations are now involved in getting things done – so nothing happens.”In publicity material sent out ahead of the speech, Policy Exchange said Mr Grayling’s vision will “put the passenger at its heart, ensuring that journeys are safe, quick, and provide value for money”.Currently, Britain’s rail network – which is run by Network Rail – and the trains that travel on it are run by completely separate companies. The rail network's structure dates from 1996 last_img read more

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Luke Marshall If we play like that again theres no point going

first_imgI was looking back on it on the big screen and he probably was my man. It was a lapse in concentration and playing new combinations. Not the defence I’m used to but, no, I put my hand up; my mistake, and it was a pretty costly error, early on in the second-half.”It was suggested to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who did not argue the point, that a similar display against the world champion All Blacks next Sunday could mean they put 50+ points on the scoreboard. The Irish 12 agreed.They may do, but I don’t think we plan to play like that next week. If we plan to play like that, there’s no point in going out on the pitch next week. We’ll go out and aim to win. If you ever go out not expecting to win, you shouldn’t be going out; you shouldn’t be playing for your country.”While Marshall contested that the scoreline may have flattered Australia, he felt the visitors fully deserved their win. New Zealand arrive in Ireland this evening and will be eyeing a win at Lansdowne Road that will see them finish 2013 unbeaten.Marshall will do well to hold onto his spot and Gordon D’Arcy’s stronger defensive game may see him partner Brian O’Driscoll in the Irish midfield. “This week, when I got the nod,” Marshall commented, “Gordon was still giving me all the advice, helping me improve and obviously for me as a young player that is key. He has so much experience and advice to give and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. If he gets the nod next week, that is just the way it goes.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >SNAPSHOT: O’Neill and Keane are at Ireland v AustraliaJoe Schmidt’s Ireland well beaten by the Wallabies LUKE MARSHALL HAS not had an easy ride since making his Ireland debut against Scotland earlier this year.The Ulster centre was an attacking dynamo against the Scots but was guilty of a knock-on in an agonising away defeat. He shipped a concussive blow in his next game out — a 13-13 draw with France — and was thoroughly concussed, and led off the field, the following week as Italy consigned Ireland’s Six Nations to the scrapheap.Logic prevailed over the summer and Marshall missed the tour wins over Canada and the USA. He was omitted from the squad that dismissed Samoa but started against Australia last night and was part of an error-strewn, defensively porous backline.The 22-year-old’s major contribution to affairs in Ireland’s 32-15 defeat was let to Quade Cooper in for the Wallaby’s third try. Marshall showed a lot of character post-match as he admitted he was at fault for the score.He told TheScore.ie: “At half-time I thought we could definitely win the game. I thought there was a swing in momentum at the end of the first half, so we were pretty confident going into the second half. But we gave a try away early on and that killed us a bit.  A lapse in concentration in defence let him free. It’s as easy a score he will get for himself.” Marshall added:last_img read more

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CONFIRMED Oxegen is back for 2013

first_imgTHERE HAVE BEEN rumours and indicators for a while that Oxegen would be happening this year, and this morning there is confirmation.MCD have announced that the festival will be taking place this year on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Punchestown Racecourse, and tickets go onsale next Friday at 8am.A choice of camping or non-camping tickets will be available, with a 3 Day Camping ticket priced at €149.50 and a 2 day weekend pass at €129.50.No lineup yet, but we’re told it will be announced on Monday from 8am.Undoubtedly revellers can’t wait to get themselves into situations like this one all over again. Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images27 people who have mixed feelings about the return of Oxegen>Poll: Are you pleased about the return of Oxegen?>last_img

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Recovery Cafe Clark County provides a safe haven

first_imgLaughter rang from the dining room at Recovery Cafe Clark County in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.A couple dozen people gathered at tables at the Fourth Plain Boulevard gathering spot, digging in to plates of macaroni, salad and dessert. The vibe and good feelings resemble a college dorm, and that’s the typical scene for the cafe during the lunch hour five days a week.While the menu varies by the day, it’s always something that “will stick to your ribs,” said Larry Worthington, the executive director for Recovery Cafe Clark County.Like the lunchtime grub, Recovery Cafe’s aim is simple, but hearty.The cafe specializes in helping people with recovery, with as few barriers as possible to access. Membership has three requirements: they must be sober for 24 hours; they must attend one recovery circle (a small support circle) each week and they must give back to the cafe community in some way, helping with chores or being a greeter.“We work with a pretty marginalized population, and our goal here is to treat everyone with radical hospitality,” Worthington said. “The Recovery Cafe is set up to be a support system for anybody in recovery.”Recovery can mean different things to members, Worthington explained. It can be recovery from drugs, alcohol, abuse or other past trauma.“We don’t determine what recovery is for our members,” Worthington said. “They determine that for themselves. Our position is, ‘We just want to accept you where you are. Join you on your journey’ and hopefully at some point, you’ll just come in to visit us because you don’t need us anymore.”last_img read more

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How San Diego plans to curb homeless crisis in 2018

first_imgHow San Diego plans to curb homeless crisis in 2018 January 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 17, 2018center_img Updated: 4:39 PM The homeless crisis came to a boiling point in 2017. From violence to Hepatitis A spreading across the country, to the success of transitional tents.It seems like the city has a stronger handle on the issue this year than last.So what’s next?KUSI was joined by Councilmember Chris Cate from District 6, who is also the Chair for the Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods Committee. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Councilmember Chris Cate, Homelessness FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Borough Looks At Repealing Need For Voter Approval On Sales Tax Increase

first_imgFor 41 years, until 2005, voter approval was not required to increase the sales tax cap. It is not required by state law; instead, in 2005, it was imposed through a voter initiative. If passed members of the public would have the opportunity to comment both verbally and in writing on any such proposed ordinance if the borough decided to vote on raising the cap. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at an ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday on whether or not to repeal the borough code which requires voter approval to increase the sales tax cap. The ordinance will go before the assembly at their regular meeting on Tuesday at 6pm.center_img In a memo to the assembly, two recent attempts to obtain voter approval to increase the sales tax cap failed at the ballot box, but the borough and state’s financial condition has worsened. The ordinance, which was introduced by Assembly Members Kenn Carpenter and Kelly Cooper, states: “The borough assembly and administration have been working to try to balance the budget and adequately fund education as well as the services provided by the borough. In the last few years increased sales tax and property tax exemptions, reductions in state funding for schools and local governments, and the ongoing needs for borough services have made it increasingly difficult for the assembly to balance the budget.”last_img read more

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Interweave Brings Successful Paid eMag Model to iPad

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Interweave has been designing highly interactive multimedia apps online for its audience of crafters in recent years; these eMagazines, such as Collage in Color and Colorways, often include embedded video and audio. In short, the company was making paid web apps before paid apps were cool. Once only available for sale at the InterweaveStore.com, now hobbyists can view the editions on the iPad. Read the rest of the story here.last_img

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Human Resources Business Partner at Analog DevicesFull-Time Talent Development Partner at Analog DevicesFull-Time Customer Service Rep (Cashier) at SpeedwayFull-Time Entry Level Energy Consultant at MS SolutionsFull-Time Entry Level Sales at Capital Carpet & Flooring SpecialistsFull-Time QA Manager at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time Benefits Representative at Serur Group Financial ServicesFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Shipper/Receiver at LubrizolFull-Time Digital Marketing Specialist at LEDVANCE(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Starbucks Closes More Than 8000 Stores Today For Racial Bias Training

first_img Share Scott Mayerowitz/APStarbucks is shutting down thousands of its coffee shops Tuesday afternoon to host racial bias training for its employees. A sign at one of the company’s cafes in Portland, Maine, informs customers that it will shut its doors at 2:30 p.m. ET.A simultaneous training session for 175,000 employees, across more than 8,000 stores — that’s what Starbucks is doing Tuesday, urging its workers and managers to discuss racial bias and respect following the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store last month.For the sessions, many Starbucks stores will shut down in the afternoon and stay closed for several hours. A sign at one location in Chicago, for instance, says the store will be locking its doors at 2:30 p.m. and reopening on Wednesday. Other stores have posted similar notices.The plan covers only Starbucks-operated stores; nearly all of the 7,000 Starbucks-licensed coffee shops — in places like supermarkets, hotels and airports — are likely to remain open, the company says.Starbucks says the afternoon training session is not mandatory — but that employees are “invited and encouraged” to attend. A company representative added that Starbucks will also use the materials in its regular training, including for new hires.The training is meant to help Starbucks navigate the challenges of being the “third place” that its leaders have often spoken about — the place where people spend time outside of work and their home. That mission came under new scrutiny in April, when two men who had been refused access to the bathroom at a Philadelphia store refused to leave. After the manager called 911, the men were arrested and held for hours.Starbucks apologized for the incident, which sparked protests, online outrage and calls for both clarifications of the chain’s policies and for new training for its employees.Early this month, the men who were arrested, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, reached a settlement with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum — and an offer to participate in an employee college tuition program that offers bachelor’s degrees online. The pair also reached a separate deal with Philadelphia, for $1 each and the promise of a public high school program for young entrepreneurs.On May 10, Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ executive chairman and former CEO, said the company had adopted a new restroom policy: “We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100 percent of the time and give people the key.”As for what Tuesday’s training will look like, Starbucks has released a general outline of the curriculum, which it says was shaped by a number of people, from Equal Justice Initiative founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill to researchers and Starbucks employees.Last month, Ifill spoke to NPR about her reaction to videos that showed the arrests at the Philadelphia store:“Well, I think like many people, it produced that same very familiar sinking feeling and anger, you know, first that the police were called for what was clearly a matter that did not require law enforcement, and then that these men were arrested by the police in that Starbucks. And, you know, it’s part of a very, very long story about African-Americans and public accommodations and how we are treated in public spaces. And in this — and retail establishments. And I think, unfortunately, that video for many of us was too familiar.”As for her role in the training, Ifill said her goal was to ensure “that what they do undertake is rigorous and is likely to produce real results.”In the training, Starbucks’ employees will use a “Team Guidebook” to follow a sequence of videos, including one that features the hip-hop artist Common discussing what he says is a life skill: how to make other people feel welcome.“I know that for me, welcoming people in my life starts first with sharing who I am,” Common says in the video, according to a transcript.That segment is followed by a five-minute session in which workers pair off and discuss the question, “What makes me, me? And you, you?”The training session also features a film by Stanley Nelson, director of the documentary Freedom Riders.Starbucks says it will also share the training materials with licensed business partners, to give their employees the option of taking part at a later time.Starbucks’ video about the training closes with the message, “It won’t be perfect, but we’re all in this together.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Patrick Walker Facebooks EMEA Partnerships Director Exits

first_img Popular on Variety Patrick Walker, Facebook’s content boss for the EMEA region, has stepped down. In a post on, fittingly, Facebook, he said he was leaving the social media giant to set up a new business.“I’ve decided to move forward myself to help shape the future where I’m more needed now by co-founding a new business at the crossroads of education, technology and inspiration,” he posted. “That’s all I can say for now…Watch this space!”A former YouTube and Google exec, Walker joined Facebook in June 2016. He was part of the team that launched the Watch video platform in Europe. The company confirmed his departure and is looking for a replacement.Walker said his time at Facebook was “remarkably fulfilling (and often thrilling).” He added: “From teaming up with colleagues and partners worldwide to help shape the future of media on our platforms, to telling our story with our incredibly capable exec, comms and policy teams, I have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity I’ve been given to learn, grow and make an impact with all of you. “I’m particularly proud of how the partnerships team came together over these years to guide publishers, creators and public figures through the inevitable ups and downs we all faced in furthering our company’s most critical mission.”Walker has been at Facebook through a period in which it launched Watch internationally, and was also under the microscope for its use of customer data and the spreading of fake news. Late last year he told U.K. press that Facebook had “made a number of mistakes by not anticipating, I think, some of the challenges a platform of our size and scope will bring, and we’ve learned the hard way.”Prior to Facebook, Walker was CEO at online video platform business Rightster, now operating as Brave Bison.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory production was unchanged for a second straight month in June as a sharp drop in auto manufacturing was offset by greater output of furniture and chemicals.The cutback in auto production comes after three months of healthy gains and is likely temporary. Still, manufacturers are struggling to overcome several challenges, including the strong dollar, weak overseas growth, and cheaper oil. Sales at retail stores also fell in June, suggesting consumers are still cautious about spending, limiting demand for factory goods. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that overall industrial production — which includes mining output and utilities, as well as manufacturing — rose 0.3 percent, the best showing since November.Mining, which includes oil and gas wells, rose 1 percent, as oil output increased. Utility output jumped 1.5 percent, the most since February, as people ramped up air conditioning in the summer.There were signs in the report, however, that manufacturing output is recovering from weakness earlier this year. Factory production rose 1.4 percent at an annual rate in the April-June quarter, after shrinking 0.8 percent in the first quarter.Outside auto manufacturing, output rose 0.3 percent in June, the most since November.That suggests “the negative impact from the earlier appreciation in the dollar may be fading a little,” Steve Murphy, U.S. economist at Capital Economics, a forecasting firm.Auto production fell 3.7 percent, likely reflecting a slowdown in sales in June.Yet car purchases remain healthy. They reached an annual pace of 17.8 million in May, the highest in a decade, according to industry analyst Autodata Corp. Sales fell back to a 17.2 million pace in June. The National Automobile Dealers Association now forecasts that car sales will top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Based on the assembly line schedules from the key manufacturers and the strength of sales, we expect motor vehicle output to bounce back soon,” Murphy said.The dollar has increased about 14 percent against a basket of overseas currencies in the past 12 months. That makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas, cutting into exports. Yet most of that gain occurred last year. The dollar has leveled off since March.And falling oil prices have caused oil drillers to cut back on their purchases of steel pipe and other equipment. Oil prices fell to $53 a barrel this month from $60 in the spring. Prices topped $100 a barrel a year ago.But the decline in oil and gas drilling may be bottoming out. New drilling fell 3.7 percent in June, the Fed said, the smallest decline since December.There are other signs that manufacturers are adjusting to these changes and slowly boosting output.U.S. factories expanded at a faster pace in June for the second straight month, according to a survey of purchasing executives by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group. Its index of manufacturing activity rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. That’s the highest reading since January. Any figure above 50 signals expansion. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches FILE – In this June 22, 2015, file photo, workers help to assemble a helicopter at the AgustaWestland’s aircraft manufacturing facility in Philadelphia. The Federal Reserve releases industrial production figures for June on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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