This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition's series of blogs on natural capital by Paul Gehres. "The farmers could really use the rain." I heard adults mention this throughout my childhood summers in America's rural Midwest. While largely unappreciated at the time, what I perceived to be a common-sense comment was loaded in ways I did not yet understand. For when it comes to agricultural yields, farmers -- and indeed all of us -- 'need the rain'. Human welfare is profoundly connected with the welfare of the natural world. The transition away from small farms to a service economy may have lessened our awareness of this dependence, but our agricultural and economic systems remain reliant on our ability to access natural resources and on stable earth systems, otherwise known as 'natural capital'. Among a vast multitude of 'services', we rely on: (1) replenishment of soil quality, (2) stable precipitation patterns that cause neither extreme floods nor drought, (3) crops resistant to blight and disease, and more broadly (4) a stable climatic system. Our dependence on natural capital This issue of our dependency on natural capital resurfaces at an important time. The recent publication of the Natural Capital Protocol is an important (if early) step toward re-engaging with the topics of dependence and environmental risk management. In addition to the issues of stock (natural resources) and flow (services provided by ecosystems), the Natural Capital Protocol pushes organisations to assess their exposure to risks and opportunities through their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The wellbeing of our families and communities is heavily dependent on the numerous materials and services that flow from the natural world. Yet in spite of this, the news is filled with examples of our inability to preserve important natural capital assets. Recently in the US, we read that: On the Alaskan island village of Shishmaref, residents of "one of Alaska's most eroded communities" voted to relocate off the island. As reported by the Huffington Post: "erosion driven by melting permafrost, rising seas and unpredictable storms has been eating away at the island in recent years." While it is difficult to attribute the physical change on Shishmaref directly to global warming, the village's dependence on permafrost, sea levels, and weather patterns is clear, and these natural capital assets were degraded by local climatic changes. In South Carolina, to combat the potential spread of Zika virus, aerial spraying of the insecticide Naled led to widespread, sudden bee deaths. As the Washington Post reported, "by one estimate, at a single apiary -- Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, in Summerville -- 46 hives died on the spot, totalling about 2.5 million bees." Bees and butterflies -- already experiencing decline in some regions (see IPBES study)-- are natural pollinators that undertake an otherwise time-consuming, painstaking process for no compensation (i.e. no salaries, pensions). This story highlights two dependencies. Firstly, we rely on natural pollination (a natural capital 'flow') for our 'pollinator-dependent crops'. We also rely on a stable climate to limit the geographic spread of tropical diseases. These examples of self-inflicted harm are occurring across the globe. Supplying food, water, and consumer goods to an increasing global population with higher levels of affluence will continue to prove a strain on natural resource stocks. As I've written in a past article, there are several routes that policymakers could choose for embedding natural capital considerations into existing regulatory frameworks. One area of great potential could be instituting natural capital 'budgets'. Natural Capital Budgets - a natural extension In the UK, the 2008 Climate Change Act instituted a process of creating five-year carbon budgets, i.e. a limit on the amount of CO2 the nation can emit each year. The recently released fifth carbon budget set targets for the 5-year period of 2028-2032. This process provides industry, investors, NGOs, and the public with long-term policy certainty on the 'direction of travel'. One extension of this success in implementing carbon budgets would be instituting broader natural capital budgets. The introduction of natural capital budgets -- while complicated and certain to face resistance -- could also offer a holistic approach to environmental protection that combines a series of policy issues into one package. While it may sound ambitious, aspects of this concept are already being recommended to the UK Government. In the third report of the Natural Capital Committee (a UK government advisory body), the Committee recommended that national accounts should include a "national balance sheet of the value of our natural assets" and that "organisations should create a register of natural capital for which they are responsible and use this to maintain its quality and quantity". As of February 2016, DEFRA and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) were working on a natural capital accounting project to integrate natural capital into UK environmental accounts. This renewed focus on our natural capital impacts and dependencies is not confined to the United Kingdom. In the United States, the White House released a Memorandum which directs Executive Partnerships and Agencies to 'develop and institutionalize policies to promote consideration of ecosystems in planning, investment and regulatory contexts'. China was recently recognised as the 'World's Largest Investor in Ecosystems', with $150 billion spent since 2000. Moving forward - businesses, governments and investors must fill the leadership gap While the term has existed for decades, the concept of natural capital does now seem to have truly arrived, with work being undertaken at all levels through initiatives like the Natural Capital Coalition, the UK's Natural Capital Committee, and the UN Natural Capital Declaration. It is still unclear whether it will be investors, businesses or governments that will take the lead to prioritise the protection of natural capital. Ideally, natural capital will follow the path of climate change policy, with investor pressure leading to an increased volume and quality of corporate reporting on natural capital topics. And as before, the UK government could convert this existing framework into a form of mandatory reporting (e.g. in company accounts). On the local level, both government and investors could opt to play a stronger role. Whether through planning conditions, levies, or similar mechanisms, local governments can use natural capital policy as a method of environmental protection (and revenue-raising). Meanwhile, investors who provide project financing could incorporate natural capital assessments into their list of evaluation criteria. The assessment of natural capital dependencies offers a useful review of risks that could impact a project's success. The new Protocol provides an important framework that standardises natural capital assessment. In the coming months, it will become clearer whether it is investors, governments, or corporates who are taking the most pro-active approach. Hopefully it will be a combination of all actors. In the long run, we all need the rain, and the natural world. Disclaimer: Articles in this series are submitted by people who work in organizations who are part of the Natural Capital Coalition, or people who are involved in the natural capital space more generally, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Natural Capital Coalition, other Coalition organizations, or the organization that employs the author. Paul Gehres is an independent environmental advisor and writer, with previous roles at Inline Policy, British Airways and the University of Westminster. His latest writing and podcast show are available at www.paulgehres.com/blog Follow Paul on Twitter: @ClimatePaul On 13th July 2016, The Natural Capital Coalition launched a standardized framework for business to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. This ' Natural Capital Protocol' has been developed through a unique collaborative process; a World Business Council for Sustainable Development consortium led on the technical development and an IUCN consortium led on business engagement and piloting. The Protocol is supported by practically focused 'Sector Guides' on Apparel and Food & Beverage produced by Trucost on behalf of Coalition. Keep up to date with the Natural Capital Coalition on Twitter: @NatCapCoalition Keep up to date with our series on natural capital here. www.naturalcapitalcoalition.org -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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Очевидцы сняли на видео посадку «Боинга-747» со сломанным шасси в аэропорт Хитроу, Лондон. Инцидент произошел 30 января, но детали стали известны только сейчас. Следовавший в Чикаго борт авиакомпании British Airways был вынужден вернуться в пункт отправления после того, как приборы показали неисправность.
Д. НАДИНА: Давайте подключим традиционно нашу рубрику "Полезные советы". Вчера мы с вами говорили о том, как искать дешёвые билеты на самолёт. В какое время их покупать, какими авиакомпаниями лучше летать. Вернее, на какие сайты лучше заходить, на какие не заходить для поиска билетов. Сегодня эту тему путешествий мы продолжим и поговорим о мильных программах: как эту программу подключить, как работать и главное — услугами каких банков пользоваться для того, чтобы успешнее и быстрее эти мили копить. К нам подключается Никита Морев, сооснователь проекта PiratesRU — блога о тревел-предложениях в России. Здравствуйте! Н. МОРЕВ: Здравствуйте! Д.Н.: Насколько я понимаю, существует несколько неплохих предложений. Какие банки это предлагают и на что нужно обращать внимание? Н.М.: Прежде чем обращаться к каким-то банкам, нужно разобраться в следующем. За последние два года количество кобрендовых карт именно с авиакомпаниями слегка уменьшилось. У банков появилось большое количество собственных мильных в кавычках программ. На самом деле эти мили не являются милями авиакомпании — это бонусы от банков. Из-за этого возникает большая путаница для человека, несведущего в этом и не понимающего. Потому что и там и там бонусные баллы называются милями, но в одном они реально конвертируются в билеты, а в другом — это на самом деле некие виртуальные рубли, за которые вы также можете купить билет. Поэтому здесь нужно понять, о какой половине мы говорим. Д.Н.: Конечно, про все возможности рассказывайте. Н.М.: Так получилось, что за последние два года, когда курс рубля сильно поменялся, мильные программы стали гораздо менее интересными на российском рынке. Это произошло по двум причинам. С одной стороны, в связи с тем что стало гораздо больше горящих предложений от авиакомпаний, билеты физически в рублях в среднем стали дешевле. С другой стороны, мильные программы за счёт того, что у них было большое количество партнёров и бонусов, фактически девальвировали стоимость этих миль. Это второе. И третье. Поскольку второй способ зарабатывать мили авиакомпании — это оплата по банковским картам, а там идёт привязка к доллару и евро, и, соответственно, если раньше можно было получить одну-полторы-две мили за 30 рублей покупок по карте, то сейчас это в среднем одна-полторы мили за 50—60 рублей покупок по карте. То есть произошла условная девальвация примерно в два раза. Таким образом, стало сложнее накапливать мили, при этом стало менее интересно покупать билеты за мили. Получился двойной удар по программам лояльности. Поэтому на данный момент если говорить про карты, то наиболее интересными будут программы с западными компаниями. Из именно мильных карточек сейчас наиболее интересной осталась от старых времён карточка "Райффайзенбанка" совместно с Austrian Airlines, но позволяющая зарабатывать одну милю за 40 рублей. Также неплохое предложение у западных авиакомпаний есть у "Русского стандарта" с British Airways — American Express и Mastercard они выпускают. Но на самом деле сейчас с точки зрения путешественника наиболее интересными картами будут, как ни странно, карты, которые предлагают кешбэк либо кешбэк по тревел-предложению. Потому что, грубо говоря, при покупке авиабилетов либо при бронировании гостиниц и так далее. Нужно смотреть не на те банки, которые предлагают исключительно карты с милями авиакомпаний, а на ту максимальную отдачу, которую вы сможете получить Н. Морев Относительно банков. Если карта с кешбэком даст большую отдачу, то можно вообще не усложнять себе жизнь мильными программами. Здесь много вариантов на рынке. В среднем логика такая: один процент за все категории, остальное — в зависимости от того, где вы покупаете. То есть если вы часто ходите в магазин и выбираете те банки и карточки, которые дают больше бонусов с магазинами. Если вы ходите в ресторан — карты, которые с ресторанами. Если заливаете много бензина — карты, которые дают нам максимальный кешбэк по бензину. Наиболее универсальные в этом плане банки — это "Тинькофф" с кешбэком 1% на всё и повышенным процентом на категории, которые можно выбирать. Похожие условия есть у "Touch банка". Самая универсальная — кредитная карта "Райффайзенбанка" "Всё сразу", где можно по достижении 50 тысяч бонуса конвертировать в рубли, а также карта "МТС Банка" "МТС деньги" с мобильной опцией, который называется "МТС деньги вклад". Там 3% кешбэка на все покупки. Д.Н.: Спасибо! Никита Морев, сооснователь проекта PiratesRU.
Apple, Google и Coca-Cola четвертый год подряд остались наиболее дорогими в мире, свидетельствует отчет Interbrand Corp. о ведущих брендах мира в 2016 году. По данным Interbrand, стоимость бренда Apple повысилась на 5%, до 179,1 млрд долларов. Google прибавил за год 11%, подорожав до 133,3 млрд долларов, сообщает «Интерфакс». Coca-Cola, которой удавалось удерживать первенство в течение 13 лет до 2013 года благодаря успешному маркетингу, теперь занимает третье место, стоимость ее бренда снизилась на 7%, до 73,1 млрд долларов. В первую десятку также попали Microsoft, IBM, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon, Mercedes и General Electric. Совокупная стоимость 100 ведущих мировых брендов увеличилась в 2015 году на 4,7% по сравнению с прошлым годом, до 1 трлн 796 млрд долларов. Interbrand Corp.– предприятие, входящее в Omnicom Group и специализирующееся на разработке брендов. Основано в 1974 году в Лондоне. Сеть компании насчитывает 40 офисов в 25 странах. Клиентами Interbrand в разное время были: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Compaq, AstraZeneca, Deutsche Telekom, British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Canadian Air, Qantas, 3Com, Тройка диалог, Thai Airways International, Shtokman, AT&T, а так же футбольные клубы «Шахтер», «Ювентус» и «Рубин». Компания занималась разработкой логотипа Зимних Олимпийских игр 2014 года в Сочи. Закладки:
Бесплатные напитки и закуски исчезнут с 11 января 2017 года на рейсах британского авиаперевозчика
Авиакомпания British Airways с 11 января 2017 года отменит бесплатное питание в эконом-классе для рейсов на небольшие расстояния в аэропорты Хитроу и Гатвик, сообщается на сайте компании. Сообщается, что пассажирам предложат новое ...
Debate Results by Einstein: Hillary Wins Status Quo Vote, Trump Wins Change Voters, Election Decision, Choose Past or Future, Insanity or Common Sense
According to the logic of Albert Einstein the "deplorables" Hillary Clinton despises are the only sane voters. The brainy Einstein reasoning sums up the choice for this critical presidential election, "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Like a roller coaster ride at Universal Studios, the "Back to The Future" theme emerges. While waiting in the doctor's office post-debate interesting first-hand polling analysis flowed in the chatter of diverse Americans, notably the common sense desiring change deplorable voters versus the Einstein insane for status quo. The comment that I looked like a younger sister of Hillary drew a humorous anecdote response. I shared that years ago while traveling on British Airways from JFK to London when I got up to use the bathroom suddenly a woman yelled out "Hillary" and I turned around and saw it was my friend Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan. We laughed and kibitzed when she realized it was me. Dynamics of random encounters are full of surprises. This doctor's office visit was one of those unique experiences. Comparison to Hillary was the catalyst for open dialogue, perhaps validating rumors of a "new silent majority." Unexpectedly an attractive African-American middle-aged woman held up the cover of Fortune magazine dated September 15, with a nice picture of the Democrat nominee alongside the relevant question, "Is Hillary Good for Business?" Igniting lively sparring in the otherwise quiet reception room. The elegant black lady carrying a red designer briefcase scoffed at the publication title proclaiming it was absurd, "Hillary has no business experience and doesn't know how to create jobs." Then an elderly white bespectacled gentleman shouted out "better the devil you know." He said he was a Bernie supporter because he is a socialist and wants universal health care. His guy lost so now he's for Hillary, "next best choice" he says. Inspiring the young trendy Latina millennial sitting by her mother's side to jump in and surprisingly state, "We need change, we can't trust Hillary, she only cares about Hillary. Did you see her smirk? She thinks she's got it in the bag. Bernie was good for change but now Trump is our best hope." In the words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise!" Status Quo is Pro-Elitism and Anti-Middle Class For intellectuals who think they know better than plain-street folks, Einstein has more to say, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." This iconic 20th century genius was conscience driven. Einstein taught us, "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." One could argue that the popular TV media is turning a blind eye to change. Why? From CNN (aka Clinton Network News) to MSNBC (aka Main Stream News Backing Clinton) to CBS and ABC, all except Fox, embody the "C" which seemingly stands for Clinton in their corporate moniker and mission. Are they fearful of populist change because they can control or be controlled by status quo politicians? Both can and do. An unhealthy co-dependency. All about power and money. Even the well-mannered debate moderator was intimidated by the political diva, arriving on stage with an arrogant, graceless attitude. Media reports just prior to the debate informed that Les Holt was "nervous with legs shaking," reportedly because he had been bugged nonstop by the Hillary team. One can only surmise by the unfair advantage he gave in extra time and soft-ball questions that demanding styles trickle down to staff. Like the Frank Sinatra song, someone who is used to "My Way", was the view shining through during and following Monday's Round One Presidential Debate. But modest voters see through manipulative tactics. Patronizing gleeful gloating demonstrates status quo elitism is out of touch with the real plight of working Americans. All the celebrity power in the world can't top the real power in America-the middle class workers. The status quo campaign slogan with another dimming star is illuminating- "I'm With Her" instead of "She's For Us." Banners "stronger together" are deceptive marketing. Real change action by creating opportunities for American entrepreneurs, improving the lives of workers and growing the middle class is what will lead to national unity. Media and voters, what sustainable American jobs offering growth has the status quo candidate over the last decades personally created? Which onerous job-killing regulations have been eliminated by the status quonominee to make economic growth sustainable? How have our inner-cities been lifted by status quo? One of the most promising neighborhoods is the L.A.-Crenshaw district but it has regressed beyond imagination. Shameful Status Quo! American Workers Need Results Not Rhetoric Working daily on the front lines in family businesses offers insight into American middle class workers goals. They are not amused by being used by status quo career-politicians to get elected and then forgotten when in office. Many are struggling to survive and recklessly raising minimum wages is not the right solution. Middle class workers and small-medium businesses know it. But status quo politicians are clueless. This tactic for votes is woefully misguided and harmful to workers. It is already costing many more middle class jobs to flee to Mexico, Europe and Asia and creating more government dependency. American workers are forced to pay the non-workers bills. How does this socialist-style economic policy help millennials to become successful and ever own a home? It doesn't, it enslaves them like the minorities in our inner-cities have become enslaved by status quo political policies, predominately implemented by the Democratic Party. Costing neighborhoods and livelihoods. That is what is truly deplorable. As a side thought, often Democrat friends in government and churches while working together in our inner-cities, ask why I chose to be Republican since I care so much about workers there. It is specifically because of being pro-worker, pro-entrepreneur, pro-U.S. Constitution, opposed to all forms of slavery including dependency on government and being pro-life including supporting the opportunity for all to be healthy and successful including the vulnerable. I believe the only healthy dependency is with God. He created us to be independent except from Him. That is why I consider myself a Christian-American first and then an Independent-Republican. American Workers Need Red and Blue Working For Their Future One need only look at cities like Los Angeles and states like California after foolishly enacting high minimum wages and anti-business regulations, causing small and medium size companies to move middle class jobs to business and worker friendly states like Florida. Next step already underway is more companies moving more middle class jobs overseas. This is fact, fictitious promises of higher income by forcing higher wages is a farce. Not sustainable growth. Exactly what status quo wants and relies upon for special interest elites to thrive. Status quo policies for economic recovery and growth show that the true blue color is not for "blue collar" workers, rather for helping "blue-blood elites." Businesses need fair competition and fair trade for economic growth for workers. Growing up in modest beginnings only helps others if you hold onto your roots. Secretary Clinton does not understand about growing small, medium businesses. If she did she would not put forth the absurd anti-small business, anti-worker, anti-middle class policies expressed in response to the first question of the debate. And the moderator forgot to ask- "Who will pay for all the give-away promises?" Under status quo leadership- the American middle class worker pays. And to the preachy comment, from the "out of touch" pulpit, that all Americans have a bias- with all due respect, "speak for yourself" Madame Secretary. The question was about the men and women who are "true blue" working in law enforcement, waking up to uncertainty every day, getting dressed in their uniforms and loyally going to the front lines to protect and serve, risking their humble lives for every American. From my personal experience of working side by side for decades with the vailiant LAPD and Los Angeles Sheriffs in South Central Los Angeles where I grew up, sadly it is now one of America's most dangerous inner-cities. The only bias these patriotic American men and women in blue (and beige) have is against criminals who want to harm innocent Americans. That's the truth. Why not tell voters the truth? Pandering for inner-city votes trying to convince middle class workers that somehow status quo is okay and that status quo economic policies will work, is just plain hogwash. Failed past actions repeated lead to failed futures-that is what Einstein smartly informs us. That's why we need to change status quo. American Workers Need Honest Advocates "Monday night quarterback" political pundits continue to give advice but in the end it's the American middle class workers and American small and mid-size businesses who stand to lose the most by status quo winning the election. Big business and political elites from both parties are happy with status quo and support the status quo candidate because of self-interest. It is extremely disappointing after years of support from so many who looked up to them as leaders to see some of the GOP establishment like members of the Bush Family, Mitt Romney and Governor Kasich turn a blind eye to the middle class American workers because of their own bruised egos and selfish desire to hold onto power. No one is entitled to a political office; it must be earned not inherited. Honest advocacy for the American worker wins the right to serve them. All candidates who sign pledges to support their party's nominee but renege demonstrate they are not trustworthy. It just highlights how easy it is for career-politicians to make and break promises to the American workers. American Workers Need Sustainable Futures To make greater profits by shipping American middle-class jobs overseas, the gigantic global corporations and international billionaire elites need status quo to win. It's win-win for them. When have we seen Ford leadership, headquartered in struggling Michigan, fight for why it's good to build cars in Mexico? This election. Why? Because status quo is finally being challenged by a leader who has the guts, the vision and the successful business background to truly shake up status quo. CEO Trump is fighting for the American middle class workers and families. That is his expressed motivation for President. His desire is to serve the American people. He is leading the fight for more jobs, greater security and sustainable growth in America. Every career-politician promises the "American Dream" to voters, but we now have an opportunity to elect someone with real sustainable economic development skills to make that desired goal a reality for all American workers. Not another phony "pay to play" scheme enriching only the elites at the expense of hard-working American patriots. American Workers Plea to Independent and Skeptical Voters: Think Big! This race is the most critical election of our lifetime for our children and grandchildren. Their future security will depend on whether we vote for secure borders and sustainable economic growth opportunities for American workers and small, medium American businesses or we accept status quo global elite corruption controlling our leaders and destiny. Race and religion does play a vital role. Both need to be respected, protected and freely embraced. America is called to be the leading land of freedom and opportunity for all people. Not a corrupt country led by the few for the few, but a virtuous nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. All the American people. How America leads in 2017 and beyond will define the course of the world. Are we to be a virtuous Constitution based U.S.A. as our Founders deemed? It is our responsibility to ensure all Americans have the greatest possible opportunity to be healthy, secure and prepared to fulfill individual and collective destiny. Closing consideration, Einstein wisely counsels us, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." No more automatic entitlement of career-politicians or dynasties to rule. America needs a new way. Recalling President Reagan's message, "Status Quo, you know is Latin for-the mess we're in." Let us honestly stand strong together, replacing failed status quo with a new kind of leader who will work tirelessly for American middle class families. Like Marty painfully discovered on his dream journey in the hit film "Back to The Future," American workers, let us vote common sense by taking our country back, creating and directing our nation into a blockbuster future. On this Feast-day of St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, military, doctors and government workers, we ask his protection over all who serve others as good warriors for all citizens, especially protecting the vulnerable amongst us. Fellow American workers, brothers and sisters- Alleluia, Amen. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Состоялась встреча Владимира Путина с генеральным директором публичного акционерного общества «Аэрофлот» Виталием Савельевым. Глава компании информировал Президента об итогах деятельности авиационной группы «Аэрофлот», а также о стратегических целях холдинга.
Qatar Airways and the parent of British Airways are setting up a revenue-sharing business partnership.
С первых дней существования пассажирской авиации, симпатичные стюардессы и стюарды были одной из важнейших её составляющих. И, как можно понять по размещённым здесь фото, впечатляющие внешние данные по сей день остаются непременным условием приёма на работу бортпроводниками в авиакомпаниях по всему миру. Блоггер с ником Fly Guy, которому приходится много летать по миру, решил провести собственный «конкурс красоты» среди бортпроводников разных авиакомпаний мира, для чего просто фотографировал «самых симпатичных и сексуальных» из них во время своих путешествий. Вот «жемчужины» его богатой коллекции. А кому бы вы отдали первое место:
On the runway at San Francisco International Airport that day, the plane looked like another British Airways 777 rolling out on the tarmac for an international flight. The giant aircraft, however, was filled with a group of creative thinkers and accomplished business people taking part in what the airline called an "Ungrounded" flight. The destination was London and the G-8 summit, and as they reached cruising altitude, assigned teams set to work attempting to find sustainable solutions to global problems. One of the passengers onboard was Austin entrepreneur William Hurley, the founder of Honest Dollar and Chaotic Moon Studios. "This was amazing," he said. "Just amazing. We collaborated with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations and came up with ideas for increasing the number of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and improving their access to digital resources and jobs. We've been energized about all of this ever since." Hurley, who is known in the tech community as "Whurley," has just become a part of an international effort that will focus on empowering women by increasing their access to information and communications technologies (ICT). ITU and United Nations Women just launched a program called "Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age." Data from UN Women indicates the Digital Divide isn't just about economic access to technology but is also constrained by gender. Globally, 250 million fewer women are online than men and the Internet user gap between the sexes has increased to 12 percent in 2016. In the developing world, the figure is even more daunting for women with a 31 percent difference. "We need to make girls and young women understand that tech is not just for boys," said Doreen Bogdan, Chief of Strategic Planning at International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Switzerland. "Tech has become a part of everyone's lives, but right now women are largely excluded. They're less likely to be online than men, less likely to choose technology-related studies, less likely to be working as a tech professional, and much less likely to be in a tech leadership role. We have to change that. We can change that." Doreen Bogdan of ITU and Whurley Make the "Equals" Sign Bogdan's ITU organization launched International Girls in ICT Day in 2011 as part of the initial efforts to begin closing the gender digital divide. Celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in April, 160 countries around the world have participated in the 7,200 events that reached 240,000 girls. Increasing the number of women in technology is not just good for their gender; it also is expected to have a widespread impact on the global economy. Tech giant Intel estimates that an additional 600 million women and girls online has the potential to boost global GDP by as much as $18 billion dollars. "The information society is incomplete without the inclusion, contribution and leadership of women and girls," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, in the Geneva announcement of the Equals program. "They must have access to ICTs, and we must foster their capabilities to use the technology. This is central to the realization of women's rights at all levels and can be a real driver of accelerated progress towards the achievement of Agenda 2030." The agenda involves the UN Sustainable Development Goals and includes a campaign to bring equality to women through the Internet and associated technologies. The technology imbalances for women can, nonetheless, appear overwhelming. According to ITU, there are 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries that still do not even own a mobile phone. Research also indicates there are fewer women in the ICT workforce at every level and in every country. To end these shortcomings, the Equals campaign's three goals are to achieve equal access to digital technologies for girls and women, empower them with skills to become ICT creators, and promote females as ICT leaders and entrepreneurs. "Historically, I have usually worked for women in my career," said Whurley. "Including places like Apple and IBM. I know a lot of women who are engineers so I have a bit of a different perspective. They are not unicorns. They are out there in technology and we'll have more of them if we just create the right environments and provide more opportunities. We have to make some adjustments. We are only going to be having more and more technology and we need more bright and creative women for even more innovation." There is much to be accomplished. In 2016, women ran just three of the tech companies in the Fortune 500 -- IBM, Xerox, and Oracle. There were only 21 female CEOs out of all of the Fortune 500. Businesses, non-profits, institutions and individuals interested in working to close the digital divide for women are asked to email [email protected] to become a part of guiding, tracking, and scaling up successful initiatives for change. Also at: http://encast.co/2016/09/21/helping-women-cross-digital-divide/ -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Air carriers that provide all-business-class service have always had trouble establishing a solid user base, and evidence this month seems to indicate that the model is still struggling. The latest casualties come from French carrier La Compagnie, an entirely-business-class carrier and British Airways, which operates several all-business-class flights out of [...]
Российский пассажирский самолет задел в варшавском аэропорту хвостовую часть другого лайнера
Самолeт крупнейшей британской авиакомпании British Airways совершил экстренную посадку в Париже. Судно приземлилось в аэропорту Шарль де Голля.
Сегодня утром в Париже самолёт авиакомпании British Airways совершил экстренную посадку в аэропорту Шарль де Голля. Что стало причиной вынужденной посадки борта Airbus A320, пока неизвестно. Обстоятельства случившегося уточняются.
Пролетая над воздушным пространством Шотландии, британский самолет Boeing 747, следовавший из Лас-Вегаса в Лондон, сообщил о ЧП на борту. Пролетая над воздушным пространством Шотландии, британский самолет Boeing 747, следовавший из Лас-Вегаса в Лондон, сообщил о ЧП на борту. Чуть позже ситуация с ЧП, случившимся на борту, прояснилась. Оказалось, что экипаж самолета экстренно связался с диспетчерами
На борту самолета British Airways после вылета из Лас-Вегаса произошло ЧП