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22 февраля, 14:47

12 Amazing Soups to Try If You’re Tired of Chicken Noodle

Burnt out on chicken noodle soup? Try these amazing soups instead, and whip up something new to share with your family and friends.

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22 февраля, 12:12

Роснефть продала 12% уставного капитала в Saras за 175 млн евро

Москва. "Роснефть" продала 12% уставного капитала в итальянской энергетической компании Saras за 175 млн евро. Таким образом, российская компания полностью вышла из капитала Saras. Ранее Rosneft JV Projects (косвенное дочернее общество ...

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22 февраля, 11:22

«Роснефть» получила за 12% итальянской энергокомпании Saras 175 млн евро

«Роснефть» продала 12% уставного капитала в итальянской энергетической компании Saras за 175 млн евро, говорится в материалах компании.«В январе 2017 г. компания реализовала 12-процентную долю в уставном капитале Saras S.p.A институциональным инвесторам. Сумма сделки составила 175 млн евро (11 млрд руб. по официальному курсу ЦБ...

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22 февраля, 09:05

President's Day & Sara Bareilles Make Broadway Box Office Bonanza

A bevvy of new shows bumped the box office even further.

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21 февраля, 13:00

Flex Mom: Finding The Balance Between Working And Staying Home

A conversation with Sara Blanchard, author of Flex Mom: The Secrets of Happy Stay-at-Home Moms on finding the sweet spot between working and staying at home.

20 февраля, 18:02

How the WHITE HOUSE sees month one -- GRAYDON CARTER’s Trump obsession -- MATTIS in Baghdad, Pence in Brussels -- TRUMP associates pitch Ukraine-Moscow peace plan -- B’DAY: Mitch McConnell is 75

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2lD9unF ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Monday morning, and Happy Presidents’ Day.THE WHITE HOUSE sent out this email this morning, with the subject line “President Donald J. Trump’s First Month: Achieving Results for the American People” http://politi.co/2ldTiItSENSE A PATTERN? – GRAYDON CARTER’s editor’s letters in Vanity Fair – March 2017: “Trump’s White House: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” http://bit.ly/2lCKMUl ...Hollywood 2017: “Donald Trump: A Pillar of Ignorance and Certitude” http://bit.ly/2lCT4vy ...February 2017: “Welcome to Trumpistan” http://bit.ly/2m0qB3m ... Holiday 2016: “Graydon Carter on Trump’s ‘Only in America’ Election Win” http://bit.ly/2kZFtL7 ... April 2016: “‘Look Upon My Short Fingers, Ye Mighty, and Despair!’” http://bit.ly/2lmQN5c ... March 2016: “The Good, the Bad, and the Short-Fingered” http://bit.ly/2lmQQho ... November 2015: “Steel Traps and Short Fingers” http://bit.ly/2lCQFBd TRUMP SPEAKS -- @realDonaldTrump at 9:15 a.m.: "Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!" ... at 9:33 a.m.: "HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY - MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX THIS WEEK should be a quiet-ish one in D.C., as both chambers of Congress are out of session. But expect protests at public events across the country. DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS is in Baghdad today, per an early morning AP bulletin. He said the U.S. isn’t there “to seize anybody’s oil,” per WaPo’s Dan Lamothe in Baghdad. http://wapo.st/2ldJa2HVP MIKE PENCE is in Brussels and will speak by phone later today with PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, who is in Palm Beach, Florida.Trump gets back to D.C. this evening.-- European Council President Donald Tusk (@eucopresident): “I asked @mike_pence if he shared my opinions on 3 key matters: international order, security & new US administration attitude towards EU. … In reply @mike_pence said ‘yes’ 3 times. Now Europeans and Americans must simply practise what they preach.”MORE TUSK alongside Pence, per pooler Ashley Parker of WaPo: “Let me, first of all, thank you for this meeting. We all truly needed it. Too much has happened over the past month in your country, and in the E.U. Too many new and sometimes surprising opinions have been voiced over this time about our relations, and our common security, for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be. And thank you for being so open and frank with me.”-- ASHLEY PARKER and MICHAEL BIRNBAUM: “Shadow president or mere shadow? In Europe, Pence seeks to reassure allies unnerved by Trump”: “Pence journeyed to Europe to soothe a continent that has watched, with alarm, as Trump called NATO ‘obsolete’ and rose to electoral victory on the promise of a more isolationist ‘America First’ set of populist policies. Even for the diplomats, bureaucrats and foreign leaders who found comfort in his words, Pence’s gentle message belied a more thorny question that hummed throughout the conference lobby: Will Pence emerge as a capable vice president, empowered by his willingness to delve into policy details where the president will not, or is he yet another grunt in Trump’s freewheeling army of disruption?” http://wapo.st/2lmCpK0-- POLITICO EU’s MATTHEW KAMINSKI in Munich: “Awkward first date in Munich: Politesse but no spark as Europe’s security establishment met the new American political order”: “They came anxious. They listened closely and claimed to like a lot of what they heard. And they left just as anxious as they arrived. This weekend’s maiden encounter between Europe’s elite and the new American political order was well-scripted and polite. But the Munich Security Conference, the yearly gabfest for defense geeks, was more notable for the awkward moments, the lack of spark and the unaltered confusion about the new, dizzying realities. For the Americans and Europeans gathered in the Bavarian capital, it felt like the first date of an arranged coupling, not the natural renewal of a now 70-year-old vow that takes place every time a new president takes office in Washington.” http://politi.co/2kQGgNy-- WAPO: “British lawmakers to debate Trump’s state visit,” by Karla Adams in London: “British lawmakers on Monday will debate whether to withdraw an invitation to President Trump for a state visit -- ­an offer extended with un­precedented speed. The debate, to be held in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, was triggered after a petition calling on the British government to cancel the state visit amassed more than 1.8 million signatures. A counter-petition urging the government to support the visit, signed by 300,000, will also be debated.” http://wapo.st/2m0v4DiTRUMP’S FRONTS -- NYT http://bit.ly/2kQuS4z … N.Y. POST http://nyp.st/2lyZknD … PALM BEACH POST -- “Boynton Trump fan feels star treatment” http://bit.ly/2meCDSMPETER BAKER, the ace NYT White House reporter who was yesterday’s pooler, noted in his final pool report that he had a “14-hour pool day without ever actually eyeing the subject of interest.” Yesterday we wrote in Playbook that Trump was playing golf, but in reality, he was at a golf course, and we had no idea what he was doing there because the White House didn’t tell us. Apologies. We won’t assume anymore.-- TRUMP appeared at a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Saturday night and the White House didn’t tell reporters. WaPo’s Phil Bump: “An Instagram video captured Trump’s entrance. ‘We did not plan this,’ an announcer says as the president works his way through the crowd. At the Melbourne event, Trump appeared in a suit without a tie; for the gala, he dressed up a bit. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the media about Trump’s appearance at the event during a brief press availability Sunday. More than 800 people attended the event, reporters were told, with Trump talking to ‘quite a few’ of them. One reporter asked if Mar-a-Lago guests had special access to the president, prompting Sanders to reply that ‘the president is extremely accessible to most of America’ and is the ‘most accessible president that [she’s] ever seen.’” http://wapo.st/2kZJxLz … The Instagram video http://bit.ly/2kZKGmpHOT ON TWITTER -- NYT A1, “Trump Associates Push Backdoor Ukraine Plan – Peace Effort Seems to Reflect a Russian Tilt and Undercuts Kiev’s Leadership,” by Megan Twohey and Scott Shane (online headline: “A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates”): “A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.“At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes. … The amateur diplomats say their goal is simply to help settle a grueling, three-year conflict that has cost 10,000 lives. ‘Who doesn’t want to help bring about peace?’ Mr. Cohen asked.” http://nyti.ms/2m0q3e4 FOR JOE SCARBOROUGH -- HMM -- “Stephen Miller called Brooklyn U.S. Attorney at home and told him how to defend travel ban in court,” by Harry Siegel in the N.Y. Daily News: “In the chaotic hours after President Trump signed on a Friday afternoon the sloppily written executive order meant to fulfill his Muslim ban campaign promise, Stephen Miller called the home of Robert Capers to dictate to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District how he should defend that order at a Saturday emergency federal court hearing. That’s according to a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the call, which happened as Department of Justice attorneys cancelled plans, found babysitters and rushed back to their Brooklyn office to try and find out what exactly it was they were defending and who was being affected by it.” http://nydn.us/2lyIllm -- “Lewandowski: Trump’s staff has ‘not prepared’ him”: “‘The staff has probably not prepared him as well as they could have or should have,’ Corey Lewandowski said in an interview for David Axelrod’s ‘The Ax Files’ podcast published Monday. Lewandowski cited the rollout of Trump’s immigration order, which was eventually halted by an appeals court, as an example. During the hourlong interview, Lewandowski also criticized Trump’s senior staffers for their collective lack of government experience. Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump’s campaign in June and now has a political consulting firm, has reportedly stayed close to Trump. He continued to praise Trump’s vision during ‘The Ax Files’ interview, saying ‘you have a president who wants to move very quickly, who has a grand vision of what he wants to accomplish and is leaving the details to the staff to implement.’” http://politi.co/2m3YOf5 … The podcast episode http://cnn.it/2mev7r1DNC RACE WATCH -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- NH Dem Chair Ray Buckley is emailing PCCC members today explaining why he is dropping out of the race and endorsing Keith Ellison. “As I’ve talked to the DNC membership, it’s clear that nobody has all the votes they need yet. It’s also clear Keith [Ellison] has widespread and growing support.”-- “Buttigieg picks up 9 mayors’ endorsements in DNC race,” by CNN’s Eric Bradner: http://cnn.it/2lCD9gF-- NEW YORKER: “WILL KEITH ELLISON MOVE THE DEMOCRATS LEFT?: By running for the D.N.C. chair, the Minnesota congressman hopes to lead a populist opposition against Trump,” by Vinson Cunningham: http://bit.ly/2kZGd37PALM BEACH UPDATE -- “Mar-a-Lago Neighbors Discover Costs of Trump’s Visits,” by NYT’s Jane Smith and Frances Robles: “For some of the businesses and government agencies that surround President Trump’s ‘Winter White House,’ the effects of his frequent weekend getaways to Mar-a-Lago can best be told in numbers. $200,000 in lost fuel sales at a large local airport in a single four-day visit this month. 75 no-shows at a new restaurant in just one night. $60,000 a day to pay overtime to sheriff’s deputies who guard the many closed roads, a tab that is about $1.5 million over all since the election. 250 private flights grounded every day.” http://nyti.ms/2m0uQvZTHE JUICE …-- ARI MELBER invited STEPHEN MILLER on his MSNBC show, attempting to take him up on his offer to appear on any show at any time. http://bit.ly/2kE2g3k The White House said he was unavailable. Joe Scarborough weighed in. http://bit.ly/2kE4cZm-- PLAYBOOK POSTCARD FROM VAIL: A T-shirt on sale in Vail: “Make Vail Great Again -- Build a Wall -- Make Aspen Pay For It” http://bit.ly/2meE5Vj ... Yesterday’s cover of Vail Daily has a Vail ski gondola (with an American flag) and the name “Chair Force One” http://bit.ly/2lmCkpM ... View of the Colorado Rockies from the slopes http://bit.ly/2meL1Sn-- FIRST LOOK: The White House Historical Association has unveiled the design of this year’s Official White House Christmas Ornament. This one honors the FDR presidency and “features a zinc cast design inspired by the eagle cartouche that adorned the speaker’s stand at Roosevelt’s first inauguration.” http://politi.co/2kQn3f5 ... The ornament http://bit.ly/2mep9qkWHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING -- SUSAN J. FOWLER: “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber” http://bit.ly/2kZHEyA … Uber is investigating http://bloom.bg/2kE35ceHILLWATCH -- “Maine’s Susan Collins unafraid to oppose President Trump,” by the Boston Globe’s Tyler Pager. http://bit.ly/2lyN06M-- SUSAN GLASSER’S “THE GLOBAL POLITICO”: “Will Republicans Break With Trump Over Russia?” -- interview with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.): http://politi.co/2kQsf2zBEYOND THE BELTWAY -- NYT A1, “Oil Recovers But Not Its Jobs: Automation Reduces Need for Blue-Collar Workers,” by Clifford Krauss in Midland, Tex.: “Oil and gas workers have traditionally had some of the highest-paying blue-collar jobs — just the type that President Trump has vowed to preserve and bring back. But the West Texas oil fields, where activity is gearing back up as prices rebound, illustrate how difficult it will be to meet that goal. As in other industries, automation is creating a new demand for high-tech workers — sometimes hundreds of miles away in a control center — but their numbers don’t offset the ranks of field hands no longer required to sling chains and lift iron.“So while there is a general sense of relief in the oil patch that a recovery is gaining momentum, discussions at company meetings and family kitchen tables are rife with aching worries, especially among those who are middle-aged with no more than a high school education. Roughly 163,000 oil jobs were lost nationally from the 2014 peak, or about 30 percent of the total, while oil prices plummeted, at one point by as much as 70 percent. The job losses just in Texas, the most productive oil-producing state, totaled 98,000.” http://nyti.ms/2ldSlA3PAGING ALL DEMOCRATS -- “Barack Obama’s presidential library may need $1.5 billion,” by Page Six’s Richard Johnson: “The Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago could require a $1.5 billion endowment, its architects say, three times what was raised for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Husband-and-wife architectural team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien noted that it will be difficult to raise such a huge sum because Obama scrupulously declined to do much fund-raising while he was still in office.“The Obama Center is due to be so expensive because it will require the construction of both a presidential library and a museum about the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama. And federal requirements now stipulate that former presidents must have larger endowments to pay for annual operating costs at the libraries. ‘It won’t be easy,’ Williams said. ‘It’s not just about preserving the past. It’s about the future.’ The actual buildings were slated to cost $200 million. ‘But I told them it will cost $300 million,’ Williams said. Williams and Tsien spoke about the project with architectural critic Paul Goldberger on Wednesday, at the annual benefit for East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve.” http://pge.sx/2lCIR2mINTRIGUE -- NYT A9, “A Long-Running Scandal and a Senate Pick Stir Corruption Questions in Alabama,” by Alan Blinder in Montgomery, Ala.: “When Luther Strange ran for attorney general in this scandal-weary state in 2010, he appeared in an advertisement that spoke darkly of the Alabama capital’s ‘corruption, grand jury investigations, insider deals, abusing the public trust.’ Mr. Strange won that year’s general election easily, and then another one in 2014. But since ascending to the United States Senate this month, he has found his popularity threatened and his fellow Republicans troubled, largely because he accepted the appointment of Gov. Robert J. Bentley, a subject of an active investigation that the new senator spent months overseeing. A startling number of people in and around the State House openly suspect, but lack evidence to prove, that part of Mr. Bentley’s reason for appointing Mr. Strange to the Senate was to try to undermine the inquiry.” http://nyti.ms/2m3To3UHOLLYWOODLAND -- “Paramount CEO Brad Grey to Exit After 12 Years,” by the Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit: “The studio chief is finalizing his exit with executives at parent Viacom, which has put pressure on Grey after a string of low-performing years. Specifically at issue was Viacom’s desire to install a greenlight committee to make decisions on which movies to make. Such a move would have violated the terms of Grey’s employment contract, which gives him sole greenlight authority. Viacom CEO Bob Bakish will travel to Los Angeles and address Paramount employees early [this] week. As Viacom searches for a new Paramount leader, Grey’s top executives will report to Bakish, according to sources. Paramount and Viacom declined to comment.” http://bit.ly/2kQevotMEDIAWATCH – “Long Island University Announces 68th Annual George Polk Awards in Journalism” – among the winners: NYT’s Nicholas Casey, Meridith Kohut, Rebecca R. Ruiz and Daniel Berehulak; WaPo’s David Fahrenthold, Lenny Bernstein, Scott Higham and David Fallis; ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis; NPR’s Joseph Shapiro and Houston Chronicle’s Brian M. Rosenthal: http://prn.to/2kZPnfX-- "Video shared ahead of CPAC shows Milo Yiannopoulos appearing to speak fondly of relationships between men and 'young boys,'" by NY Daily News' Nicole Hensley: "The right-wing provocateur recalled his own sexual abuse as a teen and did not appear to outright condemn similar relationships between children and men on a 2016 episode of 'The Drunken Peasants' podcast. He flippantly said young boys 'discover who they are' through such relationships, later implying that those relationships can be sexual in nature, and can 'give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable rock where they can't speak to their parents.'" http://nydn.us/2meDymm SPOTTED: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) yesterday at the Hotel Saratoga in Havana … Jeremy and Robyn Bash at Tavern on the Square at The Arrabelle in Vail on Sunday night ... David Frum running the Exorcist Stairs multiple times Sunday afternoon -- Frum emailed us the backstory when we asked him: “It’s one of my favorite workouts 18 flights, I do it every other weekend ... NO I AM NOT FLEEING DEMONIC POSSESSION!!!” ... Talk show Host Roland Martin and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul deplaning on an AA flight arriving in Albany from DCA. The LG traveled alone and was met by her security detail at the gate.TRANSITIONS -- Public affairs and ad firm GPS Impact has hired Brandon Davis as a principal and will also be managing director for Washington. He was most recently the chief of staff at the DNC and also spent almost a decade in top leadership positions at the Service Employees International Union. http://politi.co/2kE8Q9UWELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Eve Lieberman, chief of staff for Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and her husband Ian Rayder, who now works in government affairs at Cisco lobbyist and is a longtime Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz-world figure, welcomed Benjamin Sidney Rayder to the world on Saturday night weighing in at 6 pounds 15 ounces. Pic http://bit.ly/2kZhZpOWEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Martha Norrick, Dominic Williams” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Norrick, 31 ... was until November a director of analytics for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She graduated from Barnard College. ... Mr. Williams, 34, is the chief of staff to Anthony Shorris, the first deputy mayor, in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton. ... The couple, who both worked for candidates for the State Assembly in Manhattan in 2006 (Ms. Norrick as the campaign manager for Linda B. Rosenthal on the West Side, and Mr. Williams as the policy director for Brian P. Kavanagh on the East Side), met at a Manhattan bar after both candidates won.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2lmChKM ... Wedding pics http://bit.ly/2m0tt0j ... http://bit.ly/2kZql0CSPOTTED: James Kvaal and Stephanie Potter, Jacob Leibenluft, Christen Linke Young and Brad Lipton, KP Trueblood, Shane Hable, Nell Thomas, Max Weselcouch, Joel Payne, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (who officiated) and Chirlane McCray, NYS Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh, NYC budget director Dean Fuleihan, First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, Phil Walzak, Ben Furnas and Sarah Laskow, Jeff Thamkittikasem, Antonio Rodriguez, Dan Casey--Center for American Progress alum Eryn Sepp, now with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and Secret Service agent Stewart Busch, married Sunday night at the Vandiver Inn in Havre De Grace, Maryland. The couple met at the White House. SPOTTED: John and Mary Podesta; ASAE’s Mary-Kate Cunningham and husband Matt Ogren of APCO Worldwide; QGA’s Chris Brown; Potomac School administrator Alexis Ellis; former Receptionist of the United States Sara Feuerstein. Pic http://bit.ly/2m0roRZBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Mark Knoller – who notes that he’s “waiting for his press office to resume practice of rapid posting of transcripts of presidential remarks and WH briefings” – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2m0oigWBIRTHDAYS: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is 75 ... NYT photographer Doug Mills ... Michael Clemente (Packers tip: daughter Noelle) ... Trevor Noah (“The Daily Show”) is 33 ... Chris “The Fix” Cillizza, the pride of Marlborough, Conn., is 41 ... WSJ’s Bob Davis (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn … Politico’s David Cohen and Andrew Hanna … Tyler “T-Rob” Robinson ... Alli Adams’s dad, Hank Baumann and her brother, Andrew Baumann ... RALLY director Manny Rivera (h/t Sam Garrett-Pate) ... Haley Morris, public affairs at Microsoft and alum of Martin O’Malley, DCCC, and Gary Peters (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) ... Politico Europe’s Carmen Paun ... Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who is trying to cut gun deaths in half by 2025 … Stu Spencer, a founding genius of modern campaign management ... Vox’s Dylan Matthews, the pride of Hanover, N.H., is 27 ... Rebecca Samuels, senior producer for CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” and a Meet the Press alum …... Katie Frates, editor and producer at The Daily Caller News Foundation, is 25 (h/t Chris Bedford) ... Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for NY AG Eric Schneiderman and a J Street alum ... Tamara Fucile, UConn Husky for life, ex CAP and OMB (h/ts Dan and Danielle) ... Jen Finn, the pride of Dublin ... Keosha Johnson, VP and content director at 270 Strategies ... Peter Strauss … DoubleSpeak Media team of Automattic’s Peter Slutsky and Change.org’s Matthew Slutsky ... Tim Farley, host of “Morning Briefing” on POTUS on SIRIUS XM Radio ... Greg D’Angelo, analyst for Medicare and Medicaid on the Senate Budget Cmte. ... Scott Tyre ... Kate Henningsen ... Natalie Spiess ... Charlie Whitehouse ... Tommy Kurz-Cosgrove ... Zoe Barrett ... Camila Balkin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Tyler John ... Burke Olsen of the Deseret News ... Katherine Logan ... Gloria Vanderbilt is 93 ... Sidney Poitier is 9-0 ... Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske is 8-0 ... former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 66 ... Patty Hearst is 63 ... Charles Barkley is 54 ... Cindy Crawford is 51 ... Rihanna is 29 (h/ts AP)

19 февраля, 16:57

This Is The First 10 Years Of Your Career

You push the glass doors open for the first time.It's a beautiful office. One that only a huge multinational company like the one you're joining today can afford. You work in the city center now; in a skyscraper. You can't wait to share it on Facebook.Predictably, you're early to work. It's your first day after all. You're also one of the first among your friends to get a job with a multinational. The rest are still interviewing and hoping.The ones who really matter of course. Some of your friends are already involved in startups of their own. You tell yourself that they don't count. That you want real corporate experience before starting your own company. It's comforting.You're nervous, but you're also skilled as hell in pretending that you're not. While your uni mates were busy getting involved in clubs, societies and events, you were reading business books and working on interview skills. You're prepared.You size up the other graduate trainees. They look nice enough, but you can already tell who the smart ones are, and who the politicians are.You secretly hope that one of your new colleagues will ask you about your excellent CGPA.Nobody gives a f*ck.1. RealityIt's your first-year performance appraisal. You're a good and responsible worker. Your boss sits down with you and tells you he appreciates all that you've done.But due to forced rankings, he can only rate you as a 3+. Which means a competent worker; slightly above average. You look at the slackers in office. Most of them get rated 3 as well.You're average. It's a bitter pill to swallow -- you've never been average your whole life.You don't understand why the politicians in your office get 2 ratings and above. Their bonuses will be double of yours.You accept your boss' appraisal and end the conversation with a smile.Then you bitch about it on Facebook.2. LustIt's the end of your second year. You understand how the company works now. You understand why some guys spend most of their time sucking up to the bosses, instead of doing actual work.You've been looking outside for a while. All your friends seem to have perfect lives. The investment bankers are rolling in money. The accountants and lawyers seem to be doing great too. You never meet them much, but you keep seeing Instagram pictures of their exotic vacations and clubbing nights. You wonder how they can afford it.You're jealous.You need a new job. Otherwise you'll never afford that glamorous lifestyle you want. You don't want to wait till you're old to be rich. You gorge on articles saying how you need to step out of your comfort zone because that's where the magic happens.You wait for your second-year bonus. Then you resign.You're Gen-Y. 3. RevelationYou start fresh in another multinational. "Here it'll be different," you say. "Here it'll be merit-based." It's an American company so you know they're committed to fairness and transparency. More importantly, they have US dollars.You like how things move faster in a smaller company. You can't help comparing yourself to your ex-colleagues. When they meet you, they all say "You look so happy now."Of course you're happy to see them. It helps you forget your current problems at work.You swapped bureaucracy for uncertainty. Predictability for long working hours. Great benefits for tough learning. But it's okay -- you can't afford to regret your decision. "Rough seas make good sailors," you tell yourself.You still benchmark yourself against your uni mates. The startup guys are hustling like crazy now. You read their stories on your feed, and think about how their lives must be so interesting. You haven't met the doctors in person for years.Thank God for social media.You realize everything comes with a price.4. PainYou start to feel the itch again.Two years in and you're dragging yourself to work. You're not sure if you've lost motivation or if you've just mastered the game. You feel that showing up on time is less important than being friends with the boss.You arrive late in office one day to see a memo for all employees. The big bosses in America have decided to restructure the company.A couple of hours later your boss calls you to his office. He says you have nothing to worry about, even though he seems to be worrying about something himself. He tells you that your future is bright -- as long as you don't keep slacking off at work.One afternoon, two HR people enter your boss' office. He walks out with a box, and stops by your cubicle to say "All the best." You will never see him again.You're angry; confused. But with the restructuring comes your first promotion.5. DiscoveryYou've made it big now. Or at least, you think you've made it.Just to be sure, you Google what the average 29-year-old's salary is. Phew, you make double the average salary. You compare your Instagram travel photos to those of your friends. Yes, you've been to more countries than most of them. Plus you have better pictures.It's not that you want to beat everyone so badly. But you just need to know that you're doing well. That you're not average.Except for Sara. Sara has traveled more than you. Damn it, it must be because of her rich boyfriend.And Dan. But Dan's the founder of his own tech startup. He's found a way to beat the system, so that doesn't really count.You secretly want to be like Dan.Every two years, you've either had a promotion or moved to a different company. But you're starting to wonder if you're going to be a corporate slave all your life. You now gorge on articles that talk about passion, purpose, and freedom.You dream about starting your own company. It would be awesome to be your own boss, and do whatever the f*ck you want. But you're scared; you know the statistics -- 90% of businesses fail within the first 18 months.You start to consider all the common side hustles: Uber, Unit Trusts, Property, Insurance, and Online Business.You briefly think about joining an MLM scheme. 6. PrioritiesTime is the most precious thing to you now. You spend too much time at work, but you know you should really be prioritizing your partner and baby.It's so hard to balance everything -- sometimes you feel overwhelmed. You've given up so many things but you still can't find enough time. You secretly wonder if you're a bad partner or a bad parent. Maybe both.Relief comes every Saturday -- when you meet your close friends for brunch. There, you talk about the normal things -- work, kids and property investment. Like you, most of your friends have apartments and families now. Even the doctors. They've finally re-emerged.Three of you stick around longer after the rest go home, talking about starting a business. Like a mini-brainstorming session, each of you writes down ideas on a paper napkin, and everyone dissects them together.You have great ideas, but no time.But that's okay. At least you're making small steps towards owning your own business. You'll worry about how to execute your ideas later.It feels great. It feels like you're on the path to freedom.7. OpportunityYour business never gets past the paper napkin stage. But it's okay -- you'll start something once you've finished your MBA. "The knowledge will be necessary," you tell yourself.You're bored at work: same shit, different day. More and more of your friends have left the corporate world to "pursue my passion." They tell amazing stories about how they're excited to go to work every morning.You try to feel happy for them, but at the same time you wonder if they're secretly broke. If they have no money in the bank. The economy sucks, and some of your other friends have recently lost their jobs. You wonder what their plans for the future are.You feel like quitting, but commitments. Commitments. Your car loan is huge, but you had bought that BMW anyway to reward yourself for all your hard work. You deserved it.Besides, if you quit -- you're not really sure what you're passionate about anyway. Except music. You love music; but you don't want to be a starving musician.The phone rings -- it's your biggest competitor's HR director. She wants to bring you over to their company and offers you a VP position. You like how the words sound: Vice-President. At 32 years old, you would be the youngest in the company. And definitely the youngest among your friends.The work would be similar to what your boss currently does. It doesn't excite you, but at least you'll be paid 35% more. And Status. You tell the HR director to give you a few days to think about it. 8. Destiny Your hands hover over the keyboard as Resignation_Letter_Template.docx stares back at you. But there’s so many things to think about. The money would be good. More stuff for you and your family, and you can finally afford that long-planned Eurotrip. At the same time, you would be losing your seniority and influence in the company. You don’t play politics, but you know what powerful friends can do for you now. Besides, you really feel like ditching all the stress and doing what you love instead. Why not leave the corporate race, ditch the Master’s, and become a simple musician? It seems like a carefree life. And if you played enough gigs, maybe you could earn just enough... You hesitate; it’s never that simple. The grass is always greener on the other side. It’s never that simple. Your thoughts are interrupted when your boss suddenly calls you to his office. You’re worried ― did someone tell him? “We’ve been monitoring your performance,” he says. “And as Nora is leaving soon, we’d like to offer you a promotion. You’ll be taking on her responsibilities for a period of six months. Then we’ll evaluate how you’re doing ― and can discuss your new salary then.” “OK?” - - - You feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Decisions, decisions... Your head spins. You take a deep breath and look around. Your eye briefly catches the calendar on your boss’ desk. It’s almost your career ten-year anniversary. Almost ten years since you first started work ― gone in a flash. You realize you’re really just starting out.   - - - Read More: For the Day When Work Breaks Your Heart. Originally published at mr-stingy.com Aaron Tang is the founder of mr-stingy.com, where he writes about optimizing time, money and relationships. Inspired by Sunil Rajaraman’s writings on Medium. Pictures from Pexels, Pexels, Pexels and Pexels. -- 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.

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18 февраля, 15:00

Sara Baume: ‘I always wanted to be an art monster’

The author recalls her youthful dreams of a Turner prize victory and the run-in with doctors that led to her second novelSara Baume, given to interrupting her fast speech with bursts of laughter, is finding reasons why her first novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, proved far more popular than she imagined it would. After all, she points out, it had a dog on the cover, and “people like dogs”. True, although One-Eye, companion to Ray, was less of a bundle of social media-friendly cuteness than an emblem of ragged isolation and the kinship of misfits.Yet, to Baume’s surprise, Spill Simmer Falter Wither was shortlisted for the Costa first novel award, won an Irish book award and was longlisted for the Guardian first book award and the Desmond Elliott prize. We’re meeting at the Tate Modern because Baume has travelled to London from her home in west Cork to collect the Geoffrey Faber memorial prize, whose previous winners include Julian Barnes, Seamus Heaney and David Mitchell. Continue reading...

14 февраля, 16:08

California Congressional Candidate Calls Donald Trump A 'Bully' In New Ad

Congressional campaign ads targeting President Donald Trump appear to be off to an early start, with one candidate in California already asking voters: “How do you stop a bully?” The TV ad, which the Los Angeles Times reports first aired Monday, begins and ends with black-and-white close-ups of an angry Trump. How do you stop a bully? Democratic candidate Sara Hernandez of Los Angeles says it takes a teacher like her. With lines reminiscent of Trump’s “outsider” campaign message, however, she also emphasizes that she’s not “part of the establishment or special interests,” and that she’s been kicking “real butt” for the community. “Take Trump back to school,” the 30-second spot concludes.  It’s too early in the game to know how well Hernandez, a lawyer who has worked as a city council aide and nonprofit head, will fare in the race for the 34th Congressional District. Twenty-three candidates are running for the position that opened up when Xavier Becerra became state’s attorney general. The ad is likely a taste of things to come in the lead-up to April’s primary race.  Fourth-term Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) was the first Republican in the nation to take on Trump with a paid advertisement before he even became president, Politico reported in August. “People ask me, ‘What do you think about Trump?’” Coffman says at the start of the ad. “Honestly, I don’t care for him much.” (He says the same about Hillary Clinton.) The Iraq War vet adds: “If Donald Trump is president, I’ll stand up to him, plain and simple.” He offered the same ad in Spanish. Latinos make up some 20 percent of the 6th Congressional District, which includes suburban Denver. Coffman likely declared his stance early because his district tends to be hotly contested and Trump supporters could face an uphill battle, Politico notes. But some of Coffman’s constituents were angry last month when he and three other GOP representatives from Colorado backed steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, just the way Trump wanted them to. Coffman ducked out of a local meeting to find several frustrated voters waiting to talk to him about the issue. While more than 100 people were waiting to meet with him, Mike Coffman sneaks out early from his own community event. #9News pic.twitter.com/NAZlXTKgQm— Nelson Garcia (@9NewsEducation) January 14, 2017 As for the rest of the country, campaigns will be heating up soon. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=586d4f81e4b0de3a08fab52f -- 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.

13 февраля, 15:51

The Archers actor Sara Coward dies at 69

Coward had played Caroline Sterling in the Radio 4 drama since 1977, and was diagnosed with terminal cancer last yearThe actor Sara Coward, who played Caroline Sterling in The Archers, has died of cancer aged 69.Coward, who had played the role in the BBC Radio 4 drama since 1977, was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year when she found a lump on her neck and swelling in her right arm shortly after recovering from breast cancer and a mastectomy. Continue reading...

13 февраля, 14:12

14 Most Luxurious Destinations You Can Choose for Your Honeymoon

Planning a honeymoon? These are the most luxurious destinations where you and your new spouse can unwind after the wedding.

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10 февраля, 23:00

Proof Perfectly

Language lovers, rejoice — Proof Perfectly, the personal site of proofreader Sara, features posts on writing, grammar, and the art of editing.

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10 февраля, 01:00

Unforgotten series two finale recap – a fascinating, devastating climax

What a brave close to this heartbreaking tale of abuse, crime and punishment. It wasn’t an easy watch, but why should it be?So, it was Strangers on a Train after all (and so much more besides). A huge shout-out to Nevagray for calling that one as early as episode three. Any fears that this show would pull a Broadchurch with its second series were quickly dispelled. Unforgotten’s first run was a tough act to follow, but they have easily surpassed it. It feels like we have known Sara, Colin, Marion and Tessa far longer than six weeks and much of tonight’s episode was devastating. The themes – how people reinvent themselves, how the past writes the present, whether we can stop it – have been consistent across both series. Cassie and Sonny diligently excavating the past as the suspects desperately scramble to keep it buried provides the procedural cat-and-mouse here, but its power comes from its faithful recreation of the ugly, tangled messiness of life. Continue reading...

08 февраля, 02:49

GOP Bill To Curb Legal Immigration Disproportionately Hits Nonwhite Americans

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― For decades, a central tenet of U.S. immigration policy has been that American citizens should be able to reunite with their siblings, parents and grown children who live abroad. The government doesn’t make this easy. But now, emboldened by President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant stance, two Republican senators want to make it almost impossible. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would bar immigrants from bringing almost anyone but their spouses and minor children to the U.S. Latino and Asian Americans, who are more likely to be recent immigrants with family living abroad, would be disproportionately affected by this change. The bill would also eliminate diversity visas, which many recent African immigrants rely on to get to the U.S., and cap refugee resettlement at 50,000 people per year. The bill doesn’t affect the millions of Irish, German and Italian Americans whose families came to the U.S. in earlier waves of immigration and no longer have close relatives abroad. The senators predict the bill would cut legal immigration per year by half. They also think it stands a chance of passing.  “Once you get here, you have a green card and you can open up immigration not just to your immediate family, but your extended family, your village, your clan, your tribe,” Cotton said of ending the diversity lottery. “I don’t think it works for American workers.”  Maybe they should change the inscription on the Statue of Liberty to, ‘give me your computer engineers and your high-paid professionals yearning to increase their rate of return.’ Mark Silverman, Immigration Legal Resource Center attorney The bill aims to stop people like 48-year-old Jorge Mendez, a lead organizer for the immigrant advocacy group CASA in Virginia. His mother, who came to the United States in 1980, started the lengthy application process in 2002 so that Mendez, his wife and his children could emigrate from El Salvador. He didn’t arrive in the United States until 2013. The application process for a family reunification visa is already complicated and expensive, Mendez told The Huffington Post through a translator. He also called the measure “racist” and said that by going after legal immigrants ― including people who are already going through this process ― Republicans are showing “they just don’t want these kind of people in this country.” Sara Salazar, 35, applied to bring her mother to the U.S. from Peru last December. “It really makes me very sad” that the bill might pass, she told HuffPost. She said she hopes her mom, who is in her fifties, can come to the U.S. to work and be with her four grandchildren. Salazar, who works as a fitness instructor at her local gym in Pennsylvania and volunteers for CASA, came to the U.S. in 2005. She last saw her mother for a week in 2015. Her children are excited and have been counting down the days until their grandmother can come to the U.S. and attend school concerts, or take them to the park. “What am I going to tell them, that the new government decided to change the rules?” she asked. Cotton, Perdue and other supporters of limiting family reunification visas argue that immigrants should be largely admitted based on their skills or employment. Critics say that way of thinking is at odds with American values. “Maybe they should change the inscription on the Statue of Liberty to, ‘give me your computer engineers and your high-paid professionals yearning to increase their rate of return,’” said Mark Silverman, an attorney with the Immigration Legal Resource Center, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization. The bill would also formally cap refugee resettlement at 50,000 people per year ― the same number Trump’s recent executive order set for the current fiscal year. That figure is far lower than the 110,000-refugee goal President Barack Obama proposed, and puts a firm limit on a program that previously has been up to the president’s discretion. The diversity visa program, which the bill would end, currently uses a lottery system to distribute 55,000 green cards a year to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For 2018 admissions, for example, people from Mexico, India and China will not be eligible to apply for these visas. The program draws millions of applicants every year, but it’s very limited. When the lottery idea was first tested in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, it tended to favor Irish immigrants. But the plurality of visas issued under the program now go to people of African descent, followed by Europeans. Cotton and Perdue argued on Tuesday the legislation is along the lines of what other lawmakers have proposed. The 2013 “gang of eight” immigration reform bill, for example, would also have eliminated the diversity visa lottery and prevented Americans from petitioning to bring their siblings and married children over the age of 31 to the U.S. But that bill was part of a broader revamp of the visa system that would have maintained more other avenues for immigration, rather than halving legal immigration like the Cotton-Perdue bill aims to do. This legislation appears to go further than previous bills, immigration advocates say. A bill like this “wouldn’t have gone anywhere” in the past, Silverman said. The legislation has support from immigration restrictionists such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that aims to dramatically reduce legal and illegal immigration levels. “This is the sort of legal immigration reform that we’ve been calling for for a long time,” said Ira Mehlman, a FAIR spokesman. People should be let in based on merit, not family ties, he said. “Anybody can find something to quibble with in anything, but... it looks like the perfect bill,” he added. The bill also has the support of white nationalist William Johnson, who was briefly a Trump delegate. The bill is “a viable first step in changing the nation’s immigration policies,” he said in an email.  “Through Senator Cotton’s baby steps,” he added, “out of the timid masses, a reawakening will occur.” Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, said the bill “sounds awesome.”   -- 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.

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06 февраля, 22:30

Women's March Organizers Are Planning A 'Day Without A Woman'

On Monday morning, the Women’s March announced on Instagram that there will be a “general strike.” The Instagram post is simple and gives little to no information, reading: “General strike: A day without a woman. Date To Be Announced.” The caption reads: “The will of the people will stand.” The will of the people will stand. A photo posted by Women's March (@womensmarch) on Feb 6, 2017 at 8:03am PST Although details about the strike are scarce ― the above Instagram post appears to be the only information that has been made public, and Women’s March organizers did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment ― the general reaction has been largely positive. As of Monday afternoon, the initial Instagram post had already received more than 17,000 likes. The Women’s March also posted the news on Twitter and Facebook, where many users commented in support of a strike.  Many celebrities retweeted the news in support. “Hit ‘em in the wallet,” writer and comedian Corinne Fisher wrote on Twitter. Feminist writer Jessica Valenti added: “I am so here for this.”  This is what I'm talking about. Hit 'em in the wallet. https://t.co/rEj1ckAjra— CORINNE FISHER (@PhilanthropyGal) February 6, 2017 YES! https://t.co/SGb9gJqNTL— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 6, 2017 I am so here for this https://t.co/OkPhhBYYzk— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 6, 2017 I'm so in. RT!!! https://t.co/nO60uFe30o— Neko Case (@NekoCase) February 6, 2017 This is not the first post-election strike aimed at engaging women. On Inauguration Day, more than 7,000 people participated in an organized Women’s Strike to protest President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  Paulina Davis, vice chair of the New York chapter of the feminist group National Women’s Liberation and one of the strike’s organizers, told HuffPost in January that they hoped to have as many as 20,000 participants. Although the strike didn’t reach the lofty goal, Davis explained how impactful a strike can be. “If 20,000 women pledge, it’s a show of force. If 20,000 women say, ‘I’m not going to work today,’ people are going to feel that,” she said. “They’re going to feel that in the work place and they’re going to feel it at home.”  The Huffington Post reached out to The Women’s March organization for more details on the upcoming strike, and will update this story accordingly. -- 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.

05 февраля, 01:58

Americans Protest Trump's Travel Ban For A Second Weekend

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Americans took to the streets for a second weekend to protest President Donald Trump’s now-blocked executive order banning travel and immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations. In Washington, thousands of people descended on the White House on Saturday afternoon for a rally followed by a march down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Trump International Hotel, to the U.S. Capitol building. The crowd held a sea of creative signs, including, “We bombed them, now we ban them,” and “Instead of being afraid of brown people, we should be more concerned over orange monster.” Anti-Trump gatherings also were reported in New York, Missouri, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Houston, and West Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort. The Washington march was organized by “Peace for Iran,” a small group of Iranian American young professionals who first came together to promote the Iran nuclear deal. Marchers, however, came from a variety of backgrounds. Families from the Virginia and Maryland suburbs joined college students and teenagers from the city in chants like, “When Muslims are under attack ― what do we do? Stand up, fight back.” Nader Davoodi, 67, and his wife Mahin, 64, are Iranian-born American citizens who came to the demonstration from Gaithersburg, Maryland. The last time they came out to a protest was against an Iranian government official visiting Washington several years ago. Although as citizens they are not affected by the ban, Nader Davoodi said, “I come for everybody else all around the world. We need a peaceful government ― not Donald Trump.” Sara Krautbauer, 29, a master’s student in international development at George Washington University, came with about 20 of her fellow volunteers at the Refugee Assistance Program, an organization that helps refugees resettling in the Washington area. Krautbauer welcomed the Trump administration’s decision to put the ban on hold in response to a federal judge’s ruling on Friday night, but described the delay as insufficient. “It’s awesome for visa holders and green card holders, but we’re here for refugees as well,” Krautbauer said. “Walking back the ban only so far isn’t good enough. They need to walk it all the way back so we can start bringing back refugees again.” More than 200 miles north in Manhattan’s West Village, thousands of supporters of LGBTQ rights demonstrated against Trump’s ban and other policies outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of the historic showdown over gay rights. “Whether we’re straight, gay, immigrant, Native American ― no matter who you are, we’re all standing up to fascists,” said Marie Carianna, a 57-year-old lesbian. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has challenged the ban in court, asked Twitter users to share photos of their protests . People responded with photos and video of demonstrations in major cities, including Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, as well as smaller ones: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; and North Adams, Massachusetts. @ACLU #philly #PhillyResistance #SanctuaryEverywhere pic.twitter.com/7QKt3lUSEr— Kelly Dittmar (@kdittmar) February 4, 2017 @ACLU Medicare for All / Healthy California , Los Angeles, CA #dissentispatriotic pic.twitter.com/kKzoMWBfED— heatherparlato (@heatherparlato) February 4, 2017 @ACLU #Raleigh #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/W37dLH7M92— ACLU-North Carolina (@ACLU_NC) February 4, 2017 @ACLU Salt Lake City! pic.twitter.com/djBW9shEo9— Colin Young (@ColYou) February 4, 2017 @ACLU Wilkes Barre PA! pic.twitter.com/Gyt95tFc8v— Nate Fisher (@Mrfish78) February 4, 2017 @ACLU North Adams, Massachusetts! pic.twitter.com/9gqd40yeIw— katie (@hickeyhickeyy) February 4, 2017 They were joined by solidarity demonstrations in London and Paris, as well. .@ACLU 40,000 in London, UK #UnitedweStand pic.twitter.com/4tQrkSH8fM— Lady Francesca (@Just__Fran) February 4, 2017 @ACLU Paris ! pic.twitter.com/xugRhiaoh8— Piou. (@Piou___) February 4, 2017 In Trump’s backyard, Saturday marked the third straight weekend in which Washington was the site of anti-Trump demonstrations. On Jan. 21, progressives from all over the country converged on the capital for the Women’s March. On Sunday, a short-notice rally against Trump’s travel and immigration executive order packed Lafayette Square park in front of the White House.  But activists at Saturday’s White House demonstration said they are pressuring Congress as well. Krautbauer uses a Google spreadsheet circulated on the internet with the names of members of Congress who support the new restrictions on refugee admission and said she calls two of them every day.  Jon Sokolow, 57, who came to the rally from Reston, Virginia, with his wife, Diana, and their daughter, Christina Dawson, 26, has been combining his protests with calls to Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). He is urging them to resist Trump’s agenda. Asked whether that included filibustering Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sokolow was unequivocal. “Absolutely! It’s a stolen seat,” he said, referring to Republicans’ refusal to consider Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Sebastian Murdock contributed reporting. -- 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.

04 февраля, 16:43

London protest against US travel ban – live coverage

Protesters march from US embassy to demonstrate against US ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries 3.20pm GMT A video message from Jeremy Corbyn has been played. In the speech, he thanked the protestors for showing their support for a “society based on compassion, a politics of hope and solidarity with those under attack from the powerful and those who are full of hate.”After apologising for not being able to attend, he said: “Let no one be in doubt that I will oppose and the Labour Party will oppose all those who fan the flames of fear at home and abroad. 2.57pm GMT Speaking from a podium next to the Cenotaph, David Rosenberg, leader of the Jewish Socialist Group, said: “We live in a world where many people would like Jews and Muslims to be enemies. But we are here as Jews to express our complete solidarity with Muslims threatened and victimised by Trump. Continue reading...

03 февраля, 20:12

Huge Crowd Shows Up At Utah Airport To Welcome Refugee Family

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Hundreds of well-wishers greeted one of the last refugee families to arrive in the U.S. after President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting the refugee resettlement program and travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. Hassan Barat Ali Hassan, Fozia Ramazan Ali Qurban Ali and their five children flew into Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The family is from Afghanistan and has been living in a refugee camp in Pakistan for two years after fleeing the Afghan war. About 300 people gathered at the airport to welcome the family to Utah and show their support for refugees. They brought festive signs, banners and balloons.  Thank you everyone who came out to welcome our last #refugee family before the EO takes effect! We were overwhelmed by your support! Welcome Ali-Hassan family! #refugeeswelcome #nobannowall A photo posted by Catholic Community Services (@ccsut) on Feb 2, 2017 at 9:38pm PST “This is the first time in our life that we are welcomed,” Ali Hassan said through an interpreter, according to the Deseret News. “We came here with a big hope to build a bright future for our children, so they will be able to get education and also higher education.” "This is Utah. This is America." - Catholic Community Services representative welcoming this beautiful refugee family of 8 from Afghanistan. Emotional and overwhelmed by the love and beauty that still can exist in this world. It's a beautiful thing to be surrounded by humans loving humans. Welcome to Utah! A photo posted by K Y (@kyounger) on Feb 2, 2017 at 4:00pm PST Last Friday, Trump issued an executive order that suspends the refugee resettlement program for four months, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely and temporarily halts travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also significantly lowers the number of refugees the U.S. will accept each year. Trump claims the ban will help protect the country from terrorism, but no immigrant from the affected countries has committed a fatal act of terrorism in the United States. The ban, which bars more than 200 million people from entering the U.S., has faced widespread opposition and legal challenges from refugee groups, civil liberties organizations like the ACLU and members of the public who believe the executive order discriminates against Muslims. It could also prevent 20,000 refugees from coming to the U.S., according to estimates from the United Nations. Refugees already cleared for arrival might have to go through the extensive vetting process again and could end up waiting for years, resettlement agencies told The Huffington Post last week.  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, previously questioned the effectiveness of a broad ban on refugees and individuals from specific countries. The governor tweeted a photo of Ali Hassan’s family as they arrived at the airport, welcoming “Utah’s newest pioneers.”  A great Utah moment as we welcome Utah's newest pioneers, a family of Pakistani #refugees. #utpol pic.twitter.com/3HOvk61rB1— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) February 3, 2017 The welcome party was organized by Catholic Community Services of Utah, an organization that resettles about 600 refugees each year.  According to the Tribune, Utah accepts about 1,200 refugee annually. Sixty-eight other refugees scheduled to arrive in the state had to cancel their trips after Trump signed the executive order, The Associated Press reports. Real proud of my fellow Utahans for showing up to welcome the last refugee family allowed in for the next 120 days: a family of eight from Afghanistan. Hassan, Fozia, and their five children fled their home in war-torn Afghanistan two years ago and have been living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, awaiting approval to enter the United States. I am so grateful I was able to be one of the 300 to welcome them into our city. And I look forward to welcoming many more. #MakeAmericaKindAgain #NoBanNoWall A photo posted by ♁ sara vranes☽ (@sarabrains) on Feb 3, 2017 at 7:07am PST How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here. -- 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.

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02 февраля, 09:00

Two women among final four for Metropolitan police top job

Cressida Dick, Sara Thornton, Mark Rowley and Stephen Kavanagh make the shortlist to replace Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as Met’s commissionerTwo women are among the four senior officers to have been shortlisted to succeed Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as head of the Metropolitan police.Cressida Dick, a former Met commander currently working at the Foreign Office on secondment, and Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council have made the list. Continue reading...

01 февраля, 23:02

As Telecommuting Rises, Here's How To Keep Tabs On Your Team

According to a recent Gallup poll, telecommuting is on the rise. Over one-third of all American workers are now doing so from the comfort of their home, a local café, or a mobile office. As more and more companies get smart to the benefits of keeping a remote staff (reduced cost, greater efficiency, access to global talent), this trend will likely increase. Technology is facilitating telecommuting and making the physical office a thing of the past. We can sign off approvals from our smartphones, pitch in on Slack from the subway and teleconference over Skype, rather than taking an expensive flight to a long-distance meeting. The rapid growth of marketplace companies, like Taskrabbit and Upwork further fuel the trend. In fact, according to a 2016 study from Harvard, the average American would take an 8 percent pay cut just to work from home! Yet not everyone is happy about the rise in telecommuting. Sending their staff out into the blue yonder can strike panic in the hearts of controlling managers. According to Founder & CEO of Flexjobs, Sara Sutton Fell, many companies are still scared of telecommuting for three main reasons: 1. It's unmanageable 2. It's only beneficial to employees 3. It's unknown territory These fears are understandable to a bricks and mortar company used to an office environment where they can see their employees. But, as more and more tech startups spring up on shoestring budgets, Millennial managers are finding just the opposite to be true. Telecommuting is highly manageable. It's more beneficial to the company than the employee, and it's fast becoming the new normal. Sean Hopwood, President of Day Translations -- a company that manages all its translation services online -- started his business with a website and a will. In a few short years, he took his one-man band to a fixed team of over fifty, with a further network of thousands of freelance translators and interpreters. He shares: "It can be hard to manage a team of people from different cultural backgrounds, working on different shifts in different time zones. But there are many ways you can keep tabs on your team and use world locations to your benefit." Day Translations takes advantage of world time zones to provide continued 24/7 support for anyone in any country. "We also believe that having a diverse team of people who can bring new ideas to the table has made us even stronger," he adds. If you're thinking about introducing telecommuting to your company, or running your entire outfit online, here's how to keep tabs on your team. Communication is everything If you're worried about not being able to manage your distanced employees, you haven't been paying attention. There are already a million apps, software, progress trackers and instant chats that will let you do that. Many companies use Skype or G-Chat as their means of speaking over the web. But keep in mind that endless online chatting and pinging your employees at all hours will only serve to slow down productivity. You may find it easier to trade out lengthy emails for a project management software that lets you glance the status of all initiatives at any given moment. Don't get solely dependent on using these communication methods, though. Working from home can be isolating, so it's important to meet regularly with your remote employees. It's easy for the "tone of voice" to be misinterpreted when it's written down on Skype, typed into a Google doc, or you have team members whose first language isn't English. So, instead of assuming your workers are slacking off and watching television rather than working on your presentation, make sure you clear the air. Hold brief but regular meetings to hash out any doubts. It's also good for employee morale. Ask them how they are before you launch into a long list of tasks. According to The Muse, one of the most important questions you can ask to keep your employees loyal is "How was your weekend?" It may seem insignificant, but it shows that you care about their overall happiness and that they exist outside of working hours. Create trust Creating an environment of trust might sound easy, but it's actually one of the hardest things for leaders to do when managing a remote team. After all, how do you keep tabs on everyone when they work a different shift from you? How do you know that they aren't at a soccer game instead of a client meeting? Says Hopwood: "You can never be completely sure, but you have to measure the results and have a little faith. At the end of the day when there's a pile of work to be done and some people aren't hitting targets, you'll know it's not working out." Results speak for themselves, so instead of losing sleep over your employee productivity, check on their success. Hold people accountable Hold people accountable by setting goals and making sure they're realistic. Be transparent, hold regular progress meetings and discuss the best ways of reaching targets. Try to get all your workers together on one platform, whichever works best for you. When all team members can see what the other one is working on, they'll have a clearer sense of the bigger picture. They'll be held accountable for their tasks and less likely to slack off, when they know they're being tracked. Remember that it may take some time before you can establish mutual trust with your employees on the web. If you're just launching an online startup, you'll have faster access to market than a bricks and mortar setup. But that doesn't mean you'll get the team dynamic or working processes right off the bat. Keep tabs on your team without suffocating them. Measure their work through progress meetings and targets and think about the cost savings you're making in this win-win situation. -- 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.