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    Computer code being written by an inmate during a class at San Quentin State Prison.San Francisco Chronicle/hearst Newspapers Via Getty Images | Hearst Newspapers | Getty Images Companies in tech, banking, transportation, and scores of other sectors are looking at a huge segment of the U.S. population as a promising source of much-needed workers: Americans with criminal records. Today, there are close to 2.2 million people behind bars in state and federal prisons and in jails, and the vast majority of them will be released at some point. There are also nearly 80 million Americans with a criminal record, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Even an arrest without conviction can create a lifetime of barriers to employment, leading to poverty, repeat offenses, and re-arrest. But in recent years, a growing number of companies, driven by social justice reform as well as the intense struggle to find talent, are participating in formal programs to help these individuals re-enter the workforce. Next Chapter, founded by messaging technology and Salesforce subsidiary Slack, focuses on helping those with criminal records get technical...
    The increase in reusable rocket space transportation from companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin is polluting the atmosphere like never before, according to a new study. The researchers assessed the potential impact that frequent commercial launches can have on atmospheric pollution. Source: Everyday Astronaut/Youtube According to the research, the increase in commercial rocket launches from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is creating exhaust gas that lingers in the sky. The exhaust fumes from the reusable rockets are creating significant heating and changing the composition of the atmosphere. “We show that pollution from rockets should not be underestimated as frequent future rocket launches could have a significant cumulative effect on climate,” said co-author of the study, Ioannis Kokkinakis. The researchers found that the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted as the rocket gains just 1 kilometer or 0.6 miles of altitude is the same that is contained in 26 cubic kilometers of atmospheric air at the same altitude. They also found the thermal nitrogen oxides that are produced from the rockets...
    TRANSCRIPT: McCabe: One of the great ironies in investigative journalist Peter Schweizer’s new book Red-Handed is the degree to which the Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated the very heart of American capitalism on Wall Street. Schweizer told The Star News Network that the titans of Wall Street are among China’s closest allies. Schweizer: What China wants from Wall Street is access to Western capital with no questions asked. And unfortunately, the biggest firms on Wall Street are prepared to give it to them. So when the Trump administration pushed for tariffs and restrictions on Chinese economic activity in the United States, one of the first institutions to stand up and protest in the White House were the big firms on Wall Street. McCabe: Schweizer said one of the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest supporters on Wall Street is BlackRock and its CEO and co-founder Larry Fink. Schweizer: He basically runs a fund that that manages money that’s equivalent to half of the entire United States economy. So he has an enormous pull. McCabe: The investigative reporter said Fink is not...
    A NUMBER of stores and fast food chains are cutting hours as a result of staffing shortages. The reduced hours are a result of an increase in Covid cases as the Omicron variant continues to surge around the country. 1A number of retailers and restaurant chains are cutting opening hours Vaccine mandates and supply chain issues are also contributing to the staffing shortages many companies are facing. While some companies are cutting hours, others have been forced to temporarily close locations. Below, we round up what you need to know about the companies and chains adjusting schedules and locations. McDonald's McDonald's has cut hours by 10% due to staff shortages, according to reports. Consistent employee attendance has been an issue during the latest Covid surge. The franchise, which employs around 800,000 people across the country, has been providing Covid tests to employees. Most read in MoneyMEAL DEAL Extra '$1,504 payments' automatically being deposited as SNAP $157 benefit sentCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check growCASH UPDATE Extra $200 available for Social Security recipients in...
    The high valuations reached by some listed on Wall Street mean that fine-tune your shot when choosing where to invest becomes even more necessary. With their business forecasts, materials companies have revealed themselves as the great promise of economic recovery. And, among them, Newcor, FMC and Ball Corp are placed as favorites for the comeback. The companies in the materials sector They have raised their earnings forecast for the first quarter of 2021 by no less than 124 basis points, which is now coming to an end. Now, according to FactSet, they foresee that their accounts from this start of the year of recovery will translate into 42.6% more generous profits than in the same period of the previous year. And if that was not enough, 61% of the listed companies in the sector have improved their earnings per share forecasts since the beginning of the year. In addition, almost 53% have raised these earnings estimates by more than 10%, according to a recent study by the US consulting firm that has studied the projections of all S&P 500...
    For several years, companies from all sectors have been collecting many types of data on their customers. We are aware of this in the digital and big data era: our habits and behaviors are more and more recorded, often by automatic systems that we do not necessarily notice. The decision to voluntarily provide our personal data, which is often sensitive, to third parties opens up legitimate questions about the storage and subsequent use that companies will make of it. There are also growing concerns about these issues. In the latest study by French polling company Ipsos on the subject, more than one in two respondents said they were more concerned about their personal data than a year earlier. Data breach cases, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal of 2018 which involved 87 million Facebook accounts, may have contributed to this awareness. More recently, the issue of data security has come back into the debate when governments have implemented citizen movement tracking applications to fight the Covid-19 epidemic. The low rate of adherence to this initiative in most countries, such as...
    EFE videos The Spanish Stock Market rises 0.95% driven by Telefónica Madrid, Feb 25 (EFE) .- The Spanish Stock Market rises 0.95% after the opening this Thursday, driven by Telefónica, which increases more than 3% after presenting results, and by the upward trend of Wall Street, which in the day before he was encouraged by reassuring messages from the Federal Reserve. At 9.15 am, the main indicator of the Spanish Stock Market, the IBEX 35, added 80.50 points, that 0.95%, to 8,348.20 points. Profits for the year are 3.42%. The Spanish Stock Market began the session this Thursday with strong advances with which it has exceeded 8,300 points, and thus tries to replicate the positive trend that Wall Street registered the day before, when it rose more than 1%, relieved by the president’s intention Federal Reserve Officer (Fed), Jerome Powell, to maintain monetary policy. Powell reiterated that the central bank will keep interest rates ultra-low and continue asset purchases until “substantial additional progress has been made” toward inflation employment targets. These words of commitment and support for the US economy...
    A STUDY of 2,000 adults found 85 per cent believe companies use too much wrapping, despite industry evidence showing a slight reduction in material used to deliver products. Sainsburys, ASOS and Etsy are also among the companies which people believe use un-needed packaging. 1Amazon topped the list as the worst offender for using too much packaging for both years runningCredit: Alamy But the same study 12 months ago found 88 per cent felt their shopping came with pointless wrapping – so there has been a decrease of three per cent this year.   Household appliances and children’s toys were deemed the worst items for using too much packaging in 2020 – as they were last year. Fruit and vegetables were also among consumer goods which are needlessly packaged, according to the study by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Amazon topped the list as the worst offender both years running – and has even gone up this year with 52 per cent of adults agreeing they use too much packaging compared to 47 per cent previously. On the other hand,...
    The Ibex and the rest of European stock exchanges They start the last session of the month with increases (Ibex: + 1.21%. 7,066 points) while investors remain very aware of the evolution of coronavirus cases around the world. New cases in the US continue to decline, while they are increasing in many European countries, particularly in France, Italy and also in Spain. Within the Spanish selective, the increases in Grifols, the energy companies or Inditex, among others, attract attention. In negative IAG again stands out. After a positive close for the US indices on Friday, Asian stocks have risen this morning. Stock markets are being boosted by news that the Donald Trump administration is trying to privately assure US companies that they can still do business with the WeChat messaging app in China. On the other hand, according to the ‘Financial Times’, the US president would be considering speed up an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK for use in the United States, and would like it to be ready before the election. This week the main focus of...
    The five civilian experts who will conduct an independent review of the embattled Fort Hood Army base, where soldier Vanessa Guillen disappeared and was killed, have been officially sworn in. The panel, made of up of three men and two women, includes Chris Swecker, the former assistant director of FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Jonathan Harmon, a civilian trial attorney who represented Fortune 500 companies. The others are Carrie Ricci, 21-year Army veteran and assistant general counsel for the Department of Agriculture; Queta Rodriguez, 20-year Marines veteran and regional director for the non-profit FourBlock; and Jack White a partner at the law firm Fluet Huber Hoang in McLean, Virginia.  The five civilian experts who will conduct an independent review of the embattled Fort Hood base have been officially sworn in. Members include Chris Swecker, the former assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division (left) and Jonathan Harmon, a civilian trial attorney who represented Fortune 500 companies (right)  Other panelists include Queta Rodriguez, a regional director for the national nonprofit FourBlock (left) and Carrie Ricci, an assistant general...
    New York (CNN Business)Two of the country's top college football conferences will postpone their fall seasons. That could mean billions of dollars in losses — for universities, college towns and companies built around the American college football spectacle.Sportswear companies in particular stand to lose out on one of their biggest investments and most lucrative marketing opportunities.Nike (NKE), Adidas (ADDYY) and Under Armour (UA) sign sponsorship deals sometimes worth hundreds of millions of dollars with universities with strong athletics programs. For the universities, the deals are an important revenue stream; for the companies, they're a key source of brand exposure to both high performance athletes and the broader consumer base. "If you look at what the overall spend (on college apparel deals) is, I bet it's the companies' biggest expenditure from an advertising standpoint," said Eric Smallwood, president of Apex Marketing Group.The Big Ten and Pac-12 on Tuesday voted to postpone college football and all other fall sports seasons in light of the potential risks to student athletes during the pandemic. The other members of college football's "Power Five" conferences —...
    Fortnite creator Epic Games might be feuding with Apple, but it’s far from the only big company which has a problem with how the tech giant handles its App Store policies. Nicolas Vega of the New York Post reported on Friday that several other tech titans joined the fray on the side of Fortnite, just a few days after the uber-popular video game was pulled off the App Store. Among the firms that sided with Fortnite was social media giant, Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth took issue with the 30 percent fees on purchases. It was that fee that led to Epic trying to find a way around paying such exorbitant amounts and running afoul of Tim Cook and his iron grip on what applications will be featured on iPhones and iPads. “We asked Apple to reduce its 30 percent tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19,” Fidji Simo, the social media company’s head of mobile applications said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests...
    L3Harris Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LHX) joined five other companies Thursday as awardees on a $975 million contract to provide unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) IV contract calls on the companies to compete for task orders as part of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract vehicle to provide SOCOM with unmanned aerial vehicles and support for ISR operations conducted with a Line of Sight range of 70 nautical miles.  The anticipated five-year contract is a follow-on from the MEAUS III, which was awarded in 2017, and includes increased technical performance, payloads, logistics, and program management support requirements from previous iterations of the contract. The new MEUAS awardees include Hunt Valley, Maryland’s AAI Corp, Arcturus UAV Inc. and Insitu Inc., which have served as incumbents on previous versions of the contract. L3Harris is… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) were among a host of D.C.-area companies to secure a spot Friday on a $950 million contract to help develop the Air Force’s new command and control system.  The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract calls on 28 companies to compete for orders to enable the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system, an open architecture platform that combines information from across air, land, sea, space, cyber and electromagnetic spectrum domains into an integrated system to better inform command and control operations. “To explain JADC2, [the Department of Defense] makes an analogy with the ridesharing service Uber,” said a Congressional Research Service report on the JADC2. “[Uber] transmits information over a cellular or Wi-Fi network and matches the customer to the ride through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Each service is advocating… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
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