Just 7% of hospitality employee respondents would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental health, according to research by Pizza Hut and Mental Health UK.The research, which surveyed 500 UK hospitality employees, also found that more than half (56%) of respondents have received adverse treatment at work as a result of a mental health issue.The research also found:44% of respondents would not talk to anyone about their mental health, not even friends or family.15% of respondents believe that mental health at work is the responsibility of the entire organisation.24% of respondents feel that offering flexible working is the best way that employers in the hospitality industry can support employees’ mental health.Kathryn Austin (pictured), director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants, said: “Research tells us that one in four people in this country are affected by mental health each year. When you consider the number of people working in hospitality and using hospitality services, this puts our industry in a unique position to impact people’s lives for the better. We know we have a responsibility to support and protect all the people who touch our business, whether that’s our employees or our guests.“As a business we put people at the heart of everything we do and that’s why we are investing heavily in training and development. It’s not just about teaching our people the skills they need to do their jobs, but also giving them skills for life including behavioural, emotional and relationship skills.”Emma Malcolm, associate director for fundraising and engagement at Rethink Mental Illness, added: “It is incredibly important to support your staff’s mental health in the workplace. As these findings highlight, mental health problems are extremely common, and yet people still shy away from talking openly about them with colleagues.“We are delighted to be working with Pizza Hut Restaurants to help [it] lead the way in the hospitality industry and make it a priority to support the mental wellbeing of its employees through fundraising and training opportunities.”
The Pensions Ombudsman has rejected a complaint by a Standard Life employee, which claimed that the organisation mishandled his request for a new cash equivalent transfer value (CETV).The complainant, referred to as Mr T, was a deferred member of The Standard Life staff pension scheme. In March 2016, he requested a CETV. He was quoted £911,578 in April 2016, which under the scheme rules would be guaranteed for 90 days until July 2016.A question and answer sheet sent to members in August 2015 outlined that deferred pension scheme members would be able to request at least one free statutory transfer quotation a year under the scheme’s rules with a guarantee period of 90 days.Near the time of the CETV expiry date, Mr T observed that the transfer value quotations he obtained through the self-service online portal were significantly higher than the original CETV quote. He subsequently decided not to accept the CETV.It was stated on the online quotations that the amount was not guaranteed and that this figure was for illustrative purposes only.Although Mr T thought he would accept the original CETV quote, he claimed that the question and answer sheet led him to believe that he would be able to request a new CETV within 12 months of his original request. After the initial quote expired, Mr T went on to request a new CETV in July 2016.He was informed by the pension trustees that only one CETV would be issued in any 12-month period, as stated in the scheme rules, although further CETVs could be issued on a discretionary basis where events outside of the member’s control required it. The trustees also advised Mr T that they would not settle a transfer based on values that were not guaranteed.In August 2016, Mr T complained that the trustees’ refusal to settle a transfer based on values that were not guaranteed restricted his ability to transfer out of the scheme to once per 12 months.The trustees concluded that the information in the question and answer sheet may not have been clear, and could have led members to believe they could obtain a further quote. On 18 October 2016, they offered to accept the original CETV outside of the expiry date if Mr T still wished to transfer.On 31 October 2016, the scheme complied with a request from Standard Life to offer an additional CETV to deferred members who may not have appreciated the policy of providing one CETV every 12 months. The amnesty stated that members who received a CETV with a calculation date between 1 March 2016 and 30 September 2016 that had not yet expired, could request a new CETV before 30 November 2016. Members who received a CETV calculated after 30 September 2016 were not eligible for the transfer amnesty, as they had been clearly informed of the CETV policy.Mr T applied for a new CETV in November 2016 and was quoted £1,087,235 in December 2016, guaranteed until February 2017. He accepted this offer.In January 2017, Mr T complained to the Ombudsman that the second CETV quote was significantly lower than it would have been if he had received a new CETV when he wrote to them ahead of the amnesty. Mr T sought to gain compensation of between £45,000 and £65,000.A Pensions Ombudsman adjudicator ruled that no further action was required by the trustees. The adjudicator found that the trustees did not act unreasonably by offering to honour the original CETV, that the second CETV was provided within a reasonable timescale, and that there was no evidence to support that Mr T had been financially disadvantaged by the ‘alleged maladministration’. The adjudicator also found that there was no obligation for the trustees to honour online quotations.Mr T appealed the judgement, and the complaint was escalated to Karen Johnston, deputy pensions ombudsman. She upheld the original adjudicator’s decision.She said: “Had Mr T been aware of the correct position, he could either have accepted the original CETV before the expiry date, or waited until he was next entitled to apply for a new CETV. In offering to honour the original CETV beyond the guarantee date, the trustee put right any injustice which may have flowed from the unclear communication.“The evidence is clear that the CETVs were the only transfer values that were actually guaranteed. Consequently, I do not think it reasonable for Mr T to expect a transfer to be settled on the basis of the figures quoted in illustrations he obtained via the portal. It was not maladministration for the trustees to refuse to do that.”
Something for the weekend: Soremartec Italia, the well-known branch of Italian food organisation Ferrero Group, which Nutella, Kinder Bueno and Ferrero Rocher, is offering a paid training course to educate potential employees on how to taste test chocolate.Advertised on Italian recruitment site Openjobmetis, the Italian chocolate specialist, based in Alba, is currently seeking 60 new sensory judges to taste test the organisation’s various confectionery products.As part of the recruitment process, Soremartec Italia will be providing an employer-funded, three-month training course, starting in September, on how to taste cocoa, hazelnuts and other semi-sweet products. This will aim to educate prospective sensory judges on how to enhance their senses of smell and taste, as well as improving their ability to verbally express the flavour nuances of the products.On the conclusion of the three-month course, eligible candidates will receive a part-time contract for two hours of work, twice a week.Here at Employee Benefits, we can certainly see the value of paid, on-the-job training, and the additional perk of chomping down on delicious chocolate treats for a solid three months sounds like a dream come true…
Surveillance cameras captured a man stealing a package from the front door of an apartment in Pembroke Pines.The man could be seen walking up to a front door stoop, picking up the box and taking off.The package contained a computer.The theft took place Feb. 28, at the Arium Complex, located near Southwest 118th Avenue and 13th Street.If you have any information on this package theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A husband and father of two diagnosed with a rare brain disease was cured at Jackson Memorial Hospital.“I feel great. I feel good, and I’m happy to be with my family and spend time with the kids,” said 28-year-old Paul Casas, an Air Force Special Ops trainee.Casas suffered from Moyamoya, a rare brain disease that affects less than one in a million people.“A large part of the right side of the brain was ‘hungry’ for more blood flow. We call it ‘misery profusion,’” said Dr. Jaques Morcos, a neurosurgeon at UM Health.The disease affected Casas’ memory and caused headaches and numbness.“I would have numbness on the left side of my arm, the left side of my face, and I thought it was just related to the training,” said Casas.Casas and his wife, Stephanie, said most of the doctors they encountered didn’t seem familiar with the disease or have the resources to treat it. “We had been to numerous neurosurgeons or reached out to numerous neurosurgeons, and everybody either was kind of not sure of what to do or took the wait it out approach,’” she said.The couple then reached out to Morcos after being referred to him by a friend. Soon, they made a twenty-hour drive from San Antonio to South Florida, where Paul underwent surgery the very next day, May 24.“It’s a very fine surgery. The suture we use is about five times thinner than a human hair to connect the arteries together, and I did two of them in him,” said Morcos. “Essentially it’s rebuilding a new artery for Paul on the right side of his brain, and luckily it was very successful.”Casas, who is also a father of two, said he is excited to see the impact the surgery will have on his life.“With Dr. Morcos fixing me, I’m definitely excited to get back into school and start studying again and see the difference that this extra blood flow to my brain is going to be able to help out,” he said.Casas said his symptoms went away almost immediately after the four-hour surgery. He is looking forward to spending time with his family and has plans to eventually return to training.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #ICYMI: Yesterday, we announced #NewAstronauts; 12 chosen from 18,300+ applicants. Get to know them: https://t.co/w2q9sC9Whz pic.twitter.com/JtuxtlW0MA— NASA (@NASA) June 8, 2017Rubio, a U.S. Army major and board certified family physician, said he’s thrilled to be going to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “The people that you’re surrounded by, through the assessment process, it’s very humbling to be selected from that group, so it’s an honor,” he said during a news conference, Wednesday. “We cried a little bit, my wife and I did, but we’re ecstatic to be here.”Rubio and the rest of the 2017 class will report for duty in August to start a two-year training program. After that, NASA could assign them to missions in outer space. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man is shooting for the stars, as he prepares to join NASA.The space agency just announced the 12 members selected for their 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class, out of 18,000 applicants.Among them is Dr. Frank Rubio, a Miami native.
CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Thanksgiving is just days away, and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is set to donate thousands of turkeys to the community.The turkey donation around Thanksgiving time is an annual tradition for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.They’re planning to donate over 6,000 turkeys to families in need.The group is working alongside the Miami-Dade District’s commission office to give back to the community.“This is our yearly turkey distribution in conjunction with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, and the commissioner goes through each one of his public housing sites each year to make sure that the residents there are accommodated with a Thanksgiving turkey,” said Deputy Chief of Staff, District 9, Helena Sumpter.The donations are part of the tribe’s ongoing goodwill mission aimed at building a stronger South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Residents with further questions may call the 24-Hour Customer Service Call Center at 954-828-8000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – City officials have lifted a boil water notice that had been issued in Fort Lauderdale in the wake of a massive water main break, with the exception of several neighborhoods.Officials made the announcement late Sunday afternoon, four days after a subcontractor crew working on electrical lines for FPL struck a 42-inch water main near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.However, officials indicated that the boil water notice remains in effect for the following streets in the Harbor Beach, Harbour Inlet, Harbour Isles and Breakwater Surf Homes neighborhoods:All of South Ocean Drive from Southeast 20th Street North to the cul-de-sac.Southeast Seabreeze Boulevard from 1235 to the Mercedes River Bridge.Mayan Drive.Grace Drive.Marion Drive.Barbara Drive from Southeast 25th Avenue to South Ocean Drive.Anchor Drive west of South Ocean Drive.Southeast 26th Avenue from Anchor Drive to Inlet Drive.Southeast 26th Terrace south of Anchor Drive.2717 Harbor Beach Parkway.Officials also stressed that lifting the boil water notice only applies to Fort Lauderdale residents. They advised those who live in Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Tamarac, Davie and Port Everglades to consult with their officials.Crews are set to start permanent repairs to the ruptured pipe sometime this week.Officials said they do not expect any water service interruptions during these repairs.Hundreds of thousands of people lost water as a result of the rupture.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have recovered a training grenade that caused a scare at a Waste Management facility in Pembroke Pines.Pembroke Pines Police responded to the facility in the area of Southwest 208th Avenue and Pembroke Road just after 10:30 a.m., Monday. UPDATE: The @browardsheriff Bomb Unit was able to retrieve the item, and determined that it was a training grenade and not a live grenade. The area is being cleared. https://t.co/DW4ImOhA9r— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 9, 2019 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The potentially-explosive item was found tucked under a canteen bottle inside of a box during a garbage sorting.Broward Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad unit retrieved the item and determined that it was a training grenade and not live.
The proposed Master Plan was chosen to be implemented in three phases spaced from 2017 to 2035, totaling $46,975,000. The Phase 3 draft states: “The estimated net project costs to the City for the three-phase program are $10,882,813 million after recognition of the receipt of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.” The purchase of the 40 acres of private property along with 9 acres of Salamatof Native Association property would also allow for the realignment of Funny River Road to the east of the airport. Realignments to Funny River Road would also require closure of sections of Kenai River Avenue and Norma Avenue. The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider approval of the Airport Master Plan’s Phase 3 on Wednesday, January 24, during their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Soldotna City Hall. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp300:00RPd The Phase 3 draft is up for council consideration, and has a number of big changes planned for the airport. Among the top changes, the acquisition of 49 acres by the City to further develop the airport is recommended, which would pave the way for the current 5,000-foot runway to be extended by 1,000 feet. Public Works Director and Airport Manager Kyle Kornelis said the Phase 3 draft was updated just before the Airport Commission voted to finalize it on December 21, 2017. Figure 9.1 in the Phase 3 draft which color codes the anticipated schedule. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will mull over approval of their airport’s Master Plan Update Phase III this week, a draft which includes the ultimate extension of the runway, land acquisition for expansion, and possibly a public terminal. The Phase 3 draft also suggests that a public terminal building of up to 4,000 square feet might be beneficial for the city. This space could accommodate passenger and cargo facilities not based locally, along with administration offices, pilots’ lounge, food and drink services, and tourist connection services to hotels/motels and rental cars. The draft says, “The existing air taxi operators have expressed a strong interest in continuing their currentmethod of operation from their own facilities,” but the city will monitor the need for a public terminal.
Over the last few years, Primedia has sold off all properties not associated with its Consumer Source division, acquired in 1994. This April, the company named its new president and CEO, former yellowpages.com chief executive Charles Stubbs, with plans to “build a powerful and cohesive Internet brand.” For the first quarter this year, the company reported a 0.8 percent year-over-year increase in total net revenue and a 9.4 percent decrease in total adjusted EBITDA. The company saw a tax benefit of $11.3 million from discontinued operations of its auto guide business. Primedia, once a powerhouse publisher of consumer and trade publications ranging from Seventeen to FOLIO:, has sold off two of its regional auto guide publications and has shuttered another, leaving the company with its apartment and new home guides as well as its distribution operation, DistribuTech. The company sold its South Florida and Wisconsin auto guides, along with the Web site autoguide.com, to Target Media Partners, an independent publisher of classified and used car photo advertising. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Primedia first announced plans to exit the auto guide business in March when it released its 2007 fourth quarter and full year earnings, reporting total net revenue of $314.8 million—a 2.2 increase from the year before, led mostly by its New Home Guide, Rentals.com and DistribuTech brands. Magazines in the auto market have been struggling for some time now. For the second quarter this year, Car and Driver, Autoweek and Road and Track have seen ad dollars drop by 11.9, 11.8 and 4.4 percent respectively over the year before, according to Publishers’ Information Bureau figures. Former Primedia titles Motor Trend and Automobile, sold to Source Interlink in May 2007, saw respective declines of 6.7 and 3.1 percent. The automotive category as a whole saw the steepest drop in both ad dollars (17.7 percent) and ad pages (21.3 percent) in the first half 2008 among the twelve categories measured by PIB.
Student aviators from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, returned to Las Cruces International Airport, N.M., last week for the 12th time since 2001 for two months of training flights. Officials from Las Cruces are particularly excited this year after Navy officials last fall decided not to come to the city for winter training flights over concerns about fuel service operations at the airport. A fueling error had been blamed for the crash last year of an air ambulance, reported the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Navy typically brings student pilots to Las Cruces for training from January until March.“The Navy has an open invitation to come to Las Cruces for its training exercises, and we consider it a privilege to host them here,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima.“It’s a huge opportunity to us to have the Navy back,” said Scott Andre, president of Francis Aviation, which plans to sell about 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel a day to the Navy during its stay.The Navy contingent includes 45 student aviators and 45 instructors and maintenance personnel, along with 16 T-6 “Texan II” aircraft. The money spent on lodging, meals and other expenses will provide a substantial boost to the Las Cruces economy, according to Gary Camarano, the city’s economic development coordinator.“It’s going to pump about $1 million into the local economy,” he said. “In addition to the economic benefit, the Navy’s presence at the airport speaks volumes of the environment for other aerospace activity in the region,” Camarano told the Sun-News. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Conferees hashing out the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill opted to leave out language calling for the Navy to study ways to reduce the impact of jet noise on host communities and, instead, urged DOD to fully resource existing efforts to address aircraft noise. “The conferees are aware of ongoing jet noise reduction programs by the Department of Defense and believe that reducing noise levels from aviation and other aircraft in communities near military installations should continue to be a priority for the DOD,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the bill’s conference report.The provision in the House version, section 220F, would have authorized the Office of Naval Research to carry out a jet noise reduction program to:identify material and non-material solutions;develop and apply solutions to the Navy fleet;communicate its findings to the civil aviation community; andsupport the development of noise models, prediction tools, noise control strategies and diagnostic tools.But rather than adding a new statute, the conferees said in the explanatory statement they support the Navy’s current noise reduction program: “The conferees understand the Navy will continue this program to guide the design of future noise-control systems for naval aviation systems to reduce the impact on communities adjacent to military facilities and the environment, like those in Washington, California and Florida.” They also noted that the legislation authorizes an additional $2 million for jet noise reduction efforts.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch spending bills appear to be completed, with conferees prepared to sign a final deal imminently. On Friday, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the “minibus” would be on the House floor this week. It is still not clear, though, when the text of the conference report will be released, reports CQ. Congressional leaders are aiming to clear two other spending packages prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year as well, including a two-bill minibus covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles.
David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii 45 Years Later For New Concert Film Email Twitter David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii In Concert david-gilmour-returns-pompeii-45-years-later-new-concert-film News Facebook The GRAMMY-winning Pink Floyd guitarist has a new concert film premiering tomorrow, commemorating his band’s iconic 1972 concert in PompeiiBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 11:26 am Tomorrow, for one night only, fans of legendary psych-rock interstellar travelers Pink Floyd and the singular sounds of their legendary guitarist David Gilmour will be able to flock to movie theaters around the world to see a very special screening of the guitar god’s new concert film, Live In Pompeii. The film showcases sound and footage from Gilmour’s July 2016 two-night-stand in the very same amphitheater where he and the other members of Pink Floyd filmed their famous 1972 concert film Pink Floyd: Live In Pompeii nearly 45 years earlier.While Gilmour’s 2016 shows were before a live stadium audience, the original Pink Floyd performances at the amphitheater in Pompeii were notable at the time for being filmed in an empty area, a directorial choice taken to separate the movie from contemporary concert films like Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, which placed equal focus on the band and the audience itself (as explained by Toby Manning in The Rough Guide To Pink Floyd).Gilmour’s Live In Pompeii will see an audio and home video release later this month following tomorrow’s screening, though and exact release date is yet to be announced.Is Bob Dylan Coming To Your Town?Read more
Email Twitter The Latin GRAMMY winner has partnered with the Latin Recording Academy’s flagship charitable organization to send a deserving student to music school Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 9:41 am Latin superstar Carlos Vives has partnered with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to supply a $200,000 four-year scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music.The Carlos Vives Scholarship will be awarded to a talented music student with financial need interested in Latin music. The applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which is comprised of diverse music professionals with extensive industry experience.”It is an honor for us, that with the help of Carlos Vives we can support the new generation of musicians through a scholarship that will allow them to receive an education of the highest quality at Berklee College of Music,” said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Carlos Vives not only represents excellence and musical achievement, but he will also transform the life of the scholarship beneficiary.”Interested students can apply via the Cultural Foundation’s website by April 10, 2018. Applicants will be expected to submit two audition videos, provide two letters of recommendation and answer two essay questions. Responses can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.”The ability to support a new generation of Latin musicians brings me great joy,” said Vives. “Being able to do this alongside the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation makes this even more special.”New Exhibit Spotlighting Life, Career Of Carlos Vives Headed To GRAMMY MuseumRead more Facebook Carlos Vives, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Offer Scholarship News Carlos Vives Offers Scholarship For Latin Student carlos-vives-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation-offer-scholarship
WILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2018 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading (149 North Street).The following Wilmington High School athletes will be inducted:Brianne Bozzella (2007)Nick Farnsworth (2008)Derek Hanley (2003)Jack Irwin (1969)Jackie Mello (2006)Raymond Mercuri (1987)Vinnie Papageorgiou (2008)Ernie Mello (2008)Greg Stewart (2007)Ashley Vitale (2007)Inductees are recognized for significant contributions in the field of athletics while a student at Wilmington High School. Inductees must have graduated from Wilmington High School at least 10 years ago.In addition, Tom Walsh will be inducted as a benefactor, and the 1961 Football Team and 1998 Baseball Team will receive special team awards.Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner cost $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Contact Jack Cushing at 978-658-2170 or 978-604-2443 for tickets.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 Announced, Ceremony Set For Nov. 5In “Sports”VIDEO: WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 InductedIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: 2016 WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class InductedIn “Photo of the Day”
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Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.” The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)
Honda Mean Mower: Terror distilledReviews editor Manuel Carrillo III had never been scared by any machine with wheels until he met the Mean Mower. A 150-mile-per-hour menace that may offer supercar acceleration, but is nothing like a supercar to drive. Ever wonder what a barrel ride down Niagara Falls is like? Getting the Mean Mower to triple-digit speeds is the internal-combustion equivalent.Click here to read our Honda Mean Mower first drive review. SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: Monster Jam behind the scenesMonster Jam, the monster truck and off-road-vehicle exhibition gets more entertaining and exciting with each passing year. As it turns out, technology plays a key role in that evolution. Join Roadshow’s resident off-road master, Emme Hall as she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Monster Jam of the 21st century. Enlarge ImageA midsize crossover SUV with 400 horsepower? Sign us up. Emme Hall/Roadshow Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. The week began with reviews of not one, but two new Ford Explorers, crammed loads of fun into a few minutes with the 150-mile-per-hour Honda Mean Mower, but ended on a somber note with a tribute to a beloved, fallen colleague.Here’s a look at our most important stories from June 16-22, 2019.Top reviews When you should buy a new car instead of repairing yours Now playing: Watch this: Polestar 1 first driveRoadshow’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens, takes a spin through soaked Sweden in the new, 600-horsepower Polestar 1. For a car that weighs more than 5,100 pounds, Tim says the Polestar is surprisingly light on its feet. 69 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Ford ExplorerThe Ford Explorer enters its sixth generation for the 2020 model year on new, rear-wheel-drive architecture. Reviews editor Emme Hall has been a busy bee reviewing both the new hybrid variant and the 400-horsepower ST version, which you can check out here. If last year’s Explorer wasn’t already broadly appealing enough, this new one should speak to the masses perhaps like never before.Click here to read our 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive review. 52 Photos Honda Mean Mower is 200 horsepower of bladed terror 14:04 2019 Honda RidgelineMost pickup truck buyers use their rigs not for working, but for commuting. While adept in both those elements, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is arguably the best in its segment for the daily slog. As a result, reviews editor Manuel Carrillo III is scratching his head as to why more people aren’t buying this incredible, commuter-carpool-friendly pickup.Click here to read our 2019 Honda Ridgeline in-depth review. 28 Photos Cooley on buying a new car versus fixing your old oneAs cars age, they become more expensive to maintain, eventually to the point where they’ll command more money than a new-car payment. If you’re around that point with your old vehicle, don’t be so fast to buy that shiny new set of wheels. Let Cooley break things down for you first. 9:46 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Beautiful in blue 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: We go behind the scenes at Monster… Post a comment Share your voice 38 Photos 0 5:37 Now playing: Watch this: The best hybrid cars and SUVs available in America Top news2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe revealed: We’re quite smitten with the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but for the upcoming 2020 model year, BMW is introducing a more practical Gran Coupe version that has our interest further piqued.Tesla Model 3 Pickup: Can you believe a Tesla Model 3-based pickup is already here? Well, not for you to buy, but one for you to enjoy watching online. YouTuber Simone Giertz is the mastermind behind this build, and we shall now worship at her altar.Bentley goes electric: The flying B will soon be getting a heap of electricity under its wings. By 2023, all of the British brand’s lineup will offer hybrid variants.2020 Kia Seltos debuts: The Kia Seltos is a new, tiny crossover that may be small in footprint, but big on style.Order Domino’s through your Chevy’s infotainment screen: We welcome a simpler way to order pizza, even if that does mean spending more time at the gym.Remembering Davey G. Johnson: Our hearts are heavy this week as we reflect on the life of our dear friend and esteemed colleague, Davey G. Johnson. Rest in peace, you infinitely curious and eternal adventurer. More From Roadshow Top videos 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe stretches out Tags Polestar 1: World’s first drive in Sweden 29 Photos Roadshow