Ford bans business travel after two employees test positive for COVID-19

Ford is banning all business trips after two of its employees based in China tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that’s sickened over 90,000 people around the world and over 100 in the US. The employees have been quarantined after being diagnosed with the disease and are now recovering, according to Bloomberg. Ford is prohibiting all travel, international and domestic, until March 27th, and will revisit the ban on a weekly basis, Bloomberg says. The automaker is the latest major corporation to ban or strongly discourage air travel as COVID-19…

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Mental health: Crowds gather at Stormont to call for better services

About 200 people have gathered at a protest at Stormont to call for better mental health provisions in Northern Ireland. One of the organisers, Helena Palmer from west Belfast, demanded action from politicians. “We need to better the mental health system in Northern Ireland,” she said. “People are fed up suffering day in day out. Everyone is pulling together here today and we want our voices heard.” Mental health: Young people call for more education ‘It’s scary what can happen if not implemented’ Ms Palmer urged the public to demand…

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Brave new world: the best-designed travel destinations for 2020

Makerere University’s Lumumba Hall, built in the late 60s and opened to students in 1971. Photograph: Timothy Latim Kampala, Uganda: a tour of tropical modernism Under a tree outside Uganda’s National Theatre sits architect Doreen Adengo, sheltering from the sun that beats down before heavy rain at this time of year. It’s here she begins her tours of African or “tropical” modernist buildings in Kampala’s central business district, aiming to increase awareness and appreciation of their architecture. She started last year, inspired by architect Manuel Herz’s book African Modernism – The Architecture…

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Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help

 Across the 65 trusts that supplied data to Labour, 2,357 of the 13,205 under-18s with a mental health problem waited longer than four hours to be seen. Photograph: Hannah Mckay Thousands of young people undergoing a mental health crisis, including those who are potentially suicidal, are having to wait more than four hours for A&E care, NHS figures show. Almost a fifth of the under-18s who seek A&E help in England for psychiatric problems such as depression and self-harm are not seen within the supposed maximum of four hours. Figures released by…

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Ten People To Be Thankful For In Your Career

While giving thanks this holiday season, don’t forget all the things to be grateful for in your career, especially the people who enable your career to flourish. People hire people. People decide who to retain, promote and advance. Even if you’re self-employed, your clients hire you, and you benefit from word-of-mouth and other people-powered promotion. Here are 10 people to be thankful for in your career: 1 – Role models to inspire you You need role models at every career stage. At the very least, seeing other careers gives you…

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Fashion and travel blogger Alexandra Lapp, 44, credits age for her success

If age is an obstacle for women in fashion and blogging, Alexandra Lapp may be the exception to the rule. The 44-year-old fashion and travel influencer, who has more than 260,000 followers on Instagram, believes she’s found success in an otherwise ageist industry because of her age, not in spite of it. “I guess a big success factor is surely my age as there are not a lot of women blogging past 40,” Lapp told the Daily Mail. FITNESS BLOGGER CELEBRATES 3 YEARS WITHOUT ADDERALL AFTER DRUG ‘RUINED’ HER LIFE “But there are many women…

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Air India to hire law firm for assessing labour issues, business contracts

National carrier Air India has invited bids from law firms to assess labour issues, possible liabilities arising out of litigation and group companies’ contracts with various business partners ahead of disinvestment in three of its entities—Air India Ltd., Air India Express Ltd. and Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd. (AISATS). The due diligence will cover a range of issues such as existing arrangements with employees, employee benefits and labour disputes along with Air India group’s contracts with a host of business partners valued above ₹50 crore, including aircraft lease and fuel supply arrangements. It…

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Building Smart Technology For An Aging Population

When today’s older adults were kids, owning a television was considered a luxury. Personal computers had yet to be conceptualized, and rotary-style landline phones were the norm. Decades later, both technology and its impact on aging have reshaped our lives. In today’s technology landscape, devices that once seemed like science fiction are now being used to help make people’s lives safer, healthier and more enjoyable as they age. Certain technologies are ensuring that older adults can be independent and healthy. But as a technology company, how do you ensure that…

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The Biggest Fashion Trend for 2020 May Be Protest

Mental health protest took center stage in Milan recently when a Gucci designer offended masses of fashion fans, including one of his models. In a bold move made for Instagram, a Gucci model walked the runway in protest with the words Mental Health is Not Fashion penned in black on their palms. Arms out, palms forward, the image was posted and liked by hundreds of thousands of people.  The model wrote, “As an artist and a model who has experienced her own struggles with mental health, as well as family members and…

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Ready for a recession-proof career? Learn how to become a beauty entrepreneur

When it comes to a career in the beauty industry, all that glitters is truly gold. It holds one of the top slots in the list of unconventional and offbeat careers. What makes the beauty industry truly unique is the fact that it offers a place to everyone depending on one’s talent and area of interest. Whether you want to be an entrepreneur, a makeup artist, hairstylist, skin aesthetician or a nail art expert, each career is full of opportunities. With the growth of technology, the beauty industry has created…

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