What’s in your kids’ makeup? Asbestos recalls prompt regulation questions

Health advocates and the FDA say the extent of contamination of the cancer-causing material in cosmetics remains unknown, with no laws requiring testing Claires Stores Inc, an international accessories and cosmetics retailer tailored to kids and teens, has a motto: We make memories. But its customers may have been alarmed after safety alert warning people to stop using a Claires Jojo Siwa Makeup Set, as well as a contouring palette sold by Beauty Plus Global because the products had tested positive for asbestos. Both companies had issued a voluntary recall of the products at the end of May. The June warning came just two months after the FDA it said, Claires initially refused to recall the products in question. North …

The Guatemalans who pay the price for the wests need for nickel

A vast European-owned mine is operating near Mayan villages, sparking a battle for survival The road to Guatemalas biggest nickel mine is barely visible through a cloud of red dust, churned up by the 25-tonne trucks that thunder past loaded with ore. From the choking haze a cyclist emerges, weaving between the lorries. On his back he carries a bundle of firewood. Goggles protect his eyes, a bandana covers his nose and mouth. Manuel Choc, a grandfather with greying hair, lives in the settlement of El Paraso, almost opposite the gates of the Fenix mine. Each bundle sells for 10 quetzals (1). It is a precarious living. Many people have died on the road, says Choc. The trucks run them …

The gig is up: Americas booming economy is built on hollow promises | Robert Reich

Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trumps anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, reported that fewer than half of Google workers are full-time employees. Most are temps and contractors receiving a fraction of the wages and benefits of full-time Googlers, with no job security. Across America, the fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work contract, part-time, temp, self-employed and freelance. And a growing number of people work for staffing firms that find them gig jobs. Estimates vary but its safe to say almost …

Beyond Meat preps for IPO as rivals take bite out of food industry

Startup is the latest unicorn, with a valuation of about $1.2bn, to go public as its competitor launches the Impossible Whopper Wall Street is going vegan. At some point in the next four weeks, Beyond Meat, a pioneering plant-based meat alternative startup, will debut on Wall Street at a valuation of about $1.2bn. And in the meantime its rivals are cutting deals with some of the biggest names in food. Beyond Meat is the latest in a series of unicorns private companies valued at over $1bn to go public. And this one is edible. The company, based in El Segundo, California, was founded 10 years ago by tech entrepreneur Ethan Brown. It found early backing from legendary Silicon Valley financiers …

Workers are creating massive wealth. Why are corporations hoarding it all? | Cory Booker

Our economy works best when no one is left on the sidelines, and when American workers are able to fully participate in the economy they help drive, writes senator Cory Booker Every day Carol Ruiz wakes up at 3.30am and goes to an airline catering service at Newark airport, where she helps prepare the food carts that flight attendants push up and down the aisle. She organizes the napkins, creamers, sugar and cups that go on the beverage cart, cleans the glasses and silverware, and diligently tracks the champagne that goes on the carts for first class passengers. At the end of her 40-hour week she takes home $345. The average airline CEO makes that amounthave barely risen in four …

If you’re too nice to customers, will you drink excessively? Maybe | Gene Marks

Workers in service industries who suppress negative ones tended to be heavier drinkers, a study found. But being rude is a still a no-no How nice should you be to your customers? The answer, according to two recent university studies, is a little conflicting. If youre too nice, you may find yourself excessively drinking. Thats the conclusion of one study conducted by researchers at Penn State University and the University of Buffalo. The researchers combined phone interviews with other data from the National Institutes of Health to survey more than 4,500 workers across the country and zeroed in on employees working in service industries such as food, healthcare and education. The study found that when workers there regularly faked or …

Cultural appropriation is a good thing particularly for business

Entrepreneurs have been building businesses for thousands of years from the ideas of cultures before them For as long as I can remember my now 80-year-old mother and I have been having lunch every week at the same delicatessen near my office in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Its called Katzs Deli Kitchen and you can look it up. Katzs Deli is excellent. The food is great and the service is consistent. Being Jewish I have a lot of experience eating at Jewish delis and, as Jewish delis (and small businesses) go, I consider Katzs to be one of the best. Oh, by the way, the owners arent Jewish. Theyre Asian. Yes, Asian. The cooks are Asian and so are a few …

Excellence is overrated. Lets embrace being good enough instead | Andr Spicer

Schools, bodies, workplaces, relationships this quest to be outstanding can be damaging, says academic Andr Spicer We live in a society obsessed with being exceptional. Whether it is as workers, parents, students, lovers or cooks, we are expected to be outstanding. We must strive to be the best employee, craft an outstanding body, have an amazing relationship, all while being exceptionally happy. Even the most ordinary institutions also are expected to be nothing less than excellent. Companies want to be world class, schools have become academies of excellence, and humble local GP surgeries strive to be outstanding. Being good enough is seen as simply not good enough. Our quest to be excellent has many positive consequences, but it also can …

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