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Academy to sue marketing firm over ‘Oscars goody bags’

Distinctive Assets alleged to have taken no steps to prevent false implications that much-publicised gift bags are officially affiliated to Academy The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking legal action over the way a set of unofficial Oscars gift bags have been marketed. The Academy claims that the marketing firm Distinctive Assetshas misrepresented their own goodie bags to make them seem officially affiliated with the awards ceremony, which takes place later this month, when in fact they are entirely unrelated. On Tuesday, the Academy filed a lawsuit against the marketing company, which specialises in product promotion through celebrity placement. The film organisation claims that Distinctive Assets has intentionally misled media outlets and the public as to their relation to the Oscars. Slogans such as Everyone Wins at the Oscars! Nominee Gift Bags are being used as evidence of copyright infringement. The Academys lawsuit says: Deeply concerned about the confusion Distinctive Assets was spreading, the Academys legal counsel wrote Distinctive Assets on or about February 17, 2015, to inform it that it is critical that no one be confused into believing that your gift bags are associated with or have any connection with the Academy. The $200,000 (140,000) READ MORE…

The IMF could have called their latest report ‘The New Normal: Yep, it Still Sucks’ | Greg Jericho

The latest world economic report is our half yearly reminder about disappointingly slow growth and downgraded projections On Wednesday the IMF released its latest 6 monthly world economic report, which is basically its half yearly reminder that things arent as good now as they thought they would be. The IMF has downgraded economic growth in 2016 and 2017 for the world, advanced nations, and for Australia. However amid the gloom the IMF sees Australias employment holding up well and it continues its long standing recommendation that governments make use of the low interest rates and invest in infrastructure to help boost growth. This time last year the IMF was doing its best to find some positives. Its world economic report was titled Uneven Growth: Short- and Long-Term Factors which, if not overflowing in optimism, was at least better than the one in October 2014 Legacies, Clouds, Uncertainties. The pessimism, however, has returned with the IMF barely being able to contain its disappointment, titling the latest report Too Slow for Too Long. I guess its more upbeat than calling it The New Normal: Yep, it Still Sucks. And the downgrades reflected the continued ability for the world economy to keep growing READ MORE…

Some people think the minimum wage should be $15. Let’s see how it stacks up to the current minimum.

  The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. That’s about $15,080 per year (before taxes). Image via Fight for $15. A lot of people think we should raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That’s about $31,200 per year (also before taxes). How big of a deal is that extra $7.75 an hour? Let’s see. We’ll start with the monthly costs of just a few basic living expenses. And to keep things simple, we’ll focus on the average costs for a single person. BIG DISCLAIMER: Everyone’s experience is different. These are crudely assembled hypothetical scenarios to help us simply consider the relative impact of a $15 minimum wage. FOOD: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the food costs for a single man are $188 to $373 per month. The range for single women is $167 to $331 per month. Since I’m a guy, I’ll just use that figure. (No offense, ladies.) And let’s assume some serious penny-pinching here by going with the low end. HOUSING: There’s a general rule of thumb that affordable housing should be no more than one-third of a person’s income. That’s getting harder to achieve in an age of flat (or declining) incomes READ MORE…

See a company that only hires people deemed ‘unemployable.’

  Looking for work can be a nightmare. GIF via jessimeh.tumblr.com. Looking for work with a criminal record? Even worse. There are a lot of employers who won’t even consider someone with a prior felony conviction. And in the United States, there are an estimated 12 million people with those. 12 million people. That’s so many. But for those who have done their time and wish to rebuild their lives, where the heck are they supposed to start? There may be a job open in Lawrence, Kansas. It’s at a place called Sun Cedar, and they will only hire you if you’re a reformed felon or a recovering addict or homeless. Essentially, if you’ve been deemed as “unemployable” in today’s workforce, you’re just who they are looking for. It’s kind of genius. Shine Adams is the brain behind it. After his friend was released from prison and wasn’t able to land a job, Adams came up with a solution. It only involved three things: Cedar wood scraps A basement A friend seeking work They started making little cedar trees out of the scraps, and people bought them. I mean who doesn’t love the smell of cedar? BAM! An inspiring small READ MORE…

Why choose between your job and your life. Have the best of both worlds…

  According to one recent study, 41% of Americans don’t plan to take all their vacation days. According to another, the average worker fails to use 3.2 of their paid days off per year. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to have paid vacation days in the first place. American workers happen to be the only ones in 21 advanced economies that don’t have a legal right to paid vacation time. That’s more than kind of ridiculous! So if you are among the few proud souls who can take time off without getting fired… DO IT. Get up. Right now. Step away from your computer. Walk out that door. It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it? Now get in a cab and head to the airport. Go somewhere. I hear the Bahamas are lovely this time of year. OK, that might actually get you fired. You … might want to email your boss first. But seriously. Take those vacation days! Life is short, and you never know when you’ll have another chance.  CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY – THOUSANDS ARE – CHECK OUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/you-shouldnt-have-to-choose-between-your-job-and-your-life?c=tpstream

Minimum Wage Hearing Produces Mom Who Makes Her Point Valid.

“I believe that every person that is willing to work and work hard deserves dignity and respect and the ability to support their own families.” Meet Amanda Monroe, a mom who recently testified at a New York Wage Board hearing. She really lays it out clearly for people to empathize and understand what it must be like. But the last 15 seconds? She reaches my heart, man. Although Amanda had a career, The Great Recession took its toll. Amanda started working in billing at a medical center in 1999. She worked her way up in a specialist’s office at a rheumatology center and then enrolled in college at Bryant & Stratton four years ago for her medical assistant’s degree. She had her son (the one sleeping in the video above) in 2010 and lost her job about the same time. The economy, still on a slow rebound from The Great Recession, meant plenty of people were looking to fill jobs like the one she lost. She couldn’t find work for the first two years of her son’s life. In fact, the industry had changed: Without a degree, she couldn’t even get in the door. Finally, she ran out of unemployment. READ MORE…

WINCo called ‘Walmart’s true downfall.’ and many really wishing it comes true.

Meet WinCo, a retail chain with just under a hundred stores in eight states. They’re growing fast and somehow manage to undercut Walmart’s “always low prices.” Compared to Walmart’s more than 4,000 stores in the U.S. alone, perhaps it’s a little premature to call them “Walmart’s worst nightmare.” But hopefully we can all agree it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for Walmart to lose more business to a company like this. Here are four ways WinCo is CRUSHING Walmart. 1. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION WinCo: Smart business model makes for low prices and good customer experience. Walmart: Tops the list of retailers with THE WORST customer satisfaction ratings. Walmart keeps prices low, in part, by systematically understaffing their stores. So if you’ve ever wondered what’s up with those empty shelves in your local Wally World, there’s your answer. 2. WAGES WinCo: Employee pay starting around $11 per hour. Walmart: Employee pay starting around $8 per hour. Walmart’s absurdly low wages cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year in public assistance for their workers (food stamps, Medicaid, housing subsidies, etc.). Meanwhile, the company also profits from taxpayers by using a loophole that allows their executives to take home millions of dollars on READ MORE…