China’s Xi Jinping Speech Seen as Move to Fill Global Leadership Role

DAVOS, Switzerland—Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strong defense of globalization at a speech at the World Economic Forum was depicted here as an effort to fill a vacuum being created by the U.S. stepping back from a global leadership role. Mr. Xi was seen as reacting to growing concerns that the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump would shift the world’s largest economy toward protectionism. In an hour-long speech...

January 17, 2017 13:42 UTC

GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. plants, add or keep 7,000 jobs

The company will move 450 jobs from GM supplier plants in Mexico back to the U.S., and will keep another 1,500 factory jobs in the U.S. that were at risk of moving to Mexico. Last week, Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), a frequent target of Trump criticism, announced it add 100,000 U.S. jobs. Lockheed Martin (LMT), which, like Ford, had been criticized by Trump, announced Friday it would add 1,800 jobs to its F-35 fighter program. The company recently announced layoffs at three U.S. plants, eliminating three shifts and about 3,300 jobs, because of slowing sales. But in its 2015 labor deal with the United Auto Workers union, GM (GM) committed to $1.9 billion in additional investment in U.S. plants as a form of job protection for the union's membership.

January 17, 2017 13:37 UTC

Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

According to film historian Marya E. Gates, Ayres began reading the Bible in the mid-1930s when his career was languishing. Casey Affleck talks about the way Kenneth Lonergan uses everyday language to convey deep emotion in "Manchester by the Sea." Caption Casey Affleck finds the words in 'Manchester by the Sea' Casey Affleck talks about the way Kenneth Lonergan uses everyday language to convey deep emotion in "Manchester by the Sea." Casey Affleck talks about the way Kenneth Lonergan uses everyday language to convey deep emotion in "Manchester by the Sea." "Manchester By the Sea" director Kenneth Lonergan discusses writing a quiet character and working with actor Casey Affleck to bring him to life.

January 17, 2017 13:30 UTC

How What You Tolerate Creates Your Reality

In fact, I don’t think I was even doing any mindset work at the time. Your reality is your past thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and what you have tolerated — but these don't have to define you. Consider for a second that your internal reality creates your external reality. If you are stuck with your limiting beliefs around what you tolerate, reach out to mentors and coaches and learn from them. If you were living your big picture reality, all limits barred, what would that version of you tolerate?

January 17, 2017 13:30 UTC

Betsy DeVos Is Public Enemy Number 1 With Teachers' Unions

The forces in and around the teachers’ unions of America are engaging in a massive assault against Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. “DeVos’ anti-public education positions and her lack of any experience or qualifications show she would be a disaster for public education,” the horrified NJEA, the New Jersey affiliate of the National Education Association, told its members, providing them with numbers to call (and call again!) Republican Lamar Alexander (TN), the chairman of the committee, met with DeVos last week and said he she will make an “excellent” Secretary of Education. She chaired the Michigan Republican Party two different times and sat on the Republican National Committee. Her husband, Dick DeVos, ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Michigan, their home state, in 2006.

January 17, 2017 13:27 UTC

Why Milbank Law Gifts Executive Education To Its Clients

The program is developed and run in association with the Harvard Law School (HLS) Executive Education, with crossover to the business school. While program cost is confidential, executive education at a top institutions runs at $3,000 per person per day on average. Given the cost and the close-knit partnering intent, it makes sense that buying executive education for clients is more about deepening existing relationships than about green-field prospecting. It also suggests a significant growth direction for executive education providers able to embrace their own clients and their clients' clients in one offering. Adam Gordon MBA PhD works in executive education as program director, faculty, and industry advisor.

January 17, 2017 13:24 UTC

Future of Work Predictions for The Year Ahead

It has been on the horizon for some time, but 2017 is poised to be the first time that bots at work are natural parts of our everyday workflow. Don’t be mistaken, AI has a ways to go, and could accelerate at an unpredictable pace as bots gather more data. But people’s hesitancy about committing to bots at work, and questions around the effectiveness of these tools, will gradually melt away. As businesses move from email to messaging, all of the software you use for work will connect with the most pervasive for-work messaging products. Application vendors start to build in voice and messaging interfaces into their products, leveraging research from Google, Microsoft and others.”

January 17, 2017 13:23 UTC

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Has Died

Astronaut Gene Cernan, who walked on the moon in 1972 and ended the astonishing adventure with a message of peace and hope, died at the age of 82 surrounded by his family, according to a statement NASA released Monday. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. — NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017The retired Navy captain remained an indefatigable fighter for the space program and for other humans to have the opportunities to experience what he had. He and his partner, astronaut-geologist Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, were the only two men ever to sing on the lunar surface. As we leave the moon, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”Photo 12 via Getty Images Astronaut Gene Cernan gets ready to take a spin on the moon in 1972.

January 17, 2017 13:19 UTC

Miss Teen USA under fire for swapping swimsuit portion for activewear

WME/IMG’s first real chance at putting its fingerprints all over the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants is rubbing some people the wrong way. Some local officials in the Miss Teen USA competition are upset that the talent agency is putting less emphasis on sex appeal and a greater focus in fitness. Among its first moves as the new owner, WME/IMG eliminated the swimsuit portion of the Miss Teen USA contest — which features competitors ages 14 to 19 — in August, replacing it with an activewear segment to highlight the teens’ fitness over sex appeal. The beauty pageant business is about much more than “women walking on the stage in swimsuits and gowns and not messing up a question,” said Antinoro, who oversees the Miss Universe Organization, which includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Broadcast-rights owner Univision dumped the shows, and NBCUniversal — which owned 51 percent of Miss Universe — looked to sell.

January 17, 2017 13:18 UTC

Hair stylist to Marla Maples: No free services in exchange for Inauguration Day ‘exposure’

Washington hair stylist Tricia Kelly won’t be working for Marla Maples and Tiffany Trump on Inauguration Day. “I was told they had a $300 budget for both of them for hair and makeup,” Kelly says. That’s when Maples’s assistant came up with another proposal: Would Kelly and the makeup artist be willing to provide their services for free? In exchange, they would get “exposure,” and Maples would mention them on her social-media feeds, the assistant told her. But neither Maples nor Tiffany Trump are bound by those rules, says Jan Baran, an attorney who served on George H.W.

January 17, 2017 13:15 UTC

Search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 ends after nearly 3 years

Nearly three years after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, Australia, China and Malaysia on Tuesday called off the underwater search, saying “no new information has been discovered” to solve what has become one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. The Australian government rejected that recommendation, saying the findings were not precise enough to warrant moving the search. Australia, China and Malaysia, which have funded the search, said last year that the operation would be called off once all of the 46,000-mile zone had been investigated. The hunt took search vessels from Australia, China, the United States and other countries into some of the stormiest, loneliest waters on Earth, rocked by 30-foot waves 1,000 miles off Australia’s west coast. Without locating the flight-data recorders in the plane’s wreckage, investigators have not been able to rule out any potential cause of the crash, including a mechanical failure, fire in the cockpit, pilot error or terrorism.

January 17, 2017 13:10 UTC

The end of the Trump tweets?

On that day, the Donald Trump tweets will cease to exist. But they no longer will be Trump tweets. The Trump tweets as we know themOver more than a year, the Trump tweets were a way for an individual to express himself. The Trump tweets have damaged his reputation in the country and around the world. The Trump tweets become White House tweetsThe man who wrote those aggressive and insulting tweets will not change.

January 17, 2017 13:07 UTC

Brazil’s prison massacres are a frightening window into gang warfare

Brazil’s prison gangs wield immense power on the streets, and driving the violence is a dynamic of competitive expansion. So are these prison gangs, street gangs, drug cartels or terrorist organizations? Mass incarceration solves this elegantly, arresting street criminals and physically confining them where prison gangs can easily reward obedience and punish defection. Conversely, some local copycat prison gangs were founded by inmates who spent time in PCC-controlled prisons in São Paulo. Once sophisticated gangs emerge within a state’s prison system, they generally begin to organize drug turf in that state’s urban areas.

January 17, 2017 13:06 UTC

Walmart adding 10,000 U.S. jobs

Walmart, which employs more workers than any other American business, plans to add 10,000 U.S. jobs this year. Macy's (M) is closing 68 stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs. Walmart (WMT) itself announced a year ago it would close 269 underperforming stores, including 154, employing 10,000 workers, in the United States. Related: Walmart's Mexico unit to add 10,000 jobsWalmart made no mention of President-elect Donald Trump in its announcement. When Walmart announced plans in December to add 10,000 jobs in Mexico over the next three years, Trump did not criticize the move.

January 17, 2017 13:05 UTC

Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for congressional hearings

But critics of the project said the federal analysis validates their concerns that the state will be saddled with multibillion-dollar unbudgeted costs for the foreseeable future. But the federal risk analysis showing a higher cost covers less work. The federal risk analysis explicitly makes clear that its estimates are based on the grant statement of work. Stuart Flashman, an attorney who has sued the rail authority to block the sale of bond funds, said the new federal cost estimates may be too low. “The high-speed rail authority is trying to muddy the waters so you can’t see what is going on,” Flashman said.

January 17, 2017 13:00 UTC

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