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Virgin America Airline Flight Attendants Vote To Approve Union
Citing a National Mediation Board tally, the Transport Workers of America union said on Wednesday, flight attendants at Virgin America airlines approved representation by the union, with 58 percent voting in favor. The decision ends the last non-union U.S. airline and marks the first union at Virgin America, based near San Francisco and started by entrepreneur Richard Branson.
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Why Millennials Are The World's Best Chance To Make Sustainability The New Normal
Niall Dunne, chief sustainability officer at BT, talked on stage at the 2014 Social Good Summit on Monday about giving sustainability a makeover, and making it so that younger generations come to expect it as the norm, not a goal. Dunne said, "Anybody of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets [for the People's Climate March] yesterday realizes that we're starting to reach a tipping point. We've got to make sure the pressure that represented on the streets ultimately drives a movement ... so that sustainability becomes the new normal." Initiatives like the Montreal Protocol, nuclear power and hydro power are powerful in abating carbon, but as individuals, we're left wondering how we can make a difference ourselves. Ultimately, Dunne believes we need to move the world away from "conspicuous consumption to a much more conscientious, much more collaborative model for consumption." Millennials, he said, make up the best demographic to do this. He said, "[Millennials] are already doing it: 84% of millennials — and this is consistent all around the world — would rather make a difference than achieve recognition in work."
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Apple Releases First Timberlake And Fallon IPhone 6 Ads
Apple has gone back to territory that treated it well in the past with new ads for the iPhone 6, with a spin on the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” John Hodgman/Justin Long duo act that served it well in the latter half of the last decade. This time, it’s not quite so oppositional, as the spots compare the relative virtues of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake making funny sounds and agreeing that the new features on both phones are generally awesome.
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Real Estate Startup LevelRE Undercuts Standard Commissions By Up To 66%
If you've ever sold your house, you know the 6% commission that realtors charge can net out to tens of thousands of dollars for the average home. LevelRE , which launches this week, offers a 1% commission for sellers. The site also lets you retain the services of agents for consulting (like on what to price your house) for a fee which is refundable if you don't sell your house. Todd Siegel, CEO of LevelRE, says LevelRE will disrupt the real estate market the way Expedia and Orbitz did for travel.
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David Bowie Day In Chicago
No matter how original you think you are, David Bowie did it first. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially proclaimed Sept. 23 as David Bowie Day in honor of the rock star's retrospective exhibit, David Bowie Is... , opening that day at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.The exhibit will feature more than 300 items from the rocker's personal archives — including clothes to hand-written lyrics and set lists, as well as diary entries from his teen years until his retirement from the music industry.
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Children 'failed In Early Years'
A leading health expert says, the future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years. Government adviser on health inequality Sir Michael Marmot highlighted data suggesting half of five-year-olds were not ready for school. He said high levels of deprivation and a lack of quality services and support for parents were holding children back. But ministers said investing in the early years was a priority. Since the mid-1990s, the proportion of national wealth being spent on the under-fives has more than doubled, although spending has dropped slightly in recent years. But Sir Michael, who is director of the University College London's Institute of Health Equity and led a ground-breaking review of health inequalities for the government in 2010, said the development of children in England was still lagging behind that of many other Western countries.
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Biden’s Massive Motorcade To Private Event Costs Colorado Cops Plenty
A Colorado sheriff is angry at the cost and inconvenience of providing beefed up security for Vice President Joe Biden, who visited Aspen last weekend to speak at an invitation-only event sponsored by a private equity firm. Biden traveled in a 40-car motorcade along a 70-mile route between Aspen and the Eagle County airport. Sheriffs’ deputies were tapped to block roads along two major arteries, including an interstate highway, tying up traffic and racking up a hefty bill for overtime. Sheriffs offices also provided helicopter support along the route.
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Twitter User Live Tweets Attack 'before Pentagon Breaks News'
A Syrian twitter user is believed to have broken news of US air strikes in Syria 30 minutes before the Pentagon confirmed the military had launched attacks on the Isis stronghold of Raqqa alongside other countries. The Twitter user, named Abdulkader Hariri, said “huge explosions” had shook Raqqa at just after 2am local time. He speculated the explosions “might be the beginning of US air strikes on Isis HQs in Raqqa”.The Pentagon made the announcement at about 9.30pm EST, according to Vox. Mr Hariri’s first tweet came half an hour before this, it reports.At 2.35 am he said the sky was “full of drones” and the sound of warplanes could be heard. At about the same time, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby confirmed air strikes had targeted Isis targets in Syria using fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles
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Alibaba's Jack Ma Is Richest Person In China, Survey Shows
Jack Ma jumped to the top of an annual survey of the richest people in China released on Tuesday, leading a group of technology executives benefiting from investor bets on a digital Chinese future. According to the Hurun Rich List, which is compiled by the Shanghai-based research group Hurun Report, Ma, executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and his family are worth about $25 billion.
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Jimmy Choo Plans To List Shares In London
Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange in October. The shoe and accessories maker said on Tuesday that it plans to float at least a 25% stake. The firm didn't comment on how much money it will raise though the company's expected to be valued at more than £500 million.