A flight into Hurricane Michael…

first_img The Anatomy of Fear TAGSHurricane Michael Previous articleWhy health apps are like the Wild West, with Apple just riding into townNext articleLeague of Women Voters supports Amendment 4 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Final entry captured rare storm dataBy Tristram KortenFlorida Center for Investigative ReportingShortly before noon on October 10, Lt. Col. Sean Cross and Maj. Dave Gentile, pilots with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, turned the nose of their WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” toward the core of Hurricane Michael as it bore down on Florida’s Gulf Coast.The image on the radar screen in front of the pilots showed the plane passing through splotchy green cloud cover towards a circular blank space — the storm’s eye. But none of this was visible outside the cockpit’s windows. The storm clouds were so dense they blotted out the world; there was no discernible horizon, no up or down reference for the eyes, just an impenetrable gray.Seconds later, the plane broke through that cloud wall and emerged into bright light. The sun, set in a deep blue sky, shone above. Surrounding the plane on all sides was a towering wall of reticulated puffy storm clouds. The three pilots and two navigators inside the cockpit gasped audibly.“After doing this for almost 20 years, I’ve probably seen this sort of presentation maybe four or five times,” said Lt. Col. Byron Hudgins, a backup pilot onboard. He was referring to the barrel shape of the eyewall, vertical instead of the classic funnel form. The lack of gradation was an indication of the powerful convection throughout the storm.At that moment, according to the plane’s data, Michael’s winds were blowing 133 miles per hour, and the pressure, measured in millibars, the lower the stronger, was an extremely low 922. It would get stronger. Clouds now stretched across 235 miles, with an eye of calm in the center 18 miles wide.“Hurricane Michael is a very, very powerful storm with a very low, deep pressure,” Cross, the aircraft commander, said above the roar of the plane’s engines as he took a break from the controls.Hurricane Hunters regularly fly into these storms to gather data. But this was no regular hurricane, and this was no regular flight.Michael developed quickly over unseasonably warm water, allowing it to continue intensifying right up to landfall, which is very rare. Also rare, perhaps unprecedented, is for a Hurricane Hunter mission to follow a hurricane to its landfall, which this one did. The data recorded from this flight is invaluable, according to climate scientists, because how hurricanes intensify so rapidly, as Michael did, is not well understood.“The data from that flight is going to be studied and debated and delved into very deeply for a decade,” said Ryan Truchelut, a meteorologist with the private forecasting service WeatherTiger.This was the ninth and final mission that the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, part of the 403rd Wing of the Air Force Reserve, flying out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, would fly into Michael.Formed in the 1940s, after World War II pilots dared each other to fly into a hurricane, the Hurricane Hunters, as the squadron is known, today boasts 10 C-130 cargo planes, called WC-130Js, modified with weather-reading instruments, extra fuel capacity and chutes to deploy dropsondes, which are cardboard tubes containing data-gathering instruments. The squadron maintains 20 air crews of five to six officers, who fly the missions at the request of the National Hurricane Center, which is part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Hurricane Hunters can fly up to three missions at once.Last year, the squadron flew into hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose simultaneously, the first time since 2010 three missions were flown at once. In fact, 2017 was its 10th-busiest season. The squadron flew 12 named storms, for 90 missions in total. This season, which ends November 30, the Hurricane Hunters have flown about 30 missions, two at the same time, when Florence was headed toward North Carolina and Olivia was off the coast of Hawaii.The purpose is to launch dropsondes into the storm to collect information on moisture content, wind speed and direction, temperature, and atmospheric pressure inside the hurricane. The National Hurricane Center uses the data for forecasts and advisories.“The data that we collect is very important,” Lt. Col. Cross said, referring to its use in advisories that warn of danger. “It’s highly valued because, bottom line, we are saving lives.”These missions are more critical now because of global warming’s impact. Greenhouse gas buildup in the atmosphere, largely from burning fossil fuels and other human activities, has been warming the ocean’s surface. A United Nations Report, released two days before Lt. Colonel Cross took his crew into Michael, warned that carbon emissions needed to be drastically reduced in the next decade to avoid increased risks of extreme weather events.As Michael intensified, water temperatures in the Gulf measured 83 to 84 degrees, three to four degrees warmer than average for this time of year. Warm water is hurricane fuel. The warmer the water, the faster storms grow.Michael went from a tropical storm blowing 35 miles per hour on October 7 to a category 4 behemoth 72 hours later.“I’m in disbelief at how this intensified right at landfall, so late in the year, in this part of Gulf, so quickly,” Truchelut, the meteorologist, said.Rapid intensification of hurricanes is not well understood. Michael gained strength right up to landfall, uncommon for northern Gulf hurricanes, which often weaken due to dry air from land. But a jet stream to the north aided Michael’s outflow, according to Andy Hazelton, with NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division and the University of Miami.Climate scientists don’t know for certain what the future holds for notoriously unpredictable hurricanes in a warmer climate. Some long-range modeling indicates slightly fewer but more powerful storms decades from now. With the water staying warm longer, hurricane seasons may lengthen. Other studies indicate that the large-scale wind patterns that traditionally guide hurricanes are slowing or weakening, allowing storms to linger and release more rain.Meanwhile, wind speeds are likely to increase. Timothy Hall, with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, explained that while the ocean is warming, the upper atmosphere is not. The temperature difference is driving up hurricane intensity. Some storms, he said, “will reach intensities never seen historically.”If hurricane activity does intensify, Hurricane Hunter flights may get more dangerous than they already are. Between 1945 and 1974, six U.S. military planes have been lost tracking hurricanes, five over the Pacific and one over the Caribbean.The flight through Michael offered a potent reminder of those risks. During the fourth and final penetration into the eye, the plane hit violent turbulence as it was about to break through the eyewall. The plane entered a pocket and dropped up to 2,000 feet. Passengers not strapped in flew inches above their seats and loose containers launched more than a foot in the air.After breaking through the wall and stabilizing, the plane followed the 10,000-foot pressure gradient toward the eye. Michael’s pressure was so low, and the plane’s descent so steep, Gentile had to take the controls from the autopilot to keep from descending farther. To climb back out, Gentile fed near-maximum thrust to the engines.“The section that we were going into was a really rough patch of turbulence. The autopilot kicked off, and you basically have to hand fly it,” said Gentile, one of the squadron’s newest pilots. Michael was only his fourth hurricane mission. “And that’s, I guess, what they pay us for,” he joked.Or, as Lt. Col. Cross put it: “Hurricane Michael had a hold of us and he was doing what he wanted to with the plane. For about 30 seconds there, it was pretty intense. It was a ride I’m not going to forget for the rest of my career.”As the plane sped across the eye, the men in the cockpit gazed two miles below, where whitecaps from Michael’s roiling storm surge could be seen crashing onto the shore. This was the moment of landfall, near Port St. Joe. It was a milestone for the hurricane hunters, whose missions routinely end before the storm reaches land.“I don’t know anybody else in the squadron that has seen that as long as I’ve been doing it,” said Cross, who has been flying into hurricanes for 18 years.Michael came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane blowing 155 miles per hour, just below the threshold for a Category 5. But that assessment may change pending the National Hurricane Center’s final analysis of data from this flight. The Hurricane Hunter recorded a pressure of 919 millibars, the third-lowest reading for a hurricane that made landfall in the continental United States. At the very least, Michael is the most powerful hurricane to strike Florida’s Panhandle in two centuries of record keeping, and the storm is tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to make landfall on the continental United States. Buildings directly in the path of the winds disintegrated, leaving only concrete foundations. At least 30 people were killed.For Lt. Col. Cross, Michael was not just a mission seen from above. It was personal. His parents live in the Panhandle, and he was desperate to hear if they were safe. After landing, he rushed to turn on his phone.“I’m planning on driving over tomorrow,” he said outside the plane, choking up slightly. “My heart goes out to all my friends and neighbors in that small community.”Then, before heading inside, he added: “I’m going to have a beer too. That was a long day.” Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Florida property taxes rank 26th in U.S.

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSfloridaProperty TaxesThe Center Square Previous articleFlorida school-choice expansion bills advance in LegislatureNext articleDemings introduces legislation to welcome Mary McLeod Bethune statue to the U.S. Capitol Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hawaii has the lowest property taxes in the U.S., while New Jersey had the highest, the report said. The tax on a $205,000 home in Hawaii are an estimated $560. The tax on a home of the same value in New Jersey are an estimated $5,064. By Jason Schaumburg | The Center SquareFlorida is middle of the road for U.S. states when it comes to property taxes, a new report by the personal finance website WalletHub shows. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img The Anatomy of Fear “When lawmakers and the media look at taxes, the focus is too much on the income tax, and property taxes are ignored,” said Mitchell Franklin, director of the Department of Accounting at Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business. “Even with lower income tax rates, property taxes in many areas are so high, that there is still a disincentive to expand and stay in certain parts of the country.” Florida does not tax personal income. Florida has the 26th-lowest property taxes in the U.S., according to the report – 2020’s Property Taxes by State. The annual tax on a $205,000 home, the median home value in the U.S. in 2018, is an estimated $1,902 in Florida.The median home value in Florida is $196,800. The tax on a Florida home at that value is an estimated $1,827, the report said.WalletHub compared U.S. Census Bureau data for the 50 states and Washington, D.C., to determine the property tax rankings. It divided the median real estate tax payment by the median home price in each state to produce an effective real estate tax rate. It used the resulting rates to determine the amount paid as real estate tax on a house worth $204,900, the median value for a home in the U.S. as of 2018, according to the Census Bureau. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

RR House / Rakta Studio

first_imgPhotographs:  KIE Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project RR House / Rakta StudioSave this projectSaveRR House / Rakta Studio Houses Year:  Save this picture!© KIE+ 18Curated by Hana Abdel Share Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Toto, Nirwana Landscape, YKK aluminiumDesign Team:Vidor Saputro, Regina Leviana, Christian HalimClients:Raegan & ReginaEngineering:Vonny ValentinaLandscape:Nirwana LandscapeCity:BandungCountry:IndonesiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© KIERecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The Ruang Bayang – RR House is located in the center of Bandung, city, West Java Indonesia. The main idea was to create a sequential progression from the public to private zones by using the courtyard & vertical circulation as the divider between the two. Also, the varied volumetric scales of the public & private zones and their different interactions with the exterior was an essential part of the idea.Save this picture!© KIEThe double-height of the inner court with the skylight above gives users the experience of how natural lighting interacts with architectural elements. In addition, the sun creates a beautiful shadow / “bayang” as we named it in Indonesian, towards the wall below, yet the light will constantly change the shape of the shadows and its direction following the movement of the sun each day. Upon arrival, the main entrance welcomes us with a spacious foyer with a zen garden along with the reflection pool beside. As a further matter, climate concern is another key design for this small house. Heat avoidance elements on two sides are created.Save this picture!© KIESave this picture!ElevationSave this picture!© KIEIt helps reduce heat and create more privacy for the house as the separator the public from the private living area of the house, the double-height volume of the courtyard also creates better air circulation and the pool itself maintains the humidity of the house. While this courtyard area is covered with a skylight to keep the natural light get through inside the house and create an aesthetics shadow effect as well. The staircase is at the side of the house, which creates an attractive point due to the unique design itself. Moreover, the trees are planted along with the backyard of the house.Save this picture!© KIEProject gallerySee allShow lessKellett Street House / C.Kairouz ArchitectsSelected ProjectsObservation House / I/O architectsSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeRakta StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBandungOn FacebookIndonesiaPublished on October 31, 2020Cite: “RR House / Rakta Studio” 31 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950280/rr-house-rakta-studio Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950280/rr-house-rakta-studio Clipboard CopyHouses•Bandung, Indonesia Projectscenter_img RR House / Rakta Studio Architects: Rakta Studio Area Area of this architecture project Indonesia ArchDaily Area:  400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs “COPY” 2020 “COPY”last_img read more

Support for event down 20%

first_img Howard Lake | 5 May 2009 | News Support for event down 20% Tagged with: Events Ireland Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Chief Executive Maurice O’Connell said support for Tea Day had always been strong, but this year they’ve seen a 20 per cent fall-off.The gap between funding from the Health Service Executive and the cost of running the services is widening, he said.www.teaday.iecenter_img Support for the annual Alzheimer Society’s charity drive in Ireland has fallen by 20 per cent this year putting services at risk, its chief executive has told the Irish Times.The charity provides services and support for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, through day care, home care, short-term respite and a national helpline.Some €4 million must be raised to support the charity annually so that it can deliver its services but support so far for the charity’s 15th annual Tea Day has seen a dramatic decline. Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Volleyball falls in all-out fight with No. 1 Baylor

first_imgColin Post Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printTCU volleyball fell to Baylor in straight sets Saturday. Photo by Heesoo Yang. Coming off of their first conference win, TCU volleyball gave No. 1 Baylor all they could handle but fell in three sets. The Bears were forced to score 34 points in the third set as TCU continued to fight against the nation’s top team. “Baylor, they’re just playing well, and they have beenall year,” head coach Jill Kramer said.  The top-ranked Bears improve to 15-0 on the year withthe sweep.First-year setter McKenzie Nichols continued her brilliant play as of late for TCU with 35 assists and 10 digs, her third-career double-double.Setter McKenzie Nichols (14) has established herself as TCU’s starting setter. Photo by Heesoo Yang.Though TCU fought, Baylor proved why they’re the No. 1 team in the country during the first two sets. The Frogs never led at any point beyond the first five points in either set, and the Bears took a commanding 2-0 lead.Middle blocker Katie Clark had been a lone bright spotfor TCU during that span, tallying four kills in each of the first two sets.  Despite their deficit, the Frogs looked confident in the third set, taking a 13-8 right out of the gate, forcing a Baylor timeout.“We came out really well in that third set. I thought we were pretty sharp,” Kramer said. “We were playing really great volleyball.”The set would turn into a war from that point forward. TCU defended four match points while seeing five set points of their own. Redshirt junior outside hitter Ashley Waggle was electric offensively, recording seven kills in the third set alone.Waggle finished with 12 kills on the day, her third game recording double-digit kills in the last four games.The Frogs totaled 19 digs in the third set, five of which came from Élan McCall, who finished with 12 digs on the day.In the end, Baylor would prevail 34-32. It was the first time the Bears had been forced past 30 points by a conference opponent this season.Outside hitter Ashley Waggle recorded seven kills for TCU in an intense third set. Photo by Heesoo Yang.“A lot of it is attributed to Kenz [Nichols], because she’s the one setting it up enough for me to do it,” Waggle said about her recent success. “I know that back row has done a good job of telling me what’s open.”Outside hitter Audrey Nalls and middle blocker SarahSwanson combined for 16 kills and three blocks in the match.TCU committed 10 service errors as a team in the loss. Kramer said after the match the outcome may have been different in the third set had the Frogs performed better from the service line.The Frogs will look to bounce back as they face Iowa State. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ames, Iowa.“I think every place you go in the Big 12 is awesome,” Kramer said. “[It’s] a good chance for us to go and have a great battle on the road.” Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU volleyball fell to Baylor Saturday. Photo by Heesoo Yang. Previous articleCreating an organization at TCU: Difficult but rewardingNext articleConstruction standards promote sustainability Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Linkedin + posts ReddIt Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

Horoscope: March 22, 2021

first_imgHoroscope: May 1, 2021 Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Previous articleTCU announces ‘back to campus’ plans for fall semesterNext articleThe cold scoop: Ranking the best ice cream shops in Fort Worth Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Facebook Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ + posts Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Linkedin Tamia Banks Facebook ReddIt Twitter Horoscope: April 30, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Aries and a Moon in Cancer.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, March 22, 2021:Forthright, energetic and impatient, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. This year, you will be active on multiple fronts, so remember to pace yourself and reserve quality time with family. Finances may ebb and flow, so avoid splurging on unnecessary items. If single, look your best, and you will attract the person of your dreams. If attached, take a well-deserved break and pencil in a vacation. CANCER provides warmth.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Contact a family member who may be too proud to ask for help. Approach the situation gently. An offer to work more from home may become available. Adjust your schedule and go after it. Tonight: Step up your exercise routine.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★Show neighbors the welcome mat. Exchange ideas around the kitchen table and get to know each other better. New friendships can emerge. Siblings may be more available than usual, so take advantage of their generosity. Tonight: Binge a new series.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Treat yourself to a new device but don’t go overboard. You may be fooled into thinking you have more spare cash on hand. Explore economical ways to buy what you need. Leave credit cards at home. Tonight: Time for romance.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Stay away from people who stir up mixed emotions and unpleasant memories. Be proud of your accomplishments. This is not the time for modesty. Someone may treat you to a meal out for being such a good friend. Tonight: Speak from your heart.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Your energy may be down even though you put on a good show. You might want to slow down and smell the roses, at least for today. Watch a film with someone who shares your sense of humor. Tonight: Hot bath.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★A friend may invite you to a get-together. Bring along your business card and be sure to mingle. This may be the perfect opportunity to network with potential contacts. Be confident but not too brash. Tonight: Catch up on reading.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★Someone may ask you for pointers on how to problem-solve. Be firm and truthful, yet sensitive and caring. You will have a positive impact. Interest in helping someone may lead to a fulfilling new direction. Tonight: Prepare a presentation.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★Opportunities to travel for work and pleasure may arise. Don’t pass up a lucrative offer until you know the entire picture. Sign up for a class or lecture with a friend. A study buddy makes learning fun. Tonight: Home shopping.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★Impress someone influential with your astute research skills. Arrive at a solution that will satisfy everyone. You may get a financial offer that sounds tempting. Weigh it carefully since things may not be what they seem. Tonight: Cuddle up close.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★Have a heart-to-heart with someone special. Talk about a sticky issue you have avoided. Getting it off your chest will be easier than you think. A friend may text or email a catchy joke or appreciative words. Tonight: Unconditional love.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★An authority figure may be critical of your work. Take it in stride, and never let it get you down. Move ahead at a steady pace with a current project. You will turn the criticism around. Tonight: Dinner guests.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★★Excitement awaits you on the romantic front. Participate in a game with friends who know how to lose gracefully. Satisfy your urge to have fun. Challenge yourself with a physical activity you never tried. Tonight: Get in tip top shape.Born today: Author Louis L’Amour (1908), actress Reese Witherspoon (1976), football player J.J. Watt (1989) Horoscope: April 29, 2021last_img read more

Equal Pay Day for AAPI women comes amid violent attacks, record unemployment

first_imgkali9/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN via GMA(NEW YORK) — March 9 marks Equal Pay Day for Asian American and Pacific Islander women, the day that AAPI women have to work into 2021 to earn the same amount of money that white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2020, according to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).On average, AAPI women are paid 85 centers for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, according to the NWLC, a policy-focused organization that fights for gender justice.“This group faces one of the smallest wage gaps, but the loss of 15 cents on the dollar, it adds up,” Jasmine Tucker, director of research at the NWLC, said. “It’s $833 [lost] a month, $10,000 a year and $400,000 over the course of a career, and those are just lost earnings.”This year’s AAPI Equal Pay Day comes at a particularly tenuous time specifically for women, who have been hit disproportionately hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic, which has put more than 2 million women overall out of the workforce.AAPI women are facing an unemployment rate that is now double their pre-pandemic rate. Asian American women are facing the highest long-term unemployment rate among women of any race, according to Tucker.“There are all of these hurdles that they’re facing, and if they were paid what they were owed all of this time, they may have been able to weather this storm a little bit easier,” Tucker said, adding that 45% of unemployed Asian American women have been unemployed for six months or longer.AAPI women are also fearful of their own safety during the pandemic, which has also hurt them economically, according to Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, a nonprofit organization that works to amplify AAPI women’s stories and experiences.Amid a spate of violent attacks on Asian Americans across the country, reported to be fueled in part by biases pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic, Asian American women are reporting crimes and harassment at nearly three times the rate as Asian American men, according to Choimorrow.“That is the reality that we live in right now,” she told “GMA.” “And all of these factors limit our economic potential.”When it comes to the gender wage gap for AAPI women overall, there is also a large disparity in the wages different groups of women under that same umbrella are making. If the data is not disaggregated in order to paint a fuller picture, it can be damaging to AAPI women, according to both Choimorrow and Tucker.Tucker points out that while Japanese women make 95 cents for every dollar that white men make, Burmese women, for example, make 52 cents on the dollar. Similarly, Filipino women also make much less.“While [the data] says we’re making 85 cents to a white man’s dollar, there’s so much nuance that goes into that story,” Choimorrow said. “There are [AAPI] women who make 50 cents to a white man’s dollar, and we don’t often hear those stories, and they’re not the names that we often see.”“I think the bigger issue that gets overlooked is that women in these communities often don’t have the kind of whatever limited safety net our country creates for people in low-income situations,” she said, noting that information on government programs like unemployment insurance is often not automatically translated into multiple languages and is therefore inaccessible.The pay gap for AAPI women is, at 85 cents, one of the smallest wage gaps overall. Overall, women in the U.S. who work full-time, year-round are typically paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, according to the NWLC.“I think this group is skimmed over a lot, because they tend to make a little bit more money, and they face the model minority myth, but AAPI women are in households that have lost income, they’re more likely than any other group to be looking for employment that is long-term, and they’re behind on their rent and mortgage payments more often than white people,” Tucker said. “They’re in a crisis, and there are ways to fix this.”Tucker suggested items such as holding employers accountable for diverse hiring and promotions, raising the minimum wage, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress and creating a better child care infrastructure in the U.S. as solutions that would help AAPI women as well as all women.“If we’re not going to do this now, when everything has been exposed, every problem that we have, all of the racism, all of the sexism, the lack of child care, all of the problems that existed before the pandemic, now there is a spotlight on them,” Tucker said. “If now is not the time to do something, I’m worried that it will never be the time.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Changing workplace brings new breed of stressed employees

first_img Previous Article Next Article Two recent reports have once again raised the stress question – just whatshould HR be doing?Occupational stress is labelled the back-pain of the 21st century by HRprofessionals managing sickness absence in their organisations. Ask most employees if they think their work is stressful, and they will tellyou that it is. To say otherwise has become regarded as a confession that youare not committed to the job. In the past few weeks, both the Health and Safety Executive and the TUC haveraised the stress issue again. HSE research estimates that 150,000 UK employeeshave taken at least a month off sick because of stress-related illness (News, 3July). Last week, TUC general secretary John Monks called for employers and unionsto work in partnership to reduce stress in, rather than join the “blamerace”. The world of work has changed significantly in the past 20 years.Downsizing, the growth of information systems, de-manning and increased use ofcontractors, to name a few, have changed what we do and how we do it. Jobsecurity, some would say, is a thing of the past. All these are new pressures, butdo they harm us? To understand stress is to appreciate how people respond to differentpressures. The right amount of pressure stimulates us to succeed, and thisgives us satisfaction. Pressure only becomes stress when the individual feelsunable to cope with the demands placed on them. This perception variesconsiderably from person to person. The popular wisdom is that work-related stress is the beginning, middle andend of the problem. But this approach does not take account of the pressuresexperienced outside work. If managers believe that the problem is caused bywork and therefore can only be cured at work, they are destined to fail. The reality, as with many health-related issues, is far more complex. Peoplego to work not as a blank emotional sheet but with all sorts of pressures uponthem. They then face a different set of pressures in the workplace. Managers know that they have to do something, but the big question is, what?The HSE has found that business “would benefit from having more guidanceabout work-related stress”. In response, The HSE and the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) havepublished guidance to help managers understand stress and take action. The EEF’s Managing Stress at Work is based on risk assessment. This is, afterall, what is required by health and safety law. The experience of largecompanies with strategies to manage stress has been fed into the guidance. At an EEF conference on employee rehabilitation in May, an occupationalphysician from Rolls-Royce highlighted the value of the risk assessmentapproach. He reported that initially there was some scepticism about whetherthis approach was going to work. Some managers seemed to be more interested inteaching employees more coping-strategies to deal with stress. The occupational health team analysed sickness absence data and looked atone site with about 5,000 employees. The workforce was divided between two operating units. About 25 per cent ofpeople managers of one business unit had attended the stress awareness workshopproviding risk assessment training, while about 75 per cent of people managersin the other unit had not attended. When sickness absence for stress-related problems, anxiety and depressionwere compared between the two business units for 1999 and 2000, there was nochange in the business unit with fewer trained managers, but the other showed a21 per cent decrease in absence for stress, anxiety and depression. The problem of stress will never be completely solved, but, as with otherhealth matters, there are policies and practices that an employer can put inplace to manage this “new” sickness. By Gary Booton, the EEF’s health and safety manager The EEF’s Managing Stress at Work costs £17.50, tel: 020-7222 7777  www.hse.gov.uk Comments are closed. Changing workplace brings new breed of stressed employeesOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

WeWork slashes rents in some cities

first_imgWeWork has sought to cut costs since the company was bailed out by its parent company SoftBank Group in 2019. The flex-space provider botched its attempt to go public and ousted its co-founder, Adam Neumann — though he left with a hefty severance package.WeWork’s new CEO Sandeep Mathrani claims that the company has renegotiated many of its leases during the pandemic. He also said that WeWork will be profitable at the end of 2021.In recent months, the company has closed and exited four locations in Midtown, Soho and the Meatpacking District. It also recently closed one of its oldest locations in the Financial District, Bisnow reported.Co-working companies have struggled since the onset of the pandemic. In addition to working remotely, employees are concerned about contracting the virus in open-plan office spaces.And unlike traditional offices where tenants are locked into a long-term contract with the landlord, many flex-office providers have short-term contracts with their tenants. One of WeWork’s competitors, Knotel, has already filed for bankruptcy, claiming that tenants have stopped paying rent. It’s due to be acquired by Newmark Group.[Bloomberg News] — Keith Larsen Tags Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani (Wikipedia Commons, iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)WeWork has slashed its rents across the country as workers continue to avoid going into offices.The New York-based flex-office provider dropped the price of its rental fees in November and in January by an average of about 10 percent, according to data provided to Bloomberg News. In some places, rents fell by as much as 25 percent.The company reduced rents by 15 to 20 percent in Austin, Texas, Boston, Denver and New York City. In Chicago, rents were reduced by 24 percent; in Detroit, prices fell by 25 percent.Read moreAdam Neumann Invests in Mortgage Servicing StartupKnotel files for bankruptcy, set to be bought by NewmarkWeWork Dumps Several Manhattan Locations Co-workingCommercial Real EstateWeWorklast_img read more

Pritchard scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 80-62

first_imgFebruary 16, 2020 /Sports News – Local Pritchard scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 80-62 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard scored 25 points and led an early 3-point shooting spree as No. 17 Oregon rolled to an 80-62 victory over Utah.Pritchard made five of six 3-pointers in the first half. Will Richardson, who hit a trio of 3s before the break and finished 4 for 4, added 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Ducks improve to 14-0 at home this season.They shot 58% from the field and made half of their 24 3-point attempts. Oregon also earned its 20th win and regained a share of first place in the Pac-12 with Colorado at 9-4.The Utes were led by freshman Rylan Jones with 18 points. Tags: Oregon Ducks/Pac-12/Payton Pritchard/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Presslast_img read more