Daily Archives: June 14, 2017

Le Mans 24 Hours 2017: Toyota takes provisional pole on Wednesday

Toyota topped Wednesday evening’s first qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Kamui Kobayashi putting the #7 TS050 HYBRID on provisional pole in a shortened session

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Factory Workers Making Ivanka Trump’s Line Reveal Unethical Working Conditions

Ivanka Trump; Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump, paid family leave champion; Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Scrutiny of Ivanka Trump’s clothing label has — understandably — intensified ever since her father took office. The House Judiciary Committee reviews prospective deals and helps ensure that the First Daughter’s company doesn’t use her political influence to benefit her private interests. Meanwhile, the Fair Labor Association and news outlets have been taking a hard look at the factory conditions where Trump’s clothing line is manufactured. Spoiler alert: They’re totally unacceptable.

In April, the Washington Post reported that an inspection of a China-based factory used by G-III (the apparel group responsible for making and distributing the Ivanka Trump line) found 24 labor violations. Now, The Guardian reports that an Indonesia-based garment factory that produces Trump’s line is also guilty of abusing its workers.

The British news publication interviewed over a dozen employees at the PT Buma Apparel Industry factory in Subang, West Java, which supplies several fashion labels, among them Ivanka Trump. The workers told of verbal abuse, low wages, unpaid overtime and impossibly high production targets.

Laborers reported being called “animals,” “morons” and “monkeys” by their managers. Most of the workers make the legal minimum wage, which equates to about $173 a month. Still, this amount is below minimum wage in most parts of Indonesia — and in China, laborers can make up to 40 percent more.

To top it off, the company sets extremely high production targets (58 to 92 garments per period, even though, realistically speaking, workers can make around 27 to 40 garments in the time allotted). Managers then force workers to stay late to meet production demands — and don’t compensate them for their time. “The management is getting smarter: they tap out our ID cards at 4pm so you can’t prove anything,” revealed one interviewee.

Of the factories’ 2,759 employees, around three-quarters are women. Only around 200 of the workers belong to a union and receive benefits. Many of the laborers are contract workers. Thus, they’re dismissed without severance after their contract expires. Before religious holidays like Ramadan, the powers that be opt to fire workers rather than give them paid time off. They’re rehired after the holiday season passes. Mothers can’t afford to live with the children. It’s beyond unethical.

It’s worth noting that, as of January, Ivanka Trump no longer oversees the day-to-day management of her brand. However, she still receives payouts from its profits, and it’s still her name on the label, so she could, theoretically, check G-III’s practices. Ivanka Trump’s PR team declined to comment on The Guardian article. (In the past, the paid family leave advocate has called G-III “a trusted partner for some of the world’s finest and most visible brands.”)

“Ivanka Trump claims to be the ultimate destination for Women Who Work, but this clearly doesn’t extend to the women who work for her in factories around the world,” Carry Somers, founder of laborer advocacy nonprofit Fashion Revolution, told The Guardian.

Of course, Ivanka Trump isn’t the first big-name brand to get called out for problematic (to put it lightly) production practices. Nor will it be the last. (Case in point: Just today, Dazed pointed the finger at Zara, H&M and Marks & Spencer, all of which “were buying viscose from factories with questionable working practices in Indonesia, China and India.”) However, given that Trump is a self-professed ally of working mothers, her failure to address these allegations seems especially hypocritical.

[ via The Guardian ]

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Why Are Male Spiders Willing To Sacrifice Their Lives For Mating?

Why Are Male Spiders Willing To Sacrifice Their Lives For Mating?

When it comes to humans, dating and romantic relationships can sometimes become messy affairs. Sometimes cheating is involved, or a restraining order may become necessary, but at least humans do not have to sacrifice themselves to their mate. As we all know, this is what many different types of spiders do regularly. The relatively small sized male will approach the female knowing that its chances of being eaten may outweigh its chances of mating. However, this is just the way it is in the spider world, and many male spiders don’t seem to mind this arrangement. Many researchers have witnessed willing self-sacrifice among some types of male spiders. So why don’t male spiders seem to mind ending their lives? You would think that an instinct for self-preservation would take over when a male spider is being approached by a ravenous female? Yet many male spiders literally roll directly into the female’s mouthparts.

One type of spider that is notorious for sacrificing itself for an opportunity to mate is the Australian red back spider. This spider, as mentioned above, will prepare for its own demise by summersaulting into the fangs of a female. Also, Honeybees offer up a good example of how insects, like spiders, also indulge in sexual cannibalism. Male honeybees have evolved explosive sexual organs. Once a male finds a female, his reproductive organs will explode, which often results in fertilization. Some ants are also known to resort to sexual cannibalism. For example, the type of ant that is known as Dinoponera quadriceps will kill her male partner by dismembering his sexual organ. This results in the death of the male, and a keepsake for the female.

Researchers are not certain as to why male spiders are so willing to sacrifice their lives for mating, but many believe that self-sacrifice is a necessary method in order to introduce a greater number of males into the population. The bodies of the male spiders may even be nutritious to the developing offspring, so females will consume the males in order to properly nourish their offspring. These types of nutrients are known as “somatic nutrients”, and they could also be necessary to optimize the physical fitness and/or number of spider offspring, which could be another motivator for male self-sacrifice. In any case, the next time you are involved in a dramatic breakup, just be thankful that you are not a spider.

Can you think of any other reason why it would be evolutionarily advantageous for male spiders to allow themselves to be eaten by female spiders?

 

 

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Video: Instruments of Adventure in Alaska

In this video we follow five friends as they set off on an epic adventure across southern Alaska, traveling by sea kayak, fat bike, and packraft as they go. Those are their instruments of adventure, which allow them to escape the well-trodden paths that most people take in their travels and instead find and carve their own. We all have these types of instruments at our disposal. What’s keeping us…

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Democratic congressmen say they are getting calls saying 'you guys are next'

Several Democratic lawmakers say they have received threats following the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson during an early-morning practice for a congressional baseball game. Along with Scalise, four other people were injured in the shooting. Hodgkinson was a fierce Bernie Sanders supporter and called President Donald Trump a “traitor,” but his exact motive for the shooting has not been established.

As Democratic members of Congress were getting briefed on the developing situation, some have gotten calls saying “you guys are next,” Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan of California told Buzzfeed News.

Barragan said that several Democratic lawmakers also got calls on their personal cell phones, including one to a lawmaker who was not a member of their party’s baseball team. While Barragan was not one of the members to receive such a call, she said that others she would not name got calls saying “you Democrats, you Democrats.”

Buzzfeed reporter Adrian Carrasquillo tweeted that another Democratic congressman also told him that he saw alt-right groups posting comments saying the Democrats were next online.

But it’s not just Democrats. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, also got a threatening email saying, “One down, 216 to go,” Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman tweeted.

According to Buzzfeed, several Democratic leaders confirmed that there have been more threats coming their way from both before and after the shooting and that they were now pressing for increased security for the members.

“We are public officials, part of our shtick is to draw attention to ourselves so we will always be mindful of [the danger of that],” Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley told Buzzfeed News. “But I am more concerned about the safety of my staff.”

SEE ALSO: 66-year-old James Hodgkinson named as suspect in congressional baseball practice shooting

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NOW WATCH: The Obamas just shelled out $8.1 million for the DC mansion they’ve been renting since leaving the White House

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Le Mans 24 Hours 2017: #1 Porsche outpaces Toyota in free practice

Porsche set the pace in free practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Neel Jani posting the fastest lap of the session with just five minutes to go

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Motorbase BTCC team releases update on Luke Davenport's condition

The Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship team has issued an update on the condition of its driver Luke Davenport, who was seriously injured in a crash in qualifying at Croft last Saturday

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