You may remember the touching story of young Miles Scott. Back in the fall of 2013, Miles became an Internet sensation after the Make-a-Wish foundation helped fulfill the leukemia’s survivor’s dream of becoming Batman. After thousands of volunteers showed up to turn San Francisco into Gotham for a day of superhero adventures, Batkid was born. Now, Warner Bros. is releasing a documentary about Miles and the day that changed San Francisco. Batkid Begins releases on June 26 ... Discuss
We haven’t seen the last of Brad Pitt, zombie hunter. According to a report in Variety, a sequel to the blockbuster adaptation of the book World War Z is currently in the works, and will hit theaters in the summer of 2017. No significant plot details have been released, but the script is being penned by Steven Knight, the writer behind the TV show Peaky Blinders and films including Locke and Amazing Grace ... Discuss
Millennials reported the highest rates of depression — approximately 1 in 5 millennials who sought out employee assistance or work-life advice from Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA). In contrast, 16 percent of baby boomers and 16 percent Gen Xers reported depression. BDA collected data from employees seeking its EAP services over an 18-month period.
In the BDA report, “Depression and Work: The Impact of Depression on Different Generations of Employees, ” the organization’s chief operations officer, Marie Apke, says:
While major depression affects 10 percent of [American employees], an overwhelming 75 percent of people with depression don’t receive formal treatment. Depression costs the economy more than $23 billion annually due to absenteeism. While recent public health initiatives continue to enhance and expand our understanding of the social and economic costs of depression, it's clear more work is needed to combat depression in the workplace.
Amnesty International published a briefing, Promising little, delivering less: Qatar and migrant labour abuse ahead of the 2022 Football World Cup, that includes a rubric for rating the Qatar’s response to nine labour rights violations identified by the organization.
According to AI:
A year later, only limited progress has been achieved on five of these issues, in four areas the authorities have failed to make any improvements. ...
Over the last 12 months, little has changed in law, policy and practice for the more than 1.5 million migrant workers in Qatar who remain at the mercy of their sponsors and employers. On the crucial issues of the exit permit, the restriction on changing employers in Qatar’s kafala system, protection of domestic workers and the freedom to form or join trade union – there has been no progress whatsoever ...
Without prompt action, the pledges Qatar made last year are at serious risk of being dismissed as a mere public relations stunt to ensure the Gulf state can cling on to the 2022 World Cup.
Full text of Amnesty’s brief is available here. Discuss