Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s been almost three months now since Russia invaded Ukraine , and much of the latest news coverage has been depressingly predictable. It feels like every day, foreign correspondents share word of yet another Russian atrocity . Or, of outnumbered Ukrainian defenders still hanging on. Of a new show of defiance from President Zelenskyy. More countries, like the US, sending aid packages and weapons. More fighting, more dying. Journalists tasked with reporting this story certainly want to keep readers and audiences back home invested and caring about what happens. But rather than wrap their arms around the bigness and the battles that are part of this bloody geopolitical conflict roiling part of Europe, a group of NPR veterans decided to focus on the small, and the personal. Instead of covering the war the same way as most everyone else, the journalists launched a podcast in partnership with Spotify to … [Read more...] about Ukraine Stories Podcast: NPR Veterans Deliver A Tour De Force Of Narrative Journalism
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(CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it is making it easier to import certain infant formulas as it works to address a nationwide shortage . The US ordinarily produces 98% of the infant formula it uses, with imported formula primarily coming from Mexico, Ireland and the Netherlands, the agency said in a statement. But because of the shortage, the FDA is outlining a process by which it "would not object to the importation of certain infant formula products intended for a foreign market," as well as the US distribution of products that were made domestically for export to other countries. "Companies seeking to take advantage of these flexibilities should submit information for the FDA to quickly evaluate whether the product can be used safely and whether it provides adequate nutrition," the agency said. "For example, labeling, information on nutritional adequacy and safety testing, and information about facility inspection history." The … [Read more...] about FDA announces it will make it easier to import some baby formulas to ease shortage
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Data from a black box recovered from the wreckage of a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 jet that crashed in March, killing all 132 onboard, indicate someone in the cockpit intentionally caused the plane to crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Key Facts U.S. officials are directing their attention to the pilot, although it’s possible someone else breached the cockpit to cause the crash, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with U.S. officials’ assessment of the March 2022 crash. Black box data suggest someone pushed the controls to force the plane into a nosedive, according to the report. If confirmed, it would be a huge relief for Boeing, which has faced major scrutiny of its safety practices after software flaws that caused the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX planes, killing 346 people. Chinese authorities spearheading the probe haven’t pointed to any mechanical or … [Read more...] about Black Box Data Reportedly Suggest China Eastern Jet Crash Was Intentional
I used to be mainly concerned about the unfortunate but deeply ingrained attitudes of the upcoming and incoming workforce, and how these overly entitled kids would fit into the newly serious and heads-down culture of those startups and growth stage businesses that had dodged the bullets and stayed alive for the last three years. These kids had been indoctrinated from birth by helicopter parents, with first-place trophies for all, and convinced by college faculty that their generation would be a gift (and a bargain at any price) to the working world. But I'm afraid that over the last few years, the "real" world has taught them some even more pernicious and dangerous lessons. I was worried about the "work" part of their work ethic, and I should have been paying more attention to the ethics part. Work isn't going to be a picnic for anyone who thinks the next two years are going to be fun, easy, or anything but a difficult slog with plenty of bumps along the way. If they believe … [Read more...] about What Do We Tell Our Newest Workers?
I've been in the business of coaching companies for a few decades, but only recently did I get into the business of research. Management ideas are nice ideas, but they're just that. If you want to prove what actually drives financial results--and if you care about improving the lives of the employees who drive those results--you need applied research. My friends at Harvard Business School have been telling me this for a while, so I talked them into helping me test the validity of a management approach we call economic engagement. It's all about partnering with employees to profitably serve customers. We defined precisely what we meant by economic engagement, codifying it in five management practices. Three years into the research, we shared the initial compelling results in these pages (more details are provided in the book I wrote with John Case-- Partners on the Payroll ). While I'm a die-hard fan of this approach (and growing more fanatical as the research continues … [Read more...] about What’s Missing in the Agile Approach
In the two years since COVID first arrived in the U.S., Americans have had to get used to things being out of stock. Refrigerators, stoves, washers—at various points, global supply-chain issues have meant that each of these has been tough to come by. But while those stock-outs may have been annoying, Americans today are dealing with a shortage that’s actually serious: a dearth of infant formula . In the first week of May, the national out-of-stock rate for infant formula was 43%, and there’s no sign that things have improved since. And this supply-chain problem is different from those earlier ones in two ways. First, formula is not a product you can afford to wait for. (Babies need to be fed!) Second, this problem is largely self-inflicted. advertisement advertisement The proximate cause of the shortage was the shutdown of Abbott Laboratories’s formula factory in Sturgis, Michigan, and the company’s voluntary recall of powder-formula products made … [Read more...] about Why America’s baby formula crisis is an entirely self-inflicted problem
Covid-19 has taken at least 18 million lives by some accounts, and it is anyone's guess how many of those deaths were due to a lack of medical oxygen. Governments don't want to talk about the issue, because that could mean admitting that thousands -- or even hundreds of thousands -- of their citizens died unnecessarily. But unless health systems take steps to ensure a sufficient supply of oxygen in the future, they will be risking a repeat of the past two years. While high-income countries are already working to secure their supplies of medical oxygen, many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) will continue to need international support. That gap is one factor underlying LMICs' stubbornly high newborn and child mortality, adult deaths from infectious and chronic conditions, and deaths from injuries that require surgery. Research published prior to the pandemic found that four out of five children hospitalised with pneumonia in Nigerian hospitals did not receive the oxygen they … [Read more...] about Breathing life into medical oxygen