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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:00:15 GMT

Research has found we’re consuming 1,300 calories in office snacks per week. But it’s not just the treats that are bad for us

A study about US workplaces, released this week, contained some unappetising news: every time you tuck in the cake Janice for HR baked at home, or you help yourself to the buffet on bagel Fridays, you are in fact consuming calories. Hang on a second? Office snacks contain calories? Who would have thought? Thanks, science!

This pioneering discovery that food we eat at work is not calorie-free is delivered unto us by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study of 5,222 employees across the US found that people obtain nearly 1,300 calories per week from foods and beverages they get at the office. Mostly these are empty, unhealthy calories.

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 16:44:45 GMT

Private lenders are using free movies and happy hours to entice people to refinance their student debt

Are you one of the 44 million Americans drowning in student loans you fear you’ll never pay back? Worried that you’ll be in the red for the rest of your life? Well, why not forget about your spiralling debt by kicking back and watching a movie!

This month, banking company Laurel Road announced that if you refinance your student loan with them, they will give you a year’s membership to MoviePass, the movie theater subscription service.

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 05:00:07 GMT

It’s time to end a system that excludes the less privileged from the arts, media and politics.

By Amalia Illgner

The first time I encountered a digital toilet seat was at the central London headquarters of Monocle, the self-consciously chic monthly magazine and 24-hour digital radio station for those who enjoy their geopolitics served with a side of artisanal Swiss sunglasses. The futuristic commode offered a spa function and heated up automatically on contact, which was odd; a warm toilet seat feels as if the previous occupant is still lurking. The effect was heightened because, as the intern on the morning shift, I got in at 5.30am, and besides a security guard doing the rounds and a studio manager on a different floor, I was entirely on my own.

My job was to help Monocle 24 prepare for its 7am radio show. Throughout each shift, I wrote detailed research briefings for producers on topics as varied as North Korea, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Finnish literary stars; ferried mail across three floors; fact-checked senior journalists’ raw copy, and transcribed interviews. On any given day, I might greet former diplomats, columnists, artists, designers and the guy who wrote the song Wichita Lineman and usher them into the studio to be interviewed on air. Occasionally, interns would also be called upon to double as human FedEx boxes; one was flown to Milan to hand-deliver a selection of books and magazines to Tyler “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing purple” Brûlé, Monocle’s jet-setting founder and editor-in-chief, who was visiting the city for fashion week. It was a canny shipping method: for every nine-hour shift, Monocle interns are paid £30.

Related: PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:00:28 GMT

Pay imbalance particularly stark in professions where men dominate, such as law enforcement, engineering and technology

Although women hold half of all state and federal service jobs, they make 10% less than men in the public sector, according to an analysis of government documents obtained through freedom of information requests by an investigative non-profit.

The analysis by the Contently Foundation, a non-profit for investigative journalism, found that women earn 10% less median income than men in the public sector. The employee earnings records also show that 73% of government workers making $100,000 or more each year are men.

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Fear over healthcare locks Americans in jobs – and throttles creativity | Jonathan R Goodman

What could and should make America great is the freedom to follow one’s dreams – not stay trapped in a cubicle, paralysed by fear

Millions of Americans are stuck in what some economists call “job-lock” or the inability to leave employment because of the risk of losing health insurance. A 2001 paper from Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies showed, for example, that self-employed people are 25% less likely to have health insurance than office workers.

Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as Obamacare, has left many people feeling too scared to risk leaving full-time employment to attempt something on their own. After several failed attempts to repeal the ACA, the current administration may, in its latest tax plan, get rid of the individual mandate that requires most Americans be insured.

Future generations who will be raised to shun creative careers in favor of healthcare-providing employment

Related: Americans show support for Obamacare despite Trump's repeal attempts

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