SINGAPORE: For 14 years, Malliga Syed Umar Ali considered the world’s best airport her “second home”. As a Changi Airport experience manager, she was deeply passionate about her work, going to lengths to help, for example, a passenger who’d missed a flight get to her father’s funeral on time. “We had to be able to change all complaints to a compliment,” said Malliga. But in March 2020, the 50-year-old’s dream career came to an abrupt halt, when the airport announced plans for manpower cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic which had devastated air traffic. Like the rest of her colleagues, Malliga – who was employed by Kelly Services for the outsourced role – was told to prepare for the strong likelihood that they would be let go. On April 22, she received the official termination letter. “We cried and hugged each other, because we’re more like a family there,” she said of her airport colleagues. A TIGHT SPOT That night, Malliga was expected home earlier for her … [Read more...] about Retrenched from her Changi Airport job, she’s making a career switch at 50 – to healthcare
Justice wasnt served 50 years since chappaquiddick
Christie Mayeux, who has been an interim justice of the peace for St. Amant for almost two months, says she has been unable to hold court or process legal matters because she doesn't have enough records held by her predecessor. But John Hebert, who abruptly quit the job in January just days into his new term, said Mayeaux hasn't contacted him personally for the records and is more than welcome to get them. All she has to do is come over and pull them from his office and the metal storage container on his home acreage in St. Amant where they are stored, he said. "I've said that from the get-go," he said Thursday. "They can get a truck and trailer, and they can load everything up." The 390 justices of the peace in Louisiana operate primarily as small claims courts with limited jurisdiction where the matters in dispute are worth less than $5,000. They also handle other matters like evictions, marriages, notarizing documents and wage garnishments. Their courts are designed as a … [Read more...] about A mix-up over records has kept this justice of the peace from holding court. What happened?
At the tail end of Time — the feature-length documentary that, since its heralded Sundance debut last year, has deservedly made its director, Garrett Bradley, one of the film world’s women of the hour — an extraordinary thing happens. The movie follows a black family living in the shadow of incarceration. At the center of that family is Sibil Richardson, known as Fox Rich, whose husband, Robert, is serving a 60-year sentence for a crime the two of them committed when they were young, newly married, and desperate. The film is a stunning, surprising mix of present-tense footage (filmed by Bradley and others) and video diaries Rich has been compiling over the course of 21 years — footage shot to show Robert all that he’s missing of his wife and kids while in prison. But then, in the end, comes the moment the two threads merge: Robert is released. And a film that has to that point been almost entirely defined by the man’s absence disarms us with his presence — and with the cosmic, … [Read more...] about A Matter of ‘Time’: Director Garrett Bradley on Making the Year’s Best Documentary
Cesar Conde , the new chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, outlined a workforce goal of 50% diversity on Tuesday, telling employees that as “a news organization we have a unique responsibility to reflect the country and all of the communities we serve.” “The NBCUniversal News Group is not going to wait for change to happen and just react to it. We’re going to lead,” he said in a video to employees on Tuesday. “As a news organization, we have a unique responsibility to look like and reflect all of the people of the country we serve.” He said that the goal is for 50% of the news organization employees to be women and 50% of their total workforce be people of color, with plans to boost recruitment and education programs and to invest in more documentaries and investigative content focusing on communities of color. The 50% goal is long term, with no exact date set to reach it, but he said that progress would be reported publicly every year. Related Story NBCU To … [Read more...] about NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde Sets Goal Of 50% Diverse Workforce
BANGKOK: Just two metro stops from Sukhumvit’s skyline of gleaming bustling malls lies a slum with a reputation for violence – a neighbourhood few visitors to Bangkok know about or dare venture into. And in this slum, the city’s oldest and largest, are mouth-watering and cheap delicacies like live shrimp salad and an Isaan dish of bile and pig’s blood only for the brave. “This is the Klong Toey slum. This area is known for drug sellers and other illicit activities,” said resident and street hawker Pranee Wiangnon, who’s known as Big Mama there. If someone gives you trouble, just tell me. I’m not scared of the people here... No one will dare mess with me. Fellow resident Sirathorn recounts how, when she moved in 30 years ago, drug addicts were always asking for money. “It took me a long time to decide whether we could settle down here for good.” Despite this slum’s notoriety for crime, street hawkers like Big Mama and Sirathorn are at home here, serving one of the largest … [Read more...] about In Bangkok, this high-crime slum is a foodie gem serving up live shrimp and bile